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May 20, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
State safety regulators have ordered stringent inspections of a downtown Los Angeles rail junction for the newly opened Expo Line because of a serious design flaw that poses an increased risk of train derailments. Officials of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority insist the intersection of the region's newest light rail service and the older Long Beach Blue Line at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street is safe for now because of small modifications to the tracks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
The railroad buffs who operate Goat Hill Junction just can't seem to catch a break. Just weeks after thieves broke into the model railroad grounds and stole $9,000 in aluminum tracks and other material, vandals broke into the 40-acre Costa Mesa attraction and caused $4,000 in damage by smashing six picnic tables and prying open an irrigation box. "This is the first time we've seen wholesale destruction like that," said Hank Castignetti, spokesman...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Local transit officials Tuesday outlined plans to permanently repair the flawed intersection of two light-rail lines in downtown Los Angeles that had raised safety and maintenance concerns. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority asserts that the repair should prevent further problems at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, the busiest junction in Metro's 87-mile rail network. Officials plan to slightly narrow the width between the rails along 15 feet of track where the popular Blue Line curves to merge into the recently opened Expo Line before the route heads into the Metro Center station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Bob Pool and Ari Bloomekatz
An overturned tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of gas poured a "burning river of fuel" through storm drains in the Elysian Valley area Saturday, snarling traffic on the 5 Freeway near downtown for most of the day, officials said. Some of the burning fuel made its way into the L.A. River, setting the water aflame. Fire authorities said there were no injuries. The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it overturned at the junction of the 2 and 5 freeways north of downtown Saturday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Local transit officials have run into complications trying to fix a junction on the recently opened Expo light-rail line, where experts said a serious track flaw presented a higher risk of train derailments. Officials of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority believed they had found a permanent solution to a rail alignment problem where the Expo Line and Blue Line merge at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street just south of downtown Los Angeles. However, the extra metal that was welded to a portion of track to keep trains moving smoothly as the Blue Line makes a 90-degree turn has had to be redone several times because of frequent wear, Metro officials say. "We have been re-welding the section of track as it wears down," said Michael Harris-Gifford, Metro's executive officer of wayside systems.
REAL ESTATE
February 8, 1987 | LOU DESSER
Gradual widening of the main arteries linking Southern California and the eastern Sierra will result in the probable completion of a four-lane highway from the Los Angeles County line to the Nevada border by the end of the century, according to a Caltrans official here. Kit Birmingham, program manager of transportation programs for District 9, said that 60% to 62% of California 14 and U. S. 395 will be four-lane by 1992, according to the agency's current five-year plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1987 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times County Bureau Chief
Although new homes may mean plenty of new customers for new shopping centers, the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday upheld a 6-year-old decision that only one commercial development will be allowed at the entrance to Trabuco Canyon. "It is my contention that the integrity of the Board of Supervisors and the planning process is on the line," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Bruce Nestande, whose district includes the area east of El Toro.
TRAVEL
January 26, 2003 | John McKinney, Special to The Times
Glendale Peak in Griffith Park may not be a name many hikers remember, but the views are unforgettable. The panorama from the summit spans from downtown L.A. to the San Gabriel Valley to the sea. The views of the city of Glendale are excellent too. This Glendale-born writer likes to climb the peak occasionally to check out the old hometown. Glendale Peak sits in the shadow, literally and figuratively, of Mt. Hollywood and remains overlooked by most hikers.
