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20 years after 9/11: Will we ever stop taking our shoes off at airports?

Twenty years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, air travelers are still grappling with a barrage of enhanced security procedures and long lines.

The safety protocols have managed to protect airports and planes from further attack, but they’ve also made air travel unpleasant at best.

Sorry travelers, it looks like the body scans and shoe removal are here to stay.

“I don’t see it changing,” said Lora Ries, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. “It never seems to be fewer requirements … the direction always seems to be for more.”

Expect security to shift outward

As technology evolves, the process of moving through security checkpoints and boarding a plane is expected to become faster and more efficient.

Enhanced shoe scanners that can detect weapons, explosive substances or electronics concealed in shoes and other footwear, will likely be part of the mix, according to Dana Wheeler, CEO of Massachusetts-based Plymouth Rock Technologies.

That means the shoes can stay on.

Security screening, he said, will also be expanded to passenger drop-off points and airport and off-airport parking lots, in addition to walkways and tunnels approaching departure and ticket kiosks.

This means problems can be flagged earlier, potentially making it faster to get through the final security checkpoint.

Wheeler also predicts security areas will increasingly be equipped with next-generation security devices that incorporate artificial intelligence.

“These will include millimeter-wave imaging and radar, infrared sensors and chemical-trace sensors,” he said in a recent interview with Reader’s Digest.

Self-serve kiosks and online check-in are already in use with some airlines. Wheeler said that’s “a definite indicator” that staffed check-in desks are being phased out, which could further speed the departure process for travelers.

TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said her agency can’t accurately predict what technologies it may use in the coming years, but “we are always looking to stay ahead of evolving threats.”

“We often will make it known what our needs are to increase efficiency and address evolving security threats, and then the private sector will develop technologies we can test,” she said.

As frustrating as current security procedures are, the safeguards are working.

“We haven’t had a terrorist attack or even an attempt on planes in many years,” Ries said. “I guess the real question is, how much hassle are we willing to put up with to make sure we have secure flights?”

Art Solis, who co-owns 3.99 Pizza Co. restaurants in Covina, West Covina and Montclair, wonders the same thing.

“It just takes a lot of time,” the 46-year-old West Covina resident said. “We were flying to Las Vegas recently and we got to LAX early, but the security line took so long I worried I was going to miss my flight.”

Horror stories of long waits to get through security lines abound. Justin Erbacci, CEO for Los Angeles World Airports, the airport authority that owns and operates Los Angeles International Airport, said a large percentage of travelers at LAX get through the checkpoint in 15 minutes or less.

Still, he acknowledged it can take longer.

“It varies by time of day,” he said. “There are many different variables.”

Cracks in the system

Despite all of the security measures, breaches still occur.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, a homeless man used a pipe to squeeze beneath a fence at Los Angeles International Airport and made his way onto an airfield where he entered a parked  American Airlines plane. The cleaning crew held him down until police arrived and he was arrested.

A similar incident occurred a week earlier at John Wayne Airport in Orange County when a man entered a restricted area on the tarmac and drove an airport vehicle around before he fled and was eventually found in the attic space of a terminal ceiling and taken into custody.

His actions prompted the airport to be placed on lockdown with all flight traffic temporarily halted.

Neither incident resulted in a loss of life. But they illustrate that breaches are still possible, in spite of enhanced security measures.

Erbacci said airport officials are investigating the LAX incident, although he declined to elaborate.

“We have about 1,100 police and security officers here and we also work very closely with federal partners to make sure we cover all aspects of security,” he said. “That’s our highest priority here.”

Privatizing airport security

The TSA is in charge of security operations at about 440 U.S. airports, but some say the job would be better handled by private contractors. They argue that the TSA is bureaucratic and bloated with employee-related costs.

Ries doesn’t disagree.

“It would certainly be less expensive,” she said. “It’s costly to have government employees because you have to pay benefits and they are unionized. And really … you can train anyone to look for security vulnerabilities.”

