A bill to correct the motor vehicle code to allow pedestrians to use countdown signals the way they were intended--as information they could use to decide whether they have time to cross an intersection--has passed both houses of the legislature and is headed for the governor's signature.
California's landmark cap-and-trade bill was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. It was a speech-filled occasion: a victory celebration, a moment to crow--and a chance to warn of the existential threat of climate change.
A.B. 179 tries to ensure that the concerns of people affected by transportation projects—not just those who use them—will be represented on the California Transportation Commission. But the bill has been softened to a statement on the need for diversity.
California reauthorized its cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's a landmark victory and a rare bipartisan accord; it brings some certainty to California climate change policy-- and it leaves a lot of open questions.