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June 30, 2013

Treasure House Of Antique, No-Mileage Cars To Be Auctioned

Something like 448 cars from the last 50 years will be sold at auction in Pierce, Nebraska, in September.

Here's the story of Lambrecht Chevrolet and its owners Ray and Mildred Lambrecht, but it doesn't explain how they came to let new, undriven cars just sit and gather dust for 50 years.

Here's the website for the auction. The inventory to be auctioned includes a Chevy Vega with 17 miles, a 1964 Corvair with 14 miles, a 1960 Corvair with 1 mile, a 1965 Bel Air station wagon with 5 miles. But most of the vehicles are used with normal mileages.

Filed under Automotive | permalink | June 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM | Comments (0)

Justice Kennedy Swats A Fly

Attorneys for the parties who sought to defend Prop 8 filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday seeking an order vacating the 9th Circuit's order to dissolve their stay on their decision on Prop 8. They submitted their motion to Justice Kennedy, who had been in the minority on the Supreme Court's decision on standing in the Prop 8 case. Justice Kennedy denied the motion without explanation.

Filed under California,Gay Issues | permalink | June 30, 2013 at 01:29 PM | Comments (0)

June 29, 2013

Like A GoPro Hero2, But Only $100 Today

Woot! is offering the "Swann SWVID-SPORTL Freestyle 1080p HD Waterproof Wearable Sports Video Camera" today for a limited time at only $100. Compare that to Amazon, where you can get it for $151.89 today.

CNet gives you the specs: 1080p, 8 megapixel still images. Oddly, CNet says the recording media is simply "flash card" which means nobody at CNet bothered to check. It's SDHC microSD, so up to 32 GB.

It comes with the LCD back (extra charge on a GoPro) and the remote and a laser pointer so you can see which way it's pointing. No laser pointer available on GoPro!

But the really, really crucial question: Is that mount identical to a GoPro mount, because if it isn't you're restricted to whatever mounts Swann manufactures. But if it matches GoPro's, then you've got a big field of mounts to shop from. From the pictures, it looks to me like it's the same mount.

The Woot! deal is good until about 10 PM today (June 29) or supply runs out. Limit 3 per customer. I get no kickback on this. At this price, it would seem to be very suitable for some project where you need multiple cameras and don't want to worry too much about destroying a couple of them. I'm picturing sharks with Swann cameras and frickin' lasers on their heads.

An additional battery costs $39.95 at Amazon.

Test video here confirms GoPro mountability.

There's a note on the B&H page for this camera (which they no longer carry) that says the angle of view is 170° at 720p, but is reduced to 135° at 1080p, if that's crucial to you.

Filed under GoPro,Photography,Shopping | permalink | June 29, 2013 at 09:23 AM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2013

"The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately."

It's a 4-page PDF from the 9th Circuit issued today. It takes them three pages just to list the identifying information for the case that we call simply Hollingsworth v. Perry. And then it has a fourth page with nothing on it but one sentence: "The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately."

Attorney General Harris has ordered marriage licenses to be issued immediately.

Marriages have already taken place today!

Filed under California,Gay Issues | permalink | June 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM | Comments (0)

Coming This Summer

World War G

Filed under Film/Movies,Gay Issues | permalink | June 28, 2013 at 09:57 PM | Comments (0)

Carniceria On Palm Drive Robbed

But it's on the county side of Palm Drive:

Press Release: Armed Robbery
Agency: Palm Desert Station
Station Area: Palm Desert
Incident Date: June 28, 2013 Time: 9:45 A.M.
Incident Location: 16000 block of Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs

Details:

On Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:45 A.M., deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff's Station responded to an armed robbery that just occurred at a meat market located within the 16000 block of Palm Drive, in an unincorporated area of Desert Hot Springs.

Deputies arrived on scene within minutes and learned that two black males entered the business. One of the suspects displayed a handgun. The armed suspect took an undisclosed amount of currency. Both suspects left the business and got into a waiting blue or green 4-door sedan. The vehicle left the area and was last seen northbound on Palm Drive. No victims were injured during the robbery. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspects.

