August 31, 2006 By Gina M. Scott
The bill would go into effect July 1, 2008. If a driver is caught using a cell phone without a hands-free device, the first offense will cost $20 -- $50 for each subsequent offense.
The bill, SB 1613, introduced by Senator Joe Simitain of Palo Alto, will be on its way to the Governor's office where it is yet unclear whether or not he will sign it.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.