Banker Likes Flying Out of SMO for Lunch

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company's Matt Olsen reveals his favorite places in Santa Monica.

For "," an ongoing and open-ended series, we ask prominent figures in the community what they most enjoy about the city. In this edition, we touch base with Matt Olsen, who recently joined Boston Private Bank & Trust Company in their Santa Monica office (located at 520 Broadway Ave.).

Olsen has lived in Southern California since 1990, when he transferred here with Pan American World Airways. While he's pretty much a local, he says he's enjoying working this close to for the first time in his banking career.

Here is where you can find Olsen when he is not working on loan and deposit opportunities for Boston Private Bank:

1. Rollerblading at : "There is no better pavement anywhere from Temescal Canyon to Palos Verdes. I enjoy speed, so for me the smoothest sidewalk equals the fastest pace. Also, the bike-path curves around the pier make for some great crossovers at speed. After work, I hitch on my five-wheel skates and try to keep up with the bikes.”

2. : "I have to hand it to the . They really did an amazing job on renovating the mall and turning it into a great place to visit. It has a lot of options for entertaining clients, and it is open and fun to take my wife and daughter to on evenings and weekends.”

3. "It might be considered a little old-school these days, but it was the second restaurant for Wolfgang Puck, and it still has the creative flair and definitive fusion cooking he pioneered.”

4. : “As a pilot, I love being this close to the field and being able to fly somewhere for lunch. Several airports in Southern California have great restaurants, and I can get there in about the same amount of time it takes me to go from my office to downtown L.A. in my car. Plus the traffic I have to deal with is way easier than navigating the freeways!”

What Santa Monica places, events, activities, etc. do you love the most? Tell the Santa Monica Patch audience in the comments box below.

