Curbed – High Desert Hijinks: Lancaster Wants to Close Train Station to Keep Homeless Out

August 28th, 2014

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[Image via Metrolink; sign via Mega Pixel / Shutterstock]

Lancaster officials say there’s been a huge influx of homeless people to their Antelope Valley city lately, so what do they think is the best response? Closing the Metrolink commuter rail station, which they believe “Downtown Los Angeles” is using to ferry homeless people into Lancaster, according to the Antelope Valley Times. A report earlier this year found that there are more homeless people coming to Lancaster, but most were from the area, had friends or family in the city, or at least “have found Lancaster on their own as a clean and peaceful alternative to life in the big city.” But now Lancaster officials insist someone in LA is buying individuals tickets to Lancaster, though no hard evidence of that exists. Regardless, the city’s public safety manager said at a city council meeting this week that during one day he encountered “over 67 individual that were coming here [via Metrolink] for transitory services.”

Lancaster’s bombastic mayor, R. Rex Parris, says he wants the train station—the last stop on the Antelope Valley line that connects to DTLA—shut down “today.” No, a mayor can’t just order a commuter train station serving thousands of people closed because he believes homeless are using it to access services, the city attorney reminded him.

While Lancaster’s proposal is crazy, there is no question the city is being hit with a heavy financial burden when it comes to providing homeless services. But rather than ask for more funding from Sacramento, the mayor, vice mayor, and councilmembers are all in agreement that shutting down the station is the best response. As the city attorney pointed out, Lancaster would need to perform several analyses and study the environmental impacts before the Metrolink station was shuttered.
· Lancaster mulls closing Metrolink station to stop outside poaching of homeless services [Antelope Valley Times]

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4 Sale – 1641 S New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006, $725,000 8 baths

August 28th, 2014

4809 sqft, 8 baths, investment in Los Angeles, CA – Mid City
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Curbed – Video Interlude: 2 Drone Videos Capture Hurricane Marie Malibu Surf Madness

August 28th, 2014

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This Hurricane Marie that’s off the coast right now is bringing flooding to SoCal beach towns and has resulted in more than 100 rescues in the last 24 hours at LA’s beaches, but the towering waves it’s delivered also means that surf’s up. These two videos, captured by drones, show the intense surf conditions near Malibu’s Surfrider Beach, as well as the crazy people who love intense surf conditions. The first video is is not just any ordinary view of the surfers and the sea; it reportedly shows renowned surfer Laird Hamilton “shooting the pier”—as in, surfing right through the maze of wooden masts that form the pier’s base. WITHOUT DYING. (Another non-drone view of yesterday’s feat is here.) No word on whether this footage was shot before or after he helped to rescue a fellow surfer yesterday.

What the second video lacks in stunts, it makes up for with intimate shots, getting in closer than a lot of the other footage that’s popping up today. The camera captures several different angles of the surfers, the waves, and the spectators on the beach that collectively give viewers a good idea of just how many people called in sick to be at the beach.

The LA Times shares a couple more videos from Orange and San Diego counties, too. And see Malibu on a calmer day right here.


· High surf: Seal Beach flooded, Malibu Pier closed, more updates [SCPR]
· Shooting the Pier at Malibu, CA – Drone Footage [YouTube]
· Hurricane Marie by Drone at Surfrider Beach, Malibu 08/27 [YouTube]
· Laird Hamilton shoots pier on Huge wave – Malibu Lagoon / Surfrider Beach – 8/26/14
· Laird Hamilton — RESCUES MALIBU SURFER … No Lies Involved [TMZ]
· Possibly Illegal Drone Video Flies Over the Malibu Coastline [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 4116 S Budlong Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90037, $419,000 5 beds, 2 baths

August 28th, 2014

2176 sqft, 5 beds, 2 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Vermont Harbor
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Curbed – Car Culture: LA’s Very Dangerous Roads Are Getting Even More Dangerous

August 27th, 2014

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In Los Angeles, we know the traffic’s bad, but if not for a new report out from insurance company Allstate, we might have forgotten that, despite being completely congested, our freeways and roads are also pretty dangerous. Allstate has released its tenth annual overview (and companion interactive map) of driver safety in the US’s 200 biggest cities, ranking them from best to worst in terms of car collision frequency and factoring in rain and snow, city density, and population. Los Angeles dropped seven slots in the ranking in 2014, all the way down to 188. Out of 200.

This is Los Angeles’s lowest ranking in the 10 years Allstate’s been keeping track. (The city did rank 185 in 2007.) While the average national driver will have 10 years between collisions, LA drivers have just 6.5 years. In number-one-ranked Fort Collins, CO, drivers average 14.2 years between car crashes. This probably has something to do with why Angelenos pay such high rates for car insurance …
· Allstate Best Drivers Interactive Map [Allstate]
· California’s 10 Most Expensive Cities For Car Insurance All in LA [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 1601 Sunset Plaza Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069, $2,199,000 3 beds, 3 baths

August 27th, 2014

2185 sqft, 3 beds, 3 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Hills
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Curbed – Non-Presidential Real Estate: Well, we totally called it: that…

August 27th, 2014

waterfalls.jpgWell, we totally called it: that very resort-y house in Rancho Mirage that the Obamas were rumored to have purchased in July was actually bought by some other, non-presidential people from Omaha. Not much is known about the Nebraskans who bought the house, but we hope they will enjoy their crazy back-lit waterfall. [LAT]

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