  • Suspect number one, the person who displayed the handgun, was further described as a black male, unknown age, 6' tall, 200 pounds, wearing a dark hoodie, and a baseball cap.
  • Suspect number two was further described as a black male, early 20's, 6'2" tall, 225 pounds, short dark hair, and wearing a dark sweatshirt.

Investigators from the Palm Desert Sheriff's Station responded and assumed the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is committed to the safety of the citizens of this community and will be vigilant in investigating all crimes of this nature. The investigation is ongoing and we are reaching out to the public and asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Investigator Isaac White by calling the Palm Desert Station at 760-836-1600 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP. Tips can remain anonymous and may lead to a cash reward.

So we are looking for big black men wearing dark sweatshirts on the hottest day of the year. If luck is on our side, they'll be found passed out with heat prostration somewhere.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | June 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM | Comments (0)

Perfect Your Knowledge Of Desert Hot Springs

I know it's not just me, because I have heard different DHS public officials ask more than once "Which development is that?" If you live in Desert Hot Springs, you are already too familiar with the incomplete residential developments that lie around the city. But are you able to correctly name all of them? Do you instantly know the difference between Hidden Springs, Sunset Springs and Paradise Springs, or do you have to think for a moment? And do you know which one has real springs in it? Here is your chance to make your knowledge of the city more perfect than that other guy's.

At this week's Economic Development Committee meeting the city distributed a map identifying the 13 approved residential projects that are not yet complete. All together these include 8,200 unbuilt residential units. I have modified the map to make it more readable, but simultaneously less accurate. Here's my version:
Desert Hot Springs Residential Project Overlay (edited)
Click it, it gets bigger.
Now, obviously an out of town stranger should not rely on my version of the map because my big fat white dots wipe out whole streets and neighborhoods. But those of us who live here know what's where.

BTW, there are no real springs (other than bedsprings) in Paradise Springs, Sunset Springs or Hidden Springs...although I do suspect there might be a hidden spring in Hidden Springs. Not sure.

UPDATED: Hacienda Heights corrected to Vista Hacienda, as advised by Charlie E.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | June 28, 2013 at 01:42 PM | Comments (5)

Ask The Rabbi

Efraim Zalmanovich, the rabbi of Mazkeret Batia (map) has "ruled that distributing and smoking medicinal marijuana are kosher, but using weed for fun was 'forbidden'." The article goes on to say that there are 11,000 medical marijuana patients in Israel now and more medical marijuana is distributed in Israel than in any European country. Specifically, a comparison is made to Netherlands where 330 pounds is distributed per year. In Israel 880 pounds is distributed. The population of Israel is 7,766,000, the per capita marijuana distribution is 0.514 grams/Israeli. The population of Netherlands is 16,690,000 so their paltry 330 pounds comes to only 0.009 grams/Hollander. A crumb, give or take.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | June 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

Not That You Asked, But...

...if anyone had asked "What is a city strategic plan?" the answer would become more clear with this report (PDF) entitled "A ROADMAP FOR BUILDING A MULTIYEAR STRATEGIC PLAN & VIEW FOR THE CITY" which is what the City Council will be discussing tomorrow (June 29) morning at the Carl May Center, 9 AM.

It seems this grew out of the goals setting workshop back in April. The report is NOT the strategic plan "but rather a framework for how to think about and approach completing such a vision statement."

The report says a lot of good things about the city, and not just the usual things you hear from consultants from out of town. You know, great water, great views, open space. For instance...

Among its many natural benefits is the true sense of genuineness and authenticity that permeates through the city. Things feel real, people feel real. There's no pretense, no charade, no falseness. "What you see is what you get." It's relaxed, quiet, off the beaten path. Organic and natural. And just as its mineral waters bubble beneath the surface, so, too, does a real, palpable sense of pride that residents (and the full City Team) feel for the City. They believe in this City. They want it to succeed. They're loyal. They truly know, despite some challenges, that the City can emerge in the years ahead as a special and sought-after place to visit and live.

It doesn't say so explicitly, but I think Bruce Craven and Gregg Kuperstein wrote this report.

