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Public pension solvency; L.A. Unified student enrollment; making LAX safer

April 12, 2010

It strikes me as odd that Zimmer and his colleagues would give lip service to creating new programs to stem the exodus from our schools, even as they slash one of the few programs that makes me proud to send my child to an LAUSD school.

Vince Waldron
Eagle Rock

Making airport runways safer

Re “U.S. critical of report on LAX runways,” April 7

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he opposes a reconfiguration of the north runways at LAX, even though the Federal Aviation Administration has again informed Los Angeles the runways are too close together.

Who knows more about the safety of airports -- the mayor or the FAA, which governs the safety of airports nationwide?

Yes, we can spend money to create separation of runways on the El Segundo side of the airport, even though the noise impacts residents of El Segundo, but we will leave the north runways as-is because L.A. politicians have declared they are safe.

Robert Ambrose
Playa del Rey

The FAA's stance on aviation safety can best be described as a "Tale of Two Airports."

On the one hand, the FAA has denounced the NASA panel's findings that the northern runways at LAX are safe and wants Los Angeles to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on improvements.

The issue seems to be complex and there seems to be room for debate. Certainly NASA thinks so.

Meanwhile, just three miles north, the FAA and the City of Santa Monica are in court because the FAA seeks to stop the implementation of runway safety measures for jets. Unlike at LAX, the safety issues at the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) are clear: Regulations call for a 1,000 foot runway safety buffer. SMO, boxed-in by homes, provides only 300 feet.

The FAA has undermined its credibility on safety at LAX by fighting to keep SMO unsafe.

Phillip Tate
Santa Monica

Westside growth

Re “Final Playa Vista phase approved,” April 7

Twenty-eight hundred homes, a shopping center and office buildings going into the area between Marina del Rey and LAX.

All north-south routes, all streets and the 405 are already gridlocked most of the time -- without this development.

This approval is an assault on every commuter and resident in this region.

How much money changed hands to allow this travesty to win approval by the City Council?

Jeff Greenberg
Beverly Hills

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