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    Posted on 26, May, 2017

    Del Mar Automotive will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

    A little history: According to Wikipedia, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.  By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.   

    It has become established tradition for many people to visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.  And many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

    Annual Decoration Days are still held at some cemeteries in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles.  People gather and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like "dinner on the grounds," the traditional term for a potluck meal at a church. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.

    Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.



    Posted on 04, May, 2017

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    Posted by Al Phillips


    Posted on 27, April, 2017


    By Allen L Phillips      

    Auto repair shops in California presently only add sales tax on parts installed, not on labor.  California Senate Bill 640 (SB-640) would add a tax on that labor as well as on other service labor such as plumbers, gardeners, accountants, etc.

    This bill is an exact copy of last year's SB-1445, which I wrote about in August, with all the same ambiguities.  If passed in its present form, unelected bureaucrats will decide the amount of the tax, as well as all the other undefined aspects of the bill. 

    Reprinted below is my article from last August.  Nothing has changed except the bill number.

    Please contact your representatives in Sacramento and tell them to vote no on SB-640.



    By Allen L Phillips

    August, 2016

    Presently, when you have your car repaired you pay sales tax on the parts but not on the labor.  Likewise your plumber charges you tax only on the parts he uses.  Your tax accountant does not charge you tax on his or her services.  Likewise your computer repairman.  SB-1445 640 would change all that.

    The stated intent of SB-1445 640 is:

    1)  Provide tax relief to middle and low income Californians while "simplifying" the personal income tax and mitigating the reliance on top income earner's tax revenues.  They say such reliance has led to much instability in tax revenues due to economic cycles.  (Note that "simplifying" is ambiguous and no more detail is provided in the bill.)

    2)  Broaden the tax base imposing a "modest" sales tax on services in the interest of producing "more stable revenues".  Health care services, education services, child care, rent, interest, and services provided by "very small" businesses would be exempt and offsetting tax relief would be provided to middle and low income families.  (Note that "modest" and "very small" are nowhere defined in this Bill.)

    3)  "Lower" the corporate income tax on "small" businesses, exempt "very small" businesses from the sales tax on services and "significantly reduce" the minimum franchise tax.  (Again, more undefined terms: "lower", "small", "very small" and "significantly reduce".  And, if we qualify as a "very small business", does "exempt very small businesses from the tax" mean we don't have to pay it when buying services or we don't have to collect it when we sell?)

    SB-1445 640 would also create the Retail Sales Tax on Services Fund within the State Treasury.  The Board of Equalization, which collects such taxes, would deduct an administrative fee and then deposit the remaining new services tax into the Fund.  Moneys in the fund would be "appropriated " to:

    1)  Provide tax relief to "middle and low income" Californians to offset the effect of the sales tax on services.   (Raising the tax for some but not for others is another effort at social engineering and, of course, will require more bureaucrats to administer.  Also note that what incomes are considered "middle and low incomes" is not defined.)

    2)  "Assist in securing greater stability for California's infrastructure, its workforce, and its health care and education systems including higher education."  (Those are lofty goals but, again, nothing is quantified.)

    3)  "Enhance California's business climate and incentivize and protect small business."  (Enhance California's business climate - is this a joke?  Who writes this stuff?  Do they really believe it?)

    Let me clarify something.  Businesses use services too.  We hire subcontractors, lawyers, accountants, computer gurus, etc.  "Very small" businesses will be exempt.  What does that mean?  If our tax accountant is a 1 man shop will his service be exempt from the tax?  What if we use a larger firm?  The tax will be "small" but what does that mean?  It makes no sense that some service providers, providing the exact same service, will have to charge the tax but others won't simply because they are "very small". 

    And they are going to "lower" corporate income tax on "small" businesses.  "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today", said Wimpy in the old Popeye cartoon strip.  At least you understood his terms.

    To suggest that this will enhance California's business climate is ludicrous.  SB-1445 640 will push California farther toward the top of the list of states with the worst business climate. 

    I have read quite a few proposed bills over the years and this is by far the most poorly written.  If passed in its present form, unelected bureaucrats will fill in the blanks.  I don't think we want that.

    Ultimately the consumer will pay if this bill passes, whether directly with the tax on services or indirectly  as businesses raise their prices to cover their increased costs of doing business because of SB-1445 640.

    My limited research indicates that California is one of very few states that doesn't already charge a tax on at least some services.  But that doesn't mean that California should tax services.  According to the Tax Foundation, California is already among the worst 10 states for business tax climate and battles New York and New Jersey for absolute worst. 

    Utah leads Forbes’ ranking of the Best States for Business for the second straight year and fifth time since 2010.  The Beehive State benefits from light regulation and energy costs that are 23% below the national average.  Utah does tax most services but, because of other business friendly factors, no one is complaining.  See the difference?

    Contact your state legislators and tell them to vote no on SB-1445 640.



    Posted on 03, March, 2017

    According to an article in the March 3, 2017 issue of The Week, millions of drivers who use connected car apps on their Android phones are vulnerable to hacking.  According to Andy Greenberg in, a growing number of car owners use smart  phone apps to quickly locate, lock and unlock their cars. 

    But most car apps lack even basic software defenses according to researchers at Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky.  During tests of nine different Android connected-car apps, researchers found that hackers could use any of them to locate a car, unlock it and in some cases start the engine. 

    Researchers said simple fixes to the apps - like encrypting passwords stored on the phone or adding fingerprint authentication - would go a long way toward boosting security.

    Posted by Allen L Phillips


    Posted on 12, December, 2016

    Del Mar Automotive will be closed the week between Christmas and New Years.  Our last day open will be Friday, December 23rd and we will reopen on Monday, January 2nd.

    2017 will be our 25th year and we owe that longevity to you, our great customers.  Thank you for your trust in us and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

    Todd, Al, Steve & Joshua