BOE Lowers Gasoline Excise Tax Rate 6 Cents

CULVER CITY – Members of the California State Board of Equalization voted to lower the excise tax rate for gasoline by $0.06 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 during their Feb. 24 meeting in Culver City. Since 2010, the “fuel tax swap” law has required the Board to adjust this tax rate by March 1st of each year. With […]

Agency authorized to create countywide collision data system

RIVERSIDE – The Board of Supervisors today authorized the Riverside County Department of Transportation to implement a countywide collision data collection system, accessible to area cities, to make roads throughout the region safer. The Department of Transportation was awarded a $340,000 federal grant, disbursed by the California Office of Traffic Safety, to upgrade its Geographic […]

‘Wide-ranging’ credit card data breach may have hit California DMV

‘Wide-ranging’ credit card data breach may have hit California DMV

A “wide-ranging credit card data breach” may have hit the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to a low-key alert sent by Mastercard to financial institutions this week, it was reported today. Security blogger Brian Krebs — who also broke the Target credit card fraud — reported that five different banks had told him they […]

Check out these wheels: 2013 Kia Optima SXL

Check out these wheels: 2013 Kia Optima SXL

This column communicates my personal impressions of new automobiles in the real world: an average local guy with a family driving the latest models in our local area doing real-world tasks and activities, just like you would do. Local dealers who advertise with the Valley News provide the vehicles for review; however, these are objective […]

Urquhart wins Street Stocks main in Barona Speedway season finale

Urquhart wins Street Stocks main in Barona Speedway season finale

The Barona Speedway season came to an end November 10, and that night Brad Urquhart won the Street Stocks main event. “That was pretty cool,” Urquhart said. The race was Urquhart’s second at Barona Speedway in the 1978 Nova he purchased from Gary Hartsuyker in August and his third overall in the Nova. Urquhart made […]

New Kia Dealership Comes to Temecula; DCH Auto Group adds Kia line

New Kia Dealership Comes to Temecula; DCH Auto Group adds Kia line

TEMECULA – Dozens of shiny new cars and SUV’s filled the front lot and the showroom as visiting executives, local dignitaries and business people milled about for the opening of the newest automotive dealership in the Valley – DCH Kia of Temecula. Suddenly, the double doors of the showroom were opened as a bright red […]

Barr in finals of Street Legal drag race showdown

Barr in finals of Street Legal drag race showdown

John Barr worked in the automotive industry until his retirement five years ago, so he is aware that reaction times are slower for older drivers. The 65-year-old Barr thus isn’t too disappointed at losing to a 21-year-old in the finals of the National Hot Rod Association’s Street Legal drag race showdown at Pomona Raceway. “I […]

Brad Urquhart makes racing debut

Brad Urquhart makes racing debut

Brad Urquhart made his auto racing debut April 24 at Barona Speedway. Urquhart competed in the Factory Stocks class at Barona and was in fifth place before his 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo lost an axle with approximately four laps remaining in the 20-lap main event. “I was running so good. I was very excited,” Urquhart […]

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