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Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
American Prime Mfg., Inc.
8205 Secura Way
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
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Vance & Hines new Torquer 450 provides big sound, big looks and big power for Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8-engined tourers.
January 17, 2020 – Santa Fe Springs CA – Nobody loves the sound and feel of a Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 motor more than Hall of Fame drag racer Terry Vance. So, when consumers told him they wanted better sound from their Harley touring bike’s exhaust, the company he founded went after the solution. The result, the Vance & Hines Torquer 450 Slip-On muffler. It delivers superior sound, improved horsepower and torque and it’s designed to be used with stock exhaust headers, which many riders choose to keep on their bikes.
“On my annual trip to the Sturgis rally, other riders told me they couldn’t find slip-ons that delivered great sound,” said Vance. “We needed to reinvent the 4.5-inch category.”
“I gave the challenge to our Engineering Team, and they needed to invent new baffles to do it,” continued Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy. “Now we offer the best sounding M8 slip-ons in the market and we can build them at Vance & Hines for a great price. That’s pretty cool.”
The Torquer 450 slip-ons are the newest entry into the 4.5-inch diameter segment of the exhaust market. The 50-state emission compliant slip-on mufflers deliver superior sound and improved horsepower and torque, the best performance of any Vance & Hines slip-on exhaust.
Vance & Hines developed the new free-flowing LS-275 baffle (patent pending) specifically to address the concerns of owners of Milwaukee 8-powered Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Design and manufacturing of the Torquer 450 takes place in the company’s plant in Santa Fe Springs CA.
Style is important to every rider, so the new mufflers were designed with maximum visual impact. Featuring a huge 4.5-inch diameter slip-on and new, stylized, billet end caps, the exhaust makes a visual statement along with a deep, throaty sound.
Pricing on the Torquer 450 is a winner, too. At $599(US) for Chrome and $649(US) for black, the new slip-ons are the lowest price of any 4.5-inch pipe in the industry.
Torquer 450 slip-ons are available now at motorcycle dealers around the USA and abroad.
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Openings in 27 state or regional RACs in 13 states, three site-specific RACs
The American Motorcyclist Association believes you may be interested in nominating yourself or fellow members for one or more of the 27 BLM state or regional Resource Advisory Councils with openings in 13 states. They are: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT and ND/SD, NM, NV, OR/WA and WY. In addition, the BLM has openings on three site-specific RACs; Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, Steens Mountain in Oregon and San Juan Islands in Puerto Rico.
RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. Since the makeup of the RACs is structured to help ensure motorized users are well represented, it is important that the motorized community steps forward to fill those spots.
There are three categories of members on BLM RAC’s. Two specifically call for those with OHV background and expertise. Category one members include representatives of organizations associated with off-highway vehicle use and category two includes representatives of nationally or regionally recognized organizations involved with dispersed recreation.
The agency continuously seeks nominations to fill vacancies on the RACs, but there are particular vacancies to be filled now. Detailed information on current state/regional openings are available here and the three site-specific positions here.
Nomination process: Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be residents of the State in which the RAC on which they hope to serve has jurisdiction. The BLM will evaluate nominees based on their education, training, experience, and knowledge of the geographical area of the RAC. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to collaborative resource decision-making. To be considered, nominees must provide:
1. Letters of reference from represented interests or organizations
2. A completed Resource Advisory Council application, available here.
3. Any other information that addresses the nominee’s qualifications.
Deadline: Nomination materials must be received on or before Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Any AMA members interested in applying for RAC positions now or in the future are welcome to contact the AMA at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Thank you in advance for submitting an application for your local RAC. Please forward this alert to your friends and ask them to do so as well. If you do submit an application, please let us know at email@example.com.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights-on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.
Join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com.
If you are an AMA member, encourage your friends to join by telling them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and the role the AMA plays in promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.
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To the editor: Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done on NHTSA data, which showed that 1.6% of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then.
