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KSBR News Briefs on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mazda recalls nearly 80K vehicles to replace faulty air bags

Mazda is recalling nearly 80,000 cars and SUVs, some for a second time, to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

The recall covers front passenger inflators on certain 2007 through 2009 and 2012 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda 6 vehicles. The recalls vary by state and age of the vehicles.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. As many as 19 people have been killed and more than 180 hurt due to the problem.

The recall supersedes one issued in January that temporarily replaced older Takata inflators with the same parts. Ammonium nitrate used in the inflators can deteriorate over time. The company says newer inflators are safer. In the latest recall, dealers will install permanent replacement inflators that don't use ammonium nitrate.


Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

The Congressional Budget Office says premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options, if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers.

The nonpartisan number crunchers also estimated that cutting off payments that now reduce copays and deductibles for people of modest incomes would add $194 billion to federal deficits over a decade. That outcome is because a different Affordable Care Act subsidy would automatically increase as premiums jump, more than wiping out any savings.

At issue are the ACA's "cost-sharing" payments, totaling about $7 billion this year, which reimburse insurers for subsidizing out-of-pocket costs for people with modest incomes.


Laguna Woods

The Laguna Woods City Council this afternoon may direct staff to explore opportunities for the operation of a dog park.

Mayor Shari Horne says the city’s current dog park on Ridge Route Road had to be closed after 16 years of operation because the City Council found out the city doesn’t own the property. And there could be liability issues if there were problems on the land.  

She says there could be as many as 200 owners of the property.

She says staff may be asked to talk with property owners to determine if the city may operate the dog park and or find another location for a dog park.

Today’s City Council meeting begins at two in the afternoon.


Aliso Viejo

The Aliso Viejo City Council tonight may approve Renewable Farms as the agricultural operator for the Aliso Viejo Ranch.

The Ranch is a city owned nearly eight acre parcel which represents a remnant of the 22-thousand acre Moulton Ranch.

The Council had previously approved the Ranch conceptual site plan and building drawings.

Mayor Dave Harrington says the Ranch will include an agricultural area of about two acres.

He says the objectives of the agricultural component include providing educational programming designed for schools, community groups and residents. And offer and coordinate events to encourage community involvement and grow fruits and vegetables to sell onsite and to local restaurants.

Tonight’s City Council meeting begins at seven.


OC Fair

The 23 day OC Fair that ended Sunday is being called a “tremendous success.”

Fair Business and Development Vice President Michele Richards says results of a ten day patron survey showed an overall enjoyment rate of 4.65 out of five, up from last year’s 4.45. And of those surveyed, 28 percent were first-time fairgoers and 48 percent were OC residents.

Nearly 26-thousand guests had purchased a Super Pass, which is a 42 percent increase from 2016.

The number one ride at the fair was the La Grande Wheel XL and the number one game was Bank A Ball.


Mission Viejo Restaurant Week

Mission Viejo is getting ready to have its 1st Annual Restaurant Week that will run from Monday through Sunday, August 27.

Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer Doug Zielasko says 22 eateries in the city will participate. He says no passes, tickets or coupons will be required for the event. Some will be offering special promotions.

Patrons may go on-line at https://www.mvrestaurantweek.org  to see which restaurants have signed up.

He says the goal of Restaurant Week is to encourage patrons to explore the city’s culinary landscape, while keeping dining dollars local.


Veteran’s Resource Fair

Saddleback College will host its 9th Annual Veteran’s Resource Fair on September 19th between ten in the morning and one in the afternoon.

County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett says military members and their families are invited to attend to learn about benefits that are available to them.

She’s also encouraging elected officials to attend because she’d like each city to set up a local veteran’s resource facility.