What about the Local Coastal Plan?

Re: “County unveils plan to reshape Marina del Rey,” news, Feb. 13

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe said meetings about the new Marina del Rey Visioning Statement are “probably the best opportunity that the public will have to participate in the planning of Marina del Rey for the next 40 years.”

The best chance the public had to participate, Supervisor Knabe, was in 1996, when, with the county, we wrote our Local Coastal Plan and had it approved by the Coastal Commission.

But you and your fellow supervisors decided to override it in 2011 with an amendment that deprived residents of a park with access to the marina in order to give developers 136 additional apartments across the road on top of more than 500 that will replace Neptune. How curious that you are touting access when you have given it all away to developers!

And the Convention and Visitors Bureau doesn’t care a fig for the residents of Marina del Rey who pay high taxes and support businesses all week long, all year long.

What a lie to call the area south of Mothers’ Beach residential when you plan to put a hotel in the midst of all our residences — and on a wetland area, which is another piece of your 2011 amendment that sneaked by a brand new Coastal Commission and was presented in Oceanside, far from Marina del Rey.

And now you want us to take part in the meager leftovers?

By the way, how many marina residents and Waterside users realize that “Visitors’ Row” will be directly opposite Waterside, with ingress and egress on busy Bali Way at Admiralty Way? I guess we should be concerned with cars as well as bikes and pedestrians.

Lynne Shapiro
Marina del Rey

Speeding is out of control on Via Marina

Homeowners along Via Dolce in Marina del Rey have complained to city and county officials for years about speeding along Via Marina and the need for controlled pedestrian crosswalks at Bora Bora Way and where Via Marina turns at Channel Walk.

These complaints have been met with official indifference, in part because Via Marina is somewhat of a no man’s land for which neither the county nor the city wants to accept responsibility. At the same time, Sheriff’s deputies do little or nothing to enforce the current 45 mph speed limit on this county road.

What can be done? Let’s start with installing crosswalks with flashing lights embedded in the road at Bora Bora and the turn at Channel Walk (where wheelchair ramps already exist). Put rumble strips on the roadbed leading up to the crosswalks. And reduce the speed limit on Via Marina from 45 mph to 35 mph with zero-tolerance enforcement.

There is no excuse for continued inaction and disregard for the health and safety of residents on the Silver Strand. Speed-related accidents on Via Marina result in untold property damage each year, including upending the granite monument at the inlet. Drag and motorcycle racing rattles windows at all hours of the day and night. At Bora Bora, Silver Stand residents dodge vehicles while crossing Via Marina to catch the WaterBus at Del Rey Landing, to walk or jog for exercise, to ride their bicycles to the Marina Bike Route, to access boats in the marina, and (yes) to mail letters.

Improved traffic control between Tahiti Way and the Marina Inlet is needed — now! — before someone is run down on Via Marina.

Norbert J. Kubilus
Marina del Rey