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Help Make Hollywood Central Park a Reality: Vote for this Major Grant

October 29, 2015 lacarguy Hollywood Central Park Tags: , , ,

If you haven’t heard about the Hollywood Central Park project yet you can learn more about it below. It’s a powerful initiative that’s worth going for, and now there is a chance that the project could get some serious funding through the LA 2050 Play grant. The funding amounts to $100,000 toward the future of the park project and could make a very real difference in the progress of the park overall. To help make this dream come true you simply have to visit this link and vote for the project. With enough votes the Friends of Hollywood Central Park will receive the funding and can put it to use designing and building the park. Every donation the project receives is another step in the right direction so vote today and help out a good cause!

hollywood central park

Submitting Your Vote

If you truly want to vote, after clicking the link here, you’ll have to go through a couple more steps before your vote can be counted. Here’s a quick breakdown of what to do, follow along and your vote will be submitted in no time.

  1. Click “Vote”
  2. Create an account, you can do this with your Facebook or Email
  3. Make a Username
  4. Sign into your email
  5. Open up the email from “GOOD” sent within 5-7 minutes
  6. Click the verification link and your vote is cast!

That’s all there really is to it. Follow the steps and you’ll be able to vote for a good cause and who knows, you could be benefiting from that park as well in the future.

Voting ends November 3rd-in just a few days- so be sure to cast your vote today, don’t put it off and forget about it until it’s too late!

About the Project

Hollywood Central Park is a bold project with the idea of capping the 101 Freeway to create a total of 38 acres of recreational space for the folks over in Hollywood. Most big cities have major central parks to give children and active adults a place to have fun and get some exercise out in the great outdoors. While the project is a bold one, it’s very achievable and with enough funding should come true for the people of Hollywood. 

A New Walking Path Coming to Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Park

September 25, 2015 lacarguy Green Charity Tags: , , , , ,

The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a fun city park for families and friends to get together and enjoy the great outdoors together. It’s home to a total of 58 recreational acres for biking, walking and different types of physical activity. Unfortunately it’s become an unsafe environment lately because visitors continually turn to the steep entry road that’s used heavily for entering and exiting by vehicles. All the people using the road are at risk, and drivers are having trouble getting in and out effectively.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

The Solution

To solve this problem funding from the CBS EcoMedia Wellness Ad program and LAcarGUY a new paved walking path is being added to the park beside Heltzer road. This offers the same recreational space that the entry road is currently providing, and it’s a much safer environment for everyone.

When to Look for the Path

The new walking path should be released this fall, so look out for the new construction starting soon. It should offer the needed space that visitors are longing for to walk, jog and enjoy activities that a paved surface work so well for.

Cleaning up the Area

To further improve the environment, LAcarGUY volunteers worked closely with CBS EcoMedia and LA Radio volunteers to carry out a habitat restoration project. During the project the group removed a range of invasive species to help preserve the natural habitats and ecosystem for all the other plants and animals in the space.

Thank You for Participating in Coastal Cleanup Day!

September 25, 2015 lacarguy Green Team, Heal The Bay Tags: , , ,

LAcarGUY would like to thank everyone who made it out to the beach cleanup event on September 19th, it was truly an effective event. A total of 10,000 volunteers cam together from all around the Southern California area, and worked to help to clean up creeks, parks, rivers and local beaches.

Removed Massive Amounts of Trash

All the participants that worked with Heal the Bay during Coastal Cleanup Day managed to collect over 21,000 pounds of trash. That’s a massive step in the right direction and one way that the beaches, rivers and costs all over Southern California and the rest of the country are staying clean like they should be.

The In&Out Winners

Subaru Pacific managed to win the In&Out truck by having a total of 59 volunteers at the event all on their own. That’s a massive victory for the dealership and it goes to show what dedication can accomplish.

An Impressive Turnout around the Country

Last year, Coastal Cleanup Day had more than 600,000 participants and each one of you who made it to the event can say that you participated in what went on that day. It’s thought than an even larger number of volunteers joined in with this year’s event to make a stronger impact. It’s good to be part of such a positive movement, and to make a solid impact on cutting down pollution levels and beautifying the bodies of water all around the world.

coastal cleanup day thank you

Get Ready for the Biggest Volunteer Day Yet

September 16, 2015 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Charity, Heal The Bay Tags: , , , , , ,

LAcarGUY is once again having its volunteer day in conjunction with Heal the Bay. Ocean pollution is a serious issue that’s affecting everyone along the Pacific coastline, and it’s something that local residents should be concerned about. As locals it’s up to use to tackle the problem head on, and that’s exactly what this volunteer day is all about!

