Online petition seeks to reunite El Cajon canine with original handler

first_img Posted: August 31, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An online petition to reunite an El Cajon police canine with his previous handler has gained more than 146,000 signatures, it was reported Friday.Over a period of two and a half years, an Instagram account started by El Cajon police Officer Jordan Walker for Jester, a Belgian Malinois, collected more than 219,000 followers before it was taken down, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Earlier this month, Walker announced via the popular account that he would be leaving the department — and Jester, according to the Union-Tribune.A change.org petition was launched Aug. 22 titled “Keep K9 jester with his human!” and had collected more than 146,000 of its goal of 150,000 signatures as of Friday morning.Jester was assigned to a new partner, Officer Randall Gray, and the dog was being housed at the city’s animal shelter until his new handler could build a kennel of his own to house Jester.The two will attend a training academy later this year before hitting the streets, the department told the Union-Tribune. The department did not say whether a kennel has been built at the new handler’s house.“It is not uncommon for strong, healthy police service dogs to be reassigned to a new handler if their current one leaves the K9 Unit because of a promotion, divisional transfer or separation from the department,” the department said in a statement.The average retirement age for an El Cajon police canine is 8 to 10 years, the department told the Union-Tribune. Jester is about 5 years old.El Cajon City Manager Graham Mitchell said in an email shared with the Union-Tribune that many of the concerns he had heard from the public about the pair’s separation “stand in stark contrast to recommendations of police K9 trainers.”“If Jester were to retire at this young age and the City were to give him to Jordan, Jester would be stuck at home all day while Jordan is at work,” Mitchell wrote in the email. “A dog, whose great treat is to go to work with his partner, would be highly confused every day he would get left behind.”A GoFundMe account also was created in hopes of raising enough money to buy Jester from the department and replace him with another trained police canine.As of Friday morning, the account had raised a little more than $8,500. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Online petition seeks to reunite El Cajon canine with original handler Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 31, 2018last_img read more

That Time Google Almost Bought Tesla for 11 Billion

first_imgApril 21, 2015 Tesla, the $26 billion electric hot-rod powerhouse, is revving up to be one of the hottest automakers in the world. But, like most tech startups, it came this close to stalling out on the rough road to success. And when Tesla almost bottomed out, Elon Musk turned to Google to save it.That was back in March of 2013, when Musk asked his friend and Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page to rescue his struggling luxury car company from bankruptcy, according to a forthcoming book on the billionaire futurist by Bloomberg tech reporter Ashlee Vance. Tesla sales were slumping, rumors of dangerous glitches spread like engine fires and even Musk himself admitted that “The world of mouth on the [Model S] sucked.”  Related: Elon Musk’s Ex-Wife on What She Learned Living With an Extreme Entrepreneurial SuccessTesla needed a hero with big pockets and fast. With only “two weeks worth of cash in [Tesla’s] coffers” left, Musk didn’t pussyfoot around. His asking price was steep. He wanted Google to purchase Tesla for $11 billion — $6 billion for the company and $5 billion in capital for factory development, per an excerpt from Vance’s book published on Bloomberg yesterday. The passage cites two unnamed individuals “familiar with the talks.”  Of course, rescue money wasn’t all Musk wanted. “He also wanted guarantees that Google wouldn’t break up or shut down his company before it produced a third-generation electric car aimed at the mainstream auto market,” the excerpt reads. “He insisted that Page let him run a Google-owned Tesla for eight years, or until it began pumping out such a car. Page accepted the overall proposal and shook on the deal.”Related: Tesla Says It Delivered a Record 10,030 Cars in the First QuarterNegotiations began. Google’s lawyers hashed out the nuts and bolts of the deal. Things were looking good, give or take a few haggling spates between Musk and Page. Meanwhile, Tesla’s sales picked up and its fortunes began to turn in the right direction. Musk’s need for the search giant’s life preserver subsided and the talks of a buyout fizzled, eventually falling apart altogether.Fast forward to today and Google has somewhat adorably driven into the self-driving car race. With a current market cap topping $26 billion and more than 50,000 vehicles on the road worldwide, Tesla is humming along in the sizzling electric vehicle market at a nice clip. Some predict it’s even on track to get scooped up by Apple or General Motors. Page is probably kicking himself for not snatching it up when he had the chance…and Musk might laugh all the way to Mars.Related: Google CEO: This Is Why Dominant Tech Companies Falter This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min readlast_img read more