February 4, 2013 |
VALENCIA, Spain - A 2009 snapshot shows the president of Spain's Valencia region cruising along in a $200,000 Ferrari. It was Francisco Camps' victory lap, after presiding over the Formula One European Grand Prix and the America's Cup yacht race. Valencia was dubbed the "California of Spain" for its gorgeous coastline, modern architecture and mind-set. Construction of upscale homes and resorts was booming. Four years later, that Ferrari photo has become an embarrassing reminder of Valencia's heady growth years - and how much has gone awry since then.
October 21, 2012
HIKING Workshop Experts will discuss favorite local desert hikes and offer tips on gear and clothing. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd. Admission, info: Free. (909) 646-8360. JOSHUA TREE Field class Learn about animal behavior and how to identify their tracks in this activity for families. When, where: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree.
July 10, 2012 |
One political party absolutely loves the idea of the modern rail system, both as a boon for business and commerce, and, incidentally, perhaps as a bit of a boondoggle for its political buddies. Guess which party. It's the GOP, 150 years ago. The rail system I'm talking about is the railroad to the Pacific. It was a very wide plank in the Republican Party platform in 1856 and 1860, and a dream of Abraham Lincoln's that he never lived to see realized. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Bullet train blues Now it's the Democrats in California - and not even all of them -- who want high-speed rail, and barely enough of them in the Legislature just cast the votes to make it happen.
June 19, 2012 |
After considering a half-dozen teams of architects and engineers led by some of the biggest names in the profession -- Renzo Piano and Norman Foster among them -- the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is poised to hire a group led by L.A.'s Gruen Associates and London's Grimshaw Architects to produce a new master plan for Union Station. Metro purchased the 1939 landmark and about 40 acres surrounding it last year. In April, the agency, looking ahead to the day when the station might welcome high-speed trains from San Francisco, asked the six competing teams to produce "vision boards" imagining the site in 2050.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2012 |
A series of concessions over the last year to quiet opposition to the California bullet train has created a potentially lethal problem: the revised blueprint for the system may violate requirements locked into state law when voters approved funding for the project in 2008. The Legislature packed the law with an unusual number of conditions intended to reassure voters, protect the project from later political compromises and ensure that it would not end up a bankrupted white elephant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2012 |
As the price tag for California's bullet train has soared to nearly $100 billion, a central argument for forging ahead with the controversial project is an even loftier figure: the $171 billion that promoters recently estimated will be needed for new roads and airports if no high-speed rail is built. Without a fast-rail network, they warn, the state would have to add 2,300 miles of highway and roughly the equivalent of another Los Angeles International Airport to handle a projected surge in future travel.