San Francisco International Airport and 20 others already use private security, although TSA picks the companies and they must adhere to TSA protocols.

Brian Sprenger, director of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana, said private contractors at his airport make for a more flexible security workforce. And with private contractors, it’s also easier to fire underperforming workers.

“If employees are not performing, they can be dealt with appropriately, better or more effectively on a contract side than a government side,” Sprenger said in a recent interview with Marketplace.

Ries said employee turnover is high at TSA because workers operate in a highly stressful environment due to the massive volume of passengers that pass through security lines.

“They don’t have any law enforcement authority, and that can affect their career ladder,” she said. “Many of them get the training and then move on to a different agency.”


Living in a post 9/11 world

The 9/11 attacks fueled a variety of changes, most notably the formation of the Transportation Security Administration, which operates as a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. TSA workers help oversee security operations at most of the nation’s airports.

Air travelers pay to help fund the TSA with the Passenger Fee, also known as the September 11 Security Fee, which is folded into the price of airline tickets. It’s $5.60 for one-way trips that originate at a U.S. airport and $11.20 for round-trip flights.

The boarding process has been made faster for passengers who are pre-registered with TSA PreCheck. That program verifies which passengers present the lowest risk to flight security and allows them to pass through security checkpoints without the need to remove shoes, belts or jackets.

Others are enrolled in a biometrics program with a company called CLEAR, which also speeds the check-in process. That system uses facial recognition and fingerprints which are transformed into an encrypted code to identify air travelers.

Burbank Airport runway closed, delaying flights, due to jet-towing accident

BURBANK — A runway was closed Friday at Hollywood Burbank Airport after two unoccupied jetliners were damaged on the ground.

“The wingtip of an American Airlines Boeing 737 struck the wingtip of an Alaska Airlines Airbus A320 in the gate area at Hollywood Burbank Airport around 6:23 a.m.,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

“The American aircraft was being towed when the incident occurred,” the FAA statement said. “Neither aircraft was occupied. Both aircraft will be inspected before further flight.”

The FAA will investigate the incident.

“Expect delays in flight departures and arrivals due to temporary closure of Runway 15/33,” the airport tweeted in a statement about 8:20 a.m.

Burbank police said officers were not called to the scene.

Planes clip wings while 1 was being towed at Hollywood Burbank Airport; delays expected

Delays are expected at Hollywood Burbank Airport after two planes on the ground clipped wings Friday morning, officials said.

No one was on board the American Airlines and Alaska Airlines planes when the wings clipped, according to Burbank Airport police.

No injuries were reported.

The American Airlines plane was being towed to Terminal A when its wing hit the Alaska Airlines plane's wing around 6:20 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration and airport officials said.

Sky5 video shows two planes stopped alongside each other, facing the opposite direction, with their wings touching. No damage was visible from aerial footage.

As of 8:30 a.m., only one airport runway was open, the arrival runway.

Officials said planes are still able to take off once they get clearance, but delays are expected for travelers at the airport.

Airport officials didn't have information on how many flights were impacted by the incident.

The FAA was expected to arrive at the airport to investigate the incident and check to make sure it's safe to fly the planes.

No further details were immediately available.

Southwest Airlines Flights Temporarily Suspended Due To Nationwide ‘Network Issues’

BURBANK (CBSLA) — Southwest Airlines flights at Hollywood Burbank Airport were suspended on Monday night due to nationwide network issues, the airport said in a tweet.

It’s unclear what exactly sparked the nationwide network issues, but CBS News reports all Southwest Airlines flights across the country were grounded as a result.

As of 8:12 p.m., the issue was reportedly resolved and departing flights from Hollywood Burbank Airport were resuming, according to Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Southwest said the following in a statement:

“We are beginning to resume flight operations after our third-party weather data provider experienced intermittent performance issues earlier this evening preventing transmission of weather information that is required to safely operate our aircraft. While Southwest Teams and the vendor worked to restore connectivity, we implemented a ground stop to protect the Safety of our Crews and Customers. We appreciate our Customers’ patience as we work to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible. We ask that Customers use Southwest.com to check flight status or, if flying this evening, consult a Southwest Airlines Customer Service Agent for assistance with travel needs.”

