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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1999 | Michael C. Malcomb, (949)764-4312
City officials are gearing up for a busy fall this year. As part of a team of North County cities, Placentia will be pushing for public support to get local railroad crossings put below street level at crossings along Orangethorpe Avenue. A series of public meetings is being planned throughout October and November to explain that a little traffic inconvenience in the form of construction delays will have advantages once the lowering is done.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The small squares of colored paper began cropping up on the doors and walls of Henry M. Gunn High School last week, two days after William Dickens, 16, killed himself on the nearby train tracks. "Just keep swimming," one Post-it note said. "There is always someone who will listen," was written on another. And, "There's no meaning to happiness w/o sadness. Take it easy." Dickens was the fourth Gunn student in less than six months to commit suicide near where East Meadow Drive crosses the Caltrain tracks here in the affluent, high-achieving heart of the Silicon Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1997 | DADE HAYES
A plan to ease the north-south traffic flow in the San Fernando Valley by connecting two dead-end segments of Mason Avenue got City Council approval Wednesday. Metropolitan Transportation Authority approval, a necessary step before the proposed railroad crossing at Mason between Nordhoff and Plummer streets can proceed, has been a stumbling block in the past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2009 | David Kelly
A 14-year-old student was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Wednesday morning as he walked to Arlington High School in Riverside, police said. Samuel Sung Jae Shin was heading south on Jackson Street at 7:44 a.m. when he came to a railroad crossing with the arms down and bells ringing, authorities said. The teen let a westbound train pass and began crossing the tracks when an eastbound train struck and killed him instantly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN
Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson announced an agreement Wednesday with Southern Pacific Railroad to repair two railroad crossings that have generated dozens of complaints from motorists in Canoga Park. Later this month, city workers will make improvements to railroad crossings on Parthenia Street and Nordhoff Street near Canoga Avenue, Bernson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | JASON KANDEL and CHRIS CEBALLOS
In an effort to provide a smoother ride at some railroad crossings in the city, road repairs are continuing, most recently on Dale Avenue between Katella and Cerritos Avenue. The following streets will be affected as work continues: Magnolia Avenue on Monday, Katella Avenue on Aug. 24, Western Avenue on Aug. 31 and Beach Boulevard on Sept. 7. Workers will repair signal arms, tracks and concrete panels. The repairs will take up to five days to complete at each location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
A section of Sequoia Avenue at the Southern Pacific railroad tracks will be closed Tuesday through Friday for the installation of a rubberized crossing. City officials are encouraging motorists to use other north-south routes, such as Sycamore Drive and Tapo Street, during the construction period. The rubberized crossings, which are designed to provide a smoother ride for motorists over the railroad tracks, were recently installed on 1st Street, Erringer Road and Sycamore Drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
A potentially unsafe railroad crossing in Santa Paula has prompted city officials to ask a state agency to put pressure on the Southern Pacific railroad to remedy the problem. After more than five years of requests to fix the 10th Street crossing, which gives passing motorists "a real shaking," the city has called on the state Public Utilities Commission to intervene, Councilman Les Maland said Tuesday. "We want them to get going and do the rail crossings right."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1993
One person was injured in Chatsworth on Thursday night when a two-car collision sent one vehicle into the path of an oncoming Amtrak train. The injured person, whose name was not immediately released, was the driver of a Honda Accord that had stopped in front of a flashing rail crossing gate on De Soto Avenue near Knapp Street at 8:45 p.m., authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1994 | MIMI KO
In an effort to decrease accidents and deaths on railroad tracks, police and the California Public Utilities Commission spent Tuesday cracking down on motorists violating traffic laws at railroad crossings. While one officer rode a train to watch for violators, others monitored the streets, issuing citations for careless driving. The citations cost up to $271. PUC spokesman Jim McInerney said the choices are "a warning, an expensive citation or the worst punishment: the death penalty."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1999 | Michael C. Malcomb, (949)764-4312
City officials are gearing up for a busy fall this year. As part of a team of North County cities, Placentia will be pushing for public support to get local railroad crossings put below street level at crossings along Orangethorpe Avenue. A series of public meetings is being planned throughout October and November to explain that a little traffic inconvenience in the form of construction delays will have advantages once the lowering is done.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | JASON KANDEL and CHRIS CEBALLOS
In an effort to provide a smoother ride at some railroad crossings in the city, road repairs are continuing, most recently on Dale Avenue between Katella and Cerritos Avenue. The following streets will be affected as work continues: Magnolia Avenue on Monday, Katella Avenue on Aug. 24, Western Avenue on Aug. 31 and Beach Boulevard on Sept. 7. Workers will repair signal arms, tracks and concrete panels. The repairs will take up to five days to complete at each location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
City leaders say they expect a final agreement next month with Union Pacific on a plan to repair badly deteriorating railroad crossings throughout the city. "Shortly after the first of the year, we expect to conclude a formal agreement with the [Union Pacific] railroad to improve all of the crossings in the city," City Manager Terry Matz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
Plans to repair eight railroad crossings are moving forward to alleviate what city officials describe as potentially hazardous traffic conditions caused by deteriorating roadway. The city may have to pay as much as $114,000 to buy sections of concrete for the repairs. The property on five of the eight railroad crossings is owned by Union Pacific Railroad Co., which is demanding that the city pay for the cost of the materials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1997 | DADE HAYES
A plan to ease the north-south traffic flow in the San Fernando Valley by connecting two dead-end segments of Mason Avenue got City Council approval Wednesday. Metropolitan Transportation Authority approval, a necessary step before the proposed railroad crossing at Mason between Nordhoff and Plummer streets can proceed, has been a stumbling block in the past.
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November 10, 1996 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's quiet. Nothing moves as the inside of a school bus fills the TV screen for a moment. BANG! The bus lurches sickeningly and rips open as a train engine slams into it from the side. The film: a training video for school bus drivers. If that scene--and the same crash shot from other angles--doesn't scare them, nothing will.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1996
Without the hostility that marked discussions earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a street repair plan that includes Central and East Los Angeles as well as the San Fernando Valley. The council, whose members on Wednesday argued heatedly about a proposed repair schedule that focused on the Valley, voted unanimously in favor of the broader project to remove and pave over old railroad crossings.
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