California

Government, Business

Walmart Asks Appeals Court to Reconsider Decision to Award Drivers Back Pay

Walmart truck Walmart says there is still a question about whether it controlled the drivers during their layovers and breaks. (Walmart)

Attorneys for Walmart Inc. have asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling that affirmed a district court’s judgment that the company must pay a court-certified class of its California truck drivers more than $54 million in back pay mostly for layovers, but also some rest breaks and pre-trip and post-trip inspections.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Gives Bus Drivers Exemption From California Rest-Break Rules

Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. Bus drivers in California will not have to abide by the state's rest-break rules. (Getty Images)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition submitted by the American Bus Association that exempts bus drivers from following California’s meal-and-rest-break rules.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Uber Tweaks App in California to Comply With State Law

Uber An Uber office in Secaucus, N.J., in November 2019. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

Uber Technologies Inc. overhauled its ride-hailing app for California users, tweaking fares and features to respond to a new state law designed to reclassify drivers as employees.

Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

California DMV OKs Light-Duty Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Interstate 5 in San Diego County, Calif. Interstate 5 in northern San Diego County, Calif. The state's DMV approved the testing and commercial use of autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads. (Getty Images)

California has authorized the testing and commercial use of light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 2, 2020
Government, Business

GSA Completes Major Border Facility Project

Cars wait at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Cars wait to cross at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry on June 27, 2013, in San Diego. Construction on a building is visible. (Gregory Bull/Associated Press)

The General Services Administration recently completed a 10-year construction project at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, a bustling border crossing facility that links San Diego County and Tijuana, Mexico.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Cuts Electric Car Rebates, Drops Luxury Models

Tesla at dealership in Colorado Car buyers wanting to purchase a high-end Tesla costing more than $60,000 will no longer be eligible for CARB's rebate program. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

California’s rebate program to coax more drivers to buy electric vehicles just got less generous, especially for those looking to spend on a luxury model.

Dustin Gardiner | San Francisco Chronicle
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

CARB Suspends Imminent GHG Rule for Trailers

TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. TEC Equipment store in Stockton, Calif. (TEC Equipment)

The California Air Resources Board announced Dec. 3 it was suspending enforcement for at least two years of its greenhouse gas (GHG) trailer standards, which had been set to go into effect Jan. 1.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Trump Asks Court to Toss California Auto Emissions Lawsuit

110 freeway near downtown Los Angeles An aerial view looking south over the 110 freeway through downtown Los Angeles. (Matt Gush/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s administration asked a federal judge to throw out California’s lawsuit seeking to preserve its power to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions, saying Washington has the last word in setting fuel economy standards.

Andrew Harris | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Tunnel Planned for California Bullet Train Under Burbank Airport

A view of the Burbank airport A view of the Burbank airport. It sits in Southern California path of bullet train proposed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. (Jorge Villalba/Getty Images)

The complexity of building a bullet train through Southern California’s urban maze is leading state officials to consider two major additions: a tunnel under the Burbank airport and a project that would help a freight railroad expand its switching yards in the Inland Empire.

Ralph Vartabedian | Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Intensifies Fossil Fuel Fight With New Drilling Ban

Fossil Fuel Fight Pump units pumping heavy oil from some of the 9295 wells producing a total of over 75 000 barrels of oil per day, at the Chevron Kern River Oil Field, in Bakersfield, Calif. (Ken James/Bloomberg News)

California intensified its battle against fossil fuels by seeking independent reviews of all pending hydraulic fracturing permits and halting approvals of a key production technique in an area that has pumped crude for more than a century.

November 20, 2019

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