Suggests ways to make LAX safer, other than moving northern runway

To the Editor:

The report of a near disaster at LAX last week is a concern.

The north complex has a better incursion record than most busy airports, yet accidents can still happen. We must respond appropriately.

Los Angeles World Airports is attempting to justify its proposal to move the northern runway closer to homes and businesses by widening the spacing between runways and adding a centerline taxiway as a safety enhancement.

This is akin to asking for the widening of a freeway so that cars can more easily dodge a wrong-way driver who entered traffic from an off-ramp.

Simplify the airfields and reduce the amount of peak air traffic. Ensure aircraft are spaced to allow for reaction to the type of pilot error just experienced. Increase air traffic controller staffing.

Also, why hasn’t every one of the highest level of ground traffic signage improvements and electronic collision avoidance equipment discussed last month by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey already been implemented at LAX?

Denny Schneider

President of the Alliance for a Regional

Solution to Airport Congestion


Responds to last week’s letter about parking in the Marina

To the Editor:

In The Argonaut issue of May 10th, an official at the company that manages the public parking lots in Marina del Rey made several interesting comments about Marina parking in reply to an earlier letter.

He pointed out that one of the 30-plus beach and Marina del Rey public parking facilities is free. We stand corrected, but the problem remains.

The letter states that Marina

“parking rates are actually below market. Public parking rates for

like-kind facilities are significantly higher” in nearby cities.

Not at public parks they aren’t. Parks usually have free or metered parking to facilitate brief visits. The same should apply around the Marina. It is clear that few visitors are willing to pay $3, let alone $5, to take a walk

in the Marina.

To an earlier comment that Admiralty Park is the neighborhood park for thousands of residents of adjacent neighborhoods and buildings, the writer replied that “of the nine sites mentioned, only one is actually in Marina del Rey.”

What was his point? Most of the sites mentioned share the Marina del Rey zip code and have Marina del Rey postal addresses. Was he implying that Marina parks are really intended primarily for residents of unincorporated Marina del Rey?

We note that the writer lives on the Marina Peninsula, which is in the City of Los Angeles, and by his criteria isn’t actually in Marina del Rey either.

Our Marina was conceived as a public recreational facility. Various County Department of Beaches and Harbors management policies as well as Los Angeles County asset management strategies discourage the public use and enjoyment of these resources.

Until county officials realize that they work for the residents

of L.A. County and begin to concentrate on encouraging and facilitating public recreational use, even if that comes at the expense of massive over-development, they will be failing in their mission.

Steve Freedman

Marina del Rey