South Coast AQMD Vote on OC Beach Fire Ring Ban Today – PHOTOS Newport Beach, Huntington Beach

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As a resident of Newport Beach, I have heard quite a bit of buzz regarding the potential ban imposed on fire rings on beaches in all of Orange County.  Many Cities argue that banning the fire rings would cause significant loss of revenue associated with visitors who will no longer visit the beach without their fires.  On the flip side, nearby residents of the beaches argue that the fire pits are a nuisance due to the obstruction to the air that the pits cause.

Today, the AQMD board will vote on the proposal to ban the fire rings on Orange County beaches.  Here is a photo taken from the AQMD offices today:

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Most Views Ever On LinkedIn – Penelope Trunk’s “Don’t Go to Grad School” Article

Penelope Trunk LinkedIn

With over 200 million users now on LinkedIn, authors of articles that air on the site can really be heard.  Well, if they’re good.  Like Penelope Trunk.  Through earth-shatteringly provocative article titles, and the far-out content contained in her articles she has done it – written the most viewed article of all time on LinkedIn.  Her first article on LinkedIn was published May 1, 2013, and her third article – and the most viewed of all time – was published on May 10, 2013.  So, while Branson and Huffington have been posting on LinkedIn for a long time, Trunk comes in and in a matter of 10 days steals the show.  Amazing?  Yes.

Penelope Trunk’s first LinkedIn article entitled, “8 New Ways to Think About Financial Security” was published May 1, 2013.   The article received moderate attention with 9,239 views, 75 likes, and 46 user comments.

Penelope’s second LinkedIn article entitled, “Why Jason Collins Matters for Your Career” was published May 2, 2013.  The article received moderate attention with 4,467 views, 19 likes and 23 user comments.

Penelope was just being modest with these first two articles.


Penelope’s third LinkedIn article entitled, “Don’t Go to Grad School” was published May 10, 2013.  The article received the most views any “Influencer Post” on LinkedIn has ever seen – more than Huffington, more than Branson, and the list goes on – with a whopping 333,562 views, 858 likes and 1,504 user comments.

Penelope Trunk LinkedIn


Something tell me that we have not heard the last of Penelope Trunk on LinkedIn.

Volcom Skatepark Costa Mesa, CA – Trevor Millican

Volcom Skatepark Costa Mesa, CA - Trevor Millican


Trevor Millican Visits Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa, CA

Google Maps Treasure View


Google Maps Treasure View Trevor Millican

The Traffic Signal Modification Process

Red, yellow, and green are three colors that engineers cannot forget when preparing design plans for a roadway widening project.  Almost every roadway widening project – when the widening extends through an intersection or multiple intersections – requires one or more traffic signal modifications.  Signal modifications are required due to new curb locations which require new pole locations.  With new pole locations come new signal head locations since the signal heads need to line up properly with the traffic lanes.

Traffic Signal Modification

This article will explore the process of designing and constructing traffic signal modifications.

There are several steps involved in preparing a traffic signal modification plan and constructing the traffic signal modifications.  These steps are as follows:

  1. Prepare an accurate base map

Preparing an accurate base map is key to ensuring that there are no issues during construction and thus no contract change orders requested by the Contractor.  Key components of preparing an accurate base map for a traffic signal modification plan include:

  • Measure existing mast arm lengths
  • Determine location of existing signal heads
  • Determine location of existing traffic signal poles relative to existing curb returns

2.  Construct new traffic signal poles in locations that the existing traffic signal can remain in operation at all times.  Cover new traffic signal heads to avoid driver confusion

The photo below shows the construction of a traffic signal at the Jamboree Road and Michelle Drive intersection in Irvine, California.  The photo below shows an existing traffic signal fixture in operation with the new, unactivated traffic signal fixture behind it.

Traffic Signal Modification

When the new traffic signal equipment is installed, tested, and is ready for full operation, the old traffic signal equipment will be removed.  The new traffic signal equipment is activated, and the traffic signal modification is complete.  Well, almost.

Lastly, the traffic signal timing will be adjusted according to observation of the new traffic signal in action.



Photo Tour of Pike Place Market, Downtown Seattle, WA

Trevor Millican

Trevor Millican


Trevor Millican Pike Place Seattle

Trevor Millican Pike Place Seattle

Trevor Millican Pike Place Seattle

Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington