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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?