What airport projects have shown us

Los Angeles World Airports’ proposal on moving the Los Angeles International Airport north runway 260 feet for safety reasons does not seem to conform to current operations.
I have seen a double-deck AirBus A380 sit on the inside north runway while another jumbo jet, a Boeing 777, landed. Then the AirBus took off. One recent Sunday, just as a Singapore Air A380 landed on the outside north runway, a Korean Air A380 took off from the inside runway. Both instances were routine and without incident.
One has to question how carefully LAWA gauges its operations and how well it perceives and anticipates operational needs. The Metro Green Line is 20 years overdue in getting into LAX.
For years the concessions within the airport have been an embarrassment compared with the outstanding cuisine created in this city which was kept out from the concessions. The terminals are drab, boring and devoid of interest. LAWA was deep into the construction of the new international terminal when it was discovered that the building will reportedly block the control tower’s view of some jets – this should have been discovered and corrected in the planning stages.
LAWA continues to allow billboards along Sepulveda Boulevard to block the views of the iconic light towers, cheapening one of the best city art projects in memory. The LAX Transit Center, serving Southern California buses, is sorely lacking in clear signage to direct travelers from buses to the shuttles in Parking Lot C, and the shuttle waiting area structure in Parking Lot C is a disgrace of neglect and disrepair.
History shows that LAWA has missed operational needs, or has turned a blind eye on how the airport treats travelers. Just, exactly, how well thought out is the need to move the north runway 260 feet north, how certain and correct are LAWA’s assumptions?
Matthew Hetz
Los Angeles

Spreading the news around

Since moving to the Marina area seven years ago, I’ve read The Argonaut every Thursday because I felt it gave me a great perspective of the area of Marina del Rey, Del Rey, Westchester, Venice and other small communities.
However, I must say that no longer applies. For some reason, The Argonaut has become another Santa Monica newspaper. I have nothing against Santa Monica, but they already have the Santa Monica Daily Press, the Santa Monica Mirror and the Santa Monica Observer, all fine periodicals which serve the needs of the occupants of that town.
For this newspaper to have nine (count them, nine) articles about Santa Monica in the current issue is very frustrating. This is compared to a grand total of five articles about all of the other communities combined. And the same applies to each of the weekly issues for the last few months.
One would be hard-pressed to find a copy of The Argonaut at any newsstand in Santa Monica but for some reason, the editors find it necessary to make that town the focus of the paper.
Is nothing of significance taking place in the other communities I mentioned? I’ll provide one example – any driver who regularly uses Admiralty Way for the last year has dealt with the ongoing construction mess of lanes being closed, misleading signs posted or no signs posted before a lane is closed. When the state of California is in a budget crisis, is this the best expenditure of our taxes? What was the intention of all that roadwork and what’s next?
This construction is only due to accelerate in the rest of 2013. More detailed roadwork is planned. There is currently a plan to add a second left-turn lane at eastbound Admiralty and Mindanao Way. What is the county thinking? There are only a few yards between Admiralty and Lincoln Boulevard and the current single left-turn lane causes major backup for cars headed west on Admiralty and cars turning left from Mindanao onto Admiralty. So they decide to add a second lane for left turns?
I would like to see the Argonaut interview the county planners to find out what are the further plans for the area and ask them why they don’t provide adequate or proper signage on that street.
I would like to hear more about new businesses in our area which will never be covered in the Santa Monica newspapers. How successful are these ventures? How about apartment construction and occupancy rates? – not just a page listing the permits but some followup on what is happening.
Obviously the new editors have decided to refocus The Argonaut and I realize it is a free newspaper, but it would be nice for the paper to go back to what it was for the last few years.
Ron Gregg
Marina del Rey

Proposed law not helping ‘single family’ homes

This letter is in response to Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Richard Alarcon’s amendment request for the community care ordinance.
Are these guys really thinking logically? Yes, as a Mar Vista resident I’m very surprised at Rosendahl. I purchased a single family home in a single family R1 neighborhood to raise my kids next to other single family kids in single family residences.
I did not move in my home thinking that it was okay for a businessman that lives in Malibu or Orange County to purchase or rent the home next to me because of a lax ordinance and a lame duck City Council and pack 20 people that are undergoing drug and alcohol rehabilitation into three or four rooms and treat it like a cash cow.
(The New California Gold Rush) reports from neighbors that have community care facilities next door, see them coming and going all day and all night, hanging out in the yard until the early hours of the morning with total disregard for their neighbors and packing the street with cars all day and all night.
What planet are these two council members on when they feel that when 20 people suddenly move into a single family home with two parking spaces on the driveway, that parking should not be a problem or a requirement in the ordinance? I can guarantee they would not stand for it if it were their street.
If Rosendahl was seeking a third term, he would not be supporting stuff like this. I hope his chief of staff who is currently running for Rosendahl’s seat is running for the hills, because if he is successful, he is going to have to deal with the fallout on this one down the road.
There is a reason why they are called “single family residences.” If they are to change that, then maybe the property tax implications should change and be lowered.
Steve Wallace
Mar Vista

