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Laura J. Nelson

Los Angeles
Transportation and Mobility Reporter — Los Angeles Times
Covers:  mobility, commuting, infrastructure, trains, cars, light rail, pedestrians, bikes, southern california, parking, los angeles, freeways, buses, traffic, streets, transit-oriented development

Transportation and mobility writer at the Los Angeles Times. Proud Kansan, @USC alum, INTJ. Got a story?

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Judge backs ballot language for Metro's sales tax increase proposal — A Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposal to raise Los Angeles County's base sales tax rate to fund transit and highway projects does not need to be rewritten before appearing on the November ballot, a judge said Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Mary H.

First JFK, then LAX: How do you control chaos in a false alarm shooter situation? — The chaos appears to have started Sunday evening when an actor wearing a mask and a black cloak, and carrying what appeared to be a sword, walked into the arrival level of Terminal 7 at Los Angeles International Airport. Police detained the man at gunpoint, but released him after finding that the sword was plastic.

Expo Line trains regularly run behind schedule, posing a challenge for Metro — A major selling point for the Expo Line extension has been the travel time between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, which officials touted would be comparable to driving in sluggish rush-hour traffic on the 10 Freeway.

California's 'most hazardous' rail crossing will get a major overhaul — A Los Angeles County railroad crossing that's been called the most hazardous in California will receive a long-planned overhaul, including a flyover ramp to separate traffic from trains, transportation officials said Thursday.

Blue Cut fire evacuees face freeway closures and jammed back roads — The Cajon Pass is one of Southern California's most vital transportation links, connecting Los Angeles to Las Vegas and serving as a key shipping route for trucks headed east with produce and goods. The massive wildfire that ripped through the pass this week closed several major freeways and roads, causing a commuter nightmare that also complicated the massive evacuation effort.

Metro subway project through Beverly Hills can continue, judge rules — During more than three decades of discussion and planning, Los Angeles County transportation officials have cleared almost every obstacle to the long-planned Wilshire subway. The main exception has been Beverly Hills.

Expo Line doesn't have enough rail cars for its surging ridership — Before the doors to the Expo Line train slid open, letting in a gust of hot summer air, Metro riders at the Farmdale station in West Adams had already backed away from the edge of the platform, shaking their heads. The train, packed with evening commuters, pulled away without anyone boarding.

L.A. Metro's sales tax proposal will appear on the November ballot — Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a half-cent sales tax increase that would continue indefinitely to fund a major expansion of Southern California's transit network. The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to add the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's tax increase proposal to a ballot already crowded with other initiatives.

Fire near Santa Clarita continues to burn out of control, explodes to more than 20,000 acres (+video) — LOS ANGELES - A wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has grown to more than 20,000 acres, prompting new evacuations Saturday for hundreds of homes in canyon areas, authorities said. The evacuation order was issued about 3:15 p.m. for residents in Sand and Placerita canyons, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Brush fire spreads to more than 11,000 acres near Santa Clarita as ash and smoke fill skies (+video) — LOS ANGELES - A wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has burned more than 11,000 acres, prompting mandatory evacuations in some areas and covering much of the Los Angeles basin with smoke and ash. The Sand fire, which was reported about 2 p.m.
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Sep 29, 2016

I can't believe the "this is your brain on drugs" commercials are still running.

Sep 29, 2016

@yardsbkc there's been more recent polling done by the yes on M campaign but those numbers aren't publicly available

Sep 29, 2016

@yardsbkc yes, @metrolosangeles did polling a few months ago that showed victory (66.7%) (or defeat) within the margin of error

Sep 29, 2016

A @mattdpearce scoop: Trump's California golf course employees say he wanted to fire women who weren't pretty enough

Sep 29, 2016

RT @NewsNicolette: Massive train crash at #Hoboken Path Station. Injuries reported. Train apparently ran full force into station.

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