Los Angeles County voters approved a ballot measure in 2008, levying a half-cent sales-tax increase upon themselves for the next 30 years, thereby raising $40 billion devoted chiefly to the construction of 10 commuter rail lines across the county. Measure R required support from two-thirds of voters to pass, and backing from business, labor, environmentalists and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa helped push it over the top.
With Carmageddon II looming, local officials urged the public Thursday to stay away from the 405 Freeway on the last weekend of September, and instead shop, eat and play in their own neighborhoods.
Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, with its chicken-munching supporters and vuvuzela-tooting protesters, has come and gone. So, is the chain’s role in the gay marriage debate going to wind down? Hardly.
Cumulatively, harmful emissions have fallen as much as 76 percent since 2005, the baseline year used for the data comparisons, while container volumes increased 6 percent during that time.
The department recently committed $12 million to perform makeovers on homes .The new funds extend an expired program that was funded by federal stimulus money. Those federal funds paid for the weatherization of 3,400 homes in the last year and a half. The DWP now hopes to overhaul 6,000 homes or units a year.