CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 |
Julian Burke, a corporate turnaround expert who brought a steady hand and political savvy to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when it was teetering financially and facing federal scrutiny for poor bus service across Los Angeles County, died Saturday at his West Hollywood home. He was 85. His death was confirmed by Allan Lipsky, who had worked with him as the MTA's chief operating officer. He had been ill for some time. Burke was recruited to serve as the agency's interim chief executive in 1997 by then-mayor of Los Angeles and MTA Chairman Richard Riordan.
February 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama issued an executive order Tuesday that seeks to shore up the nation's cyber-defenses by improving how classified information is shared between the government and the owners and operators of crucial infrastructure, including electric utilities, dams and mass transit. The long-expected order, which Obama announced in his State of the Union speech, is a stopgap measure that follows Congress' failure last year to pass legislation to create comprehensive standards for the private sector to help thwart digital attacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 |
When Sheyenne Reyes was growing up in Riverside she could always find a seat on the public bus. Reyes is 21 now, and while waiting for the Route 1 line to take her to work last week, the college student lamented that these days the bus often "gets too crowded to the point where some people have to stand up - they stumble a little bit" as the bus rushes from one stop to another. Standing nearby with his wife and infant daughter, 24-year-old Trayvor Chandlis said that he's looking for work and that his family rides the bus because of high gas prices.
October 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A controversial ad in the D.C. subway system has drawn an unusual form of protest: yellow Post-it notes. The ad, which reads, "In any war between a civilized man and a savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," has been assailed as offensive and inflammatory. Debbie Polhemus, a public high school teacher, didn't like it either. So she struck back by putting up about 100 Post-it notes over one of the ads. On the notes she wrote messages such as "Choose Tolerance" and "If you see something hateful, say something peaceful.
September 25, 2012
From the ambulance-chaser sign on the back to the wrap across the side touting Hollywood's latest, a Los Angeles County bus sometimes resembles a billboard on wheels more than a transit alternative. But those ads are serious business, pumping more than $20 million a year into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's budget at no cost to riders or taxpayers. So when it comes time to pick a billboard company to manage all that advertising, the choice matters. That time has arrived, and unfortunately so has a nasty dispute between the current contractor, CBS Outdoor, and a rival outdoor media company called Titan.
September 18, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency has reiterated its support for CBS' bid to renew its contract to sell advertising on county buses and trains. In a report to the MTA board of directors released Monday that will be officially presented Thursday, the staff favored CBS Outdoor over Titan, a rival outdoor advertising company that also sought the rights. This is the second time the MTA staff has backed CBS. In July, it approved CBS' bid of $110 million for a five-year contract.