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On Target, Transit Mall

March 11, 2001

Dear Editor,

(Re: Frank Gruber's column "Return to Target," Friday, March 9)

You appear intent on casting the debate over the Target store as some ultranuanced Shakespearean drama. All the world is a stage and Frank will tell each which part they have just played.

Why are you so utterly unwilling to acknowledge that the deep logic behind this debate was essentially a simple one: Is the benefit of this proposal worth the traffic it will generate?

Five council members said no, two said yes. The noes have it. Let's move on.

Dennis Zane
Santa Monica


March 11, 2001

Dear Editor,

(Re: "Return to Target," Friday, March 9)

Once again you are making sense, even if no one listens. The details are illuminating. I was unable to attend the council meeting where our shopping fate was sealed, so the commentary is helpful.

I think as a condition of public office, we should require all Los Angelenos to make at least yearly trips to cities that work. Yes they are messy and crowded, but they have the vitality we seem to embrace with ambivalence.

I wonder -- have each of the 5 no votes explained how we can have an affordable housing policy that recieves significant public support and funding, a well regarded and subsidized public transit system (the Big Blue Bus), and no affordable shopping?

Keep it up.

Craig Hamilton
Santa Monica


March 11, 2001

Dear Editor,

(Re: "Return to Target," Friday, March 9)

That was an excellent analysis of the different positions of the City Council re the logic or lack of it. From what they said. its a pleasure to have such accountability present in our city.

I had to remember what I read in Kevin McKeown's biography when he was running for City Council: he aspired to be a rocket scientist -- he didn't become one! -- and Michael (Feinstein) with his glib politspeak... I'm going to buy him a copy of Rudolph Flesch's book,"The Art of Plain Talk."

Thanks very much & keep up the good work. I hope someday there will be a
compilation of some kind.

Best regards,

George George
Santa Monica


March 9, 2001

Dear Editor,

You know I'm not a big fan of Frank Gruber's columns. That being said, the column ("Return to Target," Friday, March 9) is brilliant and should be "must reading" for the politicians as well as interested citizens. Bravo!!!

Bill Bauer
Santa Monica


March 9, 2001

Dear Editor,

Thank you for a wonderfully written (AND ACCURATE) account of the Target situation.

That the council voted down Target is a disgrace and a disservice to the MANY Santa Monicans who needed the convenience, prices, and quality that a Target offers.

Thank you for speaking out.

Nina M. Edwards
Santa Monica Voter


March 9, 2001

Dear Editor,

Right on Frank! Just wanted you to know I agree with everything you said.

Linda Sullivan
Santa Monica


March 8, 2001

Dear Editor,

(Re: "Return to Target")

Bravo! A cogent, readable piece that laid out the issues, and villains...with style.

Congrats.

Steve Conant


March 8, 2001

Dear Editor,

Bravo, to Frank Gruber for his column on Target. Katz, Holbrook, Feinstein, McKeown and Bloom need to be taken to task for aligning their votes with the narrow interests of the existing commercial property owners who don't want price point competition.

Traffic is not a good enough excuse to shape our downtown into just another upscale shopping area, like Montana Avenue and Main Street. Genser and O'Connor "got" it -- vibrant downtowns are crowded, and diverse.

Kathy Weremiuk
Santa Monica


March 6, 2001

Dear Editor,

I do have great hopes as far as Mr.Larmore's talent is concerned, it grows in the practice.

However, all interruptions while the Transit Mall is going to be created simply must happen. At the end of the line we will have a great system that will be good for the community.

I am sure that elderly people and others can use the system if it is planned to reach the edges of our city.

Bruria Finkel
Santa Monica


March 1, 2001

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the fine and concise article on City Council's deliberation and decision regarding the Target project.

I do have one correction to your article. I did not say I wanted the Transit Mall project delayed. My discussion with (Planning Director) Ms Frick was regarding the time it would take the CITY to bring our signal system in the downtown into sync. so traffic could be improved.

She commented that "SHE" did not want to start the signalization coordination until the Transit Mall was in place. I commented that the Transit Mall might be delayed as a pending lawsuit was in the works. Actually, as I commented to Ms Frick, the CITY could commence the signal coordination on all of the other streets and wait on Broadway and SM Blvd.

Thanks for all the good work you are doing

Herb Katz
City Council


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