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405 Freeway Is Moving Toward Toll Lanes in Sepulveda Pass

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Toll lanes in the Sepulveda Pass? The 405 Freeway is moving that direction

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Los Angeles officials are moving forward with plans to convert the carpool lane into a toll lane along the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.

Los Angeles County spent 4½ years and more than $1.6 billion to widen the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.

Now, the carpool lane born from that mega-project is facing a major change of its own: tolls.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the early stages of planning to allow solo drivers in the 405’s carpool lanes, for a price. Similar programs on portions of the 110 and 10 freeways charge drivers a per-mile toll that changes based on traffic conditions.

A faster way would be welcome news for the tens of thousands of daily commuters who slog through the Sepulveda Pass. How the program would guarantee […]

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Possible LA Tour Van Ban After Hollywood Hills Residents Complain

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L.A. Might Restrict Tour Vans After Complaints From Hollywood Hills Residents

HOLLYWOOD HILLS (KTLA) –Hollywood Hills residents and tour companies are at odds as the Los Angeles City Council seeks to more tightly regulate buses and vans passing through roads some say are dangerous.

The council’s Transportation Committee recommended new rules this month to ban tour buses and vans from driving through roads marked as unsafe by the Department of Transportation.

“My No. 1 goal is public safety for the neighborhoods and the residents who live in the hills, but also for the tourists and the passengers of these vans,” said Councilman David Ryu, who represents some hillside areas frequented by the tour vans and introduced the […]

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New Year’s Day Means Free Parking & WeHo City Hall Closure

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — In observance of New Year’s day, City Hall and the adjacent automated parking garage will be closed on Wednesday, January 1.

However, street parking in West Hollywood will be easier than usual: street cleaning and on-street metered parking are not enforced during New Year’s day unless specifically noted to include holidays.

Residential parking permits are still required and can be obtained for one or more days at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station.

The enforcement of parking regulations will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

For more information about WeHo parking enforcement, click here.

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LAPD Warns: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Now Through New Year

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are reminding those attending holiday gatherings to plan for a designated sober driver.

According to the LAPD, “law enforcement will be employing saturation patrols and checkpoints far and wide in Southern California looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs…. and yes, cannabis as well.”

This holiday season, police will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Through December 31, 2019, the LAPD has the following DUI-related enforcement activities scheduled:

Friday, December 27, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Florence Avenue and Broadway
· DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Roscoe Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue
· DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at La Brea Avenue and Oakwood Avenue

Saturday, December 28, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Vermont Avenue and Florence Avenue
· DUI Checkpoint from 7 PM to Midnight at Alameda Street and 4th Street
· DUI Checkpoint from 8 PM to 1 AM at Osborne Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard

Sunday, December 29, 2019

· DUI Saturation Patrol from 4 PM to Midnight in 77th Street Area
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 1 AM in North Hollywood Area
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 5 PM to 2 AM in Southwest Area

Monday, December 30, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to Midnight at Sunset Boulevard and Coronado Street
· DUI Saturation Patrol from 7 PM to 3 AM in Pacific Area

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

· DUI Checkpoint from 6 PM to 1 AM Van Nuys Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard

“Unfortunately, this time of year is when we see more people driving impaired,” Officer Don Inman said. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”

Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

So, if you are hosting a holiday party, make sure to offer non-alcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor how people are getting home.

If someone has been drinking and tries to leave, offer to have them stay the night or take ride-share home.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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