Does the city of Long Beach need to spend $16 million on banners, painted logos and "barriers" to hide dangerous-looking buildings (Times, Nov. 4)? Does changing the language we use to refer to downtown Long Beach give the appearance of improvement? This has got to be the most bonehead idea that the City Fathers have ever pursued. Especially when in the same section of the paper was an article titled "Murders Up 25% in L.B. from the same period in '89." Instead of spending $16 million to give the appearance of an interesting and livable city, use the money to improve the police force. Maybe "Iowa by the Sea" is something to strive for.
CYNTHIA K. EVANS