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Mailbag: Schiff downplays illegal immigration

June 20, 2010

Rep. Adam Schiff told a government class at Crescenta Valley High School that newly elected officials might be able to save California from drowning in red ink ("Political discourse," June 8).

Did Schiff tell his captive audience that California reportedly spends $10 billion a year on education, housing and medical care for illegal immigrants?

Did Schiff make any connection between the cost of illegal immigration and the failure of the federal government to control the border?

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In a telephone town hall meeting, Schiff told me that he opposes the Arizona immigration bill, which simply reinforces federal law, and supports so-called comprehensive immigration reform, which is nothing more than amnesty on the installment plan.

And Schiff wonders why California is broke?

LES HAMMER

Pasadena

New TV view leaves public in the dark

The newly renovated City Council Chambers was a surprise to this Glendale resident, who watched the City Council meeting on television.

I'm certain it must be beautiful with the dark-paneled wood walls, and dark wood desks and guard rails on the dark patterned carpeting, but on television, the general effect suggested a film noir setting for the World War II Nuremberg trials.

The council members, and other dark-suited figures, appear to be black-robed judges. The GTV6 overhead camera is positioned so far back, the council members can't be individually identified unless the camera zooms in on one of them, and they look oddly flat-faced against the dark wood background. A discerning echo can be heard when anybody below the dais is speaking.

All I can remember from that meeting was what those perennial oral communications speakers had to say. They are the only ones who looked normal on camera, maybe because they stood in front of natural window light.

I happened to tune in when council members were arguing about their individual participation in GTV6 productions.

Whatever the message may be, if it's delivered from the new council chambers, that room will suffocate it for television viewers.

It's surprising that GTV6 media people didn't work beforehand to make the room's design attractive for televised meeting purposes.

SUSAN N. STEPHENSON

Glendale

Schools should focus on the arts

Just a few lines relative to our present education system, which emphasizes instruction in math and science, its creators, and supporters, past and present, as well as the teaching of English grammar.

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