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July 11, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you haven't yet planned the weekend, grab three friends or family members and head north. Avoid the predicted "Carmageddon"-size gridlock when the 405 Freeway closes Saturday and Sunday by heading to Mammoth Mountain, where you can stay three nights for -- of course -- $405. The deal: The Escape Carmageddon package for $405 plus tax for three nights lets you chose among various hotels at the ski area, including Mammoth Mountain Inn at 9,000 feet on the mountain to lakeside Tamarack Lodge.
June 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're freaked out about the planned mid-July closure of the 405 freeway , relax. That's the word from Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, which suggests skipping the traffic meltdown and instead chilling out in an ocean-view room starting at $405 a night. OK, it's not cheap, but it's less than the usual room rate and it comes with free parking too. The deal: Whether or not you believe the doomsday traffic predictions for the July 16-17 freeway construction shutdown, there's something tempting about sitting it out at this 300-room resort within walking distance of the ocean, the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade.
October 30, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a surprise deal that gives the media giant control of the "Star Wars" franchise. Along with the purchase, Disney announced that it plans to release a seventh live-action "Star Wars" movie in 2015. The agreement continues Chief Executive Bob Iger's strategy of growing Disney through huge acquisitions that give the Burbank company control of key pieces of intellectual property. In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, a deal that resulted in this year's hit "The Avengers.
July 9, 2011
The 405 shutdown By midnight Friday, all lanes and ramps will be closed along a 10-mile section of the northbound 405 Freeway, between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway. Southbound lanes will be closed from the 101 Freeway to Getty Center Drive. The freeway and all ramps are not scheduled to fully reopen until 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. Additional information on the closure and alternative routes can be found at and Traffic condition updates are available at
March 9, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The westbound Wilshire Boulevard onramp to the southbound 405 Freeway will be closed from 10 o'clock tonight to 6 a.m. Monday for construction. The work is part of a $50-million state construction project to extend the southbound carpool lane from Sunset Boulevard to the 10 Freeway.
March 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Caltrans will close all lanes of the southbound 405 Freeway from the Santa Monica Freeway to Venice Boulevard from 1 to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. The northbound 405 will be closed from Venice Boulevard to the Santa Monica connector from 1 to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Braddock Drive will be closed in both directions between Sawtelle Boulevard and the Braddock onramp to the southbound 405 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday until April 13.
May 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Traffic on the 405 Freeway was backed up four miles Monday when a big rig carrying flammable liquid acetone jackknifed, blocking three northbound lanes. No other vehicles were involved in the 1:17 p.m. accident, near Bel-Air Crest Road. The lanes were reopened at 4:13 p.m.
June 27, 1985 | Associated Press
The federal government suffered a $40.5-billion budget deficit in May, the biggest monthly deficit total on record, the Treasury Department reported today. The deficit last month was 19.2% higher than the previous monthly record, a $33.9 billion imbalance in May, 1984.
September 8, 2005
The City Council passed an emergency resolution by Wendy Greuel on Wednesday urging the state to pass legislation to help trigger construction of a carpool lane on the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the resolution later in the day. The state Legislature begins its fall recess Friday and city officials fear a delay would risk loss of $130 million in federal funds and jeopardize the project.
February 26, 2006
The California Department of Transportation will close the connector from the eastbound 101 Freeway to the north- and southbound 405 Freeway from 6 to 11 a.m. today, weather permitting. The closure will include the eastbound 101 at the Haskell Avenue offramp and the Hayvenhurst Avenue onramp. The closure is to allow Caltrans to do repair and maintenance work.
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