NICB: Motorcycle Thefts Post Increase in 2016

Thefts up 2 percent from 2015

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 18, 2017 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report on motorcycle thefts in the United States for 2016. A total of 46,467 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2016 compared with 45,555 reported stolen in 2015—an increase of 2 percent.

Although 2016 delivered another slight increase in motorcycle thefts, motorcycle thefts are down considerably since 2006. They have dropped from 66,774 in 2006 to 46,467 in 2016—a decline of 30 percent.

The top 10 states with the most reported motorcycles thefts in 2016 were California (7,506), Florida (4,482), Texas (3,692), South Carolina (2,057), North Carolina (1,847), New York (1,731), Indiana
Read the full article…

Air traffic control for drones is coming. Here’s how it could work

Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times; May 11, 2017

By 2020, an estimated 7 million drones could be zipping around the country delivering packages, taking photos, inspecting infrastructure or conducting search and rescue missions.

But before that happens, they’ll need a system in place to avoid crashing into each other — or worse, passenger aircraft.

Dominic Hart/NASA Ames (Drone Co-Habitation Services operates a Phantom 3 commercial drone, one of 11 vehicles in a NASA field demonstration in Nevada.)

NASA, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and an extensive list of industry partners, has been researching the requirements needed to establish a drone traffic management system. This summer, some of those ideas will be tested in
Read the full article…

In California, the state insurance industry is run by commissar’s edict.

December 22, 2016

Critics of California’s business climate routinely complain about the state’s high tax rates, its large and costly government, its coddled and overpaid class of government workers, and its excessively burdensome level of regulation. It’s an old story — and you can even buy a People’s Republic of CaliforniaT-shirt (or move to Texas) if you want to express your displeasure at the continuing loss of entrepreneurial freedoms here.

The People’s Republic jibes are tongue-in-cheek, of course, but there is a large area of commercial life where this isn’t that much of an exaggeration. An ongoing court case over a regulatory edict illustrates how unfree parts of our economic life in this
Read the full article…

California threatens legal action against Uber unless it halts self-driving cars

California’s attorney general Kamala Harris on Friday threatened legal action against the ride-sharing tech company Uber unless it “immediately” removed its self-driving vehicles from the roads in San Francisco.

The threat from the office of the outgoing attorney general was contained in a letter released to the public Friday shortly after Uber declared it would defy state regulations, a move the company said was “an important issue of principle”.

Twenty companies have been approved to test self-driving cars in California, according to the department of motor vehicles (DMV). Uber is not one of them, and the company is refusing to abide by the same
Read the full article…

‘Mod squad’ growth offsets Democratic supermajorities

Dan Walters: November 29, 2016

It became official this week when one state Senate race in Southern California was called: Democrats recaptured two-thirds legislative “supermajorities” in the Nov. 8 election.

Although it underscores California’s status as a political outlier as Republicans take full command of the federal government, it will probably mean little in practical terms.

Gov. Jerry Brown holds up four bills he signed related to climate change on Sept. 14, 2016, in downtown Fresno. One of the bills, AB 1613, directs $900 million in “cap-and-trade” auction funds to greenhouse gas reducing programs that benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation and protect natural ecosystems. However, Brown failed to persuade the
Read the full article…

NICB Says Car Thieves Stay Busy Around the Holidays

News Release: November 22, 2016

ForeCASTSM Report: 2015 National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Holiday Vehicle Theft

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 22, 2016 — When you’re making the rounds at the stores this holiday season, make sure your car isn’t on someone’s gift list. Unattended vehicles, especially those loaded with valuables, make attractive targets for thieves.

New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 9,600 vehicles were reported stolen in 2015 on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Holiday vehicle thieves had their busiest day in 2015 on Halloween, stealing 2,238 vehicles according to NICB’s 2015 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report. Theft
Read the full article…

Political Road Map: This is why it takes so long to count votes in California

By John Myers: November 20, 2016

In an era when there’s almost nothing that can’t be found out quickly, the long wait for final results from an election in California feels interminable. And yet, there’s a pretty simple reason why it takes so long to count all the votes.

California is not just home to more voters than any other state in the U.S. But it also has more election laws designed to maximize a voter’s chances of casting a ballot.

“We don’t put up any of the barriers that you see in other states,” said Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation.

Full California election results »

Lawmakers through the years have taken a decidedly pro-voter
Read the full article…

AB 60 driver licenses believed to cause 2015 bump in insured vehicles

News: 2016 Press Release

Department of Insurance sees unexplained increase of 200,000 insured vehicles in 2015.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that AB 60 (Alejo 2013), which provided California driver licenses to those who could not submit proof of legal presence in the United States, might have led to a modest decrease in the number of uninsured motorists in California.

According to a preliminary analysis by the California Department of Insurance, in 2015, the first year since the passage of AB 60, the number of insured vehicles increased by 200,000 more vehicles than would have been expected. In the previous three years, the percentage of insured vehicles increased at
Read the full article…

Teachers union frets about rise of education change advocates: ‘It will have an impact’

BY JIM MILLER AND CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO

The Torlakson name has been a near-constant on the ballots of voters in the San Francisco East Bay, where state schools chief Tom Torlakson got his political start more than three decades ago. Last week, though, the remarkable string of Torlakson victories ended resoundingly.

Mae Cendaña Torlakson, his wife, was trounced by fellow Democrat Tim Grayson after a campaign that attracted more than $3.3 million in outside spending since March by EdVoice, a nonprofit that seeks changes to teacher tenure and other rules.

Grayson’s success was among several legislative victories by candidates who received heavy support from EdVoice and the California Charter Schools Association.

The organizations’ campaign arms,
Read the full article…

NICB: MORE DRIVERS LOSING THEIR CARS BY LEAVING THEIR KEYS

Thefts with keys up 31 percent since 2013

DES PLAINES, Ill. – Last year, a vehicle was reported stolen once every 45 seconds in the United States.  And one out of every eight thefts was a freebie for the thief.  There was a theft every six and one-half minutes where the driver left the keys or FOB inside.

It’s a growing problem according to the latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  The 57,096 thefts in 2015 amounted to a 22 percent increase over the previous year. Over the past three years, this kind of theft grew by 31 percent.

Since many people do not admit to leaving their car
Read the full article…