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LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A published report says investigators have found the red light that could have prevented the deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth was not as bright as the other lights on the same trackside warning device.

The Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Tuesday that the federal investigation is now focusing on the brightness of the stop light and whether the train's crew violated communication rules.

The Times cited a person knowledgeable with the investigation who requested anonymity because of restrictions made on comments regarding the inquiry.

The investigation, led by the National Transportation Safety Board, has already found that the Metrolink engineer ran the red light on Sept. 12 and the commuter train collided head-on with a freight train in Chatsworth, killing 25 people.

The NTSB has said the engineer was text messaging before the crash, but that train collisions could have more than one cause.

The dimmer red light was preceeded by two yellow lights that warned of the upcoming stop.

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Con04 Southland hit with five quakes in 36 hours Sunday, December 07, 2008
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
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Three minor earthquakes and a large aftershock have rattled parts of California in the 36 hours after a moderate, magnitude 5.1 quake hit near Barstow Friday night.

A magnitude 3.0 aftershock struck the Barstow area at 1:07 p.m. Sunday, rocking the same area jolted Friday. No injuries or damage were reported in any of the shakers.

And there is no immediate indication that the quakes, which occurred hundreds of miles apart, are related. But some of them were felt in Los Angeles.

The seismic weekend began with a magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 8:18 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was placed 117 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, near the tiny Mojave Desert gas station hamlet of Ludlow.

That quake rocked nearby Barstow and the Apple Valley area, and was felt by some people in the L.A. basin.

At 8:07 a.m. Saturday, a magnitude 3.0 quake was measured with an epicenter 6 miles southeast of Olancha, a small town on U.S. 395 about 35 miles north of Inyokern and 140 miles north of Los Angeles. This quake was about 65 miles northwest of the Friday-night epicenter near Barstow.

At 7:37 a.m. today, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake apparently rocked the seafloor near Anacapa Island, about 25 miles west of Malibu. The quake's epicenter was tentatively located 22 miles south-southwest of Port Hueneme, and 66 miles west of the Los Angeles Civic Center.

At 12:13 p.m. Sunday, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck in a geologically- active desert valley 15 miles north-northeast of Trona. The quake's epicenter was tentatively located 32 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, and 170 miles northeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center.

That quake was about 20 miles east of the Olancha temblor.

It was followed less than an hour later with the 3.0 Ludlow aftershock. Automated seismographs indicate the main shock at Ludlow was followed by at least a dozen aftershocks that averaged about magnitude 1.5 before the 3.0 aftershock hit.

Data about the smaller quakes have yet to be reviewed by scientists, and their sizes and epicenters have been calculated by U.S. Geologic Survey computers.
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TRONA and RIALTO, Calif. (KABC) -- Experts at Caltech say the Trona earthquake, which was originally thought to be a 4.4 magnitude quake, has been downgraded to a 2.5.
The now 2.5 magnitude earthquake hit 15 miles from Trona, California at about 4:28 p.m. on Tuesday. A 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit 5 miles from Rialto, also at 4:28 p.m.
The quake near Rialto was felt in San Bernardino, Pomona, Fontana and Bloomington. There were no reports of damage.
Caltech says that when quakes happen so close together, sometimes the information doesn't always come through cleanly. After a seismologist reviewed information relating to the quake near Trona, it was downgraded to a 2.5
Story continues belowAdvertisementCaltech says these quakes, or clusters of quakes, happen from time to time. There is no specific indication that any of these, though they are generally in the same area, will lead to a larger quake. They say a larger quake is still considered a very small possibility.
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3.1 Earthquake Shakes Area Near Joshua Tree
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YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) ? A minor earthquake has shaken the Joshua Tree area, but there is no word of damage or injuries.

Seismologists say the magnitude-3.1 quake struck at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday at a depth of about three miles.

Jessica Sigala of the National Earthquake Information Center says it was centered seven miles west of Joshua Tree and 10 miles northeast of Morongo Valley.

Sigala says she had reports of the quake being felt in Yucca Valley and Crestline.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff's dispatcher says the department has received no reports of damage or injuries.
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Woman 'Pregnant' with Monkey Arrested for Smuggling
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December 10, 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane woman who hid a sedated monkey under her blouse on a flight from Thailand to Los Angeles - pretending she was pregnant - has been convicted of smuggling charges.

