Monthly Archives: September 2015
Sep 22 2015
Old Pasadena TOWN HALL MEETING – The Future of Pasadena under a New General Plan @pasadenagov @oldpasadena

Councilmember Steve Madison
invites you to a

The Future of Pasadena under a New General Plan
Special Guests
Vincent Bertoni, Director of Planning and Development
Fred Dock, Director of Department of Transportation

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
(Doors Open at 6:00 pm)

Location: Pasadena Humane Society – Community Room
361 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena CA  91105

Free Parking in the Pasadena Humane Society lot. Enter the first driveway on Raymond Avenue
just south of Del Mar. Take the elevator to the community room. Signs will be posted.

If you have questions, please call Takako Suzuki (626) 744-4739 or email

Sep 22 2015
La Kretz Innovation Campus Walking Tour and Info Session – LA Cleantech Incubator

La Kretz Innovation Campus Walking Tour and Info Session
LA Cleantech Incubator
For the next month on Tuesdays you can tour from 3-5pm.

Register here

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private nonprofit founded by the City of Los Angeles to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies in the region. Located in the center of the City’s Cleantech Corridor, LACI offers flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a robust network of experts and capital. Incubated companies operate in a range of sectors including Smart Grid infrastructure, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric transportation, and materials science. LACI works closely with the region’s universities, business community, government institutions, capital markets and utilities to foster innovation and to grow the region’s green economy.

Sep 21 2015
Tesla Makes Model X Crossover Launch Official: September 29, 2015

After several delays it appears that the Tesla Makes Model X Crossover is coming, Tesla announced the official Launch: September 29, 2015.

The price point for the Model X is higher than the Model S, and range is set to be 250 miles and with the added third row seat.
Invites for the Sept 29 event are being sent out and the buzz is building for the event next week.

Location of the vent is at the Tesla factory in Freemont, CA.

The first model will be a limited edition Model X Signature Series, once those have been sold and delivered a typical Model X will be priced at approx $5,000 over the Model S.

One of the most noteable features of the Model X is the Falcon Wine doors, that fold up and out, requiring only 6″ of clearance.

Falcon Wing rear doors fold up and out of the way, even in garages and narrow parking spaces.

The Model X has been in pre-order mode for nearly three years. We hope that Tesla has thousands of cars waiting to be delivered so once the assembly line goes into production buyers will receive their new cars quickly, delivery is expected in early 2016.

Learn more here

Sep 21 2015
Chevy Bolt vs Nissan LEAF – Chevy Bolt Winner

GM has a winner with the forthcoming Chevy Bolt and investments are being made to support the fast tracking of the Chevy Bolt for late 2016 early 2017 release. The manufacturing will take place at the Orion plant in Detroit, Michigan.

With a target range of 200 miles it will be the first long range all electric EV, to compete with Tesla.  The Nissan LEAF still pales at less than 100 miles range and when you factor in range loss and poor battery design and chemistry you will be kicking yourself for buying a glorified golf cart. And that is what the resale value on the Nissan LEAF amounts to, those paying upwards of 30-40 are seeing cars coming off a lease and sold for as low as $3000 because nobody wants to deal with the battery issues Nissan created.

With Nissan LEAF owners taking Nissan to court and two class action suits “settled” other owners are left with 9 bars  of battery capacity and not even 60% of the advertised promised range. With the fiasco Nissan created other lawsuits are sure to follow, perhaps lemon law actions, and small claim courts actions will snap Nissan out of the game they are playing with the EV industry.

And nobody is talking about how the federally mandated low/zero emission vehicle investments by manufacturers are being processed, did Nissan get a big Federal and State break for make an investment in the Nissan LEAF, only to sell large gas guzzlers?  Why are people who worked at Nissan no longer there and so happy once they left? Apparently working conditions are as bad as owning a car that a company doesn’t really care about supporting early adopters.

