Says Marina LCP hasn’t been revised because it would allow public input

To the Editor:

At a time when global warming is on everyone’s mind with goals of less energy consumption, less density and less stress on an aging infrastructure, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is approving grandiose buildings.

The apartment capacity at Del Rey Shores, Bar Harbor and Neptune will grow by 1,600 or more. Imagine the vehicle trips that will engender.

The new sewer to be routed along Via Marina is clearly designed to service many massive projects — taller, larger buildings that will dwarf the harbors just as the yachts do. Our visitors will no longer enjoy space, sky and sea but will also have to scramble for parking places, since seven of 12 free parking lots will disappear.

We residents will be paying higher property taxes, a third of which goes to the county, which doesn’t give a fig for those of us who live here, boat here or run businesses.

Why hasn’t our old Local Coastal Program (LCP) been revised, as the California Coastal Commission recommended? Because the process would allow public input.

Those of us who live near “the new sewer” weren’t even notified in time to comment. This is illegal.

I’m all for responsible development. The Tides is a beautiful example. The rest of it is excess. It’s even doubtful that the new apartments and hotels will be filled, because who wants to come to the Marina to live if you have to fight traffic and you’re surrounded by other buildings as if you were in any urban area, rather than in an area that is federally mandated for recreation?

I’m as sorry as any citizen for the county’s fiscal woes, but they cannot all be resolved in these 800 acres.

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

Wants Marina del Rey’s old restaurant signs preserved

To the Editor:

What’s happening to the Marina’s history? With the gentrification of Marina del Rey in progress, even the landmark signs are disappearing.

Just recently we lost the old Cafe del Rey sign, and now the Edie’s signÝhas been dismantled andÝrelegated to a parking lot (see above photo).

My recommendation is that these old signs be stored for now and placed in the new recreational buildings at Chace Park when and if the Board of SupervisorsÝever decides to reinvest some of the mega-millions of tax dollars annually collected in the Marina to benefit the citizens of the County of Los Angeles when they come for recreation.

Andrea Daroca, Marina del Rey

Says many seniors in Marina can’t afford large rent increases

To the Editor:

The very large rent increases, without any improvements, that many (if not all) apartment dwellers have received in Marina del Rey are greedy, thoughtless and unfair.

Many seniors cannot afford the cost and many do not have the strength required to move again. Also, these dependable longtime tenants are jewels and hard to replace at any time. Typically, they take care of their apartments, follow the rules and pay their rents on time, but perhaps it’s considered good business to take advantage of them.

Why don’t these good tenants speak up?

Kathleen Gillette, Marina del Rey