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Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - GC in CoI - 13 May 2017

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 2:21 pm
by LeafyD
Yes, another sad loss in our EV family. She was a feisty, lovely lady. We will miss her presence at our breakfasts. Sending heartfelt condolences to her family.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - GC in CoI - 13 May 2017

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 11:28 am
by lindaz
Celebration of Life

Carol Sue Kluck
September, 1933 - May, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017
3:00-9:00 p.m.
Rancho Palos Verdes
RSVP to (Linda's email)

Thanks, everyone, for all your kind words and support after Mom's passing. We'll be having a celebration of her life this Saturday, May 20th, 3:00-9:00, at my brother's house in Rancho Palos Verdes, the place she called "heaven." She enjoyed her new EV family and always looked forward to joining everyone for breakfast. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration. Feel free to come and go, or stay the entire time. We are planning on having a short slide show that we will repeat several times throughout the 3:00-9:00 time frame, and after dark, we will do a floating-candles-on-the-water celebration. If you would like to join us, please send me an email at so I can get a rough head count and send you the house address.

Here's her "bio" that I posted on Facebook after she passed away:

Mom started her next great adventure at 1:07 this afternoon. Her body was calm and peaceful, but I just know she was sprinting toward the white light, eager to see what lies beyond.

She lived life with an adventurous spirit. At age 16, she saw the movie “Twelve O’Clock High” and fell in love with flying. That prompted her to attend Stephens College in Missouri, the first college in the country to introduce an aviation program for women. She earned her aviation degree and her pilot’s license there and loved soaring in the beautiful Missouri sky. Always the thrill-seeker, she couldn’t believe her good fortune when she and my dad were in Hawaii a number of years ago and decided to go on a helicopter ride. She couldn’t wait to tell everyone that she and Dad didn’t have any ordinary helicopter pilot; they got a bush pilot who took them for a wild stunt ride! Even as she got older, Mom never stopped loving a good roller coaster ride. Her favorite ride at Knott’s Berry Farm was Xcelerator, a ride that pulls 4 G’s, sending riders down a nearly vertical track while accelerating from 0-82 mph in just 2.3 seconds. She was something of a celebrity exiting the ride at 80 years of age and having hordes of people snapping pictures of the grinning elderly lady who had just ridden Xcelerator. She had an enthusiasm for all things fun and loved sharing that enthusiasm.

Mom had an insatiable sense of curiosity, always eager to learn something new, and always eager to pass that knowledge on to others. She spent her life learning and teaching. When my brothers and I were young, Mom decided there must be a better way to teach reading and spelling than what was being taught in the schools. She spent countless hours researching various methods and found one that stood out above all the rest, the Carden method. She took classes on how to teach it and then taught it to my brothers and me after school. Word spread quickly about what she was doing, and in no time, she was tutoring so many children in our home that she barely had time for all of them. She even taught one little girl who was developmentally disabled with no hope of learning to read. Mom had her reading and spelling in no time. One day when Mom was introduced to another parent at our elementary school, that parent exclaimed, “Oh! Carol Sue Kluck! You’re the one who taught (insert name) to read!” That was one of Mom’s more rewarding moments, when she realized that she had been able to do something to change that little girl’s life. Later, Mom developed an interest in Touch for Health, a method of healing that involves acupressure (acupuncture without needles). She was soon teaching it in our home and was invited to lecture on it at several local high schools. She helped people feel better with some simple touch techniques. Most of her life, Mom was on a quest for spiritual knowledge, ultimately leading her to her favorite book, A Course in Miracles. She loved its messages of love and forgiveness. Although she never formally taught it, she would often use what she had learned to help people on their spiritual paths.

Family was everything to Mom. She met Dad while she was at Stephens College, and he was attending the neighboring University of Missouri. He satisfied her criterion of a man who would be a good father. Her main goal in life was to be a mother, and she couldn’t have been a better one. She was the ultimate grandmother, too, giving selflessly to her grandson and loving him unconditionally. She’s been my best friend and my “shadow,” tagging along with me most places I go.

Many friends visited Mom in the hospital this past week. There were two comments that my brothers and I heard repeatedly from various people: she was one-of-a-kind, and she had been a major influence that changed their lives for the better. She made a difference in the world. Hers was a life well-lived.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - GC in CoI - 13 May 2017

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:11 pm
by Boomer23
What a beautiful life your mom lived, Linda. Thank you for sharing this.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - GC in CoI - 13 May 2017

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:30 pm
by Boomer23
Hi gang.

I just learned of a new EV rebate program that is being offered by SCE, and also one that SDG&E offers.

I've known for some months that PG&E offers a rebate of $500 to EV owners in their service region. I just heard this evening that SCE has a new program called Clean Fuel Rewards program. This program offers $450 for each EV that you own or lease.
SDG&E also offers a rebate program, which I think offers $50 per year to EV owners.

I applied this evening to SCE for rebates for our two EVs.

