Post by bluelineshawn on Apr 17, 2010 19:37:36 GMT -8
Nice report. I agree about the freeway situation. I never spent much time in east la before the gold line construction started and one of the first things that I noticed was how awful the freeways were.
it really is the King Taco Station
the Little Tokyo station was pretty packed and by far the busiest of the GLEE stations
Isn't "GLEE" the part that's not built yet? Metro always called this the "East LA extension" and the "Eastside extension" is the next phase. Maybe I've been misunderstanding the acronym.
A school bus carrying 54 high school students was turned onto its side when it was involved in a crash that left one person dead this afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:20 p.m. at 1st and Soto in Boyle Heights (map) under circumstances still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, which takes the lead on school bus crashes.
twitpic via Mekahlo Medina of NBCLA
The fatality was initially reported to be the driver of the passenger car but one live KABC-TV report, based on a witness, suggested that the fatality could be a cyclist or pedestrian, which officials are confirming as a possibility (plus an odd twist: the people in the passenger vehicle fled the scene, returned for a gun and were caught by police. The only confirmation is that two men have been detained).
Of the students from Roosevelt High School, 16 were put on basic life support with non-life threatening injuries.
The Metro Gold Line Soto Station is closed, officials said. Trains will bypass the station and make stops at Mariachi Plaza and Indiana Stations.
Rail obstructionists should accept the fact that at-grade rail deserves as much chance as the at-grade automobile.
Why did the Soto station have to be shut down as it was not involved in the bus crash? Now it gives the impression the Gold Line was somehow at fault.
Overreaction by the cops as usual. When there is a suspicious package at USC, they close down the entire neighborhood here from Adams Boulevard to King Boulevard and bring the entire LAPD. Then it turns out to be a misdelivered UPS package.
Post by tonyw79sfv on Oct 27, 2010 22:09:49 GMT -8
Following up on the school bus crash caused by a red light teen driver on 25 October 2010; according to KABC 7, the fatality was a pedestrian named Eduardo Gaytan, who, according to ABC 7, was a former SCRTD bus operator and was visiting friends using Metro.
Betty Sugiyama is seen in a handout photo from the California DMV in this screenshot from CBS station KCAL TV.
(AP) An 84-year-old woman was pushed to her death from a commuter train platform in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo by an apparent stranger, and investigators believe the victim did nothing to provoke the attack, authorities said Monday.
Betty Sugiyama was a retired bookstore worker who spent World War II in an internment camp for Japanese Americans. She was on the platform of the Metro Gold Line station with her sister Sunday morning when she was pushed on to empty tracks, Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Michael Parker said.
Sugiyama died hours later at a hospital.
Jackkqueline Pogue was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remained jailed Monday on $1 million bail. Authorities said they planned to seek a murder charge now that the victim is dead.
Investigators said the attack appeared to be unprovoked and there was no word on a motive.
Sugiyama's sister, Mary Sugiyama, said the two of them had planned a day of shopping in Long Beach, and despite both being in their 80s, they ran to catch the first of many trains they needed to take to get there.
"I didn't think we could make it," Mary Sugiyama told the Los Angeles Times. "But we decided to try."
Mary Sugiyama said she spotted a heavyset woman dressed in black and sitting alone, and as the sisters passed the woman stood up, shouted and shoved her sister onto the tracks, then sat back down without saying another word.
Mary Sugiyama said she could hear her sister's skull crack.
The two sisters grew up in Seattle and were in the same internment camp in Wyoming during the 1940s. Betty Sugiyama worked in several bookstores in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo and at one point ran her own bookstore, her sister said.
After retirement, she focused on other people's stores.
"She loved to shop," Mary Sugiyama said. "We made all the malls, I think."
Post by James Fujita on Nov 17, 2010 1:27:59 GMT -8
That is absolutely horrible, horrifying news.
What leaps out at me is that it was NOT her rushing to catch the train which killed her, she did nothing wrong, she was not killed by a train; no, this was just some completely random act of violence. This could have happened anywhere, it's so random as to be incomprehensible.
[ BTW, a more complete version of this story will run in the newspaper I work at; the brother of the crazy woman is apologizing for all this, saying she belongs in a hospital, not a jail... I agree - what were we thinking when we cut mental health funding? ]
Little Tokyo and Metro share a curse: anything that goes wrong, regardless of who is responsible, has a bad habit of sticking to the organization/ neighborhood. I just know this will be a black eye for both (at least in the eyes of some).
The name Sugiyama doesn't ring a bell, but I certainly know Little Tokyo and the Little Tokyo station well enough... she sounds like she could have been any of the little old obachans I've seen who still live in the neighborhood.