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March 2, 2003
"From the moment one enters, there is a feeling of dislocation." "The power to disorientate and disturb ... " Are these the attributes we desire at the heart of our great cities? Whatever happened to humanity, dignity and awe? ("Building Resolve," Feb. 23) Particularly galling is Peter Eisenman's dismissal of the people who will be stuck with these sterile academic exercises: "You can talk to the public, but I don't think they should say what books should be read, or what is good art or music."
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December 11, 2005
RE Christopher Hawthorne's "In the Rush to Rebuild, a House Divided" [Dec. 4]: The Modernist carping about Andres Duany, Peter Calthorpe et al being called upon to help with the Katrina rebuilding reminds me of Modernist composers complaining that major orchestras only play "the classics." The fact is that academic music has become "music for musicians" just as Modernist architecture has become "architecture for architects." If the New Urbanist approach would lead to "a silly, Disney-fied cartoon version" of the city, as Reed Kroloff says, then we must likewise assume that a Modernist would create a carnival of curved and crazily canted structures serving as nothing more than a monument to a massive architectural ego. Classical forms endure long after fashion fades.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1997
I was disappointed that The Times took such a jaundiced view of Supervisor Frank Schillo's plan for providing personal transportation to some of those moving from welfare to work. A lack of transportation, along with child care, is one of the major problems facing anyone entering the job market. Schillo has shown the courage to initiate a truly innovative approach to solving this problem. Far from being a giveaway, the program provides a lesson in responsibility while enabling the recipient to enter the work force--and stay there.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2003
"From the moment one enters, there is a feeling of dislocation." "The power to disorientate and disturb ... " Are these the attributes we desire at the heart of our great cities? Whatever happened to humanity, dignity and awe? ("Building Resolve," Feb. 23) Particularly galling is Peter Eisenman's dismissal of the people who will be stuck with these sterile academic exercises: "You can talk to the public, but I don't think they should say what books should be read, or what is good art or music."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1998
Re "Gov. Wilson's Proposal to Cut Car Tax," June 16 letter from Jonathan Sharkey, mayor of Port Hueneme. This mayor is from a city that wanted to establish a view tax. The state, counties and cities love to take but what they give back to the people is a joke. Port Hueneme is once again working on its one and only through street. This street has been under construction for the past five years. A 15% tax cut should be great for Hueneme, no more fund allocations for future digs on Venture Road.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2005
RE Christopher Hawthorne's "In the Rush to Rebuild, a House Divided" [Dec. 4]: The Modernist carping about Andres Duany, Peter Calthorpe et al being called upon to help with the Katrina rebuilding reminds me of Modernist composers complaining that major orchestras only play "the classics." The fact is that academic music has become "music for musicians" just as Modernist architecture has become "architecture for architects." If the New Urbanist approach would lead to "a silly, Disney-fied cartoon version" of the city, as Reed Kroloff says, then we must likewise assume that a Modernist would create a carnival of curved and crazily canted structures serving as nothing more than a monument to a massive architectural ego. Classical forms endure long after fashion fades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1997
In a recent article about the issue of water fluoridation in Port Hueneme, it was reported that I had said that I would not follow the direction of the City Council, and would vote against fluoridation should the issue come before the water agency board of directors. My actual quote was, "I could never be directed to vote in any manner that I considered to be not in the best interests of the people in this community." I hope that all elected officials feel the same way. While it may be possible to interpret my statement as a flat refusal to comply with the direction of the majority of the City Council, in this case, more than nuance was lost.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2002
I can well imagine being exasperated at Cher if I were a music critic ("Written Off ... Unfairly?," by Robert Hilburn, Aug. 18). As one of the masses, however, I have the ability to sit back and take in her movies, her plays, her TV shows, her celebrity, as well as her music. I had the pleasure of catching Cher's farewell tour in Oakland, and she mentioned that although she's giving up the grand arena spectacles, she will continue to make her "own little records." Her recent "little record" "not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1994
