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Former governor Andrew Cuomo, who left the New York governor’s office back in August, is now being exposed for “overwhelming evidence” proving that he has sexually harassed at least 12 women, been dishonest in reporting COVID-19 death tolls, and forcing government employees to work on his memoir on the government’s dime.   As reported by NPR, Cuomo and his executive chamber revised state reports and excluded deaths in nursing homes in order to boost the…
In an ongoing lawsuit in San Diego’s Escondido area, San Diego County is being sued by the family of a foster teen who died under the care of a nonprofit temporary rehabilitation facility. The death occurred after a drug overdose at the facility, and drug abuse is something the County knew about when initially removing the teen from his family’s care.   “My son had just turned 18 and he had a long life ahead…
A SeaWorld Employee was fired recently, after working for 45 years at the San Diego Location. Apparently, she was fired after filing environmental concerns to management, though she only did this after notifying management about potential environmental issues on site, part of her job as Environmental Chief.   According to 6 Park, SeaWorld claims that Shari Sehlhorst was only fired “due to restructuring,” and not because Sehlhorst had raised some questions about her environmental…
All across California, fast food workers were protesting against unfit working conditions at corporate fast food chains. Just days ago, these workers were marching with Fight for $15, but they were also protesting against uncaring management about unhealthy and unsafe work conditions.   In particular, they are fighting in support of Assembly Bill 257 (AB257), which would enable workers to have a voice in speaking up for minimum health, safety, and employment standards. It would…
Live Nation, the entertainment and venue company associated with Travis Scott’s Astroworld, is presently facing an influx of lawsuits from victims for their alleged negligence and gross negligence over premises liability. After several deaths have resulted from Astroworld at Houston’s NRG Park, a number of large scale actions linked to LN’s ill-preparation have been uncovered and circulating the internet, going back as far as 2006.   According to Michele Arnold, a spokesperson for Harris…
Lockdowns throughout the country changed how people used transportation alternatives, but especially Uber and Lyft rides. One of the first services to be wiped out by the pandemic were their carpooling options, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. But roughly 16 months later, Lyft is now reportedly planning on slowly bringing back a revamped shared rides option.   Lyft’s chief financial officer reportedly disclosed on a 2020 earnings call that shared rides made…
As of late, the cost of an Uber or Lyft ride has significantly increased. Surge pricing and a driver shortage has made it more difficult than before for the consumer to request the ridehailing companies’ services. Because of this, much of the commentary on explaining this has been reportedly deemed a consequence of a “labor shortage,” largely motivated by a lack of proper financial incentives.   A ride-hail driver assistance app reportedly estimated that Uber…
As transit agencies across the country emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, they are reportedly confronting an array of new challenges. Because after more than a year of constant adaptation to provide safe service, agencies must now adapt again — this time to conditions that differ markedly from both the pre-COVID era and the thick of the pandemic.   Travel patterns have shifted as a result of COVID, and service levels have yet to fully recover…
In a recent memo, the advocacy organizations Calbike, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and TransForm joined forces to oppose AB 371.The bill would force bikeshare and e-scooter providers to extend insurance coverage to their customers, which the organizations argue could have a chilling effect on micromobility.   Titling it “AB 371 continues the assault on affordable and sustainable bike share and scooter programs in California,” they state the bill, which is in the state…
Awaiting Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature, $10 million for incentives to buy electric bicycles have been reportedly added to the state budget bill. It’s included in a planned investment of $425 million in the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, which is part of nearly $1 billion in investments in clean vehicles, including trucks and transit and school buses.    Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath reportedly told the California Bicycle Coalition that “making e-bikes more affordable is one of…