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November 1, 1990
On Oct. 9, The Times carried an article on public high school driver-training classes being suspended because of state budget problems. The story noted that most of the schools in the state have canceled classes at this time. The article quoted Cynthia Katz, assistant director of the Department of Finance, stating that the governor had the right to veto driver-training funding because education was not participating in a $3.6-billion budget problem. Readers need to know that the governor and the Department of Finance are being dishonest in regard to funding for this program!
October 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Laura J. Nelson
Despite a threatened veto, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday is expected to consider challenging a state decision to legalize app-based ride-sharing companies. The California Public Utilities Commission acted last month to create a new regulatory scheme for firms such as Lyft, UberX and Sidecar to legally compete with taxis for customers. The so-called "transportation network companies" will be required to obtain permits, perform background checks and create driver training programs.
April 29, 1993 | JEFF MEYERS
Trustees of the Oxnard Union High School District voted Wednesday to eliminate driver's training at the district's six schools. The district was forced to cut the program because of a 1992 state court decision prohibiting public schools from charging fees for behind-the-wheel driver's training. Students, who paid $130 for a 16-hour course offered by the district's adult education program, will now have to use private companies to get the required training for a license.
September 19, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California regulators have approved the nation's and state's first rules for fast-growing ride-sharing companies that connect passengers to drivers via smartphones. The Public Utilities Commission voted 5 to 0 to let the services -- such as Lyft Inc., Sidecar and Uber Technologies Inc. -- continue to operate, if they comply with basic safety and insurance requirements. The three companies provide transportation for a fee or donation, connecting paying passengers with drivers who use their own vehicles.
December 5, 1991
The Long Beach Police Department, which last year had more car accidents than it has cars, is considering a driver awareness program for officers to curtail collisions that cost the city $147,000 in damages, according to a department memo. The agency, which has 101 black and white cruisers, recorded 155 accidents during the 1990-91 fiscal year. Only three cars in the fleet were not involved in a crash, according to a Nov.
September 17, 1991
The Los Angeles Unified School District will begin offering a limited driver training program for 12,000 students this year, using state funds to restore classes that had been cut. The district had canceled its driver training classes and laid off 33 driving teachers because the state stopped funding the program. But by using a $1.
October 30, 1990 | BILL BILLITER
Huntington Beach Union High School District officials have said they sympathize with parents in the district who want to restore hands-on driver training in high schools, which fell victim to budget cuts in Sacramento. But they also told the parents that the best hope for restoring the program to all California schools is a legal suit brought by a Monterey County school district that is scheduled to be heard Nov. 9.
Simi Valley school officials on Tuesday decided to stop offering behind-the-wheel driving classes after this spring because private driver training companies threatening legal action have an appeals court ruling on their side.
September 14, 1990 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Conejo Valley school officials voted Thursday night to reinstate driver training instruction with the students footing the cost. The new fee of $120 per student would make up for $95,563 that the district expects to lose this year due to state budget cuts. If efforts to restore the funding are successful, Conejo Valley Unified School District officials said they will refund a proportionate amount of the fee.
October 17, 1990 | CHERYLANNE BEALER
After dropping behind-the-wheel driver training courses because of state budget cuts, Capistrano Unified School District trustees have decided to reinstate the program, but with an added fee for students. The program will be offered after school through the district's community services department. A private driver education firm will offer the training for about $100, plus an administrative fee required by the district, Assistant Supt. William Eller said.
January 9, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- West Texas grand jurors on Wednesday decided not to indict the driver of a parade float struck by a train, killing four veterans last fall. Midland County prosecutor Eric Kalenak told the Los Angeles Times that he presented the case along with about two dozen others to a 12-member grand jury that convened Wednesday. The parade float driver, veteran Dale Hayden, 50, was not subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, Kalenak said -- no witnesses were. Instead, the prosecutor presented police reports and witness statements -- including a statement Hayden made to Midland Police -- about the crash in which a flatbed truck carrying veterans was hit by a Union Pacific train.
