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Legislators Tackle AV, School Zone Safety

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The following article first appeared in Streetsblog California. Autonomous Vehicles Are autonomous vehicles safe? The answer might depend on who you talk to, judging from the arguments made in yesterday's Assembly Transportation Committee hearing. To hear...

Solar-Powered Ferris Wheel To ‘Go Green’ For Earth Day, Will Feature A 90 Foot...

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The following is a press release from Pier Communications. Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier’s solar-powered Ferris wheel will “Go Green” on Earth Day and also feature a 90 foot tall spinning globe, along...

Sustainable & Connected: Big Blue Bus announces public hearings for proposed five year service...

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The following is a submission from the City of Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 11, 2024) – The city of Santa Monica will host two public hearings in April to discuss...

Supes Act to Accelerate Renewable Energy Projects

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The following is a press release from Supervisor Lindsey Horvath Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Board Chair Lindsey P. Horvath's motion to accelerate renewable energy development throughout Los Angeles County as...

Early Committee Approval in State Senate for a Few Bike Bills

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The Senate Transportation Committee met today and passed a number of bills, including some related to e-bikes, bike infrastructure, and charging bike riders and pedestrians tolls on bridges. E-Bikes A.B. 1774, from Assemblymember Diane Dixon (R-Newport...

Patagonia Santa Monica and Five Other Local Businesses Win Sustainable Quality Awards

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The following is a press release from the City of Santa Monica. Patagonia Santa Monica is the grand prize winner of the 28th annual Sustainable Quality Awards, the city announced today.   The business is among several...

State Active Transportation Program Issues Call for Projects

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The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved guidelines for the Active Transportation Program Cycle 7 and issued a call for applications, which are due June 17. The program currently has at least $100 million budgeted for each year...

Guest Commentary: Traffic Engineers Must Put Safety Over Driver Throughput

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This article first appeared at Streetsblog San Francisco. Isabella Chu is Associate Director of the Data Core at the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences. Her research interests are the impact of housing and transportation...

Metro Cancels Bike-Share Procurement that Had Led to Proposed Lyft Contract

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Last week, Metro canceled a controversial procurement for its bike-share operations. Philadelphia-based Bicycle Transit Systems (BTS) is the current contractor until their contract runs out on August 30. It's likely that the BTS contract...

What Should the Air Resources Board Study?

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very five years, the California Air Resources Board creates a five-year strategic plan laying out state priorities for research on air quality and climate issues. They are asking members of the public to weigh in,...

Transportation Commission: Touting Active Transportation, Approving Highway Expansions

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First things first: at the last minute, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) rescheduled its discussion of the controversial Yolo Causeway project, which is a plan to widen I-80 between Davis and Sacramento. The delay was...

With a New Statewide Task Force, California Is Getting Real about Transit Transformation

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The following post, by Laura Tolkoff and Sebastian Petty, was originally published by Bay Area advocacy group SPUR. Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature directed the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to convene a statewide...

Student Spotlight: Nefertari Perez-Figueroa, From Project-Based Learning to Fashion Design

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The following is a submission from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Nefertari Perez-Figueroa is a senior at the Project-Based Learning (PBL) Pathway at Santa Monica High School (Samohi). Her creativity and love for fashion...

New SMFD Chief, Matthew Hallock, Will Be Sworn in at 11 Today.

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he Santa Monica Fire Department will host the swearing-in ceremony for Fire Chief Matthew Hallock on Wednesday, March 27.   The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. inside Fire Station 1, 1337 7th St.  The event will...

Legislative Update: Some Bills to Watch This Session

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This story first appeared in Streetsblog California. The California legislature is in the second year of a two-year session, which means, first, there some "two-year" bills left over from last year. There are also new...
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