Considering the open Main Street pilot program Editor: When alfresco outdoor dining on Main Street was first mentioned 14 months ago as COVID-19 mitigation indoor closures were announced, I thought, “What a fine idea. Restaurants can continue to operate with customers spread out, safely social distanced in plenty of fresh air enjoying our mostly fine weather. Main Street can take on some of the piazza character with sidewalk dining like I’d enjoyed touring Europe on my motorcycle half a century before.” But when the PowerPoint slide deck showed car and bicycle thru lanes bifurcating the space, slashing the heart out of the potential pedestrian walkway and corralling the dining areas in narrow parklets spread along the former curbside parking spaces — my spirits fell. Lost were the potential for replacement seating capacity to keep the restaurants and their help profitably employed, along with the potential space to spread out safely in the open air to mitigate community virus transmission potential. What a thoughtless design decision they made! More than a year later, the “Sharing an Open Main Street” experimental pilot program was approved, financed to the tune of $70,000, and planning began as a joint effort between the leadership of the Ocean Park Association (OPA) and the Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA ) for four “Pilot Program” experimental weekends of car-free Main Street commercial and community activities. Again...Read More
Category: Letters To The Editor
Letter responding to recall letter from last week Editor: I wholeheartedly agree with Tim Tunks’ letter last week regarding the upcoming recall election. It could end in complete disaster for the 5th largest economy in the world if this stunt works. First of all, for the record, notice how nobody has questioned the signatures received to make this election happen because most of us trust the election process even though abusing a recall provision for political purposes is elitist and cunning. In addition, it is costing the taxpayers $276 million dollars, so what happened to the “fiscal conservatives?” Secondly, the height of elitism is thinking that the minority knows better than the 62% majority of California voters who voted for Governor Newsom. This elitism also shows up around the country with gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, the electoral college, corporatist judges, campaign bribes, and lobbyists. Of course this almost religious elitism stems from the “Atlas Shrugged and trickle-down” farce, which promotes that there are only a handful of people holding the economy together, and if they leave us, then we are doomed. There are literally millions of entrepreneurs and businesses who would just love to take their place. This idea that “everyone is leaving California” so that the 5th largest economy in the world needs to entice them to stay with big tax cuts is a lie. This is a political talking point for deep pockets...Read More
Be sure to vote in this stupid but vitally important election Editor: A hundred years ago California added a recall provision for elected office holders so that crooks could be thrown out if they were discovered to be unfit office holders. Unfortunately, the provision was poorly crafted and the result is that our elected state governor could easily be removed and replaced by a candidate with a much smaller share of the votes. If governor Newsom gets less than 50 percent of the cast votes, he must vacate his office. Then whichever of the 47 gets the most votes will be our governor — regardless of their qualifications or whatever actions they’d promote. I can easily understand how many people have their own reasons not to love our governor, but that alone is no reason to vote “Yes, throw the bum out.” Even if you are a strongly partisan Republican who looks upon this as the only foreseeable chance for California to have a Republican governor, you should not risk the future of our state by placing an unqualified person in the driver’s seat of the very complex vehicle California has become. In Texas and Florida, we have already seen culture wars produce nutty government opposition to sensible Covid mitigation. Voting “Yes” to replace Newsom without being entirely certain a fully qualified leader from the pack of 47 will replace him is the...Read More
Monday’s Article in the LA Times Editor: All the people mentioned in Monday’s LA Times article on the Venice homeless cleanup: • “Robles had been living with her son in San Bernardino until the Hillside fire in 2019 destroyed her home.” • “McKenna, who has been living on the beach, is a truck driver from Chicago but lost his license to a DUI.” (a caption) • Michael Freeman, 19, hummed quietly as he packed up his tent and belongings. Originally from New Orleans,” • Originally from the San Fernando Valley, he has been homeless for three years and on the beach in Venice for the last couple of weeks.” Mike Bonin claims we can’t clear the homeless from Venice to be far from where they were living and away from their family and friends…What city does Bonin work for? Kris Dahlin Venice Decline of democracy in Mar Vista Editor: It appears to me that either we have a crisis in democracy in Mar Vista or the community just does not care. Our community council does not seem bothered by the recently elected chair’s reorganization of the committee structure that removes several important committees and reserves committee leadership positions for board members only. The public comment portion of the meetings has been interrupted and stopped twice in as many meetings and was moved to the end of the committee meetings. These unilateral...Read More
Why and where is USPS holding our mail? Editor: It’s been one week, July 29 and continuing to count the days since any mail has been delivered to the Tierra Del Rey Community. I am unaware if other Marina del Rey communities are experiencing the same inconvenience with the USPS. I have asked Marina Del Rey Post Office if they could help us. I was directed to the postmaster general at Venice Post Office who did not answer the phone after two days of trying. I have contacted Mike Bonin’s office and they were not aware. I then called the office of Rep. Karen Bass. I signed and filed a complaint against the USPS for not delivering and holding our mail. I was told by two USPS drivers that there are … no trucks … no drivers … no mail. “Get used to it.” Packages are delivered, but no mail is placed in those trucks. There is no information where the mail is being held. In the meantime, bills need to be paid, checks need to be cashed, medication needs to be taken and important correspondence is not being sent. USPS is hurting our Tierra Community. This is unacceptable for all the residents who are not receiving their mail. I myself have Informed Delivery through the USPS to know what mail will be delivered each day, which has been none. Even given the...Read More
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