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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday morning will consider approving a controversial rail yard in the harbor that could improve the shipment of cargo but adversely affect nearby schools, parks and low-income communities. The proposal to build a staging center for trains hauling freight from the largest harbor complex in the nation has raised questions about environmental justice, particularly for the adjacent poor and working-class neighborhoods of west Long Beach. The planned Southern California International Gateway would be built by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. in Wilmington next to the Terminal Island Freeway, also known as California 103, between Sepulveda Boulevard and California 1 and east of Alameda Street.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are like the Coke and Pepsi of U.S. maritime transportation. They seem similar, they dominate the competition but they have a long history of less-than-friendly rivalry. Now, an independent commission's proposal to merge the neighboring harbors is being met with skepticism. The L.A. 2020 Commission, made up of prominent business, labor and civic leaders, on Wednesday unveiled a series of recommendations that included merging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Environmentalists and Long Beach officials are seeking a court order to stop the Port of Los Angeles from proceeding with plans to build a $500-million rail yard that could affect low-income neighborhoods nearby. The Natural Resources Defense Council, the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Unified School District filed lawsuits on Thursday and Friday, challenging the proposed Southern California International Gateway, a 153-acre facility that will border homes, schools and parks in West Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The brother of a Palmdale man allegedly killed by three transients last year while hopping freight trains and riding the rails in search of adventure told a local news station he wants his sibling to be remembered for chasing his dreams, not for being a victim. In an interview with Sacramento's Fox 40 , Josh Alpert said his 19-year-old brother, John, was realizing their shared aspiration of temporarily living “off the grid” and train hopping when he was killed in Roseville, Calif., in March 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Over the objections of environmentalists, community groups and neighboring Long Beach officials, Los Angeles harbor commissioners on Thursday approved a $500-million rail yard that could dramatically boost business but also drive more noise and dirty air into schools, parks and low-income neighborhoods. The proposal to create a huge staging center for trains hauling freight from the Port of Los Angeles has raised questions about environmental justice, particularly for the adjacent poor and working-class neighborhoods of west Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The Long Beach City Council has authorized a lawsuit to challenge plans by Los Angeles to build a rail yard in the harbor that could impact low-income neighborhoods in West Long Beach. Council members voted 9 to 0 Tuesday to sue over the Southern California International Gateway -- a 153-acre project in the Port of Los Angeles capable of handling more than 8,000 trucks a day and the equivalent of 2.8 million 20-foot shipping containers annually. Long Beach officials have been concerned the project does not provide enough measures to reduce adverse environmental impacts on nearby homes, schools, day-care centers and housing for homeless veterans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Public health and environmental experts are disputing predictions that air pollution would be significantly reduced if a giant rail yard is built next to schools, parks and hundreds of homes in the Los Angeles harbor area. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Port of Los Angeles say the proposed 153-acre facility would take enormous numbers of diesel trucks off the road, reducing the risk of cancer and respiratory illness for those who live and work along the 710 Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2009 | Martha Groves
Over its 15-year existence, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica has evolved from a ramshackle Southern Pacific rail yard turned water-heater factory into a world-class destination for art lovers. Its dozens of galleries, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and other artsy operations -- housed in scattered warehouse-style buildings clad in corrugated metal -- each year attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, many seeking the Bergamot Cafe's signature mint lemonade.
NEWS
August 13, 1997 | Reuters
Two railroad companies agreed to complete a $25-million cleanup of dangerous chemicals that fouled soil and ground water at a rail yard and surrounding areas in Elkhart, Ind., the Justice Department said Tuesday. Under the deal, Pennsylvania-based Consolidated Rail Corp., a subsidiary of Conrail Inc., and Ohio-based Penn Central Corp. are to finish cleaning the rail yard and reimburse the U.S. government for more than $7 million in cleanup costs.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. said it would buy a fleet of new trucks to exclusively serve a rail yard that it wants to build inside the Port of Los Angeles. Burlington said the plan was proof that the company intended to build the nation's most environmentally friendly rail yard. Its planned Southern California International Gateway, to be built near an elementary school, faces several hurdles and hasn't been approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy will roll out of Pomona's Fairplex on Sunday morning on its way to restoration at Union Pacific's rail yard in Cheyenne, Wyo., and its eventual return to rail tracks across America. Union Pacific crews will sever the Metrolink tracks shortly after midnight near the Fairplex Metrolink station and push the 600-ton locomotive on the main line, where it will be towed by modern diesel freight locomotives 56 miles to Colton as it is readied for its trip to Wyoming.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DALLAS - Back in 1963, Dallas Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Boone rushed to the scene of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. As the 50th anniversary of the assassination approaches, Boone, 75 and living in Abilene, Texas, shared memories of that day, including how he happened to know Jack Ruby. He also described two searches - one of a rail yard, the other of the Texas School Book Depository, where he found the rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald. On Wednesday, Boone will participate in a panel discussion of assassination witnesses at the Sixth Floor Museum, located in the former book depository.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2013 | Tony Barboza
You won't find any homes of the stars on this tour bus as it shuttles rubber-necking sightseers through Los Angeles. You may not even see the Hollywood sign through the haze from the smokestacks, rail yards and refineries along this "toxic tour" through neighborhoods southeast of Los Angeles. "To your left is a brownfield," guide Roberto Cabrales announces from the front of the bus to two dozen tourists aboard. "To your right, that's a former steel company. It's contaminated with heavy metals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Environmentalists and Long Beach officials are seeking a court order to stop the Port of Los Angeles from proceeding with plans to build a $500-million rail yard that could affect low-income neighborhoods nearby. The Natural Resources Defense Council, the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Unified School District filed lawsuits on Thursday and Friday, challenging the proposed Southern California International Gateway, a 153-acre facility that will border homes, schools and parks in West Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The Long Beach City Council has authorized a lawsuit to challenge plans by Los Angeles to build a rail yard in the harbor that could impact low-income neighborhoods in West Long Beach. Council members voted 9 to 0 Tuesday to sue over the Southern California International Gateway -- a 153-acre project in the Port of Los Angeles capable of handling more than 8,000 trucks a day and the equivalent of 2.8 million 20-foot shipping containers annually. Long Beach officials have been concerned the project does not provide enough measures to reduce adverse environmental impacts on nearby homes, schools, day-care centers and housing for homeless veterans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a controversial rail yard near the Port of Los Angeles, setting the stage for possible court challenges, alleging violations of environmental and civil rights laws. The proposal to build a staging center for trains hauling freight from the largest harbor complex in the nation has raised questions about environmental justice, particularly for nearby minority and working-class neighborhoods of west Long Beach, which could be affected by the project.
NEWS
July 15, 2000 | Associated Press
An inadvertent mixture of hydrochloric acid and jet fuel at a rail yard led to the temporary evacuation of about 1,000 residents of this Mojave Desert town. Hazardous-materials teams, including one from a nearby Marine base, were sent to the Union Pacific rail yard after the fumes were reported about 6 p.m. Thursday. Fourteen emergency fire crews also responded to the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday morning will consider approving a controversial rail yard in the harbor that could improve the shipment of cargo but adversely affect nearby schools, parks and low-income communities. The proposal to build a staging center for trains hauling freight from the largest harbor complex in the nation has raised questions about environmental justice, particularly for the adjacent poor and working-class neighborhoods of west Long Beach. The planned Southern California International Gateway would be built by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. in Wilmington next to the Terminal Island Freeway, also known as California 103, between Sepulveda Boulevard and California 1 and east of Alameda Street.
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