Recommends Marina move out of Fourth District under redistricting

To the Editor:

I have written a letter to Curt Pedersen, chair of the Boundary Review Committee, regarding redistricting changes in the Marina.

I strongly recommend removing Marina del Rey, including my zip code of 90292, from the Fourth Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County, in the final outcome of the redistricting process.

Marina del Rey area neighborhoods, communities and cities never have and do not belong in the Fourth District boundaries, as they have always and currently are being treated like an orphan area to the supervisor of the Fourth District, as evidenced by the terrible management over the years of Marina del Rey.

There has been total mismanagement (i.e., no mandate to developers to properly maintain their property). These developers/lessees/landlords built their properties and then allegedly allowed total deferred maintenance over all their lease years.

Now the Board of Supervisors in conjunction with these developers are – without a master plan – in the process of tearing down the old and replacing it with what will amount to destroying Marina del Rey’s ability to carry out its mandate of being a marina for boating and recreation for the people, by creating what amounts to an extension of the city out to and in some cases right over the water, blocking winds, views, access, proper parking, traffic mitigation, etc.

The Board of Supervisors has over the years acted as an absentee landlord, interested only, as they say, in Marina del Rey as a cash cow. Even that doesn’t make sense, because if they were truly interested in income from Marina del Rey, it wouldn’t have been allowed to lie dormant and with allegedly deteriorating and vacant property throughout for many, many years.

I hope the Boundary Review Committee will seriously consider this input and find redistricting changes that finally would have a positive impact on our community. Thank you for your consideration.

Roslyn Walker, Marina del Rey

Objects to use of Penmar Golf Course lot for housing program

To the Editor:

When I read the article about allowing up to eight RVs, occupied by homeless people, to park at Penmar Golf Course I had more than a few questions. Living on Rose Avenue, across from the golf course, we have seen numerous homeless campers parked alongside the golf course and in front of our homes.

So the first question is where will they go when they leave the restricted parking lot in the morning. Will they once again be parked in front of our houses for days at a time or taking up parking along the side of Penmar Park where kids play each day? We see the same RVs week after week after week.

Also, the golf course website says its hours are from dawn to dusk, and having seen golfers out on the course close to 8 p.m. in the summer and starting as early as 6 a.m., how will the designated hours for the homeless parking (6 p.m. to 8 a.m.) affect the people who pay to use the golf course and coffee shop?

Will there be a decrease in usage and revenue to the Recreation and Parks Department because of lost spaces, or will patrons feel uncomfortable because of this usage?

It says that those allowed to park will have to be enrolled in a program to help them move into permanent housing, but how long does this go on before they actually have to take that step forward?

Is it six months, a year, or is there no timeframe for them to make the move? Lastly, I received no written notice of any meetings regarding this issue from City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office or from the Venice Neighborhood Council or the Mar Vista Community Council.

I do not feel that having this lot used for this purpose is correct because of its proximity to Penmar Park, with lots of kids playing baseball and soccer and using the playground and the fact that it truly is in close proximity to homes to the south and east of the parking lot.

Carla Barrett, Mar Vista

Says Coastal Commission meeting in Marina offered chance for citizen participation

To the Editor:

Seventy citizens from the Marina del Rey and Santa Monica areas participated in a budget workshop hosted by Santa Monica College and state Assemblywomen Betsy Butler and Julia Brownley, which was announced in The Argonaut.

There was another opportunity for citizen participation June 15 through 17, when the California Coastal Commission met at the Marina del Rey Hotel at 9 a.m. and heard public comment.

This was an excellent opportunity to weigh in on the huge increase in density that our county supervisors allegedly desire for the residential and recreational community on either side of Via Marina in Marina del Rey. It is really rewarding to be an active citizen.

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

Can’t believe how Marina fireworks are canceled this July 4

To the Editor:

How could the county of Los Angeles cancel this year’s Fourth of July fireworks in Marina del Rey due to budget curtailments (The Argonaut, May 26)? Fireworks for the Fourth of July is as American as apple pie and the American flag.

While the whole nation will be celebrating our country’s day of independence from the British, the Marina will be dark, silent and alone. That’s right, alone. Because according to the website,, funds were found for 40 other county communities to have Fourth of July fireworks.

But what annoys me the most is that the Marina has been a regular cash cow for the county by generating over $54.93 million per year (Argonaut, Jan. 27) in order to provide maintenance and operating costs for the county beaches along the coast, and other public benefit programs throughout the county, but only returning $3 million per year for Marina capital improvements (Argonaut, Feb. 25, 2010).

Jan Book, Marina del Rey