Southern California breaking news and trends

2 more Metro stations open, Expo Line phase one is done

Expo Line Test

Kevin Ferguson/KPCC

The Exposition Line train at the La Cienega/Jefferson station after finishing a test run.

Phase One of Metro's Expo Line is complete Wednesday with the opening of two new the light rail stops along the Downtown LA-Westside corridor. 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky celebrated the new additions, telling KPCC's Ashley Bailey that, "We are not promising to reduce congestion, but what we are promising is we’ll give people an alternative to being stuck in traffic."

"This line will give people in the Crenshaw district, in the Exposition Park area, in the Culver City/Cheviot Hills area, the alternative to use public transportation, which will get them from point A to point B faster than they can in their car," he added.

The Farmdale Station is located on Exposition Boulevard and the Culver City stop is located at the intersection of Washington and National.

 

Read More...

Tom Petty's stolen guitars recovered, suspect arrested

TomPetty.com

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' five vintage guitars have been recovered

Tom Petty will soon be reunited with his 1967 Rickenbacker and other guitars that were stolen from the rocker and his band while rehearsing at the Soundstage in Culver City.

In a press conference this afternoon, Culver City police announced the vintage guitars have been recovered and a suspect has been apprehended. 

Police Chief Don Pedersen said the suspect sold one of the expensively rare guitars at a Hollywood pawn shop for a paltry $250. The Chief estimated the worth of the stolen guitars as $100,000 in total.

But apparently the fencing was the hardest part.

One person was arrested in connection with the theft, police Lt. Ron Iizuka told reporters.

Petty and the Heartbreakers published photos of the stolen instruments on their website last week when the guitars were lifted and feared to be released into the great wide open. The band offered a $7,500 no-questions-asked reward and even created an email address (StolenGuitars@TomPetty.com) in hopes of being hooked back up with their musical tools.

Read More...