Published on the Los Angeles Daily News, September 5, 2017
LOS ANGELES >> Angels Flight, billed as the world’s shortest railway, should be back in operation on Wednesday or Thursday, a representative of the company operating the 116-year-old funicular said Tuesday.
The Labor Day closure — which came just four days after Mayor Eric Garcetti presided over a ceremony marking its reopening after a four-year closure — was due to a damaged part that was likely weakened from 100-degree- plus temperatures over the weekend, according to Steve DeWitt, a senior vice president at ACS Infrastructure.
“Due to the extreme heat of the last few days, there’s been some contraction and expansion that happens in the bottom of the cars and the system itself, and one of the rollers shattered,” DeWitt told City News Service. “And in order to replace the rollers, we had to shut down.”Read more
Published on Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2017 - By Bill Shaikin
This is a golden era of Dodgers baseball.
Parity can take its act somewhere else. Say, the American League West. When the Houston Astros clinch, the AL West will have crowned four of its teams as champion within the past five years.
The National League West? The Dodgers, five years running.
The Dodgers have fielded a team since 1884; this year’s squad could demolish the club record of 105 victories in a season. The personalities are compelling and likable: Clayton Kershaw’s intensity, Justin Turner’s happiness, Kenley Jansen’s passion, Yasiel Puig’s exuberance, Corey Seager’s drive, Rich Hill’s perseverance, Chase Utley’s Yoda.Read more
Published on Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2017 - By Richard Rothstein
Every metropolitan area in the nation is racially segregated, and Los Angeles is no exception. We tolerate residential segregation because we’re convinced that it happened informally — because of personal choices and private discrimination. But what cemented our separate neighborhoods is something most of us have forgotten — government’s unconstitutional and systematic insistence on segregated housing in the mid-20th century, establishing patterns that persist to this day.
The 2010 census data show that 60% of Los Angeles’s African Americans live in neighborhoods where few whites are present. The exposure of blacks to whites is as minimal as it is in Chicago or Newark; concentrated African American poverty is as common in L.A. as in New York or Pittsburgh.Read more