No such thing as disposable people
Re: “Venice Beach is not a campground,” power to speak, Dec. 18

Mark Ryavec’s column is stunningly heartless. Despite the attempts to help the homeless population that he cites, their numbers are growing as I type. They get lip service, but their situation has not been addressed in any significant way.

The frequently heard argument that some of the homeless choose to live as they do, vulnerable to the elements and unable to take care of their most basic needs, ignores the obvious fact that anyone who makes that choice is mentally ill and needs treatment.

How can we not be ashamed of a society that treats homeless people as garbage?

Carol Easton

Get rid of homeless haters
Re: “Venice Beach is not a campground,” power to speak, Dec. 18

Do you think it would be possible to stop giving space to Marc Ryavec and his phony Venice Stakeholders Association? He never seems to go away.

Any property owner in Venice has in the past 10 years seen their “investments” double, and in some cases triple, despite Venice’s tradition of compassion for the homeless. I believe Ryavec would be much happier in Newport Beach. So move already, Marc. You got the money. The homeless in Venice aren’t going anywhere. Remember, Abbot Kinney gave to all the people a world class boardwalk that 16 million tourists visit a year.

So unless The Argonaut supports the Homeless Hater tearing out our beloved boardwalk to put up a “Ryavec Housing Project” that I’m sure this man would love to develop, the homeless will always be a welcome part of Venice Beach.

In these times of financial insecurity and cruelty across the nation, Venice Beach continues to be a most compassionate place to our fellow human beings in our cold, cold nation’s history — and it always will be — despite the recent influx of insatiable real estate speculators.

Edward LaGrossa


Re: “Activists battle Oxford Lagoon renovation,” news, Dec. 11

We should avoid falling into the false dilemma trap of thinking we have to embrace the existing plan unconditionally or do nothing.

It is my understanding that many of those opposing the current plan would simply like additional improvements to be considered. For instance, is it possible to transition from non-native to native plants more gradually in order to minimize disruption to local wildlife that are using the existing trees?

When we work creatively, collaboratively and patiently, we get better results.

Walter Lamb
Ballona Wetlands Land Trust