Hard Times for the Homeless in Marina del Rey

We moved to Marina del Rey a year ago and love living here, but with the arrival of summer the desperation of the homeless continues to grow.

On a recent Wednesday morning I heard a police siren — a typical sound from afar, but it turned out that the police car was right in front of our leasing office on Tahiti Way, as I discovered when taking my dog out. A policeman was there interrogating a homeless individual who was young, barefoot and had various pieces of luggage with him.

I heard the homeless man saying that he was looking for a sidewalk. He was searched, handcuffed and placed in the back of the car. Then the other officer in the passenger seat got out and proceeded to examine all of his belongings.

When I left for work with my husband 30 minutes later there were now two police cars, and I saw the victim crying in the back seat of the first police car. So what happened after?
Where did he go?

Then this morning walking back from a yoga class I saw a woman confronted by police. They searched all of her baggage and then left her alone. I walked over to ask if I could help in anyway.  She screamed at me: “You probably got a piece of that $100,000 inheritance.”

Seriously, what is the plan for the mentally ill and homeless in California?

Karin Shoup
Marina del Rey

Vaccines Work

Re: “Gov. Brown Signs Mandatory Vaccinations Law,” news, July 2

Autism from a vaccine is speculation.

Blindness is real.

Measles can infect the outer layer of the eye and eat into it. There is no good antiviral medicine to treat this. If it isn’t lost, the eye can be scarred, giving it an ugly, dull, flat, bluish look. The blindness that results can be partially fixed with a difficult and uncomfortable corneal transplant, but even these can fail.

This is just one of the many horrors of measles that are prevented by vaccinations. Their benefit is so much greater than their problems.

John Maher MD

Slow for Wildlife When Crossing the Wetlands

I am a regular visitor to the section of the Ballona Wetlands that is open to the public. My dog and I have been going there for evening walks almost every day for the past two and a half years. We are very fond of the place and fascinated by the wide diversity of life forms that we get to see with each changing season.

This past Father’s Day, however, I witnessed something very tragic.

My dog and I had finished our walk to the wetlands and were about to head home when I saw that traffic on Jefferson Boulevard was slowing down. It was close to 9 p.m. and quite dark, but to my surprise I saw a family of Canadian geese — two adults and goslings — crossing the high-speed road.

I was close enough to see it but too far away to do anything about it. With my heart pounding I watched as almost all of them made it safely across to the wetland. All the drivers had seen them and slowed to let them pass. But at last came a four-door sedan with a driver who was obviously was in a hurry and apparently saw the end of the troupe rather late. The car struck one of the adults (the father?) with a loud impact and a force so severe that the goose landed rather close to me, being thrown many feet forward by the impact.

I put my dog in the car and immediately rushed to the goose. Unfortunately there was nothing that could be done since the goose had thrashed around for a second or so before it was dead. It had been badly smashed up. This was horrible to see, especially on Father’s Day.

I hope my account will do something to raise awareness to protect our local wildlife.

Cars need to be told to slow down out there. The speed limit is 50 miles per hour in an area with wildlife preserve areas on both sides of the road.

At the very least, Caltrans needs to put up some “Wildlife Crossing” signs.

Dipankar Goswamy
Culver City