Mailbag: City isn't showing concern for residents

We are told that our water is scarce, so we must conserve. That is excellent advice, and we take it seriously, for we must take care of our natural resources. However, does our government follow its own advice, or is it do as I say, not as I do?

I've lived in Huntington Beach since 1965 and it is an ideal place to live — the beach and almost perfect weather.

The weather has changed little, but the peaceful community is gone.

The powers-that-be do not appear to be concerned about, nor truly represent the residents of the city. They seem more interested in increasing the population and tourists. Of course, that means more money.

The Pacific City development will add plenty to the coffer, along with increased traffic, more stress on the downtown alcohol nightmare and a drain on our water.

When driving through downtown recently, I was appalled at the overbuilding of houses: two-story, multiple-family homes squished together with cars parked on the streets. Are there any garages? For how many cars? What happened to the original houses that had character and certainly were not in need of replacement? Isn't parking a problem for all the outside revelers?

And there's more to come: Apartment buildings are rising on busy streets like Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue. Can't you see the future traffic, or do you live in ivory towers? There is no useful public transportation so there will be more cars on the streets.

All these new homes will require water, won't they? So the Poseidon Desalination Plant will come to the rescue, but has the company really been successful and how much will it cost residents?

Gretel Hines

Huntington Beach


Anti-park building is not anti senior

Re: "Greatest generation deserves center," June 12.

Again, I feel compelled to respond to the mischaracterization of opposition to the proposed senior center in Central Park as "anti-senior."

The claim in Dave Sullivan's letter that those who oppose the center "display the height of selfish ingratitude" is inaccurate and insulting.

The supporters of the project continue to turn a blind eye to the legitimate reservations of many community members and those who oppose their pet project. I might add, by some definitions, I am a senior citizen.

Many feel the so-called Palace in the Park is a multiuse community facility masquerading as a senior center in order to gain public acceptance. It is a development project that now requires millions in public funding though it was first touted as "not costing the taxpayers a dime."

The debt service on the funding and increased operating and maintenance costs will be a significant burden on our city budget.

Sullivan and others have continued their rhetoric instead of providing sensible facts and figures. They refuse to come up with or provide adequate data and cost estimates on the prep and construction work, leaving the public in the dark.

Trying to bash opponents and appeal to emotion over reason is not conducive to either the success or acceptance of the project. Our seniors deserve better.

Tim Geddes

Huntington Beach


Politicians should clean up after themselves

Nearly three weeks after the primary elections, poster boards for Orange County Supervisor candidates Joe Carchio and Allan Mansoor were still littering our streets.

The ability to clean up after ourselves is a matter of character. Maybe we should consider this lack of character next time these two characters run for office.

Rex Parker

Huntington Beach

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