Melissa Wen for Reuters reports that California regulators have "green-lighted" VW's plan to fill the state with clean vehicle infrastructure - installing charging stations and helping to build out ride sharing - to make amends for its misdeeds over the emissions scandal that broke in Sept. 2015.
"The problem is, people go out on a waterway, and they think, you know, they're on vacation. [...] They're relaxing. Sometimes they're drinking alcohol. And they just don't associate potential dangers with being on vacation."
"I want to make sure that the guy in the truck next to me, driving 60,000 pounds, is not going to run me over because he falls asleep."
"For years," the New York Times reports, "California had set the threshold for passing the [bar] exam higher than any other state but Delaware."
At the risk of stating the obvious, environmental pollution is a serious health concern.
"Our communities cannot breathe, and we thought that our right to breathe would be worth more than a few billion dollars in transportation improvements."
- Katie Valenzuela Garcia, advisor to the California Air Resources Board
"California is not turning back. Not now, not ever."
- Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State address on Jan. 24
On Dec. 29, the Los Angeles Times published a run-down of new laws on the books in California. There are dozens. When it comes to driving, drivers, and passengers, the Times lists eight. These run the gamut from child seats to the blood alcohol content of Uber drivers.
"After 15 seconds, the power went out, and another 30 seconds later it was completely engulfed. It went so fast."
- Survivor's quote
UPDATE: On Dec. 8, TIME reported the Ghost Ship as "missing" from the city's fire-inspection lists, making it hard to know when the warehouse was last inspected - if ever - for fire hazards.
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