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Metrolink restoring some service from San Fernando Valley to Ventura County

Above, a passenger boards a Metrolink train at the Van Nuys station. The agency is restoring two morning trains connecting Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley with Ventura County. (2020 file photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — As traffic on freeways serving the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County returns to pre-COVID-19 levels, Metrolink said Friday it will reinstate two morning trains on Tuesday to serve people who live and work in those areas. Ventura Co...
Tags: Transportation, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Ventura County, Metro, Valley, San Fernando Valley, Union Station, Moorpark, Van Nuys, Metrolink, Ventura County Line, LA Metro


Pass the MORE Act, end federal cannabis prohibition

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote later this month on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively putting the drug in the same category as alcohol. The MORE Act, which has over 85 cosponsors in the House, would lift the threat of federal prosecution for marijuana in states that have legalized it. The Controlled Substances Act, passed in 1970, listed cannabis as a Schedule I controlled s...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, House, Legislature, Small Business Administration, Veterans Administration, House Judiciary Committee, U S House of Representatives, Earl Blumenauer, LA Metro, Congressional Cannabis Caucus, Suzette Valladares


Suzette Valladares for Assembly District 38

California’s 38th Assembly District, centered around Santa Clarita and extending to Simi Valley on the west, up to the Castaic area in the north and the high desert in the east, is one of those still fairly rare state regions in which the “top-two” voting rules for primaries resulted in two candidates from the same party in the November general election. That those candidates are both Republicans is indicative of a remarkably botched job by Democrats in the district, which is currently represent...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Smith, Endorsements, Garcia, Legislature, Santa Clarita, Hill, Assembly, Simi Valley, McKeon, Walter Williams, Castaic


California’s energy policies need some rethinking

California used to be the state of unlimited opportunity.  Now, it cannot even keep the lights on.  In August, with temperatures in the 100-degree range, hundreds of thousands of people were without electricity for as much as an hour at a time.  This was not due to an accident.  The state’s power manager ordered the blackouts to prevent an even larger-scale blackout.  This was an admission that the state of California is no longer able to keep the lights on.  And it could have been a lot worse. ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, UC Berkeley, Legislature, LA Metro, Guest Commentary, Anthony Caso, Walter Williams Gov Gavin Newsom


LA Metro's TAP Card Now Supports Apple Pay With Express Transit Mode

As promised, Los Angeles Metro's TAP card now supports Apple Pay with Express Transit mode, allowing the card to be added to the Wallet app on a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch for tap-and-go payment at rail stations and on buses. Express Transit mode allows users to pay for rides without having to wake or unlock their iPhone or Apple Watch, or open an app. The mode also bypasses the need to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode. Users simply need to hold their iPhone or Apple W...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Featured, Washington, China, Apple Pay, Los Angeles Metro, LA Metro, Express Transit, New York City Portland London Hong Kong


California and the Second Amendment

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) that the Second Amendment restricts the actions of the states as well as the federal government, the constitutionality of state laws related to firearms has been less than certain. It was only two years earlier that the Supreme Court had declared, with its ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right that does not depend on participation in a state militia. The McDonald ...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Editorials, New Jersey, District Of Columbia, San Diego County, Duncan, U S Supreme Court, Legislature, McDonald, Ninth Circuit, John Stossel


The California Legislature’s session left much undone

When the Legislature reconvened in January, the stage was seemingly set for a year of sweeping action on California’s most vexing political issues, such as a chronic housing shortage, homelessness and an embarrassingly high poverty rate. Democrats enjoyed overwhelming majorities in both legislative houses, the Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, was fond of pursuing “big hairy, audacious goals” in contrast with cautious predecessor Jerry Brown, and the state’s roaring economy was pouring billions...
Tags: Minneapolis, California, Opinion, Washington, Sacramento, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Biden, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Capitol, Legislature, California Legislature


