What if I’m injured while driving High on Marijuana?

We’ve probably all heard somebody who drank too much say “I’m fine to drive.” Then they get pulled over, or they’re in an accident. Whether or not you are impaired while driving is highly subjective. Example: You might not think your ability to drive isn’t being impaired when you’re on the 5 in LA smoking a joint on your way home from work, but it’s an easy call to the police officer who saw you suddenly stop and nearly bump that truck in front of you when traffic came to a stop. You might not have felt like you were...

Most Popular Cars in California

Southern California is a hot spot for celebrities, trends, and tourists. What you own tells a lot about yourself, especially your car. The most popular cars in SoCal are the Honda Accord and the Honda Civic. The Honda Accord is also the most popular car in the United States, and the Civic is number four. The Honda Accord, however, is not the best car to drive in California. For efficiency purposes as well as a good image, the Tesla Model S is the number one car to drive. It is the best when it comes to saving money on gas,...

Cali Traffic is the Worst in 2017

As terrible as it may be, traffic can be looked at in a positive light. The more traffic there is, the more jobs there are, and the better the economy is doing. It is a known fact that California has the worst traffic. 81 hours were wasted with cars idling on the road. It’s no secret that driving is a big factor when living in Cali, so many people stay away for this reason. So how can it be fixed? One idea was adding a railway system adjacent to the highways. Some drivers may switch over and clear the roads...

Drives Worth Taking around Los Angeles

Known for its terrain, California is a beautiful place with many great views. There are some great places that are a must-see, and taking a scenic drive is one of the best ways to see them all. At 16 miles long, spanning from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay, the Morro Bay is an amazing drive to do in the spring time. There are colorful plants, birds, and as its titled, a bay. Morro Bay is known for it’s Morro Rock, which requires a small walk to see in it’s entirety. The number one place to visit is also found...

The Trump Era & Supreme Court Jailing Immigrant Dispute

Now that Donald Trump has won the election, the Supreme Court dispute over the government’s power to jail immigrants facing deportation indefinitely has become even more significant. The issue in this is case is whether immigrants who are fighting deportation have the right to a bond hearing and potential release if they’re held more than six months while waiting for their case to resolve. These immigrants are either illegal or residents who have been legal for quite some time. The case involves Alejandro Rodriguez who was only a year old when he was brought to the United States from Mexico....

Could California Use High Trafficked Roads to Create Electricity?

The California Energy Commission has announced that they will invest $2 million in order to study whether piezoelectric crystals can generate electricity from the mechanical energy produced by cars driving on the roadways. With the support of a university or business that will be responsible for field tests, the study will determine how the small crystals, which create energy when they are compressed, are capable of producing electricity for the grid if they are installed under asphalt. Although scientists are aware that the technology does work, California must decide whether high returns can be produced without too high of a...

Ford and Baidu Invest $150 Million in California Self-Driving Technology Hotspot

Self-driving technology is taking off, and Ford and Baidu have teamed up to jointly invest $150 million in a Silicon Valley tech company. Velodyne started in 1983 as a manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, but switched gears as times changed; the company has had its hand in LiDAR— light, detection and ranging — technology since 2005. Ford’s investment will help them to ramp up their production of LiDAR sensors of equal or greater quality to the ones they’ve been building on a smaller scale. The investment and increased production will help automakers like Ford to, in turn, increase their own...

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Sued Over Rail Project Near Little Toyko

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s attempt to build a Regional Connector has been riddled with lawsuits since plans were first approved. Recently, the owners of Japanese Village Plaza have added another to the pile. They claim that the construction plans include a stabilization method called grouting, wherein crews would inject concrete into the ground to make up for the settling that will occur after they tunnel through the ground below. The Japanese Village Plaza owners claim that they were not informed of the concrete injections, which they found out would occur beneath their property without their consent. They filed...

This App Will Help You Find Your Bus Stop More Easily

Joann Becker of Perkins Solutions, which develops new technology to assist individuals with vision restrictions, has been working on a new app. Through the use of voice technology, Becker operates smartphone apps that can see what she cannot see. One app uses the smartphone’s camera to take a picture and then states what is in the picture. For example, after taking a picture of a woman in a green floral-colored shirt, the smartphone can tell the user “picture 1 is a woman in a green floral-colored shirt.” With some help from Google maps, the app will be able to help...

Gasoline Delivery Trucks Gaining in Popularity in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Several new startups in the United States are attempting to get rid of gas stations. Through the use of a simple app, a customer’s gas tank can be filled up while they’re working, at the gym, or laying in bed relaxing. In Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Nashville, gas delivery trucks from Filld, WeFuel, Booster Fuels, and Purple have made their debut. While this sounds like a convenient and exciting new service, some city officials believe that transporting hundreds of gallons of gas may pose serious safety hazards. Jonathan Baxter from the San Francisco fire department explained that if...