Wants historically accurate labeling of end of Route 66

To the Editor:

I am writing regarding the story “Sign marking end of Route 66 placed near Santa Monica Pier” in the November 12th issue of The Argonaut.

Because the City of Santa Monica is taking this rather insignificant step and making a big to-do about it, I feel obligated to try to set the record straight.

Civic officials are rewriting history to boost tourism to the Santa Monica Pier. This is just another gimmick to attract more visitors to an already overcrowded area.

The actual western terminus of Route 66 is at the intersection of Lincoln and Olympic boulevards, right in front of the then Penguin Restaurant (now a dental office). This is where US-66 meets US-101A (Olympic Boulevard).

This may not be such an exciting and romantic location to attract the tourists, but this is the historical fact. Unfortunately, the “End of the Trail” sign was misplaced eight blocks away!

As mentioned in the book Finding the End of the Mother Road: Route 66 in Los Angeles County by Scott R. Piotrowski, 2005, “The famous ‘end of Route 66’ at the Santa Monica Pier, really isn’t.”

Please, don’t rewrite history. History is what it is… history.

Frisk Cornejo, Santa Monica

Street furniture protects him and others as he makes the ‘green’ choice to ride the bus

To the Editor:

Regarding the story in the November 19th issue of The Argonaut entitled, “Street furniture, viewed by some as ‘visual blight,’ still lacks coastal permits,” I oppose the proliferation of billboards, standard and digital, in Los Angeles. There are far too many, they are too large and they are intrusive, particularly the digital ones.

However, as a bus rider, I accept the ads at bus shelters. These shelters are paid for through these advertisements. I consider them a small price to pay for the protection they provide to bus riders to escape from the elements while waiting for a bus. They shelter from the heat and cold, the wind and rain, or are just some place to wait for a bus after a long day.

They shelter men and women, the old and the young, mothers and singles. They do not discriminate on race, age or religion. They are what a humane and decent society does to protect transit riders.

I ride the bus while owning a car because I am very concerned about my carbon footprint. It’s been 14 years since I started riding the bus, and then it was for air pollution reasons. Now the urgency increases with global warming, and reports that the majority of the scientific community agrees that man-made carbon gases are a major part of global warming.

Recent reports state the rising alarm from scientists about how quickly things are accelerating, and for the need to reduce carbon gases now. Over a third of global warming gases are from vehicle exhaust, and the fastest way to reduce that is to not drive. Hence, I ride the bus.

Some in the Venice community are the most upset about street furniture/bus shelters. They should perhaps consider that with global warming, oceans will rise, and low lying areas such as Venice are first in line to suffer. While the ads on bus shelters may be offensive, they pale in comparison to the damage from a couple of inches of Pacific Ocean water working its way through Venice, into homes and businesses, tearing up streets, and flooding sewers.

Matthew Hetz, Westchester

Wished cyclists would stick to bike paths or obey the traffic laws on streets

To the Editor:

As a former avid cyclist in the Marina I am sure that many motorists share the danger and annoyance of the uncontrolled actions of the non-caring bicycle riders in the Marina.

We have many bike paths away from the traffic on our roads which are becoming more congested. However, some bike riders consistantly ignore these paths set aside for their safety and ours and ride on our streets. They often ride side-by-side, in pairs, forcing motorists to avoid them and change lanes causing possible accidents. I see many near misses which could result in collisions and injury if these actions are not stopped.

The police are very busy fighting real crimes but it is important that they occasionally observe these dangerous actions and give fines to these people who blatantly or foolishly ignore the perils which perhaps will cost them.

Fred Newman, Marina del Rey