Author: helgagendell

Draft EIR includes plan to move LAX north runway closer to Westchester/Playa

The Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS) draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for Los Angeles International Airport was released July 27, to the apprehension of many Westchester and Playa del Rey residents concerned about plans to relocate the northern runway further into the residential and business areas. Even after years of lawsuits, public meetings with local residents opposing movement of the northern runway further north, and a study finding no safety reason to reconfigure the north airfield, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials are still citing safety concerns and potential incursions as a reason to possibly move the northernmost runway closer to the Westchester/Playa del Rey business and residential communities. LAWA officials haven’t announced which of nine alternative proposals they prefer. One such option would move the runway 350 feet into Westchester/Playa. Other alternatives vary in the number of feet the runway would be relocated, with one proposing moving the runway to the south. The SPAS involves the identification and evaluation of potential alternative designs, technologies and configurations for the LAX Master Plan Program that would provide solutions to the problems that so-called “yellow light projects” were designed to address. The SPAS process also includes identification of potential amendments to the LAX Specific Plan that call for the modernization and improvement of LAX in a manner that is designed for a practical capacity of 78.9 million annual passengers while enhancing...

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Medicare information and resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers Medicare, the nation’s largest health insurance program, which covers nearly 40 million Americans. Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, some disabled people under age 65, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant). Medicare has two parts: Part A (hospital insurance) and most people don’t have to pay for Part A; and Part B (medical insurance) with most people paying for Part B. The Medicare Web site provides in depth information about Medicare, how to qualify, how to enroll, frequently asked questions, as well as the “Medicare Eligibility Tool” that gives you information about your eligibility and enrollment by asking a series of questions that are kept confidential. Social Security will make the final decision on your eligibility and enrollment status. If you are not a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien who has lived in the US continuously for a five-year period, you are asked to contact Social Security at (800) 772-1213 for your Medicare enrollment and eligibility. The “Resources” section of the Web site offers contact information and tools to learn about your health care benefits. Resources include: A calculator for Medicare eligibility and enrollment date; A calculator to provide you with an estimate of your Part B late enrollment penalty...

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Small Craft Harbor Commission expresses support for keeping Boating and Waterways single entity

The Los Angeles County Small Craft Harbor Commission has announced that the California Department of Boating and Waterways (CDBW) would become a division of the state Department of Parks and Recreation under an operational plan effective July 3, 2013. In other business, the commission approved the recommendation of a lease amendment for the Del Rey Shores personal warehouses in Marina del Rey, and heard a presentation about the Department of Beaches and Harbors website update at its July 11 meeting at Burton Chace Park. At the commission’s May 9 meeting, Anne Sacks, a representative of the Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), a boater’s advocacy group, voiced concerns about the loss of funding that DBW would accumulate from boater fees and permits potentially being spent on other areas if the department were part of Parks and Recreation. The loss of autonomy, funding of grants for boater safety programs, and the question of who would be making decisions about spending those funds were other concerns mentioned. In a May 30 letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, David Lumian, chair of the Small Craft Harbor Commission, stated, “We stand strongly in opposition to any change at the state level which would adversely affect recreational boating resources, coastal beaches, boating safety, boater education, and public access to our valuable marine environments. “The CDBW has efficiently carried out its many duties and administered the Harbors...

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Life Beyond 50

‘Make the call. Don’t miss a beat.’ — While a typical description of a heart attack in men is the classic symptom of crushing chest pain, a woman having a heart attack may or may not have chest pain, but she can experience a number of other symptoms. Cardiologists say that a consistent symptom of women experiencing a heart attack is the absence of chest pain. Getting help when you’re having a heart attack is nothing to hesitate about, but experts say women may hold back instead of calling 911. According to Suzanne Haynes, Ph.D. the senior science advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services, “There’s a significant difference between men and women in delay – women are significantly more likely to delay than men (by six seconds).” Haynes says the women in focus groups didn’t know the symptoms of a heart attack, so the Office on Women’s Health has started a media campaign, “Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat,” to encourage women to recognize the symptoms and seek help. While a woman can experience chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing – like there’s a ton of weight on her – other symptoms include breaking out in a cold sweat, lightheadedness or sudden dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, and unusual upper body pain, discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw or...

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Airport officials discuss design guidelines for LAX Northside Plan

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials recently held an introductory workshop for urban design guidelines regarding the plan for 340 acres of land north of Los Angeles International Airport. The LAX Northside Plan project that is proposed to encompass mixed-use space such as retail, hotel and office space, community/civic space, education/research/office space, open recreation space and a buffer. The property is north of Westchester Parkway, running from Pershing Drive in Playa del Rey to the east, at Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester. Other than Los Angeles Fire Station No. 5 on Emerson Avenue, a childcare center for airport employees and the Westchester Golf Course, the land under consideration for development is vacant. LAX Northside Project Manager Lisa Trifiletti told community stakeholders attending the meeting that development is governed by the LAX Plan and the LAX Specific Plan, which established the zoning regulations and development standards. The Specific Plan requires that development comply with design and development standards written in the 1980s, and those standards haven’t received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval, don’t reflect current best-practice standards in sustainability and urban design, and don’t respond to current community and LAWA interests, nor to market conditions, she said. Trifiletti said the goal is to get initial input from local residents to gather their comments on what they want and don’t want to see in the development so that the draft environmental impact...

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