Get Around So Cal on the Metrolink

If you live in Southern California, or have ever visited, you know that our transportation system is awful. More like non-existent. Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing applications have made life better, but I am still jealous we don’t have a better way of getting around Southern California compared to most other metropolitan cities in the U.S.

Even though there’s the much needed improvement, you can get around various areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Ventura pretty easily on Metrolink. I’m a huge fan and absolutely love to ride the Metrolink trains every chance I get. Considering we have family in south Orange County and a local Metrolink station a mile from our house, we ride the train often. Joanelle and I call it the No Stress Express. We took it down from Tustin to San Clemente on Saturday and back home again this past Sunday. Since the 5 freeway is always at a standstill, it’s nice cruising past certain sections of that freeway at 65 MPH while cars aren’t moving.

Here are a few pictures from our recent ride:

There are still some hiccups and minor delays at times, but it beats the stress of sitting in your car in traffic. Now if only the Metrolink can branch out in to the South Bay or Los Angeles somehow, life would be great! Just wish I could take it to work a couple days a week.

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-JK

Tustin Chamber of Commerce Announces the Inaugural Tustin Hangar Half Marathon and 5K

The Tustin Chamber of Commerce, along with presenting sponsor Primo Fitness, announces the Inaugural Tustin Hangar Half Marathon and 5K. Both races will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at The District at Tustin Legacy. The Half Marathon will start at 7:00 a.m., with the 5K at 7:30 a.m.

Read more HERE

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Living amidst the massive Tustin blimp hangars, I’m excited to sign up for this one. I get to see these every day driving BY them, but by signing up to race, I’ll actually get run THROUGH them.

Here’s the link to register: http://www.tustinhangarhalf.com

-JK

Can I Be Fined for not Carrying Workers Compensation Insurance?

Answer: Yes, you can be fined for not carrying workers’ compensation insurance and more. If the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (state labor commissioner) determines an employer is operating without workers’ compensation coverage, a stop order will be issued. This order prohibits the use of employee labor until coverage is obtained, and failure to observe it is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to 60 days, or by a fine of up to $10,000, or both. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement will also assess a penalty the greater of (1) twice the amount the employer would have paid in workers’ compensation premiums during the period the employer was uninsured, determined according to subdivision (c), or (2) the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) per employee employed during the period the employer was uninsured. [Labor Code section 3722(b)].

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Additionally, if an injured worker files a workers’ compensation claim that goes before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and a judge finds the employer had not secured insurance as required by law, when the dispute is resolved the uninsured employer may be assessed a penalty of $10,000 per employee on the payroll at the time of injury if the worker’s case was found to be compensable, or $2,000 per employee on the payroll at the time of injury if the worker’s case was non-compensable, up to a maximum of $100,000. [Labor Code Section 3722(d) and (f).]

Finally, as noted in answer to a previous question, failure to secure workers’ compensation insurance is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or by a fine of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or by both that imprisonment and fine. (Labor Code Section 3700.5)

If you need help with quotes for workers’ compensation insurance for your business, contact me today. We can market this with numerous carriers to find the best coverage and price.

-JK

Ballast Point Opens In Long Beach

Ballast Point, Long Beach’s latest brewery, officially opened Thursday Alamitos Bay Landing. The Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen at the south end of the retail center (the former Khoury’s location). It’s their first location in Los Angeles County.

Joanelle and I met some friends for the Opening. This location alone is everything you could hope for and they did a great job with the design and set-up so you can enjoy the views. There are plenty of taps to serve but it was slammed for opening night at all 3 bars. This is a massive space and you can tell they plan to fill it daily. They have to fine tune the serving process, however and get used to the crowds. People aren’t going to want to wait 30-40 minutes every time they order a beer.

Nevertheless, I love the location. You can check out the waves inside the Seal Beach jetty, watch all kinds of sailboats glide in from the sea, and watch Hawaiian outrigger paddlers practice all within the cozy confines of the upper patio. We ventured downstairs for a bit to scope out the accommodations, but again being opening day, it was too crowded. I will be back, and soon. This is huge for Long Beach.

Here are some pictures from Thursday night:

 

-JK

Port of Long Beach Boat Tour

Along with the Long Beach Young Professionals we took a boat tour of the second busiest port in the United States tonight…..the Port of Long Beach. It was crazy to see the massive cargo ships front and center. It’s hard to convey how huge these behemoths really are. This video and picture don’t do it any justice:

Boat tour of the Port of Long Beach tonight.

A video posted by Jimmy Kinmartin (@jkinmartin) on

Each year, the Port handles:

  • More than 6.8 million 20-foot container units (TEUs)
  • Cargo valued at $180 billion
  • 82.3 million metric tons of cargo
  • 2,000 vessel calls

The Port’s loaded containers account for:

  • 1/3 moving through all California ports
  • 1/4 moving through all West Coast ports
  • nearly 1 in 5 moving through all U.S. ports

Port-related employment

  • 30,000 jobs (about one in eight) in Long Beach
  • 316,000 jobs (or one in 22) in the five-county Southern California region
  • 1.4 million jobs throughout the U.S. are related to Long Beach-generated trade

Thank you to the Long Beach Chamber and Long Beach Young Professionals for putting this on.

-JK

Insurance For Taco Bell Building

I post pictures of commercial buildings that I insure often here on my site. Of all the various commercial insurance risks I write, my favorite are commercial buildings, whether it be apartment complexes, retail strip malls, warehouses, or office buildings. I’d definitely consider it my main niche. I know all the best carriers for these and the appropriate coverage needed for building owners.

This is a building I insure in Lynwood, CA.

Taco Bell Building

The owner was referred to me by a local banker in Palos Verdes a few years ago. They were in a rush to get the building insured practically on the spot to close a loan. As you can see, Taco Bell is the tenant of the building. The building is in beautiful shape and totally renovated. This allowed me to get coverage in place the same day.

It’s not a big flashy skyscraper, but it’s nice when you drive around town and see various businesses and properties that you insure.

The owner of this building and the banker who referred me couldn’t have been happier when we wrote this several years ago. We just renewed the property & general liability package policy in March. And hopefully we’ll be renewing for years to come representing the building owner.

-JK

 

Get Long Beach Emergency Info On You Cell Phone

During an emergency you need information in order to protect yourself, your family, and your property.

Alert Long Beach is a free service designed to keep everyone who lives or works in Long Beach informed – before, during and after a major emergency or disaster. And now, Alert Long Beach messages are now available in accessible formats for registered users who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and deaf/blind.


To get emergency alerts in American Sign Language, English, Spanish, or Tagalog, sign up at the City’s website: http://www.longbeach.gov/

-JK

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