It’s a day for LAcarGUY dealership employees to come together along with their family members to help make a difference on the nearby beaches. Every employee is encouraged to attend and to try and get together as many volunteers as they can to make the day into something special. September 19th is set to be the biggest volunteer day so far, and should have a major impact on the condition of Toes Beach.

When and Where

The day is set to occur on September 19th, 2015 at Toes Beach at Dockweiler at Playa Del Rey and it begins at 9AM. It makes for a fun outing with family members and friends and should leave everyone feeling good about what they accomplished.

The Perks

One lucky employee will have the chance to receive LA Laker tickets for two, and the only thing you have to do is show up and be prepared to work! The dealership that’s able to amass the most volunteers will also enjoy an In N Out Truck as a reward once they head back to work.

Finding a Parking Spot

Parking spots are available all along Pacific avenue. Both street parking and Del Rey Lagoon parking places are available and participants can feel free to use either one to get close enough for a comfortable walk to the location.

RSVP Today

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by contacting Alisha at Alisha@lacarguy.com

LAcarGuy Volunteer Day

 

Gerard Has a Huge Impact on Lunchtime Waste at His School

August 5, 2015 lacarguy Grades of Green Tags: , , , , ,

This year Gerard, an 8th grader taking part in the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program managed to cut lunchtime waste in his entire school by an average of 70%. While he had a bit of help along the way, it was all because of his careful planning and hard work that his school cut their trash creation so much, and that’s a trend that his school is going to continue on making a real difference in trash reduction over time.

gerard grades of green

Teaching How it’s Done

Most of us are used to packing a lunch that contains things like pre-packaged food and plastic sandwich bags and other wrappers. While that’s pretty standard, it’s actually quite wasteful. That’s why it’s so challenging to figure out how to begin bringing lunches that are trash free. Gerard set up a booth in school where he showed off reusable lunch pouches and also displayed the process of how to create them. With a simple demonstration he was able to give children the information they needed to start ditching trash nearly entirely at lunch time.

How He got Them Committed

Getting a school full of children committed to anything, especially something like recycling is always a bit of a challenge. Gerard came up with some excellent ideas to help encourage his student body to get involved with waste free lunches. Gerard opened a school store with fun prizes available to kids participating in important green actions like sorting their lunch after eating, or bringing in a trash free lunch. All the prizes were donated by local Long Beach municipalities and Grades of Green partners to help keep kids motivated.

Success!

All of Gerard’s efforts led to an average waste reduction of over 70%! That’s a huge figure that most people wouldn’t dream of being able to achieve. Through some smart planning and a lot of hard work one 8th grader was able to accomplish all this, and that’s why he’s a standout member of the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program.

Write Your Own Story

Gerard’s story is an impressive one, but you write one just as good for yourself! Apply for this year’s Youth Corps program here, or take the time to register your school here to begin Trash Free Tuesdays at your school and really start making a difference.

Mike Sullivan Talks about the Toyota Mirai in the Media

July 16, 2015 lacarguy LAcarGUY News & Events, mike sullivan, Toyota, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , ,

Automotive News and Transport Evolved recently interviewed LAcarGuy owner Mike Sullivan about the Toyota Mirai and about how his Toyota dealership in Santa Monica California is one of just eight dealerships in the country releasing the product early on.

Mike SUllivan with Toyota Mirai

The Mirai is One Car Sullivan Isn’t Selling

Don’t get me wrong, the Toyota Mirai will be available for order at Toyota of Santa Monica, and it will be available there earlier than most other places in the world. While the car’s going to be in stock, Mike Sullivan explains that getting the cars to customers is more of a matchmaking process than it is a numbers game like most vehicles are. This is because he wants to make sure that each and every one of the early adopters truly loves the car.

If a buyer comes into the dealership and requests the vehicle the dealership will look them over and decide if the car is a good fit for their lifestyle. If it isn’t they will actually turn customers down and redirect them to a more suitable vehicle. This isn’t to be mean, or to be overly exclusive. It’s just to make sure that customers aren’t unhappy with their purchase.

