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OPINION
February 14, 2013
Re "Renewed push on economy," Feb. 13 Arguably the most important part of the State of the Union address was when President Obama talked about the need to stop being pushed to the brink before compromising. From "sequestration" to government shutdowns to the debt ceiling, it is important for our leaders to put the nation ahead of party interests. As Obama said, "The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.
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OPINION
February 14, 2013
Re "Metrolink finance chief resigns," Feb. 12 This is yet another failure by Metrolink. After 20 years in operation, the best this railroad can do is attract 20,000 round-trip riders per weekday from a population base of about 20 million. It is still not possible to take a train between most of Los Angeles County and Orange County, and there is no attempt even to provide timed transfers between trains. Now we hear that there is not even a sound bookkeeping system in place to control and disperse the funds to operate the trains and to invest in the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A high-ranking Metrolink executive resigned over the weekend following a scathing report that revealed accounting irregularities, poor management and record-keeping that made it difficult for board members to understand the railroad's financial situation. Metrolink officials said Monday that Nancy Weiford, the regional commuter line's chief financial officer, stepped down after a special committee assigned to look into the railroad's business practices revealed its findings at Friday's board meeting.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
After moving to Los Angeles from his native New York eight years ago, writer-director Marshall Lewy spent many weekends hanging out at his neighborhood farmers market in Silver Lake. He became intrigued by the idea of a sprawling metropolis where farmers markets come to life, bringing in fresh produce and unusual characters from farms that surround the nation's second-largest city. The experience planted the seed for "California Solo," an independent movie about a former British pop rocker played by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle ("Trainspotting" and "The Full Monty")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A veteran New York area transit leader Friday was named chief executive of the Metrolink commuter rail service at a challenging time in its efforts to improve safety and increase ridership. Michael P. DePallo, 58, current director and general manager of a rail subsidiary of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, replaces John Fenton, who unexpectedly left the agency in May to head a Florida-based rail company. The rail service overseen by DePallo carries more than 250,000 passengers a day between Manhattan and New Jersey, far more than Metrolink's daily ridership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2012 | Dan Weikel
Metrolink on Monday previewed a pioneering, $200-million crash prevention project for a top federal safety official, who expressed concern about railroad industry efforts to postpone deadlines for installing the sophisticated train safety system in other parts of the country. Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, viewed a locomotive and a rail car equipped with positive train control technology and testing gear at a downtown Metrolink rail yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Victims of the 2008 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth told an aide to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday that they were disappointed in Congress' failure to increase a railroad liability cap that left them inadequately compensated for their injuries and financial losses. About 20 victims and relatives of those killed in the collision with a Union Pacific freight train met privately at the Simi Valley Library with Molly O'Brien, a field representative for the Democratic senator from California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Metrolink is planning a number of service changes in June and July, including a fare increase and additional trains throughout the region, that will affect passengers of the regional rail service. Fares will increase an average of 7% systemwide July 1. Monthly pass holders will begin to see the new fares when they buy July passes beginning Friday. The amount of the increase will vary depending on the route and the type of ticket. On July 2, Metrolink will add round-trip service from Riverside to Laguna Niguel on the Inland Empire-Orange County line.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2012 | By Chris Barton
  Oh, Copenhagen. You brought us the Midcentury furniture designs that make "Mad Men" an interior decorator's dream and saw the wisdom of bike commuting long before L.A. earned its first CicLAvia. Now you've one-upped every philharmonic in the world with video of your orchestra (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) making an entire subway train weak in the knees with a flash mob performance of Grieg's "Peer Gynt" on a Copenhagen Metro train. In a video filmed last month that justifiably went viral, the Copenhagen symphony is subtly introduced on one of the station's signs with the announcement, "Classical special train: Enjoy the music," before treating commuters to probably one of the most beautiful rides of their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The Metrolink commuter rail service plans to increase fares as early as July to help reduce a $13-million budget deficit largely caused by rising fuel and labor costs, railroad officials said Thursday. If approved, the proposed increase of 5% to 9% will cover only part of the shortfall, making it necessary for Metrolink to seek additional subsidies from the five county transportation agencies that help fund the railroad. "The current economic climate, including soaring fuel prices, requires tough decisions by transportation leaders to fund operations at a level that will continue to meet the region's transportation needs," said John Fenton, Metrolink's chief executive officer.
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