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A lawsuit recently filed in federal court reportedly alleges police caused the wrongful death of a burglary suspect by improperly using a stun gun and excessive force after the man had surrendered. Rivera’s claim for damages was rejected by the City of Los Angeles on Dec. 10.    According to the federal suit filed on behalf of his mother and son, police officers Tased Daniel Rivera four times and kneeled on his back after he had surrendered and was on his stomach in a paved wash in an Arleta neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley last Aug. Officers had been…
California’s clean air agency is reportedly slated to mandate that nearly all vehicles used by drivers working for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft be electric by 2030. The proposal from the California Air Resources Board would slowly ratchet up mileage standards for ride hailing companies by mandating a certain number of yearly miles traveled be with electric vehicles. It is set to be decided on next month.   In 2018, CARB found that rideshare vehicles made up 1% of the state’s total emissions from passenger vehicles on the road that year. Passenger vehicles make up a third of the
Now that the Los Angeles Unified School District and campuses throughout California are starting to resume in-person instruction, a lot of children will also resume walking and bicycling to class. As Spectrum News 1 noted, this presents a potential risk for student safety, given that many drivers have been taking advantage of less-traveled roadways and speeding.   That’s why a new bill going before the California legislature’s transportation committee is hoping to make a difference. SB 735 would allow speed safety cameras near schools to slow drivers’ speeds in an effort to increase the safety of children, pedestrians,…
A new study reportedly found that even mild cases of traumatic brain injury, commonly known as concussions, can lead to a higher risk for a stroke in the four months after their injuries. Said risk remains higher than the general population for up to five years.   Traumatic brain injuries occur for many reasons, some of the most common include falls, car crashes, and sports collisions. This type of injury is characterized for being a bump or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain function. In the U.S., more than 23 million adults age 40 or older have…
A recent research project led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health reportedly found that Los Angeles County neighborhoods with poor air quality had the highest coronavirus death rates. The research team focused on exposure to traffic-related air pollution.   The research — “Spatial Analysis of COVID-19 and Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Los Angeles“ — and its findings could imply a potentially large association between exposure to air pollution and population-level rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to Dr. Michael Jerrett, a Fielding School professor of environmental health sciences and the project’s leader. “These findings…
Los Angeles has one of the worst reps when it comes to it being unsafe for cyclists. However, signs of this slightly changing were experienced last year, seeing the city take steps to becoming more bike friendly. And now, a new report published by LADOT shows more concrete signs of improvement — or at least in locations near new safety and complete street projects.   Reflecting data collected in 2019, the results of LADOT’s first biennial walk and bike count show a 22% increase in cycling citywide compared to conditions from two years earlier. In a news release,…
With about 54,000 residents, the city of Hoboken in New Jersey has reportedly recorded no traffic fatalities for three straight years. The city implemented the Vision Zero program two years ago, and it seems that it got to work quickly.    Vision Zero is an ambitious plan that aims to prevent all traffic fatalities and serious injuries worldwide. The program has had an impact on reducing traffic deaths, and especially pedestrian deaths, in some cities and countries around the world, but mainly Europe. The first country to implement Vision Zero, Sweden, has seen a 30% reduction in fatalities since…
Across cities in the U.S., municipal codes force homes, businesses, and offices to build way too much parking. One the most outrageous examples of parking regulations outlined by U.S. Pirg are the parking lots that are required of establishments like bars and nightclubs have. If driving while intoxicated can be deadly and illegal, why do so many of these have huge parking lots that encourage people to drive there? Especially considering that about one in three traffic deaths in the U.S. involve a drunk driver.    In Los Angeles County, bars and nightclubs are required to provide at least…
According to a newly released study from the U.S. Census Bureau, most people in the country commute to work by car, truck, or van, with only a small fraction of the population using public transit. The use of public transit for commuting was reportedly heavily concentrated in the New York metropolitan area.   In 2019, only 5% got to work using public transportation. On the other hand, 84.8% commuted in a vehicle that was not operated by the government — with 75.9% of those driving alone when they did so.    In terms of the 25 major metropolitan…
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is reportedly working to implement S.B. 1376, a 2018 bill that requires ride-hailing companies to make rides on their apps more readily available to wheelchair riders. The bill asked the CPUC to create a new “Access for All Fund,” which would be distributed to all ride-hail companies, like Uber and Lyft, to help them make necessary investments to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs).   The CPUC is the agency responsible for regulating commercial service vehicles, including ride-hailing companies, limos, and employer-provided shuttles. In June 2019, the CPUC approved a fee of ten cents per…