Bring on the bright colors

Re: “What a way to stand out,” (Argonaut letters, Feb. 14).
Regarding the letter writer who calls The Shores’ choice of paint colors garish:
Are you kidding me? A reader says what the Marina needs is even more bland, muted colors?
Many of my associates and I are thrilled to finally see some bright colors in the Marina again. I’ve always been bewildered that the Marina area did not utilize such an obvious theme in all aspects of architecture, signage and design.
If you look at L.A. through the eyes of a tourist, this destination is extremely disappointing. For example, the grand “entrance” to the Marina on Fiji Way – what the heck is that? Design by committee has killed any authentic joy of Marina life.
As a graphic designer and Westside resident for over 30 years, I was particularly horrified when Caruso Affiliated remodeled the “Marina Waterside” with little reference to the actual nearby water, making it look the same as all the other properties they do: The Commons at Calabasas, The Promenade at Westlake, The Village at Moorpark… the list goes on.
That is somewhat understandable, as those are places with no real history or thematic reference. So they can afford to look as if someone plunked down a vaguely Mediterranean village in the middle of Los Angeles. But now… so does the Marina Waterside! Really, can’t we do better than that?
Why, yes, we can – remember when Fisherman’s Village received its facelift? Bright, festive colors enhanced the inherent strong theme of boating and marine life, whether bringing it out into the sunshine or providing a happy place to be on otherwise overcast days.
What the Marina needs is more thematic energy. Let the bright colors prevail.

Thanks for donation, mayor

Re: “Bloomberg’s $1 million donation creates controversy in local school board election” (Argonaut, Feb. 21).
Kudos to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Steve Zimmer, a former high school teacher, has been a negative force on the board when it comes to innovation. He has actively attacked the district’s slow trudge toward reform, in little ways and in big ones.
Zimmer wants to move the largest Los Angeles Unified School District dual immersion program out of the Venice family of schools. Broadway Elementary School’s Mandarin immersion has been a success by any measure and shows how LAUSD can stop the outflow of local residents to private schools, charters, and neighboring districts.
Zimmer is ready to spend $2.5 million LAUSD doesn’t have by uprooting several hundred Venice students and families so that 100 kids don’t have to walk five blocks for no good reason.
I am grateful for the contribution from Bloomberg to support district administrators who will focus their efforts on replicating the success of this program in the proposed location rather than uprooting these students and families.
Erika Kirsten Beck
Marina del Rey

Keep language immersion private

Re: “An open letter to public school parents.”
I just read the above referenced advertisement on page 11 of the Feb. 28 edition of The Argonaut, with dismay.
The suggestion that 100 kids currently at Broadway Elementary School in Venice should be transferred over to Westminster Elementary to make room for the Mandarin immersion program is absolutely appalling. I am 100 percent against it. I support an English immersion program at Broadway Elementary, where those who need to learn to speak English have that opportunity.
This is a public school system supported by American taxpayer dollars.
I do not know whom this Mandarin immersion program is designed to benefit, but I think it is a concerted effort to “enforce” a policy which is attempting to embrace and foster, forcibly, immersion of students into learning Mandarin. Let them establish a private institution for such immersion, rather than demanding that it be instituted by the public school system.
Perhaps I don’t know all the facts, but Bah Humbug!
Julia Reeves
West Los Angeles