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Introducing the Hollywood Central Park Project

April 2, 2015 lacarguy Community Involvement, Eco Partners, Hollywood Central Park, LAcarGUY News & Events, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , , ,

Since 2009 the non-profit organization Friends of Hollywood Central Park have been working tirelessly to see their dream of a large central park in Hollywood come true. With aid from major sponsors such as LAcarGUY and Toyota of Hollywood as well as hundreds of other supporters the park dream is slowly coming true. The proposed park would sit between Hollywood and Santa Monica BLVD on US 101 will take up a total of 44 acres of land, and provide 38 acres of park to local residents. The park would provide a valuable spot for local festivals and hundreds of thousands of locals access to facilities that aren’t currently nearby. Over 180,000 people live within a mile of the park location, including 40,000 children who could all benefit from having a place to play. HCP_4_10.27.11_Full-02_cs3 Partnership

Both Toyota of Hollywood and LAcarGUY are happy to be sponsors of the Hollywood Central Park project. They are providing funding and exposure to help increase awareness and get the project the support it needs. Throughout April Toyota of Hollywood will put on a display in their showroom based around the park project, and will also distribute information about the project through its social media accounts, blogs and the LAcarGUY email database. These efforts should help make citizens aware of the project and increase the support that it has as well.

Creating the Park

In order to bring this new park to life the plan is to cap US 101 between Hollywood and Santa Monica Blvd. Doing this would create a mile long stretch of park accessible to a wide range of local citizens. The project isn’t a simple one, and it’s not something that will be completed in a few weeks or even months, but it’s a worthwhile one. The project is estimated to create around 40,000 jobs directly and indirectly. Between local hire positions, entry level offerings and apprenticeship programs the new park project will offer a lot to the local community.

There currently isn’t a timeline for the park project to be completed, and it’s still in the initial planning phase. A scoping meeting was held in September of 2014 and the committee is continuing to work through issues that were voiced at the meeting by local community members. It’s a work in progress, but the Hollywood Central Park is an important project that will benefit the community overall. For more information about the project visit http://hollywoodcentralpark.org/home for updated news and additioanl coverage about what’s going on.

Pipeline to a Cure Gala Raises $525,000 for CF Research

July 24, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, LAcarGUY News & Events, Pipeline To A Cure Tags: , , 1 Comment

The 6th annual Pipeline to a Cure gala, held on July 20, raised more than $525,000 to help fund cystic fibrosis research. The total funds raised for the entire Pipeline campaign is now more than $2.5 million. LAcarGUY is honored to be part of the initiative in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


About 700 people gathered for the gala, sharing passion for the ocean and helping others, and listened as CF ambassador, Carly Lindmeier shared her story and everyday struggle with the disease. She talked about how the hereditary disease means hours of daily treatment, dozens of medications, and the effects of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. Carly talked about the average lifespan of someone with CF which is 37 years old, and at 18, she is now middle-aged. She thanked Pipeline supporters for their support as it helps bolster her sense of hope to continue to fight with a positive attitude.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in the Bid for a Cure auction where all dollars raised go directly to research. Every dollar raised was matched by Mike Sullivan of LAcarGUY, bringing the total contributions for Bid for a Cure to $135,000.

Mike and Christine Ness were honored for their ongoing support of the event and the CF mission to find a cure. Other celebrity attendees included honorary co-chairs Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, Gabrielle Reece, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak, surf legends Robert August, Peter “PT” Townend, Jericho Poppler, Mickey Munoz and Sam August. Jed Noll, son of legendary big wave surfer Greg Noll, contributed a hand-shaped, re-creation of the 11-foot surfboard Greg rode on that historic winter day at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in 1964.

The Pipeline to a Cure event was created to herald the discovery by Australian researchers who found that children with cystic fibrosis who surfed had significantly healthier lungs. Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs, which allows cystic fibrosis patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which cystic fibrosis patients around the world now inhale every day. In essence, cystic fibrosis patients now mimic a “surf session” on a daily basis.

Cystic fibrosis affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

Current and past sponsors are Wahoo’s Fish Taco, LAcarGUY, A-Med Health Care, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, American Airlines, Coast Benefit Consultants, BJ’s Restaurants, Nick Alexander Imports, Coca-Cola, RAJ Manufacturing, Todd and Sue Klug, Matros Family, Healthcare Management Services, Kaiser Permanente, Rutan & Tucker, Heineken, Crown Imports/Pacifico, CBS Sports, Quiksilver, Volcom, HB Surf School, Newport Surf Camp, Time & Alarm Systems.

Toyota of Hollywood Celebrates Completion of School Garden Project

June 28, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Environmental Media Association, LAcarGUY News & Events, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

If you’ve been following our posts about the School Garden Project at Helen Bernstein High School, we are glad to be able show you the wonderful final outcome. Initially, the school was was built on concrete grounds. With the addition of the school garden, it has been transformed into a lush greenspace where students, teachers and parents can learn not only how to grow their own vegetables but also be encouraged to eat healthy.


