Council Runs Gamut

Much of the Tuesday night City Council meeting was devoted to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) presentation of all the things it would do to make the Santa Monica Airport safer in lieu of doing the one thing the City and Sunset Park and Mar Vista residents wanted it to do: ban big jets.

The FAA’s Associate Administrator for Airports Kirk Shaffer began by describing three operations improvements: moving the runway hold line, installing a new area navigation departure system, and adding a pilot education program focusing on the configuration of Santa Monica Airport and “the friendly neighbor program.”

The balance of his presentation was devoted to the FAA’s proposal for “runway safety.”

First, it would install a 250-foot, 70-knot Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at the west end of the runway (Runway 21), “the primary departure end.”

Second, it would establish a “clear distance” on the east end of the runway (Runway 3).

Third, it would designate “Runway Protection Zones,” and the City would buy the 15 to 20 houses in the most “critical areas” assuming their owners were willing to sell.

After an extended public hearing and discussion, during which virtually everyone found the FAA proposal inadequate, and reiterated the community demand that big jets be banned.

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Whither the Weather 3/28 – 4/3

By Ava Tramer

Beaches
Partly cloudy
Highs: 59-65; Lows: 46-51

Inland
Partly cloudy
Highs: 63-72; Lows: 43-47

Deserts
Mostly sunny
Highs: 67-80; Lows: 49-57

And Santa Monica…
I was under the impression that our fine city of Santa Monica had perfect
weather. Warm, carefree days filled with sunshine and soothing breezes. Well, hold your horses, fair residents of Santa Monica. Apparently, over on the EAST coast, they do things differently. And by “different,” I don’t mean “unique” or “unusual”: I mean better. Yes folks, I have ventured to Florida, and they are having perfect summer days right now. Highs in the 70s and 80s, cool ocean breezes, and plenty of sunshine. And what do we have to show for ourselves? Highs in the low 60s, clouds, chilly nights that require jackets, and even some possible rain showers towards the middle of next week. I am surprised, ashamed,and confused to realize that our fair city does not have perfect weather, and that another place exists where the weather is better. In fact, perhaps I might even go so far as to say that I am jealous of Florida. Oh, wait, what’s that you say? That it is so hot and humid in Florida in the summer that walking to the mailbox is a draining excursion? Ooooh, well then maybe Santa Monica is better. Maybe we’re not better at the moment, but on the whole, year round, we still have lots to be proud of and thankful for when it comes to weather.

MARCH–APRIL CALENDAR

Assembled by Zina Josephs

Thursday, April 10th, 7 – 9 PM
FOSP Board/Membership meeting
Mt. Olive Church
14th & Ocean Park Blvd.
Speakers: Shannon Parry and Traci Reitz from “Sustainable Santa Monica”; Walt Warriner, the City Forrester, re tree replacement on 27th St.; updates on S.M. Airport safety measures and a proposed airport survey; crime and safety; the proposed RIFT traffic initiative; the LUCE update; and other neighborhood concerns.
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Friday, March 28th, & Saturday, March 29th, at 8 PM, Sunday, March 30th, at 2 PM (and through April 6th)
“Aida” – the Tony Award winning Broadway musical by Elton John & Tim Rice
SMC Main Campus – Theater Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Tickets $12-$18. For more information or to reserve tickets, phone 310-434-3000.

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Saturdays and Sundays, March 29 – April 13, at 11 AM
“The Hundred Dresses”

Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd.

The theatre’s Youth Education/Entertainment Series (Y.E.S.), known for its theatrical adaptations of children’s literature, presents a play relevant to the social phenomenon of juvenile “fashion bullying.” The story of The Hundred Dresses, based on the Newberry Honor book by Eleanor Estes, is about status and attempting to “fit in,” told through relationships among haves and have-nots in a modern middle school — wanting to belong to the “in crowd” and the challenge of being different. For more info, phone the Santa Monica Theatre Guild at 310-828-7519 or go to www.morgan-wixson.org

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Airport Artwalk is Saturday

Artists’ studios and galleries will be open to the public Saturday during the annual Santa Monica Airport Art Walk.

The studios and galleries are located on Airport Avenue, which runs along the south side of the airport runway between Bundy Drive and Walgrove Avenue/23rd Street.

Among the galleries are the Santa Monica Art Studios complex, the Sherry Frumkin and Arena One galleries, the Santa Monica College Ceramic Studios and Art Mentor Program, and the Ruskin Group Theatre.

Over 60 artists are based at the airport in refurbished hangers and smaller buildings.

The art walk will take place Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Whatever It Is, It Isn’t Democracy

It was beyond irony.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) treated the City of Santa Monica exactly the way the City has been treating the Treesavers, a residents’ group.

Just as the City has refused to grant the residents’ demands that it not remove 54 ficus trees from Second and Fourth Streets in downtown Santa Monica, the FAA refused, again, to grant the City’s demand that large jets be banned from the Santa Monica Airport.

Though The City has steadfastly refused to give an inch to the Treesavers, it has sided with the residents of Sunset Park and Mar Vista in the battle with the FAA. Still, it spent five years running in place before it acted decisively, and then only after the FAA rejected its request.

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