California Incline reopens

first_imgHomeNewsTransportationCalifornia Incline reopens Sep. 01, 2016 at 9:20 amTransportationCalifornia Incline reopensJeff Goodman5 years agoAndrew MaximousCalifornia Inclinecity of santa monicacyclistsdowntown santa monicalabor daylee swainmotoristsNewsOcean AvePCHSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica newstransportation It’s been exactly 500 days since traffic was allowed on the California Incline. But hey, who’s counting?The iconic piece of Santa Monica infrastructure, which connects Pacific Coast Highway to Ocean Avenue on the bluffs above it, reopens today after an approximately 18 month closure for major reconstruction.The widened incline is now up to seismic standards, according to City officials, and will open to vehicle traffic at 5 p.m. The new bridge also features designated paths for cyclists and pedestrians, who will be able to access it starting at 10 a.m.“From a local perspective, reopening the incline will provide an additional access point along Ocean Avenue, helping to alleviate congestion along Ocean between Broadway and Olympic Drive,” City traffic engineer Andrew Maximous said. “We expect traffic patterns to return to what was observed prior to the closure.”The incline opens just ahead of Labor Day weekend and comes as Santa Monica continues its attempts to improve mobility, which city leaders and other local officials have deemed a top priority.It’s been less than three months since the 6.6-mile extension of the Expo Line from Culver City to Santa Monica, a Metro light-rail project that now facilitates rides between the Westside and Downtown Los Angeles. The extension marked the return of train-based transit to the coastal city after a decades-long absence.Around the same time, City leaders launched the “GoSaMo” marketing campaign to educate people who live and work in Santa Monica about the variety of new transportation options. The $500,000 initiative encourages commuters to consider taking the train, riding on Big Blue Bus, using the Breeze bikeshare system and walking.The recently opened Colorado Esplanade between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue is a microcosm of Santa Monica’s circulation puzzle, ushering one-way car traffic towards the pier while designating space for cyclists as well as pedestrians who have taken the Expo Line to its new western terminus.“When you have that diversity of options,” City mobility manager Francie Stefan said recently, “the whole system works better.”What remains to be seen is exactly how the opening of the incline will affect traffic on Pacific Coast Highway and in Downtown Santa Monica. Motorists have been taking Ocean Avenue via Moomat Ahiko Way and Lincoln Boulevard as alternate routes during construction of the incline, which in 2013 was accommodating roughly 15,000 vehicles per day.City officials will monitor the area throughout the weekend and tweak traffic signals as needed in real time, Maximous said.“As with the closure, we expect an adjustment period for the first week or so,” he said. “We anticipate that overall congestion will be reduced at intersections along Ocean Avenue between Broadway and Olympic Drive as well as in Santa Monica Canyon.”A few weeks after the incline closed in April 2015, city officials reported that traffic was mostly normal in the areas around the structure. Signal adjustments and detour signage were credited with helping to ease the burden of the closure.The incline has been redone with major seismic upgrades and other improvements. The structure qualified for replacement through a federal program, which is covering 88.5 percent of the roughly $20-million project. The City of Santa Monica is footing the rest of the bill.“The California Incline is precisely the type of project to benefit from these critical federal funds,” U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu said in a statement. “I want to congratulate the City of Santa Monica for its leadership on completing this important project.”The incline was initially expected to open for traffic around Memorial Day weekend, but the construction of a pedestrian overcrossing pushed back the timeline. The $2.3-million pedestrian bridge, which was funded entirely by the City, is expected to open by the end of September.“By extending the entire period by a couple months,” City engineer Lee Swain said recently, “we could get two projects done and hopefully open it up and not have to close it again.”The incline was first built in the 1890s as a pedestrian bridge called the Sunset Trail, according to Daily Press archives. The thoroughfare became a route for cars decades later and has remained so for more than half a [email protected] :Andrew MaximousCalifornia Inclinecity of santa monicacyclistsdowntown santa monicalabor daylee swainmotoristsNewsOcean AvePCHSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica newstransportationshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMMUSD separation talks to be extendedCalifornia Incline openYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agolast_img read more

