Watsonville Rules

Man claiming to have a bomb in Watsonville bank gets talked into filling out loan paperwork, then arrested

WATSONVILLE – A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he walked into a Watsonville bank, said he had a bomb in his backpack and demanded $2,000 so he could pay his friend’s rent, police reported.
But when Mark Smith, 59, allegedly tried to rob the bank, the bank manager suggested that what he actually needed to do was take out a loan, and she had him sit down while she said she was going to retrieve the loan paperwork. Instead, she called 911, according to Assistant District Attorney Dave Genochio.

“Quick-thinking staff kept the man calm and distracted him with some paperwork until we arrived,” Lt. Darren Thompson said.

Officers responded to the bank, on the 700 block of East Lake Avenue, around 4:30 p.m.

Police arrested Smith, a Watsonville resident, on suspicion of attempted robbery, making criminal threats and making a false bomb report, according to Thompson.

Smith didn’t have a bomb or any other weapons and no injuries were reported, Thompson added.

By Jennifer Squires – Santa Cruz Sentinel


Daiya Does Penang

Last week, my good buddy Daiya Kobayashi stopped by Penang to visit me and talk about some upcoming projects.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I’m already planning for stuff that’s going to happen in 2012.

The nature of my business nowadays means that I have to plan everything well in advance  to coordinate with other global initiatives.

It’s cool to know that there are going to be some amazing things happening in next year, but at the same time, it’s SO hard to keep all this knowledge to myself.

Oh well … comes with the territory, I guess.

Anyways … great meeting with DK … insane brainstorming … got lots done …

Q. What is wrong with the following photos?

Daiya Does Penang

Daiya Does Penang

Daiya Does Penang

Daiya Does Penang

A. Absolutely nothing! Hahaha


The 2014 Lotus Elite

More Lotus news! For those of us who won’t be attending the Paris Motor Show, the 8th Wonder of the World (better known as the Internet) has made this juicy snippet of news available:

The Lotus Elite – enjoy the new British Expression of Exclusivity

Ten days ahead of the official unveil at the Paris Motor Show the sun starts to rise for the dawn of Lotus’ new era – the Elite will redefine “modern classic”.

So here it is, the Lotus Elite, the first taste of what’s to come from Lotus in the future. Look up elegant in the dictionary and you’ll find variations on the following 1. dignified grace in appearance, movement, or behaviour, 2. superb taste in design, style and 3. something elegant; the ultimate refinement.

The ground-breaking new Elite is exactly that. It’s compact yet chic body is elegance incarnate. It’s not only exquisitely elegant, in keeping with Lotus’ core values, it’s a car of substance incorporating some of the very latest technological innovations Lotus has to offer. The slick retractable hard top version and the optional use of hybrid technology with KERS are typical examples of Lotus tailoring technology to deliver perfect performance.

The 2014 Lotus Elite

Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus said: “There’s no denying that the Elite is breathtakingly beautiful to look at but it’s so much more than that, it’s a car that over delivers in all other aspects as well. One could say it’s a car of perfect contradictions, it’s compact yet spacious, high performing yet low emitting, lightweight yet still reassuringly solid. It’s a car that we are exceptionally proud of at Lotus and we truly believe that there is nothing else like it out there both in terms of styling and performance.

“Make no mistake, there’s a definite market requirement for the Elite – it’s the ultimate sports car feel with comfort and space. There will always be those who believe that Lotus should stick to small sports cars but we didn’t take the decision to design something like the Elite lightly, it’s based on months of careful research and planning. It’s worth noting this sector has been very successful for us in the past and now the Elite raises the benchmark higher still.”

The 2014 Lotus Elite

Set for release in spring 2014, this is an innovative, exciting GT that will set a new benchmark in design, performance and emissions. And it’s not all about sleek lines and stunning bodywork with this particular 2+2, what hides beneath this shark like exterior perfectly does the aesthetics justice. A front-mid positioned 5.0l V8 engine delivering up to 620 PS meaning drivers can expect to go from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3.5 to 3.7 seconds.

Seems like Lotus is gunning for Aston MartinFerrari and Maserati with the gorgeous Elite.

The Elite will be the most expensive Lotus ever at USD180,000 but that will still be USD30,000 less than a Ferrari California but deliver the same (if not better) performance as a Ferrari 599. That means the Elite will cost more than 2 Evoras and weigh almost as much at 2 Elises – this is definitely a revolutionary new direction for Lotus.

But will this gamble pay off?

A stunning exterior, panoramic folding top, F1-inspired KERS system and a 620PS V8 in the back?

I think YES.


Lotus Gives Elise To Toyota

PRESS RELEASE (17 September 2010)

Lotus to take relationship with Toyota to new level / Gift of Special Elise Marks Lotus-Toyota Ties

Lotus commemorated their successful relationship with Toyota today (17th September) at a celebration at the British Embassy in Tokyo where Lotus CEO Dany Bahar presented Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda with a specially equipped Lotus Elise powered by the last ever Toyota 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine. The occasion marked the end of an era and the start of an even stronger relationship between the two companies.

Lotus Gives Elise To Toyota

As part of the celebration, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: “The presentation of Toyota’s last 2ZZ engine in the Elise is a symbolic gesture of our continued respect and deep appreciation for our partner not only acknowledging our past but also looking forward to our future together.”

Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda responded: “A Toyota engine in a Lotus car creates a completely unique drive feeling – a special blend featuring the best of Lotus and Toyota that we hope many car lovers continue to experience and enjoy.”

Based on the successful cooperation with Toyota so far, Lotus has decided to take the relationship with Toyota to a new level that will enable Lotus to create tailor-made powertrain solutions for future Lotus cars.

Lotus Gives Elise To Toyota

For more details on exactly how Lotus will be partnering with Toyota in the future, simply look to the Lotus global unveiling at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th where Lotus will showcase their new line up to the world’s media. The eagerly anticipated event marks the dawn of a new era for Lotus and will highlight exactly why both companies are so proud of their relationship.

I can’t wait to see Lotus’ line-up at the Paris Motor Show … hmm … I wonder what would happen if they put the V10 from the LFA into the back of a Lotus? Maybe the new Esprit? Hmmmmmmm