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LAWA Answers City and LA Times About Using Northside Runway Land for Homeless

In a memo addressed to all the LA City Council members, Legislative Representative Glenda Silva Pantoja for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) said the land Jim Murez, Venice activist, spoke of for the LA Times article could not be used for homeless purposes as proposed because the land is prohibited by the FAA to be used for residential use. It is considered a noise buffer between LAX and the community.

The LA Times had an article about Jim Murez, Venice activist and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council, and his proposal to use the 340 acres next to the LAX north runway for homeless … a large bridge home so to speak. The Venice Update had an article of this nature in August 2016. The late Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Councilman Mike Bonin have both tried to use this land for the homeless.

Jim Murez in the Venice Update article did recognize that the LAX land in question was restricted but offered the land at Lincoln and Manchester Blvd, which is used as a park and the council office for the westside area.

The question arises: Are there other lands owned by the City that could provide a large area for temporarily housing the homeless and moving them into permanent housing. It would seem that this would be a City solution for sanitation and public livability and safety.   During the war, this country did not hesitate to move Japanese-Americans to areas away from the City.  Dr Kenneth Wright, who is again running for US congress, recommended using closed army bases, federal land. The resources used for individual encampments throughout the City seems to be financially not feasible and results are not forthcoming.   The endangerment to the public health and safety is an ever increasing concern.

The following is the memo addressed to all the City Council members and explains in detail why the City cannot use the land to provide for the homeless.

LAX Meet Today

LAX Meet Today

Meet regarding LAX modernization will be at City Hall tomorrow starting at 2:30 pm. Modernization in this case does not include moving a runway. This is a special joint Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) and Trade, Commerce & Tourism Committees meeting.

Councilman Rosendahl Tape

Many are concerned about the LAX modernization. Councilman Bill Rosendahl addressed those on his email list with a film featuring Dr. Barnett, a statistian from Massassachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) who for 35 yers has been a safety expert for NASA and who was brought in by NASA to addressed the LAX runways. (Video was in 4/8 Rosendahl email.)

Dr. Barnett claims the runways did not need modernization other than applying the latest technology available and that they were safe thru 2020. They did not need a tazi runway, which would require moving the north runway further north.

Links and Phone Numbers

Arturo Pina, Councilman Rosendahl’s deputy, provided the following links and phone numbers for those who cannot attend.

http://lacity.org/government/ElectedOfficialOffices/CityCouncil/CouncilandCommitteeMeetings/CouncilCommitteeMeetingAudio/index.htm?laCategory=1814

Folks can also access via phone at the following numbers and use 2489 as code for city numbers:

Downtown (213) 621-CITY
San Pedro (310) 547-CITY
West Los Angeles (310) 471-CITY
Van Nuys (818) 904-9450

Marta Evry Has Petition  and Video  

Marta Evry has a petition and a video regarding moving the runway resulting in closure of Lincoln and Sepulveda Blvd for years. Right now her petition is directed at the two committees. Here’s the direct link to the petition: http://stopendlesscarmageddon.com/  Direct link to the video: https://video.com/63497080

LAX to be Heard Tuesday

The issues of modernizing LAX and (not) moving the runway will be heard at City Hall Tuesday, 2:30 pm during a Joint Planning & Land Use Management and Trade, Commerce & Tourism Committees Special Meeting. This is the next step before the full City Council will hear the issue.

            Nate Kaplan, who is in charge of LAX information for the council office, wants everyone to know that this does not have anything to do with moving the runway.  For agenda go to:
http://ens.lacity.org/clk/committeeagend/clkcommitteeagend2681775_04092013.pd
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