Gypsy Lawson, 29, successfully passed through U.S. Customs in Los Angeles with the rhesus monkey hidden in her shirt after the November 2007 trip.

Her mother, Fran Ogren, 55, of Northport, Wash., accompanied her on the flight from Bangkok and was also convicted.

A jury found the two women guilty Monday on separate charges of conspiracy and smuggling goods into the United States. Sentencing is set for March 3.

They were arrested after Lawson boasted to a clothing store clerk about the airport escapade.

The monkey is now at a primate rescue facility in Oregon.
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The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved six anti-gun ordinances on Wednesday.



Anti-gun plans pass in L.A. City Council
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved six anti-gun ordinances on Wednesday.

The ordinances include:

* Allowing landlords to evict tenants who illegally possess guns
* Banning the sale of .50-caliber ammunition and cartridges
* Requiring ammunition vendors to be licensed and require face-to-face transactions and record-keeping for all ammunition sales made in the city of Los Angeles
* Allowing the seizure of vehicles used by gang members while committing a crime
* Banning secret compartments in vehicles to hide firearms
* Requiring gun dealers to conduct inventories and report the inventories to the Los Angeles Police Department

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who announced the proposals in May, said the ordinances are part of a partnership between local and federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on gang- and gun-related violence in Los Angeles.

"In order to permanently reduce gang violence, illegal firearms must be public enemy number one," Villaraigosa said. "Today, we're taking one more step toward building safer streets, safer neighborhoods and safer cities."

Banning the sale of .50-caliber ammunition closes a loophole that was created when the state agreed to ban the sale of the weapon.

"Unless you're out trying to kill Godzilla, and I think the last time we saw Godzilla was the 1950s, there is no need for this type of weapon in an urban environment," said police Chief William Bratton.

The chief said the city of Los Angeles has experienced 30 fewer murders this year than at this date last year. In 2007, there were 392 murders, and guns were used to kill 314 of those victims.

Representatives for Gun Owners of California were not immediately available to comment on the new laws.

Attorneys for the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association have threatened to sue the city over the ordinance that requires gun deals to provide inventory lists to the LAPD. They say the law "appears to be motivated more by election politics than policy."

"The proposed ordinance is preempted by state law, is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment and for other reasons, is redundant with state and federal laws, and is unnecessary and unreasonably burdensome on firearm retailers," according to a letter sent by lawyer C.B. Michel, representing the NRA.

"It is comprehensive and it covers apartments, cars, guns, ammunition," said Councilman Jack Weiss, chair of the Public Safety Committee about the package of ordinances.

"It's the right way to attack these problems, to be comprehensive in scope and to be comprehensive in terms of support," Weiss said. "This is truly a gun control package that has been generated by and has support from the entire city."
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3.0-Magnitude Quake Hits Magic Mountain Area Sat, Dec 20, 2008
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VAL VERDE, Calif. -- A 3.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Magic Mountain area Saturday and appeared to go unnoticed, officials said.

The epicenter of the 9:17 a.m. shaker was an estimated 3 miles east of Piru, about six miles west of Stevenson Ranch, and about 37 miles northwest of the Los Angeles Civic Center. It occurred at a depth of three miles.

A check with several businesses in Castaic Junction and Val Verde found no one who felt it. The sheriff's office in nearby Santa Clarita reported it got no calls.
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4.5 quake rattles north of Sacramento
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Friday, December 26, 2008

EAST QUINCY, Calif. -- A magnitude-4.5 earthquake shook parts of northern California early Friday morning, but there were no reports of property damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered two miles northeast of the town of East Quincy, about 102 miles northeast of Sacramento. The quake struck at about 4:19 a.m.

A dispatcher at the nearby Quincy police station said the quake was felt, but the station had received
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Feds Hold Hearing On Deadly Metrolink Crash
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Twenty-five people were killed and 135 were injured in the Metrolink collision on Sept. 12, 2008.

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Documents show the engineer of a Metrolink train that crashed and killed 25 people in Los Angeles last year was planning to let a rail fan ride in the cab and operate the locomotive.

Tuesday's release of the transcript of the text messages by engineer Robert Sanchez came as the National Transportation Safety Board opened a two-day hearing into the Sept. 12 collision in suburban Chatsworth that also injured 135 people.

One text from Sanchez said he was looking forward to getting the teenager in the cab and showing him how to run the locomotive.