Nowhere does anyone ever put into a bill that speed limits must be posted at the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed. This is so that the ticket industry can thrive. Set the limits too low, ticket barely above them, get municipal radar and speed cameras, then watch the money flow in. Since this is still not enough, the state now wants more LIDAR and moving radar. You can expect more crashes, safe drivers cited, and lots of erroneous tickets with poor policies.
The mentioned devices [in Tim Hennessey’s re-election announcement] flopped elsewhere and will here. The state wants money, whether from red-light cameras, speed cameras, stop-arm cameras, or municipal radar. Multiple media outlets stated that after red-light cameras were installed in Philadelphia, crashes went up, yet people still say they went down. Be careful who you listen to with traffic issues.
Maximum safety on roads occurs when we have speed limits posted to the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed, yellow traffic lights set to actual approach speeds with realistic perception and reaction times, and stop signs only where needed.
In the meantime, we ignore issues like distracted drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Please contact your state representative, state senator, and the governor to oppose the above in Pennsylvania and demand best-practice engineering. Tickets should also be only points, no fines or surcharges.
James Sikorski Jr., Wapwallopen, PA
PA Advocate National Motorists Association
Published by Mychesco.com
Academy Award nominations for the racing-themed movie include three technical categories for editing and sound.
The Academy Awards’ nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles, and Ford v Ferrari, as had been expected, was chosen in several categories. The movie is up for Best Picture in a field of nine nominees, among them The Irishman and Once upon a Time in Hollywood. Its three other nominations are for film editing, sound editing, and sound mixing.
Ford v Ferrari tells the story of an upstart American team going up against the Ferrari juggernaut and emerging victorious. It has been critically praised, including by C/D, for its re-creation of three races: the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona, the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a fictitious race at Willow Springs Raceway in California that establishes the relationship between the main characters, race-team leader Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon) and ace driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale). Neither of those actors got Oscar nominations; in an awards ceremony held last week, Bale had been nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), but he lost to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.
Although the 1967 film Grand Prixwon Oscars for sound, editing, and special effects, it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, and in Oscars history, no racing-themed movie has ever won Best Picture.
–by Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver
By Katy Grimes, California Globe
While the California Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) into law in 2018, ostensibly to help California consumers protect their online data, state and local government doesn’t appear to be required to comply with this law.
Recently we learned that the Department of Motor Vehicles is earning more than $50-million a year by selling California drivers’ personal information, and the public is not offered an opt-out option of sharing personal information.
Now we learn that San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott gave the approval to General Electric to outfit 4,000 new “smart street lights” with cameras and microphones in 2017. The IQ nodes are listed on this city map and in the screen shot below.
The City of San Diego appears to now be in the business of enabling mega-data companies to cash in on city residents’ privacy.
The City paid $30 million for the contract. But the larger issue is that General Electric has already made more than $1 billion dollars selling San Diego residents’ data to Wall Street.
The City of San Diego gave what appears to be unrestricted rights to the private data, according to the contract (below).
Apparently City Attorney Elliott never told the Mayor and City Council of the mass surveillance capabilities.
San Diego is now home to the largest mass surveillance operation across the country.
General Electric and its subsidiaries have access to all the processed data in perpetuity with no oversight.
Law enforcement uses of the cameras is fine, provided it is done within the law and doesn’t violate the constitution.
Now we have learned Elliott owns between $10,000 and $100,000 in GE stock, according to her FPPC Form 700.
Article 7 of the City of San Diego Charter (below), which under section 94 states,“Pursuant to state law, no officers of the City, whether elected or appointed, financially interested in any contract made by them in their official capacity. Any officer who willfully violates this paragraph shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall immediately forfeit his or her office and be thereafter forever barred and disqualified from holding any elective or appointive office in the service of the City.”
The section also reads that ANY contract entered into in violation of this Section shall be void. “All contracts entered into in violation of this Section shall be void and shall not be enforceable against said City.”
