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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 and @cspaworkshop director. Got a story? laura.nelson@latimes.com

I write about how people get from Point A to Point B in Los Angeles, and co-write our weekly transportation feature, California Commute.

If your pitch has a L.A. angle, I want to hear it: laura.nelson@latimes.com.

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Start-ups offer Bay Area travelers alternative to crowded bus system

Start-ups offer Bay Area travelers alternative to crowded bus system

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

By email (laura.nelson@latimes.com), tailored to my beat, and nothing canned. Tell me in three or four sentences why the story matters.

Fire near Santa Clarita continues to burn out of control, explodes to more than 20,000 acres (+video)

heralddemocrat.com — 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)

heralddemocrat.com — 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.

Santa Clarita area fire grows to more than 22,000 acres

latimes.com — The brush fire raging in the rugged mountains in the Santa Clarita Valley grew to more than 22,000 acres overnight as firefighters struggle to gain control of the wildfire amid a weekend-long heat wave. The Sand fire roared primarily through uninhabited areas near the 14 Freeway much of Saturday, fueled by high winds and hillsides carpeted with tinderlike chaparral.

Little Tokyo mall sues Metro over downtown subway project

latimes.com — The owners of a pedestrian mall in Little Tokyo sued the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and two major construction companies on Wednesday afternoon, seeking an immediate halt to work on a $1.5-billion subway project in the area. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior...

What we know about the Dallas gunman: Army veteran reportedly said he 'wanted to kill white people'

latimes.com — The shooter, barricaded in a downtown Dallas parking garage, bantered with negotiators during an hours-long standoff. He did not seem nervous and said he was not afraid to die. He told the armed officers facing him that he had been preparing for the assault, vowing that he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," according to Dallas police.

Gunman joined Facebook groups that referred to the Black Panther Party

latimes.com — Five police officers were fatally shot and seven others wounded Thursday when snipers opened fire in downtown Dallas during a protest over recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, police said. Here is what we know so far: Police cornered one suspect and tried to negotiate with him for several hours but "negotiations broke down" and turned into "an exchange of gunfire with the suspect."

Gunman’s sister: ‘I keep saying it’s not true’

latimes.com — Five police officers were fatally shot and seven others wounded Thursday when snipers opened fire in downtown Dallas during a protest over recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, police said. Here is what we know so far: Police cornered one suspect and tried to negotiate with him for several hours but "negotiations broke down" and turned into "an exchange of gunfire with the suspect."

How does downtown L.A.'s bike-share system work?

latimes.com — The first bike-share system in Los Angeles will launch Thursday, marking the end of a years-long push to join the ranks of dozens of other cities across the world that have similar programs available for commuters and tourists. Transportation officials have hailed the arrival of bicycle sharing as a sign that the worm has turned in car-choked Los Angeles.

Downtown L.A. traffic is getting worse - and to some, that's good news

latimes.com — Near Los Angeles City Hall on a recent morning, dozens of commuters attempted a slow and messy merge as three lanes of traffic narrowed to one. Several drivers nosed into the intersection as the light turned red, prompting a shout from a white-gloved traffic officer and honks from other commuters suddenly trapped in gridlock.

Kern County residents struggle with devastation wrought by massive wild fire

latimes.com — Lake Isabella - As a wildfire roared down the mountainside and into his wooded neighborhood, 76-year-old Joe Palme grabbed a garden hose and raced to douse the wooden beams before the flames reached his property. Half an hour later, his home of 33 years had been reduced to a smoldering heap of ash and twisted metal.
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Jul 28, 2016

"When any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." —@HillaryClinton


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