Car broken into ‘in broad daylight’ next to Ballona Wetlands trail

To the Editor:

At 4 p.m. on Memorial Day afternoon my husband and I parked on Jefferson Boulevard, heading east, at the trail entry to the Ballona Wetlands nature trails. It was a bright, sunny day, there was plenty of traffic going past, and there were several people walking along the edge of the trails. We were gone from our car for less than 30 minutes.

When we returned, the passenger side window to our car was smashed and the car was burglarized. It is unfortunate that criminals troll this area looking to break into cars in broad daylight.

I just wanted other people to be aware of this, and be careful when parking in this area.

Laurie Trainor, Mar Vista

Tells county Marina still needs new master plan

To the Editor:

On the evening of May 27th I attended a neighborhood council committee meeting. On the agenda was a debate on piece-meal plans to enhance and develop Marina del Rey.

The county was represented by Santos Kreimann, director of Beaches and Harbors. I listened in disbelief as Mr. Kreimann attempted to justify the absence of an up-to-date master plan for the Marina. He gave no numbers. For example: the number of new residents, the number of auto trips, the number of trucks servicing new and enlarged hotels.

How can the county of Los Angeles develop an entire community with no numbers, no plans for new infrastructure, no overall environmental impact report?

How can the county rely on a 13-year-old master plan when traffic on Lincoln Boulevard and the 405 Freeway has increased so much?

The one number that Mr. Kreimann repeated was the amount of money that the Marina contributes to the county general fund — $14 million.

It seems Mr. Kreimann didn’t know, couldn’t subtract or was reluctant to discuss his own department’s budget ($38 million annual income, less $14). The county goal is clearly no sound development but rather increased income from assets.

I agree with “We ARE Marina del Rey” that a new master plan is needed. This economic hiatus is the perfect time for planning with numbers.

Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey

Two letters from Venice urge adoption of OPDs to keep RVs out of neighborhoods

To the Editor:

Regarding The Argonaut’s May 28th article on the California Coastal Commission (CCC) hearing of the Coastal Development Permits (CDP) for the Venice Overnight Parking Districts (OPD) to be held Thursday, June 11th in Marina del Rey:

I wholly support the issuance of these permits and ask concerned Venetians to write the CCC with their support. These districts are vital to opening up more beach access parking for residents and visitors.

They will also increase public safety by allowing people to park nearer their homes late at night.

Dumping of illegal sewage in yards and gutters should be reduced as the large number of RVs currently in residence on Venice streets hopefully will move to approved camping lots that have proper disposal services.

Stewart Oscars, Venice

To the Editor:

Our community needs to focus on the positive aspects of having an “Overnight Parking District” (OPD) in Venice.

It would free up parking for residents and beach-goers alike, increasing public safety in our neighborhoods.

It would encourage RV dwellers to find more appropriate locations where they can properly dispose of the sewage waste, instead of dumping it into the storm drains or on resident’s yards.

A residential neighborhood is not equipped to handle this situation.

I support OPDs in Venice.

Susan Rosen, Venice