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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1993
Since when did checks and balances become gridlock? PAM BROWN Northridge
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OPINION
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?
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OPINION
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?
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Highways and bus transit ground to a halt in parts of Brazil early Friday, and flights were delayed as Brazilians launched on their long Easter holiday weekend. Brazil's transportation system has been the subject of heated debate recently. Some worry that it will buckle under the pressure of thousands of visitors who will descend on the country in June for soccer's World Cup tournament. The country is struggling to finish transportation facilities and stadiums. Others say its experience hosting major events such as the annual Carnaval or last year's visit by Pope France make it uniquely prepared to handle huge crowds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013
When lawmakers finished their work just after midnight on Friday morning, they had passed a full slate of significant legislation. Among the measures waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's signature are an increase to the minimum wage, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and streamlined environmental regulations. All in all, the session showed that gridlock in Sacramento has faded, wrote George Skelton in his Monday column . "Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much," he writes.
OPINION
October 13, 2012
Re "Combative Biden and Ryan display energy Obama lacked," Oct. 12 No doubt Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Rep. Paul Ryan were ready to debate, and each of them made good points for their causes. Both seem sincerely dedicated to helping the people of the United States. However, what was obvious was that these two combative souls were light years away from agreeing on anything, just like the two parties in Washington. What America wants to see is Democrats and Republicans sitting down and coming to agreements on the important matters before Congress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1989
Re "Corona Basks in Boom Times" (May 14): Basks ! Do people still talk like that, over what will turn out to be more smog, more freeway gridlock and more crowing? Incredible! J.E. GOOD San Bernardino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1986
I am a responsible businesswoman who believes in due process and am appalled that a group of malcontent, irresponsible people, such as Gridlock, with its unverified estimates of traffic and jobs, can usurp legitimate City Council review, Planning Commission meetings, environmental impact studies and planning for 20 years. Its circulating of petitions was not even honest. It gave false information to signers. The benefits from the improved traffic flow and the much desired amenities, which most communities would die for, will all be wiped out by this group.
NEWS
October 5, 2011 | By David G. Savage
Many Americans think badly of the government because of “gridlock” in Washington. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not one of them. Americans “should learn to love gridlock,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “The framers (of the Constitution) would say, yes, 'That's exactly the way we set it up. We wanted power contradicting power (to prevent) an excess of legislation.' " And that was in 1787, he added. They “didn't know what an excess of legislation was.” Scalia, the longest-serving justice, contrasted the American system to those of governments in Europe, and he said this country's Constitution is better because it provides for an independent president, an independent judiciary and two independent branches of Congress.
OPINION
April 2, 2014
Re "Nightmare scenario?," March 29 Metro's plans to tear up parts of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, along with surrounding streets, will cause extraordinary around-the-clock disruption to countless residents and drivers. Imagine intersections at Fairfax Avenue, La Cienega Boulevard and Beverly Drive obstructed for months on end. I served on a volunteer citizens committee years ago to analyze the Westside extension project. Metro representatives met with us numerous times to promote the project.
WORLD
March 21, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Thailand's constitutional court Friday nullified the Feb. 2 election won by supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra amid an opposition boycott, prolonging the country's 4-month-old political crisis and threatening a deeper toll on its tourism-dependent economy. Opposition supporters celebrated the 6-3 court ruling that said the vote was invalid because not all polls were open to receive voters on the same day. Antigovernment protesters had blocked registration in 28 constituencies, forcing election workers to delay voting at the affected polls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Hector Becerra, Ari Bloomekatz and Ruben Vives
It's poor form to complain about rain, even a whole lot of it, when you really need it. So Southern California will just have to grin and bear it beginning Wednesday night when the first of two major storms move into the region. The storms are expected to deliver the largest rainfall since the spring of 2011. It comes as Southern California and most of the state struggles through a historically dry stretch. Last year was the driest calendar year in L.A.'s recorded history. Since the beginning of the rain year in July, only 1.2 inches of rain have fallen in downtown L.A. Now it's going to rain -- a lot -- with possibly more than four inches pouring down in some valley and foothill areas as a result of the second storm.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C. - A crippling winter storm had much of the Deep South caked in a dangerous armor of ice and snow Wednesday evening, leaving motorists trapped in snowy traffic gridlock, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and cutting power to hundreds of thousands. In North Carolina, sections of five major interstate highways were gridlocked, and motorists were abandoning their cars - scenes that appeared to repeat the traffic debacle that gripped Atlanta last week when thousands of cars were left on snow-slick roads.
OPINION
January 31, 2014
Re "Lament of an 'urban villager,'" Opinion, Jan. 26 Santa Monica resident Bruce R. Feldman was spot on in his assessment of the potential unintended consequences, including overcrowded road conditions, if Pasadena narrows Colorado Boulevard, the main drag through Old Town. My family and I have lived in the San Gabriel Valley for 17-plus years, and we frequently shopped, dined and attended movies, plays or concerts in Old Town. We watched in dismay and bewilderment as Pasadena approved several building projects that have resulted in a dramatic density increase near Old Town.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | David Zucchino and Matt Pearce and Lisa Mascaro
Light snow was falling when Samantha Avers left Duluth, a northwest Atlanta suburb, on Tuesday afternoon. She figured she would be home quickly, for it was only a 30- to 45-minute drive. Twenty-two hours later, Avers, an account manager who had just moved to balmy Atlanta from northern Virginia, wearily parked in her Smyrna neighborhood Wednesday morning. She had been stranded in hellish snowstorm traffic, napped in her car in the middle of a freeway, eaten fruit from her Superman lunch box, watched "Private Practice" on her iPad and drank a gas station beer from a coffee cup. Hers was just one of the horror stories from the great Atlanta snow-out of 2014.
NATIONAL
December 2, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Congress' unfinished business threatens to leave millions of Americans - including the unemployed, Pentagon contractors and even supermarket shoppers - in the lurch this holiday season. With partisan dysfunction unlikely to subside in coming weeks, lawmakers appear ready to punt several issues into the new year. But many Americans could start feeling the effects of inaction as early as this month. An estimated 1.3 million Americans will lose federal emergency unemployment benefits after Christmas if the program is not renewed.
WORLD
October 16, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World financial leaders have been warning for weeks that the U.S. congressional gridlock over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling are imperiling economies worldwide and undermining confidence in the U.S. dollar. Even the news Wednesday that the partisan battle was about to be suspended until early next year has done little to spare U.S. leaders damage to their reputation as responsible stewards of the No. 1 global economy, analysts warned. China and Japan are the largest foreign holders of U.S. Treasury bills, with $1.3 trillion and $1.1 trillion, respectively, of Washington's outstanding debt,  according to International Monetary Fund data . That makes them the most exposed in the event -- once considered unimaginable but nowadays less so -- that the U.S. Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling by Thursday, when U.S. obligations are expected to exceed the current $16.7-trillion limit.
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