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By Joseph Serna | May 8, 2012
Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner sent a letter to the region's transportation agency this week, urging its directing board to put the 19th Street Bridge proposal back on the county's master transportation plan or work with her city on other traffic-reducing alternatives. Gardner and the City Council want to avoid suing the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), which jettisoned the bridge from its master plan at the urging of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Newport, however, plans to take legal action if OCTA doesn't comply with its request to negotiate putting the bridge proposal back on the grid or if OCTA rejects alternatives outlined in Gardner's letter to explore traffic-reducing alternatives.
NEWS
By Eric Bever | June 23, 2012
Orange County taxpayers are about to be conned out of about $1.3 billion. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has devised an audacious scheme that would use Measure M2 tax dollars to construct toll lanes on the San Diego (405) Freeway between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. These lanes will do little to improve congestion, and will primarily benefit only those who are willing and able to pay tolls on top of their share of $600 million in Measure M2 taxes allocated to 405 Freeway improvements.
NEWS
By Jack Wu | April 14, 2012
Well, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle's "vote-gate" has passed, and the Newport Beach City Council officially voted this week to sue the Orange County Transportation Authority for removing the 19th Street Bridge from the county's Master Plan of Arterial Highways (MPAH). The bridge, which was originally placed on the MPAH in 1957, has been formally opposed by both Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa for decades but was supported by Newport Beach, as Councilman Keith Curry says, "as long as I have been on council [2006]
NEWS
By Colin McCarthy | September 3, 2012
Recently, I attended another of the Orange County Transportation Authority's Stakeholder Working Group meetings to discuss the latest proposals to widen the San Diego (405) Freeway from the San Gabriel (605) Freeway to the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway. I left the meeting with a new list of concerns for our city. As many of you have been following, this project is highly controversial because it includes a proposal to add paid toll lanes to the 405 at the expense of the current free carpool lanes.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 8, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) will update the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday on the agency's efforts to widen the San Diego (405) Freeway and possibly the Corona del Mar (73) Freeway. The projects could impact residential sections of Costa Mesa, and many residents are opposed. For years, OCTA has been working with the state Department of Transportation on how to widen a stretch of the 405 in Orange County. In 2006, OCTA approved the idea of examining a few scenarios that added one to two lanes in each direction between the San Gabriel (605)
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 26, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority board unanimously voted Monday to remove the proposed 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan, a move that ends decades of debate for the contentious connector over the Santa Ana River. The bridge, which has been in the county books since the 1950s, would have connected the ends of Costa Mesa's 19th Street to Huntington Beach's Banning Avenue, potentially relieving traffic over the river's three other connectors: Adams Avenue and Victoria Street in Costa Mesa and Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 18, 2012
Potentially killing a proposal to add toll lanes to the San Diego (405) Freeway, an Orange County Transportation Authority committee voted this week to recommend a different expansion plan. The Regional Planning and Highways Committee unanimously voted Monday to endorse an alternative that would add one general-purpose lane to both sides of the 405 between the San Gabriel River (605) and the Corona del Mar (73) freeways. The full OCTA board still has to approve the plan. The roadway has been the subject of much debate among city officials and residents opposed to toll lanes.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio and Bradley Zint | December 10, 2013
ORANGE — The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday approved new lanes for a portion of the 405 Freeway, a decision that scrapped a hotly contested toll road option that area cities have fought for months. The estimated $1.25-billion project, known as Alternative 1, was one of three proposals to widen a nearly 12-mile stretch of the 405 between the 605 Freeway interchange in Seal Beach and Euclid Street in Fountain Valley. It calls for adding one general-purpose lane in each direction in an attempt to alleviate congestion.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city and Orange County Transportation Authority have tapped an engineering firm to expand earlier studies on extending the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway. Lowell, Mass.-based TRC Companies, Inc. was awarded a $1.1-million contract this week to evaluate traffic circulation at the 55 Freeway-Newport Boulevard exit into Costa Mesa. "This is a longterm project that we've had on our books for a long, long time," said Costa Mesa Public Services Director Peter Naghavi.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 26, 2012
The city of Costa Mesa is considering legal options to stop the Orange County Transportation Authority from adding toll lanes inside the city limits. "I've been trying to tell OCTA it's not acceptable to Costa Mesa for many, many reasons," said Peter Naghavi, the city's economic development director. "All options, including legal action, are on the table. " Last week the City Council told City Attorney Tom Duarte to investigate legal challenges to an option known as Alternative 3, which would expand sections of the San Diego (405)
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By Ernesto Munoz and By Ernesto Munoz | December 16, 2013
This month Costa Mesa - along with six neighboring cities - was successful in thwarting a proposal to put four toll lanes on the 405 Freeway from Seal Beach to Costa Mesa. Instead, on Dec. 9, the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors voted to build one general traffic lane in each direction at a cost of $1.3 billion and put off any talk of toll lanes until 2020. This is a major victory for Costa Mesa residents and businesses. The decision followed the banding together of mayors from Westminster, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa to strongly oppose the toll-lane proposal.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio and Bradley Zint | December 10, 2013
ORANGE — The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday approved new lanes for a portion of the 405 Freeway, a decision that scrapped a hotly contested toll road option that area cities have fought for months. The estimated $1.25-billion project, known as Alternative 1, was one of three proposals to widen a nearly 12-mile stretch of the 405 between the 605 Freeway interchange in Seal Beach and Euclid Street in Fountain Valley. It calls for adding one general-purpose lane in each direction in an attempt to alleviate congestion.
