Signals give everyone their ‘turn’
While nobody can dispute that the five-points reconfiguration
project is anything but a debacle, I, for one, am happy to see all
the new left-turn lights.
My experience is that most people are either in such a hurry that
they make risky turns or are so timid toward oncoming traffic that
they hold up traffic by allowing only one car in the whole left-turn
lane to turn.
This way, everyone gets their “turn” safely. As to synchronized
stoplights, this seems such an obvious traffic management tool, I’d
like someone to explain why it isn’t implemented as broadly as one
Playground space is not for all kids
The new Buena Vista Library and Lincoln Park had their grand
opening in December. Sure, the library is beautiful, but the
playground in the park is pathetic. It is a tot playground. I was
never on any committee for planning this playground, but I did put a
suggestion in the box at the old Buena Vista Library. I wonder if the
people planning the park even read my suggestion. I live so close to
the library that I should have been informed of such a committee, or
at least been able to send a reply card to give a suggestion.
Frankly, the people who have good ideas for playgrounds are not
sitting behind desks -- they are parents who take their kids to
We all hear about child obesity. Yet when the city can do
something to help our children with this problem, they bail out. A
playground with equipment suited for older kids would encourage
children to be active.
There are no bathrooms in the park for the public to use. At the
November meeting of the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community
Services Department board, I was told that the library bathrooms
would be accessible when the library is closed. Well, they are not.
Besides, the bathrooms are by the entrance on Buena Vista Street, not
Verdugo Avenue, where they would have been more accessible for people
enjoying the park and kids playing on the playground.
Dropping Rogers disappointed reader
This is just to tell you that the Burbank Leader without Will
Rogers is just another little community newspaper without the
substance its readers deserve. I could say much more but I assume you
have already heard it. It’s a shame you have chosen not to run his
column any longer. This community is all the poorer for this decision
and therefore, I am a very disappointed reader.