New Rules for Driving on Speedway

Having lived on Marina Peninsula for over 16 years, I have been an avid journeyman on Speedway — whether by foot, bike or skateboard. Sometimes walking with my wife, sometimes with my terrier, and of course the occasional late-night heel-toeing boogie with an imaginary friend. And I can honestly say that the lack of safety and courtesy in the driving etiquette of residents and non-residents has become appalling.

So let me set the record straight. Here, in my humble opinion, are the new Resident Rules for Driving on Speedway:

1. Speedway isn’t actually supposed to have speed demonstrated on it. Ease off the pedal, lead foot.

2. We know you love your music, but it’s your music, so keep it down or at least keep ‘em rolled up. You don’t want to end up like Pete Townshend.

3. If you drive your beloved Harley with a blaring muffler,
no one cares. Keep it slow and keep it down. Actually, just don’t drive it down Speedway, Easy Rider.

4. Living here doesn’t give you the right to drive down Speedway the wrong way. Is getting home 60 seconds quicker so important you can’t take the time to go one more block down Pacific Avenue to drive the correct way? Leave driving in the wrong direction to the tourists.

5. Stop signs are meant to be stopped at, not rolled through — and certainly not when turning onto Speedway.

6. Racing to work in your car in the morning to the job you either hate or love does not give you the right to act like a drag racer. You live on the beach for a reason. Go easy.

7. When met with the decision of whether to squeeze through a parked delivery truck and a pedestrian, choose this option: Wait, let the person walk by, and then drive through.

Non-resident Rules:

1. Actually, it’s just advice: There is no parking for the beach here. Go north.

Michael Burns, Marina Peninsula

Keep Mariner’s Village Green

There haven’t been any recent updates about the proposed remodel of Mariner’s Village. Hopefully the public will continue to be informed about these plans.

I live at Mariner’s Village and have found it to be a wonderful oasis in contrast to many other quite sterile areas along the main channel of Marina del Rey.

It is hard to understand why so many trees must be removed from this area as well as along the median on Via Marina. If the trees are taken out in Mariner’s Village, then each unit will need air conditioning. That will surely increase the electrical energy use. Not ecologically wise!

The wildlife (and not the party kind) in this area would also be at risk. There are a great number of beautiful birds and creatures who rely on these trees for their habitat. Why must they relocate … and to where? At least human residents can make choices.

If the walkway and driveways of Mariner’s Village are opened up to more traffic, there will be a compromise in safety in this community, including the possibility of increased crime.

Residents of Mariner’s Village and nearby homeowners have expressed deep concern about losing the unique quality of life that this area offers. This truly is a “village” and it will be tragic to lose that uniqueness in the name of progress.

Yes, some progress is positive, but when such a sweeping change is proposed, residents are entitled to a bigger voice in the process. I am not privy to county government procedures, but interest in increasing tax revenue is surely part of this proposal. County commissioners do not have the same accountability that other officials in government must have. Could this be taxation without representation? How will such increased revenue benefit residents?

Please help to save this beautiful little area!

A. Whitney, Marina del Rey

Keep Watchful Eye on Sewer Project

An open letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin: I personally attended almost every meeting regarding the Venice Dual Force Main sewer project. On every occasion possible, I asked that the route chosen by the engineers not be used, as it will disrupt public safety and life as we now know it. Many neighbors begged that the project instead run under the channel and southward under the beach rather than under the streets.

Now we are at the point that the permits will be issued. The project engineers have stated that work will take three years, but many public works projects have gone months over schedule. I hope that the project will be required to provide traffic control — we need ingress and egress at all times — and that the LAPD and LAFD are kept informed so that they can respond to any emergencies.

Please provide weekly updates in The Argonaut so we will know what to expect. We need to have a contact phone number that will remain responsive to public concerns at all times.

Carol Kapp, Playa del Rey

FROM THE WEB:

Re: “Westside Voices: Topless Sunbathing in Venice?” news, April 30

This is entirely a matter of equal rights and prevention of discrimination. If women must cover their nipples, men should too.                           John Davis

I am a Venice native and parent of two girls. I don’t support this plan. Like marijuana, boobs are a gateway to other inappropriate things. First we legalize marijuana, now I hear support for legalizing other drugs. What is next? Support for full nudity at our public beaches?
Not in our neighborhood.

Gabriel Martinez

Re: “$30-million School Construction Plan Comes Under Fire,” news, April 16

We need to think of preserving and recycling what we have rather than building more and more wasteful facilities that cater only to a portion of the residents’ wishes. Both Mark Twain Middle School and Beethoven Elementary School have enrollment space, so why not repair and renew those facilities to use for any program we need? It would cost less than $30 million to do that. Or use other
local schools that are woefully under-
enrolled?

Why cause two years or more of construction misery (and it is misery if you ever had any done next to you) for our kids and ourselves and lose the only green space we have left in the neighborhood? I would rather see our kids running around kicking ball than sat in front of an iPhone screen any day.

Larry

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