Category: Opinion

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Kittens and climate change Editor: For nearly 70 years I’ve been interested in kitten behavior and for 60 years I’ve been interested in earth sciences. “What do these two interests have to do with each other?” you might ask. One game that kittens like to play is jumping onto tables and pushing little stuff around. The easier the table top play object moves, the more interesting is the game to the playful kitten. The climax of the game comes as the object nears the table’s edge and successive little nudges eventually push the object over. The kitten discovers the tipping point. Earth science and human behavior are similar in that they involve pushing stuff around without initial regard for the consequences. Things get more interesting as stuff approaches the edge, and you have to have noticed that there is an edge to climate change — one that we are approaching all too quickly. Kittens don’t predict where the tipping point is until their play object tumbles over the edge. People have no such excuse. We have ample clues about how close we are to our tipping point with climate change, if we bother to notice them. And we must bother to notice those clues now — not waiting until our stuff falls over the edge. Tipping points are much more obvious in the rear mirror than in our windshield as we look...

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Robin Doyno’s recent letter Editor: In Robin Doyno’s August 19 letter to the editor complaining of the current Mar Vista Community Council’s Committee structure and meeting schedules he fails to mention that: 1. He served on the board of the Mar Vista Community Council in 2015 . 2. In October 2015 he was appointed chair of the then named Homeless Issues Committee . 3. That he was on the 2021 slate presented by the Democratic Socialists of America for an at-large director seat on the Mar Vista Community Council and lost. 4. That he is presently on the board as chief financial officer, treasurer and community outreach director of the HousingMV (Mar Vista) seeking a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2021. Mr. Doyno had every opportunity to effect change in Mar Vista’s solution to the unhoused crisis but failed and is now using the structure of a possible 501(c)(3) to perpetuate the enabling of the no rules and no responsibility persons sucking at the teat of the publicly funded trough. Meanwhile, he/they and the current councilmen have no solution for the mentally ill, addicted and criminal elements of the unhoused other than build high-rise half-million dollar units for everyone. Or maybe place all, with proposition HHH or Measure H money, into the midst of the shrinking low-rise Mar Vista apartment affordable stock and soon to be eliminated single family neighborhoods...

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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...

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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...

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Opinion: LAUSD Goes Back to School 

By Nick Melvoin, LAUSD Board Vice President We are settling into a new year in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as your LAUSD School Board Member, I was thrilled to welcome so many students back to campus for full-time, in-person instruction for the first time in over a year. The excitement, resilience, and adaptability of our school communities was palpable over these first few weeks, and we will all continue to navigate a different kind of return to school than usual for our students and families. Even with increased case rates due to the Delta variant, we know that the best place for the safety and well-being for the vast majority of our kids to be is back in the classroom. That’s why we implemented strong, multilayered protocols to keep kids in the safest possible learning environment. These layers include an employee vaccine mandate, school-based vaccination clinics available to all eligible community members, mask-wearing, weekly testing on school campuses, daily health screenings, upgraded ventilation in every school building, more frequent disinfecting routines, and an online learning option for families who need it. We will continue working with school communities to streamline these processes and make sure that students and families are at the center of our decisions. Our updated quarantine protocols for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or have come in close contact with...

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