Archives for October 31, 2019

14th AnnualAltCar Expo Santa Monica Returns Nov 2 at Santa Monica College

The 14th Annual Santa Monica AltCar Expo and Ride & Drive is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Santa Monica College, bringing the latest in alternative fuel vehicles and technology to Los Angeles. The event will be feature two public panels in the morning from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with the Expo and Ride Drive running all day from 10:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Guests will enjoy free admission and free parking to the Expo and Ride & Drive to test drive the latest battery-electric, fuel-cell electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid electric vehicles and speak with product specialists from brands and manufacturers that are continuing the movement toward alternative fuel and clean car policies.

For guests interested in switching to an EV, AltCar Expo is offering a free EV 101 training session presented by the United States Green Building Council LA Chapter (USGBC-LA) in partnership with ChargePoint, SoCal Edison, South Coast AQMD, and the LA Department of Water and Power, which will explore the different types of charging available for EVs, panning and installation considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), its benefits, costs and rebates. Attendees can also join a free panel, Building Electrification for the Home, to learn how with deliberate planning, homes can be built or retrofitted to be zero-emission. Both panels will be moderated by USGBC-LA Executive Director, Ben Stapleton, and are designed for the public to learn ways to incorporate sustainable technology into their daily life.


●      10:30 – 4:30 p.m. AltCar Expo and Ride & Drive

●      11:00 a.m. EV 101 Training Panel

●      12:00 p.m. Building Electrification for the Home Panel


●      CVRP Hyundai Nexo

●      Honda Clarity PHEV

●      Nissan Leaf EV

●      Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell

●      Toyota Prius Prime 

●      VW e-Golf

●      Zero SR/F Motorcycle

●      1992 Mazda Miata Electric Conversion Vehicle


AltCar Expo is a free, family-friendly event. Pre-registration is free and recommended for expedited entry. For additional information and to pre-register, please visit


Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Santa Monica College

Bundy Campus

3171 S. Bundy

Los Angeles, CA 90099

Credit: AltCar Expo.

3 Precautions to Take Before a Family Road Trip

1. Review Your Car Seat Usage

Properly installing and adjusting your car seats to adhere to the manufacturer’s suggestions and your local laws is an imperative step to take. Not only could you be ticketed for this offense, but an officer could technically charge you with child endangerment in some jurisdictions. Check out your state’s car seat guidelines here to make sure you’re not breaking any laws. You may also want to watch a few videos on car seat best practices and spend an hour reading the car seat manual to become a guru at safe car seat usage.

2. Compile a First Aid & Emergency Kit

You never want to be completely empty-handed in an emergency situation such as an unexpected injury, so making a first aid kit is always advisable. As you know, kids have a way of getting hurt in situations where you wouldn’t think there would be any danger. Even something as simple as handling a sheet of paper could cause a paper cut. While there’s no guaranteed way to protect your child from

every possible danger that exists in the universe, having emergency supplies on-hand will at least keep you ready to respond appropriately.

3. Bring Backup Food, Water, and Batteries

Being stranded anywhere without food or water is never a situation you want to be in with kids. Unfortunately, even brand new vehicles can break down on the side of the road without warning, so you need to be prepared for such an event by packing plenty of non-perishable snacks, bottled water, juices, and other emergency food supplies. Likewise, you never want to be in the predicament of not having a phone to contact emergency services, so be sure to bring a couple of extra cellphone batteries and consider investing in a signal range extender if you’re going to be visiting a rural area that has poor cell reception.

Don’t Forget Roadside Assistance!

Finally, one precaution that every family should put in place on their insurance policy is roadside assistance. You’re probably aware of this option already, but it’s a worthwhile reminder for those parents who haven’t added this feature to their policy yet. Be sure to call your insurance provider and opt for the most comprehensive form of roadside assistance possible. This will give you the ability to quickly obtain emergency tow, repair, and hospitality services.

Mr. Lopez, Oct. 31st Pet of the Week!

Beautiful black cats put people in mind of Halloween, but orange cats like Mr. Lopez do, too, right into Thanksgiving harvest! That said, cats aren’t holiday-design accessories—they’re friends and family members. Mr. Lopez is under a year old, and he’s already a big, friendly armful of fluff ready to play and purr all year long at your house. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID #A630983.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.