Wonders about upkeep status of book store building

To the Editor:

Does anyone know the situation regarding the property at 8655 Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester?

This is the facility next to Kohl’s presently occupied by DW Pages discount book store. Ever since I have lived here (over five years) this shabby old barn of a building has been leaking rain, was rotting carpet, and forcing businesses to drag out tarps and plastic sheeting to protect inventory from water damage.

Why hasn’t the landlord done something to improve this former antique mart? The book store is a worthwhile addition to the Westchester business community. It has upgraded its stock, improved its services, and I never fail to find interesting bargains there.

It is a shame it has to operate in this derelict old building unable to bring creature comforts to its customers. Westchester deserves better and pressure needs to be brought to upgrade this facility. This is the only business of its type in the area and offers a valuable service. It needs our support.

Phyllis Schmidt, Westchester

Says article on skate park does not identify who has concerns

To the Editor:

In the Jan. 13 Argonaut, the story on the planned Westchester skate park read, “but some of its [Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa] members raised questions about the planned lack of enforcement by the city for skaters to wear safety equipment.”

Your story then continued on with defense of the policy by the Department of Recreation and Parks, and interviews with doctors on the dangers – all without ever mentioning which, if any, members actually raised the safety concerns.

As a parent, I’d like my kids to wear a helmet when they skate. What I don’t want is the government abusing its responsibility for public safety as an excuse to erode personal freedoms and the right to make decisions for one’s personal safety.

Steven Pawera, Playa del Rey