Bruce Craven, a resident of Desert Hot Springs and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School, and Gregg Kuperstein, president of a Coachella Valley`based business growth consultancy, Exceed Growth, together volunteered to facilitate and guide the combined Desert Hot Springs team...through an abbreviated strategic planning process with the goal of providing the City Team with some considerations on how they can continue advancing the City of Desert Hot Springs forward.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | June 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

From City Manager Daniels' Memo

Excerpts from the City Manager's memo of June 21. [Comments in square brackets are mine - Ron]

  • Selected Amy Aguer to be interim Finance Director.
  • Met with Skyborne representatives regarding unpermitted work at the site, initiated Code Enforcement action to clean up and remove the construction debris on site and cease and desist crushing operations, and specified grading permit requirements. [The "unpermitted work" was a gravel quarry...in a residential zone!]
  • Met with World Gym representative regarding expansion of their services and business.
  • Borrego Community Health Foundation Medical Clinic expects to open in early August [ahead of schedule].
  • The Administrative Draft Environmental Impact Report for Walmart has been received. [This is what is commonly called the screencheck version and will keep Martín Magaña busy (busier) for the next 6 weeks or so as he combs through it for technical errors. After that Walmart makes corrections and then issues the draft EIR which is available for public review for at least 45 days before Walmart writes the final version. In a secret hush-hush meeting conducted in the Carl May with members of the public and City Council, Michael Bracken confided in me that it was so big, it was the biggest EIR he had ever handled in terms of both page-age (3,300-something) and megabyte-age (well over 200 MB).]
  • Fireworks are delivered today (June 28).
  • YK Spa continues construction.
  • Essential Transportation III (the streets between Pierson and Hacienda, Cactus and Palm - not the ones where sewers are going in) continues. Asphalt is down on most streets now.
  • 8th Street drainage construction work expected to begin in September.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | June 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM | Comments (0)

June 27, 2013

National Night Out - August 5

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – August 5, 2013

DESERT HOT SPRINGS TO JOIN CITIES NATIONWIDE FOR 'AMERICA'S NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME'

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday August 5, 2013, residents are invited to Guy J. Tedesco Park 12800 West Arroyo, Desert Hot Springs for a "Night Out" with your community partners.

All activities are free so come out and have a great "Night Out" with us. There will be food, prizes, McGruff the crime dog, P.C. the patrol car, face painting and kids games with the Boys & Girls Club, kids bounce house, live music, vehicle displays by several public safety agencies, and more.

On Monday, August 5, 2013, neighborhoods throughout Desert Hot Springs are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 30th Annual "National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Desert Hot Springs Police Department, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in 'America's Night Out Against Crime' this year.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs,Public Safety | permalink | June 27, 2013 at 09:20 PM | Comments (0)

Non-Burners Podcast About Burning Man

Two guys, who I'm sure are mostly okay people, have a podcast called Stuff You Should Know and today they have one on the subject of "How Burning Man Works." Three things set this podcast apart from all the other advisories (videos, usually) you might seek out about Burning Man: (1) they've never been to Burning Man, (2) they never intend to go to Burning Man, (3) they did some research, but not enough, and clearly didn't check it with Burning Man organization or with ANYone who had ever been there. One of them had never seen an aerial photo of Black Rock City until the other pulled one up for him to see during the podcast. Even then, neither of them knew why they city is shaped the way it is.

So, naturally, I had to give them feedback. But if you go look at that linked page, you won't find any means of feedback. When you listen to the podcast they give information about how to find them on Twitter (totally went past me), Facebook (I can't find it) and email. This is all delivered at rapid fine-print speeds, but I have vast computing power at my beck and call (a friend works at NSA), so I think I was able to extract their email address correctly.

Here are the corrections I sent them:

3:13 "in this ancient lake bed, an arroyo." Lake beds (playas) are not arroyos. An arroyo is a gully or wash. The playa is dead flat.

7:47 "no laws." All laws apply, and there is plenty of law enforcement. The good old-fashioned, uniformed, flashing lights, badges, guns kind of law enforcement. Provided by Pershing and Washoe Counties and the BLM, mostly. All paid for by Burning Man out of our ticket prices.

