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Gov. Jerry Brown signed a series of bills over the weekend, including a measure that will allow nurses to prescribe birth control pills and another that will increase pipeline safety. Read about them in the San Francisco Chronicle.
And currently awaiting action by Brown is a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars made by Google to zoom down California’s highways. The Bay Citizen reports that Senate and Assembly lawmakers agreed that the innovative technology would make the roads safer, while automakers worried about their liability in the event of a computer malfunction.
The report quoted veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner, a consultant to the Assembly Transportation Committee: “The benefits of this could be enormous. But if you don’t do it right, there could be some horrific accidents.”
In other news, the New Yorker reports on the new restaurant opened by Danny Bowien, owner of Mission Chinese Food, on New York’s Lower East Side. According to the magazine, when asked about the difference between New York and San Francisco patrons, the restaurant’s general manager (who learned the ropes of the restaurant business in San Francisco) replied, “New Yorkers are nicer.”