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May 22, 2002
The Times reports that the Gold Line light rail project has finally been given approval to complete the street crossings remaining (May 17). I lived 30 feet from those tracks during the 1940s, when huge numbers of trains regularly rumbled along, crossing gates were nearly nonexistent and people still mostly managed not to get run over. I can only shake my head at the fuss over quiet, two-car trains that take 20 seconds to pass behind lowered gates. All the complaints and threatened expenses just to safeguard people who are too stupid to stop for lowered railroad-crossing gates.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The union representing Hollywood crew members has expressed dismay over plans by the producers of "Midnight Rider" to resume production of the film in Los Angeles, a few months after a train accident in Georgia killed a camera assistant. Michael Miller, international vice president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, told colleagues in an email this week that Unclaimed Freight Productions, the Pasadena-based producer of "Midnight Rider," informed the union that it would resume production of the movie in L.A. in June.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Mission College has received a $50,000 grant to more effectively coordinate the training of public safety officials, including law enforcement officers and firefighters. The new program, called the Southern California Public Safety Education Training Consortium, would examine ways to consolidate training costs, said Gayle Brosseau, the project's coordinator. "Because all of our budgets are hurting, it really is perfect timing to get people working together," Brosseau said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - After the deaths of two workers on BART tracks, the commuter rail system's directors Thursday permanently ended the practice of making employees on the tracks solely responsible for their own safety. The directors of Bay Area Rapid Transit approved a policy that will require train operators or drivers to slow to 25 mph and be prepared to stop when approaching workers on or near the tracks. The change, expected to cause delays in passenger service, is being made after the deaths Saturday of two workers inspecting tracks when a train hit them at 60 to 70 mph. They were working under a procedure called "simple approval" that gave them no warning of approaching trains and required one of them to act as a lookout.
BUSINESS
March 29, 1994 | Jack Searles
Gaviota Maintenance Services Inc., a Ventura oil-field service firm, has cut its workers' compensation premiums 50% since starting an intensive safety training program in 1986. Now, having become safety experts in activities ranging from ladder-climbing to tank-cleaning, Gaviota's officials have decided to go into the safety-training business. For a fee, the company is offering to supply instructors to other firms, either on-site or in Gaviota's classrooms.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
More than seven years after TWA Flight 800 exploded over the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, the reconstructed jumbo jet is being sent to George Washington University in Ashburn, where it will be used to train air safety investigators. All 230 people aboard the plane died minutes after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight to Paris on July 17, 1996.
NEWS
December 30, 1987 | Associated Press
The makers of all-terrain vehicles agreed in court today to halt sales of their three-wheel models and to provide safety training for owners of other, four-wheel models that pose an "imminent and unreasonable" threat of injury or death, the Justice Department announced. More than 900 people, many of them children, have been killed riding the so-called ATVs over the last five years, and nearly 7,000 injuries are reported monthly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990
In response to your editorial "Gun Safety Still the Target" (March 19), you urge mandatory safety training for anyone buying a firearm. It is repugnant to say that a person must "go to school" in order to qualify to exercise his constitutional right to arms. How would you like it if newspaper editors were subjected to a requirement of unblemished truthful reputation, or reporters required to meet a political test, in order to write and publish? True, training is needed, but it should be voluntary, not mandatory.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Construction workers building a massive casino complex on the Las Vegas Strip were expected to return to work after a one-day walkout over safety concerns at the site where six workers have died since 2006. The general contractor of MGM Mirage Inc.'s CityCenter project will arrange for worker safety training and allow union and business leaders full access to the site at all times, union officials said.
OPINION
October 19, 2009
Re "Cheerleaders take high-flying risks under untrained eyes," Oct. 13 It is irresponsible to allow an assertion from the National Cheer Safety Foundation that coaches' safety training is dangerous because "it gives people a false sense of security." Our association stresses to our coaches that safety training is the first step in an ongoing effort to help create a safe environment for cheerleaders. Safety training is an important component of any safety program, as recognized by the National Federation of High Schools, the NCAA and the U.S. All Star Federation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
The criminal case against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran moved closer to trial Monday when a judge refused to dismiss four felony charges stemming from a laboratory fire that killed a 23-year-old staff research assistant. Harran's trial could begin within 60 days of an Oct. 3 pretrial hearing - or roughly five years after Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji suffered severe burns when a plastic syringe she was using to transfer t-butyl lithium from one sealed container to another came apart, spewing a chemical compound that ignites when exposed to air. Sangji was not wearing a protective lab coat when she was burned over nearly half her body Dec. 29, 2008.
