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Did 2006 cellphone law cut CA traffic deaths or not?

When California approved a law in 2006 requiring that drivers could only use their cellphones hands-free beginning on July 1, 2008, state leaders patted themselves on the back for pioneering legislation that would inspire the rest of the nation and

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Board chair’s upbeat take on bullet train at sharp odds with MSM

When James Fallows of The Atlantic came out last week in strong support of the California high-speed rail project, I responded with an unnecessarily snarky piece — sorry, James — headlined “7 ways James Fallows is wrong about the CA bullet

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New law needed to simplify CA budget 13

Nov. 21, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Every year state Senator Joe Simitan, D-Palo Alto, holds a contest for his constituents to submit ideas for new laws.  Simitan boasts that 18 submittals have been enacted as new laws since 2001.  Well, here’s

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Green chemistry regulations poison California jobs 11

Oct. 8, 2012 By John Hrabe Four years ago Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law California’s controversial Green Chemistry regulations: AB 1879 by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, and SB 509 by Senator Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. He proclaimed that the state was adopting “the

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How to save state parks from closure 0

May 11, 2012 By Joseph Perkins A pair of Northern California lawmakers unveiled a proposal this week to avert the scheduled July 1 closure of 70 state’s 278 parks, casualties of last year’s budget-cutting by the Legislature. “The notion of

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Leg Wants to Regulate Cough Syrup 0

Ali Meyer:  It’s Lil Wayne’s drug of choice.  Kids call it robo-tripping.  Cough syrup isn’t just for colds anymore. State Sen. Joe Simitian is attempting to pass SB 514, a bill that would prohibit the sale of dextromethorphan (DXM), a

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