Crime tale was a paranoid rant

Re: “Transient-related crime is no exaggeration,” power to speak, Feb. 19

As an 81-year-old longtime resident of Venice (23 years), four blocks from the notorious boardwalk, I can only describe Mark Ryavec’s rant as paranoid.

Yes, we have some crime here.  And yes, there is a large — and largely unserved — population of mentally ill transients, but to characterize Venice residents as living in fear, as Mr. Ryavec does, is simply a projection of his paranoia. I have never had any problem, even in the unlit alley in which I park, with crime of any kind. Can we please keep the fear-mongers out of The Argonaut?

Carol Easton

Art, so they say
Re: “Venice stories,” March 5

The building at Main Street and Horizon Avenue is an embarrassment and is painted to mock neighbors who resisted plans for a development there.

What’s the story with The Argonaut and Jules Muck? Hasn’t she received more than her share of coverage? Many Venice residents who’ve lived here longer than she’s been alive would like to keep the streets free of graffiti.

Pat Larsen

Turn airport into park, golf course into landing strip

Re: “Harrison Ford’s plane crash…” (news) and “Keeping up with the Indiana Joneses” (opinion), March 12

Thank you for Gary Walker’s serious and Tony Peyser’s fun coverage of the recent airplane crash/incident at Penmar Golf Course.

I live under the flight path, hearing the noise, breathing the fumes and feeling my entire home shake from planes going overhead. Despite this, I was pro-airport, thinking that it was necessary when the Big One hits. I believed that should the airport disappear, residents would get a teeny park with a gargantuan development and more gridlock.

But, now alas, with your brilliant reporting, I think I have the answer. Make the park with a huge open area so that planes could land in the park in an emergency. Plus, pilots would have Penmar Golf Course, with lots of doctors at the ready, to land on too. Now, there’s a solution.

Roxanne Brown



Re: “Transient-related crime is no exaggeration,” power to speak, Feb. 19

I am from Connecticut and seeing so many homeless in Venice really disturbed me. Observing the disparity between the wealthy and the poor disturbed me. I don’t understand why Californians can’t help people who are in their backyards. I guess if you have enough money, they won’t be in your backyard.

Kathleen Valla

Re: “Watching Venice history slide by,” arts, Feb. 26

WOW! Thanks to all the photographers and memory sharers who are making this project come alive. A special shout-out to my Arizona neighbors and Venice lovers Pat and Frank Talbott.


Re: “Be careful what you vote for,” letters, Feb. 26

I agree that changing the election date will not solve all of the city’s many problems. But it is a good first step. Maybe once we have more local residents voting we will have a better ability to pass real campaign finance reforms like those Common Cause and others have proposed.

Leila Pedersen

Re: “Pier 44 rebuild would bring in Trader Joe’s,” news, March 12

While I would dearly love to have a TJ’s closer, this location is just awful. Before it is approved let’s hear what that $2.3-million traffic mitigation fee is going to be used for. Is it going to new roads? Because 2.3 mil is a drop in the bucket for any road project.

L. Scott

There’s too much development happening right now. What about just finishing Fishing Village before starting new projects? The major project on Via Marina should be completed as well and the residents given a chance to adapt to these major projects.

John Stoller

Re: “Harrison Ford’s plane crash stokes calls for airport closure,” news, March 12

Fantastic compilation of Santa Monica Airport aircraft accidents. All together we see what the community has to face to please the desires and convenience of the uber rich. Public safety always trumps private desire, except when corruption pollutes the political process. Surely the safety of many is more important than the privilege of one, as in one-percenter. Remember, Harrison is a fake hero — an actor — and one who apparently can’t afford good aircraft maintenance. Venice pilots flew dinky little planes over the Venice beachfront all the time and never crashed.
Thomas Pleasure

SMO is not a necessity. The noise, air pollution and safety issues it creates to the detriment of so many are not worth it — especially when considering that it benefits so few.

At one point in time Santa Monica was known for its car races. The Santa Monica Road Races were held from 1909 to 1919. The start and finish lines were at Ocean and Montana. The route went along San Vicente to where the VA Hospital is now, and then down Wilshire to Ocean Avenue. The American Grand Prize and the Vanderbilt Cup world races were on Santa Monica Streets in 1914 and 1916. But as Santa Monica became more populated, it was no longer safe to have the road races because Santa Monica was no longer a sparsely populated little city. The road races had to move elsewhere despite the pleasure the road races brought to many and despite the historical importance of the road races. Perhaps the same is true of Santa Monica Airport. I believe it is time for Santa Monica Airport to leave Santa Monica just as the auto races had to leave Santa Monica 95 years ago.

Suzanne Robertson

What if? What if? What if? The human imagination tends to the dark side at the slightest provocation and revels in irrational fears. In actual fact, over a 100-year span, only one single person has died as a result of aviation at Santa Monica Airport, excluding those actually inside the aircraft, and no one has been seriously injured either. Aircraft operations at SMO have never been and are not likely ever to become a significant threat to life or property on the Westside. Mr. Ford’s forced landing demonstrates that perfectly. Fear cars, fear domestic accidents, fear lightning, if you will — they are all vastly more prevalent and likely to call your number than any random airplane. Mr. Ford’s mishap is not some great miracle but is, in fact, the way most general aviation malfunctions play out and we are glad he wasn’t seriously injured.

Bill Worden

Re: “Think globally, drink locally,” cover story, March 12

Plato is quoted as saying: “He was a wise man who invented beer.” I say: “He who drinks Santa Monica Brew Works beer is even wiser.”

Michael Bonitatis

Drew’s brews are inspired!
Michell Gallagher