Run-in with reader causes indigestion
Last Saturday, as I was enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant, a person I know approached my table with a Leader in hand and said, “Tal, your safety sign suggestion will cause massive layoffs involving police, paramedics, tow truck drivers, insurance employees and city traffic engineers.” (“Dr. Burbank would have wanted safer area,” Jan. 23).
The only immediate thoughts I had were, how could I rid myself of my newly acquired indigestion?
TALBERT ELLIS KANIGHER
Nothing wrong with healthy competition
You’re dead wrong on the Jan. 30 editorial “Blocking gym was the right move.”
You’ve essentially condoned taking away jobs and blaming it on a false problem, parking spaces and traffic. Why didn’t the City Council use that same logic before it approved the Costco construction? Are you aware the Costco parking lot fills up on weekends and creates a traffic nightmare?
By approving Costco and rejecting 24 Hour Fitness and a slew of other businesses — everything from Whole Foods to California Chicken Cafe — the council has proven once again it operates without any consistency of thought and action.
Wake up Burbank! We have empty office buildings sitting around the city, streets full of boarded-up stores with “For Lease” signs, and high-paying entertainment jobs going away due to runaway film production.
We’re in a Great Recession, and unemployment is higher here than in the Silicon Valley. Poor souls are losing their homes, and people are living in cars. You’re encouraging businesses to leave. Shame on you for taking such a narrow-minded view.