Nissan could get their act together and make things right, perhaps offering those Nissan owners a pro-rated rate on the battery, it is not rocket science, traditional battery manufacturers offer such warranties and they seem to work pretty well.  They other thing is Nissan could be more transparent, and put a more front facing team like they did when the Nissan LEAF launched, but that was a different era at Nissan, most if not all of those people are either gone or moved to other positions.  It will be interesting to see who from Nissan will be at the upcoming auto shows, and who will be on hand representing Nissan on the 2016-2017 LEAF. My guess is that just like they have been doing at many events for NDEW Nissan will have its marketing company handle customer facing interactions. Bad move, for Nissan, when you put a marketing company with limited knowledge and no real vested interest in the success of the product or perhaps they are even aware of the shortcomings of the product, why would anyone buy a LEAF?

At the various NDEW which Nissan was a sponsor, either Nissan failed to appear, or was there with limited presence and not many people showing interest in their product.  Nissan is being displaced in the EV space and it is happening right before their eyes and they can’t see it.  Sales are down, and they are scrambling to try to save it, but the ship sailed long ago, and has started to sink.

Nissan you have a big problem and it starts from the top.

Kudos to GM for taking the right steps to make a product that will surely be a hit in the market.


Sep 17 2015
Exploring New Roads EV & PHEV Pasadena Event Sept 19, 2015

Exploring New Roads
Saturday, September 19 • 1 – 5 p.m.
Central Library • 285 E. Walnut St.
Sustainable practices are becoming more and more commonplace as our society strives to become more environmentally and socially responsible. As we aim to cut down on our carbon footprint, we’re faced with making sustainable choices every day as we buy products large and small.

Big-ticket items such as automobiles have been at the forefront of the sustainability movement, evolving from fossil-based fuel to renewable resources. Advancements in the field have given us an array of alternative-fuel choices, including electric vehicles (EVs), green vehicles and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

This month, Pasadena Public Library Explores New Roads in technology, with sustainable and alternative fuel vehicles.
Have you been thinking of purchasing an electric car? Or are you interested in learning more about them?
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., to see an array of electric cars up close, including a TESLA, a 2016 Chevy Volt, Pasadena Water and Power’s (PWP’s) BMW i3 and Prius, and Caltech’s Formula SAE Electric Kart. Enjoy presentations by alternative-vehicle experts (see the schedule below), and browse through special exhibits provided by PWP and the City’s Transportation Department.  A new electric car charging station will even be unveiled in Central Library’s north parking lot. We hope to see you there!

New Technology at Pasadena Public Library
Library Director Jan Sanders highlights the library’s recent technological advancements.
1 – 1:15 p.m. • Donald Wright Auditorium

Formula SAE Electric
Presented by the Caltech Sustainable Vehicle Club
1:15 p.m. • Donald Wright Auditorium

Future of Transportation Design
Presented by Stewart Reed, Chair, Transportation Design, Art Center College of Design
2 p.m. • Donald Wright Auditorium

Video: “What is the Electric Car?” followed by highlights from the new book, What is the Electric Car? 72 Reasons to Drive Electric
Presented by Scott DuPont, Producer and Author, followed by Q & A. Books will be available for sale.
3 p.m. • Donald Wright Auditorium

Reimagine Electric
Presented by TESLA Car Company
4 p.m. • Donald Wright Auditorium

Electric Vehicle Displays
• 2016 Chevy Volt
• Caltech’s  Electric Go Kart
• PWP’s BMW i3
• PWP’s Prius
1 – 5 p.m. • North Parking Lot

• Pasadena Transportation Department
Information on alternative modes of transportation.

• Pasadena Water & Power Department
Information on the City of Pasadena’s electric vehicle incentive program and energy efficiency programs and incentives.
1 – 5 p.m. • North Parking Lot

Children’s Activities
• Create your own button featuring cars, spaceships and more
• Crafts for preschoolers.
1 – 5 p.m. • West Patio

• Obstacle course featuring robots, Dash and Dot
2 – 3:30 p.m. • Sunroom

New Library Cards and Technology Petting Zoo
1 – 5 p.m. • Circulation Desk/Great Hal


  • Note that Nissan LEAF is missing from the list of vehicles.
Sep 16 2015
2011 Nissan LEAF Battery Capacity Problems

If you are an early adopter of EVs, and you happen to purchase a 2011 Nissan LEAF, then you are starting to feel the impact of battery capacity loss. The Nissan LEAF has the worse track record of any of the EV vehicles made when it comes to battery capacity loss, and the 2011 is the worse of them all.

What causes the battery loss is not precisely known, but Nissan claims how you charge, how often, with which charging capacity, can impact.

