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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Drivers should avoid the intersection of Carmen Drive and Ventura Boulevard today because of construction, city officials say. Crews will shut off traffic signals at the intersection and at the southbound Ventura Freeway offramp at Ventura Boulevard. During this time, temporary stop signs will be used and the street will be restriped. The work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will continue until the job is completed. Traffic delays are expected.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
Like most little girls, I loved the movie “The Wizard of Oz” even though, or maybe because, it left me with so many questions. Is Dorothy's visit to the garish Technicolor Oz really supposed to be a dream (that crushing departure from L. Frank Baum's book)? When she wakes up in Kansas, why doesn't anybody mention Miss Gulch's threat to kill Toto? Also I've never felt right about Dorothy's farewell confession to the Scarecrow, “I think I'll miss you most of all.” It's one of the most romantic moments in cinema, but, Dude!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The developer of a huge subdivision near Santiago Oaks Park will ask the City Council tonight for a break on the scheduled extension of Serrano Avenue. During a public hearing for developers of the planned 1,800-unit Serrano Heights community, council members will decide whether to give Newport Beach-based California Quartet Ltd. some room to maneuver. Serrano now peters out near the park, then picks up again to the east at the Anaheim city limit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Dan Justin will don a black cassock and sash, lead his congregation to the sidewalk outside St. Michael & All Angels Church and sprinkle holy water on the bulldozers, trucks and cranes gathered along Coldwater Canyon Avenue. As Justin improvises a prayer, the machinery will growl to life. Saturday marks the start of a monthlong construction project that will choke off a vital mountain artery connecting the Westside to the San Fernando Valley. "We want to tell the crews, 'Hey, we're with you on this,'" Justin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Residents of Topanga Canyon may want to adjust their commuting routine for the next few weeks, as Caltrans works to shore up Topanga Canyon Road after El Nino had its way with it. The construction project on the road began early Monday about eight miles south of Ventura Boulevard. Caltrans officials said it was too soon to determine how long a delay commuters will face during rush hour. "The earlier residents can get going in the morning, the better," said Caltrans spokeswoman Margie Tiritilli.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The temperature climbs. The rage rises. How long will they have to wait? The traffic at the intersection of Walker Street and Victoria Avenue is at a hot standstill--stalled back to Trader Joe's. A woman in a Toyota Camry shovels down lunch behind the wheel. A man in an Isuzu Trooper, windows rolled down in the heat, slumps over the steering wheel and puts his head in his hand. A young man in a pickup taps his fingers impatiently on the steering wheel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
A list of repairs to property that residents say has been damaged by toll road construction won City Council approval Tuesday. Residents of Maverick Circle say that the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the toll road authority, reneged on promises to build a berm that would block noise and shield residents from unsightly views during construction of the San Joaquin Hills toll road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Several hundred residents of Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley may feel the earth shake again Monday night, but the tremors will be man-made. California Department of Transportation officials said Friday that highway construction crews will be using heavy pile drivers at the San Diego Freeway bridge over the Santa Ana River. "It will be heard and felt for about a mile around the site," said Caltrans spokesman Albert Miranda.
WORLD
November 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
U.S.-led coalition troops killed 22 road construction workers with airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan because of mistaken intelligence reports, Afghan officials said today. The coalition said it was looking into the incident. The engineers and laborers had been building a road for the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1993 | MIMI KO
Construction now underway on a 1.6-mile road that will offer an alternative to the Riverside-Costa Mesa freeway interchange marks the end of a long battle by residents of the hillside neighborhoods affected. The residents, who formed Residents Opposed to Arterial Roads, "did everything we could do," said Mary Wright, an organizer who protested the construction at numerous Orange City Council public hearings. Her Villa Park home faces the project site.
OPINION
November 11, 2011
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is rarely at a loss for ideas, and in recent months he's put that boundless mental energy to work on the flagging local economy. The latest brainstorm: using borrowed funds to spend almost three decades' worth of street repair dollars during the next few years. That would create more jobs now, but it would do so at the expense of road construction work in the future. It would also add needless costs and hamstring city leaders long after the mayor has moved on to his next gig. Filling potholes is a mundane part of city government, yet one of the most common complaints about Los Angeles is that it doesn't fill enough of them.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
The Senate blocked President Obama's jobs plan Tuesday night, prompting Democratic leaders to begin laying plans to divide the $447-billion package into pieces they hope will be too politically popular to oppose. The legislation, which is the centerpiece of Obama's latest effort to boost the economy and avoid what economists warn could be a double-dip recession, failed to attract the votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Sixty were needed, and it received 50 — with all 46 Republicans present voting against.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2009 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
A long-awaited geological study for a proposal to complete the 710 Freeway as a tunnel under either the San Gabriel Valley or northeast Los Angeles found that such a project would be scientifically feasible. The findings mark a small step in what even supporters say is a long road for the tunnel idea, which was proposed by transportation officials and some politicians after residents fought for decades against completing the 710 as an above-ground freeway. The tunnel has also generated opposition, and building it would be significantly more expensive than a regular freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2009 | Associated Press
A federal grand jury has indicted an Irvine man and an associate for allegedly trying to bribe a U.S. Army contracting official with $1 million to win a road construction project in Afghanistan, the Justice Department said Thursday. Rohullah Farooqi Lodin of Irvine and Hashmatullah Farooqi of New York City are each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud and commit an offense against the United States and one count of attempting to bribe a public official.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2008 | Rich Connell, Steve Hymon and Eric Bailey, Connell, Hymon and Bailey are Times staff writers.
For decades, California officials complained that efforts to get traffic moving were stymied by a lack of money. But with apparent voter approval Tuesday of massive new financing schemes for both the state and Los Angeles County, transportation planners suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly have tens of billions coming for an array of rail, bus and traffic improvement projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine's Bren Center, citing capacity issues, will not house a July 25 public hearing on an appeal of the rejection of the proposed Foothill South tollway through San Onofre State Beach, a federal official said in an e-mail Friday. The route has been the focus of an intense battle between those opposed to encroachment on the state park and those backing an alternative to Interstate 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
An agreement to protect wildlife was announced Friday between the toll road agency and a state agency on the proposed extension of an Orange County toll road, a controversial link that would cut through a popular state park and famed surf spot. Proponents said the agreement helps breathe new life into the proposed toll road extension, which has divided politicians, environmentalists and transportation planners for years. Opponents dismissed it as insignificant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The agency pushing for a toll road through San Onofre State Beach apparently didn't like being jeered by opponents during the public hearing at which the state Coastal Commission rejected its project. In an appeal to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the agency plainly pointed out that it doesn't want another round of boos and hisses by a boisterous public.
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