(Editor’s note: Unlike a small-town newspaper, that publishes once a week and goes to a limited number of homes, Circling the News is on the internet and has wide readership. This editor made a decision when the website` was first rolled out to protect and inform local residents. Names of residents, who may be called out by the numerous trolls that also live in cyberspace, are not printed. Regarding the controversial Potrero Canyon opening on December 10, among others, CTN received two interesting comments that we share with readers.)
One wrote: Portrero will become the biggest crime generating, homeless disaster the Palisades has ever seen. I said the same 20 years ago.
Who do you think will actually go through this park in the late hours to make sure all is well? NO ONE! Is the correct answer. They don’t have the funding, manpower or interest.
You’ll be writing about this for years to come.
A second reader wrote: What Bonin’s aide Noah Fleishman stated in the Potrero zoom meeting update last week (December 1) was false.
1) There definitely are no gates at the PCH side of the canyon.
2) There is the same standing water in the canyon from rains two weeks ago (between storm drains) in the areas of Frontera to Chapala, and further west. Mosquitoes have returned to the adjacent residential homes.
3) The run-offs and drainage troughs are already blocked with soil.
4) Park hours have not been changed as promised (from dawn to dusk). And apparently there is no set date on the LA City Council’s agenda to even discuss passing a motion to do so.
5) Signage and naming of the park are not complete. This was made clear in the Recreation and Park Board of Commissioners retreat last week (December 1).
The Park is not ready for “opening.”
Doing so is a careless act that places the area residents and park visitors at risk. And our resident taxpayers are at risk of huge potential payouts if the City’s actions are found to be careless.