Save the trees, save the herons
Re: “Residents, activists push back against Mariners Village reboot,” news, April 3
I agree completely with the environmental activists and residents of Mariners Village who are on the offensive against plans to redevelop the parcel that would destroy hundreds of mature trees.
Those trees are home to the last remaining local nesting grounds for California great blue herons, cormorants and other sea birds. Tree removals throughout the Ballona Valley have displaced thousands of wildlife residents at other parcels in the marina over the past 15 years.
I strongly oppose the proposal by Marina Admiralty Co., the current master leaseholders of Mariners Village, to alter the footprint and architectural style of Mariners Village. New construction would add roadways and traffic and devolve Mariners Village into four separate neighborhoods because someone is bored with the original design.
The plan to widen an 18-foot wide waterfront promenade to 28 feet is a terrible idea. This would not open up the promenade for public recreation as proposed by Marina Admiralty Co. The addition of 92 newly created boat slips benefits the master leaseholder and some boat owners but removes important public resources.
County residents and the endangered herons receive no benefit and will experience reduced services while Marina Admiralty Co. profits from their $200-million renovation proposal.
I question the developer’s assertion that county officials will not extend the lease for Mariners Village unless the waterfront promenade is made public and widened to at least 28 feet. It smells like a pro-development statement for public relations purposes.
Jack Neff
West Los Angeles

Waterfront living is no entitlement
Re: “Not all people love your dog … or your building,” letters, March 27
While I agree with Ms. Benson’s concerns about dogs remaining on leash, I strongly disagree with her self-pity regarding construction of high-end apartment complexes that are “inappropriate for her economic status.”
May I point out that Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood and Marina del Rey are all inappropriate areas for the self-described “economic status” of Ms. Benson as well as those “living tough” on the streets.
I remember reading that the meek shall inherit the Earth, but it did not say that the poor and homeless shall inherit Marina del Rey.
Many people living here in the marina worked long, hard and smart to be able to enjoy living in a nicer, upscale area. It was not handed to us.
It appears that Ms. Benson feels she and people who can ill afford to live here are entitled. It costs a lot of money for all of these entitlement programs. We do not need another one. If Marina del Rey is inappropriate for your economic status, try moving further away from the beach: the prices are lower. Leave Marina del Rey for those of us who worked hard to be here.
P. Brenner
Marina del Rey

Good idea, but why is it taking so long?
Re: “Sepulveda sidewalks get a new look,” news, March 27
I just rode my bike up Sepulveda Boulevard toward LAX on my way to Torrance. The section from Dinah’s to Howard Hughes Parkway is in terrible shape. There’s a lot more firewood out there!
Biking is dangerous because the narrow bike lane is full of leaves and debris. The sidewalks haven’t been cleaned for a long time.
The section of Sepulveda facing LAX before Manchester Avenue looks like the aftermath of a drone strike. When the trees were there, this mess was hidden. But now everything, including tree
stumps protruding from mangled concrete, is in plain sight.
I cannot believe that fixing this takes so long when a grant was secured last year. I also don’t understand why bids for the work on the west side of Sepulveda went out last week. Why so late? Wouldn’t one company taking care of the whole job be more cost- and time-efficient?
Stefan Treff
Santa Monica

Plan violates builders’ intentions
Re: “Residents, activists push back against Mariners Village reboot,” news, April 3
Ellis and Seldon Ring — pioneers of spacious garden apartments in Los Angeles and the original designers of Mariners Village — would not approve of the new landscaping scheme proposed there, as the landscape was an integral part of their original development plan.
What inspired them was the landscape of the Eastman Kodak campus in Rochester, New York, where they were from.
Where are the children of Ellis and Seldon on this issue?
Let’s pay Ellis and Seldon Ring the respect that is due to them and incorporate their landscape ideas into the new plans for the property.
Karen Rybak
Santa Monica

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