May 10, 2009
Re: "Chrysler driving without a map," May 1: I can't imagine the circumstances under which I would ever purchase an automobile from a company that is 55% owned by the UAW and 35% owned by the government. They both are the problem rather than the solution to the many travails of the auto industry. Emphasis of company policy will be on the well-being of the union members rather than the consuming public. Bob Pilshaw Bakersfield -- Many Americans may not know that Chrysler had its inception in a Supreme Court decision in the early 1900s that forced Henry Ford to release accumulated cash from his corporation in the form of dividends.
April 18, 2009 |
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday declared that industrial greenhouse gases are a danger to human health and well-being, opening the way to broad new regulations to reduce carbon dioxide and other planet-heating gases. The finding could lead to far-reaching rules that are likely to heavily affect cars and trucks, which account for nearly a quarter of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, and utilities, which are responsible for more than a third.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2009 |
If the future is widespread use of electric cars, it may arrive in San Diego before other places in car-happy Southern California. Renault-Nissan and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. announced a deal Monday to deploy Nissan's new all-electric vehicle on the roads here before it hits the consumer market in 2012. The utility plans to lease 15 to 20 and urge its customers -- private, public and military -- to consider switching to electric vehicles.
March 14, 2009 |
General Motors Corp. is recalling 276,729 new cars and light trucks to fix a glitch in transmissions that could enable the vehicles to roll away when parked. The voluntary recall affects certain 2009 Buicks, Chevrolets, GMCs, Pontiacs and Saturns, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Only about 75,000 of the vehicles have been delivered to customers. Models are the Buick Enclave; Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Malibu and Traverse; Pontiac G5 and G6; Saturn Aura and Outlook; and GMC Acadia.
February 23, 2009 |
When the lights go down in the cavernous Wigwam and two high school kids dressed as Indians come out and dance in the spotlight on the glossy maple wood basketball court, it's as if nothing has changed. This is Anderson Indian basketball night at the 9,000-seat Wigwam, a crucial piece of the fabric of a city torn apart by years of auto parts plant closings and the loss of more than 25,000 jobs.
February 23, 2009 |
If you've read any article about newspapers or magazines recently, they likely were stuffed with predictions of doom. Search the phrase "death of print" in Google and you'll come up with almost a million results. But even in this gloomy landscape, there are bright spots, perhaps none more unlikely than Westways magazine, which is growing as it turns 100 years old this month. Hip? Nope, and it has no pretenses to be so.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday awarded its annual civic medal of honor to Thomas V. McKernan, chief executive and president of the Automobile Club of Southern California and Auto Club Enterprises. First awarded in 2003, the civic medal of honor is given to non-elected civic leaders who are dedicated to community and public service, said George Kieffer, a member of the selection committee that includes a few past recipients and other citizens.
November 26, 2008 |
Just weeks ago, Brazil's housing market was one of the world's most dynamic. But now, the global credit crisis has set up housekeeping, and government efforts to stimulate buying are being trumped by consumers' fears for the future. Through September, Brazil's housing sector was on fire.