Wants Kentwood sidewalks fixed

To the Editor:

I am also writing regarding the broken sidewalks in the Kentwood area. (See letter of February 12th, “Wants broken sidewalks fixed.”)

We continue to have a serious problem on 84th Street [regarding uneven, cracked and bulging sidewalks]. This problem was taken to Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office last October.

To date nothing has been done and as far as we know, no one has even come out to see the sidewalk.

We have seen sidewalks in the Kentwood area repaired as needed and feel our street is just as needy. It is used heavily by the Kentwood Elementary School children and parents.

How many injuries are needed before something is done?

Diana Kennedy, Westchester

Repairs needed at 80th Street and Emerson Ave.

To the Editor:

As I drive around the streets in Westchester, I see street workers breaking up corner curbs and making the corners into small ramps. I assume this is for easy access for wheelchairs, etc.

What about fixing that deplorable corner at 80th and Emerson Avenue across the street from Vons? That awful corner has been that way for as long as I can remember. What purpose does Kentwood Guardians or the 11th District have if this site still exists [in this condition]?

Fred Harding, Westchester

Proposed dry stack storage ‘a towering eyesore’

To the Editor:

The latest project Los Angeles County is imposing upon us ñ the construction of a dry stack boat storage facility in Marina del Rey ñ has the dubious distinction of breaking every rule in the Marina local plan rulebook.

It exceeds height limits, it builds on required setbacks from the water’s edge, it is a non-permitted land use, it blocks water views, it sticks out 97 feet over the water and it eliminates mandated small boat slips.

And one more thing. Like every other project in the county’s headlong rush to turn the Marina into a giant real estate development, it short changes on parking requirements.

As reported in The Argonaut on February 26th, the boat storage would not only be built on present parking space, but it would also fail to provide required parking space in its overall plan. In an indication of the parking squeeze this project would create, the county is also asking to introduce valet parking at the site.

Are the recreational boaters who use the facility to be milked as if they are attending a Hollywood premiere?

And that is just the list of proposals that run counter to the Marina Coastal Plan. Residents who attended the county’s scoping meeting on the proposal had plenty of others.

The artistic rendering of the boat storage revealed that it is to be a towering eyesore, built right on the edge of the precious Ballona Creek bird sanctuary. It also creates traffic congestion and air, water and noise pollution, residents complained.

The Marina Design Control Board, before it was stripped of its review powers for revealing flaws in the county’s development plans, threw this project back. Yet the Department of Regional Planning has the nerve to move it forward as if the Design Control Board had never spoken.

One resident at a recent Venice council meeting described the proposed Marina del Rey development as the “3,000-pound gorilla in the room.” Other neighborhoods like Mar Vista, Del Rey and Playa del Rey are probably beginning to feel the same way.

Carla Andrus, Marina del Rey

Grateful for care of staff at Marina Del Rey Hospital

To the Editor:

On February 19th I had to form an association with the doctors, nurses and emergency room staff at Marina Del Rey Hospital.

My brother-in-law, Ken Kohon was taken via ambulance from his Playa del Rey home to the closest hospital. He subsequently passed away from complications of brain cancer the following day.

During this very emotionally charged time with my sister, friends and other family members in attendance, I so appreciated the consideration, compassion, respect and competence afforded us all. I found solace in knowing that we were being treated as individuals, coping with Ken’s imminent passing.

We were given a large suite where everyone could pay their final respects to Ken, a beloved math teacher at Westchester High for many years. He was given the best comfort care possible and was regularly checked on by the nurses, as were all family members.

For a period, this hospital was in jeopardy of being closed. At that time, it was known as Daniel Freeman Hospital and due to financial considerations, it was deemed that the Marina and Playa del Rey residents could seek medical care in neighboring communities. Thankfully, that never came to fruition because my family and I know firsthand what an important service this hospital performs for the local community.

On behalf of all at Ken’s bedside, I want to thank this hospital for making him as comfortable as possible and for offering kindness and consideration during this most difficult of times.

Bonnie Humphries, Playa del Rey

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