PUBLIC FORUM SUBSIDIZED PONY RIDES?Re ``Attack of the NIMBYs'' (Editorial, Aug. 5):
There has never been, and possibly never will be, an environmental impact report that some judges, somewhere, cannot call inadequate. So there's no end to the tax dollars that can be thrown away researching dozens of travel options - some good, some bad, some impossible. Possibly the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should have studied individual helicopters, Star Trek-style teleportation tel·e·por·ta·tion
A hypothetical method of transportation in which matter or information is dematerialized, usually instantaneously, at one point and recreated at another. or subsidized pony rides across the Valley.
Instead, the MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
(2) See M Technology Association.
1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. chose a dedicated busway as a workable, economically attractive system that can be up and running soon - one that's perhaps less than perfect for the Valley's long-term future, but one that's clearly better than stuffing more people into more buses onto streets already overloaded.
- James E. Foy
Re ``Attack of the NIMBYs'' (Editorial, Aug. 5):
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority never would have had to stop a project in midconstruction if it had done its job properly to begin with. The complaint of Citizens Organized for Smart Transit or COST against the MTA is that it did not produce a proper environmental impact report, ignored public comment about major safety issues and went about its own agenda, which it is now paying for. Shame on the MTA.
- Petra Durnin
Traffic gets worse
Re ``Busway stopper'' (Aug. 5):
Tom Rubin feels that more buses are better than the Orange Line. Has he ever been on Ventura Boulevard Ventura Boulevard is one of the primary east-west thouroughfares in the San Fernando Valley; as it was originally a part of the El Camino Real (the trail between Spanish missions), Ventura Boulevard is the oldest route in the San Fernando Valley. It was also U.S. ? The traffic is quite heavy, and I fail to see any improvement by increasing the number of buses. Traffic seems to be getting worse, not better.
So, if the east-west bus line takes some traffic off Ventura Boulevard and moves it to the new Orange Line, is this not an improvement? It sure sounds like a winning solution to me. Rubin also made note that the MTA lacks adult supervision. Isn't, I might ask, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948) is a Los Angeles County politician. He served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1975 until 1994, when he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was preceded in both offices by Edmund D. Edelman. an adult?
- Ken Montsinger
Can this be real?
Re ``Busway stopper'' (Aug. 5):
Has Tom Rubin driven along the works in progress? This includes work on the former rail right of way on Topham and Oxnard streets. Each street is a very narrow, two-lane, heavily used roadway. Each is all dug up and a big mess. The Daily News article tells us the delay may go into months. Please, Rubin and all others who are stopping this project, drive the proposed busway streets, especially the Topham-Oxnard area between Reseda Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue. It's a mess. Also, we learn the delay is costing MTA about $70,000 a day. Can all this be real?
- Melba A. Simms
Re ``Elway & Forever'' (Aug. 9):
As a die-hard fan of the Denver Broncos and John Elway John Albert Elway, Jr. (born June 28, 1960) played American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Denver Broncos from 1983 through 1998. Elway holds many college and professional records and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the only , I was absolutely thrilled to see his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was arguably ar·gu·a·ble
1. Open to argument: an arguable question, still unresolved.
2. That can be argued plausibly; defensible in argument: three arguable points of law. not only the greatest quarterback of all time, but also the most valuable in a clutch.
He provided me with my all-time greatest sports moment when he helped guide my beloved Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 32 and then, of course, was MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip. of our second Super Bowl championship the following year - in his final game, no less. Talk about going out on top. I just wanted to say thank you, John, for all the great moments and thrills that you provided for me - and other Denver Broncos fans - throughout your incredible career.
- Michael Lipofsky
Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969.
Not Animal Services' fault
Re ``Gone to the dogs'' (Editorial, Aug. 5):
To lay the blame for failing to collect an estimated $10 million in dog license fees at the doorstep of Animal Services Department is akin to blaming the banished relative living in the attic In the Attic can refer to:
Any surgical procedure intended to end fertility permanently (see contraception). Such operations remove or interrupt the anatomical pathways through which the cells involved in fertilization travel (see reproductive system). services - not for more manpower, better equipment or even greatly needed educational purposes. The rest goes to the general fund to be used for all city services The examples and perspective in this article or section may represent an unduly geographically limited view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. .
