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Hail-a-Taxi Program Likely to Go Permanent, Possibly Citywide
A pilot program loosening rules for where taxi cabs can pick up and drop off customers in downtown and Hollywood was extended today by the Los Angeles City Council. The program, first established in 2008, allows drivers to temporarily stop at “No Stopping” and “No Parking” zones and alongside parked vehicles to load and unload passengers.
But today City Councilmembers said it's time to make this a permanent rule, entering a motion asking the city attorney to draft a new ordinance for the two neighborhoods. “Since we adopted the Hail-A-Taxi program, there has been an increase in taxi use in our urban centers," said Jan Perry, who authored the program. "We hope to see this up-tick continue as we develop a permanent program in our two urban centers.”
During a discussion with city staff, a few councilmembers chimed in asking if their neighborhoods could be included in the program: Koreatown, the Wilshire Corridor, Venice. Councilman Tom LaBonge said he wanted to see neighborhood taxis for first and last mile trips to and from transit hubs. Perry then added "You really should just do it citywide... Let's just get it done." A different motion will be introduced in regards to making the hail-a-taxi program citywide.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.