L.A.'s new recycling program sees a decline in missed pickup complaints after rocky start
March 8, 2018 - 9:44am
The refuse companies hired to carry out L.A.'s new recycling program may have finally gotten a handle on their pickup problems.
Complaints about missed garbage collection plummeted 68% in Los Angeles in February compared with the prior month, according to figures released Wednesday by the city's Bureau of Sanitation. The agency said it received 5,559 complaints in January and 1,757 last month. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here
Can Metro Really Complete These 4 Rail Projects Before the ’28 Olympics?
March 7, 2018 - 11:34am
The Winter Olympics in South Korea are now in the rearview mirror, and there are only four global competitions left before L.A. plays host to the 2028 Summer games. There may be no bureaucratic entity sweating the countdown more than Metro, which has promised to deliver 28 transportation projects before the ’28 Opening Ceremonies. To read the entire LAMag.com article click here.
Forum Owners File Lawsuit Against Inglewood & Mayor Alleging Secret Clippers Stadium Negotiations
March 6, 2018 - 5:08pm
Madison Square Garden -- which owns the Forum in Inglewood, California, with Azoff MSG Entertainment Chairman Irving Azoff -- has filed suit against the city of Inglewood and Mayor James Butts over an allegedly secret land deal with the Clippers to build a new arena 1.5 miles south of the Forum. MSG's lawyers claim Butts tricked MSG into giving up the arena's lease of the city-owned land and then tried to cover his tracks by negotiating with a personal email address and private cell phone. To read the entire Billboard.com article click here.
Details Emerge for Proposed Clippers Arena in Inglewood
February 22, 2018 - 3:23pm
The City of Inglewood has kicked off the environmental review process for a proposed arena that could be the future home of the Los Angeles Clippers. A notice of preparation issued this week offers up new details on the heretofore mysterious project. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.
West Hollywood hosts discussion on rail-line extension
February 20, 2018 - 4:15pm
Bringing a rail line to West Hollywood was the focus of a city-initiated community leaders breakfast Feb. 6 at the Jeremy West Hollywood.
City and transportation officials discussed the possible extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Line now under construction north on Crenshaw Boulevard to Mid-City Los Angeles and then on to Hollywood and West Hollywood. To read the entire LAIndependent.com article click here
Renderings Galore for the LAX Automated People Mover
February 16, 2018 - 3:35pm
With construction expected to begin this year, Los Angeles World Airports has unveiled new renderings and an animated video that preview the LAX Automated People Mover.
The APM, a monorail-like system, will operate along a 2.25-mile elevated guideway with six stops between the LAX Consolidated Rental Car Facility and the Central Terminal Area. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here
MSG Spends $750,000 to Oppose Clippers Arena
February 7, 2018 - 2:23pm
More than $1 million was spent lobbying last year on failed legislation that would have fast-tracked construction of a new Clippers arena in Inglewood, according to state lobbying disclosures released this week.
The legislation, Senate Bill 789 from Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), would have carved out exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, for the arena and related projects in Inglewood. CEQA requires developers to disclose and reduce the environmental effects of their projects, and CEQA lawsuits often tie up or kill proposals. The bill originally included similar exemptions benefiting Los Angeles’ 2028 Olympics bid, but organizers balked and Bradford removed the language. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here.
The L.A. Phil's 100th season plans: No orchestra has been this ambitious, ever
February 7, 2018 - 10:54am
When the Los Angeles Philharmonic revealed grand goals for its celebratory 100th season beginning fall 2018, the orchestra promised an array of unspecified spectacles at Walt Disney Concert Hall, a parade to the Hollywood Bowl, ticket handouts, a new Frank Gehry-designed YOLA Center in Inglewood to serve the L.A. Phil's expanding education efforts for inner city youth, 50 commissions of new music and a $500-million fundraising campaign to pay for it all. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park Makeover Inches Toward Reality
February 5, 2018 - 4:18pm
Los Angeles County is poised to take the next step forward in its long-term renovation of Willowbrook's Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park.
In November 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved funds to acquire sites located at 900 and 946 E. 126th Street from the Ujima Housing Corporation for $1.76 million. Now, should a motion by 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas be adopted, the County will dedicate up to $300,000 for the demolition of the remaining structures on the properties, which were most recently developed with multifamily housing.To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here
Minneapolis prepares for the 'most transit-reliant Super Bowl ever played'
February 2, 2018 - 9:27am
On Sunday, an estimated 73,000 football fans will pack U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl, an expansion of the stadium’s typical 65,000-person capacity.
That’s still only a fraction of the average 1 million people that typically travel to Super Bowl host locations to partake in the 10-day celebration surrounding the Big Game. Yet for a city of about 413,000 people — which shares a border with St. Paul, population 302,000 — it's a lot of extra volume to account for. To read the entire SmartCitiesDive.com article click here