Posted August 19, 2015 by The Argonaut in Columns
Come for the Water, Stay for the Traffic

Re: “County Greenlights New Hotels along Via Marina,” news, July 30

I am astonished every time I read about new construction in the marina. Two short hotels are better than one tall one? Same traffic congestion as ever.

I have lived in the marina for
33 years and have not seen changes to improve the congestion, yet the supervisor keeps saying it has been handled. For once I’d like him to explain.

Over and over again I hear people say they don’t want to come to Marina del Rey because of the traffic situation. It takes
15 to 20 minutes just to get to Lincoln Boulevard. Can we stop ignoring this subject?

Suzanne Nelson
Marina del Rey

Development without End

Re: “County Greenlights New Hotels along Via Marina,” news, July 30

The endless construction and development in the marina is taking its toll on residents, and sadly there’s no end in sight.

This Marriott project is now the ultimate nail in the coffin for residents of the Silver Strand area. Aside from the noise, congestion and transient flow of people, it will obstruct residents’ views, and soon the ability to park on our residential streets will be gone.

On an average day during the summer and year-round during commuting hours, it can take 20 minutes if not more to travel two miles along Washington Boulevard from Via Marina to Lincoln Boulevard. Going the other direction, it can take three signals or more to make a left turn into the marina because of gridlock. On a daily basis, I observe road rage and dangerous driving when people try to bypass traffic. This will continue to get worse.

The marina has become the largest generator of revenue in Los Angeles County thanks to the endless development of this area. So why does it take six months to fill a pothole on our streets? Why is there not an efficient mode of public transportation to cut down on vehicles? Why have lanes of traffic been removed from already gridlocked streets like Venice Way to make way for bicycles, which does nothing to cut down the number of cars on the road?

Residents’ concerns have been blatantly ignored. I was a part of the visioning process for the marina and while comments I made (among others) were noted in the visioning documents, they were completely disregarded. There needs to be a moratorium on any further development in the marina and priorities should shift to alleviating the congestion.

Marci Kass
Marina del Rey


Re: “The Short Goodbye: Venice loses a piece of itself with the eviction of artist William Attaway,” cover story, Aug. 14

As a Venice resident of almost 30 years myself, I’ve long enjoyed Bill’s great warmth and talent. His eviction is just another in the loss of community our family is sadly experiencing, including on our street where our neighbors have moved away, replaced by short-term renters. Good luck, Attaway, your great attitude is inspiring!


Let’s all join hands and sing “Kumbaya” as we celebrate the eviction of Venice artists by the tech-fueled greed machine! Seriously though, while I’m glad that Attaway is basically getting an “art buyout” by the developers and their consultant/fixers, it is a net loss of active Venice art studios, period. It’s nice that an established artist is getting the golden handshake as he’s kicked out of Venice, many longtime Venice artists and residents are not so lucky. Let’s call it what it is: another nail in Old Venice’s coffin — the Venice that supported true creativity and diversity, economic and otherwise.

Steve Williams

Attaway has worked very hard and I wish him the best of the success he deserves. However, Venice is hardly a story with a happy ending for most of those that made Venice Venice.

Doug Eisenstark

Mr. Attaway, you are an inspiration. As a human, I struggle with change, but your take on it — “that’s how we grow” — turned on a light for me. Thank you.

M J Levine

For as long as I have known him — all 20 years I’ve lived in Venice —  this has been Attaway’s genuine attitude. He’ll be fine. But what about the rest of us? People like Attaway are what made Venice Venice. Barefoot, gritty, hungry. You can’t make that up. “Progress” is fine, but who is going to want to walk around and gaze at all the tech companies instead of stumbling upon an art studio? What does that do for your soul?

Karen Wolfe


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