The Times article about Wilmington's woes (Oct. 6) was excellent and applies to San Pedro as well. Both of these port cities generate millions of dollars in port usage and rental fees and yet these communities never benefit from this revenue. San Pedro and Wilmington residents must put up with increased noise, traffic, wear and tear of streets and increased lights at night.
We who live here know that the city of Los Angeles does not care about our quality of life. All one needs to do is drive through Wilmington and San Pedro and witness the decay in the parks, roads, schools and business districts. The Beacon Street Redevelopment Project has been "under way" for 15 years!
The problem is that the people of Wilmington and San Pedro do not have a political voice as long as they are part of the city of Los Angeles. Sure, Mayor Bradley makes his semi-annual trip to the harbor to cut another ribbon opening a new docking facility, and then hurries back uptown. Joan Milke Flores, our council person, is unresponsive to the needs of the community. Her public relations newsletters and releases are a fraud on our community.
San Pedro and Wilmington are the ugliest seaside communities on the West Coast (if you doubt this, drive down Gaffey Street or Pacific Avenue in San Pedro, or along Avalon Boulevard or Anaheim Avenue in Wilmington), due to neglect that is multifactorial: