FAA demands understandable
The Federal Aviation Administration has every right to demand the
return of the $40 million grant. The Burbank Airport Authority
accepted the money with the intent of building a new airport but
failed to do so. For many years, the authority and the city were
playing cat-and-mouse with their decisions, and finally the big old
cat caught the mouse. A little less talk and more action makes things
happen much sooner.
Ivan W. Cregger
Feathered friend at Farmers’ Market
On April 5, I was asked to leave the Farmers’ Market in downtown
My crime: I had brought my best friend, Miguel, with me.
Miguel’s crime: He is a macaw.
Miguel has accompanied me to the Farmers’ Market many times. He is
well-behaved and sits on my shoulder, chattering happily to himself
and often saying “hi there” to passersby. He is the delight of
children and adults alike. Vendors have given him treats, and he
enjoys his time in the sun and all the attention.
Today, after walking once around the market to scope out prices, I
was approached by a woman whose name and official function are
unknown to me. I was told that I must leave because birds are not
permitted at the Farmers’ Market. I was further told that many of the
farmers were concerned because birds can be carries of exotic
Rather than risk a “scene,” I complied. Miguel and I went home,
minus the fruits and vegetables I had come to purchase.
I am very angry. The Farmers’ Market is held on a city-owned
parking lot. To my knowledge, it is not illegal to bring properly
controlled pets onto city parking lots. Many other patrons at the
Farmers’ Market are accompanied by pet dogs, and they are permitted
to stay. Wild birds on the telephone wires and in the trees are
permitted to stay. Why is my healthy bird singled out for exclusion?
In any event, I will be checking with the city to learn if it is,
in fact, unlawful to attend the Farmers’ Market with a bird.
In the meantime, I will be purchasing my fresh fruit and produce
elsewhere. I no longer feel welcome at the Farmers’ Market.
New signals tying up traffic
First, it was Will Ray who complained about the new traffic lights
screwing up traffic. Now, it is my turn.
The intersection in question is Olive Avenue and Victory
Boulevard. If city employees and officials thought I was persistent
in complaining about the intersections of Clark Avenue, Victory
Boulevard and Olive Avenue, they might want to hear me roar at a
future council meeting.
The day they were putting in the new signals, traffic was backed
up for blocks. They did not even warn the residents they would be
fooling around with the signals. Now, days later, the traffic is
still backing up and causing more problems. Due to the backlog,
drivers are trying harder to drive through the left-turn lane to get
to Olive Avenue. Even at 6:30 p.m., traffic going south on Victory
Boulevard was backed up north of Clark Avenue.
I was in the left-turn lane to go left onto Clark Avenue. Two
drivers wanted to drive through my left-turn lane. One had enough
sense to turn into the parking lot at the 7-Eleven store. The other
wanted to drive right through me and she became frustrated when I did
not budge. When I motioned that it was a left-turn lane, she finally
moved over to the appropriate lane.
I would like to thank city employees for their infinite wisdom in
changing the traffic lights for the worse instead of for the better.
Now come and fix it!
Traffic signs needed to keep drivers safe
Now that our City Council is comfortable within the confines of
the council chambers, I ask that the drivers in our community also be
afforded a safer path of travel.
Two corrective traffic signs at the lanes just south of Costco
would provide that safety.