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Walking a City Where the Car is King

Posted October 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Los Angeles is a city that’s constantly reinventing itself and, in many ways, a place where people come to reinvent themselves.
It’s also a place defined by cars and car culture – where people drive from point A to point B, rarely stopping along the way.
Author David Ulin writes about a the spaces you might miss while car commuting in his new book, “Sidewalking: Coming to …

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Downtown L.A. warehouse is hyperloop headquarters

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]

Downtown L.A. is in the loop – the hyperloop, that is.
A nondescript warehouse downtown is the incubator for a fledgling technology that proponents say has the power to whisk travelers between L.A. and San Francisco in about half an hour.
Hyperloop Technologies Inc. has leased the bulk of a 6,500-square-foot warehouse and is ramping up staffing there. That company and others housed in the building …

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Mixer: Is LA making traffic inroads?

Posted October 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

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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Union Station turns 75, as rail transit revives

Posted May 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Union Station was the culmination of a long battle.

This Saturday May 3rd, Union Station celebrates its 75th birthday. And it does so as rail transit in LA undergoes a revival, with 75,000 people using the station daily, and a huge expansion being planned that may include a terminus for (the much-contested) high speed rail.
The building itself is now widely regarded as an architectural landmark, with its “Mission Moderne” Spanish-style exterior of white walls …

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Los Angeles lobbies Washington

Posted April 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

The LA County Supervisors are packing their bags and heading to Washington DC this week for their annual lobbying trip. They’ll be meeting with members of Congress and folks at the White House:  talking about what they need, what’s working and not working–and their wishlist when it comes to federal funding. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavky says one of the issues high on their agenda is healthcare.
“With the affordable …

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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut

Posted April 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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Supt. Deasy to reveal if he’ll ditch school district

Posted October 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Today’s the day we’re expected to learn if L.A. School Superintendent John Deasy will stay or go. Deasy is due to meet with the Board of Education to discuss his job performance and his future with LAUSD. In response to a report that he planned to walk away, Deasy said he would reveal more about his plans after his review. He’s sparred frequently with …

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California braces for possible government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

According to Mapquest, it’s roughly 2,670 miles from L.A. to Washington, D.C. And 2,730 from Sacramento to D.C. You’d think that kind of distance would help buffer California from the political ups and downs in the nation’s capitol. But that probably won’t be the case if the federal government shuts down next week because Congress can’t agree on funding for Uncle Sam.
How big a …

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Today’s News: SFO victims were headed to L.A. camp; Prisoners vow hunger strike; Mission finds a treasure

Posted July 8, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Plane crash. Officials looking into the cause of that Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport this weekend say that Flight 214 was traveling too low and too slow it approached the airport.
The investigation is in its early stages, but FAA officials say they’ve already determined that the Boeing 777 was flying far below its intended landing speed and nearly stalled as it …

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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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Dance performance coming to a train station near you

Posted April 4, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

If you ride the Red Line train in Los Angeles, you might be treated to performance art on your morning commute tomorrow.
Director and choreographer Stephan Koplowitz is behind “Red Line Time,” the first performance event sanctioned by LA Metro to take place inside the metro system. Koplowitz is also dean of the dance program at CalArts.

“Our aim is to perform at all 14 stations …

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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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Today’s News: Bid to arm teachers; Going after group homes; Villaraigosa to D.C.?

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Arming teachers. A Southern California Assemblyman is expected to unveil a new proposal for countering gun violence in schools today: secretly arming teachers or other school officials. The bill by Hesperia Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is the Republican answer to a slew of gun control measures introduced by majority Democrats following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Donnelly received a fine and probation last year …

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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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Today’s News: Big Win for Brown, Prop. 30; Dems eye supermajority; Lacey takes D.A.’s race; Death penalty stands

Posted November 7, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Super close. California Assembly Speaker John Perez says Democrats have won two-thirds of the seats in that that house of the Legislature, and he expects his party will get the same majority in the state Senate. If so, Democrats would achieve a coveted supermajority, meaning they could pass tax increases without relying on Republican votes. Sacramento Bee
Prop. 30 win. California public school students and …

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The perils of calling a cab on a party night

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
Photo by Brian Auer via Flickr/CC

Halloween can be big fun for revelers wanting to loosen up a bit, but then there’s the issue of getting home after a night at all those bars. And in L.A., finding a taxi to take you home can be a bit sobering.
In the days before a big party night, you hear all these well-meaning messages about the evils of drinking and driving. And …

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Can technology help your commute?

Posted October 10, 2012 by | 12 Comments | ]

Traffic data provider Inrix recently looked at a wide range of traffic information and crunched the numbers to come up with the top 10 worst traffic cities, based on the time drivers spend idling in their cars.  Believe it or not, Honolulu tops the list, but LA is number two.  Even with Kajon’s help, Angelenos spend an average of 56 hours every year idling …

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Is LA the next great mass-transit city?

Posted September 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by LA Wad/CC via Flickr

You may have heard, but the 405 freeway will be shutting down for a whole weekend later this month. Carmageddon II, as its being dubbed, will likely cause some horrific traffic jams.
But city and county leaders are hoping economic incentives will get people out of the Westside. Transportation officials are hoping drivers give up their cars and use their modes of transit for the …

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Riding Metro at 2 AM

Posted July 30, 2012 by | 7 Comments | ]

Metro trains debuted extended hours over the weekend, with subways running every 20 minutes between midnight and 2 a.m. on the Blue, Gold, Red, Purple, Green and Expo lines.
On Saturday night, and into the wee hours of Sunday morning, I talked to some of the Red Line riders taking advantage of the new schedule to go to and from Hollywood. Hear some their voices …

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Will California really get high speed rail?

Posted July 10, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

The biggest public works project in California history might begin next year. Then again, it might not. Central Valley farmers are already in court challenging the first leg of the bullet train from LA to San Francisco. Polls show voters who approved it four years ago are against it now. But last week the legislature agreed to allocate $8 billion in state and federal …

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