By now, our readers have probably heard of the tragic death of the actor Anton Yelchin on June 19. Yelchin, perhaps best known for playing Commander Chekov in the most recent Star Trek films, was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly rolled down his driveway and crushed him. He was 27.
Nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center are participating in a four-day strike that began on June 23. Tee 1,300 nurses expected to participate are striking for a potentially troubling reason: substandard staffing levels that put patients at risk.
Even in communities like San Francisco where WalkSF and its vision 2020 campaign seek to make streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians, people on foot remain vulnerable when crossing the street, even when they are using the crosswalk and following traffic laws. When an inattentive or out-of-control motorist is behind the wheel, a pedestrian may have as little as one to two seconds to get to safety.
From everything we see in the newspapers and on TV, consumers could reasonably believe that American car owners have been most affected by the massive recall of Takata airbags. However, we live in a global consumer environment and as the recall continues to expand in the U.S., other countries are also beginning to take action.