Where did all the trees go?
What happened to the new trees that were supposed to replace the ones destroyed in the Marina? I see a lot of bushes, but bushes aren’t trees.  On Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica and Washington Boulevard in Mar Vista they have the same kinds of mediums dividing the streets, but they have bushes and trees. With rents here in the Marina going up to $2,500 or more for a small one-bedroom condo, you would think that the county could give us trees instead of just bushes.
Russ Colby
Marina del Rey

Traffic study needed at Pacific and Washington
The traffic at Pacific Avenue and Washington Boulevard is intolerable and unsafe, especially on weekends. It is conceivable and seems inevitable that there will be serious injuries at this location.
Several residents have had near-accidents already, and we prefer not to wait for one to occur to have the traffic flow at the intersection assessed and a remedy applied.
As it stands now, cars cannot proceed forward through the intersection due to the congestion flowing out of full parking lots. This year, traffic has been backed up all the way east of Costco.
Pedestrians cross in “no crossing” areas and against flashing no walk signs.
Cyclists and skateboarders are not obeying traffic laws and are often going in the opposite direction of traffic flow.
It has become commonplace that no vehicle is able to proceed through a green light, or even make a right or left turn due to pedestrians walking at will illegally.
Emergency vehicles and residents with emergency needs may not be able to get through in time.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office should take a look at this situation.
Fran Conneely
Marina del Rey

Drum circle isn’t what it used to be
Re: “Bad vibrations,” feature story, April 17
Even though the drum circle has long been a part of the Venice Beach culture, there has always been a ban on percussion instruments and amplified music along Venice beach from the shore to the alley known as Speedway. Many law enforcement officers and drummers do not know of this ordinance or of its enforcement history and other local unenforced and ignored ordinances.
I recorded and photographed the drum circle when it had a few excellent amateur and professional hand drummers performing selected African, Central American and Cuban rhythms. Today it is different. The contemporary drum circle participants play a repetitious consistent rhythm without notations, rests or pausing and with no direction — as loud, endless and as unstructured as possible. It is as though there is a release of stress within the individuals and the group, as if they were a jungle tribe preparing to attack a neighboring tribe. It’s also reminiscent of when grammar school children were given drums and instruments to play randomly at will. It’s unfortunate that some of the local residents and visitors at Venice Beach have had to endure this unsophisticated free-for-all commotion.
R. Mann


Re: “Residents, activists push back against Mariners Village reboot,” news
I appreciate the article about the Design Control Board Meeting Wednesday, March 26. I was one of the speakers at that meeting, a resident of Mariners Village. Your article has a very blaring omission: it never said that the DCB turned down the design presented by the lease holders/developers of the complex. They plan to remove every tree in the complex and too many other changes to mention … but suffice to say, everything that makes this community so unique, beautiful and “back to nature”… nowhere else like it anywhere. You also failed to write about the presentation by John Nahhas, which showed all of the proposed development yet to come to our community. I would think The Argonaut as a community paper would be publicizing the development and its side effects; i.e., traffic (already almost impossible), accelerating rents, displacement of longtime residents, etc. Please keep your constituents in mind, not just your advertisers (real estate developers).
Catherine Weinberger

We already encroach on wildlife enough as it is in this area. Baby herons in their nest by the pool here, ducks crossing your path. The plan to take out trees for more shops and parking lots reminds me of the Joni Mitchell lyric (“They paved paradise to put up a parking lot”). And I can’t believe anyone would think we need more shops in the area. As for the planned boat slips to be added (narrowing the channel in front of Mariners Village): in summer, the main channel can already get crowded with various size crafts, coming and going, as well as paddle boarders, kayakers, sea lions and dolphins going out to open sea and back. The narrowing of the channel is an unnecessarily dangerous proposition.
As important as trees and birds are, journalist Joe failed to mention the detrimental effect on the hundreds of long-term residents that have made Mariners Village their homes. I am a land use consultant representing residents at Bar Harbor, who are being forced out of their homes so that the property can also be demolished and replaced by luxury apartments that only the wealthy will be able to afford. As I stated at the Design Control Board meeting, Los Angeles County has a conflict of interest ordinance that prohibits the Design Control Board and the Regional Planning Commission from deciding on permits on properties that are owned by the County of Los Angeles. Both the land where Bar Harbor and Mariners Village are located is owned by the County of Los Angeles, and it is a violation of the law for the County Department of Regional Planning to decide on luxury housing projects that will generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the County of Los Angeles. Further, every item on last week’s Design Control Board agenda pertained to properties owned by the County of Los Angeles, and they therefore had no right to hear any of the cases! I am very concerned as to why the county conflict of interest laws are allegedly regularly being violated, why Supervisor Knabe isn’t very concerned about it, and most important, why journalist Joe failed to mention it in his story.
Robert Cherno

Do “We the Residents” at Mariners Village rock? I have clicked my ruby slippers up Captain’s Row for the last 28 years because there’s no place like home at Mariners Village. The majestic great blue herons obviously agree. MV is on county “owned” land; that means the people’s land. And “the people” really are the caretakers. Elected officials are not “the boss,” Mr. Knabe. Don’t pay any attention to that man behind the curtain.
Patti Balian,
Mariners Village resident