As this was occurring, Delta Airlines also had some issues impacting customers’ ability to purchase plane tickets. The airline said in a statement that travelers are still able to check-in for flights.

Memorial Day travel by Southern Californians will increase 64%, most going by car

Southern Californians will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend in large numbers, buoyed by sharp decreases in coronavirus cases, increased vaccinations and spurred by pent-up demand from 15 months of safer-at-home orders, polls show.

More than 2.8 million Southern Californians will take a trip, a 64% increase over the same period last year when the pandemic was in the early stages, the Automobile Club of Southern California is predicting.

“Travel is back in a big way,” said Marie Montgomery, local Automobile Club spokesperson. The AAA study compares projections for this year’s five-day holiday, from May 27-31, to last year’s actuals when 1.7 million Southern Californians traveled, a 49% drop from 2019 and the lowest level since 2000 when AAA began tracking holiday travel.

The percentage of people getting away over Memorial Day is still expected to be down about 13% from 2019 levels.

  • Passengers prepare to head through security inside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A baggage handler loads a Southwest Airlines jet bound for Dallas, Chicago, Nashville and Washington D.C. outside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Travelers head to and from their flights inside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Travelers head to and from their flights inside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Passengers inside Terminal 4 wait to board their flight at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Travelers head to and from their flights inside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Travelers wait to board a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Dallas, Chicago, Nashville and Washington D.C. inside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Travelers board a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Dallas, Chicago, Nashville and Washington D.C. inside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A billboard advertises 1-hour Covid-19 testing outside of Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport in Ontario Thursday, May 20, 2021. All travelers heading to the Hawaiian islands must test negative prior to their flight to avoid having to quarantine once arriving. Travel is expected to pick up by 60 percent over last year during the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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“Though it has definitely not fully recovered, it is an indication of people wanting to get out of the house and feeling Memorial Day will be safe,” Montgomery said.

Count Henry Ortiz II, 28, of Whittier, as one of those who is tired of staying at home.

Ortiz, fully vaccinated, will be on a flight from LAX to Phoenix on Friday, May 28. Once he lands in the Arizona desert city, he’ll meet with friends and they will be among 8,000 fans who bought tickets to the Punk In The Park concert taking place in an abandoned water park.

“I’m excited to return to some sense of normalcy,” said Ortiz, who is the lead singer of a local punk band, Law of Power. “Being stuck here for an entire year has driven me absolutely insane.”

The punk rock music scene may not be everyone’s idea of a vacation. In fact, many Southern Californians are instead seeking nature’s serene ambience this holiday.

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Three out of the top five destinations are national parks, with Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks in Utah No. 1, the first time that’s ever happened, Montgomery said. They are followed by the Grand Canyon at No. 3 and Yosemite at No. 5, with Las Vegas (No. 2) and San Diego (No. 3) rounding out the top five.

About 90% of Southern Californian vacationers this holiday are making it a road trip, the AAA study shows. Road trippers should be prepared for traffic snarls on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 26-28, especially on the 405, 5 and 10 freeways, studies show. In particular, the AAA study predicts the 5 Freeway southbound from Colorado Street to Florence Avenue in Los Angeles will be jammed from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28.

“Yeah, people are going to a lot of outdoorsy destinations, such as Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and mountain west locations such as Yosemite,” said Brett Snyder, a South Bay resident who runs a concierge service for travelers and writes a blog called crankyflier.com.

“I am not surprised. People are seeking wide open spaces, fresh air. It is a matter of what makes you feel comfortable,” Snyder said.

Camping is becoming more popular. According to spending trends tracked by the commerce company Pattern, demand for sleeping bags is up 73% this spring compared to the same time in 2020, and up 201% compared to 2019.

Yosemite is already sold out. And beginning May 21 and running through the end of summer, visitors must reserve a pass via the website www.nps.gov/yose, or at recreation.gov to make a reservation.

