Letter to the Editor

No reason to honor Vons appeal

I have the honor of being a part of a longtime islander family, Fred and Lousie Paulson.  

Fred served on the City Council and served as mayor during the opening of the Casino in 1929.  

My wife and I enjoy our second home here in Avalon.  My other home is in San Pedro.  I served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for two years.

No reason to honor Vons appeal

I have the honor of being a part of a longtime islander family, Fred and Lousie Paulson.  

Fred served on the City Council and served as mayor during the opening of the Casino in 1929.  

My wife and I enjoy our second home here in Avalon.  My other home is in San Pedro.  I served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for two years.

The current City Council has a special historical opportunity to encourage measured economic growth in Avalon with the investment of Vons in replacing its aging facilities with a new environmentally planned business in a centrally commercially zoned location within the city.  

Such improvements will address our current energy crisis here in Avalon.

The City Planning Commission has done its due diligence in recommending approval of the project with the mitigations requested from Vons in its approval of the project.  

This is a challenge for the elected officials to accommodate well planned economic growth for the strategic future of the community, while being sensitive to those impacts that come from the change of land use within the city community plan.  

The Planning Commission has from my experience as a city planning commissioner reviewed the various merits of the proposed project.  I am not aware of any legal reasons that the appeal of the project should be honored, given the legal planning laws that apply to such projects.

Jerry and Lorraine Gaines

Avalon and San Pedro

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