Category: Argonaut History

SEPTEMBER 13, 2001 THE ARGONAUT

Santa Monica, LA Airports closed after attacks on East Coast BY CINDY FRAZIER Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was evacuated and closed Tuesday, September 11th, in the wake of the terrorist attack on the East Coast that demolished the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged The Pentagon building near Washington, DC. Three of the four hijacked commercial airliners used in the East Coast hijackings were bound for Los Angeles. Wednesday morning, LAX remained “closed to the public” because of concerns about security, but Los Angeles airport employees were back at work. “It is business as usual for LAX employees,” said Gail Gaddi, a LAX spokeswoman. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, LAX officials said, “We do not know when LAX will be reopened to the public.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered the closure of all U.S. airports shortly after the East Coast attacks — which began about 5:45 a.m. Los Angeles time. The (Santa Monica Airport) airspace was closed and all aircraft were ordered to land and not to take off,” airport spokesman Ted Walters...

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The Marina in 1971

JANUARY Expansion of activities at the Fisherman’s Village, rapidly becoming one of the better known tourist attractions in Los Angeles, continued with the addition of a floating aquarium, an 88 -foot schooner “The Perseus” for a nautical museum, and the placing into operation of a new 65-foot tour boat, the “Marina Belle.” FEBRUARY A new jet powered fireboat for the Marina station of the County Fire Department arrived in February with a top speed of 30 knots; the vessel has the capability of pumping 3,500 gallons of water a minute. Small Craft Harbor Commission Vice President Robert L. Lynch received congratulations in February on placing first in the Puerta Vallarta race. His 83-foot M-class cutter, “Sirius II” is a familiar vessel in southern California ocean racing circles. The race is sponsored by the Del Rey Yacht Club, and 26 top flight ocean racers entered the initial running of what promises to become a classic sailing...

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JANUARY 22, 1976 THE ARGONAUT

Post offices run out of stamps Local postal authorities claim the long lines at Marina area post offices are lessening, but there’s still a shortage of some stamps. The Venice Post Office, Marina Post Office in Villa Marina Center and Playa del Rey Post Office on Culver Boulevard ran out of one-cent stamps as customers with eight-cent postcards found need for an extra penny stamp. This week no three-cent stamps were available at the Main Venice Post Office. Mrs. Helen Wright, assistant to Postmaster Cal Oglesby, said other post offices in the Los Angeles area had also run out of one-cent stamps and were experiencing the same long lines at stamp sales windows. Mrs. Wright said Marina, Playa del Rey and Venice Post Offices had been issued 200,000 three-cent stamps since December 31st to handle the heavy demand for extra postage after the U.S. Postal Service raised the price of first class mail from 10 cents to 13 cents for the first...

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The Marina in 1971

MARCH Southern California Rapid Transit District announced the extension of its No. 3 line southward along Lincoln Boulevard to the Marina Shopping Center, linking up with the tram service to Fisherman’s Village. MAY With the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Harbor Patrol initiated a voluntary boat traffic control program May 1st. The program — adding marker bouys to the entrance and main channels to delineate lanes for powerboats and a tacking lane for sailboats — received the full support of the Association of Santa Monica Yacht Clubs and other yachting organizations. JUNE Planning continued on the 15-acre public-use parcel of land and water located at the end of Mindanao Way. The Harbor Commission, in its June meeting, concurred in designating a water site south of Mindanao Way to be leased for a barge mounted Sea Scout...

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