You took a stand and you cast a vote in favor of your constituents. Where is your honor and your integrity? I, for one, have little respect for flip-floppers.
To borrow a phrase, man up, Mr. Bric, man up.
Clarification of pedestrian rights
Moving from 11 from the bottom of 56 to 31 from the bottom in pedestrian safety is not something Burbank should be particularly proud of ("Report: Traffic safety improving," Jan. 12).
I imagine that much of the reason pedestrian safety improved from 2008 to 2009 is due to pedestrians in Burbank giving up their right of way. Staying alive in Burbank, if you want to cross a street, frequently means waiting until there is absolutely no vehicle traffic in sight in either direction.
I know that many will read that last sentence and think "duh!" I also think that many of the duh-ers have no idea that pedestrians have the right of way in California. Yes, folks, that's correct — the right of way belongs to pedestrians. Not only in marked crosswalks, but crossing everywhere except freeways and divided highways — check it out!
(Yes, jaywalking is against the law, but that does not take away the pedestrian's right of way: Duh! Two wrongs don't make a right!)
Pedestrians at any intersection should be able to step from the curb when there is no traffic within a reasonable stopping distance in the first lane of the street they are crossing, and they should have confidence that their right to cross will be respected by traffic in all lanes slowing down. That's right — traffic in all lanes needs to stop and let the pedestrian cross the street.
Driving is a privilege. Walking is a right.