LA Metro indulges in unworkable fantasies of a fareless system

At last Thursday’s meeting of the board of directors of Metro, Los Angeles County’s public transit agency, CEO Phil Washington announced Metro’s new Fareless System Initiative. The idea is to completely eliminate fares for all riders on Metro buses and trains. No need to jump the turnstiles, it’s all aboard, no charge. Ridership, which was already in steady decline even before the COVID-19 panic and lockdowns, has cratered, reducing revenue from fares. The economic slowdown has meant lower sales...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, DMV, County, Metro, Susan Shelley, LA Metro, Trump Biden, Metro Without, Opinion columns, Phil Washington, the Southern California News Group, Jo Jorgensen, Operation FSI


Metrolink announces free weekend rides for kids starting Saturday

Metrolink, Southern California’s regional rail service, will begin a new Kids Ride Free on Weekends promotion Saturday, Aug. 29, allowing up to three children per family to ride free across the Southland’s six counties when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Children must be 17 years old or younger to qualify for a free ticket. The weekend-only promotion will also offer adults a discounted $10 ride to any Metrolink station. “After being cooped up we know folks are ready to change their routines...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Local News, Southern California, Southland, South Bay, LA County, Metrolink, LA Metro, Street Metro Center, Top Stories LADN, Brian Humphrey, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


LA Metro task force will seek to eliminate fares on buses, trains

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday it will convene a task force starting Tuesday to explore ways to eliminate fares for all riders on the agency’s buses and trains. “L.A. Metro has a moral obligation to pursue a fareless system and help our region recover from both a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and the devastating effects of the lack of affordability in the region,” Metro CEO Phillip Washington said. “Fare-free transit will help essentia...
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Freeway gridlock is back and traffic is returning to pre-pandemic levels, new report shows

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring, Southern Californians could point to a silver lining of free-flowing freeways and near-empty thoroughfares. Not anymore. A new study by the Southern California Association of Governments, a six-county planning agency, documented a massive drop in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) that since mid-May has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. Making matters worse, the matching plunge in bus and train ridership during the last two weeks of March and thro...
Tags: Transportation, News, California, Trains, Los Angeles, Roads, Sport, Traffic, Soccer, Glendale, Long Beach, CalTrans, Pasadena, Orange County, Riverside County, Northwest


LA County strides toward ballot measure to guarantee funding for underserved communities

After a highly spirited debate, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 21, directed the drafting of legislation that would — if voters approved it in November — amend the county’s charter to guarantee that hundreds of millions of dollars each year are shifted away from law enforcement and the criminal justice system and set it aside for underserved communities. The action, designed to set aside a baseline of 10% of local general-fund revenue for such communities, marked a significant moment i...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Black, Board, Board of Supervisors, Barger, LA County, Sheriff s Department, Hilda Solis, Sylmar, VILLANUEVA, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, Southern California News Group


Los Angeles Metro Says TAP Transit Cards Will Support Apple Pay Later This Year

The Los Angeles Metro today confirmed that TAP cards used for public transit in the city will work with Apple Pay later this year, allowing them to be added to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch for quick access to buses and trains in LA. The LA Metro said last year that it was working with Apple to add mobile payment support for iPhones by the end of 2019, but the rollout didn't end up happening and work on the transition continues. In a tweet today, the LA Metro said that ‌iPhone‌...
Tags: Apple, La, Los Angeles, Apple Watch, Apple Pay, LA County, Los Angeles Metro, LA Metro, Los Angeles Metro Says TAP Transit


Carson allows Independence day block parties despite coronavirus surge

When Brian Collins holds his annual Independence Day block party on Saturday, just as he has done for the last two decades on Carson’s Tamcliff Avenue, the event will look very different from past years. And it’s all because of the coronavirus pandemic. The street will be barricaded as usual, but largely to stop vehicles from driving down the road rather than to create space for neighbors to mingle. There will be no potluck to ensure different households don’t share food. The city banned “bounce...
Tags: Health, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, City Council, Local News, Public Safety, Collins, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, West Hollywood, Assembly, South Bay


