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San Diego County farmers struggle to get fire insurance

San Diego lawmakers are working with farm advocates and insurance companies to ensure farmers and ranchers are eligible for last-resort, bare-bones insurance.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Three wildfires have crept close to Nathan Rakov’s 30-acre chicken ranch in rural Alpine since he moved there in 2006. If his barn, coops and storage rooms burned down, he’d struggle to rebuild because he hasn’t found a complete and affordable insurance policy.

For about the past seven years, the converted red barn where he lives and another house on the farm have been insured by a last-resort, bare-bones plan that’s required under California law to provide coverage to those who have been repeatedly turned down for insurance.

But last year Rakov tried to add a new $60,000 tractor to the plan and it got rejected. Farms aren’t eligible, he was told in a letter in late September.

Like other farmers, he was

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Shop of the Week: Advance Automotive

Shop of the Week is a weekly column devoted to showcasing the efforts of automotive shops and their teams across Canada. Want your shop to have a turn in the spotlight? Send an email to [email protected]!


Name: Debbie and Milton Dennie

Shop name: Advance Automotive

Location: Perth, Ontario

Number of employees: 6 including owners

When did you open your shop?  August 2000

Specialty: We specialize in transmission & differential diagnosing and rebuilds, as well as engine rebuilds, and carbureted engine vehicles.

Main parts supplier: NAPA

What has been your biggest challenge as a shop this year and how have you navigated through them?

DD: A fire broke out at the end of December 2019, which left us without an office for three quarters of the way into 2020. Thankfully, we had two security alarm systems which allowed us to react swiftly, leaving the bays untouched. We have the most amazing

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How Jeep uses augmented reality to tantalize shoppers

Laymac said Google approached the automaker about trying the technology. A cloud-based augmented-reality experience for the Wrangler plug-in hybrid initially was tested during the virtual CES in January.

“The technology has gotten to the point where it’s not cartoonish,” Laymac told Automotive News. “It does have the granularity so that you can see the different materials. You can look at even the leather stitching on the skin, so it gives a person a perspective of what perhaps they would want to buy.”

Google is rolling out this interactive component at a time when the pandemic has accelerated the migration of vehicle shopping online. Dealerships have been adopting digital retailing tools to interact remotely with consumers during the buying process, and now Google is arming shoppers with another option that will prepare them even further before making a purchase.

Google said in a January post announcing its Jeep collaboration that

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Rest in peace, Louis Banks

I met Louis Banks over 20 years ago. One of the springs that lifted my overhead door in the garage had broken. I had no clue who to call, and when talking with a friend, she had mentioned another friend’s brother. Louis came and in no time flat, had taken off the broken spring and put on another one.

Over the years, I’ve called on Louis for so many things. As I’ve written about before, I am an absolute enthusiast for demolition auctions. So when I found an auction with kitchen cabinets that I wanted, Louis was the first person I called. He had certificates in automotive repair, carpentry, and knew a little bit of everything. He was able to take all the cabinets down without destroying them for me to eventually reuse in my own kitchen.

When the belt on my dryer broke, Louis was the one I called

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Tata Opens Test, Design Center in Troy

Tata Consultancy Services has opened its Neural Automotive and Industrial Experience Center, a testing and design facility in Troy. // Stock photo

Tata Consultancy Services, a global information technology company in India with a Troy office, has launched a Neural Automotive and Industrial Experience Center. It is part of the Troy office at 755 W. Big Beaver Road.

The center is designed to allow customers to develop and test solutions and includes an automotive garage set-up with access to the latest technologies for experimenting, building prototypes, and launching solutions.

Tata will include its solutions and accelerators in the center such as Autoscape, an autonomous vehicle solutions suite, and the Autonomous Vehicle Development platform, for autonomous, electric, and connected capabilities.

The center also showcases solutions from the company’s Neural Automotive and Industrial suite, which digitalizes value chain functions, including programs for product lifecycle, connected supply chains, and artificial intelligence.

After the

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