November 9, 2005
MAYBE IT'S THE THIN AIR. Something about flying seems to make this state's two most prominent public officials lightheaded and forgetful, as if the ethical standards that they uphold and even defend on the ground somehow don't apply above 30,000 feet. Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accepted -- nay, requested -- a flight on a private jet to attend the funeral of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in Detroit.
October 3, 2013
Re "Crash renews concerns about safety of airport," Oct. 1 The Times writes that crashes at Santa Monica Airport like the one Sunday of a private jet have "highlighted the perils of having an airport so close to homes. " Given that the airport has been there since early last century, it would seem that none of the current homeowners lived there before the opening of the airport. If airplane crashes are of such concern for them, why did they buy their homes knowing full well the airport existed?
November 8, 2007 |
Flying in a private jet has been typically reserved for the privileged few who can easily drop $20,000 for a weekend ski trip to Aspen, Colo. But two Santa Monica High School graduates are starting a no-frills discount "air taxi" service that could allow more people to join the jet set. Next year, the company, JetAviva, will begin offering seats on a new line of small planes that it says will bring airline affordability to the private-jet experience.
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July 12, 1986 |
A 9-year-old boy, abducted in Oregon and missing for four years, reportedly was reunited with his mother in Bangor, Me. late Friday night, and the two were flying back to Orange County's airport. Kristopher Michael Siegel and his mother, Janice Siegel of Riverside, were en route from Maine in a private jet and were expected to land in Orange County between 3 and 4 a.m. today, said Susan Davidson, executive director of the Adam Walsh Resource Center in Orange, which helps abused youths.
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October 1, 2013 |
Officials for the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that their investigation into the crash of a private jet Sunday evening in Santa Monica has been suspended due to the federal government shutdown. The agency, however, is recovering the wreckage of the Cessna Citation 525 and moving it to a secure site, where it will be stored until the investigation can resume. Local authorities, meanwhile, haven't stopped working. The airport was expected to reopen to air traffic by Tuesday afternoon and the Los Angeles County coroner said its office recovered four bodies and three pets -- two cats and a dog -- from the crash site in the morning.
January 5, 2014 |
A small private jet crashed and burst into flames as it landed in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday, witnesses and authorities said. An Aspen-Pitkin County Airport official, speaking with the Los Angeles Times, confirmed the crash and said the airport was "indefinitely closed. " The official declined to release further information. A Pitkin County emergency dispatcher told The Times that county emergency responders were at the scene. The airport's official Twitter account tweeted that it was a private aircraft.
May 8, 1999
OK, Jason Reid, we get it! Kevin Brown makes a lot of money. How much? Oh yes, $105 million. What, we may not remember this sum? So you're going to tell us how much every time he pitches? Thank you, we wouldn't remember without your constant reminder. Your precious column inches would be better served by reporting that he keeps the Dodgers in every game he pitches and, when provided adequate defense, gives the team the opportunity to win each outing. This is what the Dodger brass is paying him the big bucks for and he's earning every penny.
June 29, 2002
Monday's quotebook had Tiger Woods saying that he already had won the slam and that this will be a different type of slam, it being the calendar year. Apparently Tiger has achieved a Nike level of arrogance to where he feels he can rewrite traditions to suit him. That slam that he won was the different type of slam, and the one that is in the calendar year is universally recognized as the "Grand Slam." That being the one that he has not yet achieved. Billy Sottile Lancaster I must acknowledge I'm a bit taken aback by those who would criticize Phil Mickelson for being happy about his life and his accomplishments on the golf course.
March 28, 1990 |
If Ronald Reagan travels to Austin to address University of Texas students this spring, he won't be needing a super-saver fare. Efforts by the UT-Austin Texas Union lecturers committee to bring the former President to campus may hinge on whether someone--Republican or Democrat--has a private jet big enough to fly Reagan in the style to which he has become accustomed. The committee has invited Reagan to address students as early as May, or perhaps next fall.
January 31, 2013 |
The Miami Heat plays on Super Bowl Sunday and LeBron James isn't happy about it. Sunday's game at Toronto begins at 11 a.m. PST, and will be over well before the Super Bowl, which begins at 3:30 p.m. PST. But the Heat players will miss part, if not all, of the game because they'll be on the team plane headed back to Miami, and the private jet lacks satellite television and Wi-Fi service, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. ...