Election Anxiety in Marina del Rey
Re: “A Three-Way Race for Supervisor,” News, May 12

No one who cares about the environment or the right of residents and visitors to recreation in Marina del Rey will vote for Napolitano. We’ve heard him at too many meetings. He will follow in Knabe’s footsteps.

Long-term leases are coming to an end without the leaseholders having been required to maintain their buildings. Now the very same leaseholders are being allowed to go from three stories to seven, blocking views and access to the water, and even dealing away a park on Marquesas Way that had been funded for residents and visitors.

Napolitano doesn’t care about residents even though we pay high property tax, maintain our buildings and support local business all week long. Nor does he care about small craft, the lovely sailboats that give the Marina its character — just put ‘em in a huge storage garage and charge ‘em, and make  ‘em wait 40 minutes to get in and out!

I was planning to vote for Janice Hahn, but if she thinks more water taxis will solve traffic problems here — with all the residents who head to work along Ocean, Admiralty, Lincoln and Washington (not to mention Via Marina, with all those new apartment dwellers in Shores, Bar Harbor and Neptune) — she is not well informed.

I liked Pacheco’s answers about traffic, residents, boat slip fees and the Ballona Wetlands. Maybe we could count on him not to back another seven-story building along Via Marina in the heart of a residential district.

Residential districts have been respected in other parts of the city; why not Marina del Rey? The answer, of course, is the county budget. But Marina del Rey provides enough of its income already.

Lynne Shapiro
Marina del Rey

Take a Second Look at Iceplant

Re: “Hope and Frogs in Playa Vista,” Letters, May 5

Letter writer David W. Kay calls iceplant a “cancer” that should be removed, even at the expense of little frogs. That makes me sad. Iceplant is a beautiful, verdant ground covering that is drought resistant. In addition, its roots hold the soil, preventing erosion in wet weather. Its yellow, pink and purple flowers are magnificent.

Why should iceplant suffer the derogatory approbation of “cancer”? That just ain’t right. Some say it is an invasive species.  Well, guess what: Every species of plant living here was at one time an invasive species. Plant and animal species recede and move into other territories as climate and ground conditions change.

We are a nation of invasive species, and we should celebrate and tolerate our differences. Those who want to tear out or bake out the beautiful iceplant should take a second look and see if they can enjoy the beauty of one of nature’s miracles before their eyes.

Bruce Joffe
Marina del Rey


Re: “Westchester is up Bowlero’s Alley,” News, April 28

My hope is that Bowlero will regret its decision to deprive neighborhoods of people who have served them well in popular restaurants. I’m sure there are plenty who don’t care who gets kicked out (typical Westside bullying), but many of us remember — and boycott. Renovations could have been accomplished without removing KJ’s.

Jan Gonder