Protect Our Village
I am so tired of this nuisance group calling themselves Protect Our Village throwing rocks under the train.
They’re seeking to put up roadblocks for the Caruso development wherever they can. For goodness sake, it’s a business district just like the last one was. We didn’t get up in arms about that.
And this small group of “supposedly” 120 is not the voice of the Alphabet Streets, or the Bluffs, or Marquez, or The Huntington, or The Riviera or The Highlands.
It’s mainly two frustrated retired attorneys who don’t like that they’re going to be living in or close to the center of town, just like they did when Mort’s was the anchor tenant. And, wow, Mort’s often had entertainment at night. Were you sending cease and desist letters then? Or is it just the polished and refined Rick Caruso that you are so hell bent on needling?
I really can’t get over the entitlement factor that people exhibit when it comes to this Village revitalization.
Caruso has gone way beyond his legal obligations: He has solicited opinion, he has altered his plans to assuage fears, he spent his money to build employee parking when he didn’t have to.
But, like spoiled children, all these two vocalists for POV can do is whine and stamp their feet because the market is being treated like a market and not like a retail clothing shop.
Stop this “protectionism.” I want this development and I’ve talked to at least 150 other people who want it too. Stop trying to ruin it.
All it takes is for one kid to pollute the waters and then everyone has to get out of the pool. Enough already.
Cost of Business
I have noticed remarks in the Palisadian-Post regarding Rick Caruso’s new shopping center. It seems some people feel he should lease some stores that are not too expensive for those of us who cannot afford these prices.
Well, I feel I must add my two cents: Caruso spent years and went through a whole lot of meetings, etc. to get this project approved. He must have paid top dollar for the ground, dragging out tons of dust, much planning, etc.
I do not feel he is in business to lose money. It will take many years to recapture his investment and make money. Therefore, he really must charge huge rents to businesses that will pass along the cost to customers. What else is new?
I appreciate the explanation of the Veterans Garden plan by the Park Advisory Board. I am now aboard.
However, I agree with Abigail Smith’s letter to the editor in the Sept. 14 edition of the Post that three bocce courts are a bit much. The simple calculation of four players an hour for a ten-hour day indicates that the courts accommodate 840 players per week. I don’t think the demand is there.
How about one of them, instead, being a horseshoe or shuffleboard court, which are definitely more American than bocce? Or perhaps set aside for a few benches for the veteran old-timers.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus shared news of her breast cancer diagnosis in a heartfelt Instagram post and tweet last Thursday, writing, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.” She went on to say, “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Women’s cancer statistics are unsettling, especially when the data cracks open and we see our own face, our sister’s face or our mother’s face looking back at us. We remember that cancer is intensely personal.
Louis-Dreyfus is an active member of our Palisadian community. Her announcement reminds us how important a loving community of support is, how individual each woman’s experience is and the importance of health care that is affordable.
The Santa Monica-based and prevention-focused Lynne Cohen Foundation advocates for underserved populations of at-risk women across the country and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this January.
According to a foundation spokesperson, it is crucial that women who are at increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer know their options for prevention and early detection. Factors that may put a woman at increased risk include age, genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and 2, family history, or Ashkenazi Jewish decent. It is important to understand the interplay between these factors (even following diagnosis) in order to determine future risk.
The Lynne Cohen Foundation funds and oversees four Preventive Care Clinics across the country in which interdisciplinary teams of physicians and specialists collaborate to chart a personalized course of prevention for each patient, regardless of insurance coverage.
Amy Cohen Epstein founded the Lynne Cohen Foundation when she was just 21 years old after losing her mom to ovarian cancer. She remembers her mom as a “vivacious advocate for collaborative and equal access medicine.” The foundation that now bears her mother’s name carries on the heart of that work and advocacy.
Under Cohen Epstein’s ongoing leadership, the foundation focuses on touching real women’s lives today through its interdisciplinary Preventive Care Clinics, annual Kickin’ Cancer! athletic events and Peony Project Educational Gatherings.
Much like Louis-Dreyfus’ message, the Lynne Cohen Foundation puts faces to figures, and brings women into community and care. We are stronger when we take action early to survive and thrive, band together and invest in the health of those around us.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To learn more about what you can do to and for more information about the Lynne Cohen Foundation, visit lynnecohenfoundation.org.
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