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The 2013 Honda Fit EV arrives in Torrance

City of Torrance ceremony for the 2013 Honda Fit EV arrival - Honda

(Best Syndication News) - Today, the 2013 Honda Fit EV arrived in the city of Torrance, California. The automaker presented Mayor Frank Scotto a key to the vehicle as the city will be taking part in the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. The city of Torrance has been working with Honda over the last year to help plan for recharging stations in the city. The city government officials will also be studying the use of electric vehicles for their own fleet.

Honda first introduced electric vehicles 15 years ago, explained Steve Center, the vice president of the Environmental Development Office at American Honda. Center said that working the City of Torrance would help them implement electric vehicles to more customers.

California Home Sales increase in December

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(Best Syndication News) - California housing sales increased 15.5 percent in December compared to November sales numbers. Around 37,734 new construction homes, resale homes, and condominiums sold in the state, which was up from November’s number of 32,669 sales. The average home-sale volume in California is 44,063, according to the latest Data Quick report.

There is still more room for improvement in California housing values. The median price was $246,000, which increased only 0.8 percent or $2,000 from November’s values. The median home price declined 3.1 percent when comparing to the year-over-year price. In December 2010, the median sale price was $254,000. The lowest median home price in California was in April 2009, when it reached an average price of $221,000. Comparatively, the highest median value was in the early part of 2007, when the average price was $484,000.

New California Booster Seat Law begins January 1, 2012

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(Best Syndication News) A new California law will go into effect for booster seats starting on January 1, 2012. The new rule changes the guidelines for booster seat usage.

The new law requires children under 8 years of age to use a booster seat in the back seat of all the vehicles they ride in, unless they measure at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Children at that age will likely require a booster seat. This replaces the current law that required children up to age 6, or weighing less than 60 pounds, to use a booster seat.

First Flu Death this season in California reported by CDPH

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first death in California related the current influenza season. The death was an adult male in his late 30’s from Kern County. The CDPH made the announcement on December 22, 2011.

The CDPH is reminding California residents to get their flu vaccine. The health agency said that everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to get the seasonal flu vaccine. This flu vaccine is reported to protect against the H1N1 virus strain.

Those that are at high risk for flu complications should make an extra effort to get the yearly seasonal flu vaccine. Pregnant women, people with chronic disease, people with diabetes should consider getting vaccinated against the flu.

Toy Bears donated to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

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(Best Syndication News) - An outside carnival company named Helm & Sons Amusements, decided to give over 70 stuffed bears to children at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

The Director of Operations, Jason Halsey said, “We think it is important to give, especially during this season of giving. If these bears make patients smile and help get them through the day, it is all worthwhile.” Halsey also stated that their business is also very family oriented.

The bears were used to help children during procedures and to help the children cope with homesickness.

Around a third of the bears given to the children at ARMC will go to the burn center. Sadly, one third of the burn patients are under the age of 18.

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