To the Editor:
I totally agree with the letter writer’s sentiments expressed in her July 21 letter wherein she stated that because of the deplorable choice in candidates for the 36th Congressional District, (i.e., Janice Hahn or Craig Huey), she decided to nullify her vote by voting for neither and expressing her dissatisfaction in the “write-in” section of her ballot.
I am a veteran election worker who values my right to vote and never fails to do so. However, after much thought and faced with a dismal choice, for the first time I too decided to vote for neither and write in my dissatisfaction, which canceled my ballot. A few fellow election workers did the same as well.
The reason I did this was the constant bombardment (mostly by the Hahn campaign) of negative mail about Huey, which filled my mailbox every day. I and others I spoke with were annoyed by her workers knocking on our doors and telephoning to ask if we liked Hahn and if we would vote for her. In all cases we said emphatically “no” and the reasons why.
I did get one negative mailer from the Huey campaign protesting Hahn’s misrepresentations and unfair and nasty antics.
In the primary, I debated whether to vote for Marcy Winograd or Debra Bowen and eventually chose Winograd. Both of these candidates conducted themselves professionally and more than adequately stated their goals should they win. Winograd and Bowen strongly protested that Hahn’s hardball tactics were totally out of line. After losing the primary, and being loyal Democrats, both eventually had no choice but to endorse Hahn.
During the recent California governor’s race, we had enough of this nonsense from losers Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. When will this stop and candidates be held to a much higher standard?
Nastiness doesn’t work and most people I talk to would have more respect for candidates if they would simply conduct themselves professionally, state their policies and goals and stick with it. No need to bad-mouth their opponents. Also, in public meetings, candidates who act up should be stopped and censored by the moderator each time they do it.
We had an extremely low turnout at the polls. When I reminded people to vote on July 12 most said it wasn’t worth bothering. Some said too much badly needed state money is being wasted on too many campaigns and they should be consolidated.
Also, there is so little coverage in the press and TV for elections. While there were a couple of public forums, many did not attend due to work schedules or did not even know about them. What about the children that are close to voting age? What kind of example are our candidates setting for them?
Sharon Miller, Los Angeles
Explains choice for new park name
To the Editor:
Certainly the official name that is given to the 6-acre park being built at our Santa Monica Civic Center is very important.
That is why I’m suggesting it be called what many people are already calling it when referring to the exciting new park that will be coming soon: Santa Monica Civic Center Park.
Some are suggesting names such as Santa Monica People’s Park or Santa Monica Central Park. With due respect to those wonderful parks, Santa Monica is an innovator not an imitator.
And, with the internationally renowned James Corner Field Operations group designing it, the park itself will be what is inspirational and exciting, so the name of the park needs only to be one that is honorable, dignified and location-based.
Years ago, I’m sure there were some that felt the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium would be a poor name for our new concert and performance venue, but that name has honorably stood the test of time.
This is our Santa Monica Civic Center! And the definition of “civic” has a positive community meaning. One definition says, “of or relating to the duties or activities of people in relation to their town, city or local area.”
With the name Santa Monica Civic Center Park (or Santa Monica Civic), people from all over the country and around the world will know Santa Monica is proud to have a world-class, environmentally friendly, and beautiful park smack dab in the heart of our Santa Monica Civic Center.
Jerry Rubin, Santa Monica
Argues walkway along main channel should be only for pedestrians
To the Editor:
The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and its traffic engineers have designated a portion of the walkway along the main channel in Marina del Rey for pedestrians only. The walkway that reaches the breakwater is narrow and is used by many senior citizens and toddlers, yet bikers use it at 10 and 15 miles per hour without so much as warning, “On your right.”
I was almost knocked down by a senior on a bike who claimed he had been riding there for 12 years. I guess he never saw the sign, which will be newly posted in a more prominent place.
Biking on this path, as on sidewalks, earns a large fine and should be discouraged. Just as bikers have their lanes, pedestrians should “own” narrow walkways.
Another accident in the waiting is the lack of a crosswalk where Via Marina turns the bend by the main channel. Many cars speed here, anxious to reach Pacific Avenue, and many grandmothers cross here with their precious cargo. This turn is not for speeding.
Since cars do not respect the “slow” sign or the speed limit, they should have to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk. Please.
Lynne Shapiro, Marina del Rey
Highlights 25th anniversary of Pacific Resident Theater
To the Editor:
Re: The Pacific Resident Theater anniversary in Venice:
I’ve been attending plays at the famed Guthrie Theater in Minnesota since its debut in 1963.
But right here, in our own backyard, is a world-class stage that consistently turns out exciting, thought-provoking work. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Pacific Resident Theater under the leadership of Artistic Director Marilyn Fox.
Don’t miss the current production – two, rarely produced one-act plays by J.M. Barrie, the author of “Peter Pan.” The direction and performances are stunning.
How fortunate we are to have this remarkable resource so close to home. Bravo to one and all.
Stephen Pouliot, Venice