City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulations

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday voiced support for a suite of proposed regulations on dockless scooters and directed city staff to draft a fleshed-out version.Mayor Kevin Faulconer introduced the proposed regulations Oct. 18 after the city spent months wrestling with how to both ensure public safety and allow dockless scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor to continue operating in San Diego. Faulconer’s plan would mandate that scooter companies limit the maximum speed of scooters in high-traffic areas of the city, send monthly data reports to the city detailing things like parking and trip information, educate riders on local traffic laws, and indemnify the city for liability for riders injured within city limits. The companies would also have to obtain an annual permit and pay associated operational fees.“The rapid evolution of this industry is evidence of the popularity of dockless mobility devices as great options for folks who would like to leave their car at home,” Faulconer said when he announced the proposal. “As with many disruptive new technologies, there are issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, public safety is our top priority and that will be reflected in these common-sense regulations.”According to a spokesman for the mayor, Faulconer’s office intends to have the full proposal back before the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee in early January. By that time, new council members could be seated in the wake of the November election. Once the committee approves the full regulatory proposal in early 2019, the full council will then consider it.Councilwomen Barbara Bry and Lorie Zapf, who voted along with fellow committee members Chris Cate and Georgette Gomez in support of the concept, expressed concern about each company’s use and sharing of data with third parties. Zapf suggested that the companies are able to keep ride fares cheap because they make large amounts of money from data sharing. Representatives from Bird and Lime flatly denied the claim.Residents voiced their opposition to the scooters at both the committee session and a meeting of the full City Council last month, when representatives from the three companies reported on ways they’re attempting to make the scooters safer to use in busy areas. One part of the proposal by both Faulconer and the scooter companies is using the GPS information on each scooter to limit speeds from 15 mph to 8 mph in areas like Balboa Park, the downtown embarcadero and various boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. This “geofencing” technology has been available for roughly six weeks, according to a Bird spokesman, and is already being implemented on the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.Zapf proposed a ban on the use of scooters on city boardwalks last spring, but the City Council voted against the proposal, 6-3.Representatives of the public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego and Razor USA joined Faulconer on Monday to discuss the proposal.“Razor has a proven track record of working with cities to create shared scooter programs that best address their particular needs. Since we launched in San Diego, we have collaborated with the mayor’s office, City Council and city staff to create a great last-mile solution for the city,” said Razor Government Affairs Manager Brandon Cheung. “We support regulations that will continue to encourage San Diegans to leave their car at home while enhancing rider and pedestrian safety.”Zapf and Bry suggested a similar amendment to the proposed regulations during the committee meeting but Cate nixed it, suggesting that there will be time to add amendments at a later date either during a full council meeting or when the proposal returns to committee. Zapf also expressed support for adding larger notifications on the scooters about local and state traffic laws.“I don’t want people to be surprised, we don’t want to ding our tourists,” she said. “I’m not trying to be the fun police, I’m trying to be the safety police and I think there’s definitely a place for scooters … when responsible riders are riding them and they’re going to work and they’re doing the last mile.”Bry said: “We’re already behind in getting something done. You understand the concerns that Councilmember Zapf and I have about their use in certain areas, so I think that needs to be looked at when we reconvene with a fuller framework to look at.”Gomez said a lot of backlash to the scooters is due to riders using sidewalks because of a lack of suitable infrastructure to safely park and ride them on the street.“I cannot stress that we need the infrastructure for safer mobility because it’s not going to get solved by today’s actions,” Gomez said. “I think it’s a step in the right direction, but at the end of the day, if we are not creating paths for people to take, they’re going to take what’s safe.” October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulationslast_img read more

Panic At The Discos Pray For The Wicked Hits No 1

first_img Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Pray …’ Hits No. 1 panic-discos-pray-wicked-hits-no-1 Twitter Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch: Brendon Urie on the GRAMMY red carpet Email Riding high on the new album’s success, the band is sharing the love. On June 28, lead singer Brendon Urie announced that $1 from every U.S. ticket sold will be donated to his newly created Highest Hopes Foundation.”Every single day, all of you show me strength, courage and motivation, and as a result it felt important to create something to show you that I see all of wonderful things you’re doing out there in the world,” Urie said in a statement. “I want to join in on the fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Today I present to you the Highest Hopes Foundation, created to support the efforts of non-profit organizations that lead, develop, and advocate support for human rights. This is dedicated to all people + communities who are subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation + gender identity.” News Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Pray For The Wicked’ Hits No. 1 Notching their second straight No. 1 album in the U.S., Brendon Urie’s band is headed out on tour, accompanied by his new philanthropic projectPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 2, 2018 – 12:00 pm Panic! At The Disco’s June 22 release, Pray For The Wicked, is on top of the Billboard 200 chart dated July 7, their second consecutive album to reach No. 1 with 180,000 units including album-equivalents. Traditional sales reached151,000 while vinyl accounted for 26,000. That’s the fifth largest vinyl sales week since the chart began in 1991. The band’s previous studio album was 2016’s Death Of A Bachelor, nominated at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best Rock Album.Lead single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” became Panic!’s first trip to No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart dated June 30. The band’s U.S. tour kicks off on July 11 in Minneapolis and goes international in late August. Last summer was Urie’s Broadway debut playing the lead in Cyndi Lauper’s musical Kinky Boots, winner of Best Musical Theater Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. Can he top that this summer? It looks like Panic! is going to jazz up summer 2018 and chart success is only the beginning.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

2020 MercedesBenz CLA says so long to entry level with 3000plus price

first_imgNot so entry-level anymore. Mercedes-Benz When the Mercedes-Benz CLA first arrived in the US, it marked a big shift for the German luxury brand. The C-Class was no longer the gateway model and the CLA was priced aggressively to start just around $30,000. That figure is long gone, friends.For 2020, Mercedes-Benz said in a Thursday release that the CLA will cost $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. For starters, that’s almost $7,000 more than what the first CLA cost originally. Secondly, that’s a pretty hefty price bump over the 2019 model. Buyers will fork over $3,550 more for the new model. Add all-wheel drive and buyers will flirt with $40,000 for a base model at $39,645.To be fair, the CLA does differentiate itself from the brand’s new entry-level model, the A-Class. For starters, the CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that musters 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the A-Class’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes just 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The CLA is also larger than before and boasts that swankier coupe-like look that’s all the rage these days.Standard equipment for all CLA models includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes. The brand’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, is also on board with its “Hey Mercedes” command ready to answer your questions and assist. Additional driver assistance packages and premium goodies will increase the CLA’s price well past $40,000 before other fees and taxes.Is all of it too pedestrian, perhaps? There will also be Mercedes-AMG models to heat things up. The CLA35 and CLA45 models will boast 302 hp and nearly 400 hp, respectively.  Prices aren’t available for the sportier of CLAs, but expect healthy premiums over the standard car. Buyers will find the regular CLA arriving at dealers this fall. 0 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Post a comment The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is more design-focused than ever Mercedes-Benz Luxury cars Sedans 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 38 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 6:01 Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more