Fed up with late postal delivery
It’s time to shine a light on the management of the Venice Post Office and the regional leadership. It’s time to take the management of the post office private with the likes of a Fred Smith (Federal Express), etc.  There has been total irresponsibility, especially here in Playa del Rey, for the better part of this past year.
I live in the north bluff quadrant just east of Pershing Drive. I have never seen the mail service so bad. The route I live on has not had a regular postal person for the better part of this past year.
I am receiving my daily delivery on a very irregular basis usually after 4 p.m. and many times as late as 7:30 p.m. The Sept. 3 delivery on Zitola Terrace in Playa del Rey arrived after 10 p.m. and the mail truck was also seen on Redlands Street in Playa del Rey at 11:30 p.m.
Our route in its entirety should take four hours or less to deliver.  No one in management wants to talk about it. Likewise, our little postal annex here in Playa (Matilla Center) has gone from a staff of three down to one. The regular staffer does the best he can without much help from management. The local postal delivery people with whom I have spoken just shake their heads and don’t wish to discuss the subject.  I can understand. I have spoken with many residents whom I personally know, and most generally have the same feelings that I have.
The current national postal advertising on the TV media NBC, ABC, etc., is a “joke.”  What a smoke screen! The management of the United States Postal Service is morally inept.
In closing, I would like to suggest as a service to your readers that if they have the same feelings as the many of us here in Playa del Rey have, they should contact their local elected representative in Washington, D.C. and express their feelings.  It’s time to reorganize the U.S. Postal Service. Take it private.
Richard Chew
Playa del Rey

Coastal Commission authority won’t do much for Marina development
Re: “Assembly bill would give Coastal Commission power to issue fines,” (Argonaut, Sept. 5).
Unfortunately, any enforcement of the California Coastal Act comes too late to save Marina del Rey from the lamentable performance of the California Coastal Commission in Oceanside in 2011 when it agreed to let the county build apartment blocks on four acres of the Marina that the county had solemnly promised to keep as open space.
It also agreed to let the county build apartments and shops on protected parking lots in the Marina, which all previous agreements between the Coastal Commission and county had stipulated “shall” be reserved for parks or parking only.
The Marina was created primarily to serve the recreational needs of the 10 million citizens of Los Angeles County, not for the few thousand well-heeled renters the county wants to shove in there.
Lynne Shapiro
Marina del Rey

Make Westchester neighborhood streets free again
Re: “Westchester residents denounce parking survey, ask LMU to close southern entrance,” (Argonaut, Aug. 29).
As a Westchester resident since 1971 and living in proximity of the Loyola Marymount University campus, in fact a couple hundred yards from the main entrance gate, I can state with a high degree of assurance that our neighborhood lifestyle and quality of life has deteriorated significantly.
This deterioration was suddenly increased when LMU leadership decided to impose significant parking fees inside the campus. As a result of these additional fees, LMU personnel and students started to use our narrow streets as additional parking space for their vehicles. Drive along 80th Street around 6 a.m. and there will be no parking space. After work, around 6 p.m., drive along again and you will find no street parking spaces. You will notice streets full of parked cars.
In imposing additional parking fees on the campus, LMU leadership exhibited complete disdain for the Westchester community surrounding the campus. Recent meetings with LMU leadership did not bring any tangible results, and it is a general impression that LMU leadership is operating from the power position.
As a Westchester resident, as a graduate from Loyola University in 1973 and as a father of LMU alumnus, I protest the present situation and demand the previous status quo, when we in Westchester lived in harmony with LMU – when LMU acted as a friendly, helpful entity and not as a business organization where the daily profit is alpha and omega.
I am sure that my neighbors share my concerns and that they will join me in protest to make sure LMU leadership change their attitude towards us. We want to see our streets free again to be able to park our cars and enable our own visitors to park their cars in vicinity of our houses.
Steve Ingistov
Westchester

 

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