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Mixer: When Tech trumps the Tach

Posted January 8, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

For decades, automakers have looked to the auto shows of Los Angeles, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and others to unveil their latest luxury vehicle and concept cars of the future.
But more and more, it’s the Consumer Electronic Show – or C.E.S. as it’s called – in Las Vegas where they’re making their big splashes.
So far, at C.E.S. 2016, General Motors …

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Mixer: LA’s decelerating car culture?

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 17 Comments | ]
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Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride in Southern California the past few weeks.

From rock-bottom lows at the start of the year because of an abundant global supply, to a quick rise of a dollar or more per gallon because of a new summer gasoline blend that’s being produced and a refinery explosion in Torrance. There’s no shortage of complaints. And, of …

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Mixer: Is LA making traffic inroads?

Posted October 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t know where you are right now… but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to a web page that will show a geographic freeway map of Los Angeles.
And the 10, 110, 101 or 405 may not be cooperating with your travel plans.
But is it getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight?
Laura J. Nelson …

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Mixer: Lane-splitting motorcyclists

Posted August 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t have to tell you how much time we spend in our cars here in Southern California. You’re probably reading this in your car right now.
I hope not.
Because it’s hard (and illegal) enough to take your eyes off the road to avoid crunching the guy in front of you. You also have to look left or right to make sure you don’t cause …

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Mixer: Crumbling sidewalks and rising gas prices

Posted April 18, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Emily Alpert Reyes is a reporter with the Los Angeles Times and Kevin Smith is business editor for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. Both joined us for the Mixer.
We got word this week that money for sidewalk repairs in Los Angeles has gone unspent by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration – and City Hall still wants a new tax to pay for sidewalks.
In many …

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Inside the nerve center of LA traffic surveillance

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 7 Comments | ]
Traffic on the 10. Photo by Raymond Shobe/ CC/ Flickr.

The relationship between Angelenos and traffic is a dysfunctional one. In a city without much weather, we obsess, instead, over traffic.
So a trip to ATSAC is sort of a traffic pilgrimage. ATSAC is the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control center located under City Hall East, downtown. The computerized system monitors and controls every traffic light in the city, making real-time adjustments based on traffic conditions …

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Why does the Blue Line have so many accidents?

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
A Blue Line Stop
Photo: Raymond Shobe on Flickr

Yesterday’s rail collision near downtown LA was familiar news. Since Metro’s Blue Line began running in 1990, its trains have crashed into vehicles and pedestrians almost 1,000 times, leading to 123 fatalities.
In this most recent collision, a minivan driver ran a red light near the corner of Washington Blvd and Maple Ave. No one was killed, but at least twelve were injured.

According to Najmedin Meshkati, …

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Mixer: The Legislature adjourns: a Sacto Roundup

Posted September 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We would advise you to stick a fork in Sacramento, but that wouldn’t be nice.
On today’s Mixer, we’ll just say the California Legislature is toast. Over. Fin.
Lawmakers in the state and assembly have passed hundreds of bills this week. Legislation that’s now piling up on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
Nannette Miranda from KABC-TV/Channel 7, and Patrick McGreevy from the LA Times joined us to discuss.

A bill that would allow …

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North Korean ‘underground railroad’ leads to Torrance

Posted August 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

LiNK is a group based right here in Southern California that helps North Korean refugees escape through an underground railroad and resettle them in South Korea or the United States. They also give scholarships, tutor English and provide asylum services to the refugees. So far, the non-profit has rescued and resettled more than 100 North Korean defectors.
The group also wages a campaign for hearts and …

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Police arrest a man in connection with deadly hit-and-run on Venice boardwalk

Posted August 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Police arrested Nathan Campbell, 38, on suspicion of murder in connection with Saturday’s deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk that killed one woman and left another 11 people injured. He’s being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
In a Sunday morning press conference, Los Angeles Police Department officials also identified the woman who died in incident as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, according to the …

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You can finally afford an electric car

Posted June 3, 2013 by | 58 Comments | ]
An electric car (Courtesy: flckr/mariordo59)

