LA.com is jumping into the traffic biz with a monthly newsletter of commuter tips called Car Keys. The first edition carries links to traffic-related stories in the Daily News (where LA.com is based) and a pair of informative short features: a shortcut from Chinatown to the San Gabriel Valley, and a reminder that it's legal to park at yellow curbs in Los Angeles between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Monday. The only hitch seems to be that the intro calls Car Keys both monthly and timely—it's hard to be both. * And on Wednesday: LA.com launches Fooditude, a monthly newsletter by Lesley Balla about dining.
** Those yellow curbs: Car Keys has it wrong, an emailer points out. You can park at yellow curbs any night after 6 p.m., if you are gone by 7 in the morning. The city's Department of Transportation website says that "Yellow curb zones are for commercial loading and are installed in commercial districts where there is a compelling and recurrent need to reserve curb space for loading freight and bulky items. The zones may be used when actively loading or unloading freight, but in no case longer than 30 minutes. They may also be used when actively loading or unloading passengers and their personal baggage, but in no case longer than 5 minutes. In the City of Los Angeles yellow curb zones are effective 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (but not on Sunday)." (Emphasis added.)
Also: LA Blogs returns with a new look.