The trend toward visiting the national parks began in the early days of the pandemic with people walking or riding their bicycles to neighborhood parks, said Frank Dean, president of the Yosemite Conservancy, a nonprofit foundation that generates about $15 million a year to the park.

“It is a natural thing that is happening,” he said on May 20. “These are iconic places in America and people want to see them.”

Yosemite will be kept to 80% capacity, he said, meaning overcrowded conditions should not be a problem. But many amenities will be shut down to comply with COVID-19 safety restrictions.

“Shuttles are not operating in Yosemite this year. Navigating by bicycle is a great way to get around,” said Jamie Richards, Yosemite park ranger.

Concessions will be limited inside the park. Dean said many businesses around the park have seen huge losses during the past 15 months and hope to recover some revenue this summer.

The travel business lost $492.3 billion in 2020 as compared to the year before, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Before the pandemic, travel had a $1.1 trillion economic impact on the U.S. economy.

A nationwide study by AAA and its partner, INRIX, a transportation analytics firm, predicts about 37 million Americans will be going 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday — an increase of 60% from 2020 when only 23 million traveled. Of those traveling this year, 2.5 million Americans will go by air, a 577% increase from a year ago at this time. In Southern California, 9% are flying, with 1% taking a bus or train.

Favored air destinations are Florida and Hawaii. There are no travel restrictions for Florida for people arriving from within the United States. However, passengers going to Hawaii need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before boarding. No test is required on the return flight.

John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Long Beach Airport and Ontario International Airport have recently added flights to Hawaii in anticipation of the boom. United Airlines began flying to Honolulu on May 6 from the Orange County airport, said spokesperson Deanne Thompson. Hawaiian Airlines began flying out of ONT on March 17 after a 16-year absence.

Otis Greer, a Rancho Cucamonga resident and director of public affairs for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, will be traveling next week out of ONT to Honolulu, then taking an island hop to the Big Island, where his family will celebrate the birthday of his mother-in-law who lives there.

“It is huge for those of us that go to Hawaii regularly. It is convenient,” he said of the ONT flight. “Even with the layover in Honolulu it is still way less time than driving to LAX, with the parking and the hassles.”

Southern California airports are preparing for large increases in air passengers, not just for the Memorial Day holiday but also in the summer months, as hotels, resorts and restaurants open up in the wake of declining COVID-19 cases and more people getting vaccinated.

Passenger totals at John Wayne hovered around 50% when compared to pre-pandemic levels but have increased to 60% so far in May, Thompson said.

“We expect to see this trend for increased demand to continue throughout the summer,” she said.

Ontario airport will see 1.4 million air travelers arriving and departing from the start of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, based on current airline schedules. This represents 87% of the 1.7 million who used the airport during the same period in 2019, only 13% away from matching pre-pandemic levels.

“We look forward to a near-normal summer travel season and welcoming many travelers we haven’t had the pleasure of serving in more than a year,” Mark Thorpe, CEO of ONT, said in a prepared statement.

Burbank Airport will benefit from Frontier Airlines adding flights and a new addition, Avelo Airlines, that started service April 28, Snyder said.

Of course, LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world, which accommodated 78.5 million passengers in 2018 as compared to ONT’s 5.5 million in 2019, will most likely see a big jump in passengers. However, the airport did not release a holiday or summer passenger forecast.

“It’s been impossible to predict for the last year,” Heath Montgomery, LAX spokesman, said in an email on May 18. Airport officials may have an inkling the week before Memorial Day, he added.

Cindy Ruiz, 58, a West Covina resident, real estate agent and board member with the Walnut Valley Unified School District, is flying to Pennsylvania for a leadership conference over the Memorial Day weekend. Ruiz is bringing her husband, Paul, to join her after the three-day conference to see Independence Hall, Hershey, and then go on to Maryland to relax at a resort on the Chesapeake Bay.

They’re leaving from LAX on May 30 and she added the conference is paid for by donors, not taxpayers.

