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January 27, 1994
Your article of Jan. 9 "Downtown Shoppers Put Watchfulness High on List" is misleading and reinforces a misperception that Downtown Los Angeles is a high-crime area. The opposite is true. Downtown is the safest part of the city according to statistics from the Los Angeles Police Department. While we regret that the two children were abducted while their parents were Downtown, these incidents in no way reflect the overall safety of Downtown streets. In fact, Los Angeles has one of the safest downtowns of any major U.S. city according to FBI crime statistics.
August 29, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
A built-in vacuum cleaner is an option. But class-leading safety comes standard. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Thursday that the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan was the first vehicle in its segment to be named a Top Safety Pick Plus.  The designation is the highest rating the IIHS -- an independent, nonprofit outfit -- hands out. To be eligible, a vehicle must earn "good" ratings in four out of five crash tests. It must also earn a rating of no less than "acceptable" in the fifth.
June 10, 2008 | H.G. Reza
For the fourth consecutive year, Irvine was rated the safest U.S. city with a population over 100,000. The city claimed bragging rights Monday after the FBI released crime statistics for 2007. The agency looked at crimes of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson. Irvine joined Gilbert, Ariz.; Bellevue, Wash.; Cary, N.C.; and Thousand Oaks as the five safest cities in the country. Irvine officials credit making public safety a priority and the community's high standard of living for the success against crime.
August 23, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors this week trumpeted the results of a federal auto test of its electric Model S sport sedan, calling it the safest car in America. But what went unnoticed was that the Palo Alto automaker had little relevant competition - federal safety regulators don't test most luxury cars. So the Model S may well be safer than all cars costing $50,000 less. But whether it's safer than direct competitors from Audi, Mercedes or BMW remains a mystery. Such cars aren't often rated because crash testing is hugely expensive, and even more so when luxury cars are involved.
November 11, 1994
Say what you will about Californians' politics, but they are the country's safest drivers. As soon as it starts to rain, they turn on their headlights, turn on their windshield wipers . . . and step on the gas. MACK ZENFIELD Camarillo
September 20, 1998
On Sept. 13, you printed a letter from Charles Montero, a resident of Huntington Beach, who was wondering why the city was spending several hundred thousand dollars to have its own DNA lab. Montero wonders if crime is on the upswing and if Huntington Beach is still a safe place to live. Here are some interesting facts in that regard: (1) For the last 10 years, Huntington Beach has consistently been in the top 5% of the nation's safest cities, and several times it has been judged to be America's safest; (2)
November 10, 2002
While it is important to keep abreast of safety warnings issued by the U.S. State Department ("Bali bombing proves the need to understand safety warnings," Travel Insider, Oct. 27), the warnings need to be weighed against other factors. According to many travel experts and trusted periodicals, Bali was considered the safest place in Indonesia and one of the safest places in Southeast Asia. Even with the travel advisory for Indonesia, I was surprised that a terrorist attack occurred in Bali, because the idea of an attack there seemed as remote a concept as an attack in Maui.
October 26, 2003
Re "Mission Viejo Council Scolds a Colleague," Oct. 7: Mission Viejo views itself as one of America's safest places. After spending innumerable, undisclosed valuable staff and council hours investigating, then castigating City Councilwoman Gail Reavis for an inappropriate $10 expenditure, they should add financially frivolous too. "Lunch-gate" looks more like "Waste-gate." Yes, principles are important, but knowing the pitiful amount in question before spending taxpayer money hunting down and proving this major criminal act is a surrealistic version of a famous movie, "The Caine Mutiny."
January 9, 2000
Today marks the beginning of the first official National Nurse Anesthetists Week. Its purpose is to raise awareness and focus attention on the high-quality anesthesia that certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) provide daily. As a resident of Thousand Oaks, I felt that this would be good forum to review commonly asked questions and describe the CRNA role. Is anesthesia safe? New technologies, extensive training and high professional standards have made the administration of anesthesia one of the safest aspects of a surgical or obstetrical procedure.
