Posted June 8, 2016 by The Argonaut in Columns
Priced Out of Marina del Rey

I have been a resident of Marina del Rey for 10 years. This is the second time I am being forced to move due to upgrades to housing complexes. This time, if I chose to stay, my rent will go from $1,800 to $3,000 per month. It is an absolute outrage that the landlords are allowed to get away with this.

We are being priced out of our homes by landlords taking advantage of the “fair market value” they have come to know and love, as well as elected officials that hide behind the same.

I have written to many officials, including two of the candidates running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and get the same runaround.

While I understand and would expect an occasional rent hike, there is no one-bed-room apartment worthy of a 60% increase, regardless of what work is done to it. Loan sharks don’t get that kind of interest. How sad that this great community will soon belong only to transient residents. No families. No middle class.

Barbara Steinberg
Marina del Rey

Santa Monica Airport is a Bad Neighbor

I’m sitting in bed in my house in Venice, reading a story to my sick kid, and we have to pause periodically to wait for the drone of the passing jets to die down.

Santa Monica Airport is a blight on the landscape and a danger to the community. As I’m sure you know, planes periodically fall from the sky onto the neighborhood. Although Han Solo managed to walk away last time, I don’t think we’ll always be so lucky. I’m curious as to why the local press hasn’t raised a bigger fuss.

Jamie Reilly


Re: “Manifest Destiny: Can the Expo Line fulfill the promise of mass transit in L.A.?” Cover Story, May 19

Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vasquez says “we’ve been called a model mobility city.” Where does this guy live? Certainly not in Santa Monica, where traffic has come to an increasing gridlock thanks to the city’s unsustainable (and developer/election campaign-sponsored) development policy. This, added to the “model mobility” policy of discouraging park-and-ride near the Expo Line. Whatever those overpaid City representatives are thinking with, it’s definitely not with their brains. They’re just a bunch of nefarious Marie Antoinettes.


Metro is playing the long game by not including tons of parking at Expo stations, and it’s a smart move. Would massive parking lots entice people from Venice, Brentwood, Malibu and Pacific Palisades to park and ride when they go downtown? Maybe? Sometimes? Fine, missed opportunity to a certain degree.

But in the long run we need to think about the Expo Line as a transit corridor linking a series of destinations, (i.e. places with a sense of “place.”) We aren’t talking about Metrolink stations in Irvine or West Covina here. Expo will go through the already dense west side to already dense Santa Monica. It’s an inner-city Metro line, and its stations should reflect that fact. When you hop off the subway in NYC, London or Paris, do you see huge parking lots like the one at North Hollywood station? No, you see shops, restaurants, apartments and parks. Providing ample parking at Metro stops would definitely be convenient for some people, but it’s not a smart way to build a city.

Michael Hagerty

Re: “Making Peace with the Other Side: A Liberal’s Cross-Country Listening Tour Teaches Him that Conservatives Aren’t Necessarily Crazy,” Opinion, May 12

I love this: “What if the whole question of who’s right, conservatives or liberals, is the wrong question? What if the right question is: ‘What’s the right combination of conservative and liberal ideas for each area and each issue?’ Like, maybe this issue needs a little more conservatism in our approach, and that issue needs a little more liberalism.”

Heather Schwager

Let’s hope this film helps start a more constructive conversation in this country. Lord knows we need it.

David Smith

I appreciate you going out on a limb and talking (listening, really) to us crazies on the other side.

Scott Boyer

I find so often we all have preconceived notions and ideas about most things and people we encounter. If we can just stop and listen — really listen — to them and not what we “hear” them saying, we learn
so much.

Cybil Kendrick

Re: “When Voting Rights Go Wrong,” News, May 26

The Venice Neighborhood Council elections have always been a joke when it comes to who is “eligible” to vote. The first and only time I went to vote, I was in a line behind a busload of homeless people that apparently all had enough of an “interest” in Venice to qualify for voting in the election!

Actual Venice Resident

The people complaining about contractors who work in Venice voting in this election are the same social services industry people who padded the voter rolls with recent arrivals they found sleeping on the beach.

Angela McGregor

Re: “New Hotels Clear Final Hurdle,” News, May 26

I live on Via Dolce and went to the hearing to speak about the heavy flow of traffic in the marina and how this development will further impact public safety. I report multiple car accidents and accidents where cyclists are hit by cars throughout each year. Adding more congestion to a small area seems reckless to human life. I also think it’s sad that the voice of wetland experts does not matter. Animal rights matter, too.

Christina Costantini

There is no more grassroots left. Everyone is on the web complaining and pretty much brainwashed. Let’s get out and save our land from being sucked up by these greedy monsters.

Gabriel Martinez


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