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City of Palmdale determined to keep California High Speed Rail Stop - Seeks Injunction to halt Alternative Route Study

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(Best Syndication News) - The City of Palmdale has filed a motion in federal court for a preliminary injunction against the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA). The city wants to halt an Interstate 5/Grapevine alternative high-speed rail route study. The City of Palmdale said that the CHSRA is using state and federal funds illegally to conduct a study that was already completed in 2005. United States District Court Judge Burrell is scheduled to hear the motion for injunction on August 22, 2011.

The Grapevine alignment for the High Speed Rail project was studied in 2005 and was rejected said the Palmdale City Attorney Matthew Ditzhazy. Additionally, the California Attorney General said that the CHSRA could not use Proposition 1A bond funds to change the route. The CHSRA is looking to possibly remove the Palmdale stop and realigning with the 5 freeway.

Verizon Wireless extends 4G LTE coverage to Inland Empire and San Diego

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(Best Syndication News) - On July 21, 2011, Verizon Wireless will begin offering 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots in the Southern California Inland Empire and San Diego areas. According to the company's announcement made today, they are expanding the fast broadband service to several more cities in Southern California.

This technology will expand further into the Inland Empire with new service in Ontario, and north to Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. The network will also spread south down to Corona from Pomona.

San Diego County will have Verizon 4G LTE hotpot coverage between Del Mar going north to Solana Beach. Additionally, service will spread from Poway north to Escondido.

San Bernardino County Supes to Seek Legal Remedies in Wake of Fire Tax

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This week the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors authorized legal counsel to investigate and pursue legal remedies against the state in response to the recent passage and signing of Assembly Bill X1-29 by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill imposed a “fee” of $150 per inhabitable structure on all parcels within the “State Responsibility Area” under the guise of funding fire prevention programs.

Supervisor Neil Derry, who represents the majority of the San Bernardino mountain communities stretching from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear, believes this bill is an "illegal" tax and comes in the wake of the state’s announcement that it would also no longer fund the air supertanker program used to fight wildfires through air drops.

Smoking Cigarettes in California at Historic Low Rates says State Health Officials

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that smoking cigarettes have reached historic low rate for adults in the state. CDPH Director Dr. Ron Chapman said that they are only one of two states that have met the federal Healthy People 2020 target rate of 12 percent for adult smokers. Comparatively, in 1985, there were 27.7 percent of California adults who smoked.

In 2010, there were 11.9 percent of adult smokers in the state of California. Previously in 2009, the state had a 13.1 percent for the adult smoking population. These are historic low smoking rates explained the CDPH.

Smoking cigarettes in the California teen population has also been declining. In 2010, 13.8 percent of high school student were smokers, while in 2008 it was 14.6 percent. Middle school students had decreased to 4.8 percent smoking in 2010 compared to 6 percent in 2008.

New San Bernardino Branch Library Hours starting July 30 - Phelan will Close on Fridays

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(Best Syndication News) - There will be new hours at all the branches of San Bernardino County Libraries. Many of the libraries will have Fridays and Sundays closed. They also have changed the library hours. These new hours will go into effect on July 30, 2011.

The old hours at Phelan Memorial Library were Monday-Tuesday 12 pm – 8 pm, Wednesday – Friday 10 am -6 pm, and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. The branch is closed on Sunday.

After July 30, the new library hours at the Phelan branch are going to be Monday – Wednesday 11 am – 7 pm, Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. The branch will be closed on Friday and on Sunday.

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