Q: This is about the Highway 101 metering lights, the ones that were turned on from Palo Alto through San Jose last November. It's a nightmare. My commute consisted of a short ride from Highway 237 to Montague Expressway and would range from five to 10 minutes. Since they turned on these lights, it's now 15 to 20 minutes.
Tech journalists have been summoned to the San Jose campus of eBay Wednesday for the official unveiling of the so-called "Bloom Box" at a high-powered event to include Bloom co-founder and CEO K.R. Sridhar, venture capitalist John Doerr, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and "a prominent California government official" widely believed to be Gov.
The cost of a ticket for these offenses would be among the toughest in the nation — going up to $455 for texting and $255 for using a hand-held phone, from approximately $145 — if a bill introduced Monday by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, becomes law...And the rules would now apply to bicyclists, who were not covered by the hands-free law that went into effect July 1, 2008.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will submit a new plan for the downtown area at the Tuesday night City Council meeting after opponents threatened to put a previously approved plan to a vote of local residents on the June ballot. Bates' new plan calls for lower building heights, affordable housing provisions in some instances, green building requirements and local labor provisions.
Why the delay? After all, the computer revolution has shown how rapidly new innovations can be imagined, developed, brought to market and have an impact. But new energy technologies don't work that way—they can take years to gain just a toehold in the market, and 20 to 30 years to push aside existing products or techniques.
On July 1, an economic shift may test this unregulated system and the reciprocity behind it. As part of a package of toll increases, Bay Area toll bridge officials have decided to do the unthinkable: They're ending the free ride....Does the driver, who will need to pay the toll through a FasTrak transponder, cough it up in full? Do the passengers - usually two - each pony up $1.25? Or is an even split - 83.33 cents per person - warranted?
As federal and state investment in high-speed rail ramps up, local bus and light-rail systems are retrenching, cutting service and laying off workers. The public has signaled it wants high-speed rail, and elected officials are responding accordingly. But as the country invests in the future, it cannot ignore the present, specifically the dire situation facing local transit.
As soon as California leaders began talking about a high-speed rail project, we booked a seat in the skeptics' car, which is reserved for anyone familiar with Amtrak's long and tortured history....Three months ago, the California High Speed Rail Authority estimated ridership from San Francisco to Los Angeles at 55 million a year. One month later, the estimate was reduced to 41 million, which, for all you mathematicians, represents a 25 percent change of heart.
Bay Area park and transportation officials will host a public workshop from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday night in Oakland about planning a new waterfront park near the base of the new east span of the Bay Bridge....A nine-agency group called the Gateway Park Working Group wants public help in developing a vision for the West Oakland park, which is expected to open after the new east span is finished in 2013. The recreation area will provide a scenic backdrop for the bridge, and a place for public access to the shoreline, the Bay Trail and a hiking and bicycling lane on the east span.