Boat paint hurting sea life? You’ve got to be kidding…
I’m fortunate to live on a dock full of very nice outgoing people. We often get together on the dock at day’s end for cocktails and conversation. Recent discussions have centered on how much sea life we see in the marina. Schools of small fish are sometimes so thick that the water appears to be in motion as the fish break the surface. Pelicans and other sea birds have a ball diving on these fish. Sea lions get their licks in, too.  In fact, the activity is often so heavy that our conversation comes to a halt and we just watch.
With that in mind, I was surprised to receive a letter from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board telling me and others that copper paint on boat bottoms is killing off marine life here in the marina. I guess all those fish, birds and sea lions didn’t get the message.
This same attack on boaters and their bottom paints occurred at Shelter Island in San Diego. Switching to non-copper bottom paint there did next to nothing in reducing copper in the water. The reason being is that most of the copper in the water is from automotive brake pad dust that is washed off roadways and into the sea during rain storms. In comparison, very little comes from boat bottoms. Can you imagine how many tons of brake dust are dumped on the 405 freeway each year with all the stop-and-go traffic during rush hour? All of that gets washed into the sea. None of the so-called safe bottom paints are particularly effective. They are more expensive, have a shorter life, require more frequent cleaning and generally require full removal of existing paint before application.
This is just another example of a bureaucracy trying to justify its existence. I’m all for clean water, as are most boaters. It is, after all, the environment in which we operate.  And may I remind the bureaucrats that Marina del Rey was built as a small boat harbor, not an aquarium. Even so, the sea life seems to be doing very well, thank you.
Mike Reinert
Marina Del Rey

Bigger crossword, please!
You have made great strides in improving the paper. Graphics are better, and the overall presentation is greatly improved. However, whenever The Argonaut is mentioned it has to do with the crossword puzzle, which is printed for the very few with X-ray eyes. Only Superman can do the puzzle in its present form. Hope we can remedy this.
Ken George
Playa del Rey

FROM THE WEB:
Re: “No room for Outlaws in Playa del Rey: Restaurant’s closure points up changes coming to the neighborhood,” news, Nov. 21
Such a sad state of affairs. The PDR community is such a unique, charming, friendly place. … We love the quiet small town atmosphere. If we want hustle and bustle, we drive to it only to return to peace.
Jolene Shoemaker

“The end of an egg-poch: The Ocean Park Omelette Parlor, a Santa Monica institution, closes its doors after 46 years,” Dec. 26
Hey Bob, there is a great place for lease in our family neighborhood that is becoming a great area in Culver City West (not the busy downtown area, but closer to the ocean across from Waterloo and City). Address is 12600 West Washington Blvd. A few of us have talked about how great a spot it would be for breakfast with no competition nearby. We called the owner and it is zoned for restaurant!
HH

Re: “Room for an inn? Dan Abrams hopes his plan to build Abbot Kinney’s first hotel will mesh with a neighborhood that doesn’t take kindly to development” news, Dec. 18
Good article, folks! It is also exciting to see LUPC members begin to show differences of opinion and perception regarding project qualities and impact — particularly when the two members quoted here are architects themselves.
Further analysis and discussion might even evidence a consensus that strict conformance to numeric quantifiers, whether dictated by zoning codes or Specific Plan documents, fails to consider the “You know it when you see it” factor that is critical to making judgments in accordance with the intent of community planning practices.
Our current West Los Angeles Planning Commission is carrying forward the understanding from its prior incarnation that a truly holistic approach is the only successful development route.
LUPC and the VNC Board can save all parties an extra trip by bringing the community’s concerns into full focus for Messrs. Abrams, Hertz, et al.
Everyone agrees on the passion component; the practicality portion (including the visually “upscale” components) is where Mr. Abrams’ evolving dream can meet, exceed or fail to satisfy his vision to support the community and complement what is left of the inviting Abbot Kinney character that some recent developers — assisted by some landlords — have exploited and destroyed.
Developers develop. Architects design. We live in the result. Now would be a good time for this development team to start digging deeper into elucidating what they really want.
Jed Pauker

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