FROM Laura Nelson
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 happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.