Local leaders in Los Angeles see light rail as fundamental to the future of the city. Voters do to. They have signed off on new taxes to fund more than two dozen new projects. But ideas such as a rail line through the Sepulveda Pass, or one from downtown to Artesia, have always seemed like pie in the sky - until Los Angeles was promised the Olympics in 2028.
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What a change of zip code means for the LA Times Starting next week, when you type 'Los Angeles Times' into your smartphone, you will be seeing a new address. The institution that has covered the L.A.-area since the late 1800s is moving to the coast: El Segundo, to be exact. The building will be hemmed in by the notoriously jammed 405 freeway, and that fact is raising a lot of questions about how the paper will continue to deliver on its mission.
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