Responds to Coastal Commission approval of Marina LCP amendment

To the Editor:

First, congratulations to the Argonaut staff on the 40th anniversary of a newspaper that continues to expand coverage and report on important issues.

Next, congratulations to Esther Sanchez, the only coastal commissioner who voted against the county’s greed-laden amendment(s) to the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program (LCP).

The human environment in the Marina should count as much or more than the bird environment; apparently neither does to anyone but Sanchez.

County Chief Executive Officer William Fujioka’s statement about “how much the Marina matters from a fiscal perspective and how much our elected officials rely on Marina revenues” tells almost the whole sordid tale. He spoke of the leaseholds as providing continued maintenance and improvements on the county’s land and water, but they haven’t.

With one exception, the lessees have allegedly allowed Marina facilities to deteriorate terribly, and now these same profiteers are given the right to quadruple the size of their holdings.

The Marina will be choked with traffic. The residents and renters who provide the $11 million in high personal propertytax will be punished with hideous traffic on Via Marina and Admiralty Way, especially down by Waterside Plaza where the boat launch and commercial development will be staggering.

Traffic is an environmental concern; lining Via Marina with a thousand additional apartments and a huge commercial building is an environmental concern. In case the new coastal commissioners need to be primed by other than county officials and Coastal Commission staff, the additions will bring pollution, hazardous waste, noise and safety concerns to residents, boaters, bikers, runners and kayakers.

This was to have been a recreational community, not a bank. Oh, yes, how clever of the county not to hold this crucial vote in Marina del Rey or even in Los Angeles!

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

Offers perception on Coastal Commission hearing

To the Editor:

My father, Dr. Rimmin C. Fay, was known as the “father of the Santa Monica Bay” and always did his best to educate and inform everyone when environmental concerns were critical. We lived on Howard Street, adjacent to the Oxford Lagoon and Marina del Rey harbor.

Months ago I commented before the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission governing board that Parcel OT in Marina del Rey needs to be included in the Oxford Lagoon restoration, not developed as a senior living facility – they did nothing.

Weeks ago, prior to the California Coastal Commission hearing Nov. 3, I emailed Beaches and Harbors Director Santos Kreimann requesting answers to basic questions about Parcel OT, which is adjacent to the Oxford Lagoon. His reply finally arrived Nov. 2, the day before the hearing – too little, too late.

While the Oxford Lagoon is part of the Ballona Wetlands, the county calls it the “Oxford Flood Control Retention Basin.” We all know the county allegedly uses and abuses Marina del Rey for the revenue, then paints an illusion of how wonderful our lives will be.

You would think that the bay restoration commission would have stepped in and demanded the Coastal Commission hearing be held in Marina del Rey, especially with their chairman, Richard Bloom, sitting on the Coastal Commission – they and Bloom didn’t.

Without a healthy environment you will never truly have a healthy economy. There is nothing pristine about the waters in Marina del Rey and therefore, it will never be a world class harbor without a change in leadership.

At the heart of the problem is the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation’s control, which is supported by Heal the Bay and the state.

After a year of research and involvement, I can honestly say it’s much worse than I could ever have imagined.

Douglas Fay, Santa Monica

Suggests another ‘Occupy’ movement

To the Editor:

I support Occupy Wall Street, Occupy L.A., and the many other peaceful “Occupy” protests.

I’d like to suggest “Occupy Yourself” as a broad added theme or slogan encouraging personal introspection and political activism while reminding people everywhere of the individual responsibility we all have in helping to make a better world.

Jerry Rubin, Santa Monica