There have been two class action lawsuits regarding this issue with Nissan, and both have apparently been settled, to the satisfaction of some owners.

When you take your Nissan LEAF into the dealer for a “battery check” they provide a very simple report. Where if Nissan properly trained and equipped service dealers then they could run better reports for consumers, Paying $100 for a piece of paper that is pretty much showing me the dash is useless. But in our case that is what the Nissan customer reps requested.

The 2011 Nissan LEAF is now 4 years old and enter the 5th year that has a battery warranty of 60,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first.

Nissan could very easily provide a diagnostic to show what the AHr, Ampere-Hours rating is. In my case I don’t know what mine is, but there are ways to find out.  Apparently the 4th bar drops between 41.7 and 43.5 AHr.  Some owners report dropping at 43.4 AHr.

Our range has been dropping as we wait for the 4th bar to drop.  It is only a matter of time, but will the 4th bar drop after the 5th year, 60,000 miles?

A four bar loss and the P3227 software update are required

Nissan is hedging its bet that it will and they will not have to replace the battery. This is a bad move on their part as that the likely hood of me ever buying another Nissan or recommended it to anyone is slim to 0%.

Take a look at some of the complaints from other Nissan LEAF owners on the website.



Sep 16 2015
Nissan LEAF Car Fires @nissansupport #nissandisappoints

Concerns about battery safety on EV vehicles is high. When incidents of a Nissan LEAF burned or on fire appear, this raises more concern. How could an EV catch on fire? Perhaps heat or an impact.

How did this Nissan LEAF burn?

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Or this one actually shown on fire?

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Sep 16 2015
Apple iOS 9 Release Times and Features September 16, 2015

Apple is set to release iOS 9 starting at 10am PST.

With this update your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features. New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature. And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life.


Proactive assistance
Presents relevant information even before you start typing
Notifies you when you need to leave for appointments using traffic conditions
Learns what you listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for your preferred music and audio apps
Suggested events and contact details are added to apps based on information found in Mail
Siri improvements
Search your personal photos and videos based on dates, locations and album names
Ask Siri to remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages
Request directions via public transit
Spotlight search improvements
Get sports scores, weather conditions and stock prices
Simple math calculations and conversions
Initiate messages, phone calls and FaceTime calls from contact search results

New iPad Features

Slide Over
Quickly use a second app without leaving the one you’re in
Easily switch between Slide Over apps
Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps
Split View
View and interact with two apps at once
Ability to resize your view to give equal attention to both apps or prioritize one app over another
Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps
Picture in picture
Continue watching a video while using your favorite apps
Support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos and Podcasts and enabled third party apps
QuickType improvements
Multi-Touch gestures for easier text selection on iPad
Quick access to text editing tools with Shortcut Bar on iPad
Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts
Support for all Unicode emoji flags

Built-in Apps

Map improvements
Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities
Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more
Apple Pay support is indicated on place cards at participating retail locations
Place cards include Wikipedia information for landmarks and cities
Redesigned Notes app
Add photos to your notes with the built-in camera or from your Photo Library
Create useful checklists and check off completed items with a tap
Sketch a quick thought using just your finger
Save interesting items directly from other apps using the Share menu
All-new News app
Read your favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs, or choose from over a million topics
Beautiful typography and layouts, photo galleries, videos, animations, and more
Browse articles that are chosen based on your interests in For You. Find channel and topic recommendations in Explore. News gets more personalized the more you read
Easily share articles with friends or save them to read later — even when you’re offline
Mail improvements
Search improvements help you quickly find what you’re looking for by filtering results based on sender, recipient, subject or a combination of options
Support for Markup lets you annotate an image or PDF attachment with text, shapes and even your signature, then send it back — without leaving Mail
Easily save the attachments you receive or add files from iCloud Drive or other document providers while composing a new message
Apple Pay and Wallet improvements
Support for Discover cards
Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards
To check out even faster, you can prepare an upcoming payment by double-clicking the Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping your finger on Touch ID
New iCloud Drive app
Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags you added on your Mac
Open files in any compatible app or share with those you choose
Organize folders and files
Get the iCloud Drive app in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select Show on Home Screen
CarPlay improvements
Plays back audio messages, letting you hear from people in their own voices
Full support for car knob controls, so you can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps
Support for CarPlay apps from auto manufacturers


