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November 2, 2012
Re "Honolulu rail project up in the balmy air, again," Nov. 1 Although the locale and the names of the players may change, certainly readers must see the pattern in these "grass-roots" campaigns to oppose rail development. The photo of the protester holding the sign stating that buses are superior to rail says it all. Jon Hartmann Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: High school gets practical Letters: That big open space in Irvine Letters: To execute or not to execute?
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BUSINESS
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a "transitional take on a classic Mediterranean," the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Location: 1427 Queens Road, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $3.698 million Year built: 1937 Remodel: Bravia Design House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,554 square feet Lot size: 5,882 square feet Features: Library, family room, breakfast area, kitchen island, hardwood floors, whole-house audio, terraces, outdoor living room with flat-screen TV, fountain-fed swimming pool About the area: Last year, 195 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1998
Thumbs up to The Times and Doug Adrianson for promoting rail travel ("Commuting by Rail Is a Smooth Way to Go," Jan. 18) and a big fat raspberry to Assemblyman Tom McClintock for not getting it. I can't abide idiots who blab about having to pry Angelenos out of our cars. Give us an alternative, like a good train system, and then hide and watch! And yes, "if you build it (more freeways) they will come." Witness the multilevel, multilane I-5 monstrosity that now begins past Anaheim.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2014 | By Larry Bleiberg
QUITO, Ecuador - As the four-car train rolls through the clouds and begins its descent of the Andes, Bette Bleeker has a practical concern. "I hope someone checked the brakes," the Chicago resident asks. It's a fair question, given the 1,755-foot descent we're about to make on the Devil's Nose, one of the steepest sections of railroad in the world. The historic route requires several switchbacks, including one length where the train reverses direction and heads backward as it gingerly stair-steps down the highlands.
HEALTH
August 25, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein
Many exercises require balance, and Michael "Frosti" Zernow, a Parkour athlete and instructor, focuses on that skill in this rail balancing move. Parkour is made up of many skills, each of which contributes to the ability to "fly" through the air. What it does This move is not so much a workout as it is a way to train yourself to stay controlled and keep your balance. You'll hone your recovery ability and your sense of where your body is in space. How to do it Find a fence or narrow wall a few feet off the ground, get up and try to walk along it, stretching out and adjusting the placement of your arms to retain your balance.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
Former House Majority Speaker Kirk Caldwell won an easy victory Tuesday to become Honolulu's mayor in an election that was widely seen as a referendum on the city's controversial $5.2-billion rail project. Caldwell, who was formerly acting mayor of the city, defeated former Gov. Ben Cayetano, who had emerged from retirement largely with the goal of halting the 20-mile-long rail project, which he says is too costly and will do little to relieve the city's worsening traffic congestion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Local transportation officials Thursday are to accept a $670-million federal grant for a downtown rail project designed to seamlessly connect three of Los Angeles County's furthest-reaching light-rail lines. When the Downtown Regional Connector opens, slated for 2020, the Metro Blue, Gold and Expo lines will all run between the 7th/Metro stop and Union Station. Passengers will be able to travel from Long Beach to Pasadena, or East Los Angeles to Santa Monica, without changing trains.
SPORTS
July 12, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
It turns out, there is life after the Kentucky Derby, after all. The consolation prize, for trainer Ron Ellis and his longtime owners, Mace and Samantha Siegel of Beverly Hills, took the form of victory in Saturday's prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup. Their aptly named Rail Trip, saving ground nicely all the way around and opening up on the stretch for a three-length victory under Jose Valdivia Jr., won it for them. And what a consolation it was.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998
Hooray to The Times for endorsing [the study of] a light rail system for the Fullerton-to-Irvine corridor (Feb. 15). But when talking about rail, The Times brought up the subsidies that will be needed because a rail line is costly to build and fares will not cover the cost of operation. No one talks about our highway system, which is heavily subsidized. We are in the midst of massive improvements to our freeways in Orange County. They have been paid for by a sales tax. Isn't it odd that if we use sales tax for rail it is a subsidy, but if we use it for highways it is an investment?
