“DRIVETHEARC” EV Fast Charging Corridor Breaks Ground In Northern California

“DRIVETHEARC” EV Fast Charging Corridor Breaks Ground In Northern California

Sacramento, CA…DRIVETHEARC, a corridor of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations spanning from Monterey to Lake Tahoe, broke ground yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony in El Dorado Hills, Calif. A joint international project promoted by Japan’s largest public R&D management organization, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), under the agreement between […]

Forest-Powered Flight Safely Arrives In Washington, D.C.

Forest-Powered Flight Safely Arrives In Washington, D.C.

Seattle, WA…Washington state-based Alaska Airlines made history yesterday flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The alternative jet fuel was produced through the efforts of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance […]

NHTSA Sets ‘Quiet Car’ Safety Standard To Protect Pedestrians

NHTSA Sets ‘Quiet Car’ Safety Standard To Protect Pedestrians

Washington, DC…The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that it is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new federal safety standard will help pedestrians who are blind, have low vision, and other pedestrians detect the presence, direction […]

$4 Million Available To Address Tree Mortality On Private Forestlands

$4 Million Available To Address Tree Mortality On Private Forestlands

Sacramento, CA…This week, the California USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of $4 million in funding, through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), for tree mortality projects on private forestlands. Landowners on non-industrial private forestlands in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Riverside, San Bernardino, […]

California Housing Affordability Holds Steady In 3rd Quarter Despite Wages & Lower Interest Failing To Raise Purchases

California Housing Affordability Holds Steady In 3rd Quarter Despite Wages & Lower Interest Failing To Raise Purchases

Los Angeles, CA…Rising wages and slightly lower interest rates did little to improve California’s housing affordability, which remained flat compared to the previous quarter, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in third-quarter 2016 remained at 31 […]

Educators Praise Passage Of Props. 55 & 58, Election Of Candidates Committed To Students

Educators Praise Passage Of Props. 55 & 58,  Election Of Candidates Committed To Students

Sacramento, CA…California voters once again reiterated their overwhelming support for investing in public education and a better future for our students in Tuesday’s election. Educators are thankful for the passage of Propositions 55 and 58 that will protect schools from billions in funding cuts and give students much more language learning opportunities. “California’s voters are […]

CHP Start Smart Presentation

CHP Start Smart Presentation

Aptos, CA…The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. This program is designed as an educational tool for […]

E-Cigarette Sellers Required To Register For Cigarette & Tobacco Products Retailer Licenses

E-Cigarette Sellers Required To Register For Cigarette & Tobacco Products Retailer Licenses

Sacramento, CA…Starting on January 1, 2017, sellers of electronic cigarettes (eCigarettes), vaping devices, and other related products will be required to obtain a Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer’s License from the California State Board of Equalization (BOE). This license must be obtained prior to making retail sales of these products to consumers. It will cost […]

Fed Signals Possible December Rate Hike

Fed Signals Possible December Rate Hike

Washington, DC…Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and growth of economic activity has picked up from the modest pace seen in the first half of this year. Although the unemployment rate is little changed in recent months, job gains have been […]

Database Captures Urban Tree Sizes & Growth Rates Across United States

Database Captures Urban Tree Sizes & Growth Rates Across United States

Albany, CA…Sometimes in the cramped environs of U.S. cities every inch counts, especially if attempting to make space for nature. City planners and urban foresters now have a resource to more precisely select tree species whose growth will be a landscaping dream instead of a maintenance nightmare. The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station […]