December 11, 2012
When the Los Angeles City Council voted last week to reaffirm its 2-year-old policy of ticketing cars parked in spaces with broken meters, blogs lit up with outrage from Los Angeles drivers. It's hard enough to find an empty, legal parking spot in car-choked L.A. It seems downright churlish to penalize drivers for parking at faulty meters that won't even accept their money. Back before the 2010 policy went into effect, the city would let you park at a broken meter for free. But those were the old coin-only meters, and according to a city transportation spokesperson, 10% of them were broken at any one time - the result, for the most part, of vandalism.
August 5, 2012 |
LONDON - Justin Gatlin of the U.S. recorded the fastest time in the semifinals of the men's 100-meter dash Sunday, enhancing the anticipation for the final that will be run in a few hours at the Olympic Stadium. Gatlin was timed in 9.82 seconds in a powerful and seemingly effortless first-heat performance that brought him home ahead of Churandy Martina of the Netherlands (9.91). In the second heat, Usain Bolt of Jamaica eased up and looked around but still cruised to the line in 9.87 seconds, ahead of American Ryan Bailey (9.96)
August 4, 2012 |
Carmelita Jeter couldn't fend off a late burst of speed by Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who repeated as gold medalist in the women's 100 meters Saturday in London. Jeter burst out of the blocks at the front of the pack and was fighting for the lead with Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown when the defending champion surged into the lead and held off the competition at the finish line to win in 10.75 seconds. Jeter finished second in 10.78, followed by Campbell-Brown, who also took third in the 2008 Summer Games.
August 8, 2009 |
Los Angeles was host to the Summer Olympics 25 years ago. This 12th part of a 16-day series looks back at Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1984. The big news Carl Lewis, with two gold medals in hand from these Olympics, won the 200 meters on this day, putting him within one of Jesse Owens' record four from the 1936 Olympics. The thing of it is, Lewis wasn't running full speed because of what he termed a "sore leg," he acknowledged after the race. That is hard to believe since Lewis set the then-Olympic record of 19.80 seconds, which Michael Johnson would break in the '98 Atlanta Games with a time of 19.32.
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July 2, 2013 |
The L.A. City Council's newly minted Transportation Committee chairman used his first motion Tuesday to deride a controversial policy that allows the city to ticket motorists who park in spaces monitored by what turns out to be a broken meter. "As a candidate, I heard a lot of people who were highly annoyed about this," said Councilman Mike Bonin. "Even if the impact is a small one, it still sends this horrible message that the city isn't on your side. " Before 2010, motorists could park at broken meters across the city without fear of reprisal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1993
OK, whose bright idea was it to set up all these quarter-only parking meters? How many law-abiding people are now going to get tickets because they only have other types of change or not enough quarters? JEFFREY LUSTMAN Hollywood