LAPD officers trapped in Sylmar crash

A Los Angeles Police Department SUV was involved in a crash Monday with a pickup truck in Sylmar, trapping two officers until firefighters could extricate them from the vehicle. Los Angeles firefighters responded about 5 p.m. to the crash scene at Polk Street and Dronfield Avenue, where they were able to extricate the officers, who suffered unknown injuries. An LAPD patrol SUV was involved in a crash Monday, June 29, 2020, at Polk Street and Dronfield Avenue in Sylmar. Firefighters extricate...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Local News, Lapd, Polk Street, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, Sylmar, LA Metro, Top Stories LADN, Rick McClure, Valley Traffic Division, Dronfield Avenue


Woman struck, injured by LA Metro Red Line train in Studio City

STUDIO CITY — A woman was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after being struck by a Red Line train near Universal Studios, authorities said. It was reported at 3:51 p.m. at 3901 North Lankershim Blvd., said LA Metro spokesman Rick Jager. The woman was seen walking on the platform before the westbound train from downtown Los Angeles to North Hollywood came through the station and she was found injured on the tracks, Jager said. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angele...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Universal Studios, Metro, Studio City, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Pedestrian, North Hollywood, Jager, LA Metro, Train Accident, Top Stories LADN, Rick Jager


Demonstrations against police brutality, racism continue for 5th weekend

LOS ANGELES — Demonstrations and other activities in Southern California, and across the nation, targeting systemic racism and police brutality are entering a second month with no signs of waning. The ongoing actions were sparked by the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was handcuffed and face-down on the ground. The officer was fired and has been charged with second-degree murder. Three ot...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Black Lives Matter, Lapd, Crossfit, Usc, Southern California, City Hall, Van Halen, Riverside, Mission Street, Boyle


Black Lives Matter seeks ban on LAPD use of rubber bullets, batons and more

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles and its police department have until Friday afternoon to submit an argument in opposition to a request from Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles seeking a federal judge’s emergency order banning police from using rubber bullets, baton blows and other crowd control tactics during demonstrations. BLM-LA filed its application for a temporary restraining order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall issued a briefing schedule Thursday giving the city and Los Angeles P...
Tags: Politics, News, Minneapolis, La, Police, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Lapd, Crossfit, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, Baton, LA Metro


LA Metro to consider review of transit policing

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors on Thursday will consider appointing a committee to rethink public safety on the agency’s transit system, including alternatives to armed law enforcement response to some incidents. The motion, co-sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and county Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, urges Metro to develop policies for different responses to nonviolent crimes and other offenses. “Aroun...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, News, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Lapd, Los Angeles City Council, Metro, Los Angeles City, LA County, Bonin, Hilda Solis, Janice Hahn


Metro resumes bus, rail service in wake of LA protests; will reimburse stranded riders

Metro bus and rail service resumed Sunday morning, after being shut down because of the protests and violence from Saturday. Metro had to suspend service at 8 p.m. as the day’s protests morphed into looting and violence. Related links National Guard on its way, curfew goes into effect throughout LA amid unrest Newsom declares state of emergency for LA County These cities joined L.A. in ordering curfews for Saturday night “We took this action out of utmost concern for the public and our...
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These cities joined L.A. in ordering curfews for Saturday night

Cities announcing curfews Saturday night, besides Los Angeles, included: –Beverly Hills –Culver City –Pasadena –Santa Monica –West Hollywood Also, Metro suspended bus and train service in all areas where demonstrators were protesting the death of George Floyd. The transit agency took the action “to ensure the safety of both the public and LA Metro employees,” said Chief Executive Officer Phillip A. Washington. The suspension was effective immediately and would last until 5:30 a.m. Sunday, per th...
Tags: News, Protest, Washington, La, Police, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Phillip, Rodeo Drive, Garcetti, LA Metro, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories PSN


Weekend 105 Freeway closures near LAX announced for roadway work

Caltrans announced Friday, April 24, that overnight closures are planned this weekend for the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway near Los Angeles International Airport so crews can re-stripe the roadway. The freeway is scheduled to be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday between Sepulveda Boulevard and California Street. If the work is not completed during those hours, the freeway again will be closed from 9 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday. The eastbound 105 Freeway offramp to northbound Sepulved...
Tags: Transportation, News, California, NFL, Sport, Soccer, CalTrans, Southern California, Lax, Los Angeles International Airport, Glenn Anderson, Imperial Highway, LA Metro, Sepulveda Boulevard, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


LA Metro to close entrances to some B Line rail stations to clean for coronavirus

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority will temporarily close some of the entrances to rail platforms starting Friday, but all stations will remain open. Metro will close entrances to its B Line (Red) stations to clean public touchpoints, such as handrails and elevator buttons, to keep its system as clean as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADA access will be maintained at all stations. The station entrance closures are:  Union Station, west entrance; the east entrance will be open...
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Metro’s bus and rail schedules to change on April 19 due to decline in ridership during coronavirus

  A lone traveler on the Metro Red Line subway in downtown Los Angeles on March 26, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   A change is coming on April 19 for bus and rail patrons who use Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s transit services. Metro, as it is known for short, will start running buses and rail on a modified Sunday schedule seven-days a week beginning on Sunday. In addition, some Express, Local and Rapid bus lines — that normally do no...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Transit, Soccer, Local News, Metro, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane, LA Metro, Metro Red Line, Top Stories LADN, Coronavirus, All Readers, Express Local and Rapid


Woman allegedly assaults Uber driver, is removed from car, then killed in traffic

MISSION HILLS — An Uber passenger was killed Saturday morning when she walked into the path of oncoming traffic on the eastbound Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Mission Hills after she allegedly assaulted the driver and was physically removed from the vehicle. Officers received a call about a pedestrian sitting in the No. 3 lane of the freeway at 12:30 a.m. and responded to a location just east of Sepulveda Boulevard at 12:45 a.m. They were told the pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle and die...
Tags: Amazon, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, California Highway Patrol, Honda, CHP, Public Safety, Southern California, State, Carson, West Valley, Atwater Village, Mission Hills


How can Southern California bus drivers be protected against coronavirus?

Many transit agencies in Southern California are seeing the number of novel coronavirus cases among employees creep upward, heightening anxiety among bus operators and their families that they could be exposed. In Riverside County, where a bus driver contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and another is being tested, a driver is concerned that not enough is being done to protect these frontline workers. A 60-year-old grandmother and driver for Empire Transportation Inc., a subcont...
Tags: Transportation, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Transit, Soccer, Lausd, Detroit, Riverside County, ATU, Palm Springs, Southern California, Metro, Pomona, Los Angeles County


Record 16.6 million have sought U.S. jobless aid amid coronavirus outbreak

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks. The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948. They paint a picture of a job market that is quickly unraveling as businesses have shut down across the country because of the coronavirus outbreak. More than 2...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Sport, Ap, Soccer, United States, Maine, Tennessee, Treasury, Nashville, University of Pennsylvania, Salt Lake City, Morgan Stanley, Transportation Security Administration, Patrick Whittle, Treasury Department


Coronavirus: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

By MICHAEL BIESECKER WASHINGTON  — The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients. The Department of Health and Human Services told The Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory. The HHS statement confirms federal docume...
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LA Metro will continue to scale back services amid coronavirus outbreak

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority announced Wednesday, April 8, that it will further reduce services by about 10% starting April 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Related Articles Fast food workers to stage walkout Thursday Judge gives L.A. city, county until noon Friday to submit plans to maintain Skid Row homeless facilities Cops don’t want to arrest you for disobeying coronavirus stay-at-home order, but they ca...
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Free rides help Southern California bus agencies combat coronavirus

For many transit agencies in Southern California, a free ride translates into a safer ride during the new coronavirus pandemic. What does one have to do with the other? It has to do with keeping your distance. Since fare boxes are always at the front of the bus next to the driver, requiring riders to deposit money or tap the electronic pad with a pass violates social distancing guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county health agencies have issued to slow the spread of ...
Tags: Transportation, News, La, Trains, Sport, Public Health, Transit, Soccer, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Northwest, Southern California, Ontario, Metro, South Bay, San Bernardino County, Inland Empire