Easter event at Mothers Beach enjoyed by many

To the Editor:

On Palm Sunday at Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey, many who attended had a delightful time at the Easter egg event that was a huge success.

The planning was precise down to the last detail with Easter decorations, a banner, inflated beach balls strung between columns, and multiple signs promoting the spring holiday.

Those who attended signed in and were given an event sheet with information about the parking lot at Via Marina and Marquesas Way that developers wish to build on, even though it was designated as a park/parking lot in exchange for land given to developers in the late 1960s.

Children were given plastic eggs stuffed with wrapped candy, and mothers and little girls were given corsages attached to pink, orange and yellow crept paper coordinated to their outfits for the day.

Face painting, happy nostalgic guitar music with two professional singers, swings and slides and exploration at the pirate ship kept the children occupied and happy. Coffee, muffins, and sweets were plentiful as well as pineapple slices, clementines and lots of Easter decorations that were given to many at the end of the event.

The children also received little eggs with prehistoric animals in them, and some even had gold coins which they could turn in for even more prizes. Fun and frivolity was shared by many who attended.

The Easter parade, with the lovely corsages on women, children and baby carriages, and many carrying signs (with amazing art work on them explaining the event’s cause) for saving land for designated parks/parking were noticed by many at Bar Harbor as about 150 or so walked to the intersection at Marquesas Way.

Carla Andrus, who sponsored the event, explained about using that area for a park as sanctioned years ago. A lovely and articulate girl of 13 won the essay contest stating what the park and open places within the Marina meant to her and her family, and she won a huge basket full of Easter goodies and toys.

A professional camera woman, an event planner, an artist, as well as an MC and singers (who all volunteered their time) were given lots of appreciation.

Quite a few of the parents stated that this was such a memorable event for the children, and they were so very grateful to the community for the event and the knowledge about needed parks and recreation in the Marina.

Again, a show of appreciation for all who attended as well as the community who supported Andrus’ vision of the event and helped her to create an amazingly great day.

Just a note to remind all that the California Coastal Commission will be making the final decision about Marina parking lots for recreation versus further high-rise development, in the middle of June.

D.G. Franklin, Marina del Rey

Tells city to make sure helmets are required at skate park

To the Editor:

Re: New skate park at Westchester Park (Argonaut, April 14):

Since the budget for the new skate park did not include enough money for fencing, lighting and staffing, the city Recreation and Parks Department, Councilman Bill Rosendahl and a city architect are acknowledging the fact that the city will not require the skaters to wear helmets. In other words, “skate at your own risk” on city property.

If Rosendahl’s number-one concern is for the kids’ safety, maybe delaying the skate park would have been a better idea until we could afford to ensure the kids’ safety.

The writing is on the wall – kid falls and fractures skull, parents hire lawyer and sue city. City offers million dollar settlement in order to avoid litigation. Skate park is fenced off and closed until the Recreation and Parks Department can afford hiring additional staff for skate park. Months pass without funding.

I can’t believe this skate park is so important that the city of Los Angeles and Rosendahl would take this risk.

I think we should do it right at the beginning and delay opening the park until funding is available. Why take any risks? If it is that important, funding will be found.

A part-time city employee earning minimum wage is a lot cheaper than paying out attorney and settlement costs in a lawsuit.

Do the math, then do the right thing.

Glen Kacena, Westchester

Says alcohol free, unleaded gas option would alleviate aircraft pollution concerns

To the Editor:

This issue of The Argonaut will no doubt contain coverage of a sophomoric protest against leaded aviation gas at Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

Here are some facts about the situation:

Back in the 1950s and 60s, two grades of aviation gas were available at the thousands of small airports across the country.

These were classic 100 octane (at 4ml lead per gallon) and 80 octane (at ml lead per gallon).

SMO had two pumps and these fuels were available at our local airport.

In the 1970s, 80 octane was phased out and was replaced by the “one size fits all” 100 octane low lead gas we have today. (2 ml lead per gallon).

Owners of aircraft designed for 80 octane were given the option by the Federal Aviation Administration of using 87 unleaded auto gas.

Thus, about 70 percent of the light aircraft fleet was able to fly lead free. About 10 percent of airports in California offered the auto gas option. This made it possible to fly lead free throughout the state.

This state of affairs lasted about 20 years. I, among others, was able to fly lead free from SMO all those years.

Then the situation changed when the California legislature mandated alcohol in auto gas. That is the reason our auto gas is the most expensive in the nation.

The FAA immediately sent out notice that alcohol in aircraft gas is strictly prohibited.

So those aircraft using lead free gas had to revert to leaded gas which they do not need.

The legislatures of Washington and Oregon states passed laws allowing aircraft and marine interests to purchase alcohol free fuel. But not the state of California.

Therefore, the California legislature is responsible for about half of the lead pollution in California’s air.

This is outrageous but true. If you have any concerns about lead pollution at any of California’s airports, please contact your legislators and ask for a “Washington/Oregon” law to allow the sale of unleaded alcohol free gas for California’s airports and Marinas.

The aviation and oil industries are working hard to produce a 100 octane lead free gas. This is some years away. But availability of alcohol free, unleaded gas for aircraft would alleviate the situation in the near term.

The sulfur in jet fuel is a roughly equivalent pollution situation.

But that’s another story.

Walter Davie, Mar Vista

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