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Caltrans Director to Become Chief of Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Iwasaki, Caltrans' chief since August and an employee there for 26 years, will make more money with less political headaches as executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority...."We are very pleased that Randy has decided to accept our offer to become the executive director," said Brentwood Mayor Robert Taylor, chairman of the transportation authority. "We are proud that our agency has the reputation for (service) and quality that make it a good fit for a person of Randy's caliber and qualifications."

Oakland Mayor Requests More Money for Truckers

A few hundred truckers who haul cargo at the Port of Oakland and were among the last to order new particulate filters for their rigs now have until June 30 to comply with strict new state air quality regulations that took effect Jan. 1....All drivers serving California ports are required to replace trucks manufactured before 1994 or install diesel filters on rigs manufactured from 1994-2003.

Bay Area Oil Companies Finance Initiative to Suspend Greenhouse Gas Control Law

Oil companies, including one Contra Costa County refiner, contributed the largest share of $966,000 raised for a petition drive to suspend the state's law to limit greenhouse gases. In financial disclosure statements filed with the state Thursday, the California Jobs Initiative Committee, sponsor of the initiative, reported that it has received $100,000 a piece from the Tesoro oil company, which operates a refinery north of Concord, the Tower Energy Group of Torrance, th

Legislative Analyst Rips Business Report

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office has sharply criticized the research in two reports, one funded by taxpayers, that have been used by some Republicans as the basis for calls to roll back regulations in the state, labeling the research "unreliable" and "essentially useless." The legislative analyst's response comes as the debate intensifies over the economic impact of AB32.

There is No Free Ride (Opinion)

For 16 years now, I have commuted roughly 28,000 miles with randomly selected strangers in private vehicles at little or no cost. Whenever someone tells me that they would never take a ride to work with a stranger, I share these benefits of the casual carpool...I can count on one hand the number of unpleasant experiences I have had using the system. Unfortunately, that cannot be said about the public transit systems...But there are changes ahead for the casual carpool system that has served me so well.

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