Candidates must take responsibility for ‘sign pollution’
Re: “The money behind the mailers,” news, May 22

After reading the article, it appears that the candidates have no direct control of independent expenditures involving their political races that produce all the junk political mailers that flood our mailboxes and load down letter carriers’ sacks — mailers that are looked at once and thrown into the recycling bin (hopefully not the trash).

My main concern is all the signs that are placed on every street corner, taped to traffic poles and parking signs and hung on fences. Who is responsible for removing these signs? If they are not removed are there any enforceable penalties?

These signs fall over or get blown or torn down and become litter in our streets. There is no accountability. These signs should be removed and cleaned up immediately after the election by the committees that authorized their placement. The committees should not be allowed to operate in the city without first paying a $3,000 to $5,000 cleanup deposit. The deposit would offset cleanup costs.

The candidates can wash their hands and claim they are not responsible for these signs, but they are the ones that receive a benefit from these mailers and signs. That should make them accountable. Someone needs to ask any of the candidates what plan they have in place to clean up the litter caused by their outside supporters. The answer will be none. And so our communities are stuck cleaning and picking up this trash months after the elections are over.

Glen Kacena

Pepy’s Galley eviction is bad for business

Re: “Closing Time: Neighbors unite in support of Pepy’s Galley …” feature, May 29

Loved your story about the possible closing of Pepy’s Galley. Really a sad day for the neighborhood. When my most wealthy clients are in town they insist I take them to Pepy’s for their rib eye steak dinner.

I’ve lived and worked in the area for most of my 64 years. While I am currently a yacht broker based in Marina del Rey, in the past I built and owned a chain of restaurants (franchises of Popeyes fried chicken in Los Angeles). Only one of my stores made money, but that store supported the other three stores. That is the real world of business: not every location can or will be profitable. One non-performing location out of hundreds is a non-issue.

The new owners of AMC knew what they were buying and should have made allowances for keeping Pepy’s in business. To hell with overall profits! With 270 properties purchased — too bad.

I hope the new owners realize that in the age of Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, YouTube and other social media that they could very well have to endure a fantastic amount of pressure that could easily affect their entire operations if they do not back away from evicting Pepy’s. My girlfriend is a top social network influencer and, unfortunately for the new owners, she loves the rib eye steak at Pepy’s Galley and is not going to be happy if the eviction stands!

Randall Burg
Marina del Rey

No love for middle-class in the marina

Re: “Knabe wants to put Marina del Rey on the Silicon Beach map,” news, May 15

Oh Supervisor Knabe, why don’t you like us? Why don’t you want us here in the marina anymore? Why are you pushing us out?

I’m not referring to the herons or egrets, the wetlands or even the small boats — we know how you feel about them. I am speaking about us middle-class (or what’s left of us) Marina del Rey residents. We’ve made our homes here for years, some of us decades. We raised or are raising our families here, despite the fact that no schools or community services exist here. We’ve lived through the construction of new super-luxury apartments and navigated the daily changing road construction conditions. We’ve dealt with more blackouts and sirens going by than my 25-plus years growing up in New York City. And our rent ain’t cheap.

And now you want us out — to be replaced by shiny new techies with their dogs, compact cars and wads of cash. This reminds me of an old business associate who tore down his five-star luxury apartment suites to build a six-star. And then the economy crashed and he bit the dust.

Supervisor Knabe, you may recall that just six years ago the vacancy rate in the marina was over 25%. Free rent was handed out like bubblegum, and the county lost a lot of money. Now you want the marina to be filled with corporate contracts and gazillionaires, and the long- time residents here will slowly disappear. And when that next bubble bursts …

David Barish
Marina del Rey

In the dark about need for outages

It’s become like clockwork. Every month we receive a friendly greeting from Southern California Edison advising us of yet another daylong planned power outage in Marina del Rey.

This is becoming chronic. The only explanation we get is on the notification that reads: “Planned power outages give us the opportunity to complete ongoing maintenance or upgrade the grid with newer materials and technologies. It’s part of our long-term plan to help revitalize the Southern California power grid … .”

Excuse me, but what exactly does that mean in English? Long-term? How long do we have to put up with these inconveniences? How much maintenance and upgrading do we need? This is irritating and frustrating to those of us who work from home, and there are a lot of us.

Do they understand what it’s like to get dressed in the dark and not have lights, TV, Internet service, laundry, refrigerated food, clocks, music, or telephone landlines all day long?

Compound that with those of us who have to suffer through frequent Internet outages and water shutoffs, and it becomes a ridiculous situation.

When is this monthly nonsense going to stop? It feels like Marina del Rey is under siege lately and we’re fed up!

Brandon Hicks
Marina del Rey

EPA should weigh in on meat

I am delighted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18% of man-made greenhouse gases.

The meat industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In the meantime, each of us can reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarkets offer a rich variety of plant-based lunch meats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and dairy product alternatives as well as an ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are readily available online.

Al Masters
Marina del Rey