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January 02, 2010

Statistic on bike-path demand seems fishy

Let’s see if I have this correct.

For the entire length of Chandler Boulevard we have built an absolutely beautiful pathway for all the sweet, wonderful bicycle people on the planet to use while pedaling through our fair city. OK, fine.

Now, will someone please tell me why the heck in these desperate financial times we have to squander another $75,000 and remove a perfectly good lane of traffic from a parallel street a mere three blocks away in order to make yet another freaking bicycle path (“Roadwork set to start,” Dec. 23)?

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And while we’re off drifting through the world of make believe, out of what magic hat was this sentence pulled — “The updated Bicycle Master Plan is expected to address the needs of more than 12,000 residents who work in the city, but who cannot traverse certain areas because dedicated bike paths end abruptly”?

Will somebody please clue me in as to where exactly are these 12,000 residents? I know a reasonable amount of people around town and do not hear anyone of them clamoring for more bike paths.

Or is this simply politicians juggling statistics in order to play the public for fools?

Hey, maybe if we built ice skating rinks all over town, statistically, more than 5,000 people could skate to work.

Or, how about turning First Street into a swimming pool so up to 11,000 people would be able to butterfly stroke to their job?

Heck, we could even build a gigantic carousel in the geographic center of town and give more than 20,000 residents a lollipop and pony ride to the office every day!

RICHARD J. TAFILAW

Burbank

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Gifts for our city and its elected officials

As the year ends, I have decided to thank those in our city with some gifts and presents. This is the Holiday Gift List for the New Year.

1. For the Ethics Committee, Nepotism Rule seekers, and Never Settle Any Lawsuit Club (even if it is in the best interests of the taxpayers), I give you the resignation of Dennis Barlow and Juli Scott.

2. For the rank and file, I give you your new police chief, Bill Taylor.

3. For those who insist upon tradition, I give you a gift long overdue — Mayor David Gordon.

4. For those who love top-heavy government and lack of citizen input, I re-gift to you the City Charter.

5. For Councilman Jess Talamantes, I give you a two-year supply of independence and a carton of courage.

6. For Mayor Gary Bric, I give you a renewal on your business license for your wonderful restaurant in the city of Los Angeles.

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