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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

U.S. House Panel Approves Broad Proposal on Self-Driving Cars

By REUTERS

JULY 19, 2017, 4:33 P.M. E.D.T.

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules.

Representative Robert Latta, a Republican who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee overseeing consumer protection, said he would continue to consider changes before the full committee votes on the measure, expected next week. The full U.S. House of Representatives will not take up the bill until it reconvenes in September after the summer recess.

Friday, July 14, 2017

BY ADAM ASHTON

aashton@sacbee.com

California’s main public pension fund beat its official investment forecast over the past 12 months, ending a two-year stretch of disappointing earnings.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System rode a strong year in the stock market and private equity investments to earn a return rate of 11.2 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the pension fund announced Friday morning.

That’s about double what CalPERS had expected to earn this year.

It’s also a marked improvement over the previous year, when CalPERS’ investment return rate was .61 percent. In the budget year that ended in June 2015, CalPERS’ investment return rate was 2.4 percent.

This year’s high returns were celebrated by lawmakers and labor groups who have been pressured to answer for CalPERS’ steep unfunded liability.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Public and private emergency responders play a critical role when disaster strikes. When police, fire, or emergency medical services (EMS) answer a call, the public’s safety is first of mind when running into a fire or active shooter situation, not their own.

This was made abundantly clear with incidents such as the shooting at a congressional baseball practice last month or the shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco. Our system is set up to respond to tragic incidents with the speed and professionalism we, as public taxpayers, demand. In turn, we honor and celebrate them for their work. But we have not provided the same kind of recognition to all of our first responders and have consequently left some of these heroes behind.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances. 

From kickback schemes to political battles, Alameda County's emergency medical system has its share of issues.

By Brian Krans

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ONTARIO >> Seven months into locals controlling Ontario International Airport, its CEO, Kelly Fredericks, is stepping down, it was announced Wednesday.

Coming out of a closed-door session Wednesday morning, the Ontario International Airport Authority announced Fredericks’ departure is effective immediately. Mark Thorpe, who was hired in August as chief development officer, will serve as interim CEO.

In a statement, OIAA President Alan Wapner alluded to a conflict between Fredericks and the commission.

“Both the commissioners and Kelly acknowledge that their approaches to the direction and management of OIAA differ and that it would be mutually beneficial to part ways as OIAA moves to the next phase of the airport’s development,” Wapner is quoted as saying.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Proposed Law Could Boost Pay for EMTs and Paramedics

Ambulance companies dismiss proposal as a "double financial penalty".

By Paul Krueger

A state assemblyman has joined the effort to protect rest and lunch breaks for California’s EMTs and Paramedics.

Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, a Democrat from Pomona, is sponsoring legislation that would require ambulance companies to pay their crews an hour’s pay if their required rest or lunch breaks are interrupted by an emergency.

Rodriguez’s proposal would also require the companies to give those employees another rest or lunch break in that same shift, to make up for the interrupted rest time.

Friday, February 24, 2017

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

POMONA - “This cowardly act does not define us as a city,” Mayor Tim Sandoval said.

That act was a drive-by shooting Monday evening that claimed the life of 8-year-old Jonah Hwang. A crowd of about 100 gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Friday night to remember the young boy with an infectious smile.

Read the rest: http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20170224/your-city-is-with-you-vigil-for-8-year-old-jonah-hwang-features-prayers-vows-for-justice