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Los Angeles
Transportation Reporter and Columnist — LA Times
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Covers:  trains, transit-oriented development, cars, congestion, light rail, pedestrians, bikes, southern california, parking, los angeles, highways, buses, traffic, streetcars, roads, commuting

Transportation reporter at the Los Angeles Times

Laura J. Nelson's Biography

I write about transportation issues, including light-rail, buses, parking, commuting and the bike/ped community, and cover LA's county and city transportation agencies.

I've previously covered national news, business-tech and local politics. I grew up in suburban Kansas City and studied French and journalism at USC.

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Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in four California counties — Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in four counties Monday after two weeks of heavy rain and winds caused flooding, mudslides and evacuations across California. The emergency declaration is a formal step that should help Caltrans officials receive money through the Federal Highway Administration's emergency relief program to repair freeways in Marin, Mendocino, Ventura and San Mateo counties.

Fire in San Bernardino knocks out power to more than 19,000 residents — A fire at an electrical substation in San Bernardino knocked out power to more than 19,000 people Monday afternoon, officials said. Residents of Highland and the city of San Bernardino began reporting power outages about 2:15 p.m., Southern California Edison spokesman Robert Villegas said.

Valley-to-Westside express bus will use 405 Freeway carpool lanes — Los Angeles County commuters seeking to avoid gridlock on the 405 Freeway will soon have another way to travel between the San Fernando Valley and Westwood on weekdays, officials said Friday. Starting Monday, the Valley-Westside Express will shuttle Metropolitan Transportation Authority passengers through the Sepulveda Pass in the 405's new carpool lanes during peak commuting periods.

MTA bus driver killed in crash 'looked after everyone else first' — Olivia Gamboa was a devout Catholic who worked the early shift so she could take care of her grandson. Olivia Gamboa began her route through downtown Los Angeles in the pre-dawn darkness. After 13 years as a bus driver with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, she could have chosen any shift.
Dec 22, 2014

@aaronmedwards but aaron vision zero is going to eliminate pedestrian deaths so enjoy that insult while you can [shows self out]

Dec 22, 2014

@GlobeTrotScott @PointsToPointB @BrianSumers The most painless way is the FlyAway. It goes to Union Station - subway takes you to 7th/Metro

Dec 22, 2014

@GlobeTrotScott @BrianSumers Depending on where in DTLA, you might consider the Silver Line express bus. Transfer at Harbor Fwy Station.

Dec 22, 2014

@GlobeTrotScott @BrianSumers It's doable! Just takes a while. Catch the Green Line shuttle to Aviation/LAX. Green Line > Blue Line > DTLA.

Dec 22, 2014

"Edits can be negotiations. But they should never be battles. Resist all urges to be defensive. Treat every editor as a mentor."

Dec 22, 2014

Great advice to young journalists by @tamarakeithNPR: Each edit is "an opportunity to get better at the craft."…

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