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November 5, 2012 | By Cindy Carcamo
SEA GATE, N.Y. -- Michael Szajngarten stopped picking up pieces of his shattered home to look through the hole Hurricane Sandy ripped in his living room wall, giving him an unobstructed ocean view. “I hear we'll get snow soon,” he said.  “I just feel like it's insult to injury.” Just outside were remnants of a concrete sea wall, a barrier built to protect homes here from high surf and storm surge. But super storm Sandy crushed parts of the wall, and a new storm -- a nor'easter -- is brewing in the Atlantic, threatening to hit the coast again.
January 28, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A San Francisco firefighter who responded to the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner has filed a legal claim saying the city's fire department falsely identified her to the media as the person who killed a teenage crash survivor. Elyse Duckett, a 25-year veteran of the San Francisco Fire Department, filed the claim with the city, charging that the department tried to protect the firefighter who ran over 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, the San Francisco Chronicle reported . Ye, a Chinese high school student traveling to a Southern California summer camp, was alive when she was struck by an emergency vehicle responding to the burning Boeing 777 after the plane clipped a sea wall and slammed into a runway at San Francisco International Airport, officials have said.
April 29, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
It's a trade-off, living on Naples. In exchange for inhabiting an island with quaint canals where kayakers, paddlers and opera-singing gondoliers float past million-dollar homes, residents of this Long Beach neighborhood live with the anxiety of knowing that the only thing protecting their property from the ocean is a crumbling sea wall. "If the sea wall fails, we're in real trouble," said Bob Fletcher, a retired lawyer who has experienced the sinking feeling of spotting ocean water seeping under the floorboards of his Spanish-style home on Rivo Alto Canal.
December 12, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Rich Simon
WASHINGTON - A daylong hearing Wednesday into the July 6 Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco raised broad questions about the adequacy of pilot training  and deteriorating skill in an era of growing reliance on computer-controlled flight. Arriving from Seoul, Asiana Flight 214 struck a sea wall at San Francisco International Airport  and slammed onto the runway, severing its tail section and scattering wreckage across the airfield before the body of the plane erupted in flames.
June 12, 1988
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, sitting as the Redevelopment Agency, is seeking funds to construct a sea wall to help stabilize the Portuguese Bend landslide. "We figure it will cost $20 million" to build a retaining wall to protect the shoreline, agency Chairwoman Jacki Bacharach said. The most likely sources of funds for the sea wall are the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
October 18, 1987 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
A series of sharp, twisted spikes jut out from the sand along Las Tunas Beach in Malibu, a jarring sight against a background of rising waves and gliding birds. The spikes are the only remnants of a rotting sea wall built to protect the beach, but to people like homeowner Kurt Simon, they represent a lengthy, bitter battle over property rights, access to public beaches and, ultimately, majority rule versus individual choice.
Talk about an impregnable fortress: Good luck trying to damage the Naval Air Weapons Station. The place bristles with advanced missiles. Eye-in-the-sky Hawkeye E-2s zoom overhead. Sentries patrol the gates. The only real threat is the ordinarily placid Pacific on the base's western boundary. But what a foe it is proving to be. The eternal sloshing of tides gobbles about 4 feet of shoreline annually. Violent El Nino-driven storms lashed the base with huge waves this past winter.
Some of the sandy beaches that made Hawaii famous are gradually washing out to sea, deflected by walls designed to armor beachfront homes against the rising tides. After years of winking at the problem, and even building sea walls itself, the state is changing its tune. "Sea walls and revetments built on these coasts have produced an epidemic of beach loss on Oahu and Maui," said Mike Wilson, director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
With erosion gnawing at 85% of California's coastline, state officials are proposing steps to reduce building of sea walls and other shoreline armoring that tend to accelerate the loss of sand. The California Resources Agency, in its first proposed revision of statewide coastal erosion policies in 23 years, suggests that arming the coast to protect seaside houses be considered only as the last option.
Gov. Gray Davis has vetoed funds to rebuild a sea wall that protects the Seal Beach Pier and surrounding shoreline from erosion, alarming city officials who fear that the 42-year-old structure will crumble within a year. The wave-battered wall, just north of the pier, represents Seal Beach's first line of defense against erosion that has been slowly eating away the city's beaches for decades.
