January 30, 2011 |
The tourists think big. Arriving in Southern California, they expect to conquer Disneyland and Hollywood, perhaps on the same day, in between the surfing and snowboarding. Then they get stuck in traffic. Then come the recriminations, the tears, the vows to visit an island next time. The locals think small. Tracing tight little loops between home and work, they dodge freeways and alien neighborhoods. There are Los Feliz people who haven't set foot in Venice since the latter Bush administration (I'm one)
October 31, 2013
Re "Downtown's costly streetcar," Editorial, Oct. 29 When will planners ever learn? Trolleys belong on Main Street in Disneyland, not in downtown L.A. Surface rail transit is extremely expensive, inflexible, kills people and gets in the way of other traffic. That is why most trolley lines disappeared by the mid 20th century. One of the few things that the MTA has gotten right is its natural-gas-burning clean-air buses. They require the least taxpayer subsidies, and lines can be added or moved at low cost.
April 27, 2014
Re “Dedicated until the end,” April 23 The Times reported on a moving ceremony to appropriately honor fallen LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo. It did not report on the decision to shut down roads and gridlock rush-hour traffic downtown and elsewhere to hold a freeway motorcade. Is this the legacy that the officer would have wanted? Was it the best way to honor his life and work? As I sat trapped in traffic, I heard a siren. Could the ambulance reach its target in time?
November 22, 2012
EVENTS Now in its 15th year, Pershing Square's "Downtown on Ice" continues to offer its geographically improbable wonders for holiday revelers and frustrated hockey enthusiasts of all types. The rink is even open on Thanksgiving for those looking for a way to burn off the turkey and stuffing for themselves or visiting family members. 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Daily through Jan. 21. $6 per hour, $2 skate rental. http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/.
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April 28, 2013 |
Thousands of Angelenos turned out Sunday to enjoy the music and food offered up at the 24th annual Fiesta Broadway. Many took advantage of picture-perfect weather to stroll the many food, craft and merchandise booths lining Broadway. A number of streets near City Hall are closed for the festival, which runs until 6 p.m. Broadway is closed from Temple to 4th Street; Spring Street from Temple to 1st Street; and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets between Spring and Hill streets. Road closures will be lifted before 5 a.m. Monday. ALSO: Road closures begin for Fiesta Broadway in downtown L.A. Bellflower man dies after his car veers off Highway 91 in Cerritos Granada Hills wins third national Academic Decathlon competition firstname.lastname@example.org
November 17, 2011
EVENTS Downtown on Ice, Los Angeles' answer to the ice rink at New York's Rockefeller Center, offers frosty holiday fun even on balmy evenings. Framed by skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the outdoor rink is a festive environment for skating, special exhibitions, concerts, games and more. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Skating session $6, skate rental $2. (213) 847-4970. http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare