Airline passenger nervous as the small plane had to cross runways at LAX

To the Editor:

On August 27th my husband and I were on a flight from Spokane via Boise to Los Angeles.

The flight was very comfortable but when we arrived at LAX, the plane was directed to land on the southernmost runway.

We were in a Bombardier Q 400, a 76-passenger turboprop plane. Landing so far from our terminal meant we had to taxi across other runways and around big planes moving out to take off. This took us 20 minutes.

The history of LAX incursions was definitely on my mind. Who might land on top of us? Could those on the 747 even see us?

We finally made it to our terminal, but only after we had to follow a 747 and dodge another airline’s arrivals and departures.

In my mind, the management of arrivals and departures needs to be better planned. There must be a better and more efficient method to keep LAX safer and still keep flights on time.

I later learned that we were diverted south due to a slow jumbo jet landing on a north field runway.

Diana Kennedy, Westchester

Urges Ballona Institute to forget the tarp and save the animals!

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the “Plastic Tarp in Ballona Wetlands” article in the August 7th issue of The Argonaut. I am second-generation Playa del Rey born-and-raised and love my neighborhood.

This questionable plan by the California Department of Fish and Game to restore a tiny portion of an enormous tract of land is disturbing.

If the goal as stated [by the ecological reserve manager for the Department of Fish and Game] is to allow the reserve to be “healthier and the wetlands will have a better balance,” then let me ask why “solarization” of a very small section of an area covered in ice plant will accomplish this goal? The majority of the area in question is covered in ice plant.

My proposal for a much wiser use of time and money to restore the “health and balance” of the wetlands is for the Department of Fish and Game to build a retaining fence or other protective barrier along Culver Boulevard to enclose and protect the wetlands and the wildlife therein.

Each and every day, when I leave my neighborhood and drive to work, I see either dead raccoons, foxes, possums, squirrels or cats. Rather than argue over and waste time with a black tarp and ice plant, why doesn’t the Department of Fish and Game take some worthwhile affirmative action to accomplish their stated mission of protecting the wetlands. That would be a true restoration by protecting the animals that live there.

It is worth mentioning that the portions of Culver and Jefferson that have some form of enclosure do not have the same high volume of dead wildlife that the south portion of Culver has.

I am so tired of witnessing this heartbreaking scene that I actually take 83rd Street to Lincoln Boulevard to go to work in order to avoid having to see the dead wildlife on Culver every day.

It would be even more wonderful if the members of the Ballona Institute took up this cause.

Forget the tarp, people, and save the animals!

Rosalie N. Sacks, J.D., Playa del Rey