Says councilman’s recent requests regarding airport should be supported

To the Editor:

RE: “Man who crashed at Penmar Golf Course was not a student pilot” (Argonaut, July 15th). It doesn’t really matter whether the pilot who tragically lost his life was, or wasn’t, a “student pilot,” or whether the training exercises he was practicing are “routine” or not.

The question really is whether completely discretionary airport uses — like training student pilots, or allowing training exercises for pilots of whatever experience level — continue to be appropriate in densely populated urban areas. What other major city in the developed world allows this?

Another red herring in the argument over Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is that the airport was there before the area became so densely populated. Again, what possible difference does that make? We have to deal with the city as it has changed and evolved.

It’s simply a matter of responsible city planning. Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s recent calls for restrictions on these discretionary uses, and for making permanent the recent FAA test pattern at SMO, reflect that reality, and should be supported.

Edward McQueeney, Venice

Disputes estimate on frequency of crashes near airport

To the Editor:

RE: “Pilot killed when single-engine plane crashes onto Venice golf course” (Argonaut, July 8). I was so mad when I read the comments quoted. My parents bought the house three blocks south of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) 52 years ago.

We love to hear the planes take off and land. In all those years we estimate crashes at about seven. Not exactly a plane a year as stated.

All I can say to people who complain about SMO is….Move away. The airport was here long before there were houses.

You go airport!

Michele Johnson, Mar Vista

Expresses concern with speedy drivers at Marina malls

To the Editor:

I am sure that you and many other drivers have noticed the not-caring drivers that speed through in (the) small lanes at the two Marina del Rey malls.

They dart in and out, putting the other drivers in danger pulling into or out of limited view parking spaces, or pedestrians going to the cars or retail shops.

These people speed and save a minute or two with their driving while risking people in the mall.

The mall is on private property so the police who have witnessed dangerous drivers can’t do anything legally to stop, slow them down or even warn them. I have had two narrow escapes even though I am handicapped, use a cane, and wave my hands to alert drivers, but they don’t care until some person is seriously hurt or a car is damaged.

I believe it is up to the mall owners to take the matter into their own hands by installing more speed bumps or other warnings. I don’t like the many speed bumps that are used to slow down cars that only annoy neighbors with their speeding noises and even slow down emergency vehicles responding to a call.

This could cause the mall shoppers to reduce their business. Either the mall owners heed this warning or face possible car damages or injury penalties daily. It is up to them alone.

Fred Newman, Marina del Rey

Curious why ambulance not immediately available for large event

To the Editor:

I thought this year’s Marina del Rey fireworks show was fabulous, probably the best one yet, and I have been attending them for many years. The weather was perfect. And the new fencing on the north jetty looked very good.

But one thing marred the evening. As we were walking home, making our way through the immense crowd, we came upon an incident that had just transpired between Via Marina and Via Dolce. A young man was on the ground, having been knocked out, apparently by someone wielding a skateboard, and appeared to have sustained a fairly serious injury to his head.

What was very disturbing to me was the length of time it took for the paramedics to arrive — nearly 20 minutes. Granted, it was an unusual night (and I have witnessed other accidents in the neighborhood where they were super quick to arrive). And many police arrived quickly, but they were not able to render aid to the young victim.

I wonder why the paramedics don’t keep a truck stationed right in the area, at the ready in case of an emergency, when they are expecting such a huge crowd.

I have seen this done at concerts and other big gatherings, and it makes sense.

Nancy Himmelfarb, Marina del Rey

Says she and Palisades neighbors also impacted by airplane noise

To the Editor:

So Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl lived on the coast for five years until he couldn’t take aircraft noise any longer.

My neighbors and I live just over one mile from the coast in Pacific Palisades. For over two years now we have been living with a daily onslaught of aircraft noise and pollution — particularly small private planes and helicopter traffic.

Five of my neighbors have moved and I go out of town as often as possible to get away from this infernal racket.

We are trying to do something about this intrusion into our once peaceful lives. No use contacting that oligarchy known as the FAA, they treat the whole affair as a joke.

Rita Burton, Pacific Palisades

Wonders if action will be taken to remedy airport impacts

To the Editor:

Dogged commitment to effecting change in the face of one of the many injustices paraded before us in the media and in our daily lives — I am so grateful to people like Martin Rubin who unswervingly believes we will one day win out against the Federal Aviation Administration.

This week, as the typical summer heat descends, once again my now open-windowed home and work place situated just east of the Santa Monica Airport, fills with the almost constant thunder of jets idling on the runway and the unbearable smell of toxic fumes.

Unlike Mr. (Joseph) Justice who by choice lives near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), this has been our home and my place of business for over 25 years, before the airport began to cater to jets.

I do wonder if he would be willing to endure the noise level and noxious fumes, or would feel comfortable with the number of plane crashes we have had in our neighborhood with experienced pilots at the helm.

I would ask him to show me the homes around LAX that lie adjacent to runways. I dare anyone with a conscience to visit me and witness the ashy grit that daily coats my windows, curtains and furniture and tell me the same thing is not happening to my lungs.

As my frustration and anger wells up, it is paired with my historically supported suspicion that no matter how hard and long we fight, those who make these decisions will do nothing to change this situation.

Is it possible to at least sue the FAA for the money it would take to provide central air conditioning to the homes surrounding the airport, a $10,000 expense as we have discovered?

Unless there is some kind of financial repercussion, I do believe the collective community voice will be ignored.

Linda Regan-Johnson, Mar Vista

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