Cats, not poison

Re: “County sends rodents packing,” news, Nov. 26

In addressing the rat infestation in Westchester, I hope the county did not use rat poisons. Those spread throughout the food chain, as has been found with the famous Griffith Park mountain lion.

The best way to deal with rodents is to feed feral cats. A feral cat had a litter next to my house, and when the kittens were two months old I got traps from local rescue groups and trapped them along with mama and three males (the kittens were all female) and had them all fixed. They also had the tips of an ear clipped to identify them as fixed feral cats in accordance with city regulations. Then I let them out and continued feeding them. No more rodents.

This is something that was successfully done at food marts and downtown police stations. They brought in feral cats that were going to be euthanized at shelters. Please fix and feed feral cats. Contrary to some, when the cats are fed they do not hunt birds. I have sparrows eating cat food with cats sleeping close by. This is a humane way to deal with cats and it’s a win-win for both cats and people.

In medieval times, people thought that cats were the devil’s animals and killed them. This, of course, was followed by a plague brought on by over-population of rats.

George E. Turski

Century City by the Sea?

Re: “Ecological Missteps in Marina del Rey,” letters, Dec. 4

In response to the letter by William Hicks about the indiscriminate cutting down of our beautiful trees, it hurts to see how that’s happening with all the amazing trees we have on Via Marina and Admiralty Way, to mention but a few streets in Marina del Rey.

Our trees give shade and beauty to the walkways of the marina as well as help to clean the already disgusting air we breathe in L.A. When I drive through other affluent areas, such as Beverly Hills and Brentwood, I am aware that those trees are “pruned” and not hacked at in the way that they are here in the marina.

How can we make our voices heard so that cutting down our beautiful trees can be stopped and our marina doesn’t become Century City by the Sea?

Elaine Haber
Marina del Rey

Living next door to a colossus

Re: “Trust in the People,” power to speak, Nov. 20

Kudos to DeDe Audet for her column responding to Laurette Healey’s “Anarchy in Paradise.”

I agree that the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Land Use and Planning Committee plays an important role in keeping our community informed of pending building projects.

As mentioned in the article, the handling of development issues is directly related to the protection of private property rights of the individual. In my experience, Venice needs an active body like the VNC, especially when the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety turns a blind eye and even appears to encourage building abuses (generating more revenue for the city with these mammoth structures).

I have witnessed firsthand a McMansion being erected next door to my home here in the Oxford triangle. McMansions are not built by homeowners who want to expand or remodel their homes. They are built by speculators who buy smaller houses, bulldoze them, and pass off the new colossus as a remodel/addition. These builders’ sole objective is to build the maximum house they can sell for maximum profit.

In my case, no public notice was posted and our side yard setback was reduced. (After my refusal to give a side yard variance, the builder just took it!) LADBS was made aware of each of these violations, and all of it was ignored.

To read the remarks of Ms. Healey stating that the VNC has an indifference toward fundamental responsibilities … which will leave the Venice community feeling demoralized is preposterous. A community will quickly feel demoralized dealing with our current City LADBS. I know I have an ally in VNC. When the city fails us, VNC is there to provide support and advice. What a fantastic resource for our community!  It is a safe haven composed of committed members all striving to protect the uniqueness of Venice.

Katherine Conway

Bring back our sidewalk

Re: “Bring Back the Bar Harbor Walking Path,” letters, Aug. 7

I heartily agree with Mr. Abe Rosenberg’s letter, wherein he argues for an open pedestrian passage through the construction zone at Bar Harbor Apartments. The blue fence along Via Marina has encroached into the sidewalk and narrowed it to where bicycles, tricycles, baby carriages, skateboarders, hand-in-hand lovers and leashed dogs often force us into the street to allow passage.

I think it is reasonable to require that the owners/builders create a fenced corridor along the end of “C” Bay and close it off only when necessary for security or safety.

A worker putting up the blue eyesore fence told me it might be there for three years. That’s what I was told about the building of Esprit Apartments a few years ago. Will it be that half of Marquesas Way’s sidewalks are totally blocked for six years?

Paul Hopkins
Marina del Rey

Tie down that Christmas tree

While driving home at night last year in heavy traffic along Lincoln Boulevard in Marina del Rey I was suddenly confronted by a Christmas tree that had fallen off the roof of a car in front of me. With nowhere to turn to avoid it I was forced to drive over it, sustaining severe and costly damage to my car.

I strongly suggest that if you are going to transport a tree on the roof of your car this season, take the time to tie it down securely!

A. Tunis
Marina del Rey