Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA23) sent a letter calling on Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients to take steps to protect federal workers from renting vehicles under safety recall while they are traveling on official business.
Boxer and Capps are the lead sponsors of House and Senate legislation – the Rachel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2012 – which would ensure the safety of America’s rental car fleet by preventing rental car companies from renting or selling recalled cars or trucks. According to Boxer, the legislation is named in honor of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, who was killed in a tragic accident in 2004 that she says was caused by an unrepaired defect in a PT Cruiser rented from Enterprise that was under a safety recall.
The two California lawmakers wrote in the letter, “This terrible accident drew attention to the fact that car rental companies are not required to repair vehicles under safety recall before they are rented or sold to the public. We have written legislation to close this loophole and are working with our colleagues in the House and Senate to enact this measure into law.
“In the meantime, we believe it is imperative that we protect people from unsafe recalled vehicles,” the lawmakers wrote. “So today we are urging the Federal government to put in place policies that will ensure that no Federal employee rents a vehicle under safety recall until it has been fixed.”
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As we begin 2012, Bilingual Weekly’s newsroom extracted the top 10 most read stories during the last 352 days. Please note that the top 10 stories were not selected by the Bilingual Weekly’s staff, our team ran the http://www.bilingualweekly.com English website’s analytics’ report which evaluates the hits received daily and it ranked each story from the highest number of hits to the lowest ranking in local news coverage. The following stories are briefs of the top 10 stories you, our readers clicked on.
(Stockton, CA) – On January 1, 2012, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is
implementing a new, simplified fare structure that eliminates transfers, 10-ride passes,
and other passes, and changes the way RTD operates its Fare Vending Machines
(FVM). This restructure is the result of a fare study, public hearing comments, and
Alpine County, Tuolumne County – The California Department of Transportation
(Caltrans) announced today, November 3, 2011 that State Route 108 over Sonora Pass and State Route 4 over Ebbetts Pass will be closing at 2:00 p.m. Crews will close State Route 89 over Monitor Pass at 4:00 p.m.
STOCKTON, CA —On September 30, 2011 a groundbreaking ceremony for the Sperry Road Extension Project at 4554 South El Dorado Street will be held at 11:00 a.m., near the start of construction.
The construction is set to begin in October and is expected to be complete by December 2013. [MORE]The Project aims to provide a direct connection from the Interstate 5/French Camp Road Interchange to the Sperry Road/Performance Drive intersection. This new roadway will include bridges to cross French Camp Slough, El Dorado Street, McKinley Avenue, and the railroads. The roadway will complete the connection between Interstate 5 and State Route 99 for the south Stockton Planning Area.
The purpose of the long-awaited Sperry Road Extension is to reduce existing traffic congestion, improve traffic operations in South Stockton, facilitate the movement of goods and providing services, enhance economic development, and accommodate anticipated travel demands. The Sperry Road extension will be connected to the planned reconstruction of the interchange at French Camp Road and Interstate 5 with a four-lane elevated roadway (two lanes in each direction).
The project was designed by the City of Stockton and the consulting firm of Rajappan & Meyer. The contractor is C. C. Myers, Inc. The construction management will be done by the City of Stockton and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The project is being funded with Measure K (the local, voter-approved, ½-cent sales tax) dollars, state Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF), and local funds.
For more information: (209) 464-8707, Ext. 101
(Modesto, CA)– Thursday, June 16, 2011, the North County Corridor Project – State Route 108 (SR-99 to SR-120) will host an open house at the Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe Street, Riverbank, California, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A brief presentation describing the project and the environmental process will be made at 7:00 p.m.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)—as the lead agency responsible for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)—in cooperation with the North County Corridor Transportation Expressway Authority, is preparing an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the North County Corridor Project – State Route 108 (SR-99 to SR-120). The purpose of the project is to construct a west-east freeway/expressway with interchanges, at-grade intersections, grade-separated railroad crossings, irrigation district crossings, frontage roads, and street realignments. The proposed project would extend approximately 25 miles from a location on State Route 99, to a location on State Route 120 east of the City of Oakdale. The alignment may be an entirely new roadway or may be incorporated into the existing roadway network.
“The open house is an opportunity to learn about what is being planned and to provide comments or concerns about the project,” said Gail Miller, Senior Environmental Planner.
Maps, information about the project, and other displays will be available. Representatives from Caltrans and the North County Corridor Transportation Expressway Authority, along with other specialists in engineering, environmental studies, and right-of-way will be available to discuss individual concerns and answer questions. Members are invited to attend any time between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Written public comments will become part of the public record and will be considered in developing the environmental document. Comments must be submitted to Gail Miller, Senior Environmental Planner, Caltrans, Central Sierra Environmental Analysis Branch, 2015 East Shields Avenue, Suite 100, Fresno, CA 93726 or by e-mail to Gail_Miller@dot.ca.gov.
For general information about the project, contact Jesus Vargas@dot.ca.gov. Or, contact Matt Machado, Authority Manager, North County Corridor Transportation Expressway Authority, at (209) 525-6550 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For environmental information, contact Gail Miller, Senior Environmental Planner, Caltrans, (559) 240-8274/(209) 948-3646 or e-mail Gail Miller@dot.ca.gov. For all other State Highway matters, members of the public are invited to contact District 10 Public Affairs at (209) 948-7977.
STOCKTON, CA – On Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, San Joaquin Regional TransitDistrict (RTD) will not run its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, Trolley, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. Continue reading
Caltrans via Bilingual Weekly News
Stanislaus County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will repair
STOCKTON, CA — Road construction can be a hassle when it is a surprise. Prepare for road construction to begin within the next two weeks that connect Grider Way to Whistler Way, between Lower Sacramento Road and Davis Road. The construction is part of a 3 location undertaking with the North Stockton Railroad Grade Separations project. Continue reading
TRACY, CA – With gas prices spiking lately, some maybe uncertain about riding around town. However, Tracy residents will not be. From April 1, 2011 thought April 30, 2011 the TRACER public Transit System’s Fixed Route Bus Service will be offering free rides within the Tracy Community. Continue reading
Sacramento, CA / CHSRA via Bilingual Weekly
California is opening its doors to private companies – small and large, privately and publicly owned, domestic and international, in all relevant fields – to seek their interest in participating in the development of California’s high-speed rail system, the largest infrastructure project in the nation. Continue reading
Stockton, CA/ Bilingual Weekly
If you’re driving a 1995 model car or older, you’ve owned it for at least six months… and you want to know if it will pass the California Smog test, you can do it this coming Saturday, January 22, 2011, FOR FREE.
The Office of Congressman McNerney via Bilingual Weekly
Livermore, CA – At a ceremony in Livermore today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) marked the start of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA) bus rapid transit service in Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton. Congressman McNerney played a leading role in securing approximately $11 million in federal funding for the project. Continue reading
John Morearty / Bilingual Weekly Contributor
I bike all over town—from port to airport, St. Edward’s to Chavez High to Pixie Woods, then home near Victory Park. At age 72, with a titanium hip, biking strengthens my legs and endurance. My wife likes that. Continue reading