Rep. Cox flew the coop on El Toro
As far as I'm concerned, Rep. Chris Cox has no legacy to speak of.
He opted out of any political contest that appeared to be a struggle,
and he did not go to bat for an airport at El Toro.
I feel he abandoned Newport Beach by not using any influence he
could muster to fight for that airport and caved in to Irvine by
letting those in favor of the so-called Great Park have their way.
Thus a great facility was wasted, and now John Wayne Airport is
overcrowded and will continue to be in the years ahead, as the
population keeps growing, and the need for another airport grows ever
I feel Cox should have gone to the governor to use his influence
to insist that El Toro be built into a great international airport.
The land was there, with a wide buffer zone, and the necessity is
still definitely there.
Failure to support airport is Cox's legacy
Rep. Chris Cox's legacy is the fact that he failed to support El
Toro airport, when he should have been supporting that for the people
of the district. He is a failure.
ALBERT M. GRAHAM JR.
Marinapark best as passive bay-front site
The best use of Marinapark is a passive park that increases access
to the bay front for all of the public and highlights the unique role
of the bay in Newport Beach -- as an ecosystem and as a water-use
Marinapark is uniquely situated to expand bay-front access to the
general public. Too much bay frontage has already been converted into
development for either public or private uses, and we need to take
this opportunity to expand the "window on the bay" with a park which
all -- not just a few -- can access and enjoy.
Therefore, I disagree with Steve Smith's suggestion to use
Marinapark for soccer fields ("On the town," Wednesday). In the big
picture, soccer fields can be put in a variety of locations; the bay
view and bay access can be provided only on the bay.
As a dominant use, soccer fields would discourage people
visitoring the area for the simple pleasure of enjoying the beach.
Second, there would be increased car trips for the single purpose of
delivering players to the soccer fields. Third, soccer fields require
extensive watering and possible use of pesticides to maintain turf.
Placing this use near the bay would require extensive monitoring to
reduce runoff. Finally, it appears to me that Newport Beach has
enough soccer fields, with the addition of Bonita Sports Park and use
of school soccer fields. This is an observation; any data on how
Newport Beach's ratio of soccer-field space per player compares to
other cities would, of course, be helpful.
Smith hits all the right points
I wanted to compliment Steve Smith and the Pilot on printing such
a positive spin on issues that have been such troublesome
consternation for the populace of our city and for all of Newport
Beach ("On the town," Saturday).
All of them -- Marina Park, Triangle Square, St. Andrew's Church
and the need for soccer fields -- are important issues for different
people, and it is refreshing to have him point out that our system is
a good one, and we all need to be patient in walking through the
Again, thank you very much, and compliments to Steve Smith.
Homeless have it worse than elephants
When I saw the elephants at the Orange County Fair, it appeared
they had it pretty darn good. They are fed regularly, washed and
cleaned, praised and loved by those around them, are not in the face
of danger and have a home to go to on a daily basis. They are
employed and have to work only an hour at a time.
Last year, it was reported that there were approximately 35,000
homeless people in Orange County. Unfortunately, the majority of them
do not enjoy such luxury as the elephants do.
While I understand and respect our First Amendment rights, it is
hard for me to comprehend the priorities of a group like the Orange
County People for Animals. How can you devote your energy to animals
that are obviously well taken care of, when there are humans in the
streets of Orange County undergoing far greater hardships than any
animal at the fair?
Yes, the elephants indeed have it pretty darn good.