The failure of Measure Z in Port Hueneme and the subsequent talk of a utilities tax raise some issues that need to be addressed. Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of American conservatism, said that "taxes are the price we pay for civilization." I firmly believe that it is not so much that people object to paying taxes as they object to the way the government spends the taxes it collects. The good people who worked so diligently on the campaign and the great majority of voters who supported the measure bear this out. Nonetheless, we must ask how we got to the point where public safety is tossed into the political arena to be booted about like a football.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1998 | HOLLY WOLCOTT
A celebration will be held Wednesday to mark the addition of more children's programs, books, magazines and extended hours at Ray D. Prueter Library. The additions were made possible by $10,000 raised by the Friends of the Ray D. Prueter Library and a $10,000 gift from the city, said Trish Cavanaugh, a spokeswoman for the county's Library Services Agency. The festivities begin at 11 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2002
I can well imagine being exasperated at Cher if I were a music critic ("Written Off ... Unfairly?," by Robert Hilburn, Aug. 18). As one of the masses, however, I have the ability to sit back and take in her movies, her plays, her TV shows, her celebrity, as well as her music. I had the pleasure of catching Cher's farewell tour in Oakland, and she mentioned that although she's giving up the grand arena spectacles, she will continue to make her "own little records." Her recent "little record" "not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1998
Re "Gov. Wilson's Proposal to Cut Car Tax," June 16 letter from Jonathan Sharkey, mayor of Port Hueneme. This mayor is from a city that wanted to establish a view tax. The state, counties and cities love to take but what they give back to the people is a joke. Port Hueneme is once again working on its one and only through street. This street has been under construction for the past five years. A 15% tax cut should be great for Hueneme, no more fund allocations for future digs on Venture Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1997
I was disappointed that The Times took such a jaundiced view of Supervisor Frank Schillo's plan for providing personal transportation to some of those moving from welfare to work. A lack of transportation, along with child care, is one of the major problems facing anyone entering the job market. Schillo has shown the courage to initiate a truly innovative approach to solving this problem. Far from being a giveaway, the program provides a lesson in responsibility while enabling the recipient to enter the work force--and stay there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1997
In a recent article about the issue of water fluoridation in Port Hueneme, it was reported that I had said that I would not follow the direction of the City Council, and would vote against fluoridation should the issue come before the water agency board of directors. My actual quote was, "I could never be directed to vote in any manner that I considered to be not in the best interests of the people in this community." I hope that all elected officials feel the same way. While it may be possible to interpret my statement as a flat refusal to comply with the direction of the majority of the City Council, in this case, more than nuance was lost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1994
The failure of Measure Z in Port Hueneme and the subsequent talk of a utilities tax raise some issues that need to be addressed. Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of American conservatism, said that "taxes are the price we pay for civilization." I firmly believe that it is not so much that people object to paying taxes as they object to the way the government spends the taxes it collects. The good people who worked so diligently on the campaign and the great majority of voters who supported the measure bear this out. Nonetheless, we must ask how we got to the point where public safety is tossed into the political arena to be booted about like a football.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1996 | NICK GREEN
Port Hueneme is putting dogs and their owners on a longer leash, agreeing to relax rules designed to restrict their access to the city's beachfront. The City Council on Wednesday voted to amend an ordinance that had banned dogs from the south side of Surfside Drive. The change would permit dog walkers to stroll on the ocean side of the street that parallels the city beach as well as popular paths on that side of the road. Dogs would still be prohibited from the beach itself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1998 | PAULA PISANI
The City Council has decided the old fishing pier off Port Hueneme Beach Park needs fixing. The council voted unanimously Oct. 21 to negotiate with the John S. Meek Co. for the reconstruction project. Built in the 1960s, the pier was damaged during winter storms in 1995. Repairs scheduled to begin in September of last year were postponed based on forecasts of El Nino storm conditions last winter--and the pier did sustain additional damage in February.
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