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July 22, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
On Thursday, barring some unforeseen event, one of the county's longest-running public soap operas will come to an end when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board decides whether or not to extend an Italian company's contract to build light-rail cars for the Gold and Expo lines. AnsaldoBreda is a division of the Italian-based Finmeccanica conglomerate and manufactures and assembles rolling stock for rail systems around the world.
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May 3, 2012
It is in the nature of politicians to keep making the same mistakes over and over again, especially if they're the kind of mistakes favored by the lawmakers' key financial backers. So the award of an important rail car contract Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to a company that submitted the best bid for the job - but isn't the most politically connected - was a rare and encouraging event. Rail cars are a touchy subject in Los Angeles. That's because in 2009, the MTA board awarded a $300-million contract for 100 cars to AnsaldoBreda, an Italian company with a terrible track record.
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OPINION
November 3, 2009
Ignoring the advice of this page, transit experts and both the current and former heads of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the MTA board in September awarded a $300-million contract to Italian company AnsaldoBreda to build 100 rail cars at a new factory it promised to construct near the Los Angeles River. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a strong backer of the contract, crowed afterward, "This means that L.A. is going to be the center of green jobs in the nation." Well, no, it isn't.
NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Dan Turner
It is in the nature of politicians to keep making the same mistakes over and over again, especially if they're the kind of mistakes favored by a lawmaker's key financial backers. Yet the award of an important rail-car contract Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to a company that submitted the best bid for the job -- but isn't the most politically connected -- is a rare and wonderful demonstration that L.A. leaders have the capacity to learn. Rail cars are a touchy subject in L.A., at least to anyone who remembers what happened in 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday praised the planned construction of a light-rail car manufacturing plant along the Los Angeles River, saying it would bring "decent middle-class jobs" and attract clean technology firms to a city hard-hit by the national recession. Italian rail-car maker AnsaldoBreda agreed to build a $70-million plant as part of its successful bid to deliver 100 additional light-rail cars to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Pressured by intensive lobbying from groups that include Los Angeles County's most powerful labor unions, transportation officials are slated today to decide whether to give Italian rail-car maker AnsaldoBreda a second chance at a $300-million contract. For months, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have been locked in debate with the company over the quality of the 50 rail cars it has built under an existing contract that is three years behind schedule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2009 | Maeve Reston
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board agreed Thursday to continue talks with an Italian rail manufacturer, which is seeking a $300-million deal to build 100 light-rail cars and has promised to open a local plant if it secures the contract. The majority of board members voted to delay a final decision for two months. The sole no vote was county Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who renewed his call to ask AnsaldoBreda and other rail companies to submit competitive bids. Other board members favored getting more details on a last-minute performance bond guarantee by AnsaldoBreda for the full value of the potential 100-car contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2009 | Maeve Reston
With more than 100 light-rail cars needed to expand lines around Los Angeles County, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's chief executive has recommended -- for the third time -- that the agency's board seek new competitive bids to build the cars and refurbish others in the fleet. In a memo this week, Art Leahy advised board members to reject contract options with Italian rail firm AnsaldoBreda, which is manufacturing 50 cars for the MTA under its base contract and has options to build 100 more cars.
OPINION
March 26, 2009
Re "Taking us for a ride?" Opinion, March 25 In Tim Rutten's column on who will build 100 new cars for L.A.'s light-rail line, he cites President Obama's call for "green" retooling and the need for Angelenos to focus on projects that bring jobs to Los Angeles. Even a cursory amount of research would reveal that AnsaldoBreda is the only train manufacturer that has legally committed itself to building a manufacturing facility in Los Angeles that will create thousands of green-collar-related jobs, according to the L.A. Economic Development Council, and serve as the catalyst for the CleanTech Corridor.
OPINION
November 3, 2009
Ignoring the advice of this page, transit experts and both the current and former heads of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the MTA board in September awarded a $300-million contract to Italian company AnsaldoBreda to build 100 rail cars at a new factory it promised to construct near the Los Angeles River. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a strong backer of the contract, crowed afterward, "This means that L.A. is going to be the center of green jobs in the nation." Well, no, it isn't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2009 | Howard Blume
A tentative deal to build 100 rail cars for the county's transit system has fallen through, taking with it plans to build a $70-million factory that would have created hundreds of local jobs. AnsaldoBreda, an Italian manufacturer that is three years behind schedule on an existing contract to deliver 50 rail cars to the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, was poised to win the new $300-million contract. But hours before the deadline late Friday, the company raised new issues -- including a cap on daily penalties for delivering behind schedule, the MTA said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday praised the planned construction of a light-rail car manufacturing plant along the Los Angeles River, saying it would bring "decent middle-class jobs" and attract clean technology firms to a city hard-hit by the national recession. Italian rail-car maker AnsaldoBreda agreed to build a $70-million plant as part of its successful bid to deliver 100 additional light-rail cars to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2009 | Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board awarded a contract Thursday to the Italian firm AnsaldoBreda for 100 additional light-rail cars, clearing the way for a new rail manufacturing plant that the company has promised to build with union labor in downtown Los Angeles. The decision was a victory for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who said the manufacturing plant would be a catalyst for his plan to attract clean technology companies to a four-mile industrial corridor along the Los Angeles River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2009 | Maeve Reston
With more than 100 light-rail cars needed to expand lines around Los Angeles County, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's chief executive has recommended -- for the third time -- that the agency's board seek new competitive bids to build the cars and refurbish others in the fleet. In a memo this week, Art Leahy advised board members to reject contract options with Italian rail firm AnsaldoBreda, which is manufacturing 50 cars for the MTA under its base contract and has options to build 100 more cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles County transportation officials Thursday delayed for two months a decision on whether to extend the contract options of AnsaldoBreda, an Italian rail-car maker that has pledged to build a plant in downtown Los Angeles if it gets the $300-million deal.
OPINION
July 23, 2009
Los Angeles' light-rail network needs new passenger cars, but the decision on a $300-million contract option to build them has been weighed down by political baggage -- so much so that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has put it off three times this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Pressured by intensive lobbying from groups that include Los Angeles County's most powerful labor unions, transportation officials are slated today to decide whether to give Italian rail-car maker AnsaldoBreda a second chance at a $300-million contract. For months, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have been locked in debate with the company over the quality of the 50 rail cars it has built under an existing contract that is three years behind schedule.
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