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April 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
While waiting for a few minutes at Union Station in January, Romeo Doneza caught this photo of a woman walking through the  center of the light rays and shadows coming from a skylight. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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April 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Los Angeles Metro officials are throwing Union Station a 75 th birthday party on Saturday, May 3, and the public is invited.   Special events , scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., include model train displays from Orange County N'gineers, tours of custom rail cars, architectural tours, children's activities connected with the kids' TV show “Chuggington” and a daylong program of live music that includes Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (an...
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OPINION
December 25, 2013
Re "No ticket, no sitting at L.A.'s Union Station," Dec. 22 One downtown resident quoted in the article thinks it is unfair that homeless people are not being permitted to "get warm" in Union Station. If she wants to help remedy that, she could invite some of the homeless to get warm in the lobby of her building or, better yet, in her home. My guess is that she would not be too hot about that idea. Gerry Swider Sherman Oaks So, allowing the homeless to take shelter in a dry, warm public space is a health concern, but booting them out into the cold, wet night is not?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Paige St. John and Kate Mather
WILLOWS, Calif. -- Federal traffic safety investigators will be paying special attention to fire safety issues as well as whether crash victims were able to escape from the burning motor coach, both important concerns for the federal agency. Students in the bus have said riders broke windows in order to escape the fire. “The worst thing for the NTSB is to show up, know that we've issued recommendations from a previous accident where lives have been los t … and find out if those recommendations had been closed and enacted, lives could have been saved,” said Michael Rosekind, an NTSB board member who traveled with the investigation team to Orland.
TRAVEL
December 1, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
I thoroughly enjoyed the piece on Union Station ["A Set for Past and Future," by Christopher Reynolds, Nov. 24] and wonderful pics by Mark Boster. It brought back long-ago memories of when my family came to California by train in 1965. My dad was offered a management position in his company if he moved from Chicago to L.A. He loaded up his three sons and one daughter, and for three days and two chilly nights we rode toward the West. We finally landed in downtown Los Angeles at beautiful Union Station.
NEWS
April 1, 2011
Among Los Angeles landmarks, Union Station in downtown is certainly one of the most trafficked. Seen here in a photo taken by Times reader "kayone73," this transportation hub has seen plenty of travelers pass through since it opened in 1939. The passenger station, in Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco style, is in the National Register of Historic Places and has been called one of the last great train stations built in America. Besides a restaurant, newsstand and coffee shop, the station has featured several works of art throughout its grounds . If you're interested in learning more, the Los Angeles Conservancy offers a walking tour of Union Station on the third Saturday of each month.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
After considering a half-dozen teams of architects and engineers led by some of the biggest names in the profession -- Renzo Piano and Norman Foster among them -- the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is poised to hire a group led by L.A.'s Gruen Associates and London's Grimshaw Architects to produce a new master plan for Union Station. Metro purchased the 1939 landmark and about 40 acres surrounding it last year. In April, the agency, looking ahead to the day when the station might welcome high-speed trains from San Francisco, asked the six competing teams to produce "vision boards" imagining the site in 2050.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic
Architects from some of the most prominent firms in the world -- including Renzo Piano and UN Studio's Ben Van Berkel -- joined a long list of well-known local designers Wednesday in presenting hugely ambitious if  largely fanciful plans for expanding Los Angeles' Union Station. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which now owns the station and a 40-acre parcel of land surrounding it, plans to choose a single team of designers as the master planner for the station site by late June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Officials are easing up on a controversial policy to keep homeless people from congregating and sleeping in Los Angeles' historic Union Station, reopening 30% of the terminal seating to the general public, a transportation official said Thursday. Seating in the waiting room had been placed off-limits in December to all but ticketed Amtrak and Metrolink passengers after hundreds of homeless people sought refuge in the cavernous Art Moderne lobby over the fall and early winter.
