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L.A. Now Live: Chat about mayor's effort to expand rail service

April 19, 2012 |  6:00 am

Please join City Editor Shelby Grad and transportation reporter Ari Bloomekatz for a chat about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's efforts to expand rail service in L.A.

Bloomekatz and reporters David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum reported on Villaraigosa's hope to extend the half-cent sales tax increase beyond 2039, borrow against the tax revenue and raise $8 billion for transit projects, including the Westside subway extension and rail lines to LAX.

The chat will begin at 9 a.m Pacific time at www.latimes.com/lanow. Questions can be submitted live during the chat or by hitting the comment button above.

Reporter Ruben Vives will also join the chat to discuss the district attorney's decision not to file charges against an 11-year-old girl who was in a school fight that led to the death of 10-year-old Joanna Ramos.

The decision brings a conclusion to what authorities and school officials called a highly delicate and unusual case, given the ages of the victim and possible suspect.

“This case was a fight between two children that ended with unintended and tragic results,” Long Beach police said in a statement. The department “hopes that its conclusion brings some peace to both families involved, as well as the community.”

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