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June 27, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
After two weeks of protests by South Bay leaders, the Metropolitan Transit Authority delivered two major victories for the region's highway program Thursday. The Metro board had aimed to divert nearly $100 million in funds destined for road and highway projects to pay for increased costs on the Crenshaw/LAX light rail project. Local leaders had protested, saying the money had been promised to South Bay road projects in Measure R, a half-cent sales tax passed by county voters in 2008.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority prepares to take up a long agenda Thursday that could determine how billions of dollars are spent on projects countywide, city leaders in the South Bay are focused on a proposal they say could divert nearly $100 million from their own highway and roads projects. The plan aims to close a $160-million funding gap on Metro's Crenshaw-LAX light-rail line. But South Bay officials say it comes at the expense of millions promised to South Bay voters in 2008, when Los Angeles County voters passed Measure R, the county's half-cent sales tax. "This is not keeping the faith of the voters," said Jacki Bacharach, executive director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department worked Tuesday to contain a fuel spill on Pacific Coast Highway in Harbor City. The spill was detected shortly before 10 a.m. at 2200 E. Pacific Coast Highway, officials said. No further details were immediately available from the fire department but KABC News said the spill involved 500 gallons of jet fuel from a 150,000-barrel tank and would take five hours to clean up. ALSO: Hathaway wildfire near Banning burns nearly 2,000 acres Worker killed in accident at new 49ers stadium, officials say 2 wounded in alley shooting near Santa Monica College, police say jean.merl@latimes.com Twitter: @jeanmerl
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Jean Merl
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. Cleanup of a fuel spill along a gritty stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington continued Tuesday, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. Firefighters were called about 9:45 a.m. to the site of a fuel spill at a business at 2200 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington. Few details were available shortly after the spill but KABC News reported the incident involved 500 gallons of jet fuel leaking from a 150,000-barrel tank.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Sara Gran doesn't believe in studying writing. If you consider yourself a writer, just write. That's what Gran did for years on a notepad, often on the subway going to and from her job at the famous Strand bookstore in New York City before her first novel, "Saturn's Return to New York," was published in 2001. Working at the Strand was like going to graduate school for books, says Gran, who sorted through thousands of paperbacks during her shifts. "It always cracks me up when people romanticize books and talk about them in this flowery way - 'Oh, I love the smell of books,'" she says sipping on an iced tea at Fix coffee shop in Echo Park.
WORLD
May 30, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
SULTAN KHEYL, Afghanistan - Highway 1 runs like a broken spine through Wardak province. Even with its potholes and cracked asphalt, it is a lifeline for soldiers and civilians alike. The dusty highway links Wardak to Kabul, the capital, about an hour northeast. For Afghans here, it's the main avenue for commerce, government and family connections. For the U.S. infantrymen of Bravo 3-15, it's ultimately their way home. In this landlocked nation, the most cost-effective way out for U.S. soldiers and equipment is Highway 1 to the capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Most of the attention on John Fogerty's just-released album “Wrote a Song for Everyone” understandably surrounds the updated versions of many of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classics with duet partners such as the Foo Fighters, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Seger and Brad Paisley. But the good news for longtime Fogerty-watchers comes with the two new songs he delivers on his own, “Mystic Highway” and   “Train of Fools,” which carry forward the songwriting style, infectious country-rock rhythms and evocative thematic terrain that define his heyday with Creedence four decades ago. "Mystic Highway” is being released as a single, and the video premieres Tuesday on the Country Music Television cable channel and at CMT.com, in conjunction with the album's release, Fogerty's concert Tuesday night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and his 68th birthday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2013 | Jason Felch
Traffic along Pacific Coast Highway between the Mulholland Highway and Las Posas Road in Camarillo will be subject to delays throughout the weekend as CalTrans installs barriers to prevent falling debris from blocking the road. The 10-mile stretch of coastal highway will be subject to one-way traffic controls while a contractor installs K-rails and rock fencing along the road's steeper canyons, said CalTrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder. The Camarillo Springs fire burned foliage that secured the slopes above the highway, and crews have been clearing debris from the road since Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
The 33-year-old driver of a Ford Mustang died, and his female passenger was seriously injured, when the car veered off Highway 91 in Cerritos, crashing into a tree and wall late Friday night, the California Highway Patrol said. The male driver, Jaime Arzola of Bellflower, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger, Rubi Aidel Arzola, 31, also of Bellflower, was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from her seat. She suffered major injuries and was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Tiffany Kelly
Officials closed off part of Angeles Crest Highway on Wednesday after a man apparently took his own life by mixing chemicals to create a toxic substance. An adult man's body was found in a vehicle around 10 a.m. Wednesday near mile marker 39.31 of Angeles Crest Highway, said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. The location where his vehicle was found is about 15 miles north of the 210 Freeway in La Cañada Flintridge.  Officials believe the man mixed chemicals to create a poison, she said, and forest roads are closed as a precaution.
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