Feels both sadness and nostalgia as leaves Marina for job in China

To the Editor:

Re: Status of county improvement program:

It is with a touch of sadness and nostalgia that I leave Marina del Rey for my two-year assignment in Chengdu, China. The sadness is for leaving a wonderful waterfront environment where I lived for over 10 years but also for the nightmare that has been caused by such inappropriate images as the “witch’s hat” that now greets all who enter what was once a Marina community that had the potential of becoming a world class development.

The nostalgia is for the boating community that has been lost and will never attain its full potential due to a lack of master planning and mitigation of severe traffic problems.

A comprehensive master plan and environmental impact report would have established the world class development that the county has been promising but cannot now, in my estimation, ever be realized. In China, where I am working on similar waterfront projects, the government would never allow anything to be built without a comprehensive master plan and thorough study of infrastructure issues.

So, goodbye to all the convoluted planning and political strife that has created what should have become a world-class waterfront community but has turned into a cheap Disneyesque example of what happens without the vision of a master plan, architectural controls and true community involvement. I shudder to think of what the end result will be when I return.

Lawrence A. Samuelson AIA NCARB NABAR, Marina del Rey

Grateful to Marina Del Rey Hospital medical staff for saving husband’s life

To the Editor:

We have reason to be very, very grateful that we have the Marina Del Rey Hospital nearby. One morning, several weeks ago, my husband was struggling to catch his breath. He was in a cold sweat, close to fainting, and I couldn’t find his pulse.

Within minutes of phoning 911, the paramedic team was at our door, and with all of their equipment they had him wired up, on the gurney to a waiting ambulance, and minutes later, at the Marina Del Rey Hospital emergency room (ER).

There, Dr. Kennedy and his team worked their miracles, and we were able to transfer him to Intensive Care later that evening. Again, the night nurse, Leslie, and the next day’s nurse, Mary Lou, hovered over him, watched every monitor, every IV, and every infusion vigilantly, and at the same time did everything possible to make him as comfortable as possible under this harrowing experience.

Even several technicians who were on duty in the ER when my husband was admitted came up the following days to see how he was doing – a remarkable staff.

They spoiled us, of course, because when he was finally transferred to the ward, there was a noticeable change in his care. At one point, one of the IVs was not inserted properly, and the infusion leaked on the bed. I notified the nursing station several times, but it wasn’t until hours later that the bedding was changed.

The following day, I also notified the nursing station that his commode had not been emptied since the evening before. But it wasn’t until a technician came in to administer a test when the odor was so overwhelming, that he managed to get a nurse to empty and clean it.

Perhaps because they are understaffed, and if so, I trust the board will address this situation, because both the ER and Intensive Care are to be congratulated and honored for their care, concern, efficiency and expertise, operating as they do in this complicated medical digital era.

We will always credit them with saving my husband’s life.

Cima Balser, Marina del Rey

Defends actions of attorney ordered to jail

To the Editor:

Re: “A Fine Line in the Sand” (Argonaut, Nov. 11):

Over 400 Los Angeles County judges receive $57,000 over their base salary. The county Board of Supervisors’ salaries are capped by what the judges make; it was the board that voted to enhance the judges’ pay. Of course this serves the supervisors very well. Is it any coincidence that legal challenges, such as the one attorney Richard Fine was representing, never see the light of day?

Judge David Yaffe was receiving this additional pay and allegedly made no disclosure of it. Fine, as the lawyer representing the Marina Strand Colony II, who was bringing legal action against a county development project, had a right to ask and expect the judge to recuse himself.

Instead of stepping down, Yaffe ordered Fine to answer irrelevant questions about his assets, and when Fine refused to answer, he was thrown in jail on a contempt charge, indefinitely or until he answered to the judge. Eighteen months later, just before Yaffe resigned from the bench, he ordered Fine to be released, citing the overcrowded jails.

I think more of our jail space should accommodate those convicted of felonies such as bribery, obstruction of justice and misappropriation of public funds.

Carla Andrus, Marina del Rey