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December 11, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
County Supervisor Don Saltarelli will discuss the county's restructuring plan and the prospects for privatizing county services at a panel discussion Thursday sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. The restructuring plan involves the Board of Supervisors' recent decision to reduce costs by eliminating two county agencies and cutting more than 200 jobs.
October 2, 2005
The Times' arguments against proposed new tunnels under the mountains (editorial, Sept. 26) deserve a reply. On safety, tunnel engineering has advanced tremendously in the past 25 years. State-of-the-art tunnels include escape towers, emergency shelters, robust fire suppression systems and special accident response/rescue systems. The many long tunnels (five to 10 miles) in Europe and Japan have an excellent safety record. If safety is such a concern, why did The Times support the Red Line subway tunnel beneath the Santa Monica Mountains?
March 4, 1997
Times columnist Frank del Olmo got it wrong in defending the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board's vote to seek $44 million in additional federal funds to extend the Red Line subway further into East L.A. (Commentary, Feb. 23). Rail is the wrong kind of transit, not only for the Eastside, but for all of L.A. According to the MTA's own figures, the Red Line East will cost taxpayers nearly $61 for each and every new trip generated by the subway. That's six times the current eligibility limit for receiving federal funding to even study the feasibility of a rail line!
November 21, 1993
Gordon Fielding, a sociologist, and Daniel Klein, an economist, parroted exactly what their financial supporters, the questionable "Reason Foundation" wanted to hear and neither is qualified to pass judgment on a transportation issue. Amongst their quotes published by The Times ("Study Suggests Toll for Car-Pool Lanes" Nov. 7); "Current (car-pool) lanes are not very effective at reducing traffic" says it all. With the average life of an Orange County car pool being 16 months, over 50% of them are "new" on any given day. Of all car pools, less than 2% are organized to make use of the HOV lanes.
January 6, 2001 | PATRICK MCGREEVY
The root causes of the movement to break up Los Angeles and alternatives to keep the city together will be explored at a daylong symposium scheduled Feb. 5 at the Sheraton Universal, organizers said Friday. Serving as event host will be the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, Reason Foundation and the CIVIC Foundation.
January 24, 1999
The article by Robert Poole Jr., "The Price of Breaking Up Gridlock," Jan. 17, would have the public believe that the answer to traffic congestion along the San Diego and Ventura freeways is to build toll roads with $240 million of public money. This would benefit only those who can afford these tolls. Poole states that this situation would only ask people to, "pay a few bucks." How many bucks is a few? Poole mentions the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County as an example of what he proposes.
December 14, 1992 | DAN MORAIN
Seldom able to make a credible showing with its candidates, the Libertarian Party remains at the fringe of American politics 20 years after it was founded and ran its first presidential candidate--John Hospers, a USC professor emeritus. Hospers received a mere 2,648 votes nationally. Two decades later, Libertarian candidate Andre Marrou received 44,449 votes in California, still an anemic 0.4% of the state total.
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed. The telephone survey of 1,011 people, conducted on behalf of the Reason Foundation, follows the fatal shooting last month of Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. Nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats favor arming TSA agents, the survey found.
July 7, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
California already licenses furniture upholsterers, private investigators and recreation guides. Now it wants to regulate pet groomers. In a state that leads the country in the number of professions requiring a license, a bill moving through the Legislature has struck a nerve among those who clip Fido and Fluffy. Sen. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), author of the proposed legislation, wants to provide pet owners "peace of mind" by creating a voluntary certification program.
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young suggested a few years ago that the city consider selling its busy international airport to Japanese companies eager to invest in the Southern metropolis. Many of his constituents thought that he was joking, and nothing has come of the idea.
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