FROM Laura Nelson
How a boy survived being stuck in the LA sewer Thirteen-year-old Jesse Hernandez was playing in Griffith Park on Easter Sunday. He was jumping on some boards, and they broke. He fell 25 feet into a network of sewage pipes. Rescuers searched for hours as Jesse was washed down the system. When they found him Monday morning, he was alert and talking.
Measure M puts LA at the forefront of public transit funding On Nov. 8 voters will see Measure M on the ballot, an initiative that aims to raise $120 billion over the next 40 years to help fund mass transit expansions. Voters in more than two dozen other metro areas -- like San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta -- are considering similar transit funding measures.
A possible sales tax hike and the future of LA transit Los Angeles County Supervisors unanimously voted to place a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot . The tax is aimed at making it easier to get around southern California, by generating at least $860 million per year for the county’s light rail network and other transit projects. The tax would continue to fund Metro projects indefinitely. And it needs a two-thirds vote to pass – a hurdle that concerns mass transit proponents, particularly because the ballot will be crowded with other tax initiatives for voters to decide on. Will voters be willing to approve a tax hike without an expiration date? And if so, how much will the proposed transit projects actually alleviate traffic in Los Angeles?
Now that the Expo Line Extension is Open, What’s Next in LA Transit? Nine years and $1.5 billion later, the Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica finally opened to the public Friday. For the first time in over 60 years, Angelenos will be able to take the rail line from downtown LA to the beach, and hope springs anew for thousands of commuters subject to decades of gridlock on the 10 freeway. But now that this huge light rail project is complete, what’s next in the grand plan for LA? Will transit really get more of us out of our cars more of the time? Laura Nelson writes about transportation and mobility at the Los Angeles Times and she joins us from downtown Santa Monica at the Expo line unveiling.
Ride-Sharing Pick-ups Begin at LAX in Time for the Holidays On one of the busiest days, the West Coast's busiest airport is opening up to the ride-sharing service. Starting today, LA International Airport will allow Lyft to pick up passengers, as we hear from Laura Nelson, transportation reporter for the Los Angeles Times , has more on the story.
CalTrans Selling Pasadena Homes If you’re looking for a house in the Pasadena area, you can call a real estate agent or you can try CalTrans. Beginning in the 1950’s, the state’s transportation agency started buying homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno to make way for a 6-mile extension to the 710 Freeway. But, there has been fierce opposition. And after decades of legal and political wrangling, it looks like the extension will happen underground, if it happens at all. So now CalTrans is getting ready to sell all those houses, and the people who rent them are worried that they’ll be priced out.
Ridesharing Gets the Go Ahead at LAX Licensed cab drivers have long regarded LA Airport as their last remaining stronghold in the battle with Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies. Not anymore. LA officials have made LAX the largest airport in the nation to fully welcome the mobile app-based services. Laura Nelson reports on transportation for the LA Times .
The Pick-Up Problem at LAX For Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies, LAX is a gaping hole in the regional transportation system. They can drop off passengers, like anyone else, but pick-ups are the exclusive province of taxi-cabs with licenses, special insurance and finger-print background checks for drivers. Mayor Garcetti says it's time for a change.
Is LA's Car Culture Dying? Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride in Southern California the past few weeks. From rock-bottom lows at the start of the year because of an abundant global supply, to a quick rise of a dollar or more per gallon because of a new summer gasoline blend and a refinery explosion in Torrance.
Is LA Making Traffic Inroads? Is LA traffic getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight? KCRW's Steve Chiotakis spoke with LA Times transportation reporter Laura J. Nelson, and Zocalo Public Square columnist Joe Mathews.
Metro Considers a "People Mover" from Crenshaw to LAX Today, Metro decided to consider the cost and usefulness of a “people mover” running to LAX from a new station on the Crenshaw line. It’s not the first time the plan has been discussed, but it seems to be picking up some momentum.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.