LA at a Glance
Train
Amtrak also stops in Los Angeles at Union Station on six different lines:
  • Coast Starlight connects Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.
  • Pacific Surfliner connects San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego.
  • San Joaquin connects the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento with Bakersfield and Southern California.
  • Southwest Chief connects Chicago to Los Angeles via Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Sunset Limited connects New Orleans to Los Angeles via San Antonio.
  • Texas Eagle connects Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, San Antonio and Los Angeles.

— Airports
Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is owned by the city of Los Angeles and located to the west of the city. LAX is, by far, the busiest airport in the city, the third busiest in the United States and the sixth busiest commercial airport in the world with more than 600 daily flights to 91 domestic cities and more than 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 58 cities in 32 countries on nearly 75 air carriers. In 2012, LAX handled 63,688,121 passengers and nearly 2 million tons of air cargo.

A $4.11-billion capital improvement program is under way at LAX, generating nearly 40,000 local jobs. The program’s centerpiece is the $1.5-billion Bradley West Project with new gates for latest generation aircraft, new concourses and seating areas, new retail and food-and-beverage offerings reflecting Los Angeles’ cuisine and culture and expanded areas for more efficient security screening, immigration and customs processing. There also are several major airfield and facility projects.

LA/Ontario International Airport
Owned by the city of Los Angeles, the LA/Ontario International Airport serves the Inland Empire. This airport is located to the east, in the bedroom community city of Ontario, California and is the next most prominent airport after LAX.

John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport is located to the south-east of the city in the city of Santa Ana in Orange County. It offers limited international service to the following cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Mexico City and San Jose del Cabo.

Other domestic service airports include the Bob Hope Airport in the middle north-east of the city, which serves the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys with a limited number of passenger airlines, and the Long Beach Airport south of the city.

MEDIA OUTLETS
With a population of more than 13 million people, the Los Angeles MSA is the second biggest metropolitan area in the United States. The city has all of the major broadcast channels as well as three PBS stations. World TV operates on two channels and the area has several Spanish-language television networks. KTBN 40 is the flagship station of the religious Trinity Broadcasting Network, based out of Santa Ana. A variety of independent television stations also operate in the area. Los Angeles is one of only two media markets to have seven VHF allocations assigned to it.

— Newspapers
The major daily English-language newspaper in the area is the Los Angeles Times. La Opinión is the city’s major daily Spanish-language paper, The Korea Times is the city’s major daily Korean language paper, and The Los Angeles Sentinel is the city’s major African-American daily paper, which has the largest black readership in the Western United States. Investor’s Business Daily is distributed from its LA corporate offices in Playa Del Rey.

There are also a number of smaller regional newspapers, alternative weeklies and magazines, including the Daily News (which covers the San Fernando Valley), LA Weekly, Los Angeles CityBeat, L.A. Record (which covers the music scene in the Greater Los Angeles Area), Los Angeles magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal (a legal industry paper), The Hollywood Reporter and Variety (entertainment industry papers) and Los Angeles Downtown News.

In addition to the major papers, numerous local periodicals serve immigrant communities in their native languages, including Armenian, English, Korean, Persian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew and Arabic. Many cities adjacent to Los Angeles also have their own daily newspapers whose coverage and availability overlaps into certain Los Angeles neighborhoods, including The Daily Breeze (serving the South Bay) and The Long Beach Press-Telegram.

SPECTATOR SPORTS
Los Angeles is a city for sports fans. Home to nine professional sports teams, two college teams and four major stadiums, there’s a team for everyone. If the Los Angeles home teams aren’t to your liking, be patient. The city has developed a reputation as a host city, and a team you like could be visiting shortly.

— Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Los Angeles. Members of the National League West, the team originated in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 before moving to Los Angeles for the 1958 season. They played four seasons in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Dodger Stadium, the third-oldest ballpark in MLB. Through the years, the Dodgers have won six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants. In addition, eight Cy Young Award winners have pitched for the Dodgers, which have a total of 10 Cy Young Awards (both MLB records).

   
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