I've posted some pictures of a car show in Henderson, Nevada, just the cars that caught my eye. Click on Bruce Hotchkiss' Photos and look for "Henderson" at the link below. See my walk-through of the SEMA Show.
"Over at BAR, the powers-that-be have decided that a consumer complaint must be closed (finished) within 45 days. Sounds like a good idea, right? After all, that is a month and a half, and it should be more than enough to gather evidence, talk to all parties, and attempt to mediate a resolution.
Except that is 45 calendar days, not workdays
Except that 45 calendar days may be 24-or-less workdays
Except not all consumer complaints fit a formula."
"Don’t think that BAR is unique either; the problem is throughout DCA. Even the Contractors State License Board, which has a very proactive Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) that primarily targets unlicensed contractors, routinely sends consumer fraud complaints to arbitration."
"Over the past decade, the levels of management have increased while the boots on the ground have stayed relatively stable. At DCA there is a deputy director for just about everything, and over at BAR there are so many deputy chiefs and program managers, it boggles the mind."
You can reach Hotchkiss for further comment at 650-678-0352. Protecting people where they live, work, and play, California Statewide Law Enforcement Association represents more than 7,000 public safety professionals employed by the State of California.http://www.cslea.com/
“Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.” The rain may
go away, but you can rest assured that if it is winter in California, the rain
will return. And just as assuredly, people will drive like idiots and smash
into something. It doesn’t have to be that way. Driving in the rain is not that difficult. Really. Believe
me. I actually enjoy driving in adverse weather conditions; it forces me to
become more aware of all that is going on around me. Driving in the rain
involves more than getting into the zone, though. Before even getting behind the wheel, it is essential that
your vehicle is up to the task. Tires, windshield wipers, brakes, steering,
lights, and the climate control system (heater/defroster) need to be in tiptop
Tires may seem the most obvious, but you’d be surprised how
many people are out there speeding along with subpar tires. Tires must be able
to disperse water or they will ride up on a cushion of water, otherwise known
as hydroplaning. Riding on water is fine for a boat, not so fine for a car. Tires
need to grip the road so you can brake and steer. If they are boating along on
water there is no grip. So to disperse water, a tire must have sufficient tread to
either channel the water or push it out to the sides. Ordinarily, if a tire is
worn down to its tread wear bars, it should be replaced. In wet weather, grip
is drastically reduced long before a tire is worn down to its wear bars. The
newer the tire, the better the grip. Conversely, the more worn the tire is, the
more cautious the driver must be. For maximum safety, have your tires checked by a
professional prior to the start of the rainy season.
Windshield wipers may seem like an obvious item to check. I’d
suggest replacing the wiper blades once a year, probably in early fall. Along
with new wiper blades, fill up the windshield washer fluid with good-quality
washer fluid. I’m partial to windshield washer antifreeze because it usually
cuts through oily grime easier, but it is hard to find.
Brakes are always important, but a brake that grabs in wet,
slippery conditions can be deadly. If you notice the slightest pull to one side
or the other when braking, get the brakes checked and repaired.
The steering system needs to be tiptop, too. Any play in the
steering may mean small corrections in the dry, but in the wet those small
corrections may be magnified. Slow and steady is the way to go in the wet, but
sloppy steering may be deadly.
During the rainy season all of my commuting is done in the
dark. I depend on my vehicle’s headlights to show me the way, and I depend on
the taillights to make sure I am seen. Whether you drive in the dark or not,
make sure all lights on your vehicle work properly. Remember, the law states
that you must have your headlights and taillights on when you use your
The climate control system is often overlooked. I know
because I see way too many cars with fogged-up windows. Make sure the defroster
delivers proper airflow to the windshield, and check the coolant thermostat to
ensure the coolant reaches its proper operating temperature quickly. If your
vehicle has a separate air conditioning button, turn it on; it will aid in
defrosting the windshield. Do not use the recirculation button because it will
only recycle warm, moist air, fogging the windows.
Okay, now that you’ve got your vehicle in shape, it’s time
to head out on the road. Slow(er), smooth, and steady is the rule. Quick moves
may be deadly. Do not jerk the wheel, stab the brakes, or jump on the
accelerator. Learn to read the road. Look as far forward as possible. “They”
say to look at the horizon, but that’s impossible in traffic. Keep a safe
distance from the vehicle in front of you. If you hit a puddle of standing
water, do not panic, hold onto the steering wheel, ease off the gas, and STAY
OFF THE BRAKES.
In my not-so-humble opinion, the majority of collisions
happen because a driver did something stupid. This is especially the case in
bad weather. I am well known for my fast driving, but I routinely cut my speed
in the rain. I often have cars whizzing by me on 280. How many of them will end
up in the guardrail or ditch? Will it be you?