Posted March 23, 2016 by The Argonaut in Columns
Sad and Scary Times in the Marina

The murder of an innocent dog (tied to a shovel and left to drown) at Mother’s Beach is animal abuse of the worst kind. And the perpetrator of  this sick crime is out there living among us.

Then a few days later there’s a shooting in broad daylight in the same vicinity. What is going on here?

In the three and a half years I have lived in Marina del Rey, crime appears to have been on the rise. I would welcome a stronger police presence here, on land and on sea.

Barbara Black
Marina del Rey


Re: “Airport Battle is Back in Court,” News, March 17

Having attended the hearing in Pasadena, it was apparent that the judges were attempting to understand what is really going on at SMO. That was asked by Judge Pregerson and unfortunately left unanswered by the attorney representing the city of Santa Monica. The case was argued over legalese and did not touch upon health and safety impacts to the surrounding communities.

Alan Lev

The land belongs to the city. The agreement forcing us to use the land for aviation purposes ended in 2015.The airport creates horrible noise and air pollution. The will of the people, demonstrated by Measure LC’s big win, is to end aviation activity there.


I think the local residents should consider the impact of not having an airport available for emergency operations in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster.


Re: “Killing Plants to Save Wetlands,” News, March 3

I’m very happy to hear about the removal of invasive plants for the purpose of restoring the native plants.

Ken Weiner

Finally, the wetlands are being restored to native species! Ice plants have no place on a wetland and need to be removed as soon as possible.

Linda Lucks

Leave the invasive plants, such as ice plant, which serves as habitat for the dune snail. Remove the invasive homes across the street — that’s the real way to restore habitat!

Joey Racano

If tonight you visit the area where they are proposing smothering ice plant with a black tarp you will hear a cacophony of chorus frogs singing. You will also see many native California ground squirrels sitting on their burrows eating the edible ice plant that surrounds them while keeping an eye out for raptors. If you think that native species do not live in ice plant you have not been paying attention. In fact I see Great egrets and Great Blue Herons following the ice plant trail all the way up the Westchester Parkway almost to Sepulveda Boulevard hunting for lizards and small rodents. Slow down, observe life and enjoy your ice plant wetland.

Jonathan Coffin


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