CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's efforts to fast-track the long-stalled Westside subway faced a challenge Tuesday when a bipartisan group of congressional representatives said the current plan is unlikely to bring immediate federal funding to L.A. County. Villaraigosa has been pushing to have the subway completed in 10 years -- more than 15 years earlier than under current estimates. At his urging, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board agreed to submit the subway expansion, as well as a plan to build a light-rail through downtown, as the county's two projects to compete for a share of a national pool of federal funding.
April 30, 2009 |
Virgin America, the upstart carrier founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, began flying between Orange County's John Wayne Airport and San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday for as little as $49 one way. The launch of the low-fare service began with a glitzy party on the airport tarmac where celebrities, such as rapper MC Hammer and the cast of reality show "The Real Housewives of Orange County," welcomed passengers on the first flight from San Francisco.
December 15, 2008 |
A jetliner departed Taiwan for China to open a new era of direct air and shipping services with the mainland. The flight from Taipei to Shanghai came after an improvement in relations since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in Taiwan in May and moved to reverse pro-independence policies.
November 22, 2008 |
Nine days after announcing new overseas routes for 2009, Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest carrier, said in a regulatory filing Friday that it planned to reduce future domestic and international capacity because demand for seats had slowed amid the global financial crisis. The Atlanta-based airline said it would give more details about its outlook in early December. Spokeswoman Betsy Talton said Delta still planned to add the 15 new international routes it announced Nov.
November 11, 2008 |
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant company, posted October sales that beat some analysts' estimates after U.S. consumers, pinched by rising food bills and unemployment, bought double cheeseburgers and other $1 items. Global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months climbed 8.2%, paced by Europe's gain of 9.8% compared with a year earlier. U.S. same-store sales increased 5.3%, the Oak Brook, Ill., company said. The Oct.
August 27, 2008 |
Southwest Airlines says it plans next year to drop six flights from San Diego's Lindbergh Field. The airline says the cuts are part of nationwide cutbacks prompted by a declining economy, high oil prices and the difficulties of winter travel. Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz says the airline is cutting two flights from San Diego to Oakland and one flight each to Albuquerque, Washington, Chicago and Sacramento. Nationwide, Mainz says, Southwest plans to reduce its daily schedule early next year by 190 flights.