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MTA offers free rides on New Year’s Eve

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will offer free rides on all bus and rail lines on New Year’s Eve for residents celebrating the start of ’10 throughout Los Angeles County. 

No fares will be charged starting 9 p.m. Thursday through 2 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, according to the MTA.

Written by Melanie Hicken

December 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

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Road closures expected for Arroyo Seco Parkway

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California Department of Transportation crews are planning several nightly closures of lanes, ramps and connectors of the Pasadena (110) Freeway and the Golden State (5) Freeway for the $17-million Arroyo Seco Parkway Improvement Project.

Crews will replace an existing metal beam and barriers with decorative concrete blocks.

No closures are scheduled from Dec. 31 at 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Jan. 3.

But the following closures will occur until 5 a.m. Thursday.

  • Up to two lanes of the south and north Golden State Freeway connector to the northbound Pasadena Freeway.
  • Up to two lanes of the northbound Pasadena Freeway from the Golden State Freeway to the Bridewell Street.
  • The following onramps will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.: San Fernando Road; Avenue 26; Avenue 43; Avenue 52; Via Marisol and Avenue 60.
  • The following offramps will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Bridewell Street; Marmion Way; Avenue 60;Via Marisol; Avenue 43 and Avenue 52.

Written by Veronica Rocha

December 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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Top-searched used cars in ’09

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Carmax, which has a major retail center in Burbank, reported Monday the Honda Accord was the most-searched used car on its website — in fact, the Accord has maintained the top spot for four consecutive years. 

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Here’s the used car retailer’s top 10 searches of ’09: 

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Ford F-150
  3. Chevrolet Tahoe
  4. Ford Mustang
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Jeep Wrangler
  8. Toyota Tacoma
  9. Nissan Altima
  10. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Written by Veronica Rocha

December 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

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Angeles Crest Highway re-opens

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State officials re-opened Angeles Crest (2) Highway early today, but warned that the steep hillsides remained fragile.

The highway and other roads were closed earlier this month after rainstorms sent debris flows and rocks onto the highway. Crews will continue to clear debris from drainage sites and road shoulders, which may cause some traffic delays, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road were re-opened earlier this week.

Officials warned that future winter storms may force them to close Angeles Crest Highway again. There was a 20% chance of rain tonight through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Written by Jason Wells

December 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

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Angeles Crest Highway reopens

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The Angeles Crest (2) Highway between La Cañada Flintridge and Wrightwood reopened today after it was closed during the Station fire.

The California Department of Transportation opened the stretch of windy highway at 5 a.m. after crews spent months shoring up debris basins and protecting the mountainous roadway against landslides.

Caltrans crews “worked day and night” to replace guardrails and re-strip some sections of the highway, Dan Freeman, the agency’s deputy district director of maintenance, said in an announcement.

With the Station fire stripping steep road shoulders of rock-shoring vegetation, crews also had to clear dislodged debris and make needed repairs.

Written by Jason Wells

November 30, 2009 at 10:26 am

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La Cañada Public Works Commission considers parking restrictions

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The La Cañada Flintridge Public Works Commission will discuss at an upcoming meeting whether to restrict parking on several city streets due to concerns about emergency vehicle access.

The meeting, scheduled for Wed. Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, will center around a proposal to limit parking to one side of the street on five streets in La Cañada, including Palm Drive, Vista del Valle Road, La Cañada Boulevard, Alta Canyada Road and Hillard Avenue.

At a meeting on Sept. 16, which attracted a dozen residents who live on the impacted streets, the commission considered resticting parking on as many as seven streets.

Concerns about parking and obstructed access on streets in La Cañada emerged in late August and early September during the Station fire when the area was swamped by firetrucks and other emergency vehicles.

Written by Megan O'Neil

November 12, 2009 at 11:23 am

City could restrict RV parking

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From the Burbank Leader:

CITY HALL — Life as an RV is about to get tougher.

After four years of protests from residents over their cumbersome presence on neighborhood streets, the city is poised to enact tough new restrictions that would bar any RV from parking on city streets without a permit.

The ban would allow for few exceptions, mostly for mechanical problems, and represent a major development in the drawn out tussle between residents and owners of recreational vehicles.

More than 250 complaints have poured into the Police Department regarding large vehicles parked for extended periods of time on public streets, blocking driveways and views. Complaints reached a crescendo when one man approached the City Council and threatened to rent an RV and park in it in front of each of their homes for a week to demonstrate the problem.

“The ordinance before you is a four-year journey,” said Ken Johnson, the city’s traffic engineer. “And I say journey because we had starts and stops and twists and turns.”

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

November 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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