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Eric Berkowitz

Go, Henry, Go

Twenty years after powerful Westside Congressman Henry Waxman halted subway construction over safety concerns, a panel of tunneling and transportation experts has found that a Wilshire Boulevard subway can be built without setting off methane explosions. For Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, now comes the hard part of rallying public support for......

Highs and Lows of L.A. Rail

At the entrance to the MTA’s library is an old transit map showing rail lines blanketing the region and running down dozens of city streets. Like drive-in movies, that kind of thing is gone forever. Since World War II, transit officials have tried, with varying degrees of success, to revive......

The Subway Mayor

Photo by Ted SoquiIn March 1985, a worker punched a time clock at a Fairfax-area Ross Dress for Less and ignited a basement full of odorless methane gas. The freak explosion shook the earth and ripped through the building, blowing off most of the roof and throwing burning debris hundreds......

Faery Splendor In the Grass

In a foggy corner of Franklin Canyon Park, across the parking lot from Teamsters in lawn chairs waiting out a movie shoot, a clutch of giddy girls in tutus gathered on a recent Saturday morning to step into fairyland. They had come to join “A Faery Hunt,” a 45-minute walk......

Zen and the Art of Lawyer Maintenance

“I’m a prosecutor and I hate conflict! I want to be liked. When I negotiate, I get a pit in my stomach.” This was just the beginning of the Zen Lawyer’s Personality Workshop, the id child and confessional of Adam Radinsky, a Harvard-trained deputy city attorney in Santa Monica. “Zen......
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