If LMU cared, it would control rowdy students

To the Editor:

This is a thank you for the letter in the October 4th issue of The Argonaut, “Student partying disturbs a once-quiet Westchester neighborhood near LMU.”

Yes, this once was a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. Unfortunately Loyola Marymount University has become an obnoxious, abusive neighbor.

Their students are rude and inconsiderate. These students seem to believe that living off-campus in the neighborhood allows them to do whatever, whenever. These students do not understand the rules of society, the rules of common courtesy. Their parties are not only rowdy, but they park, blocking driveways.

They dispose of their trash on the sidewalks and in people’s yards (not just their fast-food trash, but used condoms and beer, wine and alcohol bottles).

The letter writer is correct, it is not acceptable student behavior, and administrators who cared could control it. The problem is, LMU doesn’t care.

Linda Kokelaar, Westchester

Mothers Beach should be ‘beach-like’ — not ‘park-like’

To the Editor:

The officials of the Los Angels County Department of Beaches and Harbors put their expected spin on their decision to destroy the picnic tables of Mothers Beach by saying after the loss of the present picnic tables and parking that the beach will “still have the same amenities and facilities.”

The Argonaut of October 11th quotes Dusty Crane of the Department of Beaches and Harbors as saying “the picnic area will be relocated and spread throughout the area, which will make it much more park-like.”

But Mothers Beach is not a park; it is a beach. We don’t want it to be more park-like with picnic tables spread around, chewing up the precious supply of sand and cluttering up the water prospect. We want it to be uncluttered and beach-like.

In any case, it is hard to see how the beach can provide the same amenities if a huge chunk of its recreational area constituted by the present picnic tables and adjacent parking is stripped away to build a Marriott extended-stay hotel.

The Beaches and Harbors spin would seem to conceal the apparent fact that these little tables spread around the beach will not be provided with barbecuing grills, which is an important facility of the present picnic shelters. The department can scarcely risk having hot coals spread around the sand.

So the new Mothers Beach will not be in any way the same facility as has been enjoyed by families from all over the county for decades.

There is a perfectly simple solution. Instead of shoving Mothers Beach picnickers over onto the county-acquired land in Burton Chace Park, where there is no sand, relocate the planned Marriott extended stay hotel there. It is a much better place for such a relatively unimportant addition to the Marina scene.

Bruce Russell, Marina del Rey

Longtime ‘RVer’ tells his views on life

To the Editor:

At age 15 I left home and lived in my 1940 Ford while attending high school.

At art school, as students we camped out in RVs (recreational vehicles) and cars in the parking lot. It was okay with the school as long as we were cool with everyone else there. We casually looked after each other and the area we parked in. The winters were bitter and the sweltering summers were exhausting. After four years there, I graduated with a master’s in photography.

Life has been a roller coaster of ups, downs and in-betweens since then.

Forty-seven years later, I still reside in a small recreational vehicle. I’m comfortable with my lifestyle, often housesitting for friends and local residents, which is mutually beneficial. Otherwise, camping in the streets or in the wilderness is suitable enough.

I agree with the city’s 72-hour parking law. A good way to wear out one’s welcome is to be a roadside homesteader for too long. I prefer to remain as independent as possible and do not park near other “liveaboards.”

Even though we pay registration fees, I can’t understand why an RVer would want to stay in anyone else’s face longer than necessary. One of the advantages of being mobile is that one has the ability to travel about without a ball and chain, or without having someone looking over their shoulder.

Some advice to other RVers: be calm, hygienic, organized; stay out of single-residence areas; thin out and, like a rolling stone, move around.

Obviously there are some “curb creatures” that are eyesores and spoil this privilege for others. Let the forces that be resolve their issues, although anyone dealing with an RVer should use finesse and be empathetic. The RVer may be related to one of the local residents.

Our public lands are not exclusive to anyone. Remember the covered wagons and the pioneers, with their struggles to survive.

“Vehicular dwellers” reside in an assortment of “rolling condos” aspiring to quiet, impunity and a shady tree. Sometimes they are an additional set of eyes in the neighborhood watch system.

Please move? No problem. The ignition key is always at the ready. Adios.

R. Mann, surreptitiously residing in Venice, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica

‘Circular logic’ determines Marina del Rey slip fees

To the Editor:

The boat slip pricing in Marina del Rey has reached a fevered pitch. Recently many boaters have received up to 60 percent increases, all approved by Marina director Stan Wisniewski.

The county paid for a slip price study by Williams-Kuebelbeck in 2004. County counsel has refused to release this document to the public.

Wisniewski stated that slip pricing was based on slip rates of other marinas within 60 miles. This straw dog attempt to validate these slip rate increases has begun to unravel. If the county is relying on average slip rates being charged by other marinas, how did they develop their pricing index? Answer: from other marinas within 60 miles.

The fact is that none of these marinas, including Marina del Rey, can show a valid accounting standard for which boat slip pricing has been derived, other than to say, “well that’s what the other marinas are charging.”

The county’s well-crafted spin of circular logic and smoke and mirrors holds no water. An independent financial audit of the Marina is long overdue.

Donald Klein. Marina del Rey, president, Coalition to Save the Marina, Inc.

Says 60-70% are directly or indirectly affected by alcoholism or addiction

To the Editor:

This past Sunday was the first Los Angeles Recovery Summit at Loyola Marymount University. This gathering involved a cross section of recovery professionals serving our communities.

The struggles of alcoholism and addiction are said to impact 60 to 70 percent of the public, either from personal experience or by association through family, friends, coworkers, etc.

This summit was a true force in collaborative thought-sharing on all fronts. So many theories exist on this topic, and the purpose of such a gathering is to broaden the scope of applied knowledge of the dark abyss of alcoholism and addiction.

I speak from personal experience when I say “getting sober and remaining sober is far and away the single greatest battle of my life.”

So why do I choose to write about this? For understanding, not sympathy. Awareness is the key. The words “just say no” might as well be “just say no, well… okay, but just this one time.” There is no equation, no absolute standard, no concrete format; each person is unique.

This year’s summit was a success in that people’s base of knowledge grew and new associations were made, and all for one common goal, “sobriety.”

If you are an alcoholic, addict, gambler, food junkie or whatever, there is help waiting. Southern California is the mecca for recovery and if you need it, you will find it right here.

Ron Prosky, Santa Monica