Joe Simitian

The Carnival Splendor

Strict New California Coast Sewage Rules Enacted For Cruise Ships

The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday signed a rule that bans cruise ships and other large vessels from dumping sewage within three miles of California’s coastline. Federal officials estimate this will cut down on 90 percent of the sewage that could previously be discharged legally.



California Assembly Approves Red-Light Camera Restrictions

The state Assembly has approved restrictions on governments’ use of cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.

CBS San Francisco–08/30/2011

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Caltrain, High Speed Rail Could Share Tracks In Peninsula

The study found that major upgrades would be needed for the plan to come together.


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Hefty Fines For Drivers Who Violate Hands-Free Cellphone Law

In an effort to persuade drivers not to break the law, a bill passed by the state legislature, and awaiting the governor’s signature, would raise the penalty from $20 to $309 for a first offense.



Bay Area Education Advocates Ask Governor To Keep Data System

A California lawmaker and prominent business group are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to restore funding to develop statewide data systems to track student and teacher performance.


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Phil Matier: California High Speed Rail Authority Chooses Speed Over Savings

A proposal to launch bullet trains through the Bay Area on retooled Caltrain tracks, instead of a brand new rail system, has been scrapped by the California High Speed Rail Authority.


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Calif. Senate Approves Higher Fines For Breaking Hands-Free Law

The California state Senate has approved a bill that would increase fines for texting or using a handheld cell phone while driving.

CBS San Francisco–04/25/2011


Peninsula Lawmakers Want Caltrain Integrated With High-Speed Rail

Three lawmakers urged the California High-Speed Rail Authority to integrate the planned train system more closely with Caltrain along the Peninsula.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/18/2011

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Bill Would Toughen California’s Hands-Free Driving Law

There’s a new effort to put some teeth in California’s ban on using cellphones while driving, making a second offense an even stiffer moving violation.



California Legislature Approves Renewable Energy Rules

California lawmakers have approved a bill that would create the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the nation.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/30/2011