Culver resident concerned over Entrada project says traffic is a regional problem affecting us all

To the Editor:

I read your recent article on the proposed Entrada Tower project in Culver City, “Westchester Bluff residents protest 13-story Culver City tower at Centinela and Sepulveda” in the March 13th issue of The Argonaut.

I have been a resident of Culver City for 40 years.

I attended both the January and February Culver City Planning Commission meetings dealing with the Entrada project, proposed for an area adjacent to the Radisson Hotel.

The project will contain 342,000 square feet of office space, contributing more traffic to the already crowded streets adjacent to the proposed project. The best indication of the traffic impact this project will have is the fact that it will contain 1,240 new parking spaces.

The proposal is for a 220-foot-high office building in a city with a 56-foot height limit. They call it a “design development with a height exception.” This is an exception that would allow a building four times the existing limit.

A comment in the article that was in error was the stated opinion that the residents of Culver City did not care how the project impacted the residents of Westchester.

It is true that one of the commissioners pointed out that the project was located on the edge of Culver City and not near any of our residential areas. While it might appear that some on the Planning Commission have no concern for the people living in Westchester, I can assure you that the residents of Culver City do. We realize that things like traffic are a regional problem. They cannot be solved if we only look out for our self-interests.

Maybe it is time we start becoming good neighbors to each other. The representative for Councilman Bill Rosendahl has given the impression that the councilman desires to work with Culver City on these regional problems.

I have been communicating with the residents of Westchester and I know that they have worked to cut down the size of the Playa Vista development. Now that the residents of the two jurisdictions are talking concerning our shared problems, we need our elected officials to be communicating with each other.

And what do I hope to see happen in Culver City concerning this project? I want the residents of Culver City to contact City Hall with letters, phone calls and email. I want them to inform the City that when we passed the 56-foot height limit, we intended it for the entire city. I want to see them fill the Council Chambers. I want to see more Culver City residents than Westchester residents there, speaking against this project.

Tom Supple, Culver City

Tired of ‘crazy laws’ that donate his hard-earned dollars to able-bodied

To the Editor:

I am responding to the letter writer who is “Fed up hearing about groups that want to infringe on property owners’ rights” in the March 6th issue of The Argonaut.

I hope that writer reads The Argonaut at least once more to find my note of thanks. At last, someone had the determination to voice what “frustrates” and “irks” what I pray remain large groups of people — people such as myself who are tired of “crazy laws.”

Over the decades, I’ve noticed an increasing exploitation of the hard workers of America. I too once firmly believed in the ethic of working hard to improve my situation, only to grow more cynical upon realizing that much of what I had to work for is simply “bestowed” upon many young and able-bodied.

I’m not a heartless person. I believe in sharing what I can and assisting people (in need) when I’m able, but I think most anyone rational would consider the prime housing locations a luxury rather than a necessity to be subsidized.

Every day I see it — my hard-earned dollars indiscriminately donated. Shouldn’t I have some say in the matter? Shouldn’t hard workers start vocalizing and making their own demands? If we remain complacent, “forcing someone to give out of their own pockets” will likely continue as a successful means for small, vocal groups to improve their situation.

S. R. Aragon, Inglewood

Wants Caltrans to build sound wall on south side of Marina Freeway

To the Editor:

I want to ask Caltrans (the California Department of Transportation) why it is that after two signature gatherings and petition submissions that they are claiming that they “lost” our petitions asking for a sound wall for the neighborhood just to the south of the Marina Freeway, when the neighborhood to the north of that same freeway got its sound walls erected about a year ago and the neighborhoods all along the widened 405 are getting their sound walls installed even before the remaining work gets under way?

Every other neighborhood seems to be getting their sound walls, including wasted ones like those for the public buildings near Palms and Sepulveda Boulevards that are not sensitive residential areas.

I can hear, smell and taste traffic before I get out of bed in the morning. Give us some relief in the form that we need living this close to the freeways — a sound wall if you please.

Ken Browning, Culver City

Tells of RV parking ‘battle’ that shouldn’t be theirs to fight

To the Editor:

I feel compelled to write about my experience with RV (recreational vehicle) campers.

I manage a property that borders on Venice Boulevard, near Oakwood Avenue. A couple of years ago our neighborhood somehow had all the parking changed to “no overnight parking” between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

I spent two months going through a process of having a petition signed and new signs installed to reverse this decision in front of our property so that people who live here could park their vehicles at night in a neighborhood that was and is already short on parking.

Now I have a full-time job trying to keep the parking for my tenants and not having the spaces taken up by RV vehicles who have discovered this little strip of overnight parking.

Most RV people know it’s illegal to sleep in their vehicle and they don’t want to be cited. When I explain to them that we need the parking, they usually move.

But about two months ago, a guy pulled up in his RV and his friend with a huge, longer RV pulled in behind him, taking up a good portion of our parking. When I explained that we needed the parking, he told me it was his right to park here and, on top of that, he was going to have all his friends come and park so that we wouldn’t have any parking at all.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has been out to give him a citation for living in his vehicle and they have been out several times to ask him to move. He comes right back.

Something has to be done so that good people that pay good money for rent are allowed to park in front of our own homes without being terrorized and without a day-in, day-out battle that shouldn’t be ours to fight in the first place.

Daryl Barnett, Venice

Sad, outraged over the death of her neighbor’s dog, Christie

To the Editor:

I’ve never written a letter to the editor, but I am a weekly reader of The Argonaut and try to keep up with “the neighborhood.”

I am not a dog owner, but I am a dog lover. I am fortunate to live in an area where I’ve gotten to know many of my furry friends by name and even buy dog treats to share with my extended family. Both the dog owners and the dogs I’ve encountered, for the most part, are friendly, responsible and kind.

I was devastated to learn of the recent loss of a neighbor’s dog, Christie [as reported in March 6th issue of The Argonaut, “Recent attacks show need for dogs to be kept on-leash”].

I would have been sad, had this been normal circumstances of ill health or old age, but I am not only sad, I am outraged by the circumstances of her demise. Christie [while walking on a leash, was attacked and killed by an off-leash dog] at Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey, a place where moms take their children to play and a perfect place for a stroll on a sunny day with your dog on a leash.

It is now a place I will remember Christie and the careless actions that led to her death. I am most concerned for all the lives that can be affected by such carelessness.

Christie was very loved and well cared for by her owners and in fact was a rescued dog. Her owners are longtime residents of the area (over 35 years) and care very much about the environment and their neighbors. They are exemplary in their attitude and concern for others.

Thank you for continuing to make your readers aware of these dangers. I can only hope that your pages will not have to describe these kinds of events often. I would rather see your pages filled with “kinder, gentler” observations.

Carol Ware, Marina del Rey

Agrees with Feb. 28th writer that Apple sign ‘assaults our senses’

To the Editor:

I recently saw the sign that has been erected at the northeast corner of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street, that a previous Argonaut letter writer mentioned. The sign advertises Apple computers.

I agree completely with the letter writer. Did we really need another piece of corporate advertising assaulting our senses and obstructing our street?

And the fact that it is misleadingly labeled “Information” makes it all the worse. I can just see some poor unsuspecting tourist going up to it, hoping to find help. I wonder who approved it.

Nancy Himmelfarb, Marina del Rey

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