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Corbett bill would protect vehicle buyers

February 04, 2009

Contra Costa Times

Corbett bill would protect vehicle buyers
By Steven Harmon
MediaNews Sacramento Bureau
Posted: 01/27/2009

SACRAMENTO - As more failed auto dealerships continue to close down, they're leaving behind unpaid bills for unaware car buyers to pay.

Last year, Chastity Young was one such unlucky consumer, swept up in what has become yet another indicator of the state's economic downturn.

The San Francisco resident traded in her 2003 Kia for a 2007 Kia at the now-defunct Kia of Hayward dealership, satisfied that the d

Bay Area lawmakers keeping busy

February 04, 2009

Contra Costa Times

Bay Area lawmakers keeping busy
By Steven Harmon
MediaNews Sacramento Bureau
Posted: 02/01/2009

SACRAMENTO - On a recent night at her Capitol office, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, spent until 2 a.m. answering 150 e-mails from constituents worried about the state's fiscal crisis. That was after she'd hand-signed 500 letters she'd written about the budget.

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, has been meeting regularly with labor groups, who are angered over possible rollbacks to worker's rights.


Closing auto dealerships are sticking customers with liens

February 04, 2009

Closing auto dealerships are sticking customers with liens
February 4, 2009
by Ruth Manuel-Logan, Auto Examiner

I've written about the wave of closing dealerships before and now it seems that the situation has gotten even worse. Customers are getting stuck with used car loans that unscrupulous auto dealers were supposed to have absolved. What in the world is going on???

When you trade in a car and still owe money on it, the dealer typically agrees to pay off the loan before reselling the vehicle.

Folding dealers shock car buyers with unpaid liens

February 04, 2009

Associated Press

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer
Posted: 02/01/2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The national wave of auto dealership closures has come crashing down on thousands of people who are on the hook for used-car loans that dealers were supposed to absolve.
When a car buyer still owes money on a vehicle he is trading in, the dealer promises to pay off the outstanding loan, then resells the vehicle. But as more dealers go out of business, some are sticking consumers with the bill.

Meeting on Hayward Fault

October 22, 2008

Tri-Valley Herald

After 140 years, Hayward's 'tectonic time bomb' looms
By Karen Weise
Correspondent for The Argus
Article Last Updated: 10/22/2008 08:11:01 AM PDT

At 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, Mission San Jose's ringing bells marked the moment in 1868 when the earth shook for 40 seconds, leaving more than 30 people dead and inflicting property damage across the region. Nearly every building in Hayward was wrecked or destroyed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Corbett's Bill Helps Small Businesses

October 09, 2008

San Diego Union-Tribune

Merchants hail law curbing disabled-access lawsuits

Frivolous claims drove push for state measure
By Janine Zúñiga

October 9, 2008

CHULA VISTA - Business owners across the state are hoping new legislation will encourage better access for disabled people while reducing the number of unwarranted lawsuits over such access.
Local business owners who have been targeted by lawsuits over access for the disabled, as well as at least one state business lea

Governor Vetoes Senate Bill 1313

October 01, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Calif. law establishes chemical review

Monday, September 29, 2008

(09-29) 18:13 PDT Sacramento, CA (AP) --

California will begin reviewing potentially harmful chemicals used to make consumer products under a bill signed Monday by Gov.

SB 791 helps transportation projects

September 08, 2008

The Argus

Fremont-Union City link may receive extra funding

Matthew Artz

Article Last Updated: 09/08/2008 12:01:45 AM PDT

FREMONT - Legislation now in the state Senate could provide needed funding for a cash-strapped road project that's supposed to reduce traffic congestion along the Fremont-Union City border.

The timely construction of what once was the proposed easterly extension of Route 84 from Interstate 880 - now the East-West Connector Project - has been in jeopardy since cost estimates for the road nearl

Senator Corbett's SB 1313 pending in Assembly

August 27, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

Will California Ban Polycarbonate Plastic Baby Bottles?

This week, the California Legislature will have the last chance of the two-year session to vote on two potentially ground-breaking bills that would reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products. One bill would eliminate bisphenol A, or BPA, in baby bottles and sippy cups.

Senator Corbett expands recycling

August 04, 2008

Sacramento Bee

Bill proposes fees on more plastic containers to encourage California recycling

By Daniel Zarchy -
Published 12:00 am PDT Saturday, August 2, 2008

Consumers would pay a redemption fee on a broader range of plastic containers, from ketchup bottles to peanut butter jars, under a bill pending at the Capitol.

Proponents say the fee will encourage people to recycle more containers.

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