April 10, 2005
MARISA O'NEIL When I heard that gas prices at some Southern California stations are edging toward $3 a gallon, I laughed. When I read Friday morning that Orange County gas prices had reached an all-time high of over $2.50 a gallon, I smiled and shrugged. Getting 50 miles to the gallon has that affect on a girl. This week, I joined the hybrid revolution. I bought a Toyota Prius, which uses technology that combines an electric motor with a gas-powered engine to scoot some 50 miles on one gallon of gas. That's nearly five times further than the same gallon can take the average behemoth sport-utility vehicle.
September 6, 2007
Costa Mesa government is going green, the City Council decided this week. The council on Tuesday unanimously approved a sweeping new policy that requires any future city facilities to meet environmentally friendly standards, says new nonemergency vehicles for the city fleet will be alternative or hybrid-fuel vehicles, and specifies the city will try to increase efficiency and decrease waste in various other areas. Council members also approved an incentive program to encourage homeowners and businesses to add energy-efficient features such as tank-less water heaters.
April 4, 2004
Feeling adventurous? Here are some offerings to broaden your horizons: Oro blanco grapefruit Larger and much sweeter and milder than traditional grapefruit. No sugar required. Purple potatoes Make for a colorful mash. Hybrid fruits Pluots, which are a cross of plum and apricot, are the same fruits in different ratios. Mercots are a cross between a kumquat and a tangerine. Blood oranges Orange outside, but red and delectably sweet inside.
January 12, 2003
January in the garden. After the hectic holidays, Mother Nature calls us back to earth and back to garden basics. Get out the pruning shears and prepare for garden therapy. Somehow, it just seems right to chop away at the beauties of the garden. It's so fulfilling to lop and cut leaving only the necessities intact. The pruning ratio depends on the type of roses in your garden. Floribundas, like Iceberg roses, only need about a third of their growth cut back.
December 6, 2007
• GM stresses over self-imposed Volt timeline but remains committed to it: General Motors plans to launch its plug-in hybrid gas/electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, by the end of 2010 despite skepticism at GM about that target. As the race to bring a mass-market, rechargeable electric vehicle to the market heats up, GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz said employees working on the Volt are becoming nervous. “There is a lot of skepticism within the company about the timeline,” Lutz said at the Reuters Autos Summit in Detroit.
November 24, 2012
Newport Beach's Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian this week opened an extensively remodeled Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute, which boasts about 34,650 square feet of some of the area's most advanced cardiovascular services, a news release said. The institute includes the region's first electrophysiology catheterization lab suite, hybrid cardiovascular surgical suite, 27 pre- and post-procedure beds, new lobby, conference room, and monument space for community members who have donated to the institute.
August 2, 2010
ORANGE — A woman is hospitalized in critical condition with life threatening wounds after she was stabbed during a carjacking in a grocery store parking lot. The suspect is under arrest. Orange police Sgt. Sean O'Toole says the carjacking took place in an Albertson's parking lot at 8440 East Chapman Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. The woman, described as in her 40's or 50's, was heading to her car with her groceries when she was approached by a man who demanded the victim turn over the keys to her bronze or silver, four-door 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid.
June 4, 2008
Hot off the press! A price jolt for the Volt: Every time the Sleuth writes about the upcoming plug-in-electric vehicle from Chevrolet’s parent General Motors, it seems the price keeps rising. Now there are rumblings that GM is lobbying the United States and Canadian governments for a tax break for its Volt electric car. If approved, they would chop as much as about $7,000 from the retail price in the United States. The production numbers in the first year (2010, possibly)