By Jeong Park | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: May 17, 2019 at 7:26 am | UPDATED: May 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm As of Jan. 1, state law requires cars leave dealerships sporting temporary license plates with assigned numbers, but Orange County’s toll roads operator has found that thousands are still driving without them – and that means they aren’t paying tolls. To catch the scofflaws, the Transportation Corridor Agencies – which manage the 73, 133, 241 and 261 toll roads – recently allocated $465,000 to renew its contract for extra enforcement with the California Highway Patrol through June 2020. When cars without transponders use the toll roads, their license plates get scanned – drivers have five days to pay online or penalties are added. Without license plate numbers, the agency can’t locate drivers to send a bill. The TCA missed out on $12 million in the fiscal year 2017-18 because of cars with generic dealer plates or … [Read more...] about 20,000 drivers dodge toll road fees each week, despite new law
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By Brooke Staggs | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: January 13, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 14, 2019 at 11:22 am A quarter century has passed, but David Miller will never forget the sound. “It was like there was a freight train under my house,” he said, recalling the moment 25 years ago Thursday, Jan. 17, when the Earth’s plates suddenly slipped along a previously unknown fault 11 miles beneath his Prairie Street home in Northridge. Firefighters work to free trapped residents at the Northridge Meadows Apartments on Reseda Blvd in Northridge CA. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Firefighters examine the bottom floor of the Northridge Meadows apartments searching for victims. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsEmergency workers remove a survivor from the first floor of the Northridge Meadows. (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Fire and rescue vehicles fill the street in front of the Northridge Meadows apartment … [Read more...] about 25 years after the Northridge earthquake, another one could hit ‘any time.’ Are we safer?
Michael E. Miller, The Washington Post Published 7:28 pm CDT, Thursday, November 1, 2018 In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 photo, an immigrant seeking asylum from Honduras joins nearly two dozen other immigrants in a prayer lead by Rev. George Miller and Jorge Renteria at El Calvario United Methodist Church in Las Cruces, N.M. A network of churches in southern New Mexico is seeking to expand the number of temporary shelters for migrants amid an expected jump in demand. (Josh Bachman/Las Cruces Sun-News via AP) less In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 photo, an immigrant seeking asylum from Honduras joins nearly two dozen other immigrants in a prayer lead by Rev. George Miller and Jorge Renteria at El Calvario United Methodist ... more Photo: Josh Bachman, AP A boy sitting on a bag waits with his mother for a ride on the side of the highway, as they travel with a migrant caravan between Pijijiapan and Arriaga, … [Read more...] about Bandaged feet, bleeding hands, violent coughs: The caravan takes its toll
By Erin Baldassari | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 23, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: October 24, 2018 at 6:57 am On Nov. 6, voters will determine the fate of transportation funding in California. It’s a monumental decision that could impact the way taxes are raised in the future, not to mention how we pay for repairs on roads, bridges, highways and transit right now. If Proposition 6 passes, roughly $5.4 billion in annual funding for transportation improvements to highways, roads and transit would disappear. But whether the measure passes or fails, the vote on repealing last year’s gas tax increase will be precedent-setting, said Asha Weinstein Agrawal, director of the National Transportation Finance Center at San Jose’s Mineta Transportation Institute. “It will send a very strong signal to California’s own elected officials — and nationally — about whether people … [Read more...] about Gas tax: What you need to know about Prop 6