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September 10, 2011 | By Dan Weikel and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes and two other elected officials have resigned from the board of the Gold Line light-rail project in the wake of a conflict-of-interest complaint sent to the state attorney general. In addition to Reyes, two alternates — Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz and South Pasadena Councilman Michael Cacciotti — have stepped down from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority that oversees the San Gabriel Valley project. Reyes, who has denied any impropriety, left the board last month along with Lutz.
August 30, 2011 | Sandy Banks
I have been castigated by readers who felt I over-dramatized the peril of riding L.A.'s subway system in my Saturday column about the fatal stabbing of a Red Line rider 11 days ago. "You're joking, right?" wrote Julia Tyson La Grua. "I rode the Gold, Red and Purple lines every weekday for 3 months when I was on jury duty in Koreatown and they were immaculately clean, prompt and I felt entirely safe. " But I was also scolded by readers who thought I soft-pedaled the risks that passengers face on the city's five subway lines.
August 28, 2011 | By Corina Knoll and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A 33-year-old man was in critical but stable condition Saturday after being stabbed during what began as a fistfight on the Metro Gold Line as it traveled through Pasadena, authorities said. The violence Friday evening came on the heels of a fatal stabbing the week before on a Metro Red Line train. That stabbing also followed a fight and was the first slaying on the subway since it began operations in 1993. The latest attack took place aboard a northbound Gold Line train about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
August 23, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Local legislators want to exempt officials of a San Gabriel Valley light-rail project from conflict-of-interest laws after a complaint was lodged last month with the state attorney general. Assemblywoman Norma J. Torres (D-Chino) and five colleagues have proposed a bill that would help five board members and two alternates of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority who have been accused of holding incompatible offices. State law forbids public officials from serving on multiple boards, commissions, city councils and other governing bodies with interests that are likely to clash.
July 29, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Riding the Metro could save you from more than just exorbitant tabs at the pump and the occasional fit of road rage. It could mean breathing cleaner air on your way to work. In a study of the air quality experienced by L.A. commuters, first place went to air collected on the Gold Line, which runs mostly aboveground. The Red Line, which runs underground, came in second. The air quality for both is likely better than you'll encounter if you're driving on the freeway, the authors said.
March 14, 2011
Thanks for Jane Engle's terrific advice on travel credit cards and ATMs, etc. ["Cash or Credit? It Depends," More for Your Money, Feb. 27]. I would add that you should travel with more than one card and/or options and backups. I once traveled with a tour group in which one couple, on arriving at the airport in Casablanca, Morocco, lost their only card in an airport ATM. They were also traveling with little cash. Fortunately for them, people on the tour helped them financially.
November 16, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Their train had just whirred into the Little Tokyo station and stopped about 100 feet out ahead. Sisters Mary and Betty Sugiyama had a day of shopping planned. Both in their 80s, they weren't equipped to run like they did as youngsters, but they started to walk quickly. "I didn't think we could make it," Mary said. "But we decided to try. " They were almost there when Mary spotted a heavyset woman, dressed entirely in black, sitting alone on a bench near the tracks. As the sisters passed, the stranger suddenly leaped to her feet and shouted, then extended both arms and shoved Betty onto the tracks, police said.
October 28, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Plans for a major expansion of the region's transit system are expected to move forward Thursday when transportation leaders select routes for two missing links in the county's rail network. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board will consider five options for the Westside subway extension as well as a $1.37-billion regional connector through downtown Los Angeles that would allow light rail users to travel across the county without time consuming transfers.
September 5, 2010 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
An unsavory chapter of local history was closed Saturday with the dedication of a memorial wall and meditation garden to honor the Chinese laborers and others whose forgotten graves were excavated during construction of the Metro Gold Line's Eastside extension. The somber ceremony included a traditional Chinese blessing and multifaith prayers for the recently reinterred remains of people who had been buried in a potter's field adjacent to Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights. After years of sometimes tense negotiations involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Los Angeles County, the remains were moved to a burial site in the cemetery near an existing Chinese shrine.
August 24, 2010 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer renewed her commitment Monday to securing federal assistance for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to accelerate 12 of the region's transit projects, completing them in one decade instead of three. Facing unrelenting attacks on her effectiveness as a lawmaker by her campaign rival, Republican Carly Fiorina, Boxer tried to highlight her policymaking skills by joining Villaraigosa, as well as environmental, business and labor leaders for a "working group" discussion that unfolded in front of a dozen reporters and a line of television cameras at City Hall.
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