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Does CHP Have Bigger Fish to Fry Than Distracted Drivers?

An opinion published in Coastal View News asserts that the California Highway Patrol is "making it worse, not better" - it being road safety.

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"I write to challenge whether the CHP's observation of traffic during rush hour on California Highway 101 in our area is aligned with its stated purposes." The author describes police officers looking for motorists who commit "minor" infractions - drivers with smartphones in their hands, for example - rather than going after bigger fish.

But is smartphone use while driving really just a minor issue?

The Equifax Hack: What's at Risk and What American Consumers Can Do About It

"We need to get to the bottom of this, the murky bottom, the dirty bottom."

- Sen. Chuck Schumer

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143 million. That's the number of Americans who are now at risk of financial fraud due to the Equifax hack.

To make matters worse, Equifax likely knew about its vulnerability to hackers for at least a month - time enough for a few of its leaders to indulge in possible insider trading, but not fix the problem. The Los Angeles Times reports that three executives sold a large number of Equifax shares to employees within Equifax after the hack came to light, internally, but before the hack was disclosed to the public.

In a Robot Car Future, What About Those Of Us Who Love to Drive?

"It's really interesting. I found that it enriched my sense of the road and heightened my awareness."

- Lee Simmons for Wired Magazine

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We've written a lot recently about self-driving cars, a.k.a. autonomous vehicles, a.k.a. robot cars. Whatever you want to call them - companies like Tesla call them the future - their promise is none other than a sea change in the way we get around. No more "wasted time" on commutes; no more dangerous driving by fallible humans; no more road rage. If autonomous vehicles reduce accidents, for example, so the number of injuries and deaths falls dramatically, this would be a tremendous benefit to society.

But for those of us who love to drive, or who would prefer to remain in control with two hands on the wheel, the prospect of robot cars - and a transportation system that presumably allows only robot cars in the name of safety - is not a future everyone can believe in.

California Fights Sexual Harassment in Tech Industry

"[W]e are the first to take this kind of step in order to call out this kind of behavior and protect women entrepreneurs."

- Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson

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In effect, what state lawmaker Hannah-Beth Jackson wants to do is level the playing field a bit for women in the California tech industry.

As Janet Burns writes in Forbes, there are already laws on the books prohibiting sexual harassment in other spheres, from the traditional employer-employee relationship to relationships between consumers and professional service providers (doctors, dentists, lawyers, etc.). Senate Bill 224 would "tweak" existing law to account for another species of sexual harassment that may occur between entrepreneurs and investors.

"We simply want to add investors to that list, and acknowledge that this simply unlawful behavior is subject to claims of sexual harassment and damages," Sen. Jackson said, in reference to the changes SB 224 would make on existing civil rights law in California.

Are Good Lawyers Smart or Just Plain Determined?

Sure, you've got to have at least some level of smarts to get into law school, pass the bar exam, and practice law. But are lawyers truly smart or does the secret to success come down to grit and determination?

Jim Cantrell argues that it's not money, intelligence, formal education, or even experience that makes up what it takes to be "good" or successful in many endeavors - it's "dogged determination," that drive to never give up.

Cantrell worked with today's captain-of-industry Elon Musk when Musk first began his quest to develop technology that might allow us to colonize space, or at least continue to explore it.

Hurricane Irma and California's 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goal

"There hasn't been a storm like Irma to hit the US. Ever." - CNN report

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California wants to be on 100 percent renewable energy as we near 2050.

That might sound far off, but it's only around 30 years, which is nothing from the earth science perspective - and given that California has an "energy appetite" that rivals Texas, as KQED reports, we will probably need all that time to get there.

No One Rides the Bus Anymore in L.A.

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To say that no one rides the bus anymore is a bit of an overstatement, but it gets the point across: In Metro's declining ridership, explained, Curbed's Matt Tinoco writes that since 2013, bus ridership has gone down by roughly 20 percent, and the figure is about the same for subway and light rail ridership.

The Fastest Motorcycle in the World

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Speed is the undeniable attraction of motorcycles. So is raw power. A motorcycle, after all, is nothing more than an engine on a two-wheeled frame. (Of course, a motorcycle is much more than that, from a design and engineering standpoint, but this paints the picture.) A powerful engine on a vehicle that weighs practically nothing, as compared to a car or a truck, will both top out and accelerate faster than pretty much all else on the road.

That is part of what makes motorcycles so appealing - and dangerous.

David Don't Know How to Quit: 2017 Top Plaintiff Lawyer in California

"[D]on't expect me to go quietly into the night."

- Attorney David Lira

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Forgive us the obvious grammatical error in the title of this post - but it's true, as it is for any lawyer who fully commits to a client's case, as attorney David Lira of Girardi | Keese has for his entire career.

Good plaintiff lawyers don't know how to quit.

In a defective seat belt case against the automaker Mazda, it took 13 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of litigation before David ultimately obtained the result his clients deserved, as per the Daily Journal.

In DUI Law, California Strong in Some Areas, Weak in Others

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Dennis Romero for LA Weekly asks whether California's strict drunk driving laws are tough enough, leading with the statement that "cars are safer than ever," but even the safest cars may not stop some drivers from injuring themselves or others. "More than a third of all traffic fatalities in California can be blamed on drunk drivers," Romero writes, citing data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As Romero asks, why is the number so high when California imposes among the harshest punishments in the U.S. for impaired driving?

It turns out that California isn't quite as tough on DUI as it might appear.

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