What those that labored on the automotive love about it

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 team members left to right: Aaron Link, Senior Development Engineer; Dustin Gardner, assistant chief engineer, small block; Harlan Charles, Product Marketing Manager; Josh Holder, chief engineer; Tadge Jüchter, senior chief engineer; Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager.

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DETROIT – General Motors new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 marks the latest chapter in the almost 70-year history of the famous American sports car.

Those closely involved in the making of the car referred to it as “otherworldly” and a “utopian version of a sports car”. It’s a street legal racing car designed for the track that makes it possible GM to flex its technical muscles and draw attention to Corvette, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said it could be a $ 7 billion to $ 12 billion franchise for the automaker.

CNBC spoke to several team members about the 2023 Corvette Z06, which features a new 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated, V-8 engine with 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque – the most powerful engine of its kind in any production vehicle.

In their own words, here is what Corvette team members have to say about the vehicle and their roles in GM’s most famous franchise, including the normal Corvette Stingray.

Tadge Juechter, Corvette’s Executive Chief Engineer

“When I think about why we’re doing this, it’ll sound weird, but I think of adults who giggle. If you put someone behind the wheel in a Corvette and get them on a good road and just let them go, what you get is adults giggling. It’s hard to control and it doesn’t get old. You can hear the engine, it’s a super passionate machine in an age of hominization of transport, there aren’t that many unique driver experiences, just one-of-a-kind, but far out in the left field.

“The Stingray is this super beautiful, cute, well developed car. This is a bit of a bad boy. He has a bit of a head start. I would say. The character comes into its own loud and clear from start to drive. The car’s reaction speed is somehow unearthly. “

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06


Aaron Link, Senior Development Engineer at Corvette

“This car represents the utopian version of a sports car to me. It’s mid-engined architecture and all the inherent goodness that comes with it, with a light front that really boosts the car’s turning speed and then all of the traction in the back where you need it, where you can have a huge figure of merit. And then the naturally aspirated engine part is something like what everyone always thinks of when they think of that mid-engined supercar / sports car. And we are doing it, right? And no one else really is doing it.

“The nice thing for me is to be a part of it and have a huge impact on how it is shaped and shaped and how it comes out … It just makes you smile and we say that a lot about cars, but this one really is like you never want it to stop. “

Dustin Gardner, GM Small Block Engine Assistant Chief Engineer

“The privilege to be able to work on it professionally is huge. That engine, the opportunity to build a Z06-Z06 designed for this mission, and then just so proud of the engineering team around it. This thing is a masterpiece of engineering a 5.5 liter flat plane crank engine with a fully mechanical valve train that makes 670 hp for me is a high point of my career …

“To hear everything works, feel the power, all senses are excited. It’s just exhilarating and it’s what it’s supposed to do and it does it so well. It’s been my baby for a while. It is exciting.”

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06


Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager

“For me, the Corvette has always been the dream car to make our customer dreams come true. I think we started with the Stingray and gave people an exotic mid-engined supercar. Bringing the racing experience to the driver … The noise, the driving feel and the handling, you feel like you are driving a street legal racing car and basically you are That means a lot and then also on a historical scale … the future or electrification or whatever, and of course the future will be here one day, but let’s just think about this moment now: Here is the cutting edge of technology and a naturally aspirated engine with combustion engine.

“This is kind of a golden era where we will be able to drive and operate an engine that is a real engine and makes you feel alive… So let’s all enjoy it for as long as we can and really appreciate that we can offer a supercar like this is relatively achievable, so people who work hard can afford it and drive it, and it’s American and people can be proud to have something that is here Designed, built and engineered in America to rival and win against the best in the world. “

Josh Holder, Corvette chief engineer

“I think we’d all say it’s a dream job, it’s a dream job. Especially anyone that’s a dude and gearhead to work on a performance car, but especially Corvette, of course we’re biased. And then the Corvette makes it even more special. We are all very happy that we are allowed to do this job, very appreciated and very happy …

“This car is for the thrill of driving. It’s for people who enjoy the driving experience, right? The journey as well as the destination. And when you sit in a car, especially this car, the new Z06, you don’t just feel the freedom to go anywhere, but to be like a superhero, to enjoy that freedom because you can go where you want Any way you want, record anything on the road or track, compete and win. This freedom in a car like this is something very special. “

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06


Opinion: California’s ban on assault type weapons has labored. It is constitutional and customary sense.