This is what Sullivan had to say about the challenge of selling the Mirai.“With everything else on my lot, I’m selling something. It’s what I do,” “This car is the exact opposite. It’s the reverse of selling. We’re going to turn people down if this isn’t the car for you.”

Challenges with the Mirai

The Toyota Mirai isn’t a bargain car with a starting price of $58,325 and initially it won’t be the easiest to refuel with just a handful of hydrogen refueling stations around California. For these two reasons the vehicle simply isn’t going to be a good fit for everyone. If you don’t live close enough to refueling stations it will be a burden fueling up the car. If you’re looking for a bargain car this one’s likely too expensive.

Choosing the Original Mirai Dealerships

The first eight stores stocked with the Mirai were all chosen for a list of specific reasons. They are all located near planned hydrogen fueling stations. They are all high-volume electric and hybrid selling locations and they have the finances to handle any upgrades necessary to make the sales possible.

Giving Customers an Early Look at the Mirai

Mike Sullivan has been working hard to promote the Mirai and everything the vehicle stands for. He even hopped on the live streaming program Periscope to give dozens of interested people a walk around look at the Mirai in real time.

Introducing the Mirai Champion

Many of the eight Toyota dealerships to start off selling the Mirai before any others in the country plan on assigning a single employee to serve as the Mirai expert. This Mirai Champion will talk with every customer interested in buying the hydrogen fuel-cell car. The hope with assigning a single person to the task is that they become an expert on the matter and provide a more reliable and consistent buying experience for each of the Mirai shoppers. A similar strategy was employed by Nissan when the company began selling the LEAF to customers.

Toyota of Santa Monica Upgrades

To get the Toyota dealership ready to sell the Mirai a number of improvements have to be made to it. The first is an upgrade to the repair center so that repairs and services can be performed on the Mirai after it starts selling to customers. That way customers have a place they can take the vehicle if any work needs to be performed. Sullivan is also planning to add a personal hydrogen refueling station so that dealership customers can refuel their vehicles after making the purchase. This will cost around $150,000 for the dealership to do, but it’s a small price to make the dealership more accessible and it’s a real perk for customers that live in the area.

The Mirai Special SBC Event

July 15, 2015 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus Santa Monica, Sustainable Business Council, Toyota Tags: , , , ,

The Toyota Mirai is arguably an even more revolutionary technology than the Prius was when it was first released all those years ago. If you’re at all curious about the new technology and you want to see the vehicle first hand now’s your opportunity! This SBC Member Mentor session is all about introducing the Toyota Mirai and learning what it can do for the environment. It’s an exciting new piece of technology and could be a major turning point for the automotive industry. Not only is the session good to learn about the new technology, but it will serve as a valuable networking opportunity to get you in touch with other members of the SBC as well.

Get To Know New Professionals

If you’re interested in getting to know other sustainable business owners and associates in your area the presentation is a good opportunity to do some serious networking. The first 15 minutes of the event will be spent networking with the other members attending. This gives you a chance to meet up with new people and ask any questions that you have. Expand your current network and get in touch with other professionals who can help your business grow and develop.

Get an Introduction to the Mirai

A quick 20 minute presentation from Alisha Auringer, the Manager of the Environment at LAcarGUY will help you understand more about the Toyota Mirai and how it works. You’ll get a look at the tech that drives this unique vehicle and soon you’ll have a much better understanding of how a car can drive around with nothing but hydrogen in the tank.

Build Your Understanding

After you learn all the new information abut the Mira you’re likely to have some questions. That’s why there is another 20 minute sessions for questions and comments after the initial presentation. You can ask more about the car, or learn more from the questions that other people ask.

Get Your First Look at the Mirai

If you’ve been waiting to get an up-close look at the new Mirai now’s your chance. The last half hour of the Mentor session will be spent taking a closer look at an actual Mirai and possibly giving out test drives as well. Get a look at the technology that is powering this revolutionary new vehicle and you can start to develop some new ideas around introducing this vehicle to customers.

RSVP Now

You can easily RSVP for the event using the link on the banner below. It’s simple to do and will only take a minute to get yourself locked in for the special event.

