Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times

Rachel Uranga

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Rachel:

The $1 ride that costs Metro $43. Why some want to keep it going

Riders love the clean, quick, on-demand van service. But its costs are forcing difficult questions among transit officials faced with shrinking budgets and underserved riders. → Read More

Makeshift RV park stirs controversy in Sylmar. But is it a hazard or a help?

The Los Angeles city attorney's office charged the owner of the home with two misdemeanors, but some tenants argue she is helping people with nowhere else to go. → Read More

Metro looks to create its own police force. It won't be easy.

On Thursday, the Metro board unanimously voted to develop a blueprint for a new police agency, a move that could end the longtime contracts with local law enforcement. → Read More

Metro's new subway opens in downtown L.A., connecting three lines, reducing transfers

Metro's Regional Connector opens up in downtown L.A. The new subway brings three new stations and connects three other lines, reducing transfers and commute time. → Read More

A Metro worker revived 21 riders overdosing on opioids

Metro workers watch and wait as drug overdoses unfold -- or go rogue to save lives. One has revived 21 riders. → Read More

Study looks at potential cost for L.A. drivers on the 405, 10, 101 freeways

Metro is set to release a congestion pricing study this summer that looks at charging people to drive key freeways and roads. → Read More

Metro's new Regional Connector: From East L.A. to Santa Monica

Regional Connector opens June 16 in downtown Los Angeles, eliminating transfers while linking Long Beach to Azusa, East L.A. to Santa Monica. → Read More

Yucaipa High teacher accused of having sex with student

Tracy Vanderhulst, 38, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old student, authorities said. → Read More

2 injured in gas explosion at minor league ballpark in Lake Elsinore

The Lake Elsinore Storm, the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, had been set to play the Inland Empire 66ers just hours later. → Read More

L.A. riders bail on Metro trains amid deadly overdoses, crime

Commuters have abandoned large swaths of a Los Angeles Metro train system plagued by crime and the scourge of drugs. → Read More

Vote on LAPD transit patrols sparks City Hall debate over safety on Metro system

Wednesday’s debate offered a preview of the heated deliberations that are expected over public safety at Metro, where crime and fatal drug overdoses are on the rise. → Read More

Without enough shelter beds, homeless people find their own refuge in the storm

As a historic storm rolled into Southern California and shelters filled up, many homeless people used whatever they could — fires, tarps, public restrooms, hand dryers — to stay dry and warm. → Read More

How an Encino chiropractor helped defraud the NBA

Encino chiropractor who boasted of his celebrity clientele is sentenced to prison for scheme to defraud NBA player's healthcare fund. → Read More

As warehouses and pollution-spewing trucks take over the Inland Empire, residents pay the price

As toxic emissions from diesel traffic choke the air, activists are calling for a moratorium on new warehouses and for the governor to declare a state of emergency. → Read More

L.A. could see nearly 100 new digital signs. Anti-billboard groups plan to fight back

Foes of Metro's plan say the proposed digital signs — many of them 48 feet wide — will distract drivers, making the city's streets even more perilous. → Read More

‘I am afraid to live here’: How a massacre in a small California town named Goshen shocked the country

The slaying of six people, including an infant, highlights how parts of the San Joaquin Valley have become some of the most violent places in California. → Read More

Voters turn sharply against Kevin de León, favor recall, poll finds

Voters in De León's council district disapprove of the job he's doing, have an unfavorable impression of him personally and believe the embattled council member puts his own interests ahead of theirs, new poll finds. → Read More

California endures a pox of potholes as storms pummel roads and freeways

Road closures and treacherous driving conditions have confronted drivers as agencies work to repair potholes caused by the winter storms. → Read More

Challenges loom for gondola to Dodger Stadium planned for the 2028 Olympics

A Dodger stadium gondola could be built by 2028 Olympics; however, the proposal just lost its biggest backer, and it's unclear if Mayor Karen Bass supports the project. → Read More

A 24-year-old woman was killed during Christmas Day street takeover

Police suspect several spectators were hit at the illegal takeover that drew more than a hundred people to Crenshaw Boulevard and West Florence Avenue. → Read More