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800,000 California Residents getting billed $150 for Fire Protection Fee

Pile of Money - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Around 800,000 residents in California will be receiving or have recently received a bill for $150, and some say that the money will do nothing for them except help the state government balance their budget. The tax was called the Fire Protection “Fee,” which has been questioned for fairness because the fee does not give the homeowner any new additional benefit.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and George Runner, State Senator (Ret.), and member of the California State Board of Equalization, have both said this “fee” is not fair and targets residents living in areas that might use the state run fire service.

Toyota and Pontiac Vibe Vehicle Recall announced for Power Window Malfunction

Vehicle Recall - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Toyota and Pontiac are recalling around 2,519,424 vehicles because the power windows could malfunction. The internal components of the vehicles might not be properly lubricated, which could cause the power window master switch assemblies to malfunction and overheat. If the switch overheats, it could cause it to melt or even catch on fire.

The recalled vehicles include: Toyota Camry (2007-2009 model years), Toyota Camry HV (2007-2009), Toyota Corolla (2009), Toyota Corolla (2009), Toyota Corolla Matrix (2009), Toyota Highlander (2008), Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2008), Toyota Rav4 (2007-2009), Toyota Scion XB (2008-2009), Toyota Sequoia (2008-2009), Toyota Tundra (2007-2008), Toyota Yaris (2007-2008) and Pontiac Vibe (2009). Certain vehicles within these model years are being recalled.

County Makes Improvements to the Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town

(Best Syndication News) The Calico Ghost Town will receive a much needed facelift along with new restrooms and a shower at the campground. Visitors can also expect to see improvements to the Lucy Bell Lane house and the Calico Mining Museum.

The Lane house is still open while workers make the much-needed renovations. Last weekend, First District County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt was on-hand to participate in the grand opening of the Calico Mining Museum in the Zenda Building.

Calico Days, celebrated between October 5th and 7th this year, marked the museum’s grand opening. The Mining museum will feature exhibits on mining history and technology. Visitors will be able to experience the day-to-day living conditions of the early residents.

Barbie Photo Fashion Doll goes High Tech with Built in Digital Camera

(Best Syndication News) - Mattel unveiled their latest Barbie Photo Fashion Doll that has a built in digital camera. The doll will take pictures, display them on Barbie’s belly and later can be uploaded to a computer through a USB port.

The 0.3 megapixel digital camera is located on the doll’s back. The picture taking and navigating buttons are on the front of Barbie’s built-in belt. The LCD display will show off the photos on Barbie’s stomach, which is fashioned to look like a t-shirt with the photo on it.

Honda CR-V Recall announced for Power Window Switch Failure

Car recall - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Honda announced the recall of around 268,655 CR-V passenger vehicles because the driver-side power-window switch could fail to work correctly or melt. The problem was reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on October 5, 2012.

Only the model years between 2002 and 2006 are involved in this recall. The manufacturing dates of the recalled cars were between February 19, 2002 and July 28, 2006.

The switch that operates the window could overheat, smoke, and potentially cause a fire. Additionally, the switch could fail even when it is not being used; even with no person present in the vehicle. Because a fire potential does exist, owners should park their cars outside until the repair has been completed.

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