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September 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow self-driving cars on California's roads. Brown signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  “We are looking at science fiction becoming reality in a self-driving car,” Brown said. Tech giant GoogleInc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.
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OPINION
February 27, 2014
Re "Sharing the road in Los Angeles," Editorial, Feb. 24 Recently a nearby road was restriped to accommodate bicyclists. I would not object to the "road diet" we have experienced if I thought that bicyclists would observe the same rules of the road that automobile drivers must obey. What I often see are cyclists running lights, failing to signal and driving through crosswalks. As a pedestrian, I have had to dodge bicyclists who used crosswalks as roads or failed to stop at regulated crosswalks while walkers were in them.
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OPINION
February 27, 2014
Re "Sharing the road in Los Angeles," Editorial, Feb. 24 Recently a nearby road was restriped to accommodate bicyclists. I would not object to the "road diet" we have experienced if I thought that bicyclists would observe the same rules of the road that automobile drivers must obey. What I often see are cyclists running lights, failing to signal and driving through crosswalks. As a pedestrian, I have had to dodge bicyclists who used crosswalks as roads or failed to stop at regulated crosswalks while walkers were in them.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision ruled Wednesday that military commanders have broad power to keep protesters off of bases, including the public roads that pass through them. The decision upholds the prosecution of a veteran peace activist from Santa Barbara who repeatedly returned to protest on a highway outside Vandenberg Air Force Base, even after he had been ordered to stay away. John Dennis Apel had been barred from Vandenberg in 2003 after he threw blood on a base sign.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision ruled Wednesday that military commanders have broad power to keep protesters off of bases, including the public roads that pass through them. The decision upholds the prosecution of a veteran peace activist from Santa Barbara who repeatedly returned to protest on a highway outside Vandenberg Air Force Base, even after he had been ordered to stay away. John Dennis Apel had been barred from Vandenberg in 2003 after he threw blood on a base sign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1986
I am astonished and aghast at the proposed closure of Simi Valley Freeway on behalf of the Stallone motion picture unit! The Simi Valley Freeway (as well as other public highways and streets) are supported by taxpayers for the use of travelers and commuters; I had no idea that they were ever to be set aside for use by any private enterprise. I for one do not wish to support Mr. Stallone's filming. I think that Caltrans should certainly not involve itself in any way with such use of the public roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1988
Having failed to gain acceptance for a mandatory helmet law on the issue of the personal safety of motorcyclists, the government meddlers are now rallying around the cry of the public expense associated with trauma center cases. If that were really such a determinative issue, they ought to ban motorcycle use altogether on our public roads. Helmeted or not, all motorcycle riders are statistically at higher risk of serious injury (or death) than drivers of heavier vehicles. While they're at it, why not eliminate compact cars?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2000
What difference does it make whether a law enforcement official catches you running a red light or a law enforcement-sanctioned camera? Same difference--you have broken the law. All this nonsense about privacy is just smoke and mirrors. There is nothing private about stepping into a motor vehicle and driving it on public roads. There is nothing private about the horrible accidents, injuries and deaths caused by the people who think they're just a little bit more important and have the right to speed through intersections while law-abiding citizens take their rightful turn.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
A bill that allows for the use of self-driving cars on California's roads passed the California State Senate. SB1298 by State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would establish guidelines for such "autonomous vehicles" to be tested and operated in California. The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration next month. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
A bill that would allow self-driving cars on California's roads has passed the California Senate. The bill, SB1298, sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), establishes guidelines for "autonomous vehicles" to be tested and operated in California. The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration next month. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow self-driving cars on California roads. Brown signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. "We are looking at science fiction becoming reality in a self-driving car," Brown said. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop vehicles that use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance. Google has said computer-controlled cars should eventually drive more safely than humans.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
A bill that allows for the use of self-driving cars on California's roads passed the California State Senate. SB1298 by State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would establish guidelines for such "autonomous vehicles" to be tested and operated in California. The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration next month. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
A bill that would allow self-driving cars on California's roads has passed the California Senate. The bill, SB1298, sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), establishes guidelines for "autonomous vehicles" to be tested and operated in California. The bill now goes to the Assembly for consideration next month. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2009 | Sam Quinones
The beachfront city of Malibu voted Monday to outlaw a form of youthful daredevilry known as speedboarding -- an extreme hobby that has grown increasingly popular here. Speedboarders don protective helmets, knee and elbow pads, and sometimes even sleek bodysuits before hopping onto long skateboards and rocketing down steep public streets and canyon roads at speeds greater than 40 mph. Enthusiasts swear by speedboarding's addictive adrenaline rush.
OPINION
February 7, 2003
I started riding my mountain bike to work about nine months ago. I got cut off by a guy in the San Fernando Valley going up Topanga Canyon. The light was green for me to cross the street. The guy was headed northbound, as was I. He passed me and turned right into me. I had no choice but to lean on his car and turn with him (right turn). When we came out of the turn and he pulled over, I thought it was to apologize. To my surprise, he wanted to fight me. He said I was in his way. This is not the first time I have had trouble on my bike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Operators of Orange County's public toll roads plan to hike fares next year for cash-paying motorists and for those who travel the San Joaquin Hills Toll road during rush hours. The Transportation Corridor Agencies estimate that the increases will bring in $4.6 million by 2003 help repay $3.5 billion in bonds sold to finance the construction of 51 miles of tollway in eastern and western Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001
Re George Skelton's April 23 column, "Giving Gun Control a License to Make Sense": Again we read about licensing guns the way we do cars. "You have to take a drivers test to drive a car," our governor reminds us. Let's get something straight. You don't need a license to buy a car; all you need is money. You need a license to drive a car and then only if you wish to use the public roads. If you keep the car on private property, say a large ranch, you don't need a license, nor does the car need to be registered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001
Re George Skelton's April 23 column, "Giving Gun Control a License to Make Sense": Again we read about licensing guns the way we do cars. "You have to take a drivers test to drive a car," our governor reminds us. Let's get something straight. You don't need a license to buy a car; all you need is money. You need a license to drive a car and then only if you wish to use the public roads. If you keep the car on private property, say a large ranch, you don't need a license, nor does the car need to be registered.
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