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January 27, 2014 | Ronald D. White
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the Seal Beach company that builds and operates natural-gas filling stations for some of the nation's biggest bus and truck fleets, is banking on corporate customers to buy more clean-energy vehicles this year. Executives hope that a growing fleet will boost sales of natural gas and propel Clean Energy to its first annual profit since its 1997 founding by Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, the onetime oil baron and corporate raider, and the company's chief executive, Andrew Littlefair.
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January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
A 60-year-old woman was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. Garcetti, a passenger, was talking on the phone with a reporter from the Economist when the accident occurred and did not see what happened, according to the mayor's office. The black sport utility vehicle, driven by a police officer, hit the woman just outside the Los Angeles Times building at 2nd and Spring streets. The accident was captured by a Times security camera.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
A pedestrian in her 60s was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, according to the mayor's office. Garcetti was in the car, speaking on the phone, when the accident occurred, according to a written statement released by his office. He did not see what happened, the statement said. "I'm very concerned about her and wish her a speedy recovery,” Garcetti said. "I look forward to speaking with her soon. " The police vehicle in which Garcetti was riding was heading east on Second Street near Spring Street, on the way to City Hall.
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January 9, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Gusty winds Thursday and Friday could pose a hazard for high-profile vehicles, such as big rigs and RVs, as they traverse the Grapevine and other mountain areas, weather forecasters say. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected through Thursday evening for mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, while gusts of up to 45 mph could hit over the same period in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, the National Weather Service warned....
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Jessica Naziri
LAS VEGAS  -- When it comes to CES, most people think of small portable devices and other electronic gadgets.  But this year the hottest new gadget at the giant consumer electronics show may well be the car. Automakers are embracing smartphone and mobile computing technologies, and looking into ways to safely integrate our digital lives into our driving experiences. The big news from nine of the big automotive firms appearing at the show is a plan to make new vehicles a little more like the smartphone with a big push toward “an industry standard” for connected cars and “in-vehicle mobile app ecosystems.” Many of the car companies showcasing at CES say they have opened up their in-car systems to encourage outside developers to create apps that add functionality to their cars - similar to the way apps let users do so much with smartphones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 34-year-old pedestrian was killed Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle on the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. California Highway Patrol officers and paramedics responded to the northbound side of the freeway near Alameda Street about 6:30 p.m. after a caller reported a "pedestrian down in the roadway," according to the CHP. Few details were available about the incident, pending the ongoing investigation, but the...
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Shan Li
Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens thinks his long bet on natural gas is finally paying off. The legendary oilman has long declared it his mission to wean America off its addiction to foreign oil. He co-founded an Orange County company that builds natural gas stations around the country and sank billions into wind turbines. Pickens' gambles have not always paid off. He lost an estimated $150 million of his personal fortune in wind farming, and admits that he was a couple of decades early into natural gas. But he thinks the time has come for natural gas to shake up the energy industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Orange County coroner officials on Monday identified a 28-year-old man who was fatally struck by two vehicles in Huntington Beach. Matthew Aguilar of Costa Mesa was pronounced dead Saturday after he was struck by two vehicles in the northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Brookhurst Street. According to the Huntington Beach police, Aguilar was walking along the roadway when he was hit around 4:30 a.m. by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS. The man was then hit by a second car, which did not stop at the scene as required by law. Police said they didn't know why Aguilar was on the road.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2013 | By Evan Halper
NEWARK, Del. - The thick blue cables and white boxes alongside an industrial garage here look like those in any electric-car charging station. But they work in a way that could upend the relationship Americans have with energy. The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region's fragile power network, the car owner gets paid.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, David Undercoffler and Brian Thevenot
Consumer confidence, job growth and low interest rates are fueling the growing and profitable U.S. auto industry, the economic pundits say. We see another reason - great cars. So we've selected our 10 favorite vehicles of 2013. Our list might seem heavy with expensive cars, but it's not because we're snobs. We judged only models that were new or redesigned this calendar year - a group that tilted toward luxury and performance vehicles. Among the few new economy cars this year was the Toyota Corolla, which made this list.
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