The California Air Resources Board directed Volkswagen this week to retool its plan to build charging stations, organize shuttle services and embark on public-relations campaigns to get more Californians to buy zero-emissions vehicles, or ZEVs. Volkswagen plans to spend $800 million as part of its penalty for an air-pollution scandal.
Alberto Ayala, a California Air Resources Board executive who helped uncover Volkswagen’s massive diesel cheating scandal, has been named head of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. He will replace retiring executive Larry Greene.
After Pope Francis met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, May 24, at the Vatican, California Gov. Jerry Brown raised the possibility that the pontiff could convert the president on climate change.
Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation.
President Trump’s proposed budget ends federal funding for streetcar projects, as well as for long-distance Amtrak trains. Sacramento congresswoman Doris Matsui said she will push for Congress to continue its support for streetcars in its budget proposal.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said that a “certain mindset” contributes to people living in poverty, pointing to habits and a “state of mind” that children take from their parents at a young age.
Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office late Wednesday. Gianforte is accused of “body-slamming” reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian to the ground Wednesday.