Abrams is a board member of Team ENOUGH, Brady’s gun violence prevention initiative, and a 2021 graduate of Del Norte High School. He is a resident of 4S Ranch.

In April, President Joe Biden did described our country’s gun violence epidemic as “an international embarrassment” and promises to address this crisis.

President Biden was right and he was quick to act – but here in California, our elected officials have long led the nation to find sensible and comprehensive solutions that save lives despite ongoing attacks from the gun lobby and industry. Lawsuits such as those recently attempting to lift California’s decade-long bans on assault-style firearms or the one aimed at lifting our reasonable demand that ammunition purchases be subject to background screening threaten this advancement and public safety.

The disturbing decision by a federal judge last month to lift the offensive weapons ban, which the appeals court later suspended, shows how concerted and dangerous these efforts are. Simply put, this federal judge was wrong. The state’s ban on assault weapons has helped keep Californians safe for over 30 years. It’s constitutional and it’s common sense.

We cannot tolerate these attacks on our constitutional and popular laws – laws that have stood the test of time. The newest Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the firearm homicide rate in California is 30 percent below the national rate, while the firearm suicide rate in California is 45 percent below the US average. Overall, the rate for all fatalities from firearms is 37 Percent lower in California than the national rate.

It’s not just numbers – lives are saved and communities are spared persistent fear and violence.

That is not to say that our state is without arms. It is precisely for this reason that I am a youth gun violence prevention activist. I’ve seen gun violence in my community here in San Diego. I lost friends to gun violence.

We still have more work to do.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Rob Bonta Approved The latest California gun sales data shows that 2020 broke previous records for small arms sales, an increase of over 65 percent from 2019.

We also know that California, like the rest of the nation, is one top gun violence and homicides last year, which will continue into this year.

That should keep us busy. As Harvard University Professor David Hemenway in a nutshell said Reuters discussed the intersection of increased gun sales and gun violence in October: “It’s pretty clear that more guns mean more death.”

It is precisely for this reason that our elected representatives cannot cease to create strong, sensible, and comprehensive laws and guidelines to ensure our safety.

Earlier this year, Governor Gavin Newsom called for $ 200 million in dedicated funding for CalVIP in his California comeback plan, nearly quadrupling the existing grant program funding. CalVIP funds evidence-based community and hospital-based violence intervention programs that have been shown to help stop violence and heal communities to prevent trauma. It’s an investment in our communities that has only positive, downstream effects. This kind of courageous leadership is why officials in states like New York, as well as President Biden, have similarly called for investment in community violence intervention programs.

Similarly, our state legislature has passed state-of-the-art directives such as a requirement that newly introduced semi-automatic pistols contain microstamping technology, the first such requirement in the country, and a ban on the sale of ghost weapons. These laws are being investigated and emulated in other states as well as in our federal government. California is leading once again.

Our leaders cannot give up on these efforts, and fortunately they have not. Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta have remained steadfast in their defense of our state’s ban on offensive weapons, while advocating the policies and programs our state needs to further reduce gun violence and protect our communities.

I have no doubt that they will prevail in court in our state in defending the ban on offensive weapons. I also know that they will continue to put the interests and safety of Californians first as they work to establish even broader gun violence prevention guidelines. Young people in California lead the way, asking for and supporting life-saving bills. In San Diego, I look forward to our city’s leaders responding to these changes and addressing issues such as the proliferation of ghost weapons head on.

While President Biden is right that our gun violence epidemic is an international embarrassment, the country can rest assured that California is helping to correct this injustice, and we will not let up.

