These businesses and ones like them are threatening OC's traditional taxi industry
It was a year ago that Yoshinoya finally had the ribbon cutting for its Asiana Grill concept in what used to be a regular ol' Yoshinoya on State College in Fullerton. The store, which touted "an exhibition style open kitchen," was supposed to be an upmarket Yoshinoya, where you could choose your pro ... More >>
A couple months ago, I almost blogged something that claimed regional airline pilots earn an average of $14,000 a year. Believing that to be a typo--pilots are rolling in it, right?--I moved on to something more important, like Octomom boxing an East Coast skank.However, the nonprofit investigati ... More >>
With the price of gasoline soaring past $4 per gallon, many summer vacationers are scouting the Interwebs for deals on cheap flights.But that's not the only air travel-related data you'll find online. There are also the results of a new survey that show a large portion of flyers are dissatisfied ... More >>
Do you suppose a budget airline's $40.68 roundtrip flights between Long Beach and Las Vegas has anything to do with JetBlue promoting expanded service between its Southern California hub and Sin City with $19 flights each way?Naaaaaaaaw, totally coinky-dink.
Former OC Weekling Anthony Pignataro is now doing the Lord's work at the independent, non-profit journalism outfit CalWatchdog that is overseen by former Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut (who Moxley just wrote about here). What is it with the Pig and un-built, controversial ... More >>
Are the current plans for a $40-billion high-speed train meant to connect Fresno and San Francisco with Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego brilliant or reckless? Everytime you start to form an opinion, something comes the other way down the tracks. Take, for example, the past 24 hours:
California's planned high-speed rail system has been the target of varied criticism, including from Orange County state assemblywoman Diane Harkey who wants to kill the thing outright. Now, a study from UC Berekely--funded by the high-speed rail authority--says the entire project is based on ride ... More >>
One woman stands in its way...State assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point, etc.) has proposed a law to stop California's high-speed rail project... in its tracks. To derail it. To cause it to lose steam. To, uh, poo-poo the choo-choo.
California High Speed Rail AuthorityIf only the new train had only to contend with windmills...Sunday's Los Angeles Times carried a piece that largely rehashed a few low-boiling controversies about the planned high speed train line that, when eventually completed, will connect Anaheim and San Die ... More >>
A state Legislative Analyst's Office report critical of California's planned high-speed rail network, which includes a leg that extends into Orange County, is being used as ammunition by critics who want to junk the $42.6-billion project.
A Los Angeles to San Diego high-speed train proposal that's picking up steam (sorry) would bypass the traditional Amtrak Surfliner route down the coast through Orange County and instead head eastward from LA through the Inland Empire.The state plans new tracks for 220 mile-per-hour trains from Lo ... More >>
When was the last time you chose an airline based on the food it offered? Nope, I've never done it, either. Years back, Virgin Atlantic used to provide pretty good grub, even in cattle class. No longer: Every recent flight I've taken with them has been characterized by slop guaranteed to make you ... More >>
Close readers of everything that Clockwork churns out for your viewing enjoyment may have caught the July 31 post on online bookings being the lone bright spot in a travel industry that will continue to be brutally battered well into 2010. That was based on the findings of market research fi ... More >>
PhoCusWright Inc., a market research firm with offices in Connecticutt, New York and Europe, has found a lone bright spot in a travel industry that will continue to be brutally battered well into 2010: online bookings. "The main online travel agencies should benefit from the ... More >>
Curt PringleIf they go to their graves winning no more recognition for their years of public service, Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle and ex-Assemblyman Tom Umberg can be comforted by the fact that they at least received a shout out from the California High Speed Rail Blog, which applauds both in the po ... More >>
Courtesy of OCTAWill Kempton moves to OCTA from Caltrans, where he has served for five years.The hiring of Caltrans director Will Kempton for the Orange County Transportation Authority's vacant executive director position would seem like a step down. After all, the Schwarzenegger appointee oversees ... More >>
Courtesy of GadlingNice turbines!Clockwork's invite to Virgin America's inaugural flight to Orange County and John Wayne Airport launch party last week apparently got lost in the mail. Fortunately, Grant Martin received his, attended and lived to blog about it on his Gadling travel site.Some people ... More >>
Orange County Register: Remember that recent lawsuit brought by the Newport Beach cop who claimed to have been passed over for promotions amid rumors and derogatory comments he was gay? Moxley has been blogging all about it. Anyhoo, Buena Park police officer Pedro Monte ... More >>
News item: Art Leahy, who has led the Orange County Transportation Authority for eight years, accepted an offer to head Los Angeles County's Metro - a transit agency with a $3.4 billion budget. (Courtesy of the Orange County Register) Be careful what you wish for, LA ... *The NOAA, which has ju ... More >>
Creative CommonsA series of ordinances before the Anaheim City Council tonight may result in the city incurring the ire of a local taxicab company that says it is being shut out of the competitive bid process.Konstantinos Roditis, President of 24/7 Yellowcab, tells the Weekly that he might sue the c ... More >>
BNET (Business Net) travel blogger Brett Snyder predicts Virgin America's new presence at John Wayne Airport, coupled with Southwest Airlines' expansion of flights to and from San Francisco, will result in lower air fares between SFO and SNA, whose bustling terminal is shown here.That's crazy talk f ... More >>
Ever since my cover story last Thursday hit the online conspiracy websites, my inbox has been bombarded with emails from folks obsessed with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as they pertain to the U.S. Pentagon and an American Airlines jet that either did or didn't hit the building, depending on what th ... More >>
Train in Vain
The 28th Annual Mooning of Amtrak
For some reason, I had forgotten that former OC congressman and current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Christopher Cox is married, but married he is, and to a very industrious woman. Like many who belong to the bedrock traditional values strata of the Republican Party, which loud ... More >>
Award for top transportation agency is astoundingfor all the wrong reasons
An A to Z Guide to Surviving the Death/Pause/Sunshine of the CenterLine
The four horsemen of the suburban apocalypse
A CenterLine contractors resume includes Bostons notorius big dig
Light rails friends and enemies rally around the bus. But do bureaucrats care?
Another open letter to the county Board of Supervisors
Jane Reifer lives for mass transit
Airport taxi system screws drivers, riders
An open letter to the Board of Supervisors
Military sales to Latin American dictators, CIA contacts, and the strange odyssey of OC cabby Richard Schorling
How a powerful obbyist ran a taxi monopoly into the ground
El Toro Airport Watch No. 118
Whats the moral majority founder know about trains in Orange County?
El Toro Airport Watch No. 110
El Toro Airport Watch No. 97