Protect Public Safety: Stop Them from Closing the Marina Sheriff’s Station
On Monday, May 4th, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced plans to close the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station as of July 1st due to budget restrictions imposed on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by the Board of Supervisors. As you may know, this is the station that serves unincorporated areas of the County including Ladera Heights, View Park, Windsor Hills, and Marina del Rey.
In response, Ladera Heights Civic Association, United Homeowners’ Association II, and ViewPark.org are, among other things, collecting signatures for our joint petition to encourage the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors to rethink this irresponsible decision that will adversely impact our community.
It is clear that the station’s closure will increase response times and reduce patrol unit presence in our community, while the amount of cost savings from closing this station represents only a small fraction of the total budget deficit facing the Sheriff’s Department. At a time when we need a station in close proximity to our community, it is telling that we are instead battling to maintain a station several miles away in an adjacent community.
It is important for Sheriff Villanueva and other County officials to hear directly from their impacted constituents, so we strongly encourage you to personally express your concerns about this poor public safety decision by contacting them directly.
If you agree that closing our Sheriff’s Station is unacceptable and will adversely impact your safety, property value, and quality of life, please do these two steps:
If you would prefer to call to voice your displeasure instead, here are the numbers: Sheriff Villanueva: (213) 229-1850 and the LA County Board of Supervisors: (213) 974-2222
These unexpected efforts will continue to take an enormous amount of time and resources. We ask that if this is a cause you feel strongly about and have the resources to give, please make a contribution to the LHCA to help us win this fight.
In the coming days, we will be sharing a collective response and community strategy. In the meantime, thank you for your support and concern, and please know that we continue to work and advocate for the best interests of our community.