Why not expand Abbot Kinney parking?
Re: “Parking upgrades ahead for Abbot Kinney,” news, Oct. 31
I read with interest your story about paid parking in the Abbot Kinney area of Venice. I love free parking but understand that Abbot Kinney Boulevard is one of the last retail areas of Los Angeles without paid parking.
What I find distressing is that even though there’s a group of business owners pledging more that $4.5 million to build 200 spaces, the plan has failed to receive any city support. WHY? The city seems poised to spend $1.6 million on the 50 spaces that the repaving project will produce. Why not let private dollars quadruple the amount of spaces?
A combined $6.l million sounds like a good public/private project to me.
Inquiring minds want to know…
F. Bundy
Venice

Headline missed the mark
Re: “Shooting stokes safety fears in Del Rey,” news, Oct. 24
I returned from a short vacation and read Joe Piasecki’s article about the violent homeless intruder shot by a homeowner. Unfortunately, Joe’s thoughtful and balanced presentation was tainted by the careless first-page headline. It was the home invasion by a knife-wielding attacker — not the shooting of the attacker — that justifiably stoked safety fears in Del Rey!
I realize that “home invasion” takes more space than “shooting,” but layout considerations should not take priority over telling your readers the truth, and this headline is misleading.
Steve Hyman
Marina del Rey

Ditch the dull, make room for youth in Marina del Rey
Re: “A new vision for Marina del Rey,” news, Nov. 7
Your pictures of the planned development in Fisherman’s Village in last week’s edition show it to be a design of stupefying banality — the county shoving more strip apartment blocks in on public land in place of active public use for which the Marina was created.
The Fisherman’s Village redevelopment project was originally touted as a sort of European-style promenade like Cannes or Nice. But why would anyone want to go there to see what is shown in those pictures?
To begin with the county’s idea to erect a Berlin Wall-like boat stacking tower sticking out 100 feet over the water at the entrance to Fiji Way is a sufficient discouragement for sightseers to venture down to a boring reworked Fisherman’s Village. The public is going to end up with the same unsatisfactory pedestrian and cycling trails down this key section of the coastal trail.
The only thing that can lure crowds down Fiji Way is to turn it into a youth destination. Build a youth hostel which is often talked about but never comes to pass. Basketball and handball courts among the present colorful little buildings along the waterfront. Perhaps even a swimming pool, totally lacking in the Marina mix which is tilted towards seniors.
How is the county going to be able to pay for this? Easy. Just put in a few nightclubs. The fuddy-duddies on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who shut down the only nightclub in the Marina (the Organic Panificio) because kids were whooping it up until two in the morning may not be aware that kids like nightclubs. Just take a page out of developments in the most vital youth-oriented city in Europe — Barcelona. Fiji Way is ideal for nightclubs because there are no neighbors around to complain of noise.
Also, youth-oriented proposals fit in well with the adjacent UCLA ramp where young people learn their boating skills.
The county talks about visioning, but plans for Fisherman’s Village are going to turn it into a bigger fiasco than it is today.
Bruce Russell
Marina del Rey

Nice work!
Re: “Heeding history’s call,” news, Nov. 7
As a resident of Mar Vista and former nuclear physicist, I found Michael Aushenker’s article on Manhattan Project worker Frances Browner totally fascinating. I’ve been reading the Argonaut since arriving in Marina del Rey in 1981 and this has got to be one of the best articles, if not the best, I have ever read. Congratulations on a tremendous job.
Richard Schachter
Mar Vista

Stoner Avenue blowback not constructive
Re: “Protest against charter missed the mark,” letters, Oct. 13
The writers of this hurtful letter claim to be “generally supportive of unions” but make allegations that unions are “whipping up fake controversy … faux protest … protecting pedophiles instead of kids … [using] underhanded tactics to attack fledging charters … [and are engaged in] protest shenanigans.”
The personal attacks against area resident José Benitez make me wonder if the writers have met with him to engage in “a little constructive dialogue” for which their letter pleads.
The elementary school in my neighborhood has significant drop-off and pick-up safety problems and congestion even without a co-located charter on grounds. I sympathize with those residents who are contending with Stoner Avenue Elementary School’s added congestion and hope for an LAUSD resolution.
Walter Renzi
Palms

Marina needs more parkland
I recently met with an area representative for a city official who was amazed to see how many of us live in the L.A. city portion of Marina del Rey and understands the benefit of converting Parcel FF to a community park rather than giving an additional 136 apartments to the future Neptune-Legacy building.
This park would not only provide some nature and relief from all the seven-story high-rise apartments that will line Via Marina at the future Bar Harbor and Neptune — and have already appeared at The Shores — but also will provide handball and basketball for youth, picnic tables for families, a place for seniors to gather.
Please write to Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin to ask for support. With help from Mayor Eric Garcetti, Bonin and others in our community we can secure what the county-amended local coastal program plan intended: a lovely public park on an underutilized parking lot with a view of our Marina.
Lynne Shapiro
Marina del Rey

Marina growth a little off-kilter
Marina del Rey is suffering from not only major construction and overdevelopment but it seems that the look of the new developments are very off-kilter. For example, across from the Cheesecake Factory looks like Legoland. The colors are not symbiotic with the rest of the “look” of Marina del Rey, and it is sad that no one took the time to make the best of the awful building.
It is apparent that the planners of this area also have not thought about the impact all of this growth is having on traffic. At this rate, the area will be unlivable due to perpetual gridlock: Lincoln Boulevard, anyone?
How can we work together to make the best of an already very bad trajectory?
Mary Hewitt
Marina del Rey

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