A relief from buckled sidewalks

Congratulations to all parties involved in finally removing the trees along Sepulveda Boulevard leading up to Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester. This situation was an eyesore for a long time and for people out there who feel sorry for the trees, I have only the following words: trees that have caused this kind of damage/roots should never attain the status of the “holy cows of India” like they seem to do in Santa Monica where I live.
Now if there is additional funding available in the future, the city of Los Angeles has to take out/remove more mature trees because the sidewalks have become unusable. Take for example Charnock Road at Centinela Avenue in Mar Vista – the concrete plate of the sidewalk on one side has been lifted by the roots in the air and tilted on top. It looks more like an on-and-off ramp for the X Games. Why are the residents in this area putting up with a condition like this for so long?
I can tell you the city has no money to pay for lawsuits when someone is getting injured. Plus, more and more people like me get on their bikes to stay in shape and because of high gas prices. McLaughlin Avenue, between Venice and Palms boulevards, is dangerous for bikes. Root damage from the trees has extended into the street and traffic lanes. All these trees have to go. What is the city waiting for?
I had a severe bike accident right by Mar Vista Park in April 2011. The city has shown no respect for my situation. It is even harder or impossible to find a lawyer these days to fight for your rights. I personally was punished for my desire to exercise because I’m diabetic.
Stefan Treff
Santa Monica

Runway move displeasure

Re: “Airport Commission okays proposal for separating LAX north runways” (Argonaut, Feb. 7).
One more time: this is not fair to residents of Westchester and Playa del Rey, who live close to this project. They have already taken out so many homes in this area, and now it is okay to move the north runway closer to this area? Some of these people had already relocated to this area as their homes had been taken away from past expansion.
The alternatives are to use Palmdale or Ontario airports, which taxpayers helped pay for, and also the Long Beach Airport has a lot of room for expansion. I’ll bet none of the people on the Airport Commission who approved of this live in the area that will be affected. One does, and opposed this as I did.
Now at 2 and 3 a.m. many planes take off and use the north runway over our houses to cut fuel usage. The quality of our lives will be greatly affected by this move, and the value of our houses will be completely ruined. But the Airport Commission refuses to look into this matter. It’s called greed.
Jeanne Moody
Playa del Rey

Thumbs up for dine-in movies

Re: “Dine-in disappointment” (Argonaut letters, Jan. 24).
My first reaction to the concept of “dine-in” theater was the same as the author of the above letter – who would want to eat in a theater?
Then, just out of curiosity and to say I would never go back again, we went to the AMC 6 Marina Dine-In Theater. I am now spoiled for any other theater and have been back four times since they opened.
My experience was not at all like the one of the author of the above mentioned letter. It is unfortunate that she had a bad experience with a rude person in the theater, but that can happen anywhere.
I was pleasantly surprised with my first experience there and subsequent experiences have been consistently outstanding.
They have their own restaurant on site and the food is excellent, prepared on site and comes out hot. The chardonnay wine is very good and all of the prices are very reasonable. The ventilation must be good since we have never been bothered by food smells.
The reclining seats are very comfortable, especially for persons with back problems. I bring my own blanket and just settle in for the movie. The wait staff are excellent, very unobtrusive and helpful. The theaters are small with only about seven rows, allowing for large seats and space between them. Thus, visibility from all seats is excellent. You can see a floor layout of the theater online and reserve your choice of seating.
The design of the total area is upscale, spacious and gives a strong feeling of community. I urge all readers and their friends to give this new concept in our Marina a chance and form their own opinions.
Dr. Susan Moore
Marina del Rey

No building on wetlands, please

We are very happy to see that the Annenberg Foundation is taking such an interest in the Ballona Wetlands. But there is no reason why they are planning on taking part of the wetlands to build a $50 million facility there.
There is much land available close by without infringing on the wetlands. We very much object to this project and are disappointed in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who entered in this agreement. Please, reconsider. We are worried.
Bernard and Rehla Schneier
Marina del Rey

What a way to stand out

Re: Marina del Rey residents seeing red (and electric blue).
The Shores apartments on Via Marina and Via Dolce have yet another unhappy surprise for local residents. Instead of fitting in with existing Marina buildings painted in tasteful, serene, muted colors, this new 544-unit development is now in the process of being painted bright red and electric blue.
These colors, apparently previously approved by the Design Control Board, are not accent colors, they are the actual colors of the new buildings.
Because of the massive size of the Shores development, these garish, extra-bold colors will be seen for miles around, and will be a blight on beautiful Marina del Rey. Is this any way to treat your new neighbors?
Karen Karlitz
Marina del Rey