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Firefighters quickly extinguish Santa Clarita shop fire

Santa Clarita, Calif.—Los Angeles County firefighters responded to a one-story fire at Ned’s Car Care, located at 18009 Sierra Highway in Canyon County, late Friday night, after they received reports of an industrial building with smoke and flames.

The fire was quickly extinguished, according to radio station KHTS, and a burned-out vehicle was found inside. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

BendPak expands West Coast headquarters in Santa Paula

Santa Paula, Calif.—BendPak is expanding its West Coast Santa Paula headquarters by 50,000 square feet, bringing the new shipping and receiving facility for the lift and service equipment manufacturer to more than 400,000 square feet. The project is expected to be completed this month.

As the product line and customer base has grown, so has the need for more space, BendPak Executive Vice President Jeff Kritzer said.

At the same time, and less than six months after opening a 100,000-square-foot distribution center near Mobile, Ala., for its East Coast customers, Benpak is building a new 70,000-square-foot warehouse next door.

Covid-19 sparks new consumer assistance for vehicle repair

Sacramento, Calif.— The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has adopted emergency regulations updating the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) to increase assistance contributions available to consumers during the ongoing state of emergency in California. The regulations increase the state’s contribution toward emissions-related repairs from a maximum of $500 to $1,200 for eligible consumers.

“The effects of COVID-19 have created many challenges for consumers that may negatively impact their ability to pay for emissions-related repairs required to pass Smog Check and complete the Department of Motor Vehicles’ registration renewal process,” said BAR Chief Patrick Dorais. “BAR sought the emergency regulatory action to improve access to required repairs and ensure critical workers and individuals reentering the workforce have reliable and safe transportation.”

CAP offers eligible consumers repair assistance and vehicle retirement options to help improve California’s air quality. The repair assistance option offers income-eligible consumers assistance towards emissions-related repairs at a STAR test-and-repair station if their vehicle fails its Smog Check inspection.

In addition to the increased state contribution, the regulations modify the consumer copay structure and relax some vehicle registration related eligibility requirements.

Glendora Chamber’s Virtual Town Hall to address Prop. 15

Glendora, Calif.—Residents, business owners, and community members of Glendora and the surrounding area are invited to participate in a Virtual Town Hall discussion about ballot measures that will be voted on in November. Presenters will provide information and answer questions on Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Glendora Chamber’s Virtual Town Hall.

Among ballot measures to be discussed will be Proposition 15: Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative. The initiative, often referred to as “split roll,” was created in part to address a property transfer loophole, but would go beyond closing the loophole by mandating the reassessment of commercial properties at least every three years, at a rate to be determined by the California Legislature.

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