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California Attorney General Rob Bonta reportedly announced that the justice department will be conducting an independent review of the shooting death of Sean Monterrosa to determine if criminal charges are warranted. The announcement comes after the Solano County District Attorney declined to conduct a review of the Vallejo Police Department’s investigation of the incident.   “Without accountability, there is no justice,” Bonta reportedly said. “It’s past time Sean Monterrosa’s family, the community, and the people…
The California State Assembly has reportedly passed a bill requiring food delivery apps like DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, and GrubHub to provide an itemized breakdown of costs to both customers and restaurants for each transaction. This means that it must list food price, fees, tips, and commissions separately.    Introduced by San Diego assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego — who also wrote AB 5— AB 286 passed the Assembly with bipartisan support in a 55…
According to new research published in a recent issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, there were 596,972 emergency department visits for bicycle-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) between 2009 to 2018. The highest rates were found for adult men and children aged 10 to 14 years.   In 2018, 857 adult bicyclists died from traffic-related crashes in the country, the highest number in two decades.   Using…
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reportedly proposed rules mandating that electric vehicles (EVs) account for 90% of ride-hailing vehicle miles traveled by 2030, a goal which companies like Uber and Lyft had already set for themselves. The app giants recently committed to convert their U.S. fleets entirely to EVs by that same year.    But now, the companies are saying that mandating such costly measures are “unrealistic” without more public subsidies for EV implementation.…
The Los Angeles City Council will reportedly consider a recommendation that would take the first steps to make the City’s Al Fresco a permanent program. California is now in the yellow tier, the least restrictive phase of the state’s reopening plan, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has said most counties in the state should be out of the tier system entirely by mid-June.   The outdoor dining program was launched last spring, allowing restaurants and bars…
As traffic has gone back to normal after over a year of coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, and with it, all of its maladies — like road rage. With more cars and other vehicles on the road, “the likelihood of an incident occurring is higher due to traffic or people being mad trying to get home,” Officer Norma Eisenman, a department public information officer, reportedly.   A 2016 survey by AAA found that nearly 80% of…
A new comprehensive analysis of travel surveys from 11 countries across the globe reportedly found that those that do the best job of catering to the needs of women bicyclists also have the highest level of cycling overall. Also, the U.S. has among the lowest share of female-identified riders on the planet.   The team of international researchers found that in the Netherlands, women take 28.2% of their trips by bike — the top-ranking country.…
As life in California has gained back some level of normalcy following over a year of lockdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic, people are starting to feel comfortable to use ride-hailing apps again. However, the customers of companies like Uber and Lyft may be shocked when they see the prices. Fares have reportedly skyrocketed recently — sometimes triple what they normally are,— and experts say the cost bumps will most likely be around for the…
As President Joe Biden urges more federal spending for public transportation, transit agencies decimated by COVID-19 are reportedly struggling with a new uncertainty: how to win passengers back. This is a factor that has been made more urgent as the U.S. confronts the climate change crisis.    To date, about 50% of transit riders nationwide have returned compared to pre-pandemic times, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Moreover, The American Society of Civil
The Micromobility Lime has reportedly launched a global “People-First Cities” campaign, which aims to mobilize its millions of riders to support “complete streets.” The company is also naming itself an advocate for improving the safety of urban infrastructure, Lime Advocacy Director Jonathan Perri told Smart Cities Dive exclusively.   Because the pandemic overhauled transportation and micromobility patterns nearly overnight, this resulted in more people opting to ride bikes and e-scooters. Ultimately in response to…