Ways to improve city’s quality of life
Do you ever look around and just know Burbank would be a much
better place if certain things could be done? Every new City Council
comes up with up with a set of objectives. They usually miss a key
point. The devil is in the details. Don’t you wish:
* Those who choose to address the council and council members who
reply would lay out factual cases and stop imputing base motives
without proof? In other words, keep the thrust and parry of debate to
the issues without seeing a conspiracy in every action. After all,
mind-reading is in the realm of fortune-telling, and neither of which
has ever been a human strong suit.
* Drivers of all vehicles came to full stops at stop signs and
took the necessary two or three seconds to look both ways?
* The city would repaint all those center lanes used for left
turns so they would not tempt motorists to use them as regular
traffic or passing lanes?
* All city staff resided in the city and so had to live with their
decisions on potentially annoying or dangerous projects?
* The city posted signs that read, “Cyclists must obey all traffic
* The police put up the following sign at a different four-way
stop intersection each week: “A rolling stop is worth $150" (or
whatever is the current fine for that infraction).
* Every council member and city employee were required to read a
brief summary of the history to the Soviet Union’s 70 years of strong
* The city charter was modified to impose a limit of two terms on
membership on all boards and commissions? It would certainly help
create a membership that better reflected the changing ethnic
backgrounds in the city.
* The city charter was modified to require the city attorney to be
elected and a resident of the city?
* Left turns were not allowed into or out of corner convenience
malls and parking lots?
* City planners would modify parking requirements to reflect the
growing population of sport-utility vehicles by reducing the number
of spaces designated for compact cars?
* The council understood and acted on the idea that the only way
communities like Burbank will have a seat at the Federal airport
decision maker’s table is to force the issue through Congressional
action that writes into law a requirement that host cities have a
voice equal to the airlines, manufacturers, federal government and
* We had monthly, public financial statements of City Council and
the Board of Education performance against adopted budgets?
* The City Charter had a revolving door provision that all elected
officials of Burbank were barred from seeking city or school district
employment until two years after the expiration date of their elected
term of office?
* All Planning Board actions and building permits carried factual
evidence that supported the statement, “The project covered in this
action meets all parking requirements of the city codes and will not
create further traffic congestion?”
* The city would describe, in plain language, the money trail that
requires help when levying new or higher taxes or fees?
* The council would understand that hiking and cycling don’t mix
with bow hunting in our hillside areas, especially when they are in
proximity to residences?
Those aren’t much to ask, are they? Just think how traffic flow,
communications, safety and quality of life would improve.
Voting is a snap, according to writer
Regarding Debbie Berlin’s letter concerning voting: The city made
it easy to vote for those who wanted to. They provided voting hours
on the Saturday prior to the election, and there’s always voting by
mail. The city clerk is available by phone to answer questions about
polling places, which have long hours on voting days. Also, employers
are required by law to allow their employees to vote.
Ms. Berlin complains about the inconvenience of going to her
polling place as if it were on another planet. She can make it very
easy on herself, and host an election at her home next time if she
truly wants to “participate in all ways possible, particularly
Some people have enough “extra time” to compile a list of reasons
to not vote and enough “extra time” to write a letter about it, but
can’t find or make the “extra time” to actually vote.
Writer questions authority’s motives
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what’s going on
with the Airport Authority and Star Park. It’s dirty tricks in the
name of “profits.” I find the behavior reprehensible in the extreme.
If the airport feels it can’t compete with Star Park, maybe
commissioners should consider lowering their own rates.
The main thing this episode brings to my mind is this: These
people, engaged in the most dubious of business practices, are the
same ones who expect us to believe what they say, and trust them with
the expansion of the airport for “purely safety purposes” and believe
them when they say voluntary curfews are sufficient. Yeah, right.
If this is the way they conduct business, they first airline that
offers them a bonus will be allowed to run red-eye flights at 3 a.m.
Therefore, we need to regulate them at every turn and leave nothing
to their word or honor. They have none.
LORI J. MCCAFFERY