NEWS
July 9, 1985 | JOHN HURST and JACK JONES, Times Staff Writers
A wall of flames threatened the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo for a time on Monday, destroying several structures and forcing the evacuation of numerous residents when erratic winds abruptly pushed the week-old 58,000-acre Las Pilitas fire down out of the foothills. San Luis Obispo County Airport on the south side of the city was closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1988
A brush fire near Barrett Junction, fueled by light Santa Ana winds, was burning out of control Friday night. As of 9 p.m., 130 firefighters from the California Department of Forestry were battling the blaze, which began at 5:49 p.m. near the junction of Barrett Lake Road and California 94.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Local transit officials Tuesday outlined plans to permanently repair the flawed intersection of two light-rail lines in downtown Los Angeles that had raised safety and maintenance concerns. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority asserts that the repair should prevent further problems at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, the busiest junction in Metro's 87-mile rail network. Officials plan to slightly narrow the width between the rails along 15 feet of track where the popular Blue Line curves to merge into the recently opened Expo Line before the route heads into the Metro Center station.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
When last year's Sunset Junction festival in Silver Lake fell apart because of long-standing permit troubles, several nightclubs and business owners in neighboring Echo Park cobbled a last-minute replacement event that they called Echo Park Rising. This year, they had the luxury of actually planning for the fest. "It has been easier this year," said Liz Garo, the talent buyer for the Echo and Echoplex, who helped organize the event. "Last year, we threw it together and the next thing we knew it was actually happening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Local transit officials have run into complications trying to fix a junction on the recently opened Expo light-rail line, where experts said a serious track flaw presented a higher risk of train derailments. Officials of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority believed they had found a permanent solution to a rail alignment problem where the Expo Line and Blue Line merge at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street just south of downtown Los Angeles. However, the extra metal that was welded to a portion of track to keep trains moving smoothly as the Blue Line makes a 90-degree turn has had to be redone several times because of frequent wear, Metro officials say. "We have been re-welding the section of track as it wears down," said Michael Harris-Gifford, Metro's executive officer of wayside systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
State safety regulators have ordered stringent inspections of a downtown Los Angeles rail junction for the newly opened Expo Line because of a serious design flaw that poses an increased risk of train derailments. Officials of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority insist the intersection of the region's newest light rail service and the older Long Beach Blue Line at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street is safe for now because of small modifications to the tracks.
NEWS
October 23, 2011
Attention, mountain bikers: Allegiant Air is offering a $92 airfare (not including taxes and fees) from LAX to Grand Junction, Colo. The nonstop flight to the mountain-biking mecca is for travel Thursdays-Sundays from January (not necessarily good for biking) to May (generally much better). Availability is not guaranteed, and Allegiant will charge a $17 convenience fee per person if you book your fare anywhere but at the airport ticket offices. Info: Allegiant Air , (702)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
"Thanks to that guy from Sunset Junction for not paying his bills, because otherwise, we wouldn't be here," Matt Henderson, lead singer of Manhattan Murder Mystery, said Saturday from the backyard stage of a riotous Silver Lake house party equipped with a makeshift bar, a whole-hog roast and a large baby pool. The crowd of 100 or so cheered, and Henderson passed around a plastic bottle of whiskey. They had reason to celebrate, since just days before, Manhattan Murder Mystery was one of nearly 100 bands and DJs out of luck after the 3-decade-old street festival was canceled just days before it was scheduled to start this weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1990
The approval process for the construction of California 56 West is reaching a critical milestone. On Sept. 13, the California Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing to review the environmental impact report for the California 56 West-Carmel Valley Restoration and Enhancement Project. Along with this EIR, the commission will hear testimony on the Interstates 5 and 805 widening and the California 56 and I-5 interchange. California 56 is a regional solution, the only solution.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2011
Sunset Junction — the beloved (and controversial) Silver Lake street festival — is back with its bevy of street food, carnival rides and entertainment, including a hot lineup of local and national musical acts including the Melvins, the Dum Dum Girls, Shadow Shadow Shade, 400 Blows, Hanson and KD Lang. Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, Silver Lake. Sat. and Sun. $25. http://www.sunsetjunction.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | Randy Lewis and Margaret Wappler
A sense that the Sunset Junction Street Fair was living on borrowed time has been building for years -- well before the unpaid bills to the city of Los Angeles that prompted the 30-year-old festival's cancellation on Wednesday. In the wake of the plug being pulled by city officials Monday morning at the board of public works hearing after festival organizers failed to produce a check to cover this year's expenses, many musicians, Silver Lake residents and business owners expressed a combination of sadness and relief.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2011
Sunset Junction — the beloved (and controversial) Silver Lake street festival — is back with its bevy of street food, carnival rides and entertainment, including a hot lineup of local and national musical acts including the Melvins, the Dum Dum Girls, Shadow Shadow Shade, 400 Blows, Hanson and KD Lang. Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, Silver Lake. Sat. and Sun. $25. http://www.sunsetjunction.org.
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