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Urban, rural drivers in fight over fees

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The plan, announced in December, is supported by Los Angeles and San Francisco city governments, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and consumer groups. “This is, we hope, the final lap in a long race to fix a broken system in California, and base it on how you drive, and not where you live,” said Mark Savage, an attorney with Consumers Union, who spoke before a public hearing on the proposal. Minorities living in lower-income urban neighborhoods have long complained of being penalized by the current system, and many were on hand to describe how living in the “wrong” neighborhood can mean sky-high rates, even for drivers without an accident to their name. “It’s time to end socioeconomic discrimination in the auto industry,” said Henry Rosales of the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation. Proponents said it is time the state implements the changes described in Proposition 103, approved by voters in 1988, which asked insurers to give more weight to a driver’s safety record and experience instead of gender, marital status, ZIP codes and other factors currently used to calculate rates. SAN FRANCISCO – Urban and rural drivers faced off Friday over a new way to calculate car insurance rates that would be based more on how people drive than where they park their cars. Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi proposed changes he said would make insurance costs more equitable by tying rates to drivers’ records, how long they’ve been driving and how many miles they drive a year – instead of ZIP codes. Rates would likely drop in big cities, where people cover fewer miles and have paid a higher price for living in more congested, risk-prone neighborhoods. But rates would rise in the remote countryside, where a trip to school or work can mean hours behind the wheel. “We’re rural, rural, rural,” said Inyo County Supervisor Linda Arcularius, pointing out that her county has only 10 traffic lights over 10,000 square miles. “Our risk is just so low.” “The aim is to increase fairness and reward consumers with good records,” said Bryant Henley, staff counsel with the California Department of Insurance. Insurance companies don’t think the new plan would accurately reflect the risks drivers face, making the pricing system less fair and going against the intentions of California voters. “You find that you’re now subsidizing one set of individuals through another, and that’s not fair,” said Kate Diehl, legislative advocate for the Association of California Insurance Companies. Farmers and officials from rural communities also opposed the proposal. If the idea is to avoid taxing minorities, the state commissioner should make sure rates don’t go up in rural counties, where immigrants gravitate toward farm jobs, officials from rural areas said. Most of Imperial County’s residents are minorities, and the Southern California county has the state’s highest unemployment and poverty rates, said Supervisor Gary Wyatt. “This will hit our people even harder,” he said. The public-comment period on the proposed changes was extended to March 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgInternational athletics will be returning to Letterkenny again this year, with the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event set for Friday 10th July.This event follows on from last year’s success where we witnessed exceptional performances from a host of world class athletes at the Danny McDaid Athletics Track.The field already assembled for the track and field programme are showing signs that this will be one of the highlights on the Irish and international athletics calendar for 2015, and the organisers will be hoping for meeting records, sub 4 minute miles, and qualification standards for both the World Championships and Olympic Games.The men’s feature event on the programme will be the iconic distance of 1609m, the Mile.Last year’s race produced the first ever sub 4 minute mile on Donegal soil with Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios marking his place in history by stopping the clock at 3:59.43.In a very exciting finish, Kenya’s Vincent Mutai also dipped under the 4 minute barrier, followed closely a number of athletes who just narrowly missed out with times of 4:00. For this year’s race, South Africa’s Jerry Motsau with a personal best of 3:36 for 1500m leads the entries so far. Motsau is a bronze medallist from the World Student Games in 2013. Emanuel Rolim of Portugal, Austria’s Andreas Vojta, Scotland’s Cameron Boyek and England’s Matt Clowes will lead the charge from Europe.The Americans are also coming in force for the mile with Tommy Schmitz, Jon Peterson, Jack Bolas, Johnny Gregorek, Will Geoghegan and Jake Hurysz all making the trip across the Atlantic. Ireland’s challenge will be led by Letterkenny’s own Danny Mooney, who will be looking to upset the odds with a hometown victory. Mooney has been edging closer to a sub 4 minute mile after competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 European Indoor championships.The women’s feature event this year will be the 3000m steeplechase. This event will be aimed at producing qualification standards for the World Championships in Beijing (9:44) and Olympic Games (9:45) in Rio.Letterkenny A.C. athlete Ann-Marie Mc Glynn will be hoping that the quality field assembled for the steeplechase will help Ann-Marie achieve the standard and her goal to compete in another major championship.USA’s Ashley Higginson with a personal best of 9:27 will be sure to push the pace, and will be challenged by fellow Americans Jamie Cheever, Sarah Pease, Addie Bracy and Maggie Callahan, along with Sofie Gallein of Belgium and Ronja Bohrer of Germany.A number of Irish athletes are also on the cusp of making the breakthrough to World and Olympic level in the steeplechase with Michelle Finn, Sara Treacy and Elizabeth Egan coming to Letterkenny to take on the barriers.The womens steeplechase is a relatively new event in international athletics, with it only being introduced to the Olympic Games in 2008. But in that short period of time, it has emerged as one of the most competitive events on the track, and will be sure to provide some added splash to the Letterkenny meeting.The mens javelin is another event that will be sure to impress the crowd in Letterkenny. It is shaping up to be one of the most competitive fields ever assembled in Ireland with Jamie Doran of Wales (PB 79.72m), Joe Dunderdale of England (PB 76.13m) and Julian Lehmann of Switzerland (PB 68.93m). Interestingly, Lehmann is coached by Irish javelin record holder and five time Olympian Terry McHugh who is now Swiss National coach for the javelin event. The track and field programme will also feature a mens 100m, 400m, 800m, 3000m and high jump, and a womens 200m, 800m, and long jump event.When the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event was first held at the opening of the Danny McDaid track in 2013, we had 11 international athletes from 7 different countries competing.At the 2014 event, 27 international athletes from 11 different countries took part. European champions & medallists, World champions & medallists, and numerous Olympians have all graced the tartan track in Letterkenny in the past two years.The competition is growing in strength from year to year, and it is exciting to look forward to this year’s event on Friday 10th July. The action gets underway at the Danny McDaid track at 7pm, and it will be an evening of world class athletics not to be missed.Any Irish athletes who wish to declare their interest in competing please email [email protected] more event information and updates, visit Facebook or Twitter at: www.facebook.com/LetterkennySub4Milewww.twitter.com/lacsub4mileATHLETICS: SUB FOUR MINUTE MILE CHALLENGE RETURNS TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLetterkenny ACSub Four Minute Milelast_img read more

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