Attorney Julie Biggs calls this a criminal enterprise. Biggs notes that the San Diego city charter changed after Elliott took office, and the real issue is that it is supposed to keep officers in line and transparent in their actions on behalf of the city.
Additionally, Biggs said a council member recused himself because he had stock with GE, because someone advised him.
Additionally, Biggs said she would hope the City Attorney would put the transactions in the record, but “in this case, that didn’t occur.”
Biggs, who was also once a City Attorney, said every day she looked in the mirror and said, ‘I am an officer of the court. What is my duty?’”
“That’s how a city attorney should begin each day,” Biggs said. “The duty is to make sure the council knows what they are doing, and it can be defended. If it can’t be defended, the other duty is to take the information to the council and get permission to get law enforcement involved.”
“If it is a close call, always go with the conservative decision. the appearance of impropriety is almost as important as the impropriety.”
here is what the law provides:
(a) An officer or employee shall not be deemed to be interested in a contract if his or her interest is any of the following:
(1) The ownership of less than 3 percent of the shares of a corporation for profit, provided that the total annual income to him or her from dividends, including the value of stock dividends, from the corporation does not exceed 5 percent of his or her total annual income, and any other payments made to him or her by the corporation do not exceed 5 percent of his or her total annual income.”
Former Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright, and former candidate for San Diego County district attorney, and Legal Counsel to Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, is very concerned about the surveillance and racial profiling. “The city attorney’s glaring conflict of interest appears to be what’s preventing policymakers from addressing the coalition’s concerns,” said Geneviéve Jones-Wright. “We will be asking the mayor and city council directly to hire outside legal counsel immediately so we can get our concerns resolved.”
General Electric has a video with the City of San Diego ostensibly about San Diego becoming 100 percent renewable, by converting their street lights to GE LED, and equipping 3200 of the street lights with sensors allows the city to understand how well they are doing at achieving this goal. There is no mention of surveillance in the video.
In the GE APPS CENTER, data has been given to 3rd party app developers for free. the website for 3rd party app developers who have access to all the data for free.
Many are concerned about the collection of the data, and how it will be used and by whom.
As attorney Julie Biggs said, “the attorney’s role is to go right down the line and make sure the council members are informed, and then step back and let them make the decisions… to make sure the council knows what they are doing and why.”
Attorney Cory Briggs, a candidate for City Attorney, told NBC 7 San Diego in October, “This was presented as an energy efficiency update to street lights,” said Briggs, who’s a candidate for City Attorney. “It turns out that they’re gathering the data. They’ve been giving it to the police, but they’re also [potentially] giving it to Wall Street with no constraints whatsoever. Well, that’s exactly what Facebook was doing when it was giving data to big tech, so that people could take it and use it for political purposes.”
“Briggs said the fact that council members are now want a moratorium on the project confirms that they were not provided with the information necessary to make their decision.”
Briggs also blames current City Attorney Mara Elliott for failing to inform council members.
Former city attorney Jan Goldsmith, who was blamed by Mara Elliott’s spokesperson for the contract with GE, sent the following statement to NBC 7:
“Ms. Elliott sat with the City Council on December 13, 2016, when the Council heard First Reading of the Ordinance approving the contract. Then, she sat with the City Council on January 10, 2017, when the Ordinance approving the contract was actually adopted on Second Reading.”
“The Smart Streetlights contract was implemented through a series of design and build contracts approved by the City Council on July 17, 2017.”
“I was not present at any of these City Council meetings and did not prepare for them because I was out of office,” wrote Goldsmith.
The NBC 7 article had a follow up quote from General Electric:
“The data collected from those nodes is exclusively owned by the city, and any assertion otherwise is wholly inaccurate.
Unless explicitly instructed to do so by the city in accordance with all applicable law, Current does not provide that data to any third parties.”
–from Bikernet contributor, El Waggs: See more at the CaliforniaGlobe.com
Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California’s War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?