“It will be my first time on a plane in two years,” she said. “I am a little nervous about it. The only thing that bothers me is being in an enclosed environment (like an airplane cabin).”

Air passengers must wear a mask when onboard and practice social distancing when queuing at the gate and exiting the plane. Ruiz, who said she and her husband are both fully vaccinated, said she’ll be prepared and feels safe.

“I will take my own Lysol can and spray the seat,” she said. “Even in hotels.”

Frontier Airlines to begin service at Burbank airport in July, with $19 flights to Las Vegas

Frontier Airlines announced Thursday that it will begin flying out of Hollywood Burbank Airport this summer, and to celebrate, it's offering discount fares for several locations — including Las Vegas.

Headquartered in Colorado, the low-fare air carrier will offer nonstop flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver from Burbank starting in July.

“We welcome Frontier Airlines and the services they’re launching at BUR just as leisure travel
starts to ramp up again,” Frank R. Miller, the airport's executive director, said in a news release. “Our customers now have more choices, adding to the convenience of Hollywood Burbank Airport.”

From Thursday through May 17, travelers will be able to purchase introductory fares from Burbank as low as $19 for Las Vegas and Phoenix, and starting at $29 to Denver, the airline said. The deal is good on valid travel dates — for Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday flights — between July 15 and Oct 6, 2021, excluding Sep. 1 through Sept. 7.

The schedule is available at flyfrontier.com.

Frontier already offers flights out of other Southern California airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

“We’re excited to add Hollywood Burbank Airport to our route map ” said Josh Flyr, the airline's vice president of network and operational design. “The addition of Burbank will provide an even more convenient and easy to use option for many in the region.”

Frontier reminded travelers that the carrier instituted a slew of healthy and safety enhancements last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including requiring all passengers and crew members wear face masks throughout the flight.

Additionally, customers have to wash or sanitize their hands prior to boarding, undergo a pre-boarding temperature screening and confirm that neither they nor anyone in their household has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the two weeks before flying,

Avelo Airlines Carries First Passengers From Burbank Airport To Santa Rosa For Just $19

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Avelo Airlines, the country’s newest mainline airline, carried its first passengers Wednesday from the Hollywood Burbank Airport to Santa Rosa.

“Today’s first flight represents far more than a 90-minute journey from LA’s iconic Hollywood Burbank Airport to the Sonoma County Airport in the heart of California wine country — we’re embarking on a new era of choice, convenience and everyday low fares,” Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said.

Take-off was at 10:30 a.m. and the plane landed at its destination at 11:55 a.m. The return flight from Santa Rosa to Burbank was scheduled to leave at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday and arrive at 5:35 p.m.

Flight XP 101 will depart Burbank daily at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Santa Rosa at 5:05 p.m. and flight XP 102 leaves Santa Rosa daily at 5:45 p.m. and arrives in Burbank at 7:20 p.m.

Daily flights on the 89-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft start at $19.

On Thursday, Avelo will begin service three times a week between Burbank and the Pasco, Washington airport.

The following day, Avelo will begin service four times a week between Burbank and the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana.

By late May, Avelo will expand to 11 destinations including Arcata- Eureka, Redding; Bend-Redmond, Eugene and Medford, Oregon; Grand Junction, Colorado; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona; and Ogden-Salt Lake City, Utah.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Avelo Airlines Launches At Hollywood Burbank Airport, Offers $19 One-Way Tickets

BURBANK (CBSLA) — Avelo Airlines launched on Thursday at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The airline claims to be America’s first new mainline airline in nearly 15 years.

Avelo is offering nonstop routes between and 11 destinations along the west coast as well as Arizona, Montana and Utah.

To kick off its service, Avelo is offering introductory one-way fares starting at $19 on all of its routes.

The airline says flights will start taking off on April 28.

Chino woman charged for alleged drug trafficking through local airports

A Chino woman was arrested Wednesday, March 24, and charged with allegedly recruiting drug couriers to traffic heroin and fentanyl across the country through various Southern California airports, the Department of Justice said.

