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Green Tip of the Month: Reading Behind the Label

Posted on: March 17, 2014

Nutrition_Facts_GTOTMThe food industry has become a dangerous one.

A rise in demand for consumer convenience and low-priced foods has plowed the way for the destruction of small, local American farms and for the dominance of technologically-based agricultural corporations. With efficiency and profit being the main focuses of food industries, nutritional value and integrity of production are often compromised to meet the needs of consumers. The collective desire for convenience has fueled the development of controversial practices, such as genetically-modified crops or GMO’s, an organism that has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Documentaries, such as “Supersize Me” and “Food Inc”, and increased media exposure have raised more questions about how American food is processed and where  it comes from.

According to “Food Inc.,” an average grocery store has about 47,000 products for sale. Colorful packaging and misleading advertising creates the illusion that consumers have the power to choose a variety of selections. There are no seasons in the American supermarket. Now, there are tomatoes all year round, grown halfway around the world, picked when they are green, and ripened with ethylene gas.  Even more, it’s the idea of a tomato, as most of our food is clever rearrangements of corn. Regulation is a serious issue with The Food & Drug Administration, a federal government agency which regulates food safety. There are claims that the FDA is being controlled by the very companies that they are supposed to be scrutinizing.

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Scion FR-S Once Again Locks Down ‘Cool’ with KBB.com

Posted on: March 12, 2014

For the second year in a row, editors at Kelley Blue Book http://www.kbb.com named the Scion FR-S to the top of their “10 Coolest New Cars Under $25,000 of 2014.”  The annual consumer resource list highlights affordable vehicles for drivers of all lifestyles, each that bring a subjective “cool factor.”

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Kelley Blue Book praised the 2014 FR-S for its rear-wheel drive, lightweight design that allows the driver to feel fully in tune with the car. Even when compared to higher priced vehicles, editors called the FR-S a driver’s car with the style and modern updates to excite those behind the wheel.

“Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com again captures the full experience and affordability of the Scion FR-S with a top spot on its 10 Coolest New Cars Under $25,000 list,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “Drivers and industry experts continue to tell us the FR-S brings together the style, handling and elusive fun factor that’s needed in this segment and on the roads. We’re happy to deliver.”

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LAcarGUY Green Tip of the Month: Drought

Posted on: February 24, 2014

car_leaf_tab_custom_icon_California Governor Brown recently declared California’s drought a state of emergency and with that some very important people — President Obama among them — will convene in California this week with a singular goal: to help Californians as we endure the drought.  Last year was the driest year on record for California, and while we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn’t let up by any measure.

It’s not just a lack of precipitation that’s causing the problem. For far too long Californians have used more water than we can sustain and have not done enough to learn more efficient ways to use this precious resource. This system of too little supply and too much demand is finally catching up with us. And as climate change becomes the “new normal,” our water woes will only get worse.

While we can’t make it rain, we can prepare for drier days. The task at hand requires us to cope with the disaster today, prepare us for the chronic water shortages to come and protect this and future generations from the widening water scarcity impacts of climate change.

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About LAcarGUY

The LAcarGUY family of dealerships has been a Los Angeles fixture since "Sully" Sullivan opened its first dealership, Volkswagen Santa Monica in 1964. Today, LAcarGUY includes 10 award-winning dealerships throughout Los Angeles and a state-of-the-art body shop.

Known for its outstanding customer service, long-term relationships, and word-of-mouth marketing, LAcarGUY is the first choice when shopping for a new or used car.

As a local family-owned business, LAcarGUY is recognized as a prominent supporter of community events, charitable organizations and environmental causes. As the number one hybrid dealer in the world, LAcarGUY is proud to lead the industry to a greener automotive future.

LAcarGUY In The Community

Community involvement has always been a priority for the LAcarGUY family, whether it's stepping in to save a school's art program (McKinley Elementary School), donating funds to charitable organizations such as Cystic Fibrosis, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Richstone Family Center or supporting cultural events (Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series, Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race, Hermosa Beach Music Festival).

Environmental Stewardship

Committed to changing an "environmentally-challenged" industry and protecting future generations, LAcarGUY is active in local environmental programs and initiatives. In an effort to encourage adoption of electric vehicles, LAcarGUY recently became the first automotive dealer in the country to offer electric charging stations at its dealerships that are open to the general public. In 2010, LacarGUY introduced the new position, Manager of the Environment, for the sole purpose of helping LAcarGUY reduce its carbon footprint through employee education and infrastructure changes. On Earth Day 2010, the company launched LAcarGUY.com/green featuring its green vehicle inventory as well as green technology news and updates on LAcarGUY's internal sustainability efforts. Mike Sullivan, LAcarGUY's president, serves on the Regional Board of Directors for Global Green and the Advisory Board for the Environmental Media Association, and just agreed to sponsor Heal the Bay's prominent Annual Beach Report Card.


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