CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2013 |
A Los Angeles-area lawmaker wants to extend free access to some carpool lanes for Californians driving clean-energy cars. The legislation, written by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), applies to vehicles running on electricity, hydrogen or natural gas. Under legislation sponsored by Blumenfield last year, a driver behind the wheel of one of these cars doesn't need to meet an occupancy requirement to drive in a carpool lane or pay a toll. However, that benefit is set to expire in 2015.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday outlawing the open carrying of rifles and shotguns in cities across California. The measure was among dozens of bills the governor approved that take effect Jan. 1, including proposals intended to help curb student fee hikes at the state's public universities and exempt hybrid drivers from toll charges in carpool lanes. Brown also signed a measure banning state agencies from regulating Internet phone service - a priority for the tech industry - and took steps to establish a state-run retirement plan for low-wage, private-sector workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers sent two road-related proposals to the governor Tuesday, one that would hike fines for Californians who use a cellphone while driving and another that would exempt hybrid drivers from toll charges in car-pool lanes. The cellphone bill, SB 1310 by state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), would increase the current fine for driving while using a hands-on phone or text messaging from $20 to $30 for a first offense, and from $50 to $60 for a subsequent offense.
April 26, 2012 |
A bill that would prevent local transit agencies from tossing solo drivers in zero- and low-emission vehicles out of some car-pool lanes cleared the California Assembly on Thursday. The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), would allow cars with a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker free access to carpool lanes that are converted to High Occupancy Toll lanes. There are a number of such projects around the state and agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan to make any solo drivers pay for access, regardless of what they are driving. Car-poolers and buses will still be able to use the lanes without charge.
January 30, 2012 |
Carpool-driving parents are "inconsistent" about using booster seats -- child safety restraints designed for kids who are too big for forward-facing car seats but too small for a regular seat belt to fit them properly -- researchers said Monday. A team of physicians and public health experts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of Colorado in Denver reviewed data collected from 681 parents of children ages 4 to 8 who had participated in a January 2010 nationwide Web-based survey that included 12 questions on booster seat use. They found that 76% of those surveyed did use a safety seat when driving their children in the family car. But of the 64% of respondents who said they drove a carpool, 20% said that they did not always ask other drivers to use booster seats when driving their kids in a carpool. And only 55% said that they always make their child use a booster seat when they were driving a carpool in which other children did not have a booster.
January 20, 2012 |
General Motors Co. plans to bring a special version of the Chevrolet Volt to the California market that will qualify the plug-in hybrid sedan for a $1,500 state rebate and a coveted carpool lane sticker. The Volt, which the automaker has made the poster child for its environmental credentials, has sold more slowly in California than its all-electric rival, the Nissan Leaf, in part because it previously did not qualify as a vehicle that solo drivers could use in the state's network of time-saving carpool lanes.
January 19, 2012 |
General Motors Co. plans to bring a special version of the Chevrolet Volt to the California market that will qualify the plug-in hybrid sedan for a $1,500 state rebate and a coveted carpool lane sticker. The Volt, which the automaker has made the poster child for its environmental credentials, has sold slower in California than its all-electric rival, the Nissan Leaf -- in part because it previously did not qualify as a vehicle solo drivers could use in the state's network of time-saving carpool lanes.
October 11, 2011 |
If you're like many California motorists, you probably looked on with envy or perhaps some stronger emotion when those single-occupant hybrids zipped by in the carpool lane. Others who had gone to the trouble of coordinating schedules and establishing real carpool relationships probably weren't too happy with their solitary HOV-lane brethren either. Surely, fairness was restored over the summer when the interlopers lost their carpool-lane rights; the real carpoolers have seen their speeds increase, right?
September 18, 2011
A candid Jackie Re "Jackie Kennedy, warts and all," Editorial, Sept. 15 Just four months after seeing her husband die before her eyes, and with her world turned upside down, Jackie Kennedy offered her candid and vivid observations of people and events that are of historical importance. That she had some unflattering things to say about iconic figures whom history holds in high regard is a very healthy reminder that we all possess some flaws. For your editorial to refer to Jackie as "narrow-minded and unsparingly tart" seems heavy-handed and disregards the time and emotional place from which these observations took place.