Why can’t LAX install safer, better means of controlling aircraft?

To the Editor:

Regarding “Two more jetliners in LAX runway incursion incident” in the June 7th Argonaut — it is simply amazing.

Google-Earth can simultaneously pinpoint and identify every jet flying at 500 miles per hour over North America.

A plug-in Garmin Street Pilot canautomatically provide a nincompoop with detailed audio and visual turn-by-turn routing (including traffic alerts) to the most remote locations on earth.

City traffic engineers can, sight-unseen, automatically and safely control simpleminded drivers simultaneously arriving at thousands of crowded city intersections.

Yet, at LAX, rather than relocate runways, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) cannot install a safer, more effective means to control a relatively few aircraft (being taxied at 30 miles an hour by intelligent, highly skilled pilots) than to have a controller directing traffic, much like a 1940s traffic cop waving his arms in the center of an intersection.

Give me a break!

Hank Cervantes

Marina del Rey

Says ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ to new Venice Art Walls regulations

To the Editor:

Upon reading the article regarding the new rule changes for the Graffiti Walls [now known as the Venice Art Walls] on Venice Beach, I am appalled that some would even consider this a step forward.

As an art student in Santa Monica, and a frequent visitor of Venice Beach, it is obvious that these artists are in serious need of space. These “two large graffiti walls,” as they were called in the May 31st issue of The Argonaut, are not large at all, in proportion to the works of art created, especially when typical works range from five to 15 feet.

Unfortunately for Stash Maleski, director and founder of In Creative Unity (ICU), and others who support this poorly-thought-out “solution,” this only adds fuel to the fire.

Ostracizing artists based on their age and subject content will drive these individuals away from the beaches and into local neighborhoods.

This, in turn, not only creates nonviolent crimes (vandalism), but also requires more law enforcement, and more taxpayer money goes to waste.

These walls allowed for artists to express themselves freely, reflecting Venice Beach’s tolerance for individuality and creativity.

While some regulars at Venice Beach sit and ask for alcohol and marijuana from tourists (men, women, and children) on a daily basis, we are concerned with those simply looking for a place to be themselves.

“I hope the artists support it [the new regulations], because it’s there for them,” says Maleski.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Basel Baroudi

Santa Monica