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July 24, 1996 | SCOT J. PALTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Internal Revenue Service ruling, vindicating a municipal bond market whistle-blower, means that the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and more than 100 local agencies nationwide will have to pay the federal government as much as $2.5 billion within a year or risk even more dire consequences.
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September 25, 2013 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
When Los Angeles officials approved plans for a 39-story luxury residential tower in Century City, they declared the site suitable for development without a review of underground earthquake faults. Not long after, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority examined the area as the site for a subway station. It was alarmed at what it found: an earthquake fault running below Santa Monica Boulevard. The MTA concluded that the area was too hazardous for the subway station. The agency's research also shows a strand of the Santa Monica fault runs underneath the tower property.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1994
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has launched a hot line for prospective business owners interested in working with the agency. The line enables prospective minority and women business owners to get information about the certification process necessary to work for the agency. The 24-hour number is (213) 244-6333. Messages will receive a response within 48 hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | Laura J. Nelson
Patricia Mayes was navigating a Red Line train into the Hollywood/Highland station when a young man climbed down from the subway platform and lay across the tracks. In the split second before impact, they made eye contact. Then Mayes did as she had been trained. "You pull the emergency brake, then turn your head away," she said. "The train won't stop in time. " For more than a year, Mayes couldn't bring herself to drive again. When she finally did, her face grew pale and her hands sweated and shook as she passed the station where the crash had occurred.
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April 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A public hearing will take place May 24 on a proposal to more than double some county transit fares over the next two years. Under the plan, the price of the MTA's popular monthly pass, now $52, would increase to $75 in July and $120 by Jan. 1, 2009. The price of the $3 day pass would hit $5 this summer and $8 within two years. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority must approve any fare increase. The hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1996
The trial of a historic lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority of discriminating against low income and minority bus riders was postponed until Oct. 8 in the hopes that the parties can settle their dispute by mediation. U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. Monday ordered both sides to return to court in two weeks with the name of a mediator they agree on or with up to five names from which he will select a mediator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2001 | DALONDO MOULTRIE
Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach) has been named chairwoman of the Assembly Select Committee on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, officials said Monday. The committee was formed by Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg (D-Sherman Oaks) to evaluate the efficiency of the MTA, Oropeza said. The committee will investigate all aspects of the agency, "from the scope of responsibility to the governance structure," she added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1996
The state political watchdog agency Tuesday accused a former top administrator at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority of violating state conflict-of-interest laws. Filiberto Martinez, the MTA's former acting director of internal audits, was accused of failing to disclose that Adboul Sesay made nearly $23,000 in payments on a Mercedes leased by Martinez. Sesay is the former risk manager of MTA's construction division who has pleaded guilty to bribery charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1997
A former acting controller at Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority was convicted Monday on 29 counts of mail fraud for cheating the transit agency out of about $58,000. Jeannie I. Johnson became the second former MTA official to be convicted in federal court. She faces up to five years in federal prison and a $2-million fine when she is sentenced March 2. Johnson's attorney, Stanley L. Friedman, said his client maintains her innocence and will appeal the verdict.
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September 11, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Legislature has approved a bill barring any surrogates serving on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority from influencing the awarding of non-competitively bid contracts to campaign contributors. The bill was introduced in response to a Times article in December reporting that two senior aides to county Supervisor Deane Dana had voted to award $45.8 million in contract increases to Dana's top campaign contributor, a Metro Rail subway builder.
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October 24, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Hymon is a Times staff writer.
Attendees at Thursday's board meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority got a treat: a public spat between Los Angeles County Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky that ended when Yaroslavsky walked out. His exit came after he had earlier described Molina's words as "selfish nonsense." At the root of the dispute were two items: rail safety and Measure R, the proposal to raise the sales tax by half a cent in Los Angeles County to pay for transit and freeway projects.
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September 20, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The commuter rail service known as Metrolink -- Southern California's only true regional mass transit carrier -- gets little money and even less political respect. It is guided by a board weighted with officials from small cities across five counties, which chip in to cover Metrolink's expenses and connect their local transit networks.
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June 27, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Times Staff Writer
Waiting for the bus at Normandie and Slauson avenues late one night, Betrona Casileo was getting nervous. Thirty minutes. Forty minutes. Still no bus. "At night, it's very dangerous," said Casileo, who is 52 and has been riding Metro buses for 15 years. "I was just hoping the bus would come." It did -- eventually. Casileo isn't the only frustrated passenger.
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June 18, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
On the far eastern side of Pasadena, the Gold Line tracks run in the middle of the 210 Freeway and then, at Madre Street, they just stop. The old rail right of way continues up the middle of the freeway and extends across the width of the Valley, roughly paralleling the 210. Hardly any freight trains use the corridor, and it's been decades since passengers rode those rails. Public officials from across the San Gabriel Valley are hoping to change that soon.
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February 29, 2008 | Steve Hymon
In an effort to stop fare beating, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to install turnstiles at subway stops and some light rail stations. MTA trains operate on an honor system in which passengers are required to buy tickets but only have to show them if asked. Agency officials estimate that about 5% of all passengers aren't buying tickets and that the new gates could save the MTA as much as $7 million a year. The gating system will be installed over the next two years.
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December 23, 2007 | Tami Abdollah
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering a program to accommodate Christmas and New Year's travelers. Rides will be free on all rail and bus lines from 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve until 2 a.m. Christmas Day and the same hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The Metro Gold Line will provide all-night service on New Year's Eve to aid the tens of thousands of people expected to travel to Pasadena for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game. On Dec. 31 and Jan.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1996 | From Reuters
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Tuesday asked U.S. regulators to force Wall Street firms to pay back as much as $1 billion in allegedly illegal profits they have earned from complex bond deals since 1990. The Internal Revenue Service is going after state and local governments for taxes they did not realize they had to pay when the bond refinancing deals were arranged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
A bus riders group assailed a proposed 50-cent hike in the rail fare charged for riding Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority trains Thursday, contending it would violate a federal court order by hurting poor bus riders. Leaders of the Bus Riders Union told the MTA board that an increase in rail fares would affect bus riders forced to transfer to trains because of bus service cuts. The group also opposed planned cuts in late-night bus service.
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November 3, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
After trying for three decades to build a subway down Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles County transit officials are now considering a radically different route that would send the Westside rail line though Hollywood, West Hollywood and the Beverly Center area. The new proposed alignment for the "Subway to the Sea" would extend west from the Hollywood/Highland Red Line station, roughly following Santa Monica Boulevard through Beverly Hills.
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October 21, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
An MTA bus rear-ended a pickup truck Saturday in a chain-reaction crash involving two other vehicles in Panorama City, leaving seven bus passengers with minor injuries, officials said. Two injured passengers were taken to Mission Community Hospital. Five others were released at the scene, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers. The accident occurred just after 12:30 p.m.
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