Dozens of text messages sent and received by Sanchez could provide more insight into the cause of the crash.

Federal investigators determined he sent and received 57 text messages while on duty that day, including one that he sent 22 seconds before his train slammed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train.

The preliminary investigation also showed the commuter train failed to stop at a red light just before the crash and ended up on the same shared track as the oncoming freight train.

Sanchez was among the dead.

Survivors, family members of victims and their lawyers said they'll monitor the hearing closely in hopes of learning key details of the crash.

"It's not going to change anything for me. To know what happened might give us some peace, I guess," said Jeff Buckley of Simi Valley, whose father Alan was killed in the collision.

The Metrolink train was carrying 220 passengers when the collision occurred on a horseshoe-shaped section of track.

The NTSB panel conducting the hearing will focus on cell phone use by train crew members; the operation of trackside signals designed to prevent collisions; and oversight and compliance with safety procedures during the Sept. 12 crash in Chatsworth.

Robert Heldenbrand, the conductor of the Metrolink train, contends the signal light was actually green as the train left the station about a mile from the crash site.

Heldenbrand also told investigators he had warned a supervisor months before the deadly crash about Sanchez's on-duty cell phone use.

He said he followed up with the same supervisor two days before the collision and was assured his concern would be addressed.

His contention is the basis of dozens of negligence lawsuits that allege Connex Railroad LLC, the contractor that provides engineers who run Metrolink trains, knew about the cell phone use but did nothing about it.

Connex is a subsidiary of Veolia Transportation Inc., a private operator of bus, rail, shuttle and other transportation services throughout North America.

"How far up the Veolia/Connex chain had the complaints gone before the accident? We hope to find out about that, and a number of other things," said attorney Ed Pfiester, who represents 24 people suing the companies.

Connex and Metrolink said they have strict cell phone policies prohibiting use of cell phones by on-duty employees.

The crash prompted a federal ban on cell phone use by rail workers and led Congress to pass a new law requiring so-called "positive train control" technology that can stop a train if it's headed for a collision.

Metrolink also pushed for a number of safety measures, including a video camera system to monitor locomotive crews.
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Feds Hold Hearing On Deadly Metrolink Crash
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Twenty-five people were killed and 135 were injured in the Metrolink collision on Sept. 12, 2008.

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* Metrolink Says Safety Improvements On Track (1/10/2009)
* Lawyer: Sanchez Regularly Used Cell On The Job (1/7/2009)
* Report: Metrolink Never Installed Braking System (12/12/2008)
* Report: Red Light In Metrolink Crash Was Too Dim (12/3/2008)
* NTSB: Engineer Didn't Call Red Light Before Crash (11/25/2008)
* Metrolink Approves Safety Improvements, Files Suit (10/24/2008)
* Bush Signs Rail Safety Bill (10/16/2008)
* Metrolink Witnesses: Signal Was Green Before Crash (10/4/2008)
* NTSB: Sanchez Sent Text 22 Seconds Before Crash (10/1/2008)
* Metrolink Suspends Engineer For Texting On The Job (10/2/2008)
* Metrolink Board Decides On Safety Improvements (9/26/2008)

Documents show the engineer of a Metrolink train that crashed and killed 25 people in Los Angeles last year was planning to let a rail fan ride in the cab and operate the locomotive.

Tuesday's release of the transcript of the text messages by engineer Robert Sanchez came as the National Transportation Safety Board opened a two-day hearing into the Sept. 12 collision in suburban Chatsworth that also injured 135 people.

One text from Sanchez said he was looking forward to getting the teenager in the cab and showing him how to run the locomotive.

Dozens of text messages sent and received by Sanchez could provide more insight into the cause of the crash.

Federal investigators determined he sent and received 57 text messages while on duty that day, including one that he sent 22 seconds before his train slammed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train.

The preliminary investigation also showed the commuter train failed to stop at a red light just before the crash and ended up on the same shared track as the oncoming freight train.

Sanchez was among the dead.

Survivors, family members of victims and their lawyers said they'll monitor the hearing closely in hopes of learning key details of the crash.

"It's not going to change anything for me. To know what happened might give us some peace, I guess," said Jeff Buckley of Simi Valley, whose father Alan was killed in the collision.

The Metrolink train was carrying 220 passengers when the collision occurred on a horseshoe-shaped section of track.