May 10, 1994
Is it me, or is it more than just mere coincidence that the recently acclaimed safest city in the United States, Simi Valley (May 3), is also the same place that backed and supported the police in the Rodney King saga. MICHAEL A. GLUECK Newport Beach
July 8, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
So, you have to fly soon, but Saturday's dramatic crash of an Asiana Airlines jetliner in San Francisco has given you a bad case of the jitters?  Short of driving, or taking the train or a ship -- or canceling your trip -- there's not much choice for modern-day travelers besides airliners.   But, is there anything you can do to increase your odds of survival in a plane crash? Yes. You can watch where you sit -- and find a seat in the back of the plane. Remember that statistics class you failed in high school?
June 24, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- As an Aeroflot plane filled with journalists made its way to Cuba with or without fugitive Edward Snowden on board, Russian officials continued to keep silent about his whereabouts and experts dwelled on possible scenarios of what has become a global spy mystery. Snowden had been expected to be on board the flight to Havana, from where he was expected to make his way to Ecuador. But journalists on board reported that no one on  the flight resembled the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor.
January 7, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Airfares grew and airline seats shrunk, but much more important was the good news about flying in 2012: It was the safest year for air travel since 1945. The world's airlines reported only 23 accidents - including passenger and cargo flights - resulting in 475 fatalities last year, compared with the 10-year average of 34 accidents and 773 fatalities a year, according to Aviation Safety Network, a private online research group in the Netherlands. The declining accident numbers are the result of several efforts by international aviation groups to require audits of airlines around the world to comply with safety standards, said Harro Ranter, president of the network.
January 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Air fares grew and airline seats shrunk, but much more important was the good news about flying in 2012: It was the safest year for air travel since 1945, according to one research group. The world's airlines -- including passenger and cargo flights -- reported only 23 accidents resulting in 475 fatalities last year, compared with the 10-year average of 34 accidents and 773 fatalities per year, according to the Netherlands-based Aviation Safety Network, a private online operation. The declining accident numbers are the result of several efforts by international aviation groups to require audits of airlines around the world to comply with safety standards, said Harro Ranter, president of the network.
August 29, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - If you've driven in the nation's capital, you already know this: It's full of bad drivers.  A new report from Allstate Insurance Co. confirms it, putting the District of Columbia at the bottom of the list of the safest-driving cities, with the average motorist involved in a crash every 4.7 years.  Nationally, the average driver gets into a collision every 10 years. Safest city: Sioux Falls, S.D., where the average driver has a collision every 13.8 years. Next are Boise, Idaho; Fort Collins, Colo.; Madison, Wis.; and Lincoln, Neb., according to the report.
August 26, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
TAMPA, Fla. - Despite the threat of hurricane-driven flooding, in one sense low-lying Tampa is quite possibly the safest place in the world right now. Like rings around a bull's eye, concentric circles of security surround the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where thousands of delegates and officials will gather this week to nominate Mitt Romney for president, and the nearby Tampa Convention Center, where 15,000 credentialed journalists are in the process of...
Dimitri Vadetsky waved a meaty, muscular hand toward the tree-shaded campus at Reseda High School and spoke sternly--a tone befitting his job as assistant principal: "I defy you to find . . . one hair out of place. We're so proud of this school. That's why this shooting doesn't make sense. It just doesn't." The 59-year-old Vadetsky is a symbol of this San Fernando Valley high school. He's proud to a fault.
May 21, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Dodger Stadium was the site of another incident of violence Sunday, when a man was beaten after a minor traffic accident following Sunday night's game between the Dodgers andSt. Louis Cardinals. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital, and a pregnant woman who was riding in the car was also taken to the hospital for observation. Both of them have been released. Four men in their 20s have been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.  The incident is the latest example of violence at local sporting events through the years.
May 18, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The parents of two USC graduate students slain near the campus last month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university, saying the school misled them when it claimed that it ranks among the safest in the nation. Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23-year-old electronic engineering students from China, were fatally shot April 11 while sitting in a parked BMW in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue. No arrests have been made, but Los Angeles police say they believe the killings were the result of a robbery gone wrong.
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