Remembers Route 66 and growing up in Santa Monica

To the Editor:

All this talk of labeling the end-point of Route 66 brings back a lot of memories.

I was born in 1931 in Santa Monica and raised there. Route 66 went down Santa Monica Boulevard and ended at Ocean Avenue. Olympic Boulevard was not drivable until the early 1950s. Olympic ended at about Bundy Drive, just past the Olympic Drive-In Theater.

After they finished Olympic Boulevard, you could drive past the Higgins Brickyard and see the ovens glowing at night from the bricks being fired.

I can remember when Santa Monica City Hall was at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fourth Street.

My father, who was born in Los Angeles in 1909, was a commercial fisherman out of Santa Monica. Before that, he ran the all-day boat out of Malibu Pier back in the 1930s.

I used to shine shoes in Ocean Park during the war. I was a boat mechanic in the Marina for over 30 years and I’ve been retired for the last 14 years.

Tom Inglehart, Westchester

Reckless cyclists from a pedestrian’s point of view

To the Editor:

Complaining about reckless cyclists is a bit like complaining about the cable TV provider. No one cares and no action is ever taken. The problem is that cyclists want all of the rights, yet obey few of the rules. They ignore stop signs, they run red lights and in general feel they control the road.

Try being a pedestrian on a pedestrian-only pathway. Walk down the waterfront walk in the Marina which is clearly marked “pedestrians only,” yet one must constantly watch for speeding cyclists. Try walking on the pedestrian path of the Venice Boardwalk where there is a parallel bicycle path only feet away, yet bicyclists ignore that marked path and ride virtually over walkers. It is not only a matter of regulations. It is simply a matter of common courtesy.

Los Angeles County provides wonderful bike paths. Cyclists should both appreciate and use them properly. I’m sure some riders will complain that this applies to a minority of riders. So why don’t they speak out to the ones that violate the rules on a regular basis instead of whining about automobile drivers?

I agree with the letter writer who “Wishes cyclists would stick to bike paths or obey the traffic laws on streets,” Argonaut letters to the editor, November 26th. Police need to fine these rule breakers before some tragedy occurs. Treating others the way you would like to be treated is an old axiom but it certainly would go a long way to ease frustration in this area.

Ron Gregg, Marina del Rey

Welcomes studies of air pollution around Santa Monica Airport

To the Editor:

Regarding “Air quality study indicates ‘high level’ of ultrafine particulates near runway at Santa Monica Airport” in the November 26th issue of The Argonaut:

The newly published UCLA report regarding air pollutants to the east of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) adds validation to Bill Piazza’s 1999 LAUSD risk assessment report regarding SMO and vice versa. Piazza’s report was based on dispersion modeling while the UCLA report used state-of-the-art monitoring. Both show that air pollution from SMO aircraft operations encroaches well into the North Westdale neighborhood just to the east of the airport’s runway.

Both excellent studies are based on known data with regard to aircraft emissions. However, it is very disturbing that there is a lack of data about potential toxins in jet emissions. Therefore, the full impacts from SMO on the community are yet to be determined.

As a resident of North Westdale and director of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, I would very much appreciate it if the City of Santa Monica would pay serious heed to the conclusions of both studies, and match Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s efforts to address this critical air pollution issue. After all, it is the city’s responsibility to protect residents from toxic pollution.

Martin Rubin, West Los Angeles

Says L.A. County neglects recreation, favors development for Marina del Rey

To the Editor:

In reference to the letter about cyclists in the November 26th issue of The Argonaut, yes, it is dangerous driving with them in our midst; but Marina del Rey was created under federal mandate for recreation. The county has not provided bike lanes so that cyclists can access the bike paths, most of which are on the east side of the Marina.

Actually, L.A. County’s plans for Marina development will effect a reduction in recreational facilities and access, as they give away parking lots to commercial development.

Many organizations with hundreds of cyclists and hundreds of walkers and runners are being overlooked in the rush to push projects through the pipeline (see the story on page 10, November 26th).

If the permits are granted, both Via Marina (the 19 story Woodfin Hotel, the 525 Neptune apartments and the Goldrich-Kest six-story structure at Holiday Harbor) and also Admiralty Way (Goldrich-Kest Senior Apartments opposite a huge shopping center at Panay Way) will be utterly unwelcoming to those who seek recreation. Since a federal mandate and state bonds provided funds expressly for this recreational community of ours, can all this development be legal?

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

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