The fact is that the everyday-ness of today's airports is exactly the opposite of what we flyers need. Don't wall us off, you builders, from where we are and what we are about to do. We may be frightened but we are not dumb.
As any good student of L.A. history can tell you, following the Northridge quake the Santa Monica freeway was rebuilt in less than three months. Of course I am not wishing for an earthquake, mudslide or fire.
I wanted to know what would happen if a major quake or wildfire hit L.A. today. Controller Wendy Greuel says, "We know natural disasters are a question of when, not if... and more must be done to help ensure the City is adequately prepared."
Presumably, the training of the men and women working at U.S. entry points includes instruction in the religions and cultures of the people they will encounter. In this case, at least, the training didn't work.
With strong leadership we can and we will find a way for every Angeleno to realize the promise of a good education, good quality of life with safe neighborhoods and decent transportation, and good paying work to support a family.
For too long, L.A. businesses have been stolen from us by other cities and states. The result has been a calamitous decline in both jobs and tax revenues in our city, causing huge strains on our budget.
With the 405 shutting down, I find myself excited for my upcoming Westside staycation. City officials may encourage us to leave, but this list of the amazing things we can do locally illustrates just how great being a Westsider is.