Posted September 7, 2016 by The Argonaut in Columns
Bonin’s Homeless Strategy Delivers

Though there has been much sound and fury about addressing homelessness in L.A. this year, deeds count more than words, and on that score L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin is delivering.

Housing L.A.’s 45,000-plus homeless population will require every part of L.A. to shoulder some of the burden, and Bonin has shown leadership in seeking housing solutions within his district (and mine — I am a Venice homeowner). His support was essential to the recent Gateway Apartments affordable housing development in Del Rey, and he is advancing plans to build more atop the Venice Boulevard parking lots (former Metro yards) and to seek more public land for this purpose.

Supplying housing is key, but will take time and money. In the meantime, we need ways for homeless people to stay safe. So I welcome Bonin’s backing of a homeless property storage facility at the former Westminster Senior Center, and his proposal for Safe Parking Zones for those living in their cars.

I don’t agree with the councilman on everything — I am concerned that availability dates for Safe Parking Zones are not yet pinned down, and that L.A. is continuing to criminalize homelessness at a point when homeless folks lack good alternatives — but I feel very good to have a representative whose general approach reflects caring for those who are less fortunate.

Chris Tilly
Professor of Urban Planning,
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

The High Price of a Pacific Breeze

Re: “The Party’s Over at Neptune Marina,” Cover Story, Aug. 25

Sad ending to the Neptune Marina. This lifelong area local feels former tenants’ pain moving around for the privilege of staying afloat in our quiet, Pacific-breezy lifestyle.

I’ve moved throughout the Westside 11 times for the privilege of a Pacific breeze. Spent my infancy on Jib Street in the Venice Peninsula before Standard Oil bulldozed us out. Was raised on Culver Boulevard — first at a camera shop, until the 1956 Ballona Creek winter storm flood washed us out, then T.O. McCoy’s real estate office next door to Roberts Surf Shop — before Outlaws Bar and Grill eventually motored in and drove up the price of a breezy Pacific cocktail.

Our family escaped to Manitoba Street in Playa del Rey, then West 91st Street in Westchester — until LAX expansions stole the Pacific breezes over the sandhills and chased everyone away.

Enjoyed Malibu living afterwards for years — until the 1978 Malibu-Agoura Fire burned our home down with breezy Santa Anas.

Settled into safer condo life, first at Culver City’s Raintree Circle, then atop Baldwin Hills off Buckingham Parkway before career-remodeling an Ellenda Place home in West L.A. — all the while missing that Pacific breeze lifestyle.

Started renting at Mariner’s Village 25 years ago before buying our third and last condo just three blocks and 11 moves from where I was originally born in 1952 — only 63 years ago.

We’re enjoying our Pacific breezes again — until someone else starts snoopin’ around …

PD Lankovsky
Playa del Rey


Re: “The Party’s Over at Neptune Marina,” Cover Story, Aug. 25

My partner and I lived at Neptune for six years and went to many community meetings to protest the gentrification of Marina del Rey. I am so happy that I was able to experience the community and conviviality of the old marina before it becomes disinfected for upwardly mobile tenants and tourists. The groove is gone, and it will never be the same friendly place I grew to love and call home.

Rochelle Fabb

Another huge apartment complex going in — 585 units, another 1,000 residents. Then a hotel right next door. It is out of control. Meanwhile, our local elementary school has 40 kids in each class. Good work, County of Los Angeles.

Molly Harner

We will miss Neptune. It will be forever in our hearts and hold memories of better times.

Alexandria Zech

Looks like this article is leaning towards protecting affordable housing, and I love this writer for doing this. Things aren’t looking so good, yet this offers a glimpse of hope that most of us in Los Angeles are on the same page. The rest are the very small percentage of wealthy elite who could care less about the future of humanity other than donating their money to make themselves look good. I hope the developers read this comment. It’s you, against us. And we will win.

Gabriel Martinez


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