Dismayed by court decision delaying Playa Vista Phase 2

To the Editor:

So, opponents of the Playa Vista Phase 2 have succeeded in delaying the Playa Vista Village project for maybe another year.

Of 29 issues raised, the court found merit in only three arcane legal arguments.

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will now be corrected with no change to the project, but at significant administrative cost to Los Angeles taxpayers.

The real cost is borne by the construction workers who can least afford the temporary work stoppage.

David W. Kay, Playa Vista

LAX will never be large enough and moving the north runway is no solution

To the Editor:

Let’s face it, LAX with its 3,500 acres will never compete with those airports that have 18,000 or even 30,000 acres and it will never be as large as it needs to be, no matter how much land the city condemns and how many homes and businesses are wiped out.

Sure, the mayor and others do not want to lose any airport business, but if they want an airport that can compete, why not build out into the ocean like Osaka International Airport, which sits on its own man-made island? That makes more sense than saying that if they just move a runway 340 feet, that will do the trick. It will simply never, ever be enough.

Westchester, Playa del Rey, Inglewood and El Segundo have already given. Our cupboards are bare and our pockets are empty. I implore someone in politics to live up to their word and follow through with their pre-election promise to their constituents that there would be no LAX expansion.

Allen S. Lazarus, Westchester

Supports proposal to study charging cars to enter LAX

To the Editor:

Regarding the letter [“Says proposal to charge a fee to enter LAX is, ‘like most airport decisions, all about money'”] in The Argonaut September 6th, decrying the idea to charge a fee to enter Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

It’s absolutely correct that residents of Westchester and other surrounding communities already pay a price for living next to LAX — traffic, pollution, etc.

However, keeping car access “free” to Westsiders also means keeping it “free” to residents from Orange County and the rest of Southern California as well, thereby resulting in the over-utilization of LAX when so many other airports exist throughout the region.

Although I am seeing progress towards building the long-overdue Green Line connection to LAX, in conjunction with an “automated people mover” to zip commuters around LAX, such major projects need funding.

I, for one, would like to see these projects built sooner and not later. What better way to fund them than with user fees such as Bill Rosendahl wishes to explore (not implement, just explore)?

We already have fees in place for those who utilize taxis to depart from LAX, so why shouldn’t we explore new ways of paying for transportation alternatives?

“Free” access to LAX has been anything but free to those who live near the airport, and therefore I must support Rosendahl’s efforts to explore LAX car fees as a bold and innovative idea to deal with Westside traffic gridlock.

I can only hope that the rest of the city and county elected officials take similar steps in order to make our region a better place to live.

Ken Alpern, Los Angeles resident, co-chair, Friends of the Green Line

No one heeds on-street parking problems caused by development in Venice

To the Editor:

The Ray Hotel, a 57-room, five-story luxury hotel is being proposed for the corner of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Brooks Avenue.

With all the other building going on in Venice, most of it centered around Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street, and with no one paying attention to the on-street parking issue, this community is primed for disaster.

The parking problem is so bad that on Saturdays and Sundays I do not go out in my car. Experience has told me that if I do, the parking space that I had will be gone when I return and there won’t be any others.

If Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the powers at City Hall, along with these very charming and friendly developers, don’t see the disaster coming, God help them.

We who live full time in the community will suffer immeasurably at their expense.

Jim Starrett, Venice