Architecture overstated

Dear Editor:
While I’m glad that Chapman has purchased the Killefer site, with plans to rehab the building, as an architect I must take exception to your assessment of the building as an “architectural gem.” The design of the building is competent, but hardly a standout. (I paid attention to it while briefly consulting with one of the unsuccessful development teams.) The history of the building is really what makes it warrant saving. To over-glamourize the design itself is to discount works of architecture that are truly masterful.

Daniel Gehman, AIA

Property wrongs

Dear Editor:
I live in N. Tustin, but not in the immediate vicinity of the Tustin Hills Racquet Club. The proposed development will not affect me visually, but there will be a traffic impact. That being said, I am surprised that a group of people who supposedly believe in private property rights would behave as if the entire N. Tustin area is their HOA, and gives them the right to interfere in private property transactions. If the FCA is so opposed to the development on the site of the racquet club, then the proper thing for them to do is to pool their money and buy the property. Then they can do with it as they please. Just like the Ridgeline golf course in OPA years ago, the owner of the property gets screwed by the neighbors because they don’t want it developed, but they don’t want to pay the bucks for ownership. Can’t they see the hypocrisy here?  I say “put up or shut up!”

Mark Kamp
N. Tustin

Short-term solutions 

Dear Editor:
I recently read “Short-term rental complaints spur Orange council to action,” Foothills Sentry, February, which describes the complaints caused by short-term rentals of some houses. The effected neighbors and the owners of short-term rental houses have their own different perspectives, with both sides having appropriate reasons for their positions.       

With the development of network technology, online renting has become possible, especially with the help of several well-known websites. Online renting is becoming a trend. Guests can use the website to choose an appropriate house that meets their needs, and pay a lower price than the hotel. Renters can use their own vacant houses, or even rooms, to get extra income. Of course, it is also profitable for the website. This seems like an all-win situation. 

However, undisciplined guests, with excessive noise, parking, and gathering of people, have caused trouble to the neighbors and caused some security risks to the community. So it’s unfair to some people, especially innocent neighbors.

From the article, it seems “the city council seemed ready to pull the plug.” But is this really useful? Banning all things can be difficult to achieve. Reasonable and effective regulation is probably the better strategy. Public opinion and sound legal solutions can produce a good result. 

I hope that the guests will receive benefits, the renters will receive extra income, the neighbors will be respected, the city will receive tax, and an all-win situation will be realized.

Jane Shao

Time won't wait

Dear Editor:
“You’ll die of old age, but we’ll die of climate change,” is the message of some signs held by young climate protesters. They’re right, of course. But in reality, many people of all ages are already experiencing shorter lifespans due to global warming. Hotter temperatures cause increased air pollution, which can cause and aggravate respiratory diseases like asthma and emphysema, and can lead to heart attacks and early death. 

When I worked in emergency rooms, I personally witnessed and treated patients unable to breathe without medical intervention. Many suffered from the increased air pollution caused by wildfires and drought conditions. Air pollution has often been so toxic that we have been warned to not use wood-burning fireplaces and stay indoors.

There is much that each of us, as individuals, can do to combat the harmful and deadly effects of the climate emergency. 

First, since other developed countries with universal healthcare have longer lifespans, we can urge U.S. Rep. Lou Correa CA46 to join Rep. Katie Porter CA45 and others to support Medicare for All to provide everyone with needed medical treatment.

We can also choose to improve our health and save the planet for future generations by reducing or eliminating meat and dairy from our diets. That would cut back on greenhouse gas emissions from the animals, but also from fossil fuels used in transportation of livestock and feed that contribute to global warming. If everyone in this country limited just one meal a day to plant-based foods, it would greatly reduce our contribution to increased global temperatures.

We can also tell Reps. Correa and Porter to sign on to the Green New Deal, a nationwide plan that includes switching our country from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy from solar and wind power. That healthier and less expensive form of energy would be available to all of us represented by city councils if we demand that they pursue community choice energy.

Since fossil fuels, especially those used in transportation, cause much of the greenhouse gas emissions, we can slow down and even halt the dirty energy industry by divesting from mutual funds and retirement plans that include oil, gas and coal in their portfolios. Even more effective, is to take our money from the banks that finance the maintenance and construction of oil and gas pipelines.

Thousands of climate scientists around the world inform us that we have only about 10 years left to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before we reach the tipping point, at which time human intervention is no longer possible to stop the sixth mass extinction. This is a matter of life and death, especially for our young, and the future generations to come. The time to act is now.

Bill Honigman, M.D.
North Tustin 

March 2020