OPINION
August 7, 2013 | By E.E. Lewis
In recent weeks the catastrophic crash of a Spanish passenger train, the lethal derailment on a French commuter line, the crash landing of a Boeing 777 in San Francisco and the deadly inferno caused by a runaway train in Canada have increased concerns about the safety of modern technology. The causes of disasters are varied, multiple and often intertwined. The French derailment appears to have been caused by a metal clip that joined two rails - one of thousands on the rail system - working loose.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Los Angeles Times More than 65,000 Californians will learn to ride a motorcycle this year. Many of them will do so through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, which will not only teach them how to ride on bikes provided through the course, but prep them to pass a skills test and get a license. Here's how it works. Riders can find and register for the program either online (www.ca-msp.org) or by phone at (877)-RIDE-411. They then go through 15 hours of training, typically on a weekend.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Find a great cook or baker, and you've probably found someone who has dreamed of starting a food-themed business, whether a restaurant, a bakery or even a food truck. But the many details of starting a food business can turn the dream into a nightmare ? or at least a bad stretch of insomnia. Case in point is Kathie Kaihewalu-Fortney of Buena Park, who has gotten raves for the flavored scones that she made in her home kitchen. But when she wanted to go commercial with the scones, she couldn't use her kitchen to make batches to sell.
WORLD
May 4, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
When the "Dear Leader" hits the road for one of his rare trips outside North Korea, he doesn't take chances. And he certainly doesn't take jet planes. Shrouded in secrecy, excursions like this week's train trip to Beijing have all the markings of Kim Jong Il 's eccentric rule: logistics nuanced by enough bling to serve a seven-star hotel, and risk resistance bordering on the obsessive. On previous trips, there hasn't been just one train, but three. South Korean intelligence reports say the mystery entourage has included two dummy trains to confuse any would-be attacker.
OPINION
October 19, 2009
Re "Cheerleaders take high-flying risks under untrained eyes," Oct. 13 It is irresponsible to allow an assertion from the National Cheer Safety Foundation that coaches' safety training is dangerous because "it gives people a false sense of security." Our association stresses to our coaches that safety training is the first step in an ongoing effort to help create a safe environment for cheerleaders. Safety training is an important component of any safety program, as recognized by the National Federation of High Schools, the NCAA and the U.S. All Star Federation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001
Re "It's Time to Reduce Injury and Death From the Use of Guns," Valley Perspective, Feb. 25. If gun owners agree to completion of a safety course, written and safe-use tests, criminal background checks and fingerprinting as [State Sen. Jack] Scott suggests, will they then be allowed to actually carry their weapons for the protection of themselves and their families? Probably not. JAMES BJORSETH Granada Hills State Sen. Jack Scott argues for handgun owner licensing and safety training.
NEWS
May 2, 1989 | From United Press International
The only child of City Council member Barbara-Rose Collins was hospitalized in serious condition Monday with three gunshot wounds, authorities said. Christopher Collins, 19, was shot in the left arm, chest and abdomen Sunday night as three unidentified men drove past him in a car and opened fire, police said. His mother, who was elected to the council in 1981, voted against a gun-control ordinance last week. The ordinance would have required Detroit handgun owners to register weapons with the Police Department every three years and take safety training.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2009 | Dan Weikel
As a wildfire headed toward Mountain View Estates mobile home park near Chatsworth several years ago, the emergency response of the park's manager and assistant manager was simple, Gary Gibson recalls: They left, leaving him and hundreds of other residents to fend for themselves. "They abandoned the park knowing the fire was bearing down on us," said Gibson, 62, who was later evacuated by sheriff's deputies. "It was a terrible thing to do, leaving the elderly and infirm behind to face that risk."
BUSINESS
June 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Construction workers building a massive casino complex on the Las Vegas Strip were expected to return to work after a one-day walkout over safety concerns at the site where six workers have died since 2006. The general contractor of MGM Mirage Inc.'s CityCenter project will arrange for worker safety training and allow union and business leaders full access to the site at all times, union officials said.
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