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September 19, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Reader Ron King of Camarillo doesn't like how The Times refers to local freeways. A recent example , from Saturday's paper: The Getty fire started in high brush on the east side of the 405 Freeway near Getty Center Drive during the afternoon rush hour… King - and other readers - think that reference should have been to the San Diego Freeway. “Freeways should be referred to by their names, not federal interstate numbers like they do in other unimaginative places that don't have interesting traditions,” King emailed.
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March 24, 2014 | By Laura Nelson
Southern California freeways are smoother than they were two years ago, but nearly a quarter of lane miles are still in poor condition - the highest percentage of any California region, according to a new pavement quality study. About 22% of the 6,295 freeway miles in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have major potholes, severe cracks or are otherwise in bad condition, according to a statewide Caltrans survey of pavement conditions from 2011 to 2013. That figure is a dramatic improvement from two years ago, the study said, when about one-third of area freeway miles were in poor condition.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1987
While driving north on the Harbor Freeway last week, I noticed a commercially made sign in the window of a maroon Ford Mustang. In large white capital letters on a black field were the words "COME NEAR ME AND I'LL KILL YOU." I don't know whether the message was intended as an invitation or a deterrent, but I'll guarantee that some macho character will try to find out. So Mustang owner, think about the lady that was sitting by your side as well as the passenger seated in back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Reader Ron King of Camarillo doesn't like how The Times refers to local freeways. A recent example , from Saturday's paper: The Getty fire started in high brush on the east side of the 405 Freeway near Getty Center Drive during the afternoon rush hour… King - and other readers - think that reference should have been to the San Diego Freeway. “Freeways should be referred to by their names, not federal interstate numbers like they do in other unimaginative places that don't have interesting traditions,” King emailed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1993
A way to cut the deficit: Install parking meters on Southern California freeways. ROBERT BERGMAN Westlake Village
NEWS
May 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In the third shooting incident this month on Southern California freeways, a Costa Mesa man narrowly missed being shot while driving on the Santa Ana Freeway, police said. Samuel Mooradian, 25, was driving north near the Lincoln Avenue exit in Anaheim about 10:30 a.m. when the passenger of a car passing on the left suddenly thrust a handgun out of the window and shot at him, police said. The bullet lodged in the left door post a couple of feet from Mooradian's head, Sgt. Ken Brott said.
OPINION
December 27, 2007 | Mark Pisano, Mark Pisano is executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Governments.
Imagine clean, safe, elevated, high-speed monorails traversing alongside Southern California freeways. Some view that concept as science fiction, but the technology exists. We already own the necessary right of way. And, with some visionary thinking, we have the ability to make such a system a reality through a partnership between government and the private sector. The Southern California Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2005 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A San Bernardino man was shot in the head by another motorist Friday morning on a freeway interchange in Riverside, the fourth shooting in recent weeks on Southern California freeways. Ricky Smith, 32, was headed west on the Moreno Valley Freeway about 2:30 a.m. when someone in the car beside him fired at least five shots. Smith's sport utility vehicle slid into a guardrail on the connector road to northbound Interstate 215.
OPINION
May 5, 2005
After reading "Road Shooting Probe Intensifies" (May 3), I know just the solution for what's ailing us. California should adopt Florida's recently enacted "stand your ground" law allowing anyone to whip out a firearm and start shooting if they feel threatened, at any time. Just ask the National Rifle Assn.: Well-armed citizens in cars will keep those bad guys from trying anything! Hey, while we're at it, let's make sure all our schoolkids are armed too. That will put an end to all those school shootings by the criminal element in our midst.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Advertisements for Lap-Band weight-loss surgery with that catchy telephone number, 1-800-GET-THIN, have quietly been pulled off roadside billboards across Southern California. Billboard companies Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. and Lamar Advertising Co. confirmed that marketing firm 1-800-GET-THIN has let its contracts with them expire. If the ads do not return, it would mark the end to one of Southern California's most aggressive medical advertising campaigns — one marked by controversy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this week upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of caps on motor vehicle emissions, which environmental groups had argued failed to address hazardous air pollution faced by the 1.5 million people living next to Southern California freeways. The court ruled that the EPA's approval of proposed limits on the amount of motor vehicle emissions allowed in the region were adequate for the purposes of proceeding with California's transportation plans and projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2011 | Hector Tobar
Each of the many freeways that crisscross our city has a personality. Interstate 710, still known to us L.A. old-timers as the Long Beach Freeway, is a working man hauling freight and merchandise day and night. The Santa Monica Freeway is ambitious and vain, an actor rushing to a casting call and zipping past you in his sports car. The oldest of them all is the Pasadena Freeway. He's your crotchety and eccentric grandfather. Stubborn, set in his ways, and still wearing fashions from the middle of the last century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis and Jennifer Oldham
An unusually strong arctic blast dumped snow over a large swath of Southern California mountains and high deserts Wednesday, shutting down some of the state's busiest freeways, stranding thousands of motorists and cutting off several communities.
OPINION
December 27, 2007 | Mark Pisano, Mark Pisano is executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Governments.
Imagine clean, safe, elevated, high-speed monorails traversing alongside Southern California freeways. Some view that concept as science fiction, but the technology exists. We already own the necessary right of way. And, with some visionary thinking, we have the ability to make such a system a reality through a partnership between government and the private sector. The Southern California Assn.
OPINION
May 5, 2005
After reading "Road Shooting Probe Intensifies" (May 3), I know just the solution for what's ailing us. California should adopt Florida's recently enacted "stand your ground" law allowing anyone to whip out a firearm and start shooting if they feel threatened, at any time. Just ask the National Rifle Assn.: Well-armed citizens in cars will keep those bad guys from trying anything! Hey, while we're at it, let's make sure all our schoolkids are armed too. That will put an end to all those school shootings by the criminal element in our midst.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this week upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of caps on motor vehicle emissions, which environmental groups had argued failed to address hazardous air pollution faced by the 1.5 million people living next to Southern California freeways. The court ruled that the EPA's approval of proposed limits on the amount of motor vehicle emissions allowed in the region were adequate for the purposes of proceeding with California's transportation plans and projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2005 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A San Bernardino man was shot in the head by another motorist Friday morning on a freeway interchange in Riverside, the fourth shooting in recent weeks on Southern California freeways. Ricky Smith, 32, was headed west on the Moreno Valley Freeway about 2:30 a.m. when someone in the car beside him fired at least five shots. Smith's sport utility vehicle slid into a guardrail on the connector road to northbound Interstate 215.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2002 | Jeff Gottlieb and Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writers
By the time the last of the 198 vehicles had piled into each other Sunday, the Long Beach Freeway looked like the site of a demolition derby. The massive chain reaction, which resulted in two major pileups, began at 6:45 a.m. as motorists were driving too fast through unusually dense fog, according to the CHP. Even the officers were amazed that no one was killed. Forty-one people were injured, nine of them critically. Most of those taken to nearby hospitals were treated and released.
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