OPINION
December 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The new pilot program at Union Station that forbids people who are not holding train tickets to sit in the waiting room seats is another sad reminder of the city's desperate homelessness problem - and of how difficult it is to balance the rights of Los Angeles' most vulnerable citizens with the rights of others to go about their business safely and without fear or harassment. The pilot program was instituted this month by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority because, MTA officials say, about 135 homeless people a night were descending on the station, intimidating travelers with aggressive panhandling, taking over the bathrooms and sprawling across seats.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | Mike Hiserman
A capacity crowd will be ready for some baseball as the Dodgers play their home opener Friday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants. Whether the Dodgers were ready for all of those fans will be determined by what happens before, during and after the game. Along with spending for the product on the field -- the richest collection of talent in baseball history -- the Dodgers have invested more than $150 million the last two seasons on the ballpark itself, upgrading the infrastructure and adding some fan-friendly features.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014
That was a good article showing another side of Richard Sherman ["Oh the humility. " Jan. 28]. I just wish for the day when people will not seem surprised that there are good, decent, intelligent people who come from loving, caring families ... and they just happen to be from Compton. There are many, many more. Kelvin D. Filer Compton :: Sunday's Super Bowl is pivotal. Flash forward 10 years to 2024. The Seahawks have won three Super Bowls by playing "smashmouth" football.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Officials are easing up on a controversial policy to keep homeless people from congregating and sleeping in Los Angeles' historic Union Station, reopening 30% of the terminal seating to the general public, a transportation official said Thursday. Seating in the waiting room had been placed off-limits in December to all but ticketed Amtrak and Metrolink passengers after hundreds of homeless people sought refuge in the cavernous Art Moderne lobby over the fall and early winter.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
What secrets lurk behind the buttes of Monument Valley, the cable cars of San Francisco and the pandas of San Diego? Uranium, rats and pumpkin-scented scat, to start with. This weekend, photographer Mark Boster and I will explain these discoveries and other surprises from our series “Postcards From the West”   at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show at the L.A. Convention Center. This 92-second video offers a high-velocity, cubicle-friendly glimpse of L.A.'s Union Station, the streets of San Francisco and the dirt roads of Monument Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Yes, people do ride mass transit in Los Angeles. And once a year, they do it without pants. As part of an international improvisation event called the "No Pants Subway Ride," scores of Angelenos - fully dressed, but only from the waist up - will swarm the Red Line's Hollywood/Highland station at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Captains with nicknames like Agent Meow Meow and Agent Silky will gather groups together along the Red, Gold and Expo lines earlier on Sunday afternoon and help new riders pay fares, find their way through Union Station, and change trains.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
The idea of a headphone opera was hatched over drinks at a downtown Mexican bar. The production design was partly inspired by flash mobs and silent disco. And the setting won't be a proscenium theater, but the majestically melancholy Union Station train terminal in downtown Los Angeles. These are someways in which Saturday night's world premiere performance of "Invisible Cities" won't be a conventional night at the opera, and why the audience it attracts likely won't be conventional either.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
It's a sweeping romantic moment set against the grandeur of New York's Grand Central Terminal, venue to countless poignant moments of tearful farewells. A forlorn young woman, suitcase in hand, buys her train ticket from the kiosk as her lover appears from out of the shadows to present her with a bouquet of flowers. The couple embrace and leave together on a horse and buggy waiting outside the station. Cut. The scene, from the Justin Timberlake romantic comedy "Friends With Benefits," is supposed to unfold in New York's renowned example of Beaux Arts architecture.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
NEW YORK - This has been the season of the concert hall. The one named after Walt Disney turned 10. How that venue has revolutionized musical life in L.A. and beyond has been the subject of much consideration. Though the economy bubbles and bursts, this great space, having lost none of its contemporary luster, continues to inspire an international concert hall building boom. That makes this latest push to get music the heck out of Disney and every other concert hall all the more a remarkable phenomenon in 2013.
OPINION
December 25, 2013
Re "No ticket, no sitting at L.A.'s Union Station," Dec. 22 One downtown resident quoted in the article thinks it is unfair that homeless people are not being permitted to "get warm" in Union Station. If she wants to help remedy that, she could invite some of the homeless to get warm in the lobby of her building or, better yet, in her home. My guess is that she would not be too hot about that idea. Gerry Swider Sherman Oaks So, allowing the homeless to take shelter in a dry, warm public space is a health concern, but booting them out into the cold, wet night is not?
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