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ALL WRITEY!!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS/CRITICISMS/LOVE NOTES/WITTICISMS

Most of the this week’s reader feedback was to a pair of reports on the Long Beach City Council’s 7-1 vote to grant BANCAP  a $3,000 reduction of its monthly lease of city-owned waterfront property on the Seaport Marina because a sub-tenant, the Seal Beach Yacht Club, needs a break on its rent because of declining membership. BANCAP is headed by a pair of rich socialites, Stephen T. Conley and John W. Hancock.

But first…

APRIL 19, “‘UP IN SMOKE’ AT ART THEATRE TONIGHT: HELP DISTRICT WEEKLY’S UNPAID FREELANCERS”

Dave’s not here, man. / HOWARD X.

APRIL 20, “WHY ARE LB TAXPAYERS BEING ASKED TO COVER THE RISK OF TWO WELL-CONNECTED MILLIONAIRES?”

I could sure use a reduction on my property taxes. Could you tell me where to send my belated campaign contributions and how much money I need to send for my reduction? / WILL CULLEN

 This kind of cronyism and double-standard (buck-up by your boot-straps, only-the-strong-survive jingoism) gets my attention as a financial victim of poor city planning.  What is your sense of whether voters really care? / BILL GRISOLIA

 Lovely story, Dave. Rake that muck! / DICK BARNES

As you can see from the attached link, both Steve Conley and John Hancock were on Gary DeLong’s election advisory committee and Steve Conley was the chairman. And now re-elected Councilman DeLong is paying back his gazillionaire buddies with our taxpayer’s money. http://garydelong.com/advisorycmte.asp  / UNCLE MIKE

APRIL 21, “TONIA REYES URANGA OBJECTS, BUT COUNCIL BAILS OUT BANCAP AND SEAL BEACH YACHT CLUB”

 Correct me if I am wrong! It is a safe bet to assume that BANCAP, Mr. Conley, Mr. Hancock, their employees and immediate family members will contribute substantial amounts of money to the future election campaigns and post-election campaign debt retirement fundraisers of the seven city council members who voted yes Tuesday night in favor of the future financial interest of BANCAP. / DWIGHT K. SNIDER

If the sky is falling on a City Hall-favored insider, it’s only OBVIOUS, no explanation/excuse/apology ever required, that all L.B. taxpayers must take the hit. Ironic that the only public objection came from someone [Reyes Uranga] who on another recent occasion notoriously referred to the city’s must-protect ‘family’ as again – OBVIOUSLY – comprising not all taxpayers but rather City Hall and its employees. / JOE WEINSTEIN

Are those opposed to this action suggesting the Council should have just said no, and lost the much greater amount of revenue when SBYC left? / QUESTION

 Fly specks in pepper compared to the amazing sweetheart deal at the Wrong Beach Yacht Club, which the real guys infest. / WRONG BEACH

I wonder if the Seal Beach Yacht Club might be “successful” if it was a bit less elitist. I bet there are lots of families who might join a club where they and their kids could take sailing lessons and sail together for a nominal sum. If the City is “giving away” deals, there MUST be a public benefit—and I doubt that the “prestige” of having the yacht club is worth it. If there is no benefit, they should be charged market rate, adjusted appropriately per whatever measure the parties agree on. Period. / WE DESERVE BETTER

 Hand me down a couple-grand reduction on my mortgage and I could build a dock from my house to the cement pond they call the LA River. Maybe the North Long Beach Yacht Club should be established for this type of slush over the next 25 years. Where do we sign up when we can’t get more police or our potholes filled? Since the market sets the rates why are we interceding? SBYC is not serving very many Long Beach citizens and even though a 3k stipend is not much it is too much when it looks like a gifting of taxpayer dollars just to save a lease. I guess we all need to be in line for the rest of gimmes. / IBENCRUZIN

 APRIL 23, “WHILE LOCAL TEACHERS TWIST IN THE WIND, DOWNEY DISTRICT APPROVES A LAYOFF-LESS CONTRACT”

Here’s where I’m truly stumped: For the last several years enrollment has declined rapidly, yet teachers have not been laid off. Don’t get me wrong — I hate to see teachers lose their jobs. I just truly don’t understand the messages we have received from the LBUSD over the last few years. First, we were told (starting about five years ago) that there was a budget crisis because enrollment was rapidly declining — thus impacting the financial dividends the state sends on a per-pupil basis. But I don’t recall there having been any teacher layoffs, and I definitely don’t remember there having been any administrative layoffs. Wouldn’t that have meant that classrooms have been sitting half-empty? Now there’s talk by the LBUSD about massive teacher layoffs, and that classes are going to swell to almost unmanageable sizes because of it. Maybe I’m being too simplistic here. But if you have five pickle jars with five pickles each, and 10 pickles are eaten, that leaves two empty jars. When you throw away those two empty jars, how do the other three jars become more crowded? / DIANA BOSETTI

I don’t think the Downey school district is anywhere near the size of the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). I am not sure how they are avoiding pay reductions, etc. But LBUSD already has 34 or 35 [students] in upper elementary [classes] so I don’t think that kind of strategy would work. LBUSD may not be the most efficient organization in the world, but they do a pretty good job compared to many districts across the country. Let’s lay the blame where it belongs—the Long Beach community, as well as the greater California community, has chosen to under-fund education. Last year we could have all put $92 in the pot for a few years and much if this could have been mitigated. / JV

Maybe Downey is doing better because they have been planning and preparing for this budget crisis for some time. Anyone who is paying attention—and you would have hoped that would have been the LBUSD administration—could have seen this coming. But instead of making smaller cuts along the way, they kicked the can down the road and now have a huge crisis. The top administrators keep their jobs and perks but the kids, teachers, and custodians all pay the price. / LBUSD ALUM

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