VA Plan To House Homeless Vets To Be Heard Tonight

Several weeks ago, Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson announced a number of improvements that would be made at the Veterans
Administration complex in West L.A. Among them was the designation of buildings 205, 208 and 209 as sites of homeless veterans’ programs.

“Our goal,” he said, “is to help these veterans return to their communities as solid citizens, gainfully employed, living independently with restored dignity.”

Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver spearheaded a three-year campaign to re-open the long-shuttered buildings to house homeless vets.

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Canyon Residents Preview New Crime-Fighting Tool

George Wolfberg, chair of the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association,
reports that “On Thursday, September 6, at 8:00 p.m., at the Palisades Recreation Center, LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore and Sgt. David Podesta will demonstrate the use of the heat-seeking (‘Forward Looking Infra-Red’ or ‘FLIR’) device, which, by detecting temperature differentials, can ‘see’ people in the dark or campfires in the daytime, find shell casings, and spot recently driven cars.

“The FLIR device can be used to find suspects hiding in heavy vegetation and to scan backyards for intruders. At its last meeting, the Pacific Palisades Community Council unanimously passed a motion supporting the efforts of the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association to ‘raise the $12,000 needed to buy the device for use by LAPD for the exclusive deployment in the area represented by the Pacific Palisades Community Council.’”

The meeting is open to the public and Santa Monica residents are welcome.
The LAPD officers will demonstrate what they can do and see with this new technology and will answer questions.

PCH Lanes To Be Closed

Caltrans will close one lane in each direction on portions of Pacific Coast Highway, tonight, Tuesday, September 4, through Friday September 7, from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., each night.

Scheduled to be closed are one lane from McClure Tunnel to Topanga Canyon Boulevard and one lane from Temescal Canyon Road to Topanga Canyon Boulevard

The closure is needed to continue installation of the Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System.

Detours will be posted. Drivers should expect delays during construction hours.

The contractor of the $7.4 million signal project is Manuel Brothers Construction. Caltrans expects the work to be completed in October,

And, of course, closures are subject to change.

Developers Rule!

During the discussion of airport safety at last week’s City Council meeting, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman , Kirk Shaffer, said,
“In the real world…the world of regulating a nationwide system of airports, of which Santa Monica Airport is an important part, we get the best safety outcome we can consistent with the airport serving its purpose in that system.”

In other words, “in the real world,” efficient airport system operation trumps safety. While we find Shaffer’s views thoroughly Orwellian, his candor is refreshing. Here and mow, bureaucrats at all levels routinely rank their own imperatives over the needs and wishes of the people they allegedly serve, but they seldom admit it.
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On the question of airport safety, our local bureaucrats naturally stand with City Council members and residents, in seeing “the real world” as the airport’s location in the midst of a densely populated neighborhood.

But, most of the time, on most issues, City Hall’s “real world” has very little to do with the actual town residents Inhabit. For instance, City Hall has traffic plans, while the town has traffic jams.

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