Thousand Oaks

20 Feb 19
Red Tricycle

The Fat Tuesday desserts are back! They can be hard to find, so we’ve got you covered with a guide to great bakeries from Oak Park to Bridgeport so you can go hog wild.

20 Feb 19
Lake County Record-Bee
UKIAH—In the wake of last year’s northern California fires, Joyce Paterson of Ukiah purchased a Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle. “This might sound altruistic, but I thought there was little I could do personally about global warming except that I could drive a car that doesn’t pollute.  That was a big factor for me in buying an electric car,” Paterson said. She is one of 237 residents of Mendocino County who own a fully-electric car as of January, 2018.  Another 414 residents own plug-in hybrids like Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt. Yet an additional 2,329 county residents own one of the many offerings of hybrid gas vehicles that boost mileage with an onboard battery charged through the gasoline motor. In total, almost 3,000 vehicles registered in Mendocino Counties have batteries that either eliminate or reduce emissions. All plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) rely upon charging stations for “refueling.” With growing sales and the need for more charging stations in mind, the Ukiah City Council will consider approving at its Wednesday, Feb. 20, meeting a rebate program for homeowners and businesses to offset the cost of purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. “Ukiah and the County are part of an overall state and national trend toward increased sales of electric vehicles, and we want to respond to and support that trend by offering rebates on charging infrastructure,” said Mel Grandi, Ukiah’s electric utility director. If approved by the city council, $500 rebates would be available to homeowners for stand-alone or wall-mounted 240-volt chargers, and up to $4,000 in rebates would be available to businesses that install two-hose 240-volt chargers. Grandi estimates first-year rebates will total around $30,000. Once approved, rebates will be available in March, with recently purchased charging stations grandfathered in from as early as January, 2019. California leads the nation with 60 percent of total EV sales as of the first 10 months of 2018, according to information provided to Ukiah City Council by Grandi’s office.  With more than a million electric vehicles on the road already, California will meet its goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles sold in the state by 2025, and before Governor Jerry Brown left office he set a new goal of five million EVs sold by 2030.  Experts say that goal may be tough to meet unless there is a boost in investment in charging infrastructure. In Ukiah, electricity as a substitute for gasoline is clean. Ukiah is in the top 10 cleanest of 482 cities in California, Grandi said, with geothermal, hydropower, natural gas and solar providing the bulk of electric power to citizens. Ukiah exceeds state mandates for carbon-free power, so it is able to sell some of its excess carbon and renewable energy credits on the state’s cap-and-trade market and use proceeds to fund programs such as rebates for electric car charging stations. The sale of Ukiah’s carbon credits helps provide funding to develop green carbon free resources in the future, Grandi noted. Like Paterson, many buyers of electric vehicles want to reduce their carbon footprint and help slow climate change—as well as save money on fuel. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), carbon emissions from the transportation sector are now the greatest source of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. As demand for zero emission cars rises, automakers have responded with new models, lower battery cost and greater range.  More than 25 different models of EV and plug-in hybrid electric cars are now on offer, and auto manufacturers have announced more than 70 models in development, city council background information stated. While urban cities promote EVs as a zero-emission transportation pathway to cleaner air, in Mendocino County where air is already fairly clean but gasoline fuel relatively expensive, the cars significantly reduce the cost of driving.  The most efficient electric vehicles have an EPA fuel efficiency rating of 124 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). According to information provided to the City Council, home EV 240-volt level-two chargers that would qualify for City rebates can cost $600 to $1,200, and installation can double that amount.  Level-two chargers can “fill” a battery in four to eight hours.  Workplace level-two chargers with two nozzles that would qualify for the City rebate can cost $6,000 to $7,000, and installation costs several thousand more.  A building permit is required for installation. Like 80 percent of EV owners, Paterson charges her Tesla at home. She sets the device to begin charging at 9 p.m. during off-peak hours. When she volunteers at the Ukiah library, she parks her Tesla at the bank of eight Tesla-installed charging stations downtown for a quick fill-up. The Tesla charging stations in downtown Ukiah have been very successful, charging up to 800 cars per month, said Grandi, adding, “The numbers have been steadily increasing over time.” At the Oak street parking lot A, the Ukiah Electric Utility or City plans to replace two older chargers with four 240-volt “universal” pay charging stations. The new universal stations will be able to refuel any plug in electric vehicle including Teslas.
20 Feb 19
The Notebook

by Konnor Brennan, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center The tools and methods instructors use to assess to student understanding in their courses play many roles in course design. Assessing students throughout the course is important to ensure that students passing the course are meeting certain standards that are required to pass the course, and/or ensuring that […]

20 Feb 19
Ramblings of a poetic-minded outdoor instructor

“My mind is in a state of constant rebellion. I believe that will always be so.” ― George Mallory It was a single, oak-beamed room with whitewashed walls, and a fire that licked itself in a soot-black range.  Dogs snoozed by the fire next to boots stuffed with newspaper, and when the weather was kind, there were people […]

20 Feb 19
FSULIB

By Kirsten Kinsley Driving to work one morning I shared with my son that I was writing a blog post about the history of lynching in America. We discussed white guilt, limitations of school history books to illuminate the reality of racism in this country, and the fear of exposing our ignorance to the effects […]

20 Feb 19
Kavish and Books

Recommended to me by a student from Germany on a postcard through Postcrossing, Lab Girl immediately sounded like the perfect book for me. A book not only about science but the life of a female scientist already seemed fascinating. But Lab Girl turned out to be so much more than that. I don’t know what my favourite part […]

20 Feb 19

Gov. Bill Lee vows to include repeal of gym tax in budget (Tennessean) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday he will propose the repeal of an amusement tax on gym memberships in his upcoming budget. Lee said the move, which he called a tax cut, is an important step at reducing burdens on small businesses […]

20 Feb 19
The Page

ImageDr. Wallace S. Broecker in 2010. His research into the oceans, the atmosphere and the planet’s ice gave him a deep understanding of global warming — a term he helped establish in the popular imagination.CreditCreditBruce Gilbert, via Lamont-Doherty Earth ObservatoryDr. Wallace S. Broecker, one of the first scientists to sound the alarm about climate change […]

20 Feb 19
The Müscleheaded Blog

It started with a rather vague, enigmatic invitation. ” The chairman wants to see you. “ I didn’t exactly know what these ladies were up to…. and I had no idea what this invitation would entail ; but I could see no good reason not to follow the pheromones and accept such a charmingly delivered invite. That’s […]

20 Feb 19
alwaysinwonder

History and legends speak of great kings, queens and warriors, but stories and songs by the fire deep in a winter’s night would sometimes tell you some common tales of ordinary people. That’s why their names are oft forgotten or altered, but what remains is the essence of something beautiful, heroic or mesmerising, something they […]

20 Feb 19
Annette Rochelle Aben

Benor was walking down Slip Pike Lane at a steady pace. Anybody watching him might have noted that his stride was precise, each step exactly the same length as the last. Somebody particularly observant might have noticed that every ten paces, Benor made a mark on a piece of paper with an indelible pencil. At this point they might […]

20 Feb 19
Masses & Media

Topic Overview: Despite that the word “privacy” is not outright stated in the U.S. Constitution, the courts have stated that the Constitution protects certain privacy rights. Privacy law can be separated into four torts: false light, appropriation, intrusion, and private facts. However, while the courts do hold that privacy is protected, there are instances where […]

20 Feb 19
The Brew Is A Musing

NO MORE DARKNESS – There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. (Revelation 22:5a) This image that the Glory of God is the source of the city’s light, rather than the sun or moon, […]