Longer battery life
Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery
Facedown detection for turning display off when not in use
Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours
Software updates require less space to download and offer an option to install later
iOS apps and user interface now use Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance
Improved security with two-factor authentication support and a default 6 digit passcode support for Touch ID devices

Other improvements

New San Francisco system font
Leave a message option if recipient isn’t available for a FaceTime call
Share voicemails from the Phone app using the share sheet
Flight and package tracking for data detectors
Health app adds support for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state data types
HomeKit adds support for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security system accessories
Podcasts has an all-new design, makes it easy to find the latest episodes of your favorite shows and notifies you when new episodes become available for you
Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers
Wi-Fi Assist to automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor
Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit for more details

Expanded language support

New PingFang Chinese system font
Improved predictions, learning and autocorrection for Chinese in QuickType
Redesigned punctuation input on 10-key Chinese keyboard
Redesigned User Interface for right-to-left languages
Added Siri support for Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), and Norway
Added Spotlight search support for Mexico
New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish, Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico), and Telugu
Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish
Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)
Spell check for Finnish and Korean
Definition dictionary for Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish
Bilingual dictionary for French-English and German-English
New Japanese autocorrection and improved predictions and learning in QuickType
Option to switch between number systems for Arabic and Hindi

Enterprise & Education

Assign apps directly to iOS devices without needing to have an iTunes Store account configured
Improved calendar reliability for customers using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync v16
Expanded Per App VPN support for the built-in IPSec and IKEv2 VPN clients
New networking controls for managed apps to help limit international data roaming costs
New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable AirDrop on managed devices
Third party app extension support for VPN, advanced content filtering, and captive Wi-Fi networks


Touch Accommodations provides additional touch control for those with physical motor limitations
Switch Control Recipes to customize features or create your own
Support for Siri Voices for VoiceOver users
Additional customization of AssistiveTouch
Hardware keyboard support for Key Repeat, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys
Improved MFi hearing aid audio routing to choose where audio is played

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: and

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:


Sep 15 2015
@ChocolateSalon LA Chocolate Salon 9/26 #chocolate @eaterla @LAWeeklyFood @Eventful @WhereLA @PasadenaMag


Celebrating chocolate lovers in Southern California, participants include chocolatiers, confectioners, and other culinary artisans, such as 2015 partners:

  • Marco Paolo Chocolates
  • Valenza Chocolatier
  • Amara Chocolate & Coffee
  • Mignon Chocolate Boutique
  • Taza Chocolate
  • Sweet Milalani
  • Choctal
  • Droga Chocolates
  • Copper Cauldron Candy Co
  • Chocxo Bean to Bar Chocolatier
  • Marti Chocolatt
  • Tequila Alquimia
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
  • Chocolate Television
  • Chocolate-themed art creations from Eye Heart Art
  • and more…
  • Amano Artisan Chocolate
  • Amella Caramels
  • The Tea Room Chocolate Company
  • David Bacco Chocolatier
  • Truffles N Toffee
  • Fera’wyn’s Artisan Chocolates
  • Pacari Chocolate
  • Chocolatier Eve
  • Les Beaux Chocolats
  • Dove Chocolate Discoveries
  • Gourmet Blends
  • Serralles USA (Don Q Rum)
  • The Gourmandise School
  • New Orleans Bill
  • TasteTV

The Pasadena Center
300 Green Street
Pasadena, CA

*All Tasting & Events
Included with Entry*
Adults: $20 Advance Purchase
Adults: $25 Door

Children under 6: Free*
Children, 6 to 12: $10
*Applies to 2 children per adult. Each additional child under 6: $10

• Premium Chocolate Tasting
• Artisan Chocolate Demos
• Chef & Author Talks
• Television Interviews, and more

Sep 15 2015
Darden Restaurant eGift Cards Buy Now @BahamaBreeze @Seasons52 @LongHornSteaks @CapitalGrille @olivegarden @EddieVs

The Darden family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House. With such a variety of restaurant themes Darden’s brands appeal to nearly everyone across the country! Darden eGift cards can be redeemed at any of our domestic restaurants, they are a perfect way to give the gift of food.


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