Thanks Argonaut for accuracy in LMU recycling yard story

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Gary Walker from the bottom of my heart for the article he wrote regarding the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) recycling dump/maintenance yard in the May 17th issue of The Argonaut.

I was very happy to see that he investigated both sides of the disagreement regarding the recycling/maintenance yard and accurately portrayed the views of the McConnell Quality of Life Group (MQLG).

Good investigative writing is always respected, and he did The Argonaut proud with this article.

Although we have not resolved [what we believe to be] a violation of ordinances and codes with Loyola, I feel, at least he is brave enough to write a factual account of what we are experiencing on our street.

Local businesses have denied us access to their establishments to educate the community about what is happening because of [their fears of] reprisal from Loyola, saying, “No, we could not have Loyola mad with us.”

When did it become fashionable to deny a group access to avoid angering “big brother”?

Is it not better for a society to be informed as to what is happening within their community, and how something has impacted a group of people?

I am so glad I put my trust in Gary to quote me accurately, and not misquote me as other publications have done.

June Durr

Westchester

Artist says new graffiti wall rules could increase area vandalism

To the Editor:

As a graffiti artist who is in love with the art itself rather than the vandalism of it, I was deeply shocked and frustrated with the new regulations for painting on the Venice Walls.

The “walls” are a place where people of many ages can come to express their artistic talent, whatever it may be, and not have to look over their shoulders every ten seconds.

I completely understand the concern of the nearby residents and their frustration with all of the vandalism on the streets and homes all around, but as a “writer,” my theory is this: if local writers cannot go to the only safe and legal spot on a Tuesday afternoon or any other day of the week, where else will they take their spray cans? Believe me, there will be much more graffiti in the streets once these new laws are put into play.

It also upsets me that the city did not think to come to local writers for input and idea collaboration for new rules. I’m pretty sure that I am not the only one open to new suggestions. Most of us are, but it is wrong, in my opinion, to just throw a new rule book at us days before it goes into effect and expect us to follow it and be okay with it.

I shouldn’t have to obtain a badge in order to express myself and I shouldn’t have to wait eagerly for every weekend only to get to the “wall” where there is no room for anyone else to paint.

Thank you to anyone who took the time to contemplate my

opinions.

Justin Smith

Santa Monica

New art wall rules destroy ‘spirit of free expression’

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the article published in the May 31st issue of The Argonaut detailing the new regulations on the graffiti walls at Venice Beach.

I believe that these rules destroy the spirit of free expression that the walls stand for. The whole point of the walls is that anyone — young or old, experienced artist or novice — can paint whatever they wish there.

The fact that artists must now submit a detailed sketch of their work means that it is up to somebody else to decide what qualifies as art and what does not.

I also see the idea that the new rules will decrease illegal vandalism in the area as counterintuitive. Taking away the only legal place to produce graffiti art will only lead artists to look elsewhere for places to paint.

I urge all those who agree with me to contact the “In Creative Unity” art group, the Los Angeles City Council, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Roma Eisenstark

Venice

Thanks those who helped after she fell roller-skating on bike path

To the Editor,

On Saturday, May 5th, I was assisted by some wonderful “good Samaritans” after I had a fall with injuries while roller- skating along the beach bike path between Venice and Santa Monica.

I know I expressed my gratitude to everyone then, but I would like to make a public statement about how important it is that those who reach out to strangers in need get recognition for their wonderful hearts and selfless acts. This is the type of thing and the type of values that make all of us special.

Even a homeless man came to help and offer comfort. Someone brought me a blanket and I will never know if they ever got it back, but I want to thank the owner for the warmth it gave me when I was so shaken.

Everyone worked together like a seamless team from the “good Samaritans” to the Los Angeles County Fire Department and to the county Life Guard Division.

I feel fortunate to live in a community where there is such sincere and genuine cooperation and support.

Mary Jo Cysewski

Mar Vista

Enjoyed story about Playa del Racing ,

To the Editor:

I enjoyed your article on Playa Del Racing. Most people I talked with last weekend had no idea the team existed until they read your piece. Just knowing about the team piqued my interest while watching the Indy 500.

I wonder how many locals remember what a hotbed of auto racing the Westside once was. There were several tracks locally which brought out fans every weekend. That was a long time ago, but at least we now have someone to cheer for while watching the greatest automobile race in the world. Thanks, Argonaut!

Stephen Turek, Culver City

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