From June 2018 to March 2019, Chavon Sayles and other co-conspirators recruited drug couriers to transport heroin and fentanyl through the Hollywood Burbank Airport, the Long Beach Airport and the Ontario International Airport, according to a federal indictment.

Sayles, now 28, is accused of contacting couriers the night before flights and then booking them for destinations such as Ohio and Oregon.

In June 2018, authorities say, Sayles bought the ticket and the courier checked in a bag at the Hollywood Burbank Airport intended for delivery in Ohio containing 6.5 pounds of heroin. In July 2018, they say, Sayles allegedly picked up a woman and dropped her off at Long Beach Airport with 6.6 pounds of fentanyl in her luggage for a flight to Dayton, Ohio.

In January 2019, Sayles is accused of telling a person by text to “get ready for a short trip” from Ontario International Airport to Portland, Oregon, the next day, and to “make sure you bring a lot of stuff (–) your bag has to look so full it’s going to bust.” The courier checked in a bag containing 3.2 pounds of heroin, the indictment alleges.

If convicted of all charges, Sayles would face 10 years to life in prison.

Co-conspirators include San Bernardino residents Tatijana Bell, 27, and Keeshanai Monique Wilcher, 27, who have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with this case, according to the DOJ. Wilcher is serving a 31-month prison sentence for her role. It was unclear if Bell had been sentenced.

Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Sept. 28-Oct. 5

 

L.A. Street Services employees work on trimming trees along Ingomar Street in Canoga Park. L.A. Controller Ron Galperin released a report on how the City of Los Angeles cares for its trees on Feb. 21, 2019. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

 

 

Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here is a sampling of upcoming online meetings.

 

Burbank Airport – Draft Environmental Impact meeting: A public workshop is being offered to learn more about the Federal Aviation Administration’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement on replacing the current 14-gate passenger terminal at the airport that does not meet the current FAA safety standards. The statement discusses the construction of a new 14-gate passenger terminal, building a 45,900-square-foot aircraft apron, parking structure, airline cargo building, passenger terminal access road, aircraft rescue and firefighting station and other infrastructure. Register for the meeting: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 29 here: bit.ly/3iEWrMO. More information on the project here: bobhopeairporteis.com

Lunch and Learn with the City Forest Officer: Rachel Malarich, a certified arborist and the first City Forest Officer for Los Angeles, discusses the Urban Forest Management Plan plus tree maintenance, planting and preservation, 12:30-1 p.m. Sept. 30. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Upcoming in the series of talks: “Street Tree Maintenance,” Oct. 14; “Data and Mapping Tools,” Oct. 28. Join the Zoom webinar here: bit.ly/3kJos6y. Department of Public Works, the Office of City Forest Management: bit.ly/2RYCV21

Applying to College – COVID-19 Edition: Teens and their parents are invited to learn the latest information on the topic with speakers from Cal State Northridge, Los Angeles Unified School District and Pierce College, 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Event is presented by LAUSD Board District 3 and Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-45th). 213-241-8333. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting here: bit.ly/3cbR990

Town Hall on Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health holds an update for the community on the study that is following the effects of the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas blowout, 6 p.m. Sept. 30. Register in advance for the meeting on WebEx. Event code: 1457076216. Password: aliso. You may give your name and contact information or type in anonymous when prompted. Register (in advance) and login here: bit.ly/3i3Kpvh. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council: prnc.org

Mystery Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “Speaking of Summer” by Kalisha Buckhanon, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Send an email to Emily at eaaronson@lapl.org to request the Zoom link. bit.ly/2Vy8tP1

Plant Hormones – Knowing and Managing Them for Better Results: Ernesto Sandoval, director of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, discusses the topic at a meeting of the Burbank-Valley Garden Club, 10 a.m. Oct. 1. Register in advance to Kathy Itomura for Zoom meeting link at kathyItomura@pm.com.

