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February 10, 1999 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Senate leader John Burton, backed by a powerful coalition of business and labor, unveiled a plan Tuesday to issue $16 billion in bonds, the largest amount in state history, to fix California's crumbling transportation system. The proposal, introduced to help address what are widely viewed as long-neglected and swiftly deteriorating conditions, would cover everything from building new freeways and repairing local potholes to rehabilitating bus and other transit systems.
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May 28, 2001 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis is planning another assault on state transportation services by quietly arranging to siphon away even more gasoline sales tax revenues to keep California out of the red. The move is opposed by public transit advocates and has angered Republican lawmakers, who contend that transportation needs are being forced to unnecessarily bear the brunt of the state's economic woes. Davis has proposed borrowing $2.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1999 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed Thursday to partially fund an estimated $13.1-million improvement project at the crowded junction of the San Diego and Ventura freeways. The MTA will fund 20% of the planned upgrade, which will add one lane to the connector between the northbound San Diego Freeway and the southbound Ventura Freeway and another lane from Mulholland Drive to Ventura Boulevard on the San Diego Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The California Department of Transportation has abandoned plans to restore all the historic homes along the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension, and instead wants to shutter 44 structures because it has run out of money. The agency has spent $20 million during the last two years to restore 37 of the 81 historic homes along the route. Some of the homes are 100 years old, and their styles range from Victorian and Craftsman to Spanish Revival.
NEWS
April 2, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis is expected this week to unveil a state transportation funding package of about $5 billion to help combat the worsening traffic congestion that has led to nightmarish commutes in many urban areas, according to sources in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis took the wraps off a $5.2-billion state transportation plan on Thursday that includes $2.2 billion for busways, light rail, carpool lanes, inner-city trains and some freeway expansion in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Using the soon-to-open North Hollywood Metro Rail subway station as a backdrop, the governor pitched his package as one that will spell relief for motorists in the state's traffic-choked urban areas.
NEWS
August 10, 1995 | RENE LYNCH and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's bankruptcy recovery plan is still likely to include the seizure of state transportation tax revenue, but officials may reduce the amount they want to divert, state Sen. John R. Lewis (R-Orange) said after meeting with county officials Wednesday. Transferring as much as $35 million annually from the Orange County Transportation Authority--about half the amount proposed in legislation vetoed Aug.
NEWS
January 19, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solutions to the state's mounting transportation problems may lie in taxing motorists on how far they travel and how much they use freeways during rush hour, according to a report released Wednesday by a coalition of business, labor and transit agencies. "State and local transportation programs are flat broke," Arthur Bauer, executive vice president of the Californians for Better Transportation, said at a Sacramento news conference.
NEWS
October 30, 1994
An outgrowth of the movement to reduce pollution and congestion by enticing more motorists to take mass transit, this proposal would authorize the sale of $1 billion in bonds to finance expanded rail services for California.
NEWS
January 12, 2000 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to criticism that his budget for transportation is a hollow shell, Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday promised to issue a full plan within three months for improving California's roads. A day after he unveiled his proposed 2000-01 budget, Davis said the plan will go well beyond his budget but not nearly as far as a potential November ballot measure that would ease passage of local transportation taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000
The City Council voted Tuesday to endorse Gov. Gray Davis' $5.2-billion transportation initiative, saying it would provide funding for important projects throughout the city. Davis' proposal has already started to garner opposition in the Legislature and among some local agencies. Los Angeles officials were outvoted last week when the plan was opposed by the regional council of the Southern California Assn. of Governments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to endorse Gov. Gray Davis' $5.2-billion transportation initiative, saying it would provide funding for important projects throughout the city, including the San Fernando Valley. Davis' proposal has already started to draw opposition in the Legislature and among some local agencies. Los Angeles officials were outvoted last week when the plan was opposed by the regional council of the Southern California Assn. of Governments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis took the wraps off a $5.2-billion state transportation plan on Thursday that includes $2.2 billion for busways, light rail, carpool lanes, inner-city trains and some freeway expansion in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Using the soon-to-open North Hollywood Metro Rail subway station as a backdrop, the governor pitched his package as one that will spell relief for motorists in the state's traffic-choked urban areas.
NEWS
April 6, 2000 | JULIE TAMAKI and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In his latest effort to solve the state's transportation woes, Gov. Gray Davis proposes to spend $15 billion over the next decade--but is relying on others to foot most of the bill. Davis begins touring the state today to tout a plan he says would pour $5 billion in state money into urban California's gridlocked transportation system. But of that sum, he wants the state to earmark $2.8 billion over four years, and is calling for a statewide vote on a $2.2-billion bond to finance other projects.
NEWS
April 2, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis is expected this week to unveil a state transportation funding package of about $5 billion to help combat the worsening traffic congestion that has led to nightmarish commutes in many urban areas, according to sources in Sacramento.
NEWS
February 8, 2000 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's flirtation with private toll roads, embraced by lawmakers during the financial hard times of the early 1990s, has lost momentum as its highest-profile project has become mired in controversy. Angry lawmakers, including some who were early supporters of the concept of using private investment to expand public transportation, admitted last week that the idea had lost its luster. For the first time, some talked openly of scrapping it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
The San Fernando Valley's most notoriously congested freeway interchange, the confluence of the San Diego and Ventura freeways, should soon be upgraded under a spending plan approved this week by the California Transportation Commission. The powerful commission, which oversees spending on state transportation projects, voted Wednesday to include $7.
NEWS
April 6, 2000 | JULIE TAMAKI and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In his latest effort to solve the state's transportation woes, Gov. Gray Davis proposes to spend $15 billion over the next decade--but is relying on others to foot most of the bill. Davis begins touring the state today to tout a plan he says would pour $5 billion in state money into urban California's gridlocked transportation system. But of that sum, he wants the state to earmark $2.8 billion over four years, and is calling for a statewide vote on a $2.2-billion bond to finance other projects.
NEWS
January 12, 2000 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to criticism that his budget for transportation is a hollow shell, Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday promised to issue a full plan within three months for improving California's roads. A day after he unveiled his proposed 2000-01 budget, Davis said the plan will go well beyond his budget but not nearly as far as a potential November ballot measure that would ease passage of local transportation taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Tom McClintock mobilized Republicans on Thursday to temporarily block a bill, strongly opposed by San Fernando Valley business leaders, that would hinder creation of a new bus transit agency for the Valley. The measure, sponsored by state Sen.
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