Bring back a Bar Harbor walking path

Who decided it was OK for Bar Harbor to unilaterally close off an important walking path in the Marina?

A long, ugly blue fence now surrounds the entire Bar Harbor property, including a walkway we’ve all used for decades — for strolling, jogging, shmoozing, meeting our neighbors, and, importantly, to cross from C Basin to Mothers Beach. It’s also part of a beautiful series of footpaths that enable folks to traverse the entire marina without encountering vehicle traffic.

And now it’s gone.

Now the only way to get there from here is to make a substantial detour and take your chances on the narrow sidewalk adjacent to the speeding mayhem along Via Marina. This is annoying enough for the average person. It’s absolutely dangerous for seniors or parents pushing babies in strollers. And now they have no choice.

Who allowed this?

Yes, I understand that walkways on a lessee’s property may not technically be “public,” and perhaps that’s the case here, I don’t know. But really, who cares? In every way that matters, that pathway was a public resource. So many of us made use of it every day. And, with a little creativity and concern for the community, Bar Harbor could have easily retained it, or created a temporary alternative, just as other developments did in similar situations.

This is just plain wrong. And I wonder if it’s legal.

Abe Rosenberg

Marina del Rey

Your steak causes water pollution

Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

The problem has become
pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean areas off the East Coast unfit for
fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

Animal agriculture dumps more pollution to our waterways than all other human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, soil particles, organic debris and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish.

Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water supplies have been blocked by the meat industry.

Fortunately, every one of us has the power to stop this outrage
three times a day by saying no to pollution-causing meat and dairy products. Our local supermarket offers ample alternatives. Entering “live vegan” in a search engine provides useful recipes and transition tips.

Steve Prosky

Marina del Rey

Band deserves success

Re: “Blasting off with ‘Bless Off,’” this week, July 17

I just read your article on The Shrine. Awesome job, and those guys are the best band in Los Angeles as well as some of the nicest guys in town. They deserve their success.

Matt Hutchison
Westlake Village



Re: “Which way, Santa Monica?” cover story, July 17

Santa Monica Airport serves less than 300 privileged flyers a day yet produces so much harmful noise and pollution inflicted on tens of thousands of residents. This is such a waste of resources.


Notably absent in your analysis is any discussion of the massive pollution created by the jets, which you note did increase over the last few years. Also absent is any discussion of the increased research supporting what residents have instinctively known — that the jet fumes are noxious and cancer causing and worse than car fumes. Closing this huge toxic dump is more in line with Santa Monica’s green stance, reduces the likelihood of a lawsuit from neighbors and saves Santa Monica money that it has been pouring into support for this airport for so many years. What’s so funny to me is that the pro aviation groups were so happy to let the council make all the decisions when they were getting their way. Now that the tide has turned they suddenly claim it’s undemocratic! Let the people decide. Seriously — why should the very, very few who don’t even live in this area
decide anything for the rest
of us?
Concerned neighbor

Re: “Home is Where Your Car Is,” cover story June 26

This article pretty well sums up the situation: We’re stuck with a conflict between people who think that criminalizing homelessness based on the fear that some small percentage of homeless people are actually criminals (not to forget their underlying interest in boosting their property values by cleansing neighborhoods of undesirables of all types) and people who are fine with policing real criminals but support diversity along with finding better ways to address homelessness than leaving it to the police.

However, your sub-headline (“…leaving the challenge of addressing homelessness to others”) couldn’t get it more wrong. It implies that having the police roust or arrest the vehicular homeless is any kind of way to address homelessness in the first place. As former Councilman Bill Rosendahl says in the article, it obviously isn’t. Too bad he didn’t seem to feel that way when he was in office. He supported LAPD doing everything they could to chase the homeless out of various neighborhoods for no legitimate reason except for laws that now have been overturned in court because they were stupid and legally indefensible in the first place. One can only hope that City Atty. Mike Feuer can help the city come up with legitimate solutions for the homeless.

J.B. Green

First provide a subsidized/co-op RV park, then restrict street parking.