Says Coastal Commission denied rights of Venice property owners to restrict overnight parking

To the Editor:

As a longtime resident and property owner in one of the five disputed OPDs (Overnight Parking Districts) in Venice, I have been following the debate on parking restrictions with interest.

What amazes me is the copious amount of misguided reactions from the “stewards” of our environment. I live near Lincoln and Venice, more than a mile from the beach, and cannot understand how restricting overnight parking on my street in any way impacts beach access.

The Coastal Commission in denying the right of property owners to vote for parking restrictions said, that RVs on the streets were “part of the fabric of life in Venice.” I would love to see one of these sewage spewing hazards park in front of the Coastal Commissioners’ homes to impart a bit of that “fabric of life” to their neighborhoods.

Venice Neighborhood Council vice president Linda Lucks, who opposes the OPDs, says that the parking restrictions will “take away the use of parking spaces for residents in the beach impact zone” [The Argonaut, August 13th, “Residents group sues Coastal Commission over denial of permits for overnight parking restrictions”]. The reality is exactly the opposite.

The entire point of the OPDs is to preserve parking for residents in these areas and to restrict the overnight parking of non-resident vehicles so residents have places to park their cars. I wholeheartedly support the lawsuit and hope to see the day when we have the right to regulate who parks on our streets as so many other neighborhoods in L.A. already have.

Ed Colman, Venice

Misses two-dollar handicapped permit parking at Marina hospital

To the Editor:

A few weeks ago, on one of my necessary medical visits to Marina Del Rey Hospital and doctors in the adjacent building, I was completely surprised on exiting the parking lot when I was advised that my handicapped permit was no longer accepted and the previous reasonable price of $2 dollars was now $10 dollars.

When I called the hospital about it, I was told that the new parking arrangement was to “spruce up” the parking lot to make it more “pleasant.” (I thought it quite satisfactory as it was.) I understand sadly that, as businesses, hospitals and medical facilities are facing increasing costs, but raising parking fees is no answer. I still hope that a reasonable solution will be found for the minority who need handicapped parking.

I have had medical experiences at Marina Del Rey hospital and doctors nearby who have all been very professional, medically courteous and extremely helpful and I want to thank and appreciate and let people in the Marina and nearby know we are forever grateful to Marina Del Rey Hospital.

Fred Newman, Marina del Rey