Letters to the Editor: Jan. 13, 2011

Money down DWP drain

We need to stand up and be heard.

It costs every citizen in Seal Beach for our City Council to sue the owners of the DWP property for right-of-way, which has never been denied to the public and will cost over half a million dollars in lawyer fees if the City loses in court.

What is our city doing about the DWP property on First Street other than feeding the lawyers for he city and developers?  Suing for eminent domain against the DWP property owners for what? When the property is developed with 70 percent open space the owners are willing to give the access road for the beach parking lot to the citizens of Seal Beach?  Why then is our City Council in such a hurry to spend our money on lawsuits?  What is our City Council going to do when the state takes away its Redevelopment Agency money?

Stan Anderson

Seal Beach

Owners should give the DWP land to the people

Come on, the DWP property cost the current owners under $5 million.

Stop fighting like little children. The property owners should do the right thing and Take A Tax Deduction,

Donate the property to the city and the city should name the street after the property owners, the name will live on long after they have passed on.

People will wonder who were they and think of them as special people because they have a Street named after them.

If you can’t have everything when you are here get your name on something for when you are gone. Do the right thing. Life goes by too fast.

Penny Peniocord

Seal Beach

Disproportionate increases

Leisure World Mutual One last year increased the charge for the laundry machine use from the Leisure World Mutuals’ average of 35 cents to 75 cents in one overnight leap.

Now we learn that before we can have the pest control to get rid of infestation—previously part of our monthly payments—we must make out a check for $10—another disproportionate increase.

Sally Diamond

Seal Beach Leisure World

Response to ‘He who steals Trash’

The need to take from trashcans, I should imagine is a need indeed.

The need to sell items taken from trashcans to make a little money to buy food or perhaps to pay for some shelter.

Those of us living in our warm homes with plenty of food in our cupboards perhaps should think “there but for the grace of God.”

Jean Ashmead

Protecting pets

Thank you for reporting on our efforts in recovering lost dogs in Rossmoor. The Rossmoor Predator Management Team has been extremely successful in reuniting owners with their pets. We highly recommend that all dogs have dog tags with name, phone number and address (if possible). This is the fastest way of getting your pet home.

We also suggest having your dog chipped. By law, a veterinarian has to scan all new dogs to new pet owners. Owners have had great success by immediately placing flyers up with a picture of their lost pet and telephone number.

The Rossmoor Predator Management Team can now be seen at its new Web site: rossmoorpredatormanagementteam.com. Please join 300 neighbors strong in keeping Rossmoor safe for kids & pets.

Rebecca Lara and Jean Ashmead, Rossmoor Predator Management Team

Commercial use best for DWP property

The Sun has done yeoman work in publishing community ideas as to how theDWP property should be used. Years ago, many interested residents prepared the present zoning for the property.

While the proposal called for a hotel on the Marina side of the property, it does not now appear feasible.

However, it is zoned commercial. Suggestions that a housing tract will bring revenues to the city are totally false. Two decades ago the Associated General Contractors and the Home Builders Association admitted housing tracts cost the communities money; they did not generate income. This is due to the additional costs of the infrastructure, such as police, fire, sewer, etc.

If the city is seeking more revenue, albeit it is not needed according to city officials, a sales tax producer such as Cosco, Walmart or even a car dealership should be considered. With revenues from a commercial operation the city would have funds to create the park.

As a final thought, new homes are just not selling on today’s market.

Bruce Stark

Seal Beach