Solution may be to separate cans and bottles when putting trash out

To the Editor:

I agree with the letter “Homeless go through trash in alley at all hours” in the July 2nd issue of The Argonaut.

I noticed the same thing happening in my neighborhood, but I didn’t give it much thought.

I came home very late one night and was shocked to see a crew of about ten people on both sides of my residential street, working very fast, cutting open plastic bags, overturning containers and making a mess.

I’m guessing that someone got the idea of organizing people to collect bottles and cans for them.

I thought that a solution may be for the city to furnish open baskets for only cans and bottles, for the convenience of the collectors to empty, but I know the baskets would disappear with the cans and bottles.

Gene Patrick, Los Angeles

‘Keystone’ to project’s success overlooked in Argonaut story

To the Editor:

The Argonaut’s July 9th article, “St. Joseph Center works to house most vulnerable homeless,” overlooks the keystone in the political arch that made this success story possible — in spite of the entrenched pattern of contentiousness in Venice, a pattern that would normally have mooted this

success which Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilman Bill Rosendahl laud.

The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) took the risk of implementing a new committee process and structure, the VNC Ad Hoc Homelessness and Vehicle Occupancy Committee (HVOC), which brought together representatives of the deeply conflicted factional interests.

Despite quarrels and setbacks, this committee approved the St. Joseph Center proposal and presented it to the VNC Board – which unanimously approved it.

For the first time in years, Venice reached cross-factional agreement on a significant, long-term, deeply entrenched, highly polarized issue.

This new VNC-committee process is the keystone in the political arch which The Argonaut failed to mention. It is the key element in achieving this St. Joseph Center Program success, without which Yaroslavsky and Rosendahl would likely have had very little to laud.

Credit goes to VNC President Mike Newhouse who took risks as the new committee was formed and did its work; and the HOVC co-chairs, Mark Ryavec and Carolyn Rios, representing the conflicting factional interests, whose tenacity under significant stress did not deter them from achieving this result. These two deserve very special mention.

Joe Murphy, Venice

Tired of being ‘unrepresented’ by government

To the Editor:

Thank you for the excellent reporting on the development epidemic versus the water shortage, “Residents, community boards see no allowance for drought in plans for high density residential and commercial projects” in The Argonaut, July 9th issue.

Since most of Marina del Rey falls under county jurisdiction, we citizens lack a neighborhood council of our own, but we do not lack for development projects, 19 of them!

Operating under a 1996 Local Coastal Program that favored developers even when it was written, the county continues to renew leases for its chosen few without regard for new bids or environmental concerns like water supplies and traffic.

I am so tired of being unrepresented by city and county governments and wonder if there are others like me and when will they speak out?

Wednesday, August 12th at the Del Rey Hotel at 6 p.m. is one opportunity, since the County Regional Planning Commission will meet in Marina del Rey instead of downtown.

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

‘Thrilled’ to hear about new ideas for activities in Burton Chace Park

To the Editor,

As a Marina resident and big fan of Burton Chace Park, I’m thrilled to hear of the exciting recommendations for activities involving yoga, book clubs, walking outings, wildlife programs and poetry readings.

During this time of economic challenge and peak oil, it becomes increasingly important to cut back on driving and build social networks closer to home. Viva poetry in the park!

I hope that Burton Chace Park will also embrace opportunities for political clubs and candidates to debate. During my 2006 congressional challenge to Jane Harman I was quite surprised to learn that some, though not all, Los Angeles area parks banned political discourse from signs to T-shirts. Without open and honest discussion of the issues and campaigns, we cannot expect our democracy to flourish.

Marcy Winograd, 2010 Congressional Candidate, 36th District