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AutoMatters+: Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles

Ken Block flying over the jump

Red Bull Global Rallycross ( has brought the motor sport of rallying to Los Angeles.

San Dieguito enrollment study group formed, facilitator chosen


Vocal community dissatisfaction with San Dieguito Union High School District policies on enrollment and attendance boundaries last spring has led the district to create a task force to explore the issue – and to select a facilitator for the group who charges $350 an hour.

The task force, officially called the High School Enrollment Study Group, grew out of objections earlier this year to the lottery system SDUHSD uses to allow admittance to the district’s two “open enrollment” high schools – San Dieguito Academy and Canyon Crest Academy.

AutoMatters+: Orange County Auto Show & Innovative Thinium Charge

VW - Das Auto

As is the tradition here in sunny Southern California, the new auto show season recently kicked off with the Orange County International Auto Show.

Press day for this show has changed quite a bit since I first started covering it several years ago. Before the financial crisis hit, back in the seemingly free-spending days of auto companies, there were elaborate, staged, dramatic new vehicle reveals, free food and cool promotional giveaway items. The reasoning was, no doubt, to attract the attention of automotive journalists so that we’d be more likely to write about and show you their latest and greatest new vehicles, but that was then and this is now. Times have changed.

San Diego’s Rock Week of Wonder

Marsha Sutton

It was a Week of Wonder in San Diego last week, with concerts by three of the biggest names from the 1960s and ’70s. In six days, our fair city saw Paul McCartney on Sunday, Crosby Stills & Nash on Wednesday, and the Eagles on Saturday. Saying it was a trip down memory lane is such a lame cliché, but how else to describe this glorious week?

I’m not much of an Eagles fan (please, no hate mail), and sadly, I was not on the ball when I belatedly heard Crosby Stills & Nash were coming to the Civic Center.

That’s not my favorite venue in any case, especially after seeing Graham Nash up close and personal at the Belly Up last year. But I did lament missing that beautiful three-part harmony — and the lovely memories their songs bring back.

AutoMatters+: The 2014 Miramar Air Show

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels

The 2014 edition of the Miramar Air Show was a resounding success.

AutoMatters+: Coronado Speed Festival & the Car Connection to the Genome

BMW versus Porsche

Last week, coverage of the 2014 Coronado Speed Festival began with Robby Gordon Speed Energy Formula Off-Road truck racing – presented by Traxxas. Fleet Week San Diego coverage continues with historic auto racing.

Fleet Week was first celebrated in San Diego in 1935, during the California Pacific International Exposition. Since then, Fleet Week San Diego has grown to become our nation’s largest tribute to our military men and women, who dedicate their lives to defend our freedom and way of life.

Health Care System Makes it Difficult for End-of-Life Patients


By Joseph Franz No matter our political, religious, cultural or socio-economical differences, the one thing that we all have in common is death. Unfortunately, creating a “good death” to the elderly and sick is not easy and it could be getting even more difficult. A recent New York Times article highlighted the struggles of a [...]

AutoMatters+: Robby Gordon’s Off-Road Truck Racing, Maze Runner & BoxTrolls

Too close for comfort

Last weekend was a very busy one for motorsports in Southern California. The fans absolutely went crazy over Robby Gordon Speed Energy Formula Off-Road truck racing — presented by Traxxas, at the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival.

AutoMatters+: Unlimited Hydroplane Racing at San Diego Bayfair 2014

Unlimited Hydroplanes at San Diego Bayfair

What better way to deal with the unseasonably warm temperatures than by heading for the beach? That’s what San Diegans and visitors alike did on the weekend of Sept. 12 – 14, as we all helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Diego Bayfair at San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay.

AutoMatters+: Hot Wheels Life-Sized TWIN MILL

Life-sized Hot Wheels TWIN MILL

Recently I interviewed Bryan Benedict, the designer of the new, life-sized (1:1) Darth Vader Hot Wheels car at San Diego Comic-Con (for AutoMatters+ #344). While there, we made arrangements for me to drive up to Mattel to take a closer look at that car and also to see more of the 1:1 scale Hot Wheels show cars – all of which are functional. This time we’ll take a closer look at TWIN MILL.



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