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July 5, 1989
Less than a year ago, we Malibu commuters predicted daily traffic jams of great magnitude and inconvenience. We knew, that when Caltrans started widening the Ventura Freeway, thousands of Valley motorists would jam Pacific Coast Highway and cause interminable traffic delays. We were wrong! In actuality, the PCH traffic is moving very nicely as construction continues on the Ventura Freeway. We thank you, Caltrans, for a great job of planning and execution. GEARY STEFFEN Malibu Township Council
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July 29, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
In a class catalog, it probably would be listed as "College Promotion 101. " That's what it looks like along U.S. 101 in the western San Fernando Valley, where a proliferation of large directional signs point the way to local colleges and vocational schools. In all, school operators have managed to get 36 of the green signs placed along a seven-mile stretch of the Ventura Freeway in Tarzana and Woodland Hills. It's the largest cluster of college directional signs in the Los Angeles area.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1993
A pedestrian was hit by a car and killed Sunday on the Ventura Freeway in Studio City, authorities said. The male victim, who was not identified pending notification of relatives, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Officer C. Josang of the California Highway Patrol. A motorist traveling west on the freeway at 4:45 a.m. felt a bump and discovered that the car had hit a pedestrian on the freeway, Josang said. No further details were available, she said.
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April 13, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The family of Abdul Arian remembered the 19-year-old young man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers after a high-speed chase Thursday morning for his desire to become a police officer. "He wanted to be an LAPD cop," said Hamed Arian, the youth's uncle, "and the LAPD killed him. " But as details of Arian's life emerge, the picture of his ambitions becomes more complicated. A police narrative of the shooting on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills suggests a troubled end for the young man who placed a 911 call during the pursuit and told authorities he was armed with a gun. Police did not recover a gun from the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1988
Once again Caltrans officials have shown contempt for the California motorist. They issued a permit to KIIS-FM to park a van on the Louise Avenue overpass on the Ventura Freeway. Traffic was backed up over 15 miles while the KIIS employees smiled and waved at the drivers in the backup. Believe me, there was nothing bright about spending an extra hour in stop-and-go traffic because some radio station wanted to boost its ratings. Traffic at that time of the morning is precarious at best.
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July 28, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
A spate of accidents on the Ventura Freeway sent two people to the hospital Saturday while snarling traffic on and off for several hours beginning about noon, authorities said. At least five other people were treated for minor injuries at accident scenes from Pacific Coast Highway south of Point Mugu to Rose Avenue and the Ventura Freeway. "It was a busy day on the 101," said paramedic supervisor Robert Snyder of MedTrans Ambulance of Ventura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1990
Work on widening the Ventura Freeway will require nighttime lane closures in Tarzana this weekend, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday. Two eastbound and two westbound lanes will be closed between White Oak Avenue and Reseda Boulevard from 11 tonight to 10 a.m. Saturday, Caltrans announced. Also, two eastbound lanes will be closed between Wilbur and Lindley avenues from 11 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.
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July 10, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
The drudgery of the freeway commute is not eased by the sights along the way — the graffiti, the bad seat-belt poetry ("Click It or Ticket"), the seemingly endless number of billboards touting lap-band surgery. Occasionally, it is true, there have been flashes of freeway culture. Off-beat artist Sandra Tsing Loh performed a piano recital for motorists in a parking structure off the Harbor Freeway in 1987. Singer Robert Goulet serenaded drivers with a megaphone from a helicopter above the Ventura Freeway in 1991 as part of a Valentine's Day radio promotion.
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August 4, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
A Westlake Village drug dealer who admitted to selling hallucinogenic mushrooms to a 17-year-old who was killed when she wandered nude onto the Ventura Freeway and was struck by a vehicle was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson also sentenced Steven Thomas Roman, 31, to six years of supervised release after his prison term, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Roman pleaded guilty in April to three felony charges, including felony distribution of illegal drugs that resulted in death.
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January 23, 2009 | Scott Glover
A Westlake Village man was arrested on federal drug charges Thursday for allegedly selling hallucinogenic mushrooms to a group of young people, including a 17-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a car after she ingested the drugs, stripped naked and wandered onto the Ventura Freeway. Steven Thomas Roman, 30, is charged with distribution of narcotics for allegedly selling the drugs to the youths in a Thousand Oaks condominium complex August 14, 2004.
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April 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Britney Spears' motoring misfortunes continue. The pop star was involved in a minor traffic accident late Saturday, but no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, authorities said. Spears was driving her 2008 Mercedes on the eastbound Ventura Freeway just east of the 405 Freeway about 8:20 p.m. when the accident occurred, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball. Spears was in stop-and-go traffic when her car struck a 2006 Nissan in front of her that had stopped.
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March 31, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
In a strange discovery Sunday morning, California Highway Patrol officers who were investigating what they thought was a wild car crash instead found a homicide. About 8:15 a.m., officers were called to the Ventura Freeway just east of Van Nuys Boulevard, where a sedan had crashed into the sound wall and flipped several times. When officers looked in the car, they found a man who had been shot in the head. "It's very odd," said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa.
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August 28, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
An 18-year-old Newbury Park man was killed early Monday when the car he was riding in veered off the Ventura Freeway, tumbled down an embankment and rolled over the man after he was ejected from the vehicle, authorities said. Ryan James Edward, 18, was a passenger in the 2007 Scion that was driven by a 17-year-old friend who apparently lost control of the vehicle about 2 a.m.
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April 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The northbound San Diego Freeway connector to the Ventura Freeway will be closed between 1 and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday next week. Detour signs will be posted. The closures are part of a $46-million project at the interchange extending the current auxiliary lane on the northbound San Diego Freeway past the Ventura Boulevard offramp to the Ventura Freeway connector. The project will also create an onramp to the eastbound Ventura Freeway. The project is expected to be completed in late
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February 23, 2007 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County skyline is a flat and featureless expanse of suburbia and cropland except for two office towers that rise conspicuously above the Oxnard plain. But if developers have their way, those twin towers could get some company. Six more high-rises are proposed near the junction of Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway. The tallest, a 37-story residential building, would dwarf an existing 21-story bank tower at the Topa Financial Plaza.
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