Non Pilot Bob October 20, 2011 at 06:32 PM
And where do you live Julie?
The Minty One October 20, 2011 at 06:48 PM
James Sloat October 20, 2011 at 06:51 PM
This is directed at bw, Lloyd, Mishka and the rest of the looney tunes that are inconvenienced by the air traffic in/out of KSMO. The same question that I have asked in every other media outlet: Were any of you who have been complaining forced to sign you lease, rental or mortgage contracts? You people need to pack up and move the desert and live there in peace. Oh yeah, and please take your corrupt politicians Bill Rosendahl and Ted Lieu with you!
Mishka October 20, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Julie, I understand where you are coming from. Yes, it is nice to see how people end up flying over people's homes. But, wouldn't they want to know that they waking people up, scaring them by flying so low, disrupting classrooms that now have to stop lessons to wait for the planes to go over, and disturbing people who were never under the flight path, bought their homes because it was a quiet neighborhood then, 11 years later being assaulted by inconsiderate flights. I am not saying that Mr. Olsen is one of those. But, it is important to raise awareness of the issue. Hopefully then pilots start flying "neighborly" and we will all be quiet about it. What do you say?
The Minty One October 20, 2011 at 06:59 PM
It is indulgent to fly out of Santa Monica Airport for lunch especially from a city that claims to be sustainable and has tons of great restaurants within walking and biking distance. Even more this indulgent activity is being touted by a banker in a time of financial chaos. The City on the other hand is co-dependent in supporting this behavior by simply having the airport and by maximizing its revenue stream through the rental of space to entities that support such behavior. This includes having hangers, having tie down space, having restaurants, having flight schools, having a flight museum, having mechanics, and having a slew of other facilities that encourage and glamorize use of the airport. What would happen if these services were reduced to basic and the glam and luxe life were removed from the equation. I wonder how many people fly into Santa Monica airport for lunch at one of its existing high end restaurants. Come now there are great decisions the City Council could be making but are not.
Non Pilot Bob October 20, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Mr. Sloat, Frankly sir, you are the looney one. If it is really any of your business, I purchased my home LONG before the Jets and long before the current flight schools when it was just a few props taking off and NOT CIRCLING our homes and consequently crashing into them. You and your plane lovers are the ones who belong in the desert and it it is just a matter of time. FYI, people were here long before the airport. I also agree with the Minty One in that we have a banker arrogantly touting that he can fly to lunch, how many homes has his firm foreclosed on??
John Londono October 20, 2011 at 09:10 PM
I certainly agree that the place for any airport is in the desert. Keeping SMO open to satisfy flight schools and private pilots like these is ridiculous. What's it going to take? The first innocent death on the ground? I wholeheatedly support the airport closure.
James Sloat October 20, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Let's look at the facts here. We live in a free country and flying is something that anybody who chooses to do can do freely. You people who chose to lease, rent or buy in the vicinity of Santa Monica Airport did so at your own free will. The airport was there LONG BEFORE YOU WERE! It didn't spring up over night! Don't tread on the rights of the people who utilize the airport. And, the FAA has also made itself clear in regards to the airport. Maybe you people should stop driving your polluting automobiles around the Los Angeles area.
Non Pilot Bob October 20, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Mr. Sloat, Might I point out two things to you. (1) A total of seven individuals made comment on this article. 5 are anti airport and 2 are pro, bad odds for you. (2) There are 4 things listed in Kurts article. Roller Blading, Santa Monica Place, Chinois Resturant and flying from SMO for lunch. None of the other three articles even got a mention. Fasten your seat belt because the airport issue is really just getting started, Many are sick and tired of city staff hiding behind the skirts of the FAA.
Michael Caponnetto October 20, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Rock on Matt Olsen....Keep your wings, take off the tie, fly to great places and enjoy the world of aviation. EVERYONE ELSE JUST WISHES THEY COULD!!!!
James Sloat October 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Lloyd: Was that a threat. Be advised that I take threats VERY SERIOUSLY! I would be very careful as to what you say in public forum. I am sending your posting to Ray La Hood, to the FAA and to Craig Fuller (president of AOPA.
Non Pilot Bob October 20, 2011 at 11:10 PM
James, What because I said that the airport issue is just getting started or there were three other items in the article. Hey, if the truth hurts send it to anyone you wish. Last time I checked, this was a free country and that includes freedom of speech
Greg Fry October 21, 2011 at 04:28 AM
So Mr. Olsen likes flying out of SMO just so he can eat elsewhere, and leaves everyone on the ground to eat his pollution? Sounds like he's the one who ought to be reported and arrested!
James Sloat October 21, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Maybe we should have you people arrested for driving your cars and forcing me to eat your pollution. And Lloyd, as to your last response, yes I have sent your post to Ray La Hood, the FAA and to Craig Fuller. Your threats will not be tolerated. Further, yes this is a free country allowing anybody to fly in or out of any airport they so wish to. Maybe I should send your anti-aviation rants to airlines pilots unions and they could kick you or your family off the aircraft under their own discretion.
Greg Fry October 21, 2011 at 07:43 AM
My car exhaust doesn't get spewed directly into your house any more than your car exhaust does into mine--SMO jets are another story. That airport was never intended for jet use and jets should never have been allowed to use it. The whole airport is obsolete and a danger to everyone who uses it--pilots and passengers included. I6t should have been shut down long ago--and hopefully will be soon!
Melody C. October 21, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company is probably not happy about the negative impact this article has on one of it's bankers. Personally, having read this guy's article would deter me from banking there or having my accounts anywhere near them, but if this guy is getting paid enough to have flights out of SMO just for lunch it makes me think he's overpaid and so full of himself that any "normal" "everyday" account holder wouldn't be worth his time. He sounds like an overpaid, self absorbed jerk