July 17, 2013
Re "Asiana to sue over TV's pilot name flub," July 16 Asiana Airline's planned lawsuit over fake pilot names read during a TV news broadcast about the crash of Flight 214 really takes the cake. The airline says the mistake damaged its reputation. Asiana damaged its own reputation when its pilots apparently flew a perfectly good aircraft into a sea wall. Whether driven by home-office cultural insensitivity to an American sense of humor that thrives on disaster jokes or by a locally made decision to sue first and ask questions later, Asiana's decision to litigate is foolish.
July 15, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Asiana Airlines will sue Bay Area television station KTVU-TV for using fake, racially insensitive names of pilots flying the ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214, the Associated Press reported Monday. A spokeswoman for the South Korean airline, Lee Hyomin, said the broadcast seriously damaged Asiana's reputation and that it will sue the station to “strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report,” according to the Associated Press. The suit will likely be filed in the United States, she said.
July 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Rong-Gong Lin II
The TV anchor who unwittingly broadcast fake, racist names of the pilots flying the ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 issued an apology Saturday as debate over the incident continued. The segment on Friday at noon that referred to two of the pilots as "Captain Sum Ting Wong," and "Wi Tu Lo," has gone viral and drawn heavy criticism on the Internet. "Apologies to all upset by a story on Noon News. A serious mistake was made @KTVU," anchorwoman Tori Campbell wrote on Twitter.
July 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Kate Mather and Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The automated controls that should have assisted Asiana Airlines pilots with their landing at San Francisco International Airport seemed to be working normally when the jetliner slammed into the sea wall and runway, federal investigators said Thursday. A preliminary investigation into cockpit tools that help pilots set minimum speed and altitude showed “no anomalous behavior,” National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman said. The NTSB's updated information provides a more detailed look inside the cockpit in the moments before the Boeing 777 crashed on Saturday.
July 10, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The pilots of an Asiana Airlines flight that approached its landing at San Francisco International Airport too slow and crashed mistakenly thought the plane was automatically maintaining speed for them, investigators say. By the time the crew realized their situation moments before the crash Saturday, it was too late. A last-minute attempt to correct the Boeing 777's flight path failed and the airliner's tail section smashed into a sea wall, spilling out passengers and crew members.
July 9, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Before Asiana Airlines Flight 214 struck a sea wall at the edge of San Francisco International Airport, the Seoul-based carrier was planning a huge expansion of its fleet in hopes of capitalizing on the surge in air traffic from Asia. The devastating crash Saturday that killed two teenagers and sent 182 passengers to hospitals now throws into question the future of South Korea's second-largest airline - a carrier that was recently ranked one of the world's best. The key to overcoming damage to the company's once highly rated reputation, according to experts, is for Asiana's executives to quickly make any safety improvements needed to prevent another tragedy in the future.
February 2, 2010 | Bob Pool
For years, beachgoers and environmentalists have worried that wealthy residents of Malibu's exclusive Broad Beach wanted to fence off their 1.1-mile oceanfront to outsiders. Now, in the latest chapter of the shoreline saga, Broad Beach property owners, who include such celebrities as Pierce Brosnan, Goldie Hawn and Steven Spielberg, are building an 8-foot-high rock sea wall that they say is needed to protect their showplace homes from rising ocean water. Workers have begun constructing the 4,100-foot-long wall by lifting boulders by crane over the tops of homes.
Rocks piled 15 feet high on a public beach to shield exclusive condos from the hungry Pacific Ocean are causing a mountain of controversy. Should Washington state allow such sea walls or any kind of "beach armoring" to protect homes and to stem erosion? Property owners, developers and some local officials say yes, at least to this 850-foot-long wall. Neighboring Oregon has already said no, choosing to let nature take its course.
July 9, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Dan Weikel and Laura J. Nelson
The crash of an Asiana Airlines jetliner at San Francisco International Airport appears to be "an unfortunate textbook example" of questionable cockpit decision-making during what pilots call "short final" approach, one expert said. "Because of the high tempo of operations, there is no way you can recover,” said Najmedin Meshkati, an engineering safety expert at USC. “That's why all your decisions have to be perfect. There is no time for discovery of your error or recovery from your error.
July 9, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two flight attendants were ejected from the rear section of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport but survived, federal investigators said Tuesday. Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairwoman of the NTSB, said the plane came in too low. The landing gear and the plane's tail hit a sea wall dividing the runway from San Francisco Bay. The plane made a 360-degree spin before it came to a stop. The flight attendants were found on the tarmac.
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