2009

EPA letter to President Mark G. Yudof, Office of the President University of California Dear President Yudof: The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the terms of three members the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (Scientific Review Panel) have expired, and, pursuant to Health and

Jan. 1 deadline looms for 1994-03 models LONG BEACH, Calif. — The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will enter 2010 with more than 6,000 clean-diesel and alternative-fuel vehicles in the harbor trucking fleet as the industry works to comply with the ports’ clean-trucks mandates. In addition to the

With credit tight and consumers still pinching their pennies, many business owners find they can’t go on.   The Obama administration’s new plan to give a boost to small businesses reflects continued trouble in that sector, which is facing new failures even as much of the nation’s economy is stabilizing.

More than 12 percent of the 2,667 new vehicles that Caltrans has bought since 2007 are sitting unused and gathering dust on state lots, according to newly released data confirmed by the department. Caltrans officials say that after they buy new vehicles and trucks, their department takes up to three

One of every six U.S. employers that closed permanently in 2008 was in California, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration using bankruptcy court data. However, one in nine employers that opened in 2008 was in California. The net result was almost 47,000 fewer companies with employees in California by the end

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger traveled to Copenhagen to tout his record battling global warming, at home a very different story developed. He told his top air-quality regulators to change – and, critics fear, potentially weaken — a premier regulation curbing diesel soot. The paradox was not apparent in Denmark: The

Decades of neglect of California’s transportation infrastructure amounts to an annual burden of $40 billion a year for the motoring public, according to a report released Thursday by TRIP, a Washington, DC transportation think tank. “Even with the efforts of the governor and the legislature over the past several years, we still have a

The House of Representatives today voted 217 to 212 to pass legislation, H.R. 2847—“The Jobs for Main Street Act”, that would supplement the core federal transportation programs with $37.2 billion in new transportation infrastructure investments and extend the authorization for the federal highway and transit programs through FY 2010.  It

Payments on bond borrowing are becoming uncomfortably high, crowding out funds for universities, healthcare, parks — and all the other government services being slashed these days. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has a hard-nosed financial message for the state. (Los Angeles Times) By George Skelton Capitol Journal From Sacramento State Treasurer Bill Lockyer

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today will begin enforcing its New Entrant Safety Assurance Process rule, which requires newly registered truck and bus companies to meet stricter safety requirements. This final rule raises the compliance standards for passing new entrant safety audits