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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tuesday Open Thread: LAX $11 Billion Boondoggle Lives

So NOW the reason we need to spend billions on your favorite unions and contractors is . . .uh, collisions! Yeah, collisions!

Specifically, we need to move some runways on the north side of the airport farther apart. That's our reason, and we really mean it -- not like when we needed to spend the money to increase capacity, or when we instead needed a separate check-facility due to terrorists. This time we geniuinely, seriously need to spend the money, or planes will continue to collide in fireballs the way they . . . well, they haven't actually collided, but it could happen. So let us spend the damn billions already.

Story: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_4731613

Oh, and by the way: 423 people murdered in L.A. so far this year. (http://www.lapdonline.org/assets/pdf/cityprof.pdf) But really, the priority for saving lives is to spend those billions moving a runway. Why waste public funds on a low-probability bet like actually having more police in neighborhoods, when you can instead pour a mess of concrete and condemn a few more homes?

You know how to blog, don't you? You just put your fingers together -- with the keyboard -- and type.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Amazing how the media is beginning to report stuff they never use to about this city. Hey, Antonio is looking for some workers. One of his staffers has told people he is so horrible to work with (dictator, controlling etc.) that its a revolving door. Does anyone know how many employees have left?
This e-mail went out by Matt Sabo yesterday.
Friends: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is looking to hire some highly qualified people for his press office. Here's what's available: Senior Press Secretary, Press Deputy/Secretary, Press Aide:

November 28, 2006 8:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The real reason for spreading out the runways is to handle the big A380 plane. Apparently, spreading out the south runways won't satisfy LAWA.

November 28, 2006 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IF I was Zuma I would be pissed because city council is allowing the blacks to go way over public comment and they gave them 2 mins. They keep talking and instead of turning off the mike Eric is letting them continue. Their arguments about this prank being about race is so laughable. I hope John & Ken on KFI goes after them this afternoon.

November 28, 2006 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did you MISS the big NEWS today?

Who is in charge of the Power in Boyle Heights?

Two boys were hit by vehicle bcuz of power outage. Didn't these fools in Power Co. get raises?

November 28, 2006 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (adjusts David Clark's and switches on intercom): This is your Captain speaking. Having only landed on 24R as a passenger and not as a pilot (although there was that one time I was urged on by the tower at SFO to quicken the pace as there was an impatient United pilot behind me), I can safely say that the improvements are needed. What I am not happy about is the legislation at the State level to restrict usage at general aviation airports. Sort of like Smee Nunez's cable TV bill, savvy?

I concur with Mr. Moore in that runway improvements are a boondoggle, but its the navaids that need help. I'm a pirate and can curse a blue streak like any old salty dog...but to hear pilots cussing is a whole 'nother story. The Southwest pilots are pirates at heart, bless their souls. It's the UPS pilots I worry about.

And then there is the pilot that ferries City officials hither and yon. Now THAT's someone you want to get liquored up and talking, savvy?

November 28, 2006 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i witnessed and survived the Cerritos Air Disaster, mid-air collisions aren't funny.

November 28, 2006 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

when people die you can look them in the eye and tell them your home value was more important than their life

November 28, 2006 1:59 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Are you talking about the hundreds of people murdered here each year, or the hypothetical runway collision dead?

If air traffic controllers and pilots are confused, here's an idea: don't let as many planes land per hour. Slow it down.

Better idea: divert pure cargo flights to that big airport we own out in the middle of nowhere.

November 28, 2006 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Former South Gate Tres. gets 10 years. I was down at the Courthouse to see the sentencing in this case. Albert Robles use as a defence that Mayor Villar practices the same sort of "PAY To PLAY" that he was being sent to jail for. He also highlighted how our mayor controls who gets to run for office by controling the flow of special intrest money. I like to hear your input and any connections between local politicals and the Robles machine

November 28, 2006 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i was thinking about people on the plane and on the ground. when you're 8 years old you don't think about property values.

you're saying some lives are more valuable then others?

November 28, 2006 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice photo of the Burbank Airport (now known as Bob Hope Airport). Nothing like misrepresentation to get your point across.

November 28, 2006 6:10 PM  

Anonymous stephen_c_foster said:

6:10 PM obviously is either a newcomer to L.A., doesn't have a long-term memory, or doesn't pay attention to news reports.

This is an actual AP news photo, posted March 6, 2000 of a plane overshooting a runway at Burbank Airport on March 5, 2005!

For a better copy of the photo with accompanying article, 6:10 PM needs to visit this link:

So much for misrepresentation.

November 28, 2006 8:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Also so much for knowing doodly-squat about how the FAA (the lap dog of the airlines that own key congressmembers who oversee it) won't let a local airport tell planes where to land.

Until you guys understand how the world works, you don't have nothin' to tell the rest of us about who's making good or bad decisions around here.

November 28, 2006 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So if Antonio is opposed to airport expansion and Rosendahl too, exactly who is it that is responsible for even so much as proposing the runway extensions AND movement toward the community?

Has Lydia gone rogue on this? Why doesn't the mayor - who campaigned on protecting the communities from the airport - simply picked up the phone and directed HIS APPOINTEE to withdraw such proposals?

November 29, 2006 9:44 AM  

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