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August 31, 1993
I read the story about the activists in Simi Valley who are opposing the McDonald's and the truckers who want to eat there (Aug. 21). This is nothing more than a few morons who need to get a life. Truckers are people too. I have been a dump trucker in Simi for 20 years. We built all those houses and roads off Yosemite and McDonald's and most of this valley. And now a few idiots have nothing better to do than play newspeople. They say they don't have a vendetta against McDonald's, so it must be against truckers.
April 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
In their largest demonstration yet, truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on a limited strike Monday to protest what they contend are widespread workplace violations. The truck drivers, from some of the region's largest trucking companies, have accused the companies of illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of as employees. That misclassification results in lower wages and denies them protections that employees get under state and federal labor laws, they contend.
October 21, 2009 | Ronald D. White
The Port of Long Beach has reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the American Trucking Assn. over disputed elements of a plan to clean up the air around the nation's busiest seaport complex. Long Beach officials have agreed to strip their plan of all requirements that are not directly tied to the goal of getting cleaner trucks on the road, including a demand that trucking companies file financial reports. Under the change, trucking companies would agree to comply with environmental, safety and security requirements.
April 25, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A day after hearing hours of impassioned testimony from a divided trucking industry, California air quality regulators on Friday postponed deadlines for aging heavy-duty trucks to comply with the nation's toughest diesel air pollution rules. The action by the state Air Resources Board will give small fleets, lightly used trucks and those operating in rural areas more time to upgrade to newer, cleaner models or install filters to remove soot from their exhaust. Officials say the changes will slow pollution cuts for several years but still allow the state to reach its goal of cutting diesel emissions 85% by 2020.
February 25, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
The Port of Los Angeles' effort to reduce pollution and change the way cargo is hauled to and from its terminal gates survived another court battle Wednesday when a federal appeals panel refused to block one of the plan's most controversial provisions. Three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for an injunction against the port's plan to require all independent haulers to become employees of approved concessions or trucking companies. The concession plan emerged from the belief that only trucking companies could help drivers buy and maintain new lower-emissions rigs.
January 7, 2009 | Ronald D. White
In early December, trucker Joe Rini learned that his own personal recession had just gotten worse. One of his best clients called about a load of building materials that needed to travel to the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and Colorado -- normally a $4,400 job. Rini offered to do it for $3,400. But before Rini's truck had arrived to pick up the load, the Cleveland-area customer of more than four years called back. Another trucker had offered to do the job for $400 less.
January 28, 2008
Re "Unsafe trucks stream out of L.A.'s ports," Jan. 21 There is nothing wrong with wanting to be your own boss. However, when you start to affect or even hurt other people with your actions, then it's time to give it up. Nobody held a gun to the heads of these independent truckers and said, "You're going to be a truck driver whether you like it or not." A trucker who knowingly drives with shoddy equipment puts a lot of other lives in danger. When this same person causes an accident, how many people are delayed on our freeways?
April 10, 1986
Finally, someone is noticing the frightening road hazards caused by truckers. I frequently travel Highway 99 and the vast majority of the trucks are a real menace to all other drivers trying to drive safely and stay within the speed limit. Yet, I have never seen a single truck being stopped by any law enforcement vehicles. In fact, on my last three trips to Placerville, I didn't see one Highway Patrol car--and all my driving was done in daylight. If the truckers have so little regard for their own safety and the safety of other motorists, then it's time for the Highway Patrol to start aggressively enforcing the speed and safety laws.
September 6, 1993
This letter is in response to trucker Rick Green's letter (Aug. 31) which resorted to calling the Indian Hills activists names. I am one of those activists. We are not morons or idiots and the fact that we are activists shows that we have a life. We care about our city and especially about our immediate neighborhood. We are not against truckers but resent arrogant drivers who feel traffic laws don't apply to them and who endanger others by obscuring vision by parking illegally on the street on a dangerous curve and block freeway on-ramps and driveways.
September 15, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
As state air pollution officials step up inspections of diesel exhaust from big rigs, some of their best allies are truckers themselves. They are pushing the Air Resources Board to enforce pollution rules more aggressively for trucks in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline. Truckers are also the No.1 tipsters, placing anonymous calls and sending emails to finger competitors they say are gaining an unfair advantage by not upgrading their engines or installing expensive filters that capture harmful diesel particulates before they are released into the air. Diesel exhaust is the worst remaining pollution source on roadways.
August 27, 2013 | Ricardo Lopez
At least 15 port truck drivers with a Carson-based trucking firm went on a 24-hour strike scheduled to culminate in a Tuesday rally, alleging their employer is trying to thwart their efforts to unionize. The action against the company, Green Fleet Systems, began late Monday when truck drivers and their supporters picketed outside the company's Carson facility. Truckers contend that company supervisors have been illegally dissuading them from joining a union -- an allegation Green Fleet denied.
July 7, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Character actor Donal Logue is performing the tricky but enviable task of juggling roles in three cable series - BBC America's "Copper," the History Channel's "Vikings" and "Sons of Anarchy" on FX. He talked about the series that's currently on the air, "Copper," a day before flying to Ireland to film "Vikings. " Let's start with "Copper. " Is it true that you went after the role of ward boss Brendan Donovan? No, "Copper" was something quite unexpected, literally a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon before I started shooting on Monday.
June 7, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Blond and petite Linda Kelly looks as if she'd be right at home doing a fashion shoot or performing on a flashy network series. But the 32-year-old Kelly probably wouldn't be caught dead near a fashion runway. Her runway is concrete, icy and often treacherous. Kelly, who lives in Wasilla, Alaska, is one of the star attractions of the seventh season of "Ice Road Truckers," History's reality series about truckers navigating dangerous roads as they haul materials to far-off rural areas.
December 27, 2012 | By Daniel Siegal, Los Angeles Times
The truck driver convicted of manslaughter after a fatal 2009 collision on Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge is taking his case to an appeals court. Marcos Costa, 46, was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after his 2011 conviction in the deaths of Palmdale resident Angel Posca, 58, and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina. His case will be heard by the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Jan. 29. Angel Posca was driving through the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard on July 1, 2009, when Costa's truck, which had lost its brakes, barreled down Angeles Crest and slammed into the car before striking a building.
September 22, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Content from A&E and the History Channel -- including such shows as "Pawn Stars" and "Ice Road Truckers" -- disappeared Friday from Netflix as a licensing deal between the companies expired. People familiar with the negotiations offered differing accounts of what transpired. One party, who declined to be named because of the confidentiality of the matter, said talks are ongoing.  Another person with knowledge of the matter said Netflix elected not to renew the deal because the shows aren't heavily in demand.
June 13, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The chief economist for the American Trucking Assn. says that job turnover rates for drivers at large, interstate fleets rose 2% in the first quarter of 2012 to 90%. That's the highest job turnover rate since the first quarter of 2008. But don't worry, it's apparently a good sign for the strength of the economy. The economist, Bob Costello, was referring to the latest numbers in his monthly Trucking Activity Report. Costello's report also said there was a huge, first-quarter employment turnover increase of 16%, to 71%, among smaller fleets with less than $30 million in annual revenue.
April 10, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Diesel prices are at their highest level in nearly four years, topping $4 a gallon, but trucking company executive Fred Johring is taking it in stride. Johring's Golden State Express has bought low-emission, fuel-efficient diesel and natural gas rigs to comply with a clean-truck mandate at Southern California's twin ports — with the fortunate side effect of easing the pain of high-priced diesel. "We went from having one of the oldest local fleets to one of the newest," said Johring, whose Rancho Dominguez company sends trucks mainly on short-haul trips to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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