Traffic woes are
only going to get worse
Traffic, traffic everywhere -- isn’t there going to be any relief?
Not likely in the near future. Not only is the rapid population
growth expected to outpace proposed transportation remedies, but some
current congestion relief projects have been put on hold because of
Average speeds are decreasing. I look down from the Pass Avenue
overpass near my home and the Ventura (134) Freeway and see that
traffic is creeping along at the earlier hours.
The housing development in Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley will
worsen gridlock unless they create more jobs closer to commuters’
Why don’t they build more housing in Burbank to minimize commuter
traffic from outlying areas? Because Burbank earns more tax money by
building “big box” stores like Costco.
Lets not forget the obvious ways to lessen traffic -- carpooling,
shuttle buses and synchronized traffic lights.
Payoff could have
paid for a teacher
I would just like to add a different perspective to your editorial
comments about all the fuss and hard feelings for $56,000. That
amount equals one teacher. Dr. Aponik has always had a job, and I
hear he just took a new job in another school district.
Many teachers were initially laid off and most have been given
their jobs back. Some teachers have not. The money that Dr. Aponik
wanted and finally did receive could help pay for at least one of
those teachers. I just think that people should be reminded of the
consequences of “just $56,000" being taken from the Burbank Unified
School District at this time.
Airport curfew should be enforced seven days a week
I applaud the Burbank City Council for drafting warning letters to
several airlines that violate the so called “voluntary” curfew on
Sunday. But what about the other six days a week? Are we not entitled
to peace and quiet Monday through Saturday also?
I believe the time is coming for Burbank to start flexing its
muscle. If the people of this great state can start a recall election
against a governor, we can certainly do something about a few
arrogant airlines who think the curfew is just a “suggestion” and not
a mandate of the people.
Why not ask the people of Burbank how they feel about airport
noise? Then let’s start fining these guys who like to interrupt our
peace and quiet with their giant, polluting aircraft in the early
morning and late evening hours. Burbank belongs to its people, and
we’re ready to take it back!