Posted September 2, 2015 by The Argonaut in Columns
People First, Cars Second

Re: “Chick-Fil-A finds a beef in Westchester,” news, Aug. 27

I’m alright with Chick-Fil-A opening a place in Westchester at the former Grinder spot, but why does it have to be a drive-thru? Westchester already has one drive-thru, an In-N-Out Burger, and that is enough. The line of cars just waiting to get onto the restaurant site makes Sepulveda Westway impassible. Isn’t this some kind of illegal hazard: to consistently block a public street for private business?

The Chick-Fil-A drive-thru would spill out onto Manchester Avenue, adding to the worsening traffic gridlock of Westchester from Playa Vista, a short couple miles to the north, and the increasing vehicle traffic to LAX.

At the In-N-Out Burger, vehicles idling while slowly creeping through the drive-thru are operating at their worst, meaning they are polluting at their most. If Chick-Fil-A is serious about being a good neighbor, they would recognize that creating excess pollution from multitudes of idling cars at their drive-thru is not neighborly.

This also perpetuates the worst of Los Angeles and Westchester: everyone is in their cars, and you don’t see people on the street. The city is becoming increasingly mechanized and losing its humanity. We are secluded behind the glass and metal of cars, mad and crazed at bad drivers and gridlock. We are not out and about walking and interacting on a human level.

The food truck events in downtown Westchester are so popular precisely because people are not eating in their cars but are out in the open, acting and reacting in an urban setting as we did for eons until we locked ourselves in our cars and locked out the outside world.

Interesting and vital neighborhoods are those which made the commitment to put people first and vehicles second. Think the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, the Grove in the Fairfax District, downtown Culver City or Westchester’s Council District No. 11 neighbor the Venice Boardwalk.

By allowing another drive-thru in Westchester it becomes a race to the safe and lazy, and sliding to the lowest common denominator. If Westchester is truly interested in becoming a neighborhood of note and worth, and not just a highway town on the way to LAX with plenty of drive-thrus, then put people first and cars second.
Matthew Hetz, Westchester


Re: “Suspicious Package Prompts Bomb Scare at Whole Foods Playa Vista,” web exclusive, Aug. 27

It was crazy. At my school, Animo Westside Charter Middle School, people were terrified and some of the kids were crying due to the bomb threat.


You should instruct your teachers to teach the difference between fear and real danger. There wasn’t a bomb — ever. There was a black bag with a voltage meter on it. It probably belonged to a workman since that entire area is still in construction, even part of that garage. There was never any danger, but people start to be afraid and create stories that are based on their emotions, not reality, not what’s actually taking place. All that happened was that police investigated and destroyed a bag because it’s better to be safe. But I’ll bet everyone reading this described the event based on what they feared was happening and not what was actually happening. And now you and everyone else are afraid of a story you created in your head and are believing as if it is real. But it’s not. This way of thinking can be applied to just about every aspect of one’s life.

I was at school and I was terrified for my life. This happens the one time I choose to study after school!
Hayley and Skylar

Dude, it was crazy at our school.


Re: “Khloe Kardashian’s Midnight Fireworks Surprise is a Wake-Up Call,” web exclusive, Aug. 26

I think every single resident who was inconvenienced should individually file a small claims action against the pyrotechnic company and against Ms. Kardashian. If they want to steal our sleep and ruin our nights, let’s see how many of their days we can tie up in court while we seek justice.
Mark Kleiman

Someone needs to be held accountable for this crap! It woke and scared everyone in my house.
Nigel Willingsworth

We’ve had someone setting off cherry bombs in the neighborhood around Glen Alla Park in the middle of the night, which have sounded like gunshots, so we were quite alarmed to be awakened further to banging noises we were unaware of! Very unsettling.
Julie Fleckenstein

It seemed like they were exploding on the other side of Marina City Club. It was loud and inconsiderate for someone to shoot off fireworks at midnight. The Kardashians should write to The Argonaut and ask forgiveness. They also have to follow the rules.

The U.S Coast Guard should have done something. Someone needs to be held responsible over this incident. Every agency did a “stand down on this one.” Why?
Thomas Poster

Selfish, self-aggrandizing egotists! Very bad PR; very bad neighbors.

Mir Faugno

Aside from yet another Kardashian behaving selfishly and just being obnoxious, FantaSea certainly has ownership in this as does the party planner, the pyrotechnic company, etc. Clearly these businesses don’t care about the hardworking members of our community. I hope and pray that our city and county leaders do not let this slide and exercise/support the rights of the community to the fullest extent. I also hope that if there is loose language in existing policies that they get rewritten.              Christine

Great Line: “Government Couldn’t Keep up with the Kardashians.”


It was horrible and rude and unnecessary. Whoever did it should be fined for disturbing the peace and quiet in the neighborhood — and at midnight!

The county could let the fire-works companies know that if they want to do business with the county, perhaps these kinds of exhibits might not be good for business.
Jerry Magnussen


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