Roadwork requires patience, not venom
Re: “Careless with traffic mitigation,” letters, Oct. 10
Last week’s letter writer crossed a line when he insulted the workers doing the very difficult road construction on Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. They work in dangerous traffic to protect the residents and visitors from driving into trenches.
It has been more than 20 years since this heavily driven street has been resurfaced. Let’s consider the improvements that will be made, such as upgraded islands, handicapped ramps and damage by older trees repaired.
There are no “off” hours in this residential, hotel, restaurant and fire station area, and the project will be over in a couple of months.
For the last several years Marina Del Rey has been in a constant state of construction. Think of the homeowners who lived with the 24/7 Waterside improvement project. But we need to be patient and not blame the workers.
The suggestion of re-timing of the traffic lights near Ralph’s is a good idea. But people should be proactive and contact the county instead of writing an insulting letter stating that no one cares about the people who live here. They are trying to improve the area and keep it up to the standards we deserve.
Marina Del Rey
Trees felled for shuttle sorely missed
The California Science Center made a promise to replace the bottlebrush trees on the island along Manchester Boulevard at Belford Avenue after the street escort of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
One year and two months later, residents are outraged.
Southeast Westchester is no Taj Mahal by any means, but we care about our community.
For years that small island was an icon that stood for a small-town, family-friendly place.
Now the island looks like a neglected patch of grass.
Shame on the California Science Center.
Frustrated in Venice Beach
Leadership is not something you purchase online or inherit. You can’t place it on layaway or build it in your backyard.
Real leaders speak out and stand up. Here in Los Angeles, there are few elected officials who can be described as true leaders. The political landscape is littered with more empty suits than a Men’s Wearhouse during a “two-for-one” sale.
A good example of this vacuum of leadership is Venice Beach. What has been done to ensure tourists do not become victims of random violence like that we witnessed last August? Who is responsible for the safety, maintenance, upkeep and management of this California landmark?
Until responsible leadership becomes evident, the deteriorating conditions along Ocean Front Walk will continue. With bike paths caked with sand making a safe ride difficult, why isn’t Ocean Front Walk power-washed or recommended for some semblance of a facelift given the neglect by those who claim to care about Venice Beach?
Parking continues to be compromised and unavailable for those who don’t have a garage and must park on city streets. The overdevelopment of Abbot Kinney goes unregulated, as L.A. won’t build the needed public parking necessary to handle the volume of traffic and help Abbot Kinney remain a viable economic engine.
Public transportation is dysfunctional and broken in a city that should provide first-class services. Instead, the car culture is promoted by a city government that doesn’t get it and never will. How can those who claim to care continue to support bare-bones public transportation that is the ride of last resort for the homeless and working poor?
Instead of building skyscrapers on fault-lines, how about a meaningful discussion on the implementation of light rail, transit villages and other direct access from the Westside to the rest of the city without having to sit in traffic behind the wheel of a car?
Overdevelopment continues as Venice now resembles two pounds of baloney in a one pound bag. As long as the undervalued asset that is Venice Beach continues to go ignored by those who pretend to care, nothing will change.
Who will lead Los Angeles?
The question continues to go unanswered.