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March 25, 2009

Chandler Bikeway is for everyone

Question: Was the Chandler Bikeway funded by a tax on Burbank bicycle riders, or did the taxes of Burbank joggers, stroller pushers, inline skaters, dog walkers, sidewalk astronomers and people who enjoy the outdoors help pay for it? Just wondering.

TIM ELLIOTT

Burbank

Tallyrand: service with a smile

I just had to take slight exception to Small Wonders columnist Patrick Caneday’s point about Tallyrand’s owners being the main reason why we Burbankers have continuously flocked to Tallyrand for 50 years (“Success comes from people, connections,” March 7). It is the service staff that makes a restaurant when all is said and done.

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Since buying our house in 1981, we have probably visited Tallyrand more than 300 times and have always enjoyed our meals. The last five years or so, we have gone on Saturday nights, at least once a month to see Anna Lisa (a.k.a. “just Lisa”), who comes to Tallyrand via Norway. She is a wonderful waitress and friend. We always wait for a booth in her area even when there are empty places elsewhere. No offense to other waiters/waitresses on Saturday evenings, but this is why we come to Tallyrand.

When owner Karen Ross is there, she is always polite and thanks us, but she does not know us. One may give plaudits to Al and Delores Thomas for hiring the right people, but the reason we continue to love being at Tallyrand and will continue for years to come is Lisa and what she “brings to the table,” so to speak, first and foremost.

Right on, Tallyrand — and Patrick, keep those interesting thoughts coming. My wife and I enjoy your columns almost as much as a Saturday night at Tallyrand!

GARY GLASSER

Burbank

Gordon the right medicine for council

It certainly is the season for political sniping. The Community Commentary titled “No sense to these ‘no’ votes” by Claudia Bonis (Feb. 11) failed to recognize that she ran unsuccessfully for the City Council.

Her reasoning sounds more like the official Burbank “family” thinking mentioned in “The politics of naming local parks” by Jim Carlile in the same issue (Mailbag).

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