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Parking permits, ‘Camperships,’ the NRA and overdevelopment on readers’ minds

Recently the city of Burbank sent out notices to residents who live on streets with permit parking. Those residents will, as of April, have to purchase permits to park in front of their homes.

A few years ago, the Burbank Police encouraged residents on my block to sign a petition for permit parking signs. Most of the residents signed the petition in order to alleviate student problems on the street. Problems persist.

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There are seven residents on my block who park in front of their homes, so they would need to purchase permits. That equals $70 per year. If law/parking enforcement wrote one or two tickets per year (as rightly deserved), they could generate the income without need for the permits.

A two-hour parking restriction is on my block weekdays. Parking enforcement rarely comes by unless residents request them for violations. The city seems disingenuous in promoting and urging neighborhoods to get permits when they don't have the ability or capacity to enforce them.

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The city will make money on residents across Burbank and we get nothing in return.

The fees have the effect of discriminating against residents in favor of outsiders or commuters who use our streets.

I encourage residents to attend the Tuesday night City Council meetings and protest this injustice. I have been contacted by the administrative staff from the city to "explain the permitting process" to me. I heard no valid reason for their mysterious administration fees. I was informed that our taxes do not cover parking enforcement. So, what do our taxes cover?

Please speak up and ask the City Council to rescind these egregious parking fees.

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Jane Harrison

Burbank

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It is Campership time. Since 1936, the Burbank Coordinating Council has sent hundreds of low-income, at risk and homeless children, ages 8 to 18, to a week of either day camp or resident camp each summer. Applications are available at schools, Burbank libraries, and on the website www.burbankcoordinatingcouncil.org.

We have several ways to support the program. Campership Coffee is available online at verdugocoffee.com, and you may designate BCC as your charity on AmazonSmile. We are partnered with H&R Block so anyone can go to their offices and mention Burbank Coordinating Council as their charity. Even if it is for a second look, BCC gets $20 for campers. Also, schools and businesses are holding "Coins for Campers" contests to raise funds for the Campership program, with winners getting ice cream parties. Contact us and we will bring you a bottle to fill with coins, bills or checks to help the kids! Call (818) 216-9377 or email bcccamperships@aol.com. Or, you can donate directly to BCC through the website or mail to Burbank Coordinating Council, PO Box 10126, Burbank, CA 91510.

With the way things are in the world around us, we need camp programs and experiences more than ever to help our children learn about how to become confident adults who live and work cooperatively and in leadership roles. They are truly our future. Helping children helps everyone. We all win!

Janet Diel,

President

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Burbank Coordinating Council

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I think it would be very beneficial for the members of our City Council, planning board and other city officials to take a trip over to look at and consider what is going on in Glendale. A ride on Pacific and Central avenues, Orange Street, Broadway and others should show them how overbuilt, congestive buildings are spoiling a fine city.

The only people I feel will benefit from the Burbank IKEA land project are the developer, the contractor and IKEA. Do our officials really think this is what the citizens of Burbank want? After that trip to Glendale, maybe they can go to the Burbank Town Center and really look at it and see all the empty buildings and consider all the fine businesses that have left — and they want to have more retail? It is time to rethink this project using common sense and logic and considering what is actually best for the city of Burbank.

Nancy White

Burbank

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Re: "NRA should be outlawed," Mailbag, March 3. In case letter writer Molly Shore doesn't know it, the NRA consists of millions of voting taxpayers who want their 2nd Amendment rights protected from unreasonable people such as her.

The funny thing about Shore's letter is that you could substitute the NRA with the Teacher's Union, or the UAW or SEIU or any other union. Just as union members do, NRA members vote and support politicians that protect their interests and withhold support when facing opposition, such as politicians that support gun control.

It's just like members of the teacher's union, UAW or SEIU that will not vote for a politician who doesn't support their cause. If the NRA is holding politicians or anyone hostage, then so is the teacher's union, the UAW and SEIU.

Since the shooting in Florida, it seems as though all the outrage is directed toward the NRA and select politicians instead of the shooter, who could have been stopped by existing laws and law enforcement, had they not been asleep on the job.

Eric Dresser

Burbank

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