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Grocery delivery company Instacart recently announced their service fees in California would be going up from 5% to 8%,  making it the last major gig economy company to raise its prices in response to Prop 22. Before the ballot measure’s passage back in Nov. 2020, the ridesharing and food delivery companies promised to provide their workers with certain benefits if they continued to classify them as independent contractors instead of employees. Now, they want the…
  After spending $48 million for the passing of Prop 22 back in Nov. 2020, ridesharing giant Lyft could be fined $3,371 for not disclosing it paid for some ads apart of its Prop 22 campaign in California.   The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is reportedly proposing that the gig economy company be fined $1,499 for email ads that didn’t include a note indicating they were paid for by Lyft, $936 for robocalls and…
Researchers from Yale University and Japan have reportedly found that an intravenous injection of bone marrow derived stem cells (MSCs) in patients with spinal cord injuries can lead to significant improvement in motor functions. Published in the Journal of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, the study was carried out with investigators from both institutions at Sapporo Medical University in Japan.    According to data quoted by Statista, the leading cause of spinal cord injuries…
The family of Angelo Quinto, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly five minutes during a mental health crisis, has reportedly filed a legal claim saying they plan to sue the police department for wrongful death. The 30-year-old Navy veteran died on Dec. 26, 2020, three days after his encounter with police at his family’s Antioch, California, home.   Quinto’s family told the San Francisco Chronicle that Quinto experienced…
The new L.A. River bridge connecting Frogtown and Glassell Park is reportedly slated to make its debut in June after two years of construction. SPF:architects announced that work on the orange-colored, 400-foot-long Taylor Yard bridge project is now 75% complete.    Founder and design principal Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects said via a press release: “Bridges are special; they are so utilitarian by purpose but offer so much magic to the imagination. They are impossible to…
Drivers for ridesharing apps like Uber are reportedly saying that working conditions remain poor after voters passed California’s Proposition 22, essentially exempting the companies from labor laws. Together with the delivery apps couriers, the workers are claiming that not only have poor working conditions persisted, but pay has decreased despite prices for the consumer going up.   Many drivers and labor groups originally opposed Prop 22, claiming it would allow companies to sidestep their obligations…
Two separate bills introduced to Congress this session could reportedly grant bike and e-bike commuters a tax break. The Bicycle Commuter Act (first introduced in 2019), and the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act (brought to the floor last week) encourage the use of bikes and e-bikes as a mode of zero-carbon transportation.   Introduced by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the E-BIKE Act, the bill would amend the…
The new L.A. River bridge connecting Frogtown and Glassell Park is reportedly slated to make its debut in June after two years of construction. SPF:architects announced that work on the orange-colored, 400-foot-long Taylor Yard bridge project is now 75% complete.    Founder and design principal Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects said via a press release: “Bridges are special; they are so utilitarian by purpose but offer so much magic to the imagination. They are impossible to…
The city of West Hollywood has reportedly approved a plan to give businesses more outdoor space by turning Robertson Blvd. into a pedestrian-only walkway on weekends. The closure would take place between Santa Monica and El Tovar Place near Melrose.   City Councilmembers John Erickson and John D’Amico co-sponsored the motion, and D’Amico reportedly cited ongoing street safety concerns on the roadway, which in pre-pandemic times is a high-traffic area for both drivers and…
Starting with President Biden’s executive order to replace the federal government’s massive vehicle fleet with U.S. made electric vehicles, which was quickly followed by a ground-shifting pledge by General Motors to sell electric vehicles (EVs) only by 2035, the country is experiencing a flurry of concrete actions aimed at reducing emissions across various industries and sectors. But electrification alone won’t suffice to help the U.S. meet its climate goals.   As Bloomberg noted in a…