March 26, 2006
This week in 1901, trains on Southern Pacific's new Coast Line began carrying passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco along a route that for 100 miles traced cliffs above the ocean, inspiring the railroad to deem them "the most beautiful trains in the world." Frank Norris' muckraking novel "The Octopus" was published that same year, based on what he called the "fight of Ranch and Railroad" for control of California at the turn of the century.
May 31, 2005
There is delicious irony in the fact that the Union Pacific Railroad donated $25,000 this spring to the political committee that is promoting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "People's Reform Program." Schwarzenegger, after all, casts himself in the mold of progressive Gov. Hiram Johnson, whose election in 1910 broke the oppressive political grip of the Southern Pacific Railroad -- a predecessor of the present Union Pacific -- on state government.
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February 9, 2005 |
Keith Knudsen, a drummer for the Doobie Brothers since 1974, died of pneumonia Tuesday. He was 56. Knudsen, who lived in Sonoma County's wine country, had been hospitalized for more than a month. He died at Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital in Kentfield, Calif., according to Bruce Cohn, the Doobie Brothers' longtime manager. Knudsen, who reportedly had been battling cancer since 1995, joined the classic rock band in 1974 after he met Cohn, who told him the Doobies needed a drummer.
February 8, 2003 |
Regulators closed Torrance-based Southern Pacific Bank on Friday, saying Beal Bank of Plano, Texas, will take over its three branches and $834 million in insured deposits. The state Department of Financial Institutions said Southern Pacific had experienced mounting losses resulting from the economic downturn and loans to telecom firms and airlines. The failure, which will cost the Bank Insurance Fund $134.5 million, is the first at a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.-insured institution this year.
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August 19, 2001 |
One of the darkest chapters in the turbulent history of the Southern Pacific railroad in California was the "Mussel Slough Tragedy," which left seven men dead over a land dispute, turned a mild, bookish family man into a train robber and killer and led author Frank Norris to write about "The Octopus"--the nickname for the railroad with a stranglehold on the state. No other single California company ever held the power and influence that Southern Pacific did.
November 12, 1998 |
The Southern Pacific League football championship will be decided Friday with three teams in contention for the title and the probable No. 1 spot in the 16-team City Section playoffs. Dorsey, Wilmington Banning and Crenshaw are 5-1 in conference play. Dorsey can win at least a share of its first league title since 1995 if it wins Friday at Crenshaw. Dorsey would be the top-seeded team from the league because the Dons beat Banning. If Banning wins and Dorsey loses, Banning wins the title.