Traffic creeps along the eastbound Hollywood Freeway in downtown Los Angeles in this 2014 photo. This stretch of Interstate 5 is one of the most highly trafficked areas in the state, with congestion that contributes mightly to carbon emission rates. An upcoming bill from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would force Californians out of their gas guzzlers and into electric vehicles starting in 2040.
Traffic creeps along the eastbound Hollywood Freeway in downtown Los Angeles in this 2014 photo. This stretch of Interstate 5 is one of the most highly trafficked areas in the state, with congestion that contributes mightly to carbon emission rates. An upcoming bill from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would force Californians out of their gas guzzlers and into electric vehicles starting in 2040. Damian Dovarganes AP
Traffic creeps along the eastbound Hollywood Freeway in downtown Los Angeles in this 2014 photo. This stretch of Interstate 5 is one of the most highly trafficked areas in the state, with congestion that contributes mightly to carbon emission rates. An upcoming bill from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would force Californians out of their gas guzzlers and into electric vehicles starting in 2040. Damian Dovarganes AP
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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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