Letters

Gratitude for history preservation

We should all congratulate the Manhattan Beach City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Steve Napolitano, for its designation of 2820 Highland Ave. as a historical landmark and the adoption of the first Mills Act Contract in this city. The property owners also need a big “thank you” for they have worked very hard with the city staff to protect this 1932 Spanish Revival architecture.

Manhattan Beach was once under the rule of the City of Los Angeles. However, the forefathers of this community had the insight and courage to be independent and create their own lifestyle. Soon the little city-by-the-sea found itself being identified and promoted as one of the finest places to live with unique characteristics.

Today, like many other communities, we are fighting the “paving of paradise” and rapidly losing our historical landmarks. Growth and change in any context is inevitable, however it need not happen from lack of appreciation or development greed. Common sense should always balance demolition with preservation of a town’s character.

“Those who made history yesterday and those who keep history alive today, help bring a knowledgeable link of Manhattan Beach’s uniqueness to future generations.”

—Jan Dennis, Manhattan Beach

Thank you, HBPD

Big shout out to the Hermosa Beach Police department. There was an incident at my house facing the Greenbelt early Wednesday morning where I had to call our police department. They arrived immediately and took care of the incident in the highly professional way we expect. I didn’t get the name of the three police officers who responded, but many thanks from my family.

—Bob Itzinger, Hermosa Beach

Redondo Beach fire studies

Spend $26,000 on a LA County Fire Department study that could potentially save $6 million.

Not sure why the Redondo Beach City Council even hesitated in this effort. Or why a former fire chief was allowed to filibuster the council meeting for nearly 30 minutes making up all sort of unsubstantiated reasons to stop it.

We potentially could improve current service and response times, provide more advanced equipment, better training for our fire department personnel and increased savings to the city in a time we are facing a budget shortfall. Add to that 70% of the Fire Department Union supports the study so that means even better motivated staff and increased compensation. Seems like a no brainer to explore and see if it’s something than could work.

After a filibuster, the council did finally vote to proceed in a 3-2 vote. When we get the study back, we need to have an independent expert check the report and decide what is best for our city, not staff and department management who have already shown their bias.

—Wayne Craig, Redondo Beach

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