Business, Logistics, Top 100

Ryder to Shutter California Distribution Center, Lay Off 145 Workers

Ryder JB Reed/ Bloomberg News

Trucking and logistics company Ryder System will cease operations at its Moreno Valley, Calif., distribution center, leading to layoffs for 145 employees there.

Jack Katzanek | The Press Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
April 8, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

White House Cancels $929 Million in Grants for California’s Beleaguered Rail Project

rail Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for governor of California, speaks to attendees during the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration on Feb. 19 said it will cancel more than $900 million in federal grants earmarked for a high-speed rail project California that the state’s Democratic governor announced would be scaled back from its initial vision amid delays and cost overruns.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
February 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Caltrans Scrambles to Hire Road Maintenance Workers

Construction site Traffic moves on the old Gerald Desmond Bridge next to its replacement bridge under construction in Long Beach, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Caltrans will consider hiring nearly anyone for 333 maintenance jobs it is trying to fill. The transportation department is on a spree to hire enough workers to improve road upkeep as called for in a 2017 gas tax bill that in November survived an initiative that would have repealed it.

Wes Venteicher | The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)
February 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Los Angeles Nixes Plan to Upgrade Three Natural Gas Generators

LNG Ken James/Bloomberg News

Los Angeles will ditch a plan to spend billions rebuilding three natural gas-fired power plants as the city moves toward getting all of its electricity from renewable energy.

Mark Chediak | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Sued by California Over Uniform Meal-and-Rest-Break Declaration

Trucks parked at a truck stop Russ MacNeil

California officials are suing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the agency’s determination that federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Colorado Joining California in Mandating Electric-Vehicle Sales

Tesla sales lot in Chicago A Tesla sales lot in Chicago. Colorado joins California in mandating that automakers sell more electric cars in the Rocky Mountain state. (Teresa Crawford/Associated Press)

Colorado moved to boost electric-car sales by taking the first step toward adopting a zero-emission-vehicle mandate patterned after one in California that’s under threat from the Trump administration.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 18, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

California Port Truckers and Other Workers Gain on Pay to Start 2019

Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles (Getty Images)

For minimum-wage earners, port truckers, farm laborers, sexual harassment victims, nursing mothers, high-powered female executives and workers injured on the job, 2019 offers reason to celebrate. A score of new state laws took effect on Jan. 1, expanding the rights of many employees while placing fresh restrictions on businesses.

Margot Roosevelt | Los Angeles Times
January 2, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

California Trucking Chief: Freight Projects Could Be Hurt by Fuel Tax Hike Repeal

Fuel Tax Hike Repeal Containerships dock at the Port of Los Angeles. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Repealing the fuel tax hike enacted last year as part of the Road Repair and Accountability Act would mean stripping funding for key projects along some of California’s most important freight corridors, according to California Trucking Association CEO Shawn Yadon.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE Accelerates Part of California Scorecard Ahead of Election

California Scorecard Aerial view of Sacramento River and Interstate 5. (Shutterstock)

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ California Infrastructure Report Card Committee released a portion of the state’s scorecard months ahead of schedule to raise awareness about infrastructure and funding issues.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

PHMSA Exempts Hazmat, Secure-Cargo Carriers From California Rest Rule

Hazardous materials placards FMCSA

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has pre-empted motor carriers hauling hazardous materials, explosives and security-sensitive cargo from California’s meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2018