It’s time to share access to Mariners Village

Re: “The trouble with Mariners Village,” nautical news, Sept. 11

I’ve read with great interest the letters and stories on the redevelopment plans for Mariners Village. I’ve always wondered what was in there, as when we go on our marina walks, locked gates restrict access to the marina frontage there. It’s a curious situation for public land.

The place was built a while ago and, like many in the marina, needs to be rebuilt … not to mention it’s a bit ugly. It seems there are many trees — though I, of course, have never seen them. Residents seem focused on saving the trees, although I suspect maintaining their private enclave on “my” land is the real motive.

So, how about some honest discourse on the best path forward? A little critical thinking lends the following points:

The place needs a refurb, with private money, so that needs to have a reasonable return on investment or no one will do it. Of course the initial plan maximizes return; no intelligent businessman would do otherwise.

If there are good trees, as many as possible should be preserved. Seems a good plan could easily do this.

Public access to the marina frontage is required. Period. Get over it, residents — I want to walk along “your” neighborhood that we all own.

It’s a marina, so adding boat slips is a good thing.

A few more stores and restaurants within walking distance is also a good thing.

The myriad government agencies and commissions are supposed to weigh all the above and come up with balanced solutions. We all need to abandon the rhetoric and make them do their jobs for us! So, please all, pile on in a positive way …

Bill HartMarina del Rey



Re: “Eyes over Venice,” cover story, Aug. 21

Cameras won’t stop a random anomaly like the car/boardwalk incident. Unfortunately, violence happens no matter where one goes in LA — every high-traffic place has that potential. If these are the most notable crimes that have happened at Venice Beach, really, that seems pretty remarkable to me. Also, in the reference to “protesters throwing bottles at police,” one is led to assume that the police were the justified victims, when in fact they were (and are often) the agitators in these scenarios.
But hey, we can all trust the most honorable and reputable police department in the country to use these cameras in an honest way, right?

Quimich Bravo