NEWS
April 2, 1987 | Associated Press
A South Shore commuter train struck a standing freight car Wednesday near the Illinois-Indiana border, killing one man and injuring another, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped through a series of yellow and red signals warning him to slow down and stop for a Los Angeles-bound train moving slowly onto a side track. The 83-mph collision killed Hall and two crewmen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority analysis, staff members recommended awarding a $927-million joint contract to Skanska USA and Traylor Bros., two firms now building other regional rail projects.  The Downtown Regional Connector is a 1.9-mile, $1.46-billion underground link between rail lines that skirt opposite ends of L.A.'s downtown, one near Union Station and the other near Staples Center.
OPINION
April 2, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nowhere in the Los Angeles area are trees more sparse than in South Los Angeles. City and county officials have been working for years in that part of town to create pastoral swaths of parks, greenbelts and even wetlands — fighting against drought, desert climate, urban blight and concrete streets — but it is a long, slow process. The City Council districts across South L.A. still have about half the canopy cover of the rest of the city. So it was troubling, back in 2012, that about 400 trees south of the 10 Freeway had to be cut down to allow the space shuttle Endeavour to lumber through the streets on its way to the California Science Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Los Angeles County voters could be asked in 2016 to fund a variety of transportation projects, including new rail lines and possibly a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said. It would also boost the countywide sales tax rate by a half-cent to 9½ cents on each dollar spent, though shoppers in cities with their own sales tax would pay higher rates.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Metro-North Railroad, where at least five passengers and employees have been killed in less than a year, is plagued by shortfalls in safety operation, a stinging federal report said on Friday. The report, released by the Federal Railroad Administration after its 60-day review of procedures, castigated the commuter line for ineffective training, poor supervision of tracks and a dangerous emphasis on on-time performance over safety and maintenance. The line primarily serves suburbs north of New York City, including in Connecticut.
OPINION
March 13, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It might be sound reasoning, but a Supreme Court decision this week on an arcane legal-easement argument will likely have broad and regrettable consequences, particularly in the West, for the national movement to convert old railroad beds into bicycle paths. The case, Brandt vs. U.S., is rooted in the General Railroad Right of Way Law of 1875, through which Congress established a uniform approach to granting easements on government land so railroad companies could extend tracks through the heart of the still-developing country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Amid the worst economic downturn since World War II, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to increase fares for the first time in two years to help offset a $204-million gap in its operating budget for buses and rail systems. The proposed fare hike, which will go into effect July 1, is opposed by the Bus Riders Union, which protested the planned increase Tuesday morning outside the MTA headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Unless the MTA board of directors rescinds the increase, the one-way cash fare will rise from $1.25 to $1.50, a daily pass will go from $5 to $6 and a monthly pass will increase from $62 to $75. Fares will not be raised for people with disabilities, students, Medicare recipients and people who are 62 or older.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1990
How silly it seems to spend millions on three toll roads throughout Orange County without even plans for an accompanying light rail system. These thoroughfares are the last practical rights of way we have to make efficient mass transportation work in Orange County. Who's bribing us out of--and away from--the direction that every other metro area has taken to move millions of people? STEVEN R. JOYCE Dana Point
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Perhaps we'll be seeing less of Lena Dunham on screen in the future: The "Girls" talent says she might consider quitting acting to focus on some of her other work. But don't worry, she's not going far. "I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymore. I'm always relieved on the days I don't have to. I'd rather give parts to other women than be the woman having the parts," the Golden Globe-winning 27-year-old said in the April issue of Glamour, which hits newsstands March 18. Appearing in the critically acclaimed HBO series about four 20-something women growing up in New York isn't the only thing on her plate.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback Monday to the popular redevelopment trend of transforming abandoned railroad lines into public bike paths, ruling that buyers of such lands are not required to continue granting a federal right of way. Legal experts said the decision would make it harder to build bike or hiking trails in areas of the West where railroads were often built on former federal land. In some instances, local governments may be forced to pay compensation to owners whose land is now crossed by bike paths or other government-built trails and parks.
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