Let’s try speed bumps in Marina del Rey
Recently I spent several weeks in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and rode around many of its streets and roads. Puerto Vallarta reminded me of Marina del Rey in many ways. But one thing I noticed was that they have installed many aggressive speed bumps which effectively control speeding and other wild driving antics that are unfortunately all to common in Marina del Rey.
These speed bumps came in several sizes and shapes, but the most convincing are an array of metallic bumps embedded in the pavement that are about six  inches in diameter and three to four inches high. Either you slow to a crawl for these or you probably need some major repairs to your car.
Sure, they are an inconvenience, but consider the current racetrack mindset that drivers here get away with here when the police aren’t looking.
Speed bumps apparently work great there, so why not try them here? They are economical and effective silent enforcers that do not require rebuilding the roadway, as do the easy slope ones they have in Santa Monica. In Puerto Vallarta they are even on several multilane large roads.
We could learn a lot from our creative neighbors to the south if we would just open up our eyes and remove our blinders.
Dan Feldman
Marina del Rey

Science calls us to embrace change
Re: “Finding solace in the universe,” interview, Nov. 14
Professor K. C. Cole professes that science provides solace in this chaotic, seemingly uncaring world.
I could not agree more.
The argument of change as the only constant loses its fearful edge within the grand scheme of biological phenomena. Cole captured that insight very well. We are constantly changing, even in our moods and our memories. Rather than fearing what may be, we can fearlessly embrace what we may become.
Cole proffered very little regarding the origins of life. Science remains mute on this matter. While I do not believe that the universe decided to create us, nor do I believe that a chance meeting of particles exploded into a Big Bang, the natural sciences speak of a supernatural creator, one who could not have outlined this orderly universe without witnesses for an orderly concern for all of us. This statement may offend some people, yet the clear signs of the natural world cannot be so easily disputed, either.
Our desire to understand this world testifies to our willingness to look past the change, chance and chaos of all things with a wonder that takes us from merely wandering to wondering why, and believing furthermore that we will witness the answer.
The USC professor’s take on memory and attention respond to the factors in our environments, yet I find that they do not factor in powers within the person, the values which they adopt or adapt to, and the verities outside of our initial sense defined by our eternal sensibilities. Time itself resists definition and limitation, too.
I also appreciated Cole’s take on game theory. A true understanding of economics (as well as science) respects that a free market permits everyone to win, regardless of how much one actor or many factors have created or diminished in our circumstances.
Arthur Christopher Schaper
Torrance

FROM THE WEB: Re: Ballona Wetlands restoration plan for ecological reserve pushed back again until 2014,” news, Oct. 17
The Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project suffered many delays and ultimately took 15 years to complete. It turned out beautifully. This project is much larger. We must all be patient.
Matt Horms

Nothing worthwhile is instant.
Nothing can be developed at Ballona until the Coastal Commission grants a coastal development permit, and they will do so only after all other (Water Board, Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife) permits are granted. None of those permits will be granted until the CEQA/NEPA analysis is complete and certified, and that won’t occur until the courts end litigation, which is inevitable. Litigation will take at least two years, so we are looking at a three- to four-year process to get to construction, optimistically.
Patience, care and a thorough analysis of all possible project alternatives and incorporation of public input on each alternative are critical to successfully navigating all of these checkpoints. We’ve done this many times before up and down our coastline, and we’ll do it again for the Ballona. We look forward to that day when the tides again nourish lands long buried by Marina del Rey construction and the community can access well-regulated trails to enjoy the largest public open space in Los Angeles second only to Griffith Park.
David W. Kay

President, Friends of Ballona Wetlands Board of Directors
This article raises important questions and it is unfortunate that the project representatives did not give more substantive answers. The responsible agencies have been working on this project for many years now and were well aware of the complexity when they indicated to the public that a draft EIR would be ready by last spring. With that important document taking at least five times longer to prepare that originally estimated, the public deserves more information regarding the cause of the repeated delays and the impact of those delays.
It has now been almost a week since the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust sent our formal request for more public involvement in the CEQA process and we haven’t received any response from any of the involved agencies. We specifically requested: 1) monthly meetings to update the public on status of the project and CEQA process; 2) re-opening the public comment period for 45 days; 3) rewriting the MOU to reflect the new timeline and to incorporate public feedback; and 4) establishing a reasonable process by which groups and individuals can obtain access permits for the purposes of bird watching, nature photography and other appropriate uses. We have offered to assist the project team with all of these requests.
This all comes down to controlling the flow of information. We believe that greater public involvement will ultimately improve the project and increase its chances for success. The Annenberg Foundation and the state agencies they are working with have made it clear that they see public involvement as an annoyance. As this article mentions, we filed a lawsuit against the Department of Fish and Wildlife because they refused to share presentations that has been used to influence public opinion on the Annenberg proposal.
The people of Los Angeles deserve better, and so does the wildlife that calls this ecosystem home. Whatever course of action is settled on for Ballona, there will be passionate disagreement. However, if we all commit to open communication and respectful dialog, we have a much better chance of an ecologically successful project.
Walter Lamb, President, Ballona Wetlands Land Trust

Re: “Westside Assembly race heats up,” news, Nov. 14
“Uproar” over Armenta’s “attack” mailer seems manufactured to confuse voters about the fact that Ridley-Thomas simply can’t be trusted to represent the interests of his constituents over the interests of outside special interests who are funding his campaign.
This voter sees right through the smoke and Armenta gets my vote.
Carol Rooney

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