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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1999
As a newcomer to the Los Angeles area, I have a question regarding traffic. Wouldn't it be possible to reduce congestion, lessen road rage and increase safety by installing an occasional left-turn signal? JEFF CHERNIN Los Angeles
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
In an effort to speed up a program to improve traffic flow, city officials announced Thursday that they will install 30 additional left-turn signals over the next 30 business days. More than half of the signals will be at intersections in the San Fernando Valley. They include Rinaldi Street at Reseda Boulevard in Porter Ranch, Ventura Boulevard at Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks, Tampa Avenue at Ventura in Tarzana, and Sherman Way at Tampa near Winnetka.
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NEWS
July 13, 1986
The cities of Walnut and West Covina will install left-turn arrows on the northbound and southbound signals at Nogales Street and Shadow Oak Drive on the border of the two cities. Each city will contribute up to $6,000, with West Covina acting as the lead agency. West Covina recently conducted a traffic study that indicated that the arrows are necessary for safety and to handle increased traffic. The signals at the intersection are owned and maintained by both cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl envisions a Westside crisscrossed by light-rail lines that would lure commuters off crowded streets and freeways. But those projects would take years and cost millions of dollars. So he is also offering what he called "relatively easy" solutions -- including dozens of left-turn signals and synchronizing traffic lights at 165 intersections -- to reduce traffic congestion in his district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Traffic Talk: Several months ago a new traffic signal with left-turn green arrows was installed at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Moorpark Street in Studio City. But I have never seen these left-turn signals in operation and I pass that intersection daily at different times. I am curious to know why they are not operating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The wait to make left-hand turns onto Commonwealth and Chapman Avenues off Harbor Boulevard soon will be shorter when the city installs left-turn signals at both intersections. The City Council this week approved the $50,000 signals, to be paid with Measure M funds. Officials said drivers often are stuck in the middle of the intersection waiting for the heavy Harbor traffic to let up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
The city began removing left-turn signals from four Harvard Avenue intersections on Monday in an effort to improve traffic flow. The move is part of a yearlong traffic program that has led to the removal of 30 left-turn arrows throughout the city. Officials said the signals cause motorists to endure unwarranted delays and are not needed at many uncrowded intersections. The left-turn arrows force some drivers to wait as long as two minutes before making turns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1995 | CAROLINE LEMKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Street Smart: I was wondering if you could ask what the implications would be if all controlled left-turn lights were to become permissive-protective left-turn signals. For 99% of drivers and intersections, this would pose no problem. Most drivers know when it is clear enough to turn left. This would also greatly improve traffic flow. There have been millions of times where I have been sitting at a red left-turn arrow and had numerous chances to turn left safely. I am not asking for much.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
A request for left-turn traffic signals on Idaho Street at La Habra Boulevard has been denied. The City Council last week rejected the request by a Brea resident, saying the intersection doesn't need left-turn signals. The Brea resident wrote a letter to the city, saying she has a difficult time making left turns at Idaho and La Habra. Deputy City Manager Kathy Kim said traffic engineers recently did a study to determine if such signals are warranted there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1995 | CAROLINE LEMKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Street Smart: Just two signals north of you on Harbor and MacArthur boulevards is one of the most frustrating examples of traffic control ineptitude in Orange County. My guess is that you and many of your fellow workers at The Times may have been caught in this "Dumb and Dumber" left-turn nightmare when you have the occasion to shop at the newly expanded Home Depot store on one corner, or the Del Taco/Carl's Jr. fast-food complex on the other corner.
OPINION
April 27, 2006
Re "New Signals to Light Way for L.A. Left Turners," April 26 The sad state of affairs regarding the left-turn situation in L.A. has puzzled me ever since I moved here nine years ago. Why does it have to be so painful to attempt a left turn at a busy intersection? Good people of Los Angeles, you should know there is a very simple solution to this problem, and it doesn't require installing expensive new signals: flashing green at the start of the green cycle giving priority to left-turning cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2006 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
At 4:25 on a recent weekday afternoon, the traffic on Highland Avenue at Sunset Boulevard stretches north and south as far as the weary eye can see. Some of the motorists, being human and therefore given to hopefulness, are intending to turn left onto Sunset. Because no left-turn arrows exist for them, they could be facing a long, long wait as only two of their number complete turns each time the light changes to red.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Ed Hart often finds himself sitting in a left-turn lane staring angrily at the red light. Even though no cars are coming toward him in the other lane, the red arrow stays on and on -- seemingly for an eternity. "At night, you're wondering why the light stays red," said Hart, who lives in Fullerton. "I've seen other people turn when no cars are coming" despite the red arrow. Traffic engineers have an idea to speed things up.
OPINION
April 17, 2004
Re "L.A. May Put More Motorists on Film," April 13: Of course I am happy to see a drop in traffic accidents and give credit to the newly installed cameras that photograph cars running red lights. At the same time these cameras are being installed, perhaps more left-turn signals could be installed to help move traffic faster and more safely and to alleviate the frustrations of the drivers who often run the red lights because they have so little time to get through the intersection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2003 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Crunch. Another driver has tried to turn left after the light turned red, and someone going the other way (probably a newcomer to Los Angeles) thought that green actually meant "go." Turning on the red is so much a part of the driving culture here that police officers routinely wave scared newbies through their first such maneuver, while frustrated drivers piling up behind them honk their horns and wave their arms. Why, asks Liz Bennett of Los Angeles, do they do that?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2002 | Steve Harvey
Further proof that everyone's a critic: The Seal Beach Sun's police blotter recorded a complaint about a woman on a public street "who was seen carrying a 40-ounce Budweiser and singing Elton John songs." This incident is not believed to be related to a recent complaint in Laguna Niguel about a person "who was sitting in a parked vehicle listening to very loud Italian opera." On another sour note...: In his post-election wrap-up, columnist Dan Bernstein of the Riverside Press Enterprise wrote that one losing candidate's cause wasn't helped by the fact that she was a former USC song girl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1992 | DANNY SULLIVAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Readers: Street Smart takes a look at left turns this week, having received several related questions recently. So read on, and find out--once and for all--what a "protective-permissive" left-turn signal is. Dear Street Smart: Over the past 20 years or so, Southern California traffic planners have created thousands of "Left Turn on Arrow Only" intersections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2000 | Dana Bushee, (714) 966-5636
The city completed improvements to the intersection on El Toro Road at Calle Sonora this week. The city added left-turn signals and adjusted the lights' timing to increase traffic flow. Doug Reilly, the city's administration services director, said the city funded the project because the street had left-turn pockets for vehicles but no left-turn lights. Information: (949) 452-0600.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Traffic Talk: When northbound drivers wish to turn left into Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Hospital at 5601 De Soto Ave. in Woodland Hills, it can take more than six minutes. Are there any plans to install a left-turn arrow here? --Abraham Kleiman Sherman Oaks Dear Abraham: Following a comprehensive study, engineers have approved installing left-turn signals here soon, said Ken Firoozmand, West Valley District engineer at the city Department of Transportation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2001 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dear Traffic Talk: Traffic has increased dramatically on eastbound Magnolia Boulevard, between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and the Hollywood-170 Freeway. There is traffic from two high schools, apartment residents and a church. Are there plans to restripe lanes, fill potholes, and install left-turn signals at Colfax Avenue and Magnolia, in all directions?
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