West Hills Neighborhood Council: 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Check the website for the agenda and the Zoom meeting link and also how to join by phone. www.westhillsnc.org

Virtual Cooking Classes with Chef Louis Pechan: “Chocolate!” 2 p.m. Oct. 2; “Cookies & Biscuits,” 2 p.m. Oct. 9; “Pies,” 2 p.m. Oct. 16. Cost for one class $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the class. A Zoom link will be sent out in the morning of each class. Sign up from the eventbrite link here: bit.ly/32jmXpc. Information about Pechan here: www.hundredmilesla.com

Candidate Town Hall for Los Angeles Unified School District 3: Hear from Marilyn Koziatik and the incumbent Scott Schmerelson, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Register for the Zoom meeting here: bit.ly/3csj2d6. Co-hosted by the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council and other neighborhood councils in LAUSD School District 3: bit.ly/3i0APtf

West Hills Optimist Club Yard Sale: The group presents the event to raise funds for their programs that benefit local youth, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 3-4. Items for sale include: art work, clothes, collectibles, games and toys, hand tools, holiday items, household items and jewelry. No early birds. Masks required and social distancing in force. 19601 Gault St., Reseda. Bill, 805-368-3264 or Kathy, 818-970-7200. www.westhillsoptimistclub.weebly.com

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants – Classes: “Native Plant Garden Maintenance,” with Tim Becker, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 3 ($25; bit.ly/2RgLPrl). “Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens,” with Miranda Hernandez, 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 10 ($25; bit.ly/2FJWgBw). Links to classes will be sent after payment and closer to the dates. The foundation is open for general shopping with a reservation: theodorepayne.org/8302-2. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. 818-768-1802. theodorepayne.org

Film Club at Sherman Oaks Branch Library: Discusses “Charade” (1963), 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Watch the movie on Kanopy by using your library card. Send an email to request a Zoom invitation in advance of the date to shrmno@lapl.org. bit.ly/30DjuAZ

Chatsworth Library Book Club: Discusses “The President Is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7. For an invitation to the Zoom meeting send an email in advance of the date to chatsworthfriends@gmail.com.

Non-Partisan Review of State Propositions on the November Ballot: Ellen Pangarliotas, a representative from the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, presents the review, 6 p.m. Oct. 8. The Zoom webinar is presented by the Calabasas Library. Send an email to receive the Zoom meeting link to Karilyn Steward at ksteward@calabasaslibrary.org. my.lwv.org/california/los-angeles

Non-Partisan Review of State Propositions on the November Ballot: A representative from the League of Women Votes of Los Angeles presents the review, 7 p.m. Oct. 8. Zoom meeting is sponsored by the Community Concerns Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills. Send your name and email to request the Zoom meeting link by Oct. 6 to fpcghcomconc@gmail.com. The Zoom login will be sent the day before the event.

Non-Partisan Review of State Propositions on the November Ballot: Neighborhood Council Valley Village hosts a presentation by a representative from the League of Women Votes of Los Angeles, 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8. More information, 818-759-8204. Email: info@myvalleyvillage.com. For the Zoom meeting link: bit.ly/2FWQ21q

LA Animal Services – Wildlife Webinars: Wildlife specialists from LA Animal Services discuss wildlife in urban neighborhoods and how to keep our pets safe, 6 p.m. Oct. 13 and Nov. 17. Click on the link for more details on joining a Zoom meeting: bit.ly/2WwoLIi

 

ONGOING

 

Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 7 and every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for every meeting. Contact Ed Reynolds for the URL, ID and password for Zoom. 818-884-4013. Email: wingsoverwendys@outlook.com

BLVD Kitchen – Online Cooking Classes: Sharon Graves presents cooking classes on a variety of topics for adults, children and teens. The Black women-owned Sherman Oaks business on Ventura Boulevard is also complimented by Graves’s Mom in the Mail baked treats “care packages” company (www.mominthemail.com). Check the Blvd Kitchen website for classes: www.theblvdkitchen.com/cooking-classes

 

Send information at least two weeks in advance to holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708.