CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 |
In a sign of the high stakes and hardening political positions surrounding a major runway project at LAX, two of the state's most powerful Democrats have come down sharply at odds on the issue. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a foe of the plan to shift Los Angeles International Airport's northernmost runway 260 feet closer to Westchester and Playa del Rey, has gone public with her unhappiness with Rep. Henry Waxman, a colleague who supports the runway relocation. Speaking over the weekend to the Westchester Democratic Club, Waters depicted Waxman as someone who had joined "an unholy alliance" composed of organized labor and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which view the runway plan as critical to job creation and keeping the airport competitive.
August 3, 2011 |
Despite an appeal from President Obama, the Senate recessed without funding the Federal Aviation Administration, leaving nearly 4,000 "nonessential" workers on unpaid furlough and other "essential" employees on the job without pay at least through Labor Day. Airport safety inspectors, who enforce compliance with federal rules and are considered essential, have been asked to keep working and put expenses on personal credit cards. But the FAA insisted that safety is not affected because air traffic controllers, who are paid with separate funds, remain on the job. Obama called Congress' failure to resolve the situation "another Washington-inflicted wound on America.
February 2, 2011
Seeing dollar signs Re "Billionaire brothers undermine democracy, demonstrators say," Jan. 31 Heaven forbid that brothers Charles and David Koch host a meeting to discuss conservative causes and how to support them. How undemocratic! Worse yet is that they contribute financially to those causes. Now comes the ultimate in hypocrisy when a retired teacher says: "It's putting democracy in the hands of people like the Kochs and others. It's not who you vote for; it's how much money you've got. " I guess he forgot about the teachers unions and others.
November 22, 2008
If, heaven forbid, there should be a crash on Los Angeles International Airport's dangerously configured north runways, family members of the victims can be consoled by the knowledge that their loved ones died next to a really attractive new facility.
September 24, 2004
If only Congress were as focused on improving security in the real world as it is in rearranging the bureaucratic architecture of the nation's intelligence community. Shockingly, three years after 9/11, airport screeners are still unable to prevent passengers from sneaking explosives and weapons onto airplanes, according to a recent government report on aviation security. Fortunately, they are at least able to protect the nation from British pop stars.
January 3, 2004 |
The head of security at Washington Dulles International Airport was placed on administrative leave because of his arrest on drunk-driving charges as the airport was on a heightened state of alert New Year's Day for terrorist activity, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday. Charles Brady, acting federal security director at Dulles, was pulled over Thursday morning, hours after a British Airways jetliner was detained at the airport because of intelligence information.