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Homer April 18, 2014 at 08:59 am
Just returned from a trip toward the eastern states. Low of $3.29 to a high of $3.59 for 87 octane.
Megan V April 18, 2014 at 09:20 am
Let's not forget the "summer blend" that we are forced to purchase. This does nothing butRead More increase the gas prices, as this article states, the ethanol for the summer blend was a factor of the increase. There's no proven need for this more expensive blend they roll out when more gas is being consumed.
OldTimer April 18, 2014 at 11:54 am
Megan, the average price of gas NATIONALLY has skyrocketed over the last 10 years. Review the priceRead More charts. All public information. The California electeds love higher gas prices because the State collects the tax based on the PERCENT of the standing price per gallon. The higher the price the more you pay the governor. So they will use any old excuse to make you pay more. I expect gas to hit $5 a gallon this summer, even with the claim that we (the US) is producing more oil than ever. Supply and demand???? Sure. Pull my other thumb!!!
April's blood moon eclipse will show itself on April 15, 2014. Photo Credit: jurvetson, via flickr creative commons
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 15, 2014 at 09:21 am
I got up every hour waiting to see a red moon. Not even a drop of blood, I had a great spot to seeRead More the moon. Did they lie about?
Sarah April 15, 2014 at 07:19 pm
I saw it at 12:05 am. It was amazing!!
johnclarknew April 16, 2014 at 07:27 am
At 12:15 am thin clouds obscured it. I went back to bed.
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 11:23 am
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 02:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
The 241 Toll Road as it exists today. Patch file photo.
andy fischer April 12, 2014 at 08:12 am
I vote by not voting.
Danny Jones April 12, 2014 at 03:41 pm
I use the 241 all the time, and it would definitely benefit my personal and business life. I'd loveRead More to see it go through. Hell if it went to Camp Pendleton, I woulda used it every day going to work on base.
GreenInOC April 13, 2014 at 07:27 pm
@andy fischer, you can't be neutral on a moving train.
Sarah Lish March 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm
@Alex Bloated pensions of our teachers?! Teachers pay for their own pensions. The school districtRead More doesn't contribute a single dime to any teacher's pension. Unlike the city, county and state workers, they get their money matched. For every dime they contribute to their pensions, the state, county or city matches that dime. What would be nice would be to have the district pay for supplies so the teachers don't have to shell out the money. I understand that extra curricular activities cost money but that is something you choose to participate in. I would love to see the parent's reaction to having to provide construction paper, writing paper, glue sticks, scissors, paint, tape, staples, etc. to their child's education. I know that was just a few of things I had to provide for my students each and every year.
KarmaKing March 19, 2014 at 01:57 pm
"Teachers pay for their own pensions. The school district doesn't contribute a single dime toRead More any teacher's pension." Not so Sarah. Teacher's contribute 8%, school districts contribute 8.25% and the State kicks in 5%. That's according to CALSTRS which is the State's teacher pension system ( http://www.calstrs.com/general-information/plan-funding-faqs) and a recent OC Register article here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/state-602273-percent-districts.html. of course, if CALSTRS can't address it's $70 billion unfunded liability, taxpayers have to pick up that tab also.
KarmaKing March 19, 2014 at 01:59 pm
Oops apologies to the grammar police I should've said "its."
A warming trend starts today across the Southland. Patch file photo.
Mara T March 16, 2014 at 04:23 pm
PS Only sunscreens that pass the FDA’s Broad Spectrum test (providing proportional protectionRead More against UVA and UVB rays) may be labeled as “Broad Spectrum.”
Stoked March 17, 2014 at 06:31 am
I would consider going somewhere other than loreal for beauty/sunscreen products. After a backlashRead More on their animal testing procedures in the '80's they quit testing on animals but instead outsourced that testing. It took them until last year to stop that outsourcing but they still have a disclaimer that they 'may' test under certain circumstances. Do you really trust their sneaky policies? Also steer clear of any face wash products that contain polyethylene. Those contain the plastic microbeads that are placticizing our oceans.
John March 17, 2014 at 04:00 pm
I strongly suggest looking into what you are putting on your skin before just slathering somethingRead More that says SPF whatever. Your skin is like a mouth and will drink whatever you put on it. Most popular brands have a higher risk of being unhealthy to your body compared to the sun. http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/ is a great place to look. I use kinesys.
Patch photo credit: Barton Mac Leod
Smokey Bear March 10, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Yeahhh, I'm in the last picture, standing in the water in front of the stage, but no bear suit, justRead More black shorts, red, white, blue shirt & the guy next to me has a grey shirt on. Yeaaa, that was so much fun, I just love when they do the bands on the dock!!
