Marina growth means more headaches

Re: “A gem in need of some polish,” power to speak, Nov. 13

It is quite clear that L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe and other county officials do not live in Marina del Rey.

Continually building more apartments and condominiums and the approval of two new hotels have made life much more difficult for Marina del Rey residents. The employees, overnight guests and delivery vehicles to these two hotels will have a greater impact on our current congestion situation.

In addition, Via Marina will be cut down from four lanes to two lanes for at least two years for sewer improvements. When attending the meeting of the commissioners on Nov. 12, none of the commissioners had an answer as to why this sewer improvement was not to run along the beach versus Via Marina.

I have lived here in the marina for over 30 years and all of this new construction will only create more traffic, congestion and additional quagmires in the future.

Maybe the supervisors, commissioners and other officials should move to the marina in order to observe the situation which they have created. Yes, Supervisor Knabe, the marina must have some polish but please consider the residents!

Jim Maurer
Marina del Rey

Ecological missteps in Marina del Rey

There appears to be a disconnect between the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County — particularly in Marina del Rey, which is actually unincorporated land and therefore owned by all of the taxpayers who live in L.A. County. The disconnect lies in the cutting down of trees.

On the one hand, the City of L.A. was among 40 winners from 200 nominees to obtain a United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Award in 2009 for its efforts in The Million Tree Initiative — ongoing environmental projects to which multiple cities worldwide including Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Denver and London, Ontario, have individually committed.

A common motive shared between these participating cities is the reduction of carbon dioxide in the air to combat the effects of global warming. Planting trees is the best way to pull carbon dioxide out of the air.

The Los Angeles project is funded by a mix of federal money and municipal funding, charities, and corporate donations aimed at increasing the urban forest through the planting of one million trees.

On the other hand, you have L.A. County cutting down trees like crazy along Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey and allowing developers to kill numerous mature trees on properties along Via Marina. As a matter of fact, there are plans by the county to remove about 60 mature coral trees from the medians along Via Marina.

According to websites like and, a mature tree can pull around 48 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air per year (one ton in 40 years), which means that cutting down 60 mature trees would increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by around 2,880 pounds per year (58 tons in 40 years). In addition, there are plans to remove over 1,000 trees from Mariners Village, which would increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the air to roughly 48,000 pounds per year (960 tons in 40 years).

Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

When is L.A. County going to partner with the City of L.A. to combat climate change — or is it more concerned about achieving higher density, which means fewer trees, wider roads, more traffic, more noise, and more carbon dioxide pollution?

I suppose that we could justify all of this with more jobs and more tax revenue, but where are all of these extra taxes going? Are the taxes going to pay for the infrastructure to support yet more density? When does it stop, and what happens then?

It seems that the left and right hands need to work together toward the same end game.

William R. Hicks
Marina del Rey

A privilege to serve

Re: “Living Monuments,” cover story, Nov. 6

As a psychoanalyst practicing in West Los Angeles, I am so appreciative of your coverage of the Soldiers Project and the free therapy it provides to veterans.

I am in charge of a program coming up on March 6 for the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis that aims to certify as many analysts as possible for treating veterans. Giving back to these veterans — and by extension, their families — is a privilege. If you are a veteran in need, call (877) 576-5343 or visit

Meryle Gellman


Re: “Toxic Trouble in Playa del Rey: An underground chemical plume complicates already controversial development plans for Culver Boulevard,” cover story, Nov. 20

If they pull that stuff under my house I’ll sue the pants off “Brentwood-based CAJA Environmental Services.” If Reznik thinks there’s no risk, why’s he fighting the EIR tooth and nail since day one? I bet if he owned a house and lived here he’d want one.           Bill Scott

Excellent reporting!!! We need to save PDR from toxins and overdevelopment.

Lyndsey Duro

PdR is a disheveled mess. There is no design or beauty to the area at all. It could have been designed to remain a quaint little beach town but instead looks like a garbage dump. What a shame for the last little beach community to appear to go nowhere.


Keep up the good work, Friends of PdR and The Argonaut!! This lovely beach town has one of the smallest footprints of any L.A. County beach town and deserves to be preserved and protected.

Kathy Laudenback Laidlaw