E-bikes Editor: Various city and Los Angeles County officials should promptly recognize and address that the E-bikes now customarily ridden along the beach bike path are dangerous. Too many times to count I see 250 pound E-bikes traveling at 20 mph or more by many clueless riders of all ages. The excessive speeds and weights of most E-bikes carry a lot of force to be reckoned with. I’m a 63-year-old cyclist and ride the Santa Monica, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beach paths very frequently. At some point (if not already), someone, some child, is going to get seriously injured by one of these E-bikers. Undoubtedly, it will lead to a law suit against the individual, the city and county. I don’t know how to solve the problem. I guess E-bikes could be outlawed on the path. It is what should be judged, a motorized vehicle. Or maybe beach cities deploy many more police officers to curtail and ticket offenders (big time), which is now negligible at best. The great bike path we have by the shore and utilized by many is now getting more and more dangerous. Let’s not have a severely maimed toddler on our hands. Ted Lux Playa del Rey Main Street Editor: I had the great fortune to come of age during the sixties at the nexus of psychedelia and respect for earth science, the latter...Read More
Category: Letters To The Editor
Re: Celebrating Earth Day 2021 Editor: The Argonaut has indeed provided a service by publishing this letter by Mr. Galyean. H.R. 2307 is the best hope for a planet that will remain hospitable for humans; there is no second planet, and there is no second way to get climate action in a divided nation. One factor Mr. Galyean did not mention is conservation. As the fee on fossil fuel increases each year, we will find many options become worthwhile that are not worthwhile now. We currently pay no cost for climate change we create, only for the climate change created by all in the world. Another factor is that the border adjustment will encourage other nations to also put a price on carbon. Unless the whole world helps, our national changes will be overwhelmed. Jim Martin Huntington Beach Re: Tom Adams Editor: I was thrilled to see Tom Adams on the cover of the Argo. I first met Tom in the late ‘70s when I started racing sailboats in Marina del Rey and I’ve long been friends with the sailmaker, Oliver McCann, who owns the sail loft above Tom’s shop, and Fred Huffman, the sailboat rigger who owned the building and had his shop in the rear. At the end of the ‘90s I invented and patented (U.S. Pat. # 6.962.123) an underwater maneuvering tow sled I called the Diveboard (you can still see...Read More
City council passes Agenda Item 13-C with rare unanimous 7-0 vote Editor: Agenda Item 13-C, proposed by Councilmembers Davis and Parra, requested approval and budget requests for a trial program to close three of the more restaurant-dense blocks of Santa Monica’s Main Street to vehicular traffic — in effect, an experimental “Open Streets” configuration that will provide street pavement for community use, street space made available by removing thru traffic. While proposed for only a couple of short Saturday morning to Sunday evening experiments, it promises to learn what the plan would need to make it work and see how Santa Monica could deliver it — and if, indeed, “Open Streets” could work on Main Street. And aye, there’s the rub. How will our mobility and traffic experts mitigate all the concerns about diverted traffic disturbing so many of the critical balances that make Ocean Park such a special area? (Full disclosure: I bought my nearly 100-year-old converted triplex in 1976 and live there happily with my beautiful wife and cat.) It looks like real efforts to unravel the Gordian knot that tangles walkaround street conversions have been kickstarted with the Council’s ask to all the Santa Monica expert staff that they work on budgets and the real nitty-gritty details that could make a successful walkaround attraction for our community and businesses to enjoy. I put in my suggestion that they find some...Read More
Stand up to insurance companies and support CalCare now Editor: People are waking to the possibility of Medicare For All, a transformative health care reform that would provide quality care to all people, regardless of wealth, age or employment. We in California are closer to this reality than ever before. Assembly Members Ash Kalra, Alex Lee and Miguel Santiago have introduced A.B. 1400 Guaranteed Healthcare for All, legislation that has come at a time when upward of 70% of Californians support health coverage for all who live in our state. The movement for Medicare for All is snowballing – A.B. 1400 is just the latest proof of that thousands, if not millions of Californians are not receiving health care simply because they can’t afford it. The health insurance system is not set up to care for us – it is set up to drain more money from us with as little return as possible. We’ve heard enough stories: delaying a test because of high copays and deductibles; skipping doses because prescriptions are too expensive; or turning to bankruptcy and GoFundMe to deal with outrageous medical bills. People are dying unnecessarily. My own family is experiencing this firsthand, witnessing the cruelty of so-called “insurance coverage” after the loss of our newborn son. A system that seeks to extract as much money as possible from a grieving family under the guise of...Read More
Opposing Placement of the Proposed ‘Traquero’ Monument Editor: I am writing to offer our support for the Mexican American Traquero Monument Project, while also indicating our opposition to its proposed location on the Windward Circle island. I appreciate that a significant amount of thought and work have gone into the plans for this monument. Certainly, it is proper to have the contributions of the Traqueros honored. However, the installation of the monument with a water feature at this site is highly problematic. The issues any public monument will face at this site are security, pedestrian safety and conflict-of-use with storm water storage at the site. The current use of the island to exhibit Venice artist Robert Graham’s sculpture must also be considered. The sponsors of the project were apparently unaware that the site was earlier the home to a replica of the original gondolas that Abbot Kinney constructed for the enjoyment of visitors to the Venice Canals. Several years ago, the Venice Historical Society installed the gondola on the traffic circle median. That gondola was viciously attacked on numerous occasions by vandals, various decorative ornaments were stripped off, it was gouged, and at some time it was partially shoved off the circle into the street in what appeared to be an attempt to steal it. Eventually, the Historical Society felt it had no choice but to put it into storage until a more...Read More
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