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New carpool lane means smooth(er) sailing on 405

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Finally…After years of construction, Carmegeddons and untold traffic-induced headaches, the carpool lane on the northbound 405 between West L.A. and Sherman Oak is now open for business. The $1.1 billion freeway improvement project was beset by delays and cost overruns and has been a major source of griping for L.A. drivers over the past four years. Transit officials say the carpool lane will shave …

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Pres. Obama makes another cash call in California

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President Barack Obama has made 17 visits to California since taking office in 2009. More than half have been strictly for fundraising, and 13 of the 17 have involved at least one fundraising event. Folks like Barbara Streisand and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg paid a minimum of $10,000 to hear Obama make a short speech last night at the home of Disney Studios Chairman …

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Critics blast L.A. County’s planned $2 billion jails fix

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A divided L.A. County Board of Supervisors has voted to move forward with a $2 billion plan to replace the dangerous and overcrowded downtown Men’s Central Jail. The County will also undertake an extensive study of how it can keep mentally ill individuals out of the jail system. The plan calls for a new 4,800-bed jail next to the current jail downtown. The facility …

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Freeway toll lanes don’t add up to much time saved

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Are those new toll lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways helping to speed up your commute? Probably not too much, it appears. The lanes are L.A.’s first experiment with so-called “congestion pricing.” Drivers pay different amounts depending on traffic conditions – the heavier the traffic the higher the cost of trying to escape it. The question is do the lanes help the flow …

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Planning for huge Grand Park concert hits a sour note

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Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Jose Huizar are clashing over a proposed Labor Day concert in Grand Park that could bring 50,000 people to downtown L.A. Huizar wants the city to withhold approval of permits for the two-day event until more details are provided. Huizar, who represents downtown, says he was left out of discussions for the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival, …

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L.A. job growth is dead last among major U.S. cities

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California’s drought could suppress job growth by 0.2 percent over the next few years, according to UCLA economists. The losses would fall mostly in the state’s fishing and manufacturing industries. That’s fairly modest given the severity of the drought. But the Anderson Forecast warns that all bets are off if the current dry weather turns out to be the start of a long arid …

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Tourist trap: New gate on popular Hollywood Sign trail

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A popular hillside trail that offers one of the best views of the Hollywood Sign is shutting down tomorrow for five weeks. City crews are installing a new gate at the Hollyridge Trailhead in an effort to keep people out at night. The trail at the top of Beachwood Drive is ground zero in the debate between residents and city officials over access to …

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Proposed L.A. River Water Wheel keeps on rolling

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An arts organization funded by the Annenberg Foundation has been given the green light to build a $10 million water wheel along the Los Angeles River. The water wheel is described as both an art project and a novel way of creating a watery oasis in the urban core. The 70-foot-high steel wheel would be built underneath the North Broadway Bridge., diverting some water …

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Residents keep wary on hillsides as rain pours down

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Concerns about mud and rock slides are increasing as a second, more powerful storm drops heavy rain on Southern California. Residents of more than 1,000 homes in the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa have been ordered to evacuate, and the CHP has shit down a 10-mile stretch of PCH north of Malibu. Forecasters say the storm that blew in last night could drop …

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Pockets full: Obama prepares to wrap up L.A. visit

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President Obama is attending one last fundraiser before heading to DreamWorks Animation to push his economic agenda as he wraps up a short but busy trip to Los Angeles. Last night, the president’s motorcade tied traffic in knots on some Westside streets. Today it’s Hancock Park and Glendale raises cash for Democrats at the home of “Friends” producer Marta Kaufman and then heads east. …

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Obama arriving in L.A. for a triple-dose of fundraising

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President Barack Obama is due to arrive in L.A. today as part of a whirlwind West Coast fundraising spree. He’ll press the flesh at three fundraising events here, as well as paying a visit to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale. Air Force One is expected to touch down at LAX sometime around 4 p.m. That will kick-off 24 hours of traffic disruptions impacting neighborhoods from …

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LA Observed: Measuring air pollution along LA freeways

In this May 28, 2010 file photo, the rush hour commute starts in early afternoon and with greater intensity as traffic is jammed in both directions on Interstate 405 on the Westside of Los Angeles as commuters and vacationers hit the road. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Environmental officials are going to start tracking the amount of air pollution in areas near Southern California freeways.
Starting next year, air quality regulators will install monitors at four sites along some of the region’s busiest highways, to see how the air quality is affected by engine exhaust. That will provide some new insight into the health risks of living near these heavily traveled corridors.
Studies …

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CHP sending out text messages in latest Amber Alert; Obama in L.A.; An Imax makeover for Chinese Theatre

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Missing children. An Amber Alert has been declared and a massive search is underway for a man suspected of killing a San Diego County woman and kidnapping her children. The alert has prompted authorities to send out a slew of emergency text messages to state residents.
Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson in the rural community of Boulevard, near the Mexican border, …

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Today’s News: Push to halt ticketing at broken meters; Green light for Hollywood towers; Deitch out at MOCA

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Parking peeve. Finding a broken parking meter used to be good luck for L.A. drivers – a free pass, so to speak. But since a new law went into effect at the beginning of the year, parking at a malfunctioning meter could earn you a ticket. Now that could be changing.
The City Council’s Transportation Committee voted 4-0 yesterday to recommend rescinding the broken parking …

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Today’s News: Developer shrinks Vine Street towers; LAUSD buys 30,000 iPads; Journalist killed in crash

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Hollywood towers. The developer behind a pair of planned residential and hotel towers near Hollywood and Vine has agreed to reduce of the height of the buildings by about 25 percent.
Millennium Partners told the L.A. City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee that it plans to build shorter, bulkier structures to address neighborhood concerns that the towers were too imposing. Under the new blueprint, …

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Today’s News: Foreclosure crisis easing in California: Southland air quality is improving but traffic is not

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Safe(r) at home. Foreclosures in California are way down. The improving economy and rising home prices are factors in the downturn. The real estate firm DataQuick says lenders are also struggling to adjust to a new state law known as the “Homeowner Bill of Rights.” During the first three months of the year, the number of defaults in the Golden State dropped by more …

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OC Line: For whom the roads toll

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Back in the 1990s, a super fast-growing Orange County built a couple of toll roads.
Southern California is home to the free-way – as in free of charge. But this new concept was billed by boosters as a privately-funded solution to choking traffic problems.
A couple of decades later, rosy driver projections never materialized. And the authority that runs the toll roads is saddled with debt, …

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Have the 110 Freeway toll lanes made driving any better?

Recent tolls on the 110 are slowing things down for some

Los Angeles launched an experiment of sorts when it turned carpool lanes into toll lanes on the 110 freeway late last year. The idea, of course, was to get everyone moving more quickly (and to make some money to improve the Harbor Freeway corridor). The data is in and it’s not exactly what drivers and planners wanted to see. Drivers in the toll lanes …

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Can Elon Musk fix the 405?

Frances Anderton interviews Elon Musk

Frances Anderton, creator of KCRW’s Design and Architecture show and website, interviewed Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. They talked about the future of transportation (think: Hyperloop) and why he thinks it’s important to become a “multi-planet civilization.”
Musk, who admitted he’s a car guy, also has to suffer through L.A. traffic, so Anderton pressed him for his solution to the problem (jetpacks?). Turns out …

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LA Observed: Traffic, bikes and the 405

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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