Resident suggests some of this ‘blight of trash’ be recycled, rather than sending it to landfills

To the Editor:

This is the current picture of the blight of trash that exists every week at the Westchester Municipal Building.

These 11 or 12 trash recepticals are jammed full of office paper, paper dishes, paper cups and various paper products. Some of these items are recyclable and should not be sent to a landfill.

The lids are never closed, attracting flies, etc. Someone who is paid to put out the trash containers has no idea how to do their job.

Also, does the Westchester Municipal Building have a full-time restaurant? All those paper plates, cups, etc. are coming from somewhere.

Richard Rome,, Westchester

Loud music drowns out conversations at promenade

To the Editor:

I have to point out a neglected problem that persists and disrupts the enjoyment of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

The problem is the street performers with their amplified speakers and very high volumes to the degree that we cannot have a normal conversation in the outdoor restaurants.

Apart from that, not only one but two, or even three different sets of speakers from different performers reach our ears and the final product drives us crazy.

One performer hears the beat of the next and cranks up the volume to be heard. Subsequently, the other one cranks his volume up and this creates a chain reaction and a chaos of sound, especially on the weekends.

Some drummers also drive us crazy and they are the loudest.

I strongly suggest that the authorities take the matter under control and limit the decibels (even if it requires decibel metering devices), or else the promenade will remain a blend of cacophony to spoil everyone’s fun.

Anthony Hudaverdi, Santa Monica

Says column on mast-up storage did not ‘go the distance’

Letter to the Editor:

The column in the September 17th issue of The Argonaut, “Boaters anxious after mast-up storage increases” did not nearly go the distance to explain the boaters’ concerns.

The author states our recreational boat storage is a luxury. While it may have been a luxury for him in his small town, our voters in densely populated Los Angeles chose to designate this area for the public use and boating. The people of California were not daydreaming when they instituted the California Coastal Act to help protect these valuable resources. In a time where more citizens are shouting and/or arming themselves at political rallies, we should not be trying to eliminate recreational activities.

We are in the worst recession since the Great Depression. For Los Angeles County to raise the fees in mast-up storage by 60 to 62 percent at this time is unconscionable and will inevitably create vacancies. The goal of the developers and the county to manufacture vacancies encourages decision-makers in the regulatory process to favor condominiums, hotels, and restaurants for the harbor. The developers/ county are seeking a continual shrinking of this public resource to obtain immediate revenue without concern of the long-term consequences.

Santos Kreimann, our harbor director, says that he is not planning on getting rid of mast-up. I believe what he is not saying is that he is going to try to cut 800 more slips, diminishing the harbor’s capacity from 6,000 to 4,000 boats in the last 15 years (originally configured by the Army Corps of Engineers for 8,000 boats).

The “steward” of the harbor should not be managing against the intent of what it was created for. I don’t believe our managing librarian for the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library would encourage Starbucks to move into our library. Would we want to reduce the Marina del Rey Visitors Center by 50 percent to make room for another Pinkberry? Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants are nice, but they are not coastal-dependent like our boats are.

Jon Nahhas, Playa del Rey