Here are the links to the programs at the two So Cal public utilities. ... ate-credit

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - HTB in SA - 27 May 2017

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 3:11 pm
by lindaz
Thanks for those links to the rebate programs, Phil. I just submitted my request, and I'll soon be $450 richer!


Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - HTB in SA - 27 May 2017

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 6:29 am
by garygid
I applied for the Tesla at SDG&E for $50 ... which they say is paid in 6 months or so.

The 2010 Prius hybrid does not qualify because it does not plug in to charge,
but it still gets over 50 mpg on the freeway. Thanks to Toyota for breaking out
of the US car industry's gas guzzler "it cannot be done" mold.

Thanks to Nissan for getting worldwide EV mass production going with the LEAF,
and to Tesla for taking the leap into "the future". I love my Model S, with its nosecone.

Thanks to my wife for suggesting and encouraging it ... I would not have made the $$$
leap forward without her "well, could we just go look at the colors ...".

That was a great deal like what happened about 15.4 years ago ...
when she said "let's just go look at puppies" ... and we bought one, but then, at the
very last moment, I remembered my life of being alone, and I was wise enough to
buy a second puppy so that they could be life-long companions. I think it worked.
Heidi and Boris gave us love their entire lives. Heidi is still with us, but does not
like her "dad" to be gone. She cannot hear much, or see much, so I think dad needs
to get her a cataract removal, lens replacement operation.

Thanks a bunch, to my dear sweetheart, my wife, (and to Phil), for making me better.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - HTB in SA - 27 May 2017

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:31 pm
by Boomer23
Event announcement:

I'm planning to attend an interesting day-long conference at UC Irvine on Sustainable Transportation on Tuesday June 27. This is the 4th annual such event organized by Sustain OC at UCI.

Anyone interested in joining me? Early Bird tickets now $35 (includes lunch, I think).

It should be a fun day that'll stimulate some good discussion and opinion sharing. Speakers are all from businesses, industry and government involved in the energy and sustainable transport space.

Here's the Event link to register and for info: ... 04?aff=es2

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - HTB in SA - 27 May 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:17 pm
by Boomer23
For EV drivers in San Diego Gas and Electric country, good news on the Electric Vehicle Climate Credit that hopefully you applied for in May. Cross-posting from Michael Iimura from the Facebook RAV4 EV group:

SDG&E just released the final details of their 2017 Electric Vehicle Climate Credit. They will be issuing bill credits of $200 for each vehicle registered with the program on or before May 31, 2017. It was initially estimated at $50/vehicle/year. Each year they will see what their LCFS credits are worth and how many vehicles are registered with the program for that year to determine the amount. This will continue to 2020. If you have small bills due to Net Metering, or any other reason, you can request a check for your credit balance after the Climate Credit is applied.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - HTB in SA - 24 Jun 2017

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:13 pm
by garygid
I just bought a $35 ticket for the EV Event at UCI on June 27, 2017,
and I plan to join boomer for FCOC (fewer cars on campus).

I missed updating the thread title for our last Gathering at the Golden Corral.
Somebody told me that they counted 16 people there, but now I can only
remember 14 ... perhaps I have a Brain Cloud.

In any case, we had a good time, but I had to leave at 11:30 to
get boomer home by 12:30 for a family trip.

The next Gathering is June 24, 2017 in SA at HTB.
Cheers all.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering, Y7 - HTB in SA - 24 Jun 2017

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:58 am
by garygid
Our History, and a Welcome:

I started a group of those people interested in reserving, ordering, buying, driving, using, investigating, ... EVs and the associated technologies. In 2010 it was just those ordering the Nissan LEAF, or of similar interest, but we have evolved into owners of several other vehicle types, BMW i3, Tesla S and X, Bolt, various hybrids, etc. No joining or dues, just bring a good spirit to share. Significant others, friends, and children are welcome.

Arrive hungry, leave as full as you want, but usually do not plan to eat lunch elsewhere. HTB even makes custom omelets during the breakfast hours.

Over 6.5 years, we have become like an extended family, with many topics of casual discussion, solar PV systems, driving and charging experience, service issues, and each other's health often overheard. Generally, it is a group of bright, caring, good people who enjoy each other's company.

Our next "SoCal EV Gathering" is a week from today, Saturday the 24th of June, at ... (tell your Tesla S ... "Navigate to Hometown Buffet in Santa Ana"), which opens for breakfast at 8am. We are usually still there at 11:30, or later. Typically, we have 12 to 16 people show up. I am usually there in the parking lot a few minutes before 8, but some others drift in when they can.

I-5 to 17th street, 2 blocks East, HTB is on the right, just before the train tracks. Two weeks later, we meet at the Golden Corral in the City of Industry, adjacent to the south side of freeway 60, about 4 miles West of the 57 freeway.

If you have questions, or just want to chat, you may request my phone numbers.
Cheers, Gary