The NTSB panel conducting the hearing will focus on cell phone use by train crew members; the operation of trackside signals designed to prevent collisions; and oversight and compliance with safety procedures during the Sept. 12 crash in Chatsworth.

Robert Heldenbrand, the conductor of the Metrolink train, contends the signal light was actually green as the train left the station about a mile from the crash site.

Heldenbrand also told investigators he had warned a supervisor months before the deadly crash about Sanchez's on-duty cell phone use.

He said he followed up with the same supervisor two days before the collision and was assured his concern would be addressed.

His contention is the basis of dozens of negligence lawsuits that allege Connex Railroad LLC, the contractor that provides engineers who run Metrolink trains, knew about the cell phone use but did nothing about it.

Connex is a subsidiary of Veolia Transportation Inc., a private operator of bus, rail, shuttle and other transportation services throughout North America.

"How far up the Veolia/Connex chain had the complaints gone before the accident? We hope to find out about that, and a number of other things," said attorney Ed Pfiester, who represents 24 people suing the companies.

Connex and Metrolink said they have strict cell phone policies prohibiting use of cell phones by on-duty employees.

The crash prompted a federal ban on cell phone use by rail workers and led Congress to pass a new law requiring so-called "positive train control" technology that can stop a train if it's headed for a collision.

Metrolink also pushed for a number of safety measures, including a video camera system to monitor locomotive crews.
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Supervisor: Metrolink Engineer Was Warned Twice About Cell Use More Related Content
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March 4, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- A Metrolink engineer text messaged a promise to a teenage railroad fan - "I'm gonna do all the radio talkin' ... ur gonna run the locomotive" - days before a crash that killed 25 people in Chatsworth last year, according to federal investigators.

The information came from a transcript of 57 cell phone text messages by Metrolink engineer Robert Sanchez, which was released Tuesday during the first of a two-day hearing in Washington, D.C.

The panel was to hear from union officials as well as the Federal Railroad Administration on Wednesday.

Federal investigators said Sanchez sent and received 43 text messages and made four phone calls while on duty that day, including one that he sent 22 seconds before the collision.

Investigators said the large number of text messages was not uncommon for the engineer in the days leading up to the crash.

The texts indicated Sanchez had allowed the unidentified teenager to ride in the cab several days before the crash, and that he was planning to let him run the train between four stations on the evening of the crash.

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Sanchez was one of 25 people killed when his Metrolink commuter train ran a red light and collided with a Union Pacific freight train.

135 others were injured in the crash, which became the nation's deadliest rail accident in 15 years.

Sanchez was twice warned about his on-duty cell phone use, according to Rick Dahl, a representative of Connex Railroad LLC, the contractor that provides engineers who run Metrolink trains.

Investigators also found that the conductor of the Union Pacific train received and sent numerous text messages while on duty.

The conductor tested positive for marijuana, but he was not driving the train at the time of the crash.

Workman said text messages indicated Sanchez had allowed unauthorized individuals into the locomotive cab three days before the fatal crash and allowed one to sit at the controls while the train was in motion.

"Both company and federal rules prohibit these activities," investigator Wayne Workman said.

The conductor of the Metrolink train, Robert Heldenbrand, told investigators he warned a supervisor months before the deadly crash about Sanchez's on-duty cell phone use.

He said he followed up with the same supervisor two days before the collision and was assured the issue would be addressed.

It's still believed Sanchez blew a red signal around the same time he sent his last text message.

"All the evidence is consistent with the Metrolink engineer failing to stop at a red signal," Workman said.

Metrolink board Chairman Keith Millhouse said his company "continues to work closely with the NTSB in our common effort to determine the exact causes of the Chatsworth collision and to install additional safety measures to help ensure this type of event does not happen again."

In the aftermath of the Chatsworth disaster, Metrolink put together a safety review panel that offered a list of specific recommendations, including doubling up staff in locomotives to add a second set of eyes, beginning the installation of inward-facing video cameras in locomotives, and increasing efficiency training.

The Federal Railroad Administration in January approved a Metrolink plan to install automatic train-stop technology at 43 locations along its rail lines as a stop-gap measure while more advanced positive train control technology is developed and deployed.

The technology uses Global Positioning System navigation to show safe travel routes.

Legislation passed after the Chatsworth crash will require positive train control systems on most commuter rail lines by 2015.

Metrolink officials have said they hope to implement their use in the Southland by 2012.
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