Being saddled with our ‘good neighbors’
The Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) has always maintained
that they want to be “good neighbors” to the residents of Burbank
that live next door. Well, we want everyone to know what these good
neighbors are like.
On Oct. 11, our “good neighbors” held an outdoor non-equestrian
party approximately 200 feet from our front door. They made sure the
music was loud enough for everyone in a three-block radius to hear.
And they had a great deejay. We could tell this because, standing on
our front patio, the music was so loud that we were unable to carry
on a normal conversation. In fact, we were not able to converse in
our living room for the same reason.
The people attending the party had a great time. How did we know
this? They were screaming and yelling to the music, and at times they
managed to get to the microphone just to make sure that we knew they
were having a good time.
The party ended at 10 p.m. But, of course, they had to clean up
after the party. This meant they had large trucks and equipment in
the area directly below our bedroom window to assist in the removal
of the sound equipment, tents, tables, dance floor and catering
equipment. There was constant clanging and banging of poles and
equipment. This project went on until approximately 2 or 2:30 a.m.
What we really enjoyed was the wonderful sound that trucks make when
backing up. That sound is the same as an alarm clock, so having it go
off every few seconds made it impossible to sleep.
This was not the first party the LAEC has held this summer. In
August, they held an equestrian event called Hot August Nights. This
event was on the other side of their property, but somehow they
managed to get the sound system pointed toward our condos and turned
the sound up loud enough so that we were able to take part in that as
well. This party went on until late into the night.
A Citizen’s Advisory Committee was formed six months ago, yet has
never had a meeting. The citizens of Burbank and Glendale are
suffering and the LAEC doesn’t care. What will it take to get them to
obey the noise laws and respect the residents who live adjacent to
SCOTT G. DUNLEVIE
What is it with people
and their cell phones?
What prompts people who use cell phones to speak in such loud
voices? I know a quiet-spoken person who goes 180 degrees to a very
loud person when speaking on his cell phone. Does the phone cast a
hypnotic spell on the speaker to cause his decibel rating to rise?
When walking down the supermarket aisles, when reading a newspaper
in the coffee shop, when strolling down a street, I hear more and
more people ranting on their cell phones. On some calls, very
personal conversations are heard. Are these people conscious that
there are other people nearby?
It must be the air of importance one has in either giving or
receiving a call on their cell phone. What may be even more
disconcerting is the musical ring when the phone is ringing.
There’s an eating establishment in my area that has a sign on the
window that reads “No cell phones are to be used in this restaurant.”
I applaud them.
No question, these phones are good for emergencies and in that
case are appropriate. That would hold true in our local high schools,
where their use is being debated.
In New York, their use while driving in an automobile is
restricted. Good idea. To be preoccupied with talking on a cell phone
and maneuvering an auto at the same time can be tricky and maybe
Use the cell phone in public for emergencies, and otherwise tone
down the rhetoric. I might not be interested in what you have to say.
But can students use cell phones at the airport?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am tired of reading letters
regarding high school students and cell phones, and renaming the
Burbank Airport the Bob Hope Airport.
For several weeks now, these topics have dominated the Community
Forum and it has become boring. Are these subjects so critical to our
city that we must spend weeks and weeks discussing them? I think not.
Let’s move on, please. There must be more pressing and substantial
issues going on in the world that warrant discussion.