Crenshaw North, ride share safety, Long Beach Angels: HWR, April 4

•Check out this new video by Metro on the building of the Regional Connector project.

•Not exactly a shocker: there was very healthy attendance in West Hollywood for the recent Crenshaw North Extension public meeting, reports the Park La Brea/Beverly Press. The project would extend the Crenshaw/LAX Line north to the Purple Line and then beyond to the Red Line in Hollywood.

Good quote from my colleague Jody Litvak of Metro’s Community Relations department:

Litvak said she’s also seen broad support for the extension, though some of the details still have to be figured out.

“I think by and large most people want this project in some way, shape or form,” she said. “People have opinions about what they want it to be, where they want it to go, where they don’t want it to go, where they do or don’t want stations, but people get it.”

Concur. Under Measure M the project is scheduled for completion in 2047 but WeHo and others are hoping a way can be found to secure the funding needed to accelerate it. Here’s the presentation shown at the recent community meetings. A map of project alternatives is below for those who haven’t previously mulled+pondered+opinionated on it.

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The LAT and ProPublica investigate U.S. Border Patrol pursuits, which in the past four years have resulted in at least 250 injured and 22 killed on the U.S. side of the boarder.

Get this: The Border Patrol acknowledged receipt of questions from reporters but did not respond. This is very good investigate journalism with an interactive element.

My personal opinion: the true necessity of many, if not most, law enforcement pursuits is an open question.

The NYT reports there have been about two dozen attacks that have occurred after people have gotten into a car they thought was their Uber or Lyft. A reminder: always check the car model and license plate that the Uber or Lyft app provides. Another tip: ask your driver for your name.


Uber said it has worked with law enforcement since 2017 to teach riders how to avoid impostors. It urges people to double-check their ride’s license plate, make and model and verify the driver’s identity. Last year, it added a panic button that lets riders tap their screens and dial 911 directly from the app.

Uber and Lyft also distribute glowing dashboard lights in some markets called the Beacon and Amp that change color to match a hue on a passenger’s app. The lights are in limited distribution and not available to all drivers.

Of course, prior to Uber and Lyft there were fleets of taxis and most of those were painted a distinctive color and had signs on their roofs. That did not guarantee a safe ride — there were crazy taxi drivers — but it did help distinguish vehicles-for-hire.

Possible location for a Long Beach ballpark. Credit: Google Maps.

•On a lighter transit-oriented-baseball note, talks continue between the Angels and the city of Long Beach about a new ballpark, reports the LAT. The Angels’ lease with Anaheim ends after the 2020 season and the team has said it wants to make a decision about whether it will stay put or move by the end of the year.

The proposed site in DTLB is a parking lot next to the Long Beach Arena, which could be torn down to accommodate a baseball stadium, so says the Times. That site is short walk to the Blue Line in DTLB and, I think, could be a nice addition to the Long Beach waterfront. Especially if they build a replica of the Angels first Major League home in L.A. — L.A. Wrigley Field, formerly located at 42nd and Avalon in South L.A. (Check out this cool illustration).

But this fun fact: the Angels have been in the top seven in attendance in the Major Leagues every year for the past decade with more than 3 million fans each of those seasons. I’m guessing A) most teams would be loathe to give up that kind of support, and B): when negotiating with cities, it always helps to have more suitors.

While the Angels current home is surrounded by parking lot and freeway, it is also a short walk to the Metrolink and Amtrak station. Neither has crazy frequent service, but do run to many stations both north, south and east.

Thoughts? If the Angels were in L.B. would you go to games? Or rather they stand their ground in the OC?

4 replies

  1. It’s totally inappropriate for Metro and The Source to be hosting your personal opinions on topics outside of Metro’s purview. Law enforcement, Boarder Patrol and otherwise, enter into pursuits only when people disobey orders to stop (which is a crime), and those who are fleeing have only themselves to blame if they or others are injured.

    • Hi Jamar;

      I make it clear when something is my personal opinion — and I will continue to do so from time to time. And we allow comments so that you are free to express your opinion — as you have. And I appreciate it.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Metro has odd routes. It will wind through N. Hollywood while skipping Central LA on Western after going north on Crenshaw. Metro is still too DTLA focused as it tries to funnel traffic through Union Station, where no one wants to go. Tip: Why not have multi-point hubs? One in Westside, One at Southbay, One at Pasadena, One at Norwalk, to further branch out light rail.

    This is a case of fake Uber and Lyft, but the problems of assault on Uber and Lyft has been going on for quite awhile, which is why I never used it yet. I thought of once recommending it for my mother, but decided against it.

    I’m tired of disgruntled pro sports owners. Angels have an unique case where the previous Anaheim City Mayor and Council were especially hostile to business interests. The new election changed everything, but emotions remained. If Anaheim loses the Angels, it’s not a total loss. That land will be quickly gobbled up for condos, shopping, and possibly a third Disney Park.

    • Hi Tim;

      FWIW, I’ve used GoGoGrandparent to help my mom get around (she’s in assisted living). She has been happy with it safety-wise and I get a text when she asks for a ride, when they pick her up and drop her off. It’s not perfect, but has worked thus far. There might be some other similar services.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source