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Being saddled with our ‘good neighbors’ The...

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

the center?




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.