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Laura J. Nelson
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Had so much fun with this story: The curious tale of Brad the Tortoise and the weirdest graphic design for any environmental report in California history.
Government agencies can do very little to make an environmental impact report entertaining.
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In the +Los Angeles Times .: As preparation for the Westside subway begins in earnest, NIMBYism rises once again. Co-bylined with the lovely +Martha Groves.
No tunnel has yet been bored. No station has been built. Not a single track has been laid. But even the most preliminary work on the long-awaited Westside subway appears to be rousing the latent forces of Not in My Back Yard.
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"Please don't cut our basic needs." Metro riders speak out against a proposed fare increase that the agency says is needed to close an expected $36-million operating gap in 2016.
During a packed and sometimes tense four-hour public hearing Saturday, Los Angeles County transportation officials heard a litany of complaints from transit riders who said a proposed Metro fare hike would strain the budgets of students and working-class families.
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My story in today's +Los Angeles Times.
 
Because of the $3 billion cost and risks of tunneling under the airport, transportation officials are turning away from a light-rail station at LAX.

Instead, they're planning a people-mover tram to bring rail passengers to airport terminals.

Is this the best solution?
A decades-long effort to bring rail service directly to Los Angeles International Airport suffered a blow Thursday when transportation officials placed on the back burner a proposal for a light-rail tunnel under the terminal area, citing high costs and other risks.
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A big morning for South Los Angeles and for Metro.
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line. ;
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Today on the +Los Angeles Times front page:  In a first for Southern California, Long Beach wants to knock down part of a freeway and turn it into a park. with +Christine Mai-Duc 
Plan would remove a 1-mile section of Long Beach road and provide green space to an area plagued by port-related noise and pollution.
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"It's not Ebola," said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "It's not suspected Ebola. It's not Ebola."
Los Angeles Union Station's bus plaza was shut down for an hour and a half Friday afternoon after a man who had recently traveled to Nigeria said he felt feverish and nauseous, but officials cautioned that he did not have Ebola. ;
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Things that don't play nicely together: City and county sales tax measures, sent to the voters within two years of each other. My latest, with David Zahniser, in the +Los Angeles Times:
A half-cent sales tax increase being considered for L.A.'s November ballot could endanger a county measure being studied for 2016.
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What could $90 billion in transportation funding build in Los Angeles County? Advocates have a few ideas. 
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass.
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we use our 1/2 cent rate to fund all our transportation issues, as well as some capital improvements...of course it would not cover that in LA...but/////// 
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Today in the +Los Angeles Times: Metro officials are backing away from bringing light-rail directly into the LAX terminals, saying it's too costly and risky. Some instead favor bringing rail and a people-mover (circulator train) into a ground transportation hub about a mile away.
A decades-long effort to bring rail service directly to Los Angeles International Airport suffered a blow Thursday when transportation officials placed on the back burner a proposal for a light-rail tunnel under the terminal area, citing high costs and other risks.
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On the front page of the +Los Angeles Times today:  Metro officials are distancing themselves from a proposed light-rail station inside the LAX terminal area, instead favoring a ground transportation hub about a mile to the east that would connect passengers to their terminals via people-mover.
A decades-long effort to bring rail service directly to Los Angeles International Airport suffered a blow Thursday when transportation officials placed on the back burner a proposal for a light-rail tunnel under the terminal area, citing high costs and other risks.
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My finest hour as a reporter, probably. But actually: “If you gotta go, you gotta go. But it sure would be nice if you could plan ahead a little better and go a few hundred yards to the south.”
A year and a half ago, residents in a Winnetka neighborhood began to complain that bus riders were ducking off the Metro Orange Line and into a nearby alley to relieve themselves.
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I smell a Pulitzer. Or, maybe that odor is something else...
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