Respecting ancestors’ history vs. addressing state’s fiscal future

Re: “Second set of Native American ancestral remains quietly reinterred” (Argonaut, May 31).

Native American activist Robert Dorame displays a warm respect for his ancestors. I am of Indian heritage, as well, but I do not see the value of plunging time and energy into the proper burial of long-gone ancestors when we have a political class in Sacramento which has done nothing but sink us deeper into debt and deficits and dysfunction.

I respect the due respect that individuals wish to pay their ancestors, yet I am more concerned with our state’s present and fiscal future, including what we may be leaving to our posterity.

“There is a sense of finality now,” Dorame mentioned, crediting Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl for providing a plot of land for the ancestral remains of the Gabrielino Tongva tribe.

The greater need for fiscal finality at the city and state level, however, has yet to be reached.

When Juan Cabrillo, Portuguese explorer for the Spanish Empire, first saw the clouds of smoke issuing from the South Bay regions, I do not believe that either he nor the Native residents imagined that the sparsely inhabitated California burgeoning with natural resources and potential would one day become a state overrun with government mandates, overregulation, and the diminution of individual and business-based initiatives, a state witnessing a significant uptick in emigration in contrast to centuries of immigration and settlement.

Along with the ancestral remains of the Gabrielino Tongva tribe, perhaps Rosendahl can make room for the multi-million dollar deficits eating away at the city of Los Angeles? Perhaps he can dig a little deeper and make space for the multi-billion dollar deficits which wrack Sacramento and send a shudder down the entire state line? Will the rest of the city of Los Angeles dig its own grave with deficits and entitlement burdens, as well?

Will California residents today go the way of the Gabrielinos of centuries past? Let us dedicate ourselves not just to preserving the past, but to ensuring a haven for the future, one in which the government plays a much lesser role, one in which our leaders stop ignoring the growing fiscal responsibilities at the expense of pursuing local special interest causes.

Arthur Christopher Schaper, Torrance

New development ‘monster’ in Playa del Rey

Re: Redevelopment on Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey.

I am a 40-year resident here in upper Playa del Rey, with a career principally in commercial mortgage finance, development, ownership and consulting. I have been following the Argonaut’s coverage of the Legado Companies fiasco in lower Playa del Rey with much amusement.

The most refreshing thing to date is Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s decision to get involved. I hope it is for the residents (property owners) and local environment rather than the special interests (money).

The combination of high density commercial and residential development does not work, especially where there is limited convenient on-site parking. Traffic is the major problem. Culver Boulevard is one of the two major thoroughfares from the South Bay cities to the Westside, 90 Freeway, Marina del Rey, etc.

Summarizing: if city Planning Director Michael Lo Grande and his planning staff agree to let the Legado people proceed as planned, you will be looking at two Taj Mahals, especially the triangle piece (Jake’s Lot). They will be the likes of the Manchester Avenue’s and Lincoln Boulevard’s “monster” and the “monster” under construction in Marina del Rey at Maxella Avenue and Lincoln (at Marina Marketplace).

I knew your late founder who was an early resident of Playa del Rey. It would be interesting to hear him editorialize on the subject were he with us today.

Richard Chew, Playa del Rey

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