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Getting Serious about LA’s Sidewalk Repairs: A Five-Point ‘Let’s-Get-On-with-It’ Plan

Ken Alpern
FIXING LA-Last Tuesday night's City Council Board of Public Works and Budget Committees met and allowed a lot of good public input to a series of concerned and available Councilmembers and City officials. The attendance and input were both outstanding--I want to thank Councilmember Mike Bonin, in particular, for allowing the outreach and advice to…

Latino Politicians Putting Climate Change Ahead of Constituents

Joel Kotkin
POLITICS-Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment, the agenda being adopted serves to stunt upward…

Worlds Apart on Kathryn Steinle: When Political Opportunism Reigns Supreme

John Mirisch
MUSING WITH MIRISCH-The small Swedish Jewish Museum in Stockholm is tucked away on a side street. Discreet signage instructs would-be visitors to push a button which activates a camera, so they can be screened before they are granted entry. The museum's permanent exhibition fills one fairly small room. Most of the objects on display are Jewish…

Garcetti Passes, Wesson Fails

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Our Los Angeles Times has issued midterm letter grades for Controller Ron Galperin (B-) and City Attorney Mike Feuer (B+) and will be posting grades for City Council President Herb Wesson this Sunday and Mayor Eric Garcetti the following Sunday. Our City is facing many difficult issues, ranging from a lagging economy, relatively high…

What LA Really Needs: A Part-time City Council and a Part-time Mayor!

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-There are so many serious and pressing problems facing the City of Los Angeles and few if any real solutions are being proposed or implemented by our elected and appointed leaders at City Hall. I will start with the current city budget. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had a $7.7 billion total budget in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.…

Why Don’t the City’s Women Managers Hire More Women?

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN-Perusing the web is a little like the soap operas of yesteryear. You get suckered in! One link leads to another link and then one is exposed to a barrage both facts and idiocy. The reason for this discussion was my attending a July Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) meeting with the Department of Water and Power. General…

Cleaning Up LA City Hall: ‘It’s What’s Legal That’s the Problem’

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-Everyone understands that developers own our city government. Sure, there are some officials here and there who are upright and independent, but recent history shows that the developers typically get their way in spite of public opposition. Whether it is a zoning change for an office tower or the required permits for a new mall,…

Not So Fast LA! Let’s Consider the Real Costs of Hosting the Olympics before We Jump In

Greg Nelson
SPORTS POLITICS-On Monday, Boston withdrew from its offer to be the nation’s bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. In January, Los Angeles finished second to Boston when the U.S. Olympic Committee made its decision. After Boston was selected to polish up its bid before submitting it to the International Olympic Committee for a final decision,…

Party Crashing for Political Access: Schwarzenegger and My Pantsuit

Charlotte Laws
CALIFORNIA ACCESS POLITICS-Party crashing—or gate-crashing, as it is sometimes called—is an art form that I stumbled upon as a teen. I taught myself how to finagle into any event, anywhere, anytime. It required being part private eye, part actress and part chutzpah machine. I had to think outside of the box, throw myself into the role, and whip my…

 

Reynolds Rap Video: Joey has hope for the pope in Philly.





Art or Ad? LA’s mural law written in gray ink

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FAA Plays Russian Roulette with LAX Air Safety

FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE - Los Angeles World Airports dropped a bomb into the laps of the City Council Transportation, Commerce, and Trade Committee last week.  LAWA revealed that the promised completion of LAX Runway Status Lights (RSL) installation scheduled for completion this year would be delayed for several years.  
RSL are like stoplights at the intersections of runways and taxiways.  They have been shown to be extremely effective in precluding near misses between aircraft—even more effective than moving and expanding runways—at less than one-tenth of one percent of the billions need to move runways!  

Sadly, the FAA delayed completion of RSL implementation despite the fact that the worst near-crash incursion in years occurred on a “fixed” south airfield runway at an intersection which has no RSL.  

The FAA is either unable or unwilling to invest a mere few million dollars needed to save lives.  Mayor Villaraigosa cares.  He directed LAWA to fund the first portion of Runway Status Lights two years ago as “pilot program” with the expectation that the FAA would finish the job.  

Communications are broken down at LAWA.  The Mayor and Council couldn't fix a problem they didn’t know existed!  LAWA knew more than six months ago that the FAA was reneging on their promise, yet did nothing to make the RSL project happen.  Looks like it’s time for Mayor Villaraigosa to jump on LAWA yet again!  

If this one issue fell into the “proverbial crack,” what else don’t we know?  Does anyone know what LAWA is studying as part of their new Master Plan Environmental Review?  Certainly no one in the communities surrounding LAX knows. Is this contributing to the reason that there is so little trust of what we are told by LAWA when they say, "trust us?"

(Denny Schneider is President Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion.  ARSAC supports the refurbishment and improvements at LAX in conjunction with establishment of a network of airports throughout Southern California.  A means of avoiding economic chaos if something happens at LAX.  Current operations concentrate over 75% of all regional air traffic at LAX) –cw

Tags: LAX, LAWA, Los Angeles World Airports, FAA, safety, air safety, runways, Mayor Villaraigosa






CityWatch
Vol 9 Issue 93
Pub: Nov 22, 2011

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