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Strange Political Tradition in Marina del Rey

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[<B>Full disclosure</B>: While this columnist has been doing fact checking, and file organization work for the Marian (del Rey, CA) Tenants Association, the thought occurred that a collection of tidbits might be of interest to the folks outside the Los Angeles enclave because a quick recapitulation of some of the top news briefs might serve as a paradigm for all the examples of antagonism in contemporary American culture which exist among/between voters, journalist, and politicians of all parties. Lest any reader make the assumption that some of this column has been fictionalized in an attempt to achieve humor, we will insert the boring academic style citations that prove "we're not making this stuff up."]

<B>Republicans, Democrats, Voters, and Journalists participate in a perpetual round robin of squabbling</B>

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On August 13, 1961, on page one of the Los Angeles Examiner, Jack Keating, under the headline "County's New Giveaway Deals" wrote: "Something is DEAD WRONG with concession leasing and land deals under Los Angeles County's multi-million dollar recreation program that leaves the door wide open for the Board of Supervisors to give favored parties 'special treatment.'" The story suggested: "The need for a major shakeup in policies of the county board is indicated."

In "The Urban Marina: Managing and Developing Marina del Rey" written by Marsha V. Rood and Robert Warren (for the Center fro Urban affairs Sea Grant Program and published by USC) notes, on page 36, that at the same time the Express was questioning the possibility of Giveaway Deals: "In August 1961, the Small Property Owners League of Los Angeles County and the Venice Canal Improvement Association asked by letter that the County Grand Jury investigate the propriety, if not the legality, of a number of the Marina's aspects, . . ." On page 37, readers learn "No Grand Jury action was taken on the request."

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In the forward to the study, published in 1974, it was stated: "No explicit decision was made on the basis of public debate to transform the recreational boating facility into a multi-million dollar regional activity center with predominantly land-oriented development."

In the Thirties, the Army Corps of Engineering held a hearing to explore the possibility of building a man made marina on the Western edge of Los Angeles County. When Mrs. Edmund S. Fuller, of the National Audubon Society, wanted to discuss the seventy three species of birds in the area, she was informed the Army Corps of Engineer's weren't authorized to consider environmental issues. The tradition of evading public input had been established two decades before the ceremonial first shovelful of dirt had been excavated.

After the formal dedication ceremony was held in 1965, the locals immediately began the tradition of squabbling with the politicians. Boat owners fought slip rate increases and, after a series of rapid rent increases, area residents formed a Tenants Association to advocate a need for rent control.

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By June of 1979, when the County Board of Supervisors faced the issue of a proposal to impose controls in the county's incorporated areas, the Los Angeles Times wrote an editorial on June 1, which noted: "Like other attempts to limit rents, it would be a snare and a delusion."

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