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Google takes lead on California driverless cars

  As Silicon Valley rushes to stake out a lead in what’s hoped to be a robust market for driverless cars, the company spun off of Google has established a clear lead — perhaps giving the competition a reason to consider focusing

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 24

Enough blame for everyone with Oakland housing crisis Trade deal’s death hurts Central Valley farmers Key reform of environmental law hasn’t worked Orange County could model GOP success with Asian-Americans California has the highest real poverty rate in the country

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 13

Lawmaker targets Uber’s self-driving vehicles in new legislation  Scientists rebuke Coastal Commission over desalination Does Consumer Watchdog actually help lower insurance rates? Brown cuts doctors out of tobacco tax money Democratic lawmakers pushing for cap-and-trade extension Good morning! TGIF. One lesson

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Assemblyman wants to crack down on unpermitted, self-driving vehicles

It’s not enough that Uber killed its unpermitted, self-driving-vehicle pilot program in San Francisco just a week after it started; an assemblyman wants to squash any further attempts to test vehicles without a permit as well.  Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San

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Added workplace regulation for the new year

  A new round of targeted workplace regulations passed over the course of 2016 will take effect in the coming year, with some slated to come into law the minute the clock strikes 2017.  Wage rules First, Golden State businesses

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State forces Uber to stop testing self-driving vehicles

Uber’s defiance of a California Department of Motor Vehicles’ demand that the pioneering transit company stop testing its self-driving Volvo sport-utility vehicles in San Francisco ended Wednesday when the DMV revoked the vehicles’ registrations, making them illegal to operate on

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Proposed rules for self-driving cars draw heavy criticism from industry leaders

Hopes that California would emerge as the global center for what eventually could be a multitrillion-dollar industry — self-driving vehicles — have taken a step back. New proposed rules unveiled this month by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles drew sharp complaints

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Sacramento seeks central taxi regulations

  The latest battle in California’s ongoing legislative and regulatory war over ridesharing services has shifted to new ground, as livery supporters rallied to pass a new bill concentrating decision-making in state hands. Although car companies based in San Francisco would be spared

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Organized labor circles Uber and Lyft in CA

  Labor groups have sought out relationships with Uber drivers, whom the company recently settled with, but has yet to classify as employees. “A day after Uber announced a $100 million settlement with some drivers in California and Massachusetts,  the Teamsters announced plans

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CPUC slaps Uber with big fine

To play in California, Uber must pay. “The California Public Utilities Commission agreed last Thursday with a judge’s recommendation to fine Uber $7.6 million for failing to meet data reporting requirements in 2014,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “Uber will appeal the

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