Elon Musk lists another 5 homes for nearly $100M

first_imgElon Musk and the properties (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, and Google Maps)Elon Musk has turbocharged his vision to sell off his many homes, listing four more Bel Air properties and another in the Bay Area for around $100 million.Earlier this month, the billionaire entrepreneur took to Twitter to say he was “selling almost all physical possessions,” and would “own no house.” At the same time, he put a pair of neighboring Bel Air properties on the market for a combined $40 million.This week, he added five homes to the list, at a combined $97.5 million price tag, according to the Los Angeles Times. Musk, who became a father on May 4, said during an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast last week that he now wants to rent.The Tesla co-founder recently became eligible to exercise a stock option for 1.69 million shares in the company — worth about $1 billion — but would need $592 million to exercise the option, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. Musk told the Journal that he’s not selling his homes to raise cash, but to “make my life as simple as possible right now.”ADVERTISEMENTThe Bel Air homes that just hit the market are grouped as a package, asking $62.5 million. The other is a sprawling 47-acre estate outside San Francisco.The Bel Air collection includes a 7,000-square-foot modern home on about 3.5 acres and three smaller homes at the end of a nearby cul-de-sac.Musk built up his L.A. portfolio over several years starting in 2012 with one of the two homes he listed last week. He added the other four between 2013 and 2019.In February, Morgan Stanley provided Musk $61 million in mortgages on four Bel Air homes and the Bay Area estate. That property is in Hillsborough, anchored by a 10-bedroom mansion built in 1916. The grounds include landscaped gardens and hiking trails, according to the Times. [LAT] —Dennis Lynchlast_img read more

Major overhaul of SM South stadium to begin soon

first_imgShawnee Mission School District South StadiumWork on a $6.7 million renovation of the SM South stadium is expected to begin in mid-October.The project is expected to transform the tired, 1960-vintage stadium into an attractive venue with new restrooms, concessions and locker rooms as well as much-needed handicapped accessibility. Kenny Southwick, deputy superintendent for the Shawnee Mission School District, said the project, which is expected to be completed by May 2017, originally was intended to demolish and replace the stadium.“When we got into it, we decided a renovation was better, the bones are still good,” he said.The plan calls for a complete facelift of the concrete stadium surface and construction of a new press box and a plaza at the south end of the stadium. The capacity also will be reduced from its current 10,000 seats to 7,500. Southwick said the new plaza will be the central gathering point for people attending events at the stadium. New concessions and restrooms will be located there.He said people will no longer be able to congregate behind the stands, solving a long time security concern. The stadium is used not only by SM South, but SM West and occasionally SM East.The track area is expected to be ready for the spring season, Southwick added.J.E. Dunn Construction was selected to build the project, ACI Boland Architects is the designer.Renderings of the renovation plan for SM South stadiumRendering of renovation work planned for SM South stadiumlast_img read more