Orange County is expected to finally get some rain tonight. Patch file photo.
JB February 26, 2014 at 11:31 am
I moved here from Florida, land of the hurricanes and torrential, summer downpours. An inch and aRead More half of rain doesn't make me flinch. I grew up in Buffalo, NY, where I shoveled more than my fair share of driveways after their notorious blizzards. Californians can be such weather-wimps. Just saying.
Donna Fleming February 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm
I still remember 1995 rain and flooding in Southern California. Picking up kids 5 & 7 fromRead More school. Water to my knees. My kids still recall asking if the car could do tricks in the rain? A trooper at the time. California is not prepared for the heavy storms. ***During the events of January and March 1995, over 100 stations recorded their greatest 1-day rainfalls in that station’s history. The major brunt of the January storms hit the Sacramento River basin and resulted in small stream flooding primarily due to storm drainage system failures, though flooding affected nearly every part of the state. The Salinas River exceeded its previous measured record crest by more than 1.3 m (4.3 ft), which was within 30–60 cm (0.98–1.97 ft) of the reputed crest of the legendary 1862 flood. The Napa River set a new peak record, and the Russian and Pajaro rivers approached their record peaks. More than thirty people were killed and 5 were missing.The flood cost $1.8 billion.[4]*** Be careful out there. It may be more water than you want as the ground cannot take it in fast enough.
Donna Fleming February 26, 2014 at 02:02 pm
Be safe. Shop before the rain. Stay off the roads if you can.
Workers will shut down the I-5 Freeway on Friday night into Saturday morning this week at Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. Patch file photo.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm
LOL!
MFriedrich February 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm
Barbara, Pile drivers are heavy machinery that drive beams of iron or other construction structureRead More deep into the ground for supporting a larger structure (a building, a bridge, etc.) Here's a photo of the machine. The noise is maddeningly loud and methodic. Ear plugs do not help. It can take hours to complete the driving of piles into the earth to a sufficient depth. http://tinyurl.com/n3m2xec Also, there's a wrestling move called the "pile driver", as well as other uses of the word which you can explore on your own.
Barbara Cole Miller February 24, 2014 at 02:05 pm
MFriedrich, thank you! Normally I actually would have Googled the term but because the story wasRead More about construction on the freeway where we "drive", I just thought I'm gonna have to do "pile driving" when I drive through there next week. And that I'd better find out what that means, lol! Appreciate your link and that nothing out of the ordinary will be required of my driving skills:)
Two rainstorms are expected this week, a weaker one on Wednesday and a major event Friday-ish. Patch file photo.
Stuart Ebert February 24, 2014 at 06:01 pm
Some long range forecasts are indeed predicting a series of "Pineapple Express" storms inRead More March. Whether you believe they are being enhanced or engineered as "drought breakers" by a government operation (as I do) it underscores the efficiency and power of the hydrologic cycle. It is something we need to protect and pass on to future generations in California.
Stuart Ebert February 24, 2014 at 06:45 pm
Advantages of a normal climate/hydrologic cycle include: Incredible power. Capable of deliveringRead More thousands or millions of tons of snow to Sierra Nevada in a single storm. And it's all SOLAR POWERED. Hydroelectric power in California from snowmelt trumps all the damn solar panels on every rooftop. And please, UCLA Institute for "Sustainability" please do your homework and crunch some numbers BEFORE making further recommendations about drinking water from my toilet or backyard rainbarrel!
Homer February 24, 2014 at 07:48 pm
@Donna, straying slightly from the topic, the answer to your question is: ownership and money.Read More Privately owned land cannot (will not) be directly taken from a developer. This is bad business for the city. The new trend is for cities to arbitrate an agreement to set aside acreage as green space. With the new developments, the cities gain an increase in the tax basis. Either way, the end result is that both parties profit.
Patch file photo of San Onofre nuclear power plant.
Donna Gilmore February 21, 2014 at 10:08 am
Why doesn't this article mention that the leak was a radiation leak?
sean meister February 21, 2014 at 10:49 am
Sterling Machinery Exchange is very excited to be working with SONGS and MRI Auctions. Auction NextRead More Month! Thousands of Items including some great machinery and support equipment. Take a look at the San Onofre Generating Power Station Auction Photo Gallery on http://nuclear.sterlingmachinery.com/
Joe Holtzman February 22, 2014 at 11:15 am
Small problem? Hardly--new generators were defective and a significant potential hazard for 8.5Read More million people in Southern California.