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Ride & Drive the 2016 Toyota Mirai,

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Presented by:

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Presenter:

Alisha Auringer, Manager of the Environment, LAcarGUY

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Thursday, July 23, 12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.Lexus Santa Monica1501 Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica, CA 90404Business Challenge:Introducing the 2016 Toyota Mirai

On-site Business Overview and TourLight lunch Included!IMPORTANT: Please be sure to RSVP by clicking HERE.

 

About this SBC Member Mentor Session:

LAcarGUY is hosting this special behind-the-scenes mentoring session and tour at one of their car dealerships, the Lexus Santa Monica. Alisha’s presentation will be about one of the biggest car launches in automotive history! She will be introducing the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle which is a turning point in auto history!

Leave Your Mark by Leaving No Mark at All!

Learn firsthand about the unique hydrogen fueled propulsion of the 2016 Toyota Mirai! In the end the only by-product from the electricity that is created with hydrogen and oxygen in this remarkable vehicle’s fuel cell stack is water which leaves through the tail pipe.

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the 2016 Toyota Mirai on Periscope Video

This special one-time only “Try Before You Buy” Summertime SBC Membership session is ideal if you would like to experience and explore the SBC Membership before you join. We suggest you consider attending the July 23rd SBC Member Mentor Session if you seek a community of sustainable business professionals where you can gain high-level insights toward enhancing your business model and meet potential customers. If you would like to attend please RSVP. Why join the SBC Membership? Please see the benefits of joining HERE!

SBC Member Mentor Session Details:

July 23, 12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tour & Test Drives of the 2016 Toyota Mirai

12:30 p.m.-12:50 p.m.

Catered lunch & Self-introductions

12:50 p.m.-1:10 p.m.

Alisha Auringer, Manager of the Environment♻, LAcarGUY

Presentation on Business Challenge:

Introducing the 2016 Toyota Mirai

1:10  p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Mentoring Feedback and Idea Generation Session

Provided by Master Mentors & SBC Members

Location:

Lexus Santa Monica

1501 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90404

SBC Board of Directors:

Steve Glenn (Chair), Laura Berland-Shane,

Rob Kramer, Lee Wallach,

Becki Ueno, Carrie Norton

Juli Schulz, Nurit Katz

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Marcum LLP

Sustainable Law Group

The Honest Company

Participant Media

ISOS Group LLC

OriginClear

EKLA Home, Inc.

Follow Your Heart/Earth Island

Transplant Connect

Bowman Change, Inc.

Rawvolution

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Arpin Group

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Natierra

Beyond Meat

Southern California Edison

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Help the Friends of Hollywood Central Park Win 25k and Kickoff the Park Project

July 3, 2015 lacarguy Hollywood Central Park Tags: , , , , ,

Each year Wells Fargo gives out a $25,000 prize to a business that wins the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business competition. In order to enter into this competition each of the businesses have to submit more information about what they’re trying to achieve and wait to be approved for the contest.

deck park advisors

The Friends of Hollywood Central Park made it through the first round and was chosen for consideration of the prize money. The organization is pushing their Deck Park Advisors business in this competition and if accepted will be able to start a successful business that will help fund the future park project.

Deck Park Advisors

The Deck Park Advisors business is dedicated to helping other cities and towns around the world figure out how to create more park space above existing freeways and roadways. The business will begin a consulting company and the money earned by their efforts will funnel into the Hollywood Central Park project. If the company gets the funding it needs to get off the ground, it could provide a good portion of the money needed to make the Hollywood Central Park possible

Helping them Win

While most of the score that each entrant receives will come from a panel of judges put in place by Wells Fargo, there is a public voting portion that will serve as a tie-breaker for the different entrants. To help make sure that the Deck Park Advisors have the best possible chance of succeeding it’s important that people visit the judging site here and vote for the project. You vote by pressing the “Vote For This” button, and each person is able to vote for the project once a day. If enough people vote for the project regularly the business will have a better chance of succeeding and could be just the thing that the Hollywood Central Park needs to get going for real.

Learn About the Winner

Wells Fargo won’t announce the winner of the contest until September. That’s when the company announces the finalists for the project as well as the Grand Prize winners. If you would like to see whether the contest develops into a big win for the Friends of Hollywood Central Park or not, keep an eye on the Wells Fargo website, as well as the Hollywood Central Park site for an update.

