California drivers who hit and injure cyclists or other ‘vulnerable road users’ could be slapped with fines of up to $1,000 under legislation proposed this week by a North Coast lawmaker. The fines would represent as much as a 10-fold increase over current penalties, and according to Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, would lead to fewer collisions between bikes and vehicles.
Her plight has drawn support from from city and county officials, a state lawmaker and American Lung Association advocates, who all see California moving slowly and unevenly toward the protection Alicia Orozco wants.
Sweeping changes across the North Coast’s political landscape will present major challenges this election year both for voters and for candidates in state races, with one possible outcome being an almost entirely new and untested slate of leaders handling local problems in Sacramento.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has pledged to pay for the materials used to restore the fire-damaged memorial to Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in October.
Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom, who until recently was a candidate for state Senate, now is weighing a bid for the 10th District Assembly seat held by Marc Levine.
Former North Coast state Sen. Pat Wiggins died early Thursday after a long illness, and tributes poured in from friends and public officials for the Democrat who had a 14-year career in politics. She was 73.
Caltrans will be obliged to meet with state and federal wildlife agencies and local bird advocates next year before resuming highway work in Petaluma, assuming Gov. Jerry Brown signs the state budget package on his desk.
Rep. Jared Huffman said Wednesday he is rejecting the city of Sonoma’s request that he support a congressional investigation into the federal government’s decision to close an oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Situated about 50 miles from Drakes Estero in Marin County, the landlocked city of Sonoma would seem an unlikely place to take a stand in an oyster company’s fight for survival. But colorful signs supporting the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. have popped up all over town, and the Sonoma City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution calling on state and federal legislators to intervene on the company’s behalf.