'Idaho stop' may soon be legal throughout California


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If California bill AB 1103 becomes law, bicyclists may treat stop signs as yields.

A variation of what’s commonly known as the “Idaho stop” – the law that allows bicyclists in that state to treat a stop sign as a yield sign – may soon become legal in California.

The California State Legislature will consider a bipartisan bill, AB 1103, in January that would permit bicyclists to treat stop signs as yields.

Auto repair shop lends a hand in a pressure situation

As long as I can remember, we’ve had a great relationship with other auto repair shops in the area. My father used to network with shops when I was growing up. We would always share know-how and tools.

When I took over the shop in 1990, I became a member of the Automotive Service Council of California. It’s an organization that encourages shops to communicate with one another and holds monthly meetings to discuss the ever-changing automotive field.

Zero-emission vehicles with almost zero in common


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Through a combination of batteries and electric motor, the Ford Fusion Hybrid gets 42 mpg.

With California’s emphasis on air quality, automobile companies are mandated to sell a specific number of zero-emission vehicles each year, as well as meet emissions and fuel economy standards across their entire sales volume.

California also may be the most car-crazy state in the U.S., representing a significant market for cars that are simply satisfying to drive.

Five rules to live by as a cyclist


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Being a responsible cyclist requires riding no more than two abreast.

The training I received from Michael Munk prior to our 3,400-mile bicycle ride from Newport Beach to Salisbury Beach, Mass., in 2011 inspired me to write on this month’s topic. There were 21 of us on that trip, and Mike’s goal was to ensure that every one of us made it safely to the Atlantic Ocean.

Patching up a problem

A customer recently brought in his 2004 Honda Accord EX because the check-engine light went on. I asked him if the car was doing anything out of the ordinary, and he said no.

The Swiss Army Knife of family transportation


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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid seats up to seven and is packed with safety features.

If asked what’s the best type of vehicle for a growing family in Los Altos, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a new minivan.


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