Ballona Do-Nothings Behave a Lot Like Trump

Re: “It’s Not Money for Bulldozers” and “Work with Nature for Recovery,” Letters, July 7

The Ballona Do-Nothings are at it again.

They oppose removing 15 feet of dredge spoil from the 200 acres of former wetland south of Fiji Way buried by the marina’s construction.

They oppose re-contouring the land so the ocean tides can nourish planted wetland vegetation, replacing the acres and acres of invasive weeds there today.

Just like Tea Partiers, they propose to replace any proven, tried-and-true restoration plan validated by learned professionals with an incoherent fruit salad of nothing.

Like Birthers, their manufactured fables of government conspiracy are intended to confuse and create fear.

The Coastal Commission properly threw them out of proceedings for the now successful Malibu Lagoon and Oxford Basin restorations, and will do so for Ballona.

We’ll all benefit from the restored tidal wetlands and public access that the coming Ballona restoration brings.

Like Mr. Trump, these “Save All of Ballona” extremists only want to take us backward, condemning a once vibrant, flourishing tidal marsh to an eternity of suffocating death.

We and our political leaders must together seize every opportunity to oppose these frauds with extreme prejudice.

David Kay, Playa Vista
More Housing = Fewer Homeless

I am writing in strong support of the recent motions that L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin has introduced to meaningfully help the homeless in Venice. The motions to build permanent supportive housing on city-owned land, establish an  adequately-sized storage program and ensure 24/7 access to public restrooms are critically important in ending  homelessness, as well as providing for the basic needs of people forced to live on our streets until we can end homelessness for everybody.

As a resident of Venice for 28 years, a supporter of Venice Community Housing Corp. and a volunteer at VCH’s Transitional Living Center, I feel strongly that we must commit ourselves to providing housing and other services for our homeless population. We are a community of compassionate people with the resources to end the suffering we see on the streets and beaches.

The permanent supportive housing proposal for a city-owned parking lot on Venice Boulevard is urgently important — it has the capacity to almost double the number of permanent supportive housing units in and around Venice, and it will directly end homelessness for those who move in.

Permanent supportive housing improves the community for everyone. There are well-managed and beautiful buildings in Venice that also provide housing to those most in need and, in some cases, literally save lives.

We welcome more affordable and permanent supportive housing in Venice and throughout Bonin’s Westside council district. The Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti should take every step possible to drastically increase housing production, including ballot measures and increased affordable housing construction on city-owned land.

Nancy Griffin
Venice

FROM THE WEB

Re: “Man Dives into Marina del Rey Harbor to Rescue Blind Dog,” News, July 7

Thank you, David, for rescuing this this sweet little dog rather than pulling out your cell phone and videotaping it. We need more people like you in this world!

Vicky

What a wonderful act to read about! Bless that young man’s heart. If only everyone were like him. Thank God he was there at the right time.

Diane

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