If you want to do something to help the project, visit this website and place a vote today and every other day that you remember to visit!

Learn More About the Revolutionary Toyota Mirai at this SBC Event

June 24, 2015 lacarguy Sustainable Business Council Tags: , , , ,

The Toyota Mirai is arguably an even more revolutionary technology than the Prius was when it was first released all those years ago. If you’re at all curious about the new technology and you want to see the vehicle first hand now’s your opportunity! This SBC Member Mentor session is all about introducing the Toyota Mirai and learning what it can do for the environment. It’s an exciting new piece of technology and could be a major turning point for the automotive industry. Not only is the session good to learn about the new technology, but it will serve as a valuable networking opportunity to get you in touch with other members of the SBC as well.

Manager of the Environment at LAcarGUY
Manager of the Environment at LAcarGUY

Where and When

The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday July 23rd. It will start at 12:00PM and conclude at 1:30PM. It’s going to be located at Lexus Santa Monica at 1501 Santa Monica Blvd.

Get To Know New Professionals

If you’re interested in getting to know other sustainable business owners and associates in your area the presentation is a good opportunity to do some serious networking. The first 15 minutes of the event will be spent networking with the other members attending. This gives you a chance to meet up with new people and ask any questions that you have. Expand your current network and get in touch with other professionals who can help your business grow and develop.

Get an Introduction to the Mirai

A quick 20 minute presentation from Alisha Auringer, the Manager of the Environment at LAcarGUY will help you understand more about the Toyota Mirai and how it works. You’ll get a look at the tech that drives this unique vehicle and soon you’ll have a much better understanding of how a car can drive around with nothing but hydrogen in the tank.

Build Your Understanding

After you learn all the new information abut the Mira you’re likely to have some questions. That’s why there is another 20 minute sessions for questions and comments after the initial presentation. You can ask more about the car, or learn more from the questions that other people ask.

Get Your First Look at the Mirai

If you’ve been waiting to get an up-close look at the new Mirai now’s your chance. The last half hour of the Mentor session will be spent taking a closer look at an actual Mirai and possibly giving out test drives as well. Get a look at the technology that is powering this revolutionary new vehicle and you can start to develop some new ideas around introducing this vehicle to customers.

RSVP Now

If you’re interested in attending this mentoring event you can easily RSVP for it here. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 23rd. Sign up now to make sure you have a spot.

If you are considering attending the event and you aren’t a SBC (Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles) member yet, you can learn more about it and join up here. It’s a great opportunity and will give you a chance to connect with other like-minded business owners in the area.

STEM Students Design Hollywood Central Park in a Unique Contest

May 27, 2015 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Articles, Hollywood Central Park, LAcarGUY News & Events, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , ,

 

The Friends of Hollywood Central Park partnered with the Stem Academy of Hollywood back in September and gave students a chance to give their input about crucial park design characteristics. Now the students are being given another chance to try out their design skills in a real-world situation in a fun little contest that’s being put together around the Hollywood Central Park.

Hollywood Central Park Rendering

The Contest

In the contest a set of three different student teams are commissioned with coming up with their own designs for the Hollywood Central Park project. Each team is supposed to be acting as a competing engineering firm competing for the project. The students will put together their own designs and present them before a judge to determine the final winner.

The Details

The contest took place at the Stem Academy of Hollywood at 1309 N Wilton Place in Los Angeles. It occurred yesterday between 4 and 5 PM to a crowded room full of interested guests.

During the event snacks and refreshments were provided as each of the teams presented their creation. The guest judges were charged with making a final decision and picking the best team design overall. Each design was highly unique and had something special to offer.

Not only did the whole event give the students an exciting real-life event to design for, but the designs will provide new ideas for the park and some may even be incorporated into the finished project. If you are interested in coming up with your own park concepts there is a Hollywood Central Park application that allows you to design your own version of the new park. You can make use of the designer tool or keep an eye on new developments surrounding the park project by visiting the Hollywood Central Park website here. The tool features a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows you to quickly customize your own creation. After you finish your creation you can easily save it, share it with friends and family or share it with the project itself for consideration. The contest will help the Friends of Hollywood Central Park get some new ideas and so will the unique park creator tool that is being opened up to so many users around the web.