SB 1160: driver’s licenses for undocumented residents

california-seal.jpg Gov. Schwarzenegger is taking a phone poll to assess support for SB 1160, the new Calif. legislation that would grant driver’s licenses to undocumented residents.

Please call 1-916-445-2841

Press #5 for “Hot Issues.”

Press #2 for Drivers License (for Undocumented) bill

Press #1 to support the Drivers License bill (SB 1160)

**Remember a lot of people are calling this number. If you get a busy signal please call back or try and call over the weekend. It is essential that your voice be heard. [via United Farm Workers]

Hybrid SUVs

ford_escape_hybrid_2005.jpg We’re thinking about buying a hybrid SUV.

Sometime this year we’re planning to replace our 1992 Ford Taurus with another vehicle. I’d like something that’s safe (ABS, front and side airbags) and a little bigger than our other car (a 1998 Toyota Camry). A compact SUV seems like the right thing for us, but the mileage is typically only about 22-24 mpg. Luckily, three car manufacturers have announced hybrid SUVs.

Our options seem to be to get the Ford Escape Hybrid which comes out this summer, or wait for the Toyota Highlander Hybrid or the Lexus RX 400h, both due out later this year or early next year.

We test drove a regular gas (non-Hybrid) 2005 Escape yesterday, and much to my chagrin we both really liked it. Even though Ford hasn’t been the most reliable car manufacturer historically, the Escape has good enough reliability so Consumer Reports actually recommends it (subscription required). Based on my past experience with the Taurus, I’m very hesitant to buy a Ford. But we both liked the Escape more than the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.

My gut says to wait for the hybrid Higlander, since Toyota has been making hybrid cars for a few years now, Toyota is #1 overall for reliability, and the fact that we’ve been so satisfied with our Camry. But if the 9-month waitlist for the Prius is any indication, we might not be able to get our hands on a Highlander for quite some time. Do I really want to keep pumping money into the Taurus for another year?

I’m an uncle!

Yesterday I became an uncle!

Ruth Lydia Radwin was born yesterday at David & Kara’s home in Berkeley, CA. She was born with a full head of dark brown hair, weighs 10 lbs 10 oz, and is 22.75 inches long. Both Kara and Ruth are recovering well and are in excellent health.

Mazel Tov to David and Kara!

The long journey home

After two weeks in Bangalore, I’m heading back to the US. It’s been great fun meeting the team here; these guys have got a lot of energy and talent. I hope to be able to come back again, perhaps as soon as the end of this year.

Aside from the days where I was battling the Indian equivalent of Montezuma’s Revenge, I ate the best Indian food I’ve ever had. When I get back to the US I’ll sill enjoy TastyBite but now that I’ve tasted the real thing it will never quite compare.

I leave in about 3 hours but I won’t be home until Wednesday afternoon.