For some years, California has regulated the content of sulfur in gasoline, allowing just 10 parts of sulfur per million parts total (ppm). The rest of the country follows more generous requirements of 30 ppm. However, the Obama Administration is proposing to bring the national limits in line with those of California. Automakers and environmentalists joined forces in supporting the proposal, stating that lower sulfur content can improve the efficiency of catalytic converters in vehicles, which in turn further reduce the amount of harmful particulates exiting exhaust pipes. However, oil companies and Congressmembers from oil-producing states are against the change, claiming that the health benefits are minimal.
After a brief hiatus, LA City Councilmembers revived a bond proposal that would fund street repairs. The previous call made earlier in the year was aborted since the neighborhood councils expressed concern that the proposal was hastily prepared with no public input. This time, however, Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander are also adding public meetings so that the 95 neighborhood councils can weigh in on the issue. The public is also invited to give their two cents on the matter. Could this proposal serve as a Trojan horse to bring complete streets as well as repaved streets?
Is there any logic to parking signage on LA public streets? Observers believe such signage only serves to confuse drivers and trap them into a likely parking ticket. Worse yet, different streets have different restrictions, with no criteria directing said restrictions. Thus, one street may very well be regulated up to the hilt, while a cross street may not have any restrictions at all. On top of that, much of the signage is hardly legible from a distance. The abundance of curb colors doesn’t help, either. Of course, any little detail that escapes the would-be parker will lead to a stiff fine or even vehicle impoundment.