Botts’ Dots, after a half-century, will disappear from freeways, highways

Named after Elbert Dysart Botts, the Caltrans engineer credited with the 1950s research that led to their creation, the dots spread across the nation as a way to stripe lanes. The dots later become known for a different benefit: The powerful feedback when driving over them that could snap awake sleepy motorists. http://www.dailynews.com/article/20170521/NEWS/170529939
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After years of planning, California is likely to roll out its earthquake warning system next year – LA Times

New earthquake sensing stations are being installed in the ground, software is being improved, and operators are being hired to make sure the system is properly staffed. The network is being built under the leadership of the USGS, with development from scientists at Caltech, UC Berkeley, the University of Washington and University of Oregon. Source: […]
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Gov. Brown clashes with environmentalists over fracking – San Francisco Chronicle

A growing number of environmentalists argue that Gov. Jerry Brown’s long-standing refusal to ban hydraulic fracking, a controversial process that has helped revive the oil industry in California, opens the state to just the type of environmental disasters he regularly rails against. Source: Gov. Brown clashes with environmentalists over fracking – San Francisco Chronicle
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Op-Ed: AG Becerra muffs a chance to get tough on corruption | The Sacramento Bee

While promising aggressive action on other fronts, such as opposing Trump on immigration, Becerra continued the state’s institutional passivity on local government corruption. He said the federal government is better equipped to deal with the issue. Source: AG Becerra muffs a chance to get tough on corruption | The Sacramento Bee
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Despite efforts on equal pay, the gender salary gap in California government jobs persists – LA Times

A state report released last fall underscored how far California has to go when it comes to paying female state workers. According to its findings, there is a 20.5% disparity in pay between female and male state employees — a wider gap than in the federal civil service and the private sector in California and […]
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Former FPPC chair faces fine for campaign violation | The Sacramento Bee

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is seeking a $4,500 fine against Dan Schnur, its former chief, for failing to report a contribution and using personal funds to pay campaign expenses during an unsuccessful bid for secretary of state in 2014. Source: Former FPPC chair faces fine for campaign violation | The Sacramento Bee
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Gov. Brown asks President Trump for help on the California bullet train – LA Times

California’s $64-billion high-speed rail project involves construction of a bullet train line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, but the environmental review process is behind schedule. Brown made his request to Trump because he believes state regulators can move along the process faster than federal regulators. Source: Gov. Brown asks President Trump for help on […]
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Star-crossed salmon survive spillway erosion at Oroville dam but suffocate after hatchery’s pump fails – LA Times

They were among about 5 million baby fall-run Chinook salmon that were rescued in February after tons of mud washed down the Feather River. The salmon were trucked from the Oroville hatchery to a nearby annex fed by well water. Source: Star-crossed salmon survive spillway erosion at Oroville dam but suffocate after hatchery’s pump fails […]
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