It was not until recently that the City Council approved the department's repeated request for hiring its own licensing canvassers, instead of contracting the services out. And don't kid yourself. It wasn't because city officials wanted to better serve animal guardians. They simply saw an untapped source of money to shore up lost revenue.
- Susan Taylor
Actors and Others for Animals
Look at the ditch
Re ``Grants used to dress up street'' (Aug. 6):
I witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony. I wanted to scream out the window, ``Hey, Mr. Padilla, what about the ditch!'' Alex Padilla Alex Padilla is a politician in California. He was elected as the State Senator for the 20th District of California in November 2006 and was inaugurated in early December. In order to enter the Senate he had to resign as Councilman for the 7th District on the Los Angeles City , the City Council president, stood not more then 20 feet from a drainage ditch that we have been complaining about to various city agencies for years.
Padilla, did you even look at that disgusting, smelly smell·y
adj. smell·i·er, smell·i·est Informal
Having a noticeable, usually unpleasant or offensive odor.
[smellier, smelliest , bug-infested swamp and think anything needed to be done there? My daughter tried, through one of your field officers, only to be told it would be looked into. She finally gave up. City staff people say it's the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' problem. Corps representatives say it's leased to the city and is city government's problem. As a result, no one takes responsibility for the mess.
- Roberta Collins
Re ``City Council casts opinion on distant labor dispute'' (Aug. 4):
Just further proof that the City Council members, along with every other public elected official, are beholden be·hold·en
Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.
[Middle English biholden, past participle of biholden, to observe; see behold. to the unions - and the taxpayers be damned.
- Virginia Taylor
Renaming Delano Park
Re ``Tipoff'' (July 26):
It was Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski Cindy Miscikowski represented the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council for two full terms from 1997 through 2005. Previously, she was an aide to Councilman Marvin Braude and the Executive Director of the Skitball Cultural Center in its beginning stages. who initiated the renovation for Delano Park, which included starting and sponsoring a soccer league for kids and lobbying hard for additional funding to replace the old Delano Park gym.
We feel so strongly that Cindy should be publicly rewarded, even if it only means that her name would be placed on the soon-to-be-completed Delano Park gym. Many longtime residents of Van Nuys are proud of the improved appearance of Van Nuys Boulevard, the new Marvin Braude Marvin Braude (August 11, 1920—December 7, 2005)served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 11th district from 1965 to 1997. At various times Mr. Braude (pronounced BROW-dee) served as chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee, the Environmental Quality and Waste Constituent Service Center building and the soon-to-be-completed Delano Park Recreation Center.
None of those improvements to our community would have been accomplished without the tenacity and constant dedication exhibited by our former councilwoman, Cindy Miscikowski.
- Don Schultz For the Marketing expert, see .
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Dead-end street Noun 1. dead-end street - a street with only one way in or out
blind alley, cul de sac, impasse
thoroughfare - a public road from one place to another
Re ``Job growth stalls; stocks hit '04 lows'' (Aug. 7):
Somebody better tell President George W. Bush that slogans like ``We've turned the corner on the economy'' just won't do it when you've run into a dead-end street - this time, Wall Street and the economy. A paraphrased statement, with apologies to Ronald Reagan, might be more appropriate for the current situation: ``Mr. Bush, tear off your rose-colored glasses!''
- Jerold Drucker
They do it better
Re ``Kerry and Bush'' (Your Opinions, Aug 8):
What high underemployment un·der·em·ployed
1. Employed only part-time when one needs and desires full-time employment.
2. Inadequately employed, especially employed at a low-paying job that requires less skill or training than one possesses. ? In 1996, under President Clinton in the so-called ``great'' economy, the unemployment was 5.5 percent. Today, under President George W. Bush, unemployment is 5.5 percent. How much has our population grown in the last eight years?
High levels of violence (urban criminal activity) are down overall - not because of not wanting anyone to take responsibility for one's own action. As for Halliburton: Please, what company is better, and what country does it come from, to compete with Halliburton?. Why did Clinton use Halliburton in Kosovo? Because Halliburton people are the best at what they do.
- Doug Anderson