Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) fired off a letter Friday to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asking him to investigate delays in the construction of the Interstate-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

The project, which had previously been scheduled to be completed by spring 2013, won’t be finished until fall 2014, according to reports.

“I am asking Secretary LaHood to investigate the delays and do everything in his power to speed completion of the project,” Waxman said.

The $317 million federal investment has been delayed by “complications with utility line relocations, legal disputes, and the failure of several miles of sound walls,” Waxman said. An additional $190 million was distributed to the project from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the federal stimulus bill.

“The construction has been a nightmare for the several hundred thousand commuters who pass along I-405 on a daily basis and any delays caused by mismanagement or incompetence are simply unacceptable,” Waxman said.

Construction started in 2009 on the new 10-mile carpool lane, which will connect the 10 and 101 freeways when finished. The 405 Freeway links the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, and the new car-pool lane was supposed to ease congestion in one of the busiest traffic corridors in the country.

—Henry Crumblish



You had me at ‘meow’

The Ocean Park Library’s Book-to-Action series for June starts off with some animal-friendly affairs.

The Book-to-Action series, which is featured in libraries throughout the state, encourages reading and utilizes active book discussions.

The adult book “You Had Me at Woof,” by Julie Klam and the middle school selection “Finding Danny,” by Linzi Glass are free for a limited time at the library.

Those interested are encouraged to read the book, join discussions and learn how they can help make a difference in the life of an animal.

In addition to book discussions, there will also be other events scheduled throughout June and July where residents of all ages are invited.

For more information, call (310) 458-8683 or visit




Complimentary cleaning for military families

Eco-friendly dry cleaning business Flair Cleaners announced its third annual Flair Care Package Drive.

The cleaner’s campaign, in conjunction with the United Service Organization, started in early May and commemorates Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.

As a tribute to the military, Flair will launder any five pieces of clothing without charge for all active duty personnel and veterans.

The free cleanings will be available on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to May 26.

“This annual event is our family’s way of demonstrating our ongoing support to our servicemen and women and their families, a tradition that started more than 50 years ago with our complimentary flag cleaning,” said Gary Futterman, Flair Cleaners owner.



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