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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.