Watch the following video as members Toyota of Hollywood, LAcarGUY and Environmental Media Associations Young Hollywood celebrated the completion of the school garden project. Celebrities, Lance Bass, Amy Smart, Dawn Olivieri, and Alison Sudol were on hand to celebrate with the students and faculty of Helen Bernstein High School:


LAcarGUY at Manhattan Beach Earth Day Event

May 1, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Articles, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

This past weekend, LAcarGUY‘s team were on-hand at the unveiling of the official H2.0 Fountain at Polliwog Park on Earth Day. LAcarGUY is proud to be among a number of community partners who have contributed to support Leadership Manhattan Beach’s initiative to provide seven state-of-the-art water drinking fountains to the community, where three of which include a fountain especially for canine companions.

LAcarGUY‘s Manager of the Environment, Alisha Auringer, and CIO, Tim James, had the opportunity to fill up their water bottles using the bottle-refilling dispensers! LAcarGUY was also presented with a sponsorship plaque from the wonderful team at Leadership Manhattan Beach.

Check out a few pics from the day! If you attended the event, tell us what you think of the new drinking fountains!

LAcarGUY Partners with Grades of Green in Trash Free Lunch Challenge

January 15, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Grades of Green, LAcarGUY News & Events, Pacific Audi, Pacific Porsche, Pacific Volkswagen, Subaru Pacific Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGUY’s group of South Bay dealerships have partnered with Grades of Green to kick off the 2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Grades of Green is challenging schools to reduced lunchtime waste by encouraging students to pack trash-free lunches and to sort waste into recycle, compost and landfill bins. The 4R System that Grades of Green introduced helped divert over 10,000 bags of trash and saved participating schools thousands of dollars in 2011-2012.

The project teaches students the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost)

  • By bringing TRASH FREE each day, the students will make a difference at school by REDUCING lunch time landfill waste. They will know the number of landfill bags produced at lunch before the Challenge and by being TRASH FREE during the Challenge, they will see that number decrease.
  • By bringing REUSABLE lunch boxes, water bottles, sandwich and snack containers each day they will reduce lunch time waste.
  • The school will implement a sorting system during lunch which will include bins for: RECYCLING, ROT (compost), liquids and stacked trays. Educational games will teach students about WHAT items go into each bin and WHY.
  • Each bin in the sorting system will be clearly labeled to support students in the proper sorting process. These signs will educate and reinforce the concepts of REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and ROT.

The Grades of Green team has been visiting participating schools and holding assemblies to educate students and get them excited about the project. Applications to participate in the project are due March 15th and finalist chosen among those schools with the least amount of trash will be announced March 22nd. Judges will visit the finalists on April 16th and the winning school will be announced on April 22nd at the awards ceremony.

Participating schools include:

  • Vista Mar High School
  • Washington Elementary
  • Riviera Elementary
  • Lunada Bay Elementary

And supporting LAcarGUY dealerships are Pacific VW, Audi Pacific, Subaru Pacific and Pacific Porsche.

Toyota Hollywood Flexes Its Green Thumb

December 11, 2012 lacarguy Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota Hollywood employees along with Helen Bernstein High School students began their Winter planting today with kale, brussel sprouts, beets, onions, carrots, turmeric and chives.  The parent volunteers and students also did an amazing job with garden maintenance by pulling all those darn weeds and making it easier for us to plant today.  Thank you! Just look at the photos – the garden is so alive!

In addition to their many responsibilities as students, the Garden Club has offered to donate the garden vegetables to needy families of Helen Bernstein HS.

LAcarGUY Sponsors 2012 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race

December 10, 2012 lacarguy LAcarGUY News & Events, Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Races Tags: , , 0 Comments

At the 22nd Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race festival, Manhattan Beach was transformed into Pumpkinrace Land. LAcarGUY was the presenting sponsor where Mike Sullivan MC’d part of the competition. Handcrafted pumpkins racecars raced side-by-side in unpredictable and dramatic style where they competed for the coveted Championship Trophy. Prizes were also awarded for Best of Show, Best Team Spirit, and Best Crash. Check out the following video for a few highlights of the day!

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Sustainable Business Council LA Event on How to Forge a B Corps

July 31, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

B Corps is a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBCLA) invites you to an evening of discussion on how to forge a successful B Corps. The event will feature:

  • Networking opportunities with highly-experienced B Corps executives
  • Informative panel discussions with experts on the process and benefits of B Corps
  • Showcase of B Corps products and services
  • Raffle drawing for exciting prizes

The event takes place between 7:00-9:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10th 2012 at Lexus Santa Monica located at 1501 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Please RSVP here.





SBC Board Members
Steve Glenn-(Chair,) Laura Berland-Shane, Rob Kramer,
Lee Wallach, Becki Kammerling, Carrie Norton

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Lexus Santa Monica
1501 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Details TBA.