Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times

Rachel Uranga

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Rachel:

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

Should L.A.’s train and bus rides be free? Karen Bass may soon decide

Critics and even supporters say the switch could add to an influx of homeless people and would cost $1 billion a year. Proponents believe legislative solutions can be found. → Read More

Kevin De León refuses to resign. What happens to his constituents?

Kevin De León says he won't resign after he was caught making racial insults on a leaked tape. What happens to his constituents? → Read More

Safety issues halt construction of L.A. Metro's Purple Line

Los Angeles transit officials have shut down construction of the Westside's $2.4-billion Purple Line Extension for two weeks amid a litany of "serious safety concerns" that have injured dozens of workers since July 2021. → Read More

L.A. Latinos grapple with familiar colorism against Black and Indigenous people in racist tape

L.A. Latinos decry racist tape and fear it will set back leadership gains and cast them under a cloud of suspicion. Some say it exposed the need to have a conversation about colorism. → Read More

For historic Black community, Crenshaw/LAX Line is 'a blessing and a curse'

The new Crenshaw/LAX line is already bringing new money to the cultural hub of L.A.'s Black community. But many fear high prices will push residents out. → Read More

After years of delays, the Crenshaw/LAX Line is finally set to open next month

Metro is set to open much of the Crenshaw/LAX line Oct. 7, but it won't connect to the airport until 2024, officials say. → Read More

Los Angeles promises to add thousands of bus shelters

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12 to 1 to give the joint venture Tranzito-Vector a 10-year contract to advertise on hundreds of bus shelters in exchange for installing and maintaining 3,000 such structures across the city. → Read More

California seeks to ban sales of diesel big rig trucks in bold bid to cut pollution

The California Air Resources Board proposal would require all new medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2040. → Read More

What a railroad strike would mean for transportation, economy

The nation’s freight railroads teetered on the brink of a massive strike over staff cuts that have led to what unions call brutal working conditions. It could have big effects on the economy and transportation. → Read More

Heat waves are getting worse. When will L.A. get around to offering bus riders more shade?

Thousands of Metro bus stops have no shelter or even a seat. But a proposal to bring new shelters to Los Angeles with digital ads is raising doubts. → Read More

LAPD officers fatally shoot man reportedly armed with gun in Westlake

Los Angeles police fatally shot a man who was reportedly armed with a gun in Westlake early Sunday morning. → Read More

L.A. voters to consider ballot plan to add bike lanes, bus lanes, other safety measures

A 2024 ballot measure would speed up the installation of bike routes, bus lanes and other projects aimed at making L.A. safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and bus riders. → Read More

17-year-old dies in South L.A. after he was intentionally run over, police say

Two separate drivers deliberately ran over the high school student after an argument broke out at a party attended by about 150 teens, police say. → Read More