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Ask these people where they got the sign and they’ll tell you all about France and where their kids are going to college.
I don’t know what made the mayor of Salinas, CA think that he could See The Future, but he used to think that way, back when he sunk about $500,000 of municipal funds into now-defunct “Green Vehicles, Inc.”
This was the three-wheeler that was going to sell for $25k:
From happier times:
“Green Vehicles was co-founded by Ehab Youssef and Mike Ryan in the wake of a failed ZAP! dealership originally in Los Gatos, California. Disappointment in the state of the battery electric vehicle industry at the time led the small company to take on the ambitious goal of making the world’s most sustainably made, energy efficient freeway commuter.
In 2008, the company changed course, abandoning its manufacturing base in China for an 80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2) facility in Salinas, California in order to make changes to manufacturing operations more consistent with the principles on which the company was founded. Green Vehicles recently applied to the state of California and received supplemental funds to implement Design for Manufacturability and Design for Environment changes before increasing commercial production volumes of the Triac 2.0“
And here’s your timeline:
“On July 30, 2010, Green Vehicles was awarded a grant for over $2,050,000 by the California Energy Commission to assist the company’s efforts to scale up manufacturing operations in Salinas, California.
On July 18, 2011, Green Vehicles announced it had ceased operations, citing a lack of capital. Virtually all of its funding had come from state and local government grants”
Out of the more than two dozen vehicles (there are others around the corner where the street goes left) parked on this bricked-up San Francisco street, how many were made in the United States?
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The answer: Zero percent. What about that big old Chrysler Town & Country minivan you say? Ooops, it was made in Canada, eh.
Hey, did you know that Canada is considered to be part of the United States when determining the “domestic” content of cars? Let’s see what U.S. Code TITLE 49 > SUBTITLE VI > PART C > CHAPTER 323 > § 32304 Passenger motor vehicle country of origin labeling has to say:
“6. ‘foreign content’ means passenger motor vehicle equipment that is not of United States/Canadian origin.”
It’s like Canada is the 51st State of America, or something. How convenient.
But hey, what aboot Mexico, eh? They make cars too? Yes, but no matter, Mexicans are foreigners and Canadians are Americans, under da law.
But what about Buying Local, isn’t belief in the wisdom of buying local a kind of San Francisco religion or something?
Well, yes it is a kind of religion, but it doesn’t apply to vehicles, manifestly. San Franciscans’ vehicles need to come from far-off locations like the Black Forest or Scandinavia or Toyota City.
But what about supporting unions, are these cars union-made? Well, the German ones most likely are, some other ones aren’t and the Japanese ones are made by so-called “union” workers.
All right, here’s your bonus question. Which vehicle is most likely to be on the road in 30 years? The Land Cruiser of course. It’s 100% made in Japan and the fact that it wasn’t in-style when it was made means that it won’t go out of style in the coming years.
This concludes San Francisco Photo: How Many of These Parked Cars were Made in America?
O.K. first of all, get up to speed on Senate Bill 242 from Leland Yee, PhD,the State Senate’s Assistant President pro Tempore, representing areas of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. This whole issue of language discrimination got kicked into high gear last year with some idiotic move from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), which apparently isn’t a pure sport – it’s “sports entertainment,” so there’s a high premium on having stars that speak English.
Anywho, Senator Yee’s bill to prevent language discrimination made it out of committee, so that put into the news, so that got some people down south a little riled up.
Listen for yourself (you might need to right click and then Save As…) to the message a caller left at Leland’s office:
“Hi. I just read an article, here in L.A. about Mr. Leland Lee (sic), about the English (sic) and all the language (sic). You know what? This is United States of America. If he don’t (sic) like it, tell him to go back to China. He’s an immigrant. This is the United States, we speak English.
“I had an emergency the other night. I use a radio. And the illegal immigrants kept talking, talking, and talking in Spanish and it was a serious emergency I had.
“English is our language – don’t like it, leave our country. Nobody’s begging you to stay. Stop coming to our country and try (sic) to change eveything to fit what YOU want. We created it, we like it the way it is, if you don’t like, YOU pack your bags and YOU go home.
Have a great day, Loo-eee…, Leland, which is a white name.”
So there you have it.
See the deets of SB 242 after the jump.
Oh man, remember what the “bungling“ Ladies Professsional Golf Association did last year when they double bogied by trying to introduce a learn-English-or-you’re-off-the-tour requirement? Depending on your punta de vista, the rule was straight up racist, mildly racist, or not racist at all.
But then, with a quickness, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties’ very own Senator Leland Yee, PhD reacted and the LPGA dropped the idea. That’s your history lesson of the day, but it’s relevant in light of new Senate Bill 242, which will add language to California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.
The Senate’s Assistant President pro Tempore:
So let’s say the WPGA (I just changed their name, how about that!) decides to try to go after the Seoul Sisters again, this new law could have the potential to take California courses off of the tour. Ouch.
Is this the future of the LPGA? The Hooters Golf Team might average 30 over par, but it seems golf is now part of the “sports entertainment world” so putting the ball in the cup is only just one measure of success. Read on:
Here’s the thing, when you go around talking like this:
“According to Libba Galloway, the deputy commissioner of the tour: “We live in a sports entertainment environment…For an athlete to be successful in the sports entertainment world we live in, they need to be great performers on and off the course, and being able to communicate effectively with sponsors and fans is a big part of this.”
…then people might get the idea that women’s golf isn’t a real sport, right? If you’re somebody’s agent and you tell a golfer that she’ll make more money if she becomes more fluent in the world’s current lingua franca, or if she expresses a manic depressive-ish, dramatic range of emotions, or if, well just take a look at this cosmetic surgery brochure, just take a look… well then that’s your right. But that shouldn’t be the right of the ridiculous LPGA.
Bill would Protect Language as a Civil Right
Yee introduces bill in response to discriminatory policy proposed by the LPGA
While speaking one’s native language is protected in cases of employment and housing under state law, such protections are not provided under the state’s civil rights act, which prohibits discrimination within business establishments.
As a result, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today introduced legislation to add the use of any language to the list of protections under the Unruh Civil Rights Act. Currently, the Act prohibits business establishments from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Read on, after the jump.