A number of judicial races decided in November

first_imgA number of judicial races decided in November Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells easily won merit retention in the November 4 election, which also saw every district court of appeal judge on the ballot retained by voters.The general election also resolved several outstanding circuit and county court runoff elections set up by the August primary balloting.Wells received a 70.1 percent “yes” vote in his merit election, with a total of 4,667,457 votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office. There were 1,915,923 “no” votes.Aside from the presidential election, it was the only statewide election on the ballot and Wells received significantly more votes than either Democrat Barack Obama, who carried the state, or Republican John McCain.“I am, of course, very appreciative of and honored by the affirmative retention votes I received from every area of Florida,” Justice Wells said. “I have been greatly privileged to have served on the Supreme Court since Gov. [Lawton] Chiles appointed me in 1994, and to have had the opportunity to work with judges and court staff at all levels of our court system who are so dedicated to the proper administration of justice.”Here are the results of the DCA merit elections, with the number of “yes” votes and the retention percentage. As has been typical in recent elections, judges in the First DCA got the lowest retention percentage, and judges of Third and Fourth DCAs received the highest percentage, although no judge was retained by less than landslide proportions.• In the First DCA, Judge Robert T. Benton got 773,339 votes, or 65.1 percent; Judge Marguerite H. Davis got 777,458 votes or 65.7 percent; Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr., got 780,000 votes or 66.2 percent; Judge Clay Roberts got 779,042 votes or 66.2 percent; and Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., got 744,844 votes or 63.7 percent.• In the Second DCA, Judge Chris W. Altenbernd got 1,349,659 votes or 71.6 percent; Judge Carolyn K. Fulmer got 1,370,556 votes or 72.8 percent; Judge Morris Silberman got 1,320,975 votes or 70.7 percent; and Judge James W. Whatley got 1,334,325 votes or 71.7 percent.• In the Third DCA, Judge Gerald B. Cope, Jr., got 493,339 votes or 73.9 percent; Judge David M. Gersten got 506,048 votes or 75 percent; Judge Barbara Lagoa got 498,440 votes or 74.8 percent; Judge Juan Ramirez, Jr., got 485,327 votes or 73.1 percent; and Judge Vance E. Salter got 475,904 votes or 73.1 percent.• In the Fourth DCA, Judge Mark E. Polen got 858,893 or 74.9 percent; Judge W. Matthew Stevenson got 848,762 votes or 75.2 percent; and Judge Martha C. Warner got 863,815 or 76.4 percent (the highest retention percentage for any DCA judge).• In the Fifth DCA, Judge Kerry I. Evander got 1,102,840 votes or 70 percent; Judge C. Alan Lawson got 1,093,659 or 70.1 percent; Judge Richard B. Orfinger got 1,057,234 or 68.2 percent; Judge William David Palmer got 1,086,000 or 70.4 percent, and Judge Thomas D. Sawaya got 1,053,343 or 68.4 percent. Trial Court Contests The general election balloting resolved several runoffs in circuit and county court races:• In the Second Circuit Group 2, Frank Sheffield defeated Lisa Raleigh 52.3 to 47.7 percent.• In the Fifth Circuit Group 3, Sandy Hawkins defeated Denise Lyn 49.3 to 40.7 percent.• In the Sixth Circuit Group 8, Susan Gardner bested Robert Angus 64.6 to 35.4 percent.• In the Ninth Circuit Group 22, Jim Turner defeated Fred Schott 54.1 to 45.9 percent.• In the 11th Circuit Group 19, Yvonne Colodny defeated Stephen Millan, 63.2 to 36.8 percent.• In the 16th Circuit Group 4, Tegan Slaton edged Mary Vanden Brook by four votes out of nearly 35,000 cast, with the final margin being certified after three recounts.• In the 17th Circuit Group 3, Bernard Bober defeated Mardi Anne Levey 73.8 to 26.2 percent; in Group 21, Merrilee Ehrlich defeated Paul D. Eichner 56.3 to 43.7 percent; and in Group 27, Steven Feren bested Mark Rickard 58.6 to 41.4 percent.• In the 19th Circuit Group 4, Dwight Geiger defeated Fran O. Ross 53.6 to 46.4 percent.There also were two county court judicial races on the ballot.In Leon County Group 5, Nina Ashenafi Richardson defeated Sean T. Desmond 59.1 to 40.1 percent.In Alachua County, Group 2, Denise Ferrero defeated Lorraine H. Sherman 59.84 to 40.16 percent. December 1, 2008 Regular Newscenter_img A number of judicial races decided in Novemberlast_img read more

Chelsea are FA Youth Cup winners again

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Five Chelsea youngsters sign pro dealsBrown and Nathan join Vitesse on loan Chelsea won the FA Youth Cup for the second successive year, beating Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and the final 5-2 on aggregate.Leading 3-1 from last week’s first leg, the young Blues suffered a setback when Kelechi Iheanacho scored for the visitors.But Chelsea hit back on 20 minutes, with Izzy Brown heading home from Charlie Colkett’s corner.AdChoices广告And Tammy Abraham’s goal – the striker’s 39th of the season – a couple of minutes into the second half meant there was no way back for City.Chelsea’s victory is the club’s fourth Youth Cup triumph in six years and comes two weeks after their Under-19 side were crowned Uefa Youth League winners.last_img read more

Washington Nationals Lineup: 8/31/2018

first_imgWashington Nationals Lineup: 8/31/2018Here’s the Washington Nationals lineup for tonight’s home game against Milwaukee.Adam Eaton – RFTrea Turner – SSBryce Harper – CFAnthony Rendon – 3BJuan Soto – LFRyan Zimmerman – 1BMatt Wieters – CWilmer Difo – 2BTanner Roark – PThe Nationals return home and send Tanner Roark (8-13, 3.95 ERA) to the mound to face the Brewers. Roark has been impressive in August, posting a season-best 2.12 ERA in the month.The Brewers hand the ball to Jhoulys Chacín (13-5, 3.61 ERA). In his last four starts, Chacin has given up only six earned runs in 25 innings.Please follow and like us:last_img

