It's a timeworn practice for politicians to make promises to voters while hitting the campaign trail. Sometimes, once the candidate's election has been secured, those promises are kept; other times they are not — often because they were never tenable in the first place.
This week Vice Mayor David Gordon is expected to follow through on promises he made to residents of Screenland Drive and vote against the installation of sidewalks in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of that residential street leading to Luther Burbank Middle School.
Gordon's been on the losing side of this battle for years now. The last time it came to a vote, in March 2011, the Council approved the project 4-1. And yet Gordon has pushed it before council colleagues again, his hopes no doubt buoyed by his successful reelection and the seating on the council of Bob Frutos, who has also gone on record as opposing the Screenland sidewalks.