Argues Marina should not be ‘developers’ domain’

To the Editor:

As reported in The Argonaut Aug. 18, the county Small Craft Harbor Commission has now added its support to the replacement of 136 Neptune Marina apartments with 525 in two large buildings, one of them on a parcel that the Land Use Plan for our community designated as a park, not for an apartment building.

The lease holders of Neptune Marina apartments did not seem to maintain these residences over the many years of their lease, yet they are being rewarded by supervisors and their commissions with a brand new lease and buildings five times the size.

Don’t we residents of the Marina who do maintain our buildings at considerable expense and pay property taxes mostly under post-Prop. 13 percentages; and our visitors deserve a park for our children and grandchildren and some views of the Marina without having to parade around a promenade or dine at an expensive restaurant?

This community should not be “developers’ domain” with long leases, large profits, and poor maintenance.

It was developed for residents (homes and condominiums as well as apartments), for recreation (affordable) and for a relaxed marine environment.

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

Wonders what will become of formerly homeless man’s bus

To the Editor:

Re: “Formerly homeless man gets off bus and into new apartment thanks to housing program” (Argonaut, Aug. 25):

While getting people out of their vehicles and into homes is a wonderful program, there is one issue that I haven’t seen addressed at all.

And while I’m happy for Alfred Adkins now having an apartment, he states that prior to gaining his new home, he constantly had to move the bus (he lived in) for fear it would be towed.

I observe that nothing has changed as Adkins now likely has to move his bus every 72 hours to avoid a citation and it’s parked right outside his new apartment.

His bus takes up two parking spaces where parking is at a premium. What will become of it next? Will he keep it as a vehicle, or sell it to someone else to live in?

This is a good start to a housing program, but obviously there are some very important issues that need to be resolved.

Daryl Barnett, Venice

Observes ‘hazardous’ situation at Westchester four-way stop

To the Editor:

Every day I walk my dogs on the streets of Westchester, and on the corner of 80th Street and Dunbarton Avenue there is a four-way stop where the majority of cars do not make complete stops or do not stop at all.

This is a daily occurrence and I have observed this for many years. I have contacted the Los Angeles Police Department station on Culver Boulevard and to date have not seen any patrol personnel at this hazardous location.

This would be a good source of revenue for the city.

Kyle Walker, Westchester

Knows the work of Homeboy Industries founder firsthand

To the Editor:

Re: “Homeboy Industries brings East Los Angeles flavor to farmers market” (Argonaut, Aug. 25):

Gary Walker’s fine article about Father Gregory Boyle brings to mind other Argonaut-area facts about him. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Boyle delivered the school’s commencement address again this year.

I know how much his inspiration means. My wife and I have lived in the Marina for 19 years. She had the opportunity to work with some of his beneficiaries early in his career, and has been enriched by knowing him.

And now, when I am co-producing with Playa del Rey resident Arlene Clendenin “Hopper’s Nighthawks: 90 Minutes and Nine Lives,” we may be filming in the Homegirl Cafe, and thus some of Boyle’s young people would be mentored in the film entertainment business.

My wife and I met with Boyle on Aug. 4 and found him receptive to this endeavor. How refreshing it is to work with someone who is doing good instead of reading and hearing about so many who are allegedly doing bad.

Julian Myers, Marina del Rey