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  • The Waze, Inrix Traffic and SigAlert apps can turn smarphones into potent weapons to fight back-to-work highway congestion.

    LA Times
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    We don't know definitively that age was a factor in the accident that occurred when a 100-year-old driver — 101 next week — backed his car into a South Los Angeles street, hitting 11 children and adults and seriously injuring four of them. Maybe the brakes on Preston Carter's 22-year-old Cadillac failed, as he told reporters at the scene. Or maybe he made the kind of mistake that any driver of any age might make. Police detectives are still investigating.

    LA Times
  • Four bills that would expand cities’ and counties’ ability to divert property taxes for local development projects have made it to the final sprint of the state legislative session, which ends today at midnight, and are now on the governor's desk.

    Bay Citizen
  • Opponents of high-speed rail contend that it's a boondoggle because of its $68 billion pricetag. But a recent UC Berkeley study provides evidence that a California bullet train might be a good investment, particularly when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases and fighting climate change. The study, published recently in the journalEnvironmental Research Letters, was the result of two years of research by UC Berkeley civil and environmental engineering professor Arpad Horvath and Mikhail Chester, professor at Arizona State University's School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment. 

    East Bay Expredss
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    The more people a city has the more cars it has and the more crashes it has, right? That would seem an easy logic to believe, but according to newly released data, that assumption is wrong.

    Atlantic Cities
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    California on Wednesday could step on the accelerator toward a futuristic highway filled with robot cars as the Legislature considers a bill that would allow driverless vehicles to hit the road later this decade. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the legislation would shift technology being mastered at places like Google and Stanfrodfrom test courses to public roads....The bill charges the DMB by January 2015 with determining standards for cars that would essentially operate on auto-pilot...

    Mercury News
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    Truckers at the Port of oakland were met this week by inspectors from the sstate Air Resources Board conducting spot checks of diesel emissions on rigs traveling to and from the docks. The inspection are part of a monthlong statewide effort meant to ensure owners of trucks using state roadways are in compliance with air pollution regulations designed to reduce the amount of cancer-causing emissions that spew from big rigs.

    Oakland Tribune
  • ...A new study suggests "distracted walking" is taking a toll on teenagers as the number of pedestrian injuries soars among 16- to 19-year-olds even as it drops among nearly every other age group. The findings, out today from Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that pushes to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, found that the number of teens injured in pedestrian accidents rose 25% in the five-year period from 2006 to 2010, compared with 2001-05.

    USA Today
  • The screams of women and children didn't cause a 100-year-old driver to stop as he backed his large powder blue Cadillac onto a sidewalk across from an elementary school and hit 11 people, including nine children....Four of the children were in critical condition when firefighters arrived but they were stabilized and were in serious condition at a hospital, city fire Capt. Jaime Moore said. Everyone was expected to survive, he said.

    SF Chronicle
  • Higher fines and a point on your license--the bill is on the governor's desk....According to Simitian’s office, Senate Bill 1310 increases the base fines for violating the hands-free cell phone and no texting while driving laws from $20 to $30 for a first offense, and from $50 to $60 for a subsequent offense....A second violation would add a “point” on a motorist’s driving record.

    Palo Alto Patch