WHAT: This summer’s big East Coast earthquake delivered more shaking than at least 27 U.S. nuclear plants were engineered to resist. A preliminary Nuclear Regulatory Commission review called the risk 24 times greater at one nuclear site.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT: Seismic upgrades will be required for each of America’s 104 reactors identified in an ongoing geological reassessment as being in danger of earthquakes larger than previously planned for. Read More
A mother of three and family attorney since 1982, Nancy Chillag grants advice on the importance of filling out school emergency cards for kids, but also on legal guardianship in the case of an emergency. For more info, visit www.chillag.com. Read More
WHO: Japan’s prime minister on Sunday criticized the country’s nuclear safety agency for allegedly trying to plant questions aimed at supporting atomic energy at public forums.WHAT: Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency was siding with the industry rather than acting as a regulator. He said it underscored a cozy relationship and the deep-rooted problem that must be corrected in the wake of the March 11 tsunami and the nuclear crisis. Read More
Nancy Ho was fatally struck by a delivery truck Wednesday when she turned her bicycle from Fremont Street onto Mission Street. She was not wearing a helmet.
Her death once again raised a contentious question in the bicycling community — should cyclists be required to wear helmets? Read More
San Mateo County plans to make a stretch of Highway 1 between Half Moon Bay and Devil’s Slide safer for bikers and pedestrians and less congested for drivers — a project that could eventually end up lowering the speed limit. Read More
WHAT: Food safety legislation that passed the Senate by a commanding margin is now threatened by a procedural mistake.WHAT HAPPENED: The largely bipartisan Senate bill appeared to be headed for quick passage in the House, but it contains fees that are considered tax provisions, which under congressional rules are supposed to originate in the House. A Senate aide said the problem was caused by a misunderstanding between Senate and House staff. Read More
Constrained by the Bay and U.S. Highway 101, the San Francisco International Airport is not able to fully implement required runway-safety areas, but will still pass muster, according to airport officials. The airport has come up with a design acceptable to the Federal Aviation Administration, which has mandated that airports nationwide have specific runway-safety areas in place by 2016, Cathy Wagner, an airport official, said Wednesday. Read More
The man whose recent activities at a Richmond district playground made local moms nervous that their kids could be in danger may not be a threat after all, police said.Parents mobilized in recent days against the man they say shows up at Mountain Lake Park playground without kids, does pull-ups, offers children candy and takes pictures of boys and girls using his cell phone. Read More
Stop, look and listen: If on Tuesday two people had followed that advice, which is plastered on posters throughout the Muni system, they might not be injured and the transit agency could have been saved big bucks on damage. Read More
When Didrik Hoag begins his bicycle commute to work, potential dangers with cars are always in his path.
That’s why he’s supportive of new efforts by the county to help drivers stay clear of cyclists at heavily used intersections.
As a test, the county’s public works department has painted the bike lanes bright red along a section of Edgewood Road at Scenic Drive in Woodside. Read More