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October 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
Motorists with low incomes or old or new cars will get some relief from Smog Check II inspections because of four bills signed Thursday by Gov. Pete Wilson. "These new laws will make it easier for motorists to comply with tougher pollution standards, which are a direct result of the federal government's mandate to improve air quality," the Republican governor said. He also signed a trio of bills to study and regulate a chemical used to make gasoline burn cleaner.
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September 2, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of delays, a tough new Smog Check program expected to significantly increase the number of cars that fail pollution tests will begin next Wednesday, state officials said Tuesday. The program, which had become so controversial that only a last-minute political maneuver saved it from legislative annihilation, will be phased in gradually, officials said. Failure rates in the initial months will increase only modestly, to about 11%, from 9%, they said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1996 | TOM BETHELL, Tom Bethell is a media fellow at the Hoover Institution and Washington correspondent of the American Spectator
The rhetoric was often crude ("Kiss my gas!"), the accusations overblown ("First you came for our guns, now you come for our cars!"). But by the time the Sacramento rally in opposition to California's new automobile emission standards ("Smog Check II") was over and the supporters of the law had held their own press conference, one thing was clear: Keeping a car on the road is going to become more expensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1996
In "Officials Vow to Solve Smog Check II Woes" (Nov. 13) it was asserted that the law does not allow confiscation of vehicles that have flunked smog tests. Let me set the record straight. Local governments can, and do, impound these vehicles. My son, who was employed in our struggling family business, has very little real income. In 1995, when his registration was due for his light truck, we took the truck in for a smog test. It didn't pass. We paid the registration fee anyway, and took the truck to a mechanic for repairs.
NEWS
August 22, 1996 | From Associated Press
Rhetoric was heated on the steps of the Capitol, where radio talk show hosts Wednesday rallied thousands of protesters against California's new "Smog Check II" program. A California Highway Patrol sergeant on the scene estimated the crowd at about 3,000, CHP spokesman Steve Kohler said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996
Your Sept. 29 editorial ("Smog Check II: Necessary, but in Need of a Tuneup") didn't explain even half the problem! I just spent $400 on new plugs, points, a tuneup, new muffler and exhaust, carburetor overhaul and valve adjustment on my '69 Volkswagen van, and it still does not pass Smog Check II. It runs marvelous, but the government said it's junk. What am I supposed to do now? I use my van in my work and now Al Gore and his tree hugging environmentalists are forcing California to make me scrap my car. I'm not going to do it. I'll drive it to Mexico or Canada and give it away before the government gets it. Any way, I lose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Manteca, Merced and other small towns in the San Joaquin Valley that formerly were exempt from strict smog-reduction regulations now will face the same rules as the rest of the valley. Small-town officials will implement Smog Check II regulations starting Wednesday to help the valley come closer to meeting federal air quality standards, said Tom Jordan, an air quality planner with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
NEWS
August 24, 1996 | Associated Press
The California Senate passed a bill this week that would prevent the state from seizing and reselling cars that repeatedly fail to pass the new Smog Check program. A 27-7 vote Thursday sent the bill by Assemblyman Larry Bowler (R-Sacramento) back to the Assembly for a vote on Senate amendments. Sen. Quentin Kopp (I-San Francisco) said the state has yet to impound a single car under "Smog Check II." "It's been used as a red herring by critics," Kopp said of the provision.
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