For the first time, electric cars are offered at a lower price than their gasoline rivals. With pressure from state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, car makers are competing on lease pricing in California, offering deals as low as $199 for the default monthly cost.
“Honda joined the price war this week by dropping the lease on its Fit EV from $389 to $259 a …

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Inside the ride-share wars

Posted May 17, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]

There’s a Ride-Share War raging in the loading zones of Los Angeles.
On one side, you have a fleet of flashy social media companies with names like Lyft, Sidecar and Uber, which offer car services at the swipe of a smartphone app. On the other side, you have the hardened professionals behind the wheels of United Independent, Yellow Cab and the like.
I was totally ignorant …

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When is LA traffic the worst?

Posted April 5, 2013 by | 16 Comments | ]
Traffic on the 10 East

The average Angeleno wastes 60 hours stuck in traffic every year.
That depressing statistic comes from latest annual report by INRIX, a Washington-based traffic research company. INRIX not only ranks the country’s worst traffic cities each year, but also lists the worst times to drive in those cities. So what’s the worst hour of the week on LA’s traffic-choked streets and freeways?
The most congested hour …

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LA Observed: Traffic, bikes and the 405

Posted February 25, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

With the Los Angeles mayoral primary just about a week away, there’s some last-minute campaigning going on.
But one of the issues that’s been largely missing from the campaign – at least hasn’t been talked about a whole lot – is traffic. As in all the Angelenos who get stuck in it way too often.
Kevin Roderick from LA Observed joins KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis, as he …

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Congestion pricing comes to Los Angeles

Posted November 9, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
photo by sanspoof via Flickr/CC

Starting this weekend, solo drivers will be able to bypass traffic on a stretch of the Harbor (110) Freeway by paying to use 11 miles of carpool lanes.
Existing “HOV” lanes will be renamed as “HOT” – high-occupancy toll lanes – allowing single drivers to use the carpool lane for a fee, depending on the traffic.
The so-called High Occupancy Toll lanes will be L.A. County’s …

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Congestion pricing coming to a freeway near you

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Very soon, on parts of the I-10 and 110 freeways, it’s going cost you to use the car pool lanes — even if you have a passenger. You’ll have to deposit $40 to get a transponder and then pay for every mile you travel in those lanes. The price will be different at different times of day. It’s been tried in cities around the …

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Are you ready for the driverless car?

Posted September 26, 2012 by | 22 Comments | ]
Google driverless car operating on a testing path.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday that will allow driverless cars onto California roads for testing.  The technology behind driverless cars is pretty much here, so why is it taking so long for the drivers to accept the idea? Will we have to give up autonomy and our love affair with the car?  Warren talked to the Wall Street Journal’s  Dan Neil about when we’ll actually …

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Time to get serious about Carmageddon 2

Posted September 24, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]
Photo by Clotee Pridgen Allochuk via Flickr.

L.A. knows a thing or two about making sequels. And this weekend one big one is coming to our freeways, Carmageddon 2. From 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning to Monday at 5:00 a.m. a ten-mile stretch of the 405 between the U.S. 101 and I-10 will be closed. That’s being done so workers can demolish one side of the Mulholland Bridge, which spans the 405.
Last …

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Listeners respond: Is it ethical to run a red light on a bike?

Posted August 16, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
By Paukrus via Flickr

On tonight’s Which Way, LA? we are exploring the ethics of riding a bike through a red light.  Inspired by this article by the former New York Times ethicist, Randy Cohen, we thought we’d take the conversation back to Los Angeles. We are, after all becoming more of a biking town every day. So we put Randy Cohen’s question to Facebook: Is it ethical for …

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Survival guide to the 405 closures

Posted June 22, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

Work begins tonight on the demolition of Wilshire Boulevard on and off-ramps to the 405, which is supposed to continue for a year. Some call it “Rampture,” Shortcuts calls it hell. Either way it’s going to be a nightmare for commuters and it’s going to hit L.A.’s West Side the hardest, affecting drivers on their way to the Veterans Administration complex,  UCLA and The …

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