Asks if only big boat owners are welcome in ‘the new Marina’

To the Editor:

Regarding the Los Angeles County Small Craft Harbor Commission meeting April 13th, I found this meeting very disturbing and wished that more Marina residents had been on board and that more boaters had received notice of the meeting where the reconfiguration and update of the Marina City Club docks were discussed.

Sixty small boat slips will be lost here while hundreds will be lost all over the Marina. At this meeting the words “market study” were repeated all evening to justify large slips and higher slip fees. The concept of morality was absent.

Are only the people who can afford big boats and higher apartment rentals to be welcome in “the new Marina?” This mean market is class warfare, plain and simple.

The chairman of the Small Craft Harbor Commission, a resident of Manhattan Beach, claimed that Via Marina was safe for cyclists and motorists. There have been a number of Argonaut letters to the contrary. I wonder what day and hour the chairman chose to visit. It cannot have been a weekend, when I see so many near-misses.

As is typical of the “no account county,” no mention was made of the thousand new apartments and hotel rooms that are anticipated, most with two drivers. Not one county official wants to give us a comprehensive master plan. Could it be fear of a real and true account?

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

Says assemblyman is misinformed with bill on overnight parking issue

To the Editor:

Is Assemblyman Ted Lieu acting on behalf of Venice by creating Assembly Bill (AB) 2228 regarding overnight vehicle parking, or someone with deep pockets?

Why create a California Coastal Commission empowered to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations if that charter can be overridden by a misinformed legislator?

I’m particularly interested in the evidence that supports this part of the bill:

Section 2: The Legislature finds and declares that a special law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because for many years the residential neighborhoods of Venice, located in the City of Los Angeles, have been clogged with overnight parking by nonresident vehicles, causing crime, litter, public urination and defecation, late-night noise, public inebriation, and leakage and dumping of raw sewage into yards, alleys and storm drains.

What led the Assembly person to reach the conclusion that would warrant such a horrendous claim against all homeless persons? What has Mr. Lieu found that supports the claim?

I suppose that all Venice housed residents with pets leave animal feces on the streets and walkways because I witnessed a housed resident on a bicycle on Fourth Street not far from Rose Avenue leave his dog’s feces on a neighbor’s sidewalk because he didn’t want to carry it with his fancy leather coat on?

Now, of course that logic is absurd and does not represent the majority of Venice’s housed resident community. I understand that isolated events do not represent the majority.

Maybe this is a larger issue than I realize? What is motivating the behavior? Knowing that some people are leaving dog feces on neighbors’ walkways would prompt me to inquire if proper receptacles to collect the waste would be a solution?

Knowing that some of the housed residents are acting in fear by allegedly trying to intimidate others with force would prompt me to consider that more holistic mental health services are needed in the community, right?

There’s a larger issue here and AB 2228 is not the solution, right?

As an artist on the Venice Boardwalk and a resident, I will continue to remind those “off base” that Venice is a home for everyone, not just those with an above the median level economic contribution.

I’m not a long time resident of Venice, only arriving in 2007, but I am a longtime resident of Earth. What makes Venice unique is that it’s an inclusive community.

People who relocate here with intentions of changing that are not connecting with the spirit of Venice. I suggest each community member make the effort to connect with someone they do not understand, especially the people that you believe you fear.

After you begin a dialogue you’ll probably realize you were misinformed or misunderstood and that separation was created by you. Venice is love. Love is the strongest power in the universe.

Lisa Green, State Assembly Candidate, 53rd District, Green Party of California, Venice

Suggests several issues for new Venice Neighborhood Council to move forward

To the Editor:

The Venice Neighborhood Council recently completed another election process for the smooth transition of officers to represent this diverse and eclectic community.

Congratulations to all those who participated in this spirit of community action and local democracy.

Those elected are special and unique individuals who are willing to volunteer long hours for the collective goal of improving our neighborhood and for that alone, they should be recognized for being involved citizens of Los Angeles.

The neighborhood councils have been, for the most part, muted by the elected downtown officials who are simply out-of-touch with the needs of average people.

In short, they don’t get it and never will.

Thankfully, one doesn’t have to deal with the bureaucratic mess of contacting our less-than-competent elected officials when we have motivated volunteers who many times serve as a buffer to the frustration of having to call City Hall or county government.

Now that we have a duly elected group of individuals that are diverse, competent and ready to serve, what will be the collective agenda of the VNC?

As with any organization, a plan or framework on how to best govern is essential to reach the desired results.

I would hope this body collectively pushes forward on several important issues:

Homelessness and the RV question;

The rehabilitation of the Venice Boardwalk through the incorporation of private and public dollars that will create dual partnerships to restore this landmark to its former stature as a premier destination for tourists worldwide;

A comprehensive shade tree schedule that trims and maintains the hundreds of palm trees here in Venice;

A maintenance plan that includes the power washing of the Venice Circle, Abbott Kinney Boulevard, Main Street and the Boardwalk, as well as Lincoln Boulevard during the summer months to preserve a healthy environment for residents and tourists alike;

A schedule of re-pavement of the many concrete streets in Venice, west of Lincoln, that are in dire need of repair;

An initiative to renovate Beyond Baroque as well as the Venice Library, which are now falling into severe dilapidation;

The installation of signage throughout Venice welcoming residents, as well as an update of street signs now missing;

The incorporation of a foundation for private dollars to assist the VNC in making real changes throughout the community; and

An aggressive appeal for increased dollars from the city as well as the county to fund neighborhood councils that can sustain themselves through corporate and private investment and become true agents of community change and growth.

I am hopeful that these new members will work hard to make Venice a much admired and progressive community not only in the area of the arts, but as a council that’s thinking outside-the-box to solve the real problems this neighborhood must address if Venice is to move forward.

Problems, unfortunately, that fail to even be acknowledged by those elected to serve this great community.

Nicholas J. Antonicello, Venice