FROM Steve Hymon
Metro Introduces New Late Night Hours LA Metro has extended weekend service on the Blue, Gold, Green, Red, Purple and Expo Lines from midnight ‘til 2am. The Orange Line busway across the San Fernando Valley is running ‘til 2:40 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings so Red line passengers can still pick it up in North Hollywood. KCRW producer Anna Scott found some people had planned their nights around the new schedule while others found it a pleasant surprise…
Can the Kings Make LA an Ice Hockey Town? LA's reputation for ice hockey is lousy. After all, this is not a place where kids learn to skate on frozen ponds, lakes or rivers frozen over by winter. And the Los Angeles Kings haven't had a respectable season since 1993, in the Wayne Gretzky era. Now that may be changing. The Kings are having a great season. But there's also a lot more hockey being played around here than most people realize, and it's not all about professionals and kids.
Measure R LA County Supervisors argued for months over new money for public transit. But Measure R didn't go on the ballot until September, when Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill allowing it. There hasn't been much time to campaign for the measure that would raise the County sales tax by a half-cent to raise $40 billion for mass transit over 30 years.
Metrolink Engineer Text-Messaging Seconds before Fatal Crash Federal investigators say the engineer on the Metrolink train that crashed head on into a Union Pacific freight last month in Chatsworth did send a cell-phone text message . It was 22 seconds before the crash that killed Robert Sanchez and 24 other people. The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine why the Metrolink train failed to stop at a signal.
Senate Briefing on Metrolink Crash "We regulate in this country by counting tombstones…If you don't have enough people dead, not much gets done." That grim assessment came today before the US Senate Commerce Committee in the aftermath of 25 deaths in the Metrolink train crash that happened ten days ago. Steve Hymon writes the Bottleneck Blog for the LA Times.
Metro Meeting Today Debates Sales Tax to Pay for Transit Project High gasoline prices have drivers getting off the road and into public transit, but would two thirds of LA County voters go for a sales tax increase to build more light rails and subways? That’s what Mayor Villaraigosa wants to see, and today the issue came up at the meeting of the MTA Board , where he controls four votes out of 14.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?