Speed bumps would help make Empire Center safer
Something needs to be done about the traffic at The Empire Center.
There is a 15 mph speed limit on the perimeter road that goes from
SportMart past several busy restaurants, and yet people drive as fast
as 30 mph, creating a hazard for anyone trying to enter the road from
one of the many parking lot areas.
The perimeter road that runs in front of Target and the other
large stores has several speed bumps to control the traffic speed.
Why not put speed bumps on the other side of the Empire Center as
well, to help protect public safety?
City Council should focus on bigger issues
Would someone please explain to me why the Burbank City Council
has this obsession against temporary signs of any sort on their,
excuse me, our streets?
Of course Realtors should be able to post open house signs
directing potential buyers to homes for sale. How can you conduct an
open house without signs?
But I would like to see them go one step further by allowing
temporary yard sale signs too. We are the only stuck-up city in the
valley that has “yard sale police” who come around and either remove
signs or threaten a citation if they are not removed. Simply make
people take their signs down after the event. That’s easy enough to
And may God help the poor soul who conducts a yard sale without a
permit. A permit for a yard sale? A permit is also needed to post an
open house sign. What’s going on here? When was our city hijacked by
the City Council? This is a perfect example of a government out of
There are planes buzzing over our heads at all hours of the day
and night, homeless people needing assistance and traffic congestion,
yet Realtor open house signs are the council’s biggest problem?
What’s wrong with this picture?
I found it amusing that one council member actually wanted to “see
a survey done on what kinds of ordinances other cities have relating
to signs.” Hmmm. This sounds really serious. Better hold a special
City Council meeting to budget thousands of taxpayer dollars to study
The council is concerned about property values dropping when these
“illegal” open house signs are posted. Of course, the irony is that
these same signs bring in buyers who help keep property values up.
Less expensive guns needed for protection
I take exception to the opinion of state Sen Jack Scott
(D-Burbank) that appeared in the Oct. 15 Burbank Leader. Scott says
“we made guns safer.”
Not true. Indirectly, he made guns more expensive, like double the
price, and that hurts the people who need them most, single mothers
and senior citizens like myself.
By requiring expensive “safety” features, Scott deprives single
mothers and senior citizens of self-defense weapons on the pretext
that would make them safer.
Quite to the contrary, it leaves them wide open to home invasion,
rape, kidnapping, robbery and personal injury.
Sen. Scott forgets there are some very bad people out there with
deadly intent. To be safe from these beasts, it is absolutely
necessary that seniors and single folks be armed with lethal weapons.
This is what keeps criminals far away. Not only that, children are
safer from sexual abuse predators when their parents are armed.
Doesn’t Scott care about the children?
What Sen. Scott needs to understand is that we need less expensive
guns in order to save lives.
WILLIAM A. TRACY