Utes looking to slow Miners

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] Utes on the air UTEP (27-7) vs. Utah (27-5)NCAA first round at Tucson, Ariz.Today, 1:15 p.m.TV: Ch. 2Radio: KALL 700AM U. practices hard in front of fans TUCSON, Ariz. — UTEP coach Doc Sadler says Utah’s Andrew Bogut is the best center in America. Utah coach Ray Giacoletti says UTEP’s Filberto Rivera is the best point guard in America.Maybe they’re both right.Whichever player, neither of whom is American by the way, has the best game in today’s NCAA first-round matchup at the McKale Center is likely to be leading his team further into the tournament.The Utes and Miners tip it off at approximately 1:15 p.m. today for the right to move on to Saturday’s second round against the Oklahoma-Niagra winner.Bogut, the 7-foot Australian is a prime candidate for one of the several NCAA Player of the Year awards. He leads the nation in double-doubles (23), is second in rebounding with 12.3 boards per game and is fourth in field goal percentage at 62.8 percent.Rivera isn’t up for any major awards, but Giacoletti believes the Puerto Rican, who is fifth in the nation in assists at 7.3 per game, is the best point guard and certainly the most unheralded player in the nation.”I don’t know that I have seen a better point guard than him,” Giacoletti said. “I hadn’t heard about him very much before we saw the tapes Sunday. I would have thought he would have gotten more publicity than he has. He plays so under control and has a great feel for the game.”When Sadler was asked about Bogut at Wednesday’s press conference, he deadpanned, “Who?” and then proceeded to gush about Utah’s sophomore all-American.”What can’t he do? I don’t know. When they’re talking about whether he should be the No. 1 pick or the No. 3 pick (in the NBA Draft), that’s pretty good. He’s had a great career in college and he’s going to go on and have a great career in the NBA.”Sadler says his team doesn’t really expect to slow down Bogut and keep him from another double-double. He says the key will be shutting down the rest of the Ute lineup and not let any of them go off.”You know Bogut’s going to get his points,” said Sadler. “We’ve really got to minimize how many the other guys get. If their support people have better games than our support people, then we’re probably going to lose. If our support people have better games than theirs, we’re probably going to be in good shape.”Giacoletti believes the key to the game is tempo. He said the Utes can’t afford to get in a running game with the Miners and they have to limit their transition game.”We need to play a game in the 60s,” he said. “Seventy to 75 percent of UTEP’s scoring comes in transition or on the offensive glass. I think we have to expose them in the half court.”Sadler says his team plans to keep running.”We’re going to play the same way,” he said. “I hope we get it out of the net less than they do. But when we do get it out of the net, we’re going to try to run as fast as we can and get it back in there and I hope that somewhere in between we do that more than they do.”Looking at the matchups for the game, they look pretty even with 6-1 Marc Jackson going against 6-2 Rivera, 6-3 Tim Drisdom going against 6-3 Giovanni St. Amant, 6-5 Justin Hawkins against 6-5 Omar Thomas and 6-6 Bryant Markson against 6-6 Jason Williams.Then you get to center where Utah’s 7-foot Bogut has a four-inch height advantage over 6-8 John Tofi. That’s where the Utes hope to take advantage. However, the key matchup may be Rivera vs. Jackson.Perhaps Jackson’s best defensive games of the season came on this same McKale Center court on Dec. 11 when he shut down Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire, holding him scoreless and to just one shot total. The Ute senior knows he has his hands full today with Rivera.”He’s a very good guard very athletic and very smooth,” Jackson said. “He’s unselfish and smart with the ball. He’s tall and long. He can shoot the ball from the outside and get to the rim.”Jackson compared him with San Diego State guard Brandon Heath, which may not be a good sign since Heath scored 23 against the Utes just two weeks ago. But Jackson expects to be up to the challenge since it could be his last game if the Utes don’t win. “You can’t leave anything out on the court,” he said. “You win or you go home.” Relatedlast_img read more

Perez: It’s a lie that Real Madrid paid De Gea 10 million euros

first_img CEST Upd. at 16:02 After the move collapsed — due to the paper work not being uploaded on time — reports surfaced that Madrid would have to pay De Gea to compensate him for not signing him. Sport EN Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has slammed the reports which have suggested Los Blancos have had to pay David de Gea 10 million euros for failing to sign him in the summer.  “[It’s being said] by the same people who have been saying since I arrived at the club that I would make Madrid a PLC.center_img De Gea’s move to Madrid fell through on the final day of the transfer window, with the Spanish goalkeeper instead remaining with Manchester United, where he signed a new contract last week.  “Every day [since the move fell though], I have heard that we had to pay 10 million euros for not signing De Gea, but that is a lie,” Perez said.  20/09/2015 “Fifteen years later, they are still accusing me of corrupting assemblies.”last_img read more

Positive end for Pumas

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER SIX runs, six wins, sixth place. The numbers aligned for the Pakenham Pumas on Saturday, finishing their…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Vale Paul Schreurs – F Grade cricketer, A Grade bloke

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT THE local sporting community has once again been rocked by the loss of a champion human being…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img