Non Pilot Bob October 21, 2011 at 04:15 PM
James, You know as well as I that there were no threats made. Actually I can't wait for Ray to drop everything that he is doing and pay me a visit. Don't preach to me about aviation rants, I have seen enough death and carnage aboard aircraft carriers that would make your head swim. I should send you my airline frequent mile numbers totaling over 3M miles with all this power you claim to have. I wish you and yours a very happy and prosperous life and I will say goodbye to you now
Kurt Orzeck October 21, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Everyone, let's please keep the conversation civil. There's no need to talk about threats in a forum such as this. I don't want to start deleting comments but will have to if the conversation gets out of order. Thanks.
sm mama October 21, 2011 at 05:37 PM
It takes a person with an incredibly huge ego and zero social and environmental responsibility to fly somewhere for lunch. Let's give the airport back to the people who were REALLY here first, the native americans! at least they cared about their impact on each other and on the generations to come.
James Sloat October 21, 2011 at 09:09 PM
All of you that whine about Santa Monica Airport moved here on your own free will and can move out with your free will. What you don't have the right to do is to move into an area and then mandate the living standards according to your liking and to close business just because you don't like it. We have a constitution here in the United States and live in free country and are protected by its contents and would advise that you all stop your ranting with uneducated threats and insults and anti-aviation postings. Just for your information, I am very versed on this issue of people pushing their demands on the aviation community in other areas. Just look at the recent resolution and KSUN in Hailey, ID where people like you tried their efforts in the City, State and US courts. Let's just say that chalk up one for our side. Also up in Salt Lake City (KU42). That issue is also losing appeal. I am not going away!!!
fresh air October 21, 2011 at 10:18 PM
James, nobody is asking you to go away. In fact, after reading your passionate reply there is even more reason to keep you informed and part of the process. Do you remember when it was allowed to smoke cigarettes on airplanes, in restaurants, and even in teacher’s lounges at elementary schools? Do you think it was too much government interaction to ban this activity to save the health of the innocent rather than to protect the freedom of the few who chose to smoke in these public places? It is proven the hazards of lead in prop plane exhaust, the carcinogens found in the jet emissions, the stress of the airplane noise, and the simple fact on average of one plane crash a year in a densely populated area. Can you only support your argument at it is your “right”, regardless of whose lives are affected. There is a reason that, in your words, people “just don’t like the airport”. It’s actually killing them and their families.
Non Pilot Bob October 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Fresh Air, You have made my year
Greg Fry October 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM
It's no secret that SMO is in violation of FAA safety standards for the operation of the type of jet traffic that now utilizes it, and it's no secret that there are plenty of other regional airports that are better built to handle such traffic. Furthermore, those other regional airports do not have schools, residences, and businesses abutting either end of their (much longer and in compliance) runways. If anyone should move, it should be those who now utilize this white elephant of a facility. If one wishes to make the point that decisions have been made in other instances that may or may not comply with the general public interest to keep other airports open, so what? If undue and unfair political pressure is brought to bear to keep an unsafe facility open and operating, that would be a hollow victory indeed if unsafe operating conditions resulted in fatalities both in the air and on the ground--as has been the case in so many instances already.
Greg Fry October 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Great response, Fresh Air--I guess our posts overlapped as I was composing and submitting mine.
Non Pilot Bob October 21, 2011 at 10:55 PM
My goodness, 28 posts to an article in the Patch. This surely must be a record. Regardless of what each individual thinks and says, I for one am greatful to live in a country where opinions can be given without fear of imprisonment or worse. There are pros and cons to everything, but having the ability to voice what one thinks is "PRICELESS"
Greg Fry October 21, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Agreed! But more important than the expressing of one's opinion is the impact of such on actual policy decisions based on such input! Let's hope that we aren't too corrupt system-wise to respond to such, and if that is the case let's hope that as citizens we're up to the challenge of reforming the system so that won't happen!
David October 22, 2011 at 03:41 PM
lloyd, thank you for representing the views of the community. i agree with melody about being extremely bad press for boston private bank & trust company. they will certainly not get my business. further, i suggest that this be sent to the ceo of bpbt co to let them know that their new addition, matt, is insensitive to the community and just did a lot of damage to their reputation.
David October 22, 2011 at 03:46 PM
fresh air, very well said. i am going to quote you.
karty October 23, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Did anyone think to question the interviewer for choosing to describe this banker's activities as valuable? The above discussion is fascinating despite the author's puff piece! As social beings we make social agreements--clearly the agreements are being re-evaluated. Let's hope the simple minded media begins to get it. We're not big on hearing about rich people and their planes, (wherever they depart from), or their delightful shopping adventures at Santa Monica's new mall for rich people. I truly admire the idealism and patience of those in this post who attempted to have rational and civic-minded exchanges with the reactive dolts who didn't.
Kurt Orzeck October 23, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Thanks for your comment. To clarify, this article was the latest installment in an ongoing series called "My Santa Monica": http://santamonica.patch.com/columns/my-sm The only question I asked—as I do every time—is for the interviewee to simply detail their favorite places/activities/events/etc. in Santa Monica. You're right, this was a "puff piece"—a puff piece to Santa Monica, and what the people who reside and/or live here love most about it. There are many members of the Santa Monica community, including myself, who are proud to live (and work) here, and this feature is intended to be a conduit for that pride. Thanks again, Kurt


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