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September 12, 2007

Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos states (“City starts cart crackdown,” Sept. 5) that “she has seen an increase of carts around the city,” and she’s probably also seen people pushing these carts down the street. Why doesn’t she contact her police department and have them enforce the existing cart law? Assistant City Atty. Joe McDougall states that “On Sept. 23 we will hold businesses to no more than five carts that can leave the premises in a 24-hour period.” Is McDougall going to send city staff to each business to count carts? I would think that the store owners of these carts would do something to protect their property, but I don’t think they should be punished when their carts are stolen.

The city is also “considering instituting a purchase or giveaway plan to those whose shopping needs are contingent on shopping carts.” I have a better idea. Maybe people can just call up the city and request that some city employee comes out to where they are shopping and they can be driven to their destination. Ramos can direct the businesses to put the city’s phone number at each exit of a business.

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Let’s be realistic and stop punishing the victims (businesses) and protecting the thieves. Start giving out citations to anyone seen taking a cart illegally. If the city would enforce the existing laws, these thieves would buy their own wheel carts, and the abandoned-carts problem would be managed.

ROBERT TRAINOR

Burbank

Regarding “City starts cart crackdown,” Sept. 5: Finally. Maybe Burbank can catch up with our neighbor, Glendale, which for some time has required all stores that provide shopping carts to have locking wheels that prevent their leaving the store’s parking lot.

Surprisingly, even the Glendale seniors have survived. I manage a senior residence in Burbank and have a few residents who will not purchase a folding cart that will take their purchases right into their apartment.

I will be very happy to see Ralphs, Gefers, Trader Joe’s and our other neighbors using the locking wheels so the corner of Verdugo Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard will no longer be a shopping-cart parking lot.

MARGARET WILSON

Burbank

My route to work takes me down Oak Street each day between Hollywood Way and Pass Avenue. This morning there were no less than eight large trucks and mobile homes parked on the right side of the street alongside the Warner Ranch facility.

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