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Mailbag

July 09, 2008

Most people who are done shopping take five minutes to move out of their parking spot. They unload their groceries, search for their keys, and women put their makeup on.

Meanwhile, traffic is backing up because this lady, and others, sit there and wait.

Get some exercise, ma’am, and park a few feet more away.

I’m sure it will do you good.

STEVE URBANOVICH

Burbank

Rebate needed for artificial grass

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Every other month I receive my bill from Burbank Water and Power, which includes pleas and hints for saving water (“Water supplier issues alert,” Mailbag, June 14).

Burbank is asking us all to cut our water consumption significantly, yet the incentives they offer for our efforts are narrow in scope.

I recently contacted them to ask about any type of rebate for installing artificial grass in my backyard and was told that they offered nothing for this.

It doesn’t make much sense to me that they would be offering a rebate for a relatively inexpensive change to water-saving sprinkler heads and yet offer nothing for a more expensive project that eliminates the use of water for a lawn.

If Burbank is serious about having us all cut our water usage, it needs to broaden the scope of its incentives, as other cities have done, and start supporting the efforts that its citizens are making.

TANYA KARN

Burbank

Overdevelopment is killing this city

Recycling of completely built-out land in Burbank is giving everyone headaches because expansion automatically introduces more traffic, which is an environmental problem.

It has been the practice of city development staff to ignore consideration of environmental impacts related to new projects unless they were absolutely forced to do so.

On those rare occasions, when some vague reference is made to impacts, invariably staff finds them to be negligible.

At a recent City Council meeting, we were introduced to an individual with the title of senior assistant city attorney, who was presented as someone known throughout the state as an expert on environmental law.

It is apparently this individual’s duty not to be sure that all new projects comply with the California Environmental Quality Act law.

Instead this person is being used to deflect any mention of project environmental deficiencies. We don’t need more development or another city pawn.

We have reached an intolerable limit that will not be placated by experts ignoring our problems.

DON ELSMORE

Burbank


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