8:00 "totally left alone by the authorities." Oh, if only that were true. On top of law enforcement, Burning Man has to pay well over a million dollars to BLM just to get a permit to be there. BLM does not leave us alone. Their officers are present all the time, mostly to protect the playa, but also to assist other law enforcement. After the event, they are the ones who inspect the playa to judge whether it has been sufficiently cleaned. If it is not, then we don't get our deposit back (hundreds of thousands of dollars).

9:37 "cap it at fifty [thousand]" It's been over 50,000 since 2011. The legal cap is in the low 60s.

10:16 "they [tickets] get cheaper and cheaper as it comes." Hardly. In previous years tickets were available at 3 or 4 prices. You were supposed to pay more if you could afford it (voluntary). They've done away with that this year. Just one price.. The exceptions are (1) every year, if you want to jump the line, they put a few tickets on sale at jacked up prices in December so you can make holiday gifts of them; and (2) the low income price that you mentioned.

10:29 "There are scalpers there." There are never scalpers at the gate. If one tries it, our BLM law enforcement friends will escort them off the playa. In years past you could buy a ticket from Burning Man organization at the gate, but that ended in 2010. Now all tickets have to be bought before you get n the playa. OTOH, you might find a scalper at the gas station at I-80 and Nevada 427.

14:30 "stimulate our planet's faltering economy." It's the "cargo cult" guys, duh! Think about it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult

16:58 something about getting a permit to operate art cars on the playa from the "nearby city because it's in the same county." Wow, you guys didn't do any actual research, did you? The "nearby city" is Gerlach and its jurisdiction does not extend onto the BLM's playa and it is NOT in the same county, as if that were relevant. The art cars are given permits by Burning Man's own Department Of Mutant Vehicles.

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | June 27, 2013 at 04:49 PM | Comments (1)

Photos From Yesterday's Rally In Palm Springs

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions - David Gray (1655)
David Gray
who will be joining our Burning Man camp this year and bringing this lovely parasol. It probably won't be too usable after that.

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions - Scott Hines (2692)
Sott Hines, City Councilmember in Rancho Mirage
, who made quite a point of explaining to the crowd that the Mayor of Rancho Mirage refused to issue a proclamation for the day. Nor would the Mayor permit Mr. Hines to speak as a representative of Rancho Mirage at this rally. Instead, Mr. Hines read a "personal letter" that was phrased just like a resolution with whereases and therefores.

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions - Marilyn Perspires (2712)
Marilyn seemed to be sweating.

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2689)
These were signs that I really disliked
: "Today We Are More American," which implies that a Supreme Court decision can make you more or less of an American. I'm the only person who determines how much of an American I am. It doesn't depend on courts, politicians, laws or governments.

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2693)

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2698)
Black leather cap in full sun with temperatures above 100°F
; his brains must be frying - and he might really be from Boston.

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2702)

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2745)

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2741)

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2721)

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet at Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (2749)
Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet.

Palm Springs Rally For Supreme Court Decisions (1658)

Complete set of photos here.

Filed under California,Coachella Valley,Gay Issues,Photography | permalink | June 27, 2013 at 08:37 AM | Comments (0)

Ten Years

At the rally in Palm Springs last night one of the speakers said it had been exactly ten years since the Lawrence vs. Texas decision had been handed down. I thought it was odd (and possibly erroneous) since I hadn't heard anybody else say that. But I checked, and he was right. The Lawrence vs. Texas decision was released on June 26, 2003. Maybe someone at the Supreme Court has a little flair for historical connections...and I don't mean any of the Justices.

Filed under Gay Issues,History | permalink | June 27, 2013 at 06:36 AM | Comments (0)

June 26, 2013

Burglary - Person Of Interest Sought

CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: PC 459 / BURGLARY

DATE: 06-24-13 DAY: Monday TIME: 7:15 PM

LOCATION: 10700 Blk. of Pomelo Drive, City of Desert Hot Springs

SUBJECT: BLOOR, DYLAN THOMAS Male, White, Brown hair, Blue eyes, 6'0" 170 lbs.

