“I see very little foot traffic going through it since the homeless took it over,” said Powell. Parking lots to businesses facing Ventura Boulevard sit on one side of the Sale Avenue tunnel that reaches into a tree-lined neighborhood off Avenue San Luis. Although concerned about the September attack inside the Sale Avenue tunnel, Helia Rafael, who parks near it for work every day, has never experienced trouble there. “We park in back and have never had a problem,” Rafael said. Today’s public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Academy, 20800 Burbank Blvd. [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’About 50 residents living around Oakdale Avenue – an area that will soon light up as Candy Cane Lane with dazzling holiday displays – signed a petition to have the tunnel closed. Their concerns reached the neighborhood council about a week before Sgt. Gabriel Kearney was hit over the head with a beer bottle and then charged at with a long kitchen knife Sept. 9 in the Sale Avenue tunnel. As a result, both underpasses have come under scrutiny. The 50-foot walkway at Oakdale was once a heavily used shortcut for students walking to Taft High School and others living in the well-groomed neighborhood, seeking access to Ventura Boulevard. Rotten bananas, tomatoes and dried out bagels litter the tunnel today. Black, spray-painted tagging marks the walls smeared in places with feces. Glancing at the tunnel from his front yard, resident Richard Powell said the walkway serves no useful purpose for the area anymore. He wants it closed. WOODLAND HILLS – Two tunnels under the Ventura Freeway built as pedestrian walkways have evolved over the years into cavernous havens for violent criminals, and nearby residents want them closed. Two men, still at large, attacked a Los Angeles police sergeant in September inside a tunnel at Sale Avenue, while the other at Oakdale Avenue has become home to vagrants who often stumble around drunk and naked, residents said. “They drink alcohol and scream in the middle of the night. They go to the bathroom there and have sex,” said one Oakdale Avenue resident who asked not to be named, fearing retaliation. “Everyone is scared.” Residents and business owners with concerns about the two corridors can speak out at a public hearing tonight before the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, which will consider options for the tunnels at its Nov. 8 meeting.
NASA has been planning the first ever mining mission on the moon for several years, and now construction of the lander and rover that will carry it out is under way. NASA is working with Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology in Taiwan to build the lunar lander for a planned launch in the early 2020s. The goal is to prove that important materials can be mined on the moon, thus extending humanity’s reach into deep space.The mission is called Resource Prospector, and most of the action will take place in a small rover designed to scan the lunar surface for evidence of useful materials. We know from orbital missions like the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that there are tons of water ice and pockets of gases on the moon. Resource Prospector will try to mine it in the first ever in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) proof of concept.With our current level of technology, space missions need to take all the resources needed for the journey on the initial launch from Earth. That means more fuel, more money, and less room for error. The oxygen, hydrogen, and frozen water deposits on the lunar surface could be used to generate fuel, breathable air, and safe drinking water. Making a pit-stop at the moon on your way to Mars makes the trip much cheaper and safer.When the Resource Prospector rover reaches the moon, it will use sensors to search for water, hydrogen, and other gases. When it finds a promising location, it will drill down as deep as a meter to retrieve a sample, which will be heated in an oven to determine its composition. If it can extract sufficient vital materials from the lunar surface, then we’re well on our way to making consumable resources in space. The Chung-shan Institute is scheduled to deliver the lander and rover to NASA by the end of 2018, which is seen as an aggressive timetable.