August 26, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Afghan Sgt. Maj. Barakatullah Kolistani, who trains army recruits, is confident that his fledgling soldiers are learning the discipline, strategic skills and marksmanship needed to defeat the Taliban. But Kolistani, one of the base's senior enlisted soldiers, is worried about their proficiency in another key skill: driving. Particularly when it comes to the 8,000-pound-plus U.S.-supplied Humvee, the vehicle of choice in the nascent Afghan army. He's not alone. Afghan and American trainers at the NATO-run Kabul Military Training Center, where 10,000 recruits receive instruction at any given time, are shocked to discover just how bad the Afghans drive.
August 28, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Firefighters and dispatchers with the Union Pacific Railroad tried to warn a Metrolink train Thursday morning as it sped toward a truck stopped on the tracks, but the train couldn't stop in time, officials said. At 5:40 a.m., two firefighters were aiding the driver of the truck, who had been involved in an accident a few minutes earlier, when the warning gates came down and they saw the train coming, said Deborah O'Malia, a spokeswoman for the Oxnard Fire Department. The Oxnard dispatch center had contacted the Union Pacific response center to alert it to the disabled truck, and the response center in turn called the railroad's dispatch center, which tried to call the Metrolink engineer, officials said.
January 30, 2009 | Corina Knoll and Ruben Vives
Wherever Devon was, so too were Daylan and Moses. The three boys were often seen around their Fontana condominium complex tossing a football or competing against each other in rowdy video games. So when 15-year-old Devon Keeten grabbed the keys to his mother's spare car Wednesday and climbed into the silver Nissan Altima, his half-brother, Daylan Green, 9, and best friend and neighbor, Moses Guzman, 11, naturally went along.
January 8, 2006 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
A motorist who died Friday in a collision with a Metrolink train in Burbank drove around lowered crossing gates, possibly in an attempt to outrun the oncoming train, officials said Saturday. "Everything was working properly at the time and, for some reason, she drove around the crossing gates," said Denise Tyrrell, a Metrolink spokeswoman. "There were witnesses who saw this, but we don't have any insight into why she made such a choice."
November 20, 2003 | Abraham D. Sofaer, Abraham D. Sofaer, a former U.S. district judge and former legal advisor to the State Department, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
In any law-abiding society, people known to be in the country illegally would be detained and deported. But not in the United States, where immigration laws are so poorly enforced that the normal and expected have come to be regarded as inconceivable and impractical, and the illegal has been accepted as proper. Consider the driver's license bill, which then-Gov. Gray Davis signed into law in a desperate, eleventh-hour effort to appeal to Latino voters. The law -- which allows illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses despite their status -- is indefensible, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is absolutely right to seek to repeal it. The arguments in favor of the law are completely inadequate.
August 26, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A ceremonial groundbreaking hosted by Mayor Richard Riordan, City Councilman Hal Bernson and other city officials this morning will kick off the construction of a $25-million LAPD driver-training facility near the Van Norman Reservoir.
The Glendale Board of Education voted Tuesday to suspend a major element of the district's driver training program because of cuts in state funding. Board members decided to retain the classroom portion of driver education, including lessons in a driving simulation machine. But they accepted a staff recommendation to cut behind-the-wheel training, which would cost the district $67,500.
March 13, 2003 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
These are the three dates important to Annika Sorenstam: her LPGA season opener next Thursday at Phoenix, the first LPGA major of the year March 27 at Mission Hills and the PGA Tour's Colonial tournament May 22. Sorenstam says that getting ready for the last one is going to help her play the first two. Sorenstam has been going through a strict training and practice regimen the last two weeks at her home course at Lake Nona, Fla.
Even if the Bush administration wins a court injunction to reopen the ports immediately, untangling the huge backlog of cargo at West Coast ports might take four to six weeks of round-the-clock work. The transportation industry is gearing up for the massive task of removing the logjam of undelivered goods, but those efforts could be hampered by port bottlenecks and shortages of dockworkers, railroad cars, truck drivers and other equipment to haul shipping containers.
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