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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1994
Your editorial "Residents Should Fight Crime--Not Each Other" (March 6) is misleading when it suggests that Neighborhood Watch groups begin when neighbors establish a planning committee, that they select their geographical boundaries and that they "keep police informed" of their activities. Senior lead officers of the Police Department are assigned a geographic area to organize into Neighborhood Watch groups. They select police community representatives and assign each one a territory to organize.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1998
Re "Riordan Lashes Out After L.A. Loses Funding," May 30. Mr. Mayor, why are you so shocked that no new federal money is being given to Los Angeles for hiring additional police officers? Let's look deeper for a moment, where I believe the rationale lies. We are told daily that "crime is down." We are also told that community policing is a significant factor in decreasing crime rates. We then hear that in City X, its community cops are succeeding in suppressing crime because they know the citizens and community they patrol and are able to pro-actively prevent lesser crimes from escalating.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1995
I attended a Feb. 2 community meeting to discuss odors emanating from the Tillman plant. To say it was a disappointment is a gross understatement. Officials from various agencies (the departments of Water and Power, Parks and Recreation) insulted us with self-serving speeches about their successes, how the situation was under control and how back-burner "remedial measures" were presently being given "top priority" status--and that these measures were ahead of schedule. Ross Perot could have learned a thing or two about charts--wow, were they impressive!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997
Re "Plan Would Uproot Area Garden Spot," Oct. 2. A better title would have been "Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot" . . . Bert Boeckmann needs additional space to park cars, but the only land he can find is a plot where the local gardening club enjoys growing vegetables. What an outrage! Mr. Boeckmann, search elsewhere for a location to park cars. Don't declare war on a senior gardening club; this battle isn't worth the ill will you will generate. Thank you, Citizens Advisory Council of Van Nuys Airport, for voicing your objection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1995
Your April 30 editorial "Enforcement Key to Truancy Measure" is insulting to City Council members and the voters who elected them. Council member Laura Chick is to be applauded for a well-thought-out plan to curb truancy. But it's insulting to insinuate that elected officials might not "demand its proper enforcement." Since when can ordinances be ignored or enforced selectively? And why are race and ethnicity injected into this issue? A student off school grounds between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. without a legitimate reason such as a work or family emergency is, by definition, truant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997
Re: "FAA to Put Inspectors on Valley News Helicopters," May 10. As residents living south of Van Nuys Airport, are we supposed to breathe a sigh of relief that news helicopters will be monitored by an on-board inspector? The idea is preposterous and insulting to the intelligence of the public. Of course monitored news helicopters will depart over the golf course and bank over the basin! Of course monitored helicopters won't fly over residents' homes! And of course, the moment the inspectors exit the helicopters, pilots will again take off over homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997
Re "Plan Would Uproot Area Garden Spot," Oct. 2. A better title would have been "Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot" . . . Bert Boeckmann needs additional space to park cars, but the only land he can find is a plot where the local gardening club enjoys growing vegetables. What an outrage! Mr. Boeckmann, search elsewhere for a location to park cars. Don't declare war on a senior gardening club; this battle isn't worth the ill will you will generate. Thank you, Citizens Advisory Council of Van Nuys Airport, for voicing your objection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1998
Re "Riordan Lashes Out After L.A. Loses Funding," May 30. Mr. Mayor, why are you so shocked that no new federal money is being given to Los Angeles for hiring additional police officers? Let's look deeper for a moment, where I believe the rationale lies. We are told daily that "crime is down." We are also told that community policing is a significant factor in decreasing crime rates. We then hear that in City X, its community cops are succeeding in suppressing crime because they know the citizens and community they patrol and are able to pro-actively prevent lesser crimes from escalating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1992
Are we homeowners contiguous to the airport to believe that the airport's financial "benefit" to the community nullifies our right to enjoy the use of our homes? The commission, the FAA and pilots miss our major concern: unnecessary noise. Coexistence demands compromise by all parties. Are we homeowners expected to tolerate excessive noise, the odor of jet fuel, disruption of peace and quiet, for the economic benefit of others with no concession on their part? Why should we allow them to benefit economically when their inconsiderate, unbridled practices cause our property values to drop and our right to enjoy our homes to evaporate?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1992
Let me add my voice to that of Ellen Bagelman (Letters to the Editor, Times Valley Edition, Dec. 7). It is hugely unfair and unjust to ask one segment of the community to bear the entire burden of airport noise without offering anything in return. I would go further and say that this compensation should come from the aircraft owners, the airport and the government--federal, state and local. The compensation could be, for example, funds for soundproofing homes and for loss of the peaceful enjoyment of one's property, and could also be in the form of lowered property taxes and/or income taxes, utility rates, etc. There are many possibilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997
Re: "FAA to Put Inspectors on Valley News Helicopters," May 10. As residents living south of Van Nuys Airport, are we supposed to breathe a sigh of relief that news helicopters will be monitored by an on-board inspector? The idea is preposterous and insulting to the intelligence of the public. Of course monitored news helicopters will depart over the golf course and bank over the basin! Of course monitored helicopters won't fly over residents' homes! And of course, the moment the inspectors exit the helicopters, pilots will again take off over homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1995
Your April 30 editorial "Enforcement Key to Truancy Measure" is insulting to City Council members and the voters who elected them. Council member Laura Chick is to be applauded for a well-thought-out plan to curb truancy. But it's insulting to insinuate that elected officials might not "demand its proper enforcement." Since when can ordinances be ignored or enforced selectively? And why are race and ethnicity injected into this issue? A student off school grounds between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. without a legitimate reason such as a work or family emergency is, by definition, truant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1995
I attended a Feb. 2 community meeting to discuss odors emanating from the Tillman plant. To say it was a disappointment is a gross understatement. Officials from various agencies (the departments of Water and Power, Parks and Recreation) insulted us with self-serving speeches about their successes, how the situation was under control and how back-burner "remedial measures" were presently being given "top priority" status--and that these measures were ahead of schedule. Ross Perot could have learned a thing or two about charts--wow, were they impressive!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1994
Your editorial "Residents Should Fight Crime--Not Each Other" (March 6) is misleading when it suggests that Neighborhood Watch groups begin when neighbors establish a planning committee, that they select their geographical boundaries and that they "keep police informed" of their activities. Senior lead officers of the Police Department are assigned a geographic area to organize into Neighborhood Watch groups. They select police community representatives and assign each one a territory to organize.
OPINION
June 22, 2003
Re "Neighbors Fault City Prosecutor's Program," June 18: There's not much I believe Los Angeles does well, but the Neighborhood Prosecutor program is working in Lake Balboa. Perhaps my neighborhood won the lottery by having a professional assigned to Van Nuys. Tamar Galatzan is someone we turn to for assistance. We know that calls will be returned and that problems will be investigated. With quality-of-life issues, residents have been shuffled between their City Council office and the Police Department, each one typically saying the responsibility falls on the other's shoulders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1996
This letter is in response to your Dec. 31 "Gallery of the Dead" article. How dare you glorify street thugs by publishing their pictures in the paper, making them martyrs. It's nothing short of a slap in the face to family members and friends of the victims of these thugs' criminal acts. You've lost the pulse of the community by assuming law-abiding citizens will shed a tear about the loss of lives of those who take justice into their own hands. Street justice needs to be carried out by law enforcement, not street vermin.
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