La Tijera project: bad or worse?

Re: “L.A. City Council approves controversial Westchester development,” news, Jan. 30

It seems that so much of the Westside — Marina del Rey, Playa and Westchester — is slated to become the next concrete jungle.

The latest win for those with big bucks is the TriCal project to be built on La Tijera.

There are a number of contributing factors allowing this to occur. First, there is SB1818, a law benefiting developers — usually to the detriment of neighboring property owners — that allows all the rules that we, the people, must abide by to go out the window. Next, there is the greed of the developers, which knows no bounds. Bigger is better for their pockets, even if it means homeowners taking a hit to the tune of up to a 30% loss on their property value.

Then there is the Neighborhood Council, which in this area is one of the most developer-friendly councils. Not only did they not do any kind of community impact study, when having a very thorough and concise collection of data presented to them they chose to ignore it. Just didn’t want to be bothered with it. At times during meetings they misrepresented the facts. At hearings some council reps outright lied to the Planning Commission, and then at other meetings they yelled at and basically threatened the constituents who would be impacted most by the project.

Put all this together with a city councilman who played it safe and supported the project because he was worried the developer would keep their word and build a “worse” project.

People were faced with two choices — bad or worse — and given no back up or support from those who are there to represent us.

It’s unfair, unjust and, once built, unmanageable.

Leigh Hill

He’s heard enough about it

Re: “It’s down to the wire for Chain Reaction,” guest opinion, Feb. 20

Please let me offer a simple solution to the dilemma of what to do with the deteriorating Chain Reaction statue outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Strap Jerry Rubin to the statue and blast it into deep space.

David Long
Santa Monica

Marina shouldn’t try to be Venice

Re: “Marina del Rey makeover may not float with boaters,” Nautical News, Feb. 20

Without boats, a marina is not a marina.

Long article. In short: Gina Natoli, a supervising regional planner for the county, “spoke of the importance of maintaining a quality boat launch” — there’s that word “boat” again — “but also said, with anguish, that the local hotels promote themselves by saying they are ‘only five minutes from Venice.’”

Is that the problem? Is that why the boaters, walkers, pedestrians (walkers and pedestrians perform different activities) residents and visitors who love the qualities and serenity of a marina are not being heard?

We are Marina del Rey, not Venice. Do we have to fix that “problem” by becoming Venice by increasing our commercial density by up to 200,000 square feet of retail and as many as 940 new hotel rooms? Denser residential, more traffic, cement, pavement, bad air, inadequate parking — did I say congestion? Is our marina meant to be a cash cow?

We are a marina. Venice is Venice. Both are wonderful; both should have their own identity and be lovingly cared for, protected and maintained.

Roslyn E. Walker
Marina del Rey