May 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am

SoCal car museums

Photo courtesy of The Nethercutt Collection

“I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.”– Woody Allen describing Los Angeles in “Annie Hall” (1977)

The first automobile in Southern California hit the streets of L.A. in 1897, and the region’s love-hate relationship with motor vehicles has yet to run out of gas. The home of freeways, winding canyon roads, racetracks, long stretches of coastal/desert/mountain/desert highways, and maddening commutes also houses some of the finest automotive museums and collections in the country.

While many of the region’s drivers are too busy cruisin’ around to notice, venues from San Diego County to Ventura County offer stunning examples of the motorcar’s past, present, and future. Here’s a slightly opinionated road trip to get you revved up.

“Life is too short for traffic.” – Marketing guru Dan Bellack


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May 15th, 2015 at 8:30 am

Santa Barbara

Imagery courtesy of Karin Hildebrand Lau /

Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Malibu usually get top billing as “home of the stars.” Traditionally, that’s because movie and TV celebrities like to live near the big studios in the Los Angeles area.

But Santa Barbara County has its fair share of celeb homes and movie locations as well. In fact, California’s original filmmaking capital was the city of Santa Barbara. Flying A, the first major studio of the silent-movie era, was founded there in 1910. Thirteen years later, giant sets for the silent classic The Ten Commandments were built and then abandoned in the sand dunes of Guadalupe, signifying the county’s debut as a cinematic player. Scenes in almost 500 popular titles have been filmed in the region since 1910, according to Internet Movie Database.

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May 14th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Palm Springs

It took 23,000 helicopter missions to build, has withstood four decades of desert heat, mountain snow, and high winds, and carried millions of enthralled passengers from around the globe. But the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway still towers above all Southern California attractions as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Completed in 1963, the tram whisks riders from the Valley Station at 2,643 above the Coachella Valley floor to the Mountain Station at 8,516 feet on Mount San Jacinto in about 15 minutes. It’s usually 40 degrees cooler at the top year round, so residents and visitors alike can catch a break from the desert heat in summer or toss snowballs at each other in winter.

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April 18th, 2015 at 12:00 pm


After the final tally was over, real estate agent Candi DeMoura realized her goal to bring in 777 pounds of food was a lucky number indeed. A residential real estate specialist who concentrates on San Diego and La Jolla, DeMoura was able to raise more than 1,118 pounds of food to benefit the San Diego Food Bank in her annual food drive.

DeMoura accepted donations for the drive at the weekly open houses she conducts for her sellers. “A big thank you goes out to all the sellers and listing agents who opened their homes to be used as drop off locations,” said DeMoura. “So many people went out of their way to make donations. It was very heartwarming to see the generosity and compassion of our community on full display.”

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April 18th, 2015 at 10:00 am


Real estate agent Rosamaria Acuña went into the month of March like a lion, motivated to raise awareness and funds for the Friends of Scott Foundation. By partnering with the team at SparkCycle to host charity cycling events throughout the month, Acuña helped raise over $1200 to support children with cancer and their families.

SparkCycle is a local cycling studio with a stadium-based layout. Each month the fitness center hosts a weekly ‘Karma Ride’ to help a favorite nonprofit, in which 100 percent of the proceeds collected are donated.

“I would like to thank the more than 150 riders who came out to show their support for the foundation during the month of March, and especially Stephanie Cochrane, the owner of SparkCycle,” said Acuña, an agent for the past 27 years. “I would also like to thank the folks at Juice Crafters for providing samples after one of the rides. It’s really great to witness the generosity and compassion of our community first hand.”

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