Notes lack of security at LAX baggage claim

To the Editor:

Upon my return to LAX after several trips during the last several months, I was surprised to find no one checking luggage as we left baggage claim. In fact, the doors to the street were wide open. Anyone could just walk into this area and pick up or leave a piece of luggage.

With all of the so-called security at LAX and all of the concern about suspicious items or luggage left unattended, this is just appalling.

As I left the area the last time, there were many pieces of luggage on the carousel from other flights. Anyone could just walk in and leave a piece of luggage containing an explosive and just walk away.

If LAX is a target, it is a very soft target!

Herman Pass

Playa del Rey

Reports holes in fence by water, gets no action from firefighter

To the Editor:

On Sunday, June 10th, my family and I went for a walk in Marina del Rey. While strolling along the waterside park directly behind Fire Station 110, I noticed a serious danger to the public. The fence railing was missing some balusters, creating a gap of approximately two feet — a gap that a toddler or small child could easily step through and fall into the dark water below.

Shocked and concerned for public safety, I immediately reported the gap to the fire station, where I was told, “The county knows about this, you just need to keep a close eye on your kid.” This was the response from the firefighter on duty. Are you kidding me?

Further down the walk there was yet another gaping hole.

I am shocked that the county or the fire department does not put up a temporary barrier, which might prevent a tragic accident. I was disappointed that the firefighter I spoke to seemed unconcerned, as if it wasn’t his problem.

This is a serious danger to small children in an area frequented by families.

Tracy Kane

Los Angeles

Feels teachers should have been included in planning for schools self-governance

To the Editor:

I am writing in reference to Gary Walker’s article on Westchester Schools exploring self-governance (The Argonaut, June 14th).

I, along with most of the faculty from my school, were some of the “disgruntled” teachers at that meeting.

On June 1st, I was handed an e-mail from a member of WPEF [Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation]. This e-mail made reference to the Boston Pilot model, with an attachment regarding that model. This was the first any of us had heard of this reform movement in the elementary schools.

It was said that the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council had already made a motion to support the plan. How does a council make this motion without the teachers knowing about it?

The final paragraph of the email says, “If this fails — and I’m cautiously optimistic — whatever work we do is easily transferred to a charter petition, which is what the district and union are desperately trying to prevent us from doing.”

This certainly did not make any of the teachers at our school feel like they were “loved,” as Kelly Kane is quoted saying in your article.

The attachment about the Boston Pilot model talked about how teachers at those schools had no due-process rights, that they worked up to 300 hours uncompensated, and how they give up many of their contractual rights. Teachers who did not want to be part of that program lost their schools. This certainly was not the way to get teachers on board.

Our teachers are not against reform, but they are against having it shoved down their throats. Teachers and administrators are the ones who will have to do the work to make reforms happen, therefore it is impossible to have successful reform without them.

Kelly Kane and Westchester/ Playa del Rey Education Foundation did a great disservice to the teachers in Westchester who have dedicated their lives to the children of this community. The teachers were not permitted to ask questions in an organized forum and get the answers they needed to enable them to look at this issue in a different way.

If this group wants change in Westchester, then they need to start by speaking to their teachers and administrators.

Fiona Engler

Los Angeles