Applauds skate park but still wants dog beach

To the Editor:

I’m writing this letter to The Argonaut while the opening ceremonies of the long-awaited skate park are going on down on Venice Beach. This is a big day for Venice, and I should be elated for the skateboarders… and I am.

But I’m wondering why city and county government officials have spent $2.4 million on a skate park and we still don’t have a dog beach in Los Angeles, which costs little to nothing.

Freeplay, Dog Beach Now and millions of Angelinos have been lobbying for a dog beach since 1996. We’re told there can’t be a dog beach on the sand because of liability. What can create more liability than a skate park?

With all due respect, there are close to one million dogs in Los Angeles. Their guardians are taxpayers, one of the largest groups.

What ever happened to serving your constituents? How can $2.4 million be spent on a skate park when guardians and their dogs in Los Angeles still do not have a dog beach, even though there are at least 60 existing dog beaches up and down the coast of California?

Politics is full of hypocrisy and feel-good moments, and this is certainly one of them.

Daryl Barnett, Founder of Freeplay, Venice

Thanks person who returned purse lost near Costco

To the Editor:

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the person who found my purse that I inadvertently left in a market cart near Costco and Albertsons. In this day and age, and in this economic climate, it was even more special to find that it was turned into Costco with everything intact.

It certainly helps to restore one’s faith in humanity.

Janet Wortman, Marina del Rey

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