Letters to the Editor

Published September 17, 2009

Hermosa’s golden years

If J.R. Reviczky’s golden years were with Burgie Benz with his beer can at a city council meeting, Julie Oakes with her Plaza sparkling sidewalks, and John Bowler who couldn’t run his own business let alone the city’s, and lastly Sam Edgerton who thought yelling for a cab at 2 a.m. and liked in turning Hermosa Beach into Boston, where he should have stayed, then like J.R. said “it was time to go” (“four-term councilman calls it quits, “ER August 13, 2009). Most people are proud that they came to Hermosa Beach and purchased a home 30 years ago and did well. It’s too bad all of the rent rats had to leave town and the Pier. J.R will miss them. It seems that now, there are not enough wild parties and bars for him to get invited to, or thrown out of as he puts it. He might have to sit in his million dollar home, drink a beer and not bother his neighbor. J.R.’s golden years are just starting.

Cody Cullen
Hermosa Beach

Fiesta of fools

Dear ER:

Labor Day weekend in Hermosa Beach, where half a million visitors come into our fair city; 250,000 of which take to the beaches or tour the Fiesta Hermosa, while the other 250,000 drive around looking for a place to park.

Fiesta Hermosa, the largest craft show in the known universe; where artisans sell the nail files, bookmarks and toe rings you just can’t live without.

I wondered as I wandered past potpourri decanters, designer light switch plates and invisible bra straps, why I see so few festival goers carrying around bags with stuff they bought from the vendors? And if you spent thousands of dollars for a 48 by 48 painting or a 300 pound copper penguin, would you have to carry it yourself to your car?

Fiesta has something for every taste, too, as long as your tastes run high in fat and cholesterol. Over-priced chicken wings, funnel cakes, churros, fried anything. And who could pass up one of those foot-long bratwursts covered in onions and sauerkraut? Wash it all down in a couple of gallons of beer or sugary lemonade and you’ve obviously picked your side in the war on obesity.

One concept of the event I do not understand: If printers copy money, it’s counterfeiting. If a painter copies another painter, it’s a fraud. But if musicians copy another’s music, it’s called a tribute band. These copycat crooners took to the main Fiesta stage like surfers on the first good swell of the season. We had The Doors, Santana, The Kinks, Journey to name but a few. Why any musician worth a note would want to perfect the work of another is beyond my comprehension, but let’s hope for more in 2010. My suggestions for next years’ tribute bands: Donnie and Marie Osmond, the original Broadway cast from Oh Calcutta and Millie Vanilli.

At the Fiesta, as in past years, tattoos were everywhere, literally and figuratively. Snakes, flames, icons, flowers and gang symbols were festooned on every seeable/conceivable body part. And not only do we witness the new designs, but we can see many of the prior year’s tats, and how they have held up to the sagging pressures of life. I noticed one obviously pious tattooed fellow’s chest where Jesus was no longer hanging on the cross, but more in an arms-outstretched seated position, resting his butt on a new ridge of perfectly positioned belly fat. And although I didn’t do an actual count, I’m positive that the greatest number of female tattoos is placed on the coccyx area of the spine, which is right above the butt crack for the non-medical readers of this letter. I wonder if the girls get needled in this area so they won’t have to be ashamed looking at it every day?

Out of the Fiesta and onto the beach, seen are families/groups out for that one last weekend of the summer. They have packed up their Sultan’s tent, portable gas grill, Barcalounger, buffet tables, 12 boogie boards, 32-can ice chest, 26 volleyballs, shovels, playpen, towels and a gallon of SPF 300 sun block (the only thing stronger is a blanket) all into the family Terminator SUV to spend a relaxing day on the beautiful beaches of Hermosa. The amount of stuff brought to the beach is the only thing rising faster than our national debt.

Yes Labor Day weekend, the last chance for crazed cyclists to peddle down the Strand at 30 miles per hour, dodging the four abreast walkers, aluminum can collectors, 11 pups on parade and little kids ignored by their parents. The last opportunity to suck beer out of a tube as ‘friend’ pours it into the funnel above, to fry your skin into the first stage of melanoma, purchase ‘physician approved’ five-dollar sunglasses, get run over by a skateboarder, see HBPD’s finest on their new Segway scooters and stand in a line of 30 for a bathroom break.

Ah summer, gone but not forgotten.

Jim Stevens
Hermosa Beach

Rocky point is solid, environmentally

Dear ER:

These comments are to express my opposition to the closure of the Rocky Point area. Its strategic location and access points make it a favorite fishing place for the average sport fisherman.
I have fished and skin-dived recreationally in this area for more than 60 years, and I feel I have acquired some firsthand knowledge regarding the marine life here. Over the years, I have seen reductions of some species: abalones, rock scallops, and in general, the bottom dwellers. On the other hand, particularly in recent years, we have seen an increase of migratory fish: yellowtail, white sea bass, barracudas, etc. Within and around the massive fertile kelp beds of the Rocky Point area, divers continue to see a thriving and countless numbers of species of fish.

I am a sport diver and member of a well known sport diving club, breath-holding only, and I am in total agreement with any constructive conservation measure. My fellow divers and I exercise exceptional responsibility in the selective taking of marine life. We do care about the future.
The selective taking of these game fish, such as yellowtail, white sea bass, and others, by sport fishing methods within the manner and take, and restrictive limits already in place as set forth by the California Fish and Game Rules and Guide Lines, has not, and will not, adversely affect the marine life population here.

For this exceptionally popular fishing area to be off limits to sport fishermen is not only unfair to the individual fisherman but creates an enormous economic impact for all the related businesses in the local area. It is not sound environmental or economical justification.

Bob Sellers
LA Fathomiers Dive Club