Judy Rae

Letters to the Editor 4-4-19

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Postal shame

Dear ER:

Shame on the Redondo Post Office [“Redondo Beach Council told post office problems are systemic,” ER March 21, 2019]. I am a retired letter carrier living in Hermosa. I worked for 31 years in West L.A., same route for 25 years.

At our station, supervisors and even the station manager would , put on their jeans and walking shoes if we were short handed. They would help carry mail or do the 5 p.m. collections. Some nights management would be out past 9 p.m. making sure all mail was delivered. When was the last  time any management or station manager did that in Redondo Beach?

PS: Shame on your letter from “Pension Bust!” [March 28, 2019], saying retiring baby boomers are going to break the Post Office. Union wages and overtime helped me buy a three-bedroom three bath house in Hermosa for $260,000 in 1992. Now I am a millionaire. Thank you Postal Union.

‘Mailman Bob’

Hermosa Beach

No-Fun move

Dear ER:

The space will probably sit empty for years, not generating a penny of revenue, while bureaucrats have meetings [“Fun Factory owner Steve Shoemaker wants to extend his pier lease. The city’s not playing along,” ER March 21, 2019].

Kevin Holladay

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No response

Dear ER:

One of the first acts of new Hermosa Beach City Manager Suja Lowenthal’s administration was to implement a speaker-card system in City Council meetings.Her administration posited that the speaker-card program would enable staff to more efficiently reply and respond to resident concerns expressed in the council meetings. This certainly has not happened, at least not in my case.

Since the speaker-card system was implemented, I’ve spoken at many council meetings on issues related to the 27th Street truck-route problem, making recommendations and asking very specific questions. Each time I’ve spoken, I’ve filled out a speaker-card and included my email address, assuming staff would follow up. I’ve spoken to issues that are neither nebulous nor difficult to understand and respond to.

, I’ve pointed out that 27th has not always been inundated with heavy trucks. It’s the result of systematic roadway changes and land use policies approved by the council that ,have routed more and more heavy truck traffic onto 27th and away from other routes.

Given this, I have asked that 27th be considered a de facto truck route and the requisite safety, near-roadway pollution, noise and vibration studies be done to determine if it is appropriate for the city to continue to allow this, or if using 27th Street as a truck route is an inappropriate and unsafe use. No response.

I’ve asked the city to follow up on my suggestions to establish heavy truck ingress and egress routes as part of the city’s permit process for all residential and commercial demolition projects, with an eye towards minimizing safety hazards, noise and vibration impacts, and to route trucks to wider and flatter roads, where houses are further from the traffic, such as Herondo and Pier Avenue.

It is worth considering that construction trucks usually travel many miles just to get to Hermosa.  The idea that the commercial interests would be negatively impacted by using a slightly longer route is ridiculous. No response.

I’ve asked that the city post truck routes for commercial delivery trucks in the loading dock of central business district businesses. No response.

I’ve asked that the engineering specifications and the RFP for the long overdue 27th Street paving project be completed this year, so that we don’t have to wait well into 2020 for 27th to be repaved. Our road has failed and the stopgap patches put in six weeks ago have already failed in many places. No response.

I’ve asked that the city utilize its resources and available technology to capture data on the number and types of heavy trucks using 27th Street legally and illegally to service the Plaza area and Hermosa Avenue businesses as well as construction sites over the entire westside of Hermosa, not just in North Hermosa.

I’ve even provided specific technologies and methods that could be evaluated for suitability. Without hard data on the number and types of trucks using our east-west roads it is impossible to intelligently assess the impact or possible mitigations. No response.

I hope that I’m the only resident experiencing an abject failure of the speaker-card system to facilitate a more responsive city bureaucracy; and that the promises made at the outset of the program were not just “glossy-lipstick served with a bowl of empty candy wrappers”.

Anthony Higgins

Hermosa Beach

Change for the worse

Dear ER:

Sadly, this is the result when the beach communities decided to “beautify” and change the ambience of a small town community to attract more “tourists.” [“Thieves target surfers’ cars in El Porto,” ER  March 21, 2019]. I lived on the border of Hermosa and Manhattan for several decades. I visited a few years ago and felt completely out of place. My friend said, ‘Maybe you changed.’ Nope. The town has changed.

Shugyokan Dojo

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Origin story

Dear ER:

My husband Noel Palm were members of the church committee that founded the Free Clinic [“Free Clinic For All,” ER March 30, 2019]. Noel was president at the start. We had a hard time finding a place to open the clinic. Every South Bay city shut us out by requiring a conditional use permit to establish a medical facility. We lived on 1827 9th St., Manhattan Beach (still do) so when I noticed a vacancy coming up in a medical office in the 1800 block of Manhattan Beach Boulevard, I went over to check it out. Sure enough, it was available, and although Manhattan Beach wanted to reject us like the other cities, they couldn’t because no conditional use permit was required. Then they said, “Well, you’ll be bringing in all those dirty hippies from LA.” Wrong. The kids who flocked to the Free Clinic were mostly local kids.

We knew co-founder Dee Loco and her family well. It was the only organization I’ve ever been in where, if you called another member for help, they would immediately drop whatever they were doing and come to your aid.

We held the first meeting in the basement of our church (at that time, South Bay Christian, on Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo). My husband was a great fundraiser for several years and the clinic succeeded beyond our wildest dreams

Thank you for your excellent article.

Sally Palm

Manhattan Beach

Youth first

Dear ER:

First build space and activities for our youth, then put in other options [“BCHD ‘tours’ planned project,” ER March 28, 2019].

Bruce Szeles

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More back ‘n’ forth

Dear ER:

I was puzzled by Wayne Powell’s personal attack on me in last week’s Letters To The Editor column [“Stern Rebuke,” March 28]. His letter came more than three weeks after the recent Manhattan Beach City Council election was held. Wayne’s voting record and his positions on issues were well documented in City Council minutes and local newspaper reports during his years on the Manhattan Beach City Council. Over 7,000 Manhattan Beach residents voted in the recent, March 5 election. They rejected Powell’s bid for a third term based on his demonstrated voting record of fiscal irresponsibility and inability to control bloated (and over compensated) executive level city hall staffing.

Powell  finished a distant fifth in a race for two seats. Personal attacks on me will not change his  unfortunate voting history and the subsequent election results. Congratulations to winners Suzanne Hadley and Hildy Stern.

Summer is coming. Let’s put elections behind us and enjoy the beach.

Bob Holmes

Manhattan Beach

Supporters of the South Bay Family Health Clinic celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday with an awards dinner at the Torrance Marriott. The clinic began as the Free Clinic in Manhattan Beach in 1969. Among the attendees were (center) Community Pillar of the Year honoree and former board president Annette Graw, clinic co-founders Dee Lococo and Pat Dreisler and outreach director Brooke McIntyre Tuley. Photo by Kevin Cody


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