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.
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/.
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?
March 22, 2013 |
The man who came up with the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank" is not happy that NBC is considering moving "The Tonight Show" back to New York City. "Burbank is a great little place," said Gary Owens, who coined the phrase from his radio days then made it famous when he was the announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1968 to 1973. "If you are in show business in any way, shape or form, you must be here. " Johnny Carson, who moved "The Tonight Show" from New York to Los Angeles in 1972, also used the "beautiful downtown Burbank" line but never tried to take credit for it. PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments "He said, 'We're using "beautiful downtown Burbank," and I told him, 'That's fine - not a problem,'" Owens recalled.
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
April 28, 2011
Mediterranean, Brazilian, Mexican and more await you in downtown Los Angeles. And what's more, the area is wonderfully walkable. So put on some comfy shoes and spend an afternoon combing the colorful landscape. Tacos Tumbras a Tomas: Inside Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Stall A-5, (213) 620-1071, http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/vendors Sultan Chicken Restaurant: 311 W. 6th St., (213) 236-0604, http://www.sultanchicken.com Masis Armenian Sandwiches: 411 W. 7th St., 2nd Floor, (213)