Mayfield Heights considers utilizing American Rescue Plan cash to offer bonuses to metropolis workers who labored throughout pandemic: Stimulus Watch

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – A proposal to use federal stimulidollars to provide 4,000 bonuses to Mayfield Heights police officers and firefighters has turned into a potential bonus to all municipal and administrative employees deemed “material” and during the Pandemic worked.

City officials don’t have the money to spend. In fact, they haven’t even been told exactly how much money the city will receive from the American bailout plan over two years. But Estimates from cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer state Mayfield Heights could receive about $ 1.9 million in total.

Finance director Karen Fegan said the city is still considering how to spend its money. However, she confirmed that the proposal to provide bonuses to “all key workers” is being examined. She did not specify which positions are considered important or how many employees it involves, so it is unclear how much bonuses could be paid.

The city initially considered giving $ 4,000 in bonuses paid with American Rescue Plan money only to first responders, in addition to incremental pay increases – paid out of the city’s budget – as in collective agreements with unions, the police, and fire departments and other workers represented, negotiated.

Council members voted on the ordinances to sign the collective agreements during a meeting on May 24, partly due to disagreement over the bonuses and which city servants should receive them. Legislation empowering the mayor to approve the union contracts is back on the council’s agenda on Monday, but it’s unclear whether the agreements include bonuses.

“We talked about a lump sum instead of a percentage every year,” Councilor Gayle Teresi said at the May meeting. “We didn’t know there would be a lump sum and a percentage.”

Teresi said she is in favor of a raise for first responders given their necessary and 24/7 work during the pandemic. However, she was concerned about giving a bonus on top of the raise – especially since she heard city workers say that all employees who worked during the pandemic would receive a bonus, which would be paid in stimulus money.

“Someone who worked at City Hall called and told me everyone was getting a $ 4,000 bonus,” Teresi said. After the meeting, Teresi told a reporter that non-union city workers typically receive a similar raise to union workers, so she wondered who else could get a $ 4,000 bonus.

“Did the mayor (Anthony DiCicco) get it? Will (Finance Director) Ms. Fegan get it? How about some advice? We were there (work and hold meetings) during COVID, “Teresi said a freelancer for Sun Messenger, a sister publication of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer.

The US Treasury Department has issued guidelines on how local governments can use their American Rescue Plan dollars. One of the proposals is to “provide premium wages for key workers to provide additional support to those who, as a result of their services in critical infrastructure sectors, face and will bear the greatest health risks”.

“I’m in favor of everyone getting a raise, especially the police and fire departments,” Councilor Robert DeJohn said during the May 24 session. “Here’s my problem: as soon as these two units get their raise, they get everyone else in town – everyone else, including the administrative staff. You will all get this lump sum up to the time you raise your salary. “

Councilor Donald Manno joined DeJohn and Teresi in May against the collective agreements. He said council members should receive a raise or bonus for signing raises for other employees.

“Mr. DeJohn said everyone in town gets the raise,” Manno said. “The council doesn’t get it, but we have to sign it for everyone else. We worked through COVID too – not the same way. But fact If you say that everyone in town hall gets a raise or a bonus, what about the advice? Are we stepchildren? Or what’s going on here? “

Finance director Fegan said compensation to the mayor and council will be determined by a regulation that includes a “nested” calculation based on factors such as increases in the general fund and the consumer price index for the previous year. But her statement didn’t seem to deter councilors hoping for a bonus or raise from the money from the American bailout.

Councilor Michael Ballistrea said he did not know why some of his colleagues were confused. He said notes he took during an earlier meeting suggested Fegan said some of the American bailout money would “most likely” be used for bonuses.

“So that was checked and it was always on the table that this should be done as far as I was concerned,” Ballistrea said.

Stimulus Watch is a public service journalism project run by cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer to track federal grants reaching Northeast Ohio through the US rescue plan. Read more undercleveland.com/stimulus-watch.