Mailbag: Home Depot lot is out of control

June 15, 2010

I'm sure most Glendale residents have been to or driven by the Home Depot on San Fernando Road and seen all the day laborers hanging around at "all entrances and exits," and even on the property (which is trespassing and loitering, which I think Glendale police enforce?).

I witnessed one day a rental truck enter the main entrance, as I was waiting at the Harvard Street and San Fernando Road stoplight right before the Catholic Charities day labor center. It looked like a woman driving, and as she turned into the lot she was bombarded by an un-countable number of laborers all waving their hands and crowding the vehicle to the point that she had to stop to keep from running them over! I would have been terrified!

I personally have not been to that store since Burbank opened a Home Depot. No day laborers at all at both entrances, just in their little center at the far end of the parking lot if anybody needs them. Good job, city of Burbank!




Stop fighting and start negotiating

My kindergarten teacher at Mark Keppel Elementary, Mrs. Marshall, taught us little tykes to play nice in the sandbox, keep our hands to ourselves, not to eat paste and respect our classmates.

Ah, the life lessons of kindergarten! It's unfortunate that as adults we seem to lose sight of these simple principles.

The latest round in the years-long bout between our Glendale school district and the teachers union is another sad example of adults refusing to get along. Instead of seeking solutions, there seems to be a "meet me after school in front of Mrs. So-and-so's house" attitude. And with any good ol' after-school fight, some in the community are picking sides ("Rallying for no school cuts," June 11).

Granted, this is an emotionally charged issue for us parents, and it's easy to get riled up. But we have to decide on the appropriate response. We can chant "Fight, fight, fight!" or we can encourage cooler heads to prevail. Which approach is going to achieve the best outcome as it relates to our children's education?

It's no secret that California's financial crisis is devastating businesses, families and schools. Policy decisions by irresponsible and short-sighted politicians in Sacramento are wreaking havoc throughout the state.

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