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Letter: Waterfront Workshops an 'Elaborate Hoax'?

With the impending demolition of the octagon building beside the Redondo Beach Pier, Barbara Epstein wonders whether residents really have a say in the waterfront process.

Editor's note: The following letter was sent to District 5 Councilman Matt Kilroy. The author gave permission for it to be published here.

We have been attending the Harbor Revitalization meetings and thought they wanted our input.

Nothing was even mentioned about demolishing this landmark (the octagon building) at the meeting we attended. On the contrary, discussion swirled around great uses for this interesting structure.

I voted for a merry-go-round, others suggested a marine study use.

We now are getting suspicious that these public meetings are nothing but an exercise to fool the public into believing we actually have something to say about the future of the pier and harbor. We now realize that the public meetings are likely an elaborate hoax and all the decisions have already been made for us, whether we like the outcomes or not.

Barbara Epstein
Redondo Beach

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Tiger Putts February 07, 2013 at 02:54 AM
I have to agree with Barbara. An elaborate ruse and waste of time.
Jim Light February 07, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I am going to give CenterCal the benefit of the doubt until I see their plans. They seem genuinely concerned about what we want as residents. The octagonal building on the pier was beyond repair and would have had to be demolished anyway. Like Barbara, the groups I have been in wanted something public there with ideas ranging from art to aquarium to museum to science center. I still think that should be considered. I liked the unique architecture of the building, it is a shame the City didn't maintain it. But we should not blame CenterCal. I am cautiously optimistic and will reserve judgement until we see what they present in their plan.
Kelly Sarkisian February 07, 2013 at 05:34 AM
This buildings main supports we're made of wood, you could see how much they were rotted from just walking by. There was no point in maintaining a very old building that was not generating income. Tearing it down will not change the future plans for the location. I'm sure it will become something great in the future.
Matthew Kilroy February 08, 2013 at 05:26 AM
I actually haven't seen the letter yet. However I will post a few comments here. I agree with Jim and Kelly's comments. The only reason it hadn't been torn down before was because we had hoped to have the developer do it. With regards to the development at the Harbor and Pier area. I can tell you that I don't have any preconceived ideas about what should be there. I do have criteria that I will judge it by. It must be supported by a majority of the residents. It improve traffic, views, and parking. It must be economically sustainable. In order to be economically sustainable I am beginning to think less might be more. The more that is invested the more will have to be earned and the greater the traffic and parking problems. Quality not quantity would be my mantra. I have intentionally stayed out of the visioning process because I want to see what the residents want. I don't want to interject my views. I agree with Jim's view of staying cautiously optimistic and not trying to be cynical.
Grant Patterson February 22, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Matt, thanks for your views on this issue. I too will wait until something is presented although I also get frustrated with meetings that seam to be less than productive. I am encouraged by the "less is more", "Quality not Quantity" that Matt is suggesting. I don't want to taint this thread but there needs to be future vision brought into the mix with what ever happens on the AES sight. The development of this area is going to be a very large undertaking and the vision needs to be set now so the 2 projects are well designed. As we all know the traffic for all of the Harbor area comes from limited access roads.

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