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Laura J. Nelson
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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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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?
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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.”
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I smell a Pulitzer. Or, maybe that odor is something else...
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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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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.
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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.
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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 
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I cover transportation for the Los Angeles Times. I'm a native Kansan and a proud member of Silver Lake's non-hipster contingency (a small, but vocal, minority).
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  • University of Southern California
    Print & Digital Journalism, French
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  • Los Angeles Times
    Reporter, present
  • The Boston Globe
    Intern
  • Tampa Bay Times
    Intern
  • Los Angeles Daily News
    Intern
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