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
On Monday, 06/24/13, at approximately 7:15 PM officers were dispatched to the 10700 block of Pomelo Drive on a report of a possible burglary at a residence. Upon arrival, officers discovered the home had been burglarized. Detectives quickly developed a person of interest, Dylan Bloor, and located him several blocks away. As officers attempted to contact him he fled on foot. The Desert Hot Springs Police Department would like anyone with information to please contact Detective Chilner at 760-329-6411 Ext. 372.

The department would also like to remind its residents that even with the hot weather, residents are encouraged to keep their doors and windows locked.

Dylan Thomas Bloor
Dylan Thomas Bloor
is being sought by the police.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | June 26, 2013 at 01:10 PM | Comments (0)

CicLAvia Photos

Photos of cyclists, pedestrians and architecture on Wilshire Boulevard during this past Sunday's CicLAvia.

CicLAvia Wilshire - Homeless Camping at RFK Memorial
This Robert Kennedy memorial has been constructed in such a way that it provides a lot of sleeping space for the homeless.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2651)

CicLAvia Wilshire Bullock's (1606)

CicLAvia Wilshire Bullock's (2259)
"To Build A Business That Will Never Know Completion"
probably sounded better when it was first written.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2584)
"Welcome, I have a dream."
If Martin Luther King had lived and opened a really nice restaurant, these might be the words he would use to greet you upon entering.

CicLAvia Wilshire - GoPro (2680)
GoPros? Of course!

CicLAvia Wilshire - Church Of Joy (1631)
The Church of Joy celebrates the joy of a snail eating a leaf.

CicLAvia Wilshire - Breaking Bad (2673)
Set your DVR.

CicLAvia Wilshire - Oscars (2400)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
will be opening a new museum next door to LACMA at Fairfax and Wilshire.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2496)
Promo blimp for Despicable Me 2 that followed us all day.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2469)

CicLAvia Wilshire - Wiltern (1624)
The Wiltern.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2423A)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2421)
Oh yeah, this was just like being in Maine
...with the La Brea tar pits directly across the street.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2399A)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2323)
I wonder if the "Journey Of Faith Worship" at 11 AM is sort of a sampler of all the other services.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2328)
This place is getting a rehab.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2301)
Unicyclists are not loners.

CicLAvia Wilshire (1645)
Police art.

CicLAvia Wilshire (1618)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2388A)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2331)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2251)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2539)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2276)
I thought these things had disappeared from the face of the Earth
, but I was wrong.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2472)

CicLAvia Wilshire (1654)

CicLAvia Wilshire - World War Z (2580)
World War Z.

CicLAvia Wilshire (2527)
Headphones, a wheelie, and a blunt.
What could go wrong?

CicLAvia Wilshire (2289A)

CicLAvia Wilshire (2545)

Complete set of photos here.

Filed under Architecture,Cities/Urbanism,Cycling,Photography | permalink | June 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM | Comments (0)

Defense Secretary Hagel On DOMA

Here:

The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court's decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act. The department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court's decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses -- regardless of sexual orientation -- as soon as possible. That is now the law and it is the right thing to do.

Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country, and their qualifications to do so. Today's ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | June 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

Especially you, Imperial County

A statement from Governor Brown:

After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. In light of the decision, I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted.

Filed under California,Gay Issues | permalink | June 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

Google Celebrates

GoogleGayToday
Google the word "gay" today and you'll get this rainbow effect.

Just as a test I also Binged the word "gay" and got nothing special. Bing's top hit is a gay dating site. The Supreme Court decisions are in 4th position after Wikipedia and a gay student site. Lame-o.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | June 26, 2013 at 09:53 AM | Comments (0)

Prop 8: Judge Walker's Decision Stands

SCOTUSblog says "petitioners do not have standing." "The line up is 5-4: Kennedy dissents, joined by Thomas, Alito, and Sotomayor." The 9th Circuit decision is vacated and remanded. The majority is Roberts with Scalia, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan.

We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here.

"Remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction." Which sounds to me like we go back to Judge Walker's original decision.

The PDF of the decision - only 35 pages.

Here is an amicus brief from Walter Dellinger that is said to have been influential in this decision.

The decision will become effective in 25 days.

Filed under California,Gay Issues | permalink | June 26, 2013 at 07:26 AM | Comments (1)