NEWS
By Eric Bever | December 6, 2013
Why is the Orange County Transportation Authority pushing so madly for toll roads on our freeways? Why does OCTA believe toll roads should be paid for with monies duly voted for specific purposes that do not include toll roads? Why is OCTA so strongly motivated to turn freeways into toll roads that it would ignore the very people who pay for everything, the Orange County taxpayers? From whence does OCTA's zeal for this major shift in social policy emanate? More to the point: When did our public agencies become our masters and our elected officials their toadies?
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 8, 2013
Orange County Transportation Authority board members pumped the brakes Friday on a decision that could add toll lanes to the 405 Freeway, but the option will be up for discussion again in a month. The 18-person board unanimously agreed that talks with representatives from the California Department of Transportation and with residents from the cities impacted by the 405 widening project should return at the next board meeting on Dec. 9. "I'm going to support this continuance with the caveat that we just have to stay on the gas," Director Gail Eastman said.
NEWS
By Eric Bever | November 1, 2013
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors will be voting next week on a plan that, if adopted, will misuse billions of tax dollars designated for traffic congestion relief to build toll roads on the 405 Freeway. But that's not all of the misappropriation that is planned. The real plan, as suggested in the July/August 2012 issue of the Auto Club of Southern California's Westways magazine, is to eventually have these toll lanes running throughout the Southland.
OCNOW
By Ari Bloomekatz | August 8, 2013
It happened in Los Angeles - twice - and now Orange County can brace for its own “ Carmageddon “: The 405 Freeway will be closed in both directions for 20 hours. The closure is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Aug. 17, and last through 5 p.m. Aug. 18. The freeway will be shut down between the 605 Freeway and Valley View Street in Westminster, according to a news release from the Orange County Transportation Authority. “We know this 'Bridge Bash' has the potential to disrupt traffic for the hundreds of thousands of people who use the I-405 on a typical summer weekend and we are encouraging drivers to avoid the freeway in this area,” Greg Winterbottom, OCTA chairman, said in the release.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | February 5, 2013
A bus fare increase approved by the Orange County Transportation Authority in November is scheduled to go into effect Sunday, officials said. Cash fare for a bus ride will rise from $1.50 to $2, according to the OCTA. A day pass will go from $4 to $5, and a monthly pass will increase from $55 to $69 For seniors and people with disabilities, cash fare will increase from 60 cents to 75 cents. A day pass will be raised from $1.25 to $1.50, and a monthly pass will go from $18 to $22.25.
NEWS
December 20, 2012
We need a mental health bill for elected officials now! Mental health is not only an issue in our schools, but can also play a significant part in the shaping and maintenance of our community and culture. The people we put in office, even at the lowest levels, must have a clean bill of health from a mental health expert. It is without question that we have politicians running all areas of our city, state and country with low-level to severe mental-health issues. We are at the mercy of privacy acts that allow this be sealed, and this needs to change now!
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 26, 2012
The Orange County Transportation Authority board unanimously voted Monday to remove the proposed 19th Street Bridge from the county's master plan, a move that ends decades of debate for the contentious connector over the Santa Ana River. The bridge, which has been in the county books since the 1950s, would have connected the ends of Costa Mesa's 19th Street to Huntington Beach's Banning Avenue, potentially relieving traffic over the river's three other connectors: Adams Avenue and Victoria Street in Costa Mesa and Coast Highway in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 22, 2012
Toll lanes and construction are not coming to Costa Mesa. The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday approved widening the San Diego (405) Freeway by adding one lane in each direction between Fountain Valley and Rossmoor. OCTA's Board of Directors approved Alternative 1 in a 12-4 vote, with directors Larry Crandall, Janet Nguyen, John Moorlach and William Dalton opposing the measure, according to OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik. The option would expand the freeway by one general purpose lane between Euclid Street and the San Gabriel River (605)
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