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August 27, 1988 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
In a scene from the movie "National Lampoon's European Vacation," Chevy Chase gets a laugh when he finds himself trapped in a British traffic circle, whirling frantically, unable to exit, for hours. But here in California, the state Department of Transportation is not amused.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1988
If drivers will plow through clearly defined signal lights at the peril of other drivers and themselves, what will they do at "Yield" signs where right of way is a matter of individual judgment? If they will generate gridlock by continuing into an intersection in spite of a red light and posted laws, can we expect them to politely wait their turn because of an unwritten "offside priority" rule which allows priority to circulating traffic? Your roundabout article quoted Caltrans engineers as crediting the roundabout with a "40-60% decrease in accidents."
NEWS
February 22, 2009 | Brian Murphy, Murphy writes for the Associated Press.
There it was: an overpass bending gracefully over stalled traffic on Dubai's main highway. And there I was: driving through a sandy haze kicked up by construction equipment, plowing into dead ends and discovering a special boomtown brand of road rage as I rambled over a confusing web of roads freshly carved in the desert. But I knew -- somewhere, somehow -- there was a way onto that bridge. I found it after about 20 wearying minutes by tailing a taxi that I figured had far better local driving intuition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2001 | GEORGE RAMOS
On L.A.'s Eastside, the term "Cinco Puntos" conjures up images of delicious tamales, fresh homemade tortillas and succulent pork carnitas. It's been been that way at the five-pointed intersection between the city of Los Angeles and unincorporated East L.A. since the landmark Cinco Puntos tortilleria opened there in 1966. During the Christmas holidays, for example, off-duty police officers have to be brought in to keep order as customers clamor for homemade tamales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2001 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calabasas has its well-heeled residents driving in circles. But few seem to mind. The upper-crust community in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains is one of the latest California cities to build traffic circles and roundabouts. "It's good because it slows down traffic, and we have a lot of kids around here," said Randy Marks, who lives a few yards from one of several roundabouts installed over the last two years in Calabasas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2000 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508--
Residents on Dorothy Lane won't be seeing many commercial trucks driving past their homes anymore, but the speeding cars that use their street as a shortcut won't be forced to slow just yet. The City Council has decided to wait before voting on a recommendation to install traffic circles on Dorothy Lane between Longview Drive and Acacia Avenue. The round medians, placed at the center of intersections, are designed to slow traffic by forcing vehicles to drive around them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1991 | NANCY RAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Construction of traffic circles designed to slow the flow on the narrow back streets of Del Mar began Wednesday morning, but work was halted a few hours later when an angry resident obtained a temporary restraining order. In response to a legal challenge from Del Mar resident Al Carsten, Superior Court Judge Kevin Midlam issued the order stopping work on the $300,000 city project and set a hearing for Friday on an extension of the ban.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1991 | NANCY RAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Del Mar residents who fought the city over construction of traffic-slowing islands on their narrow residential streets won a victory in court Friday and filed action to put the disputed traffic circles on the ballot. Vista Superior Court Judge Kevin Midlam ordered the city to halt work on the street barricades, but urged Del Mar's special counsel, Dwight Worden, to seek an immediate appeal court ruling of his action.
MAGAZINE
December 17, 2006 | Greg Goldin, Greg Goldin is Los Angeles magazine's architecture critic.
Here, in two words, is the architecture that Los Angeles, the city that loves and hates architecture, currently loves to hate: Persian Palace. No other coinage so immediately evinces dismissal and revulsion. It is the ultimate form of "mansionization," taking a small lot and building the largest possible box on it.
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