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Crime report could use a revision

July 22, 2011

When my L.A. Times is delivered, the first section I read is, of course, the Glendale News-Press — to keep abreast of local issues and local folks in the news.

And one section of personal interest is the police report — not that we have major crime occurring, but it's a curiosity of mine to be aware of what's happening in my neighborhood.

Police Chief Ron DePompa and his team have continued to make our community a safer one. His realignment to a four-quadrant community policing type of coverage is one factor which I believe has led to continued low statistics.

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So, please, can you change the headings in the report from Areas 1, 2, 3, 4 to corroborate to the command areas of the city? For some people, it might be helpful to know who the area commanders are.

Neighborhood Watch programs are very effective in fighting crime, and this would allow citizens who don't have a program know who to contact to start one up.

Camille Levee

Glendale

Editor’s note: Levee is a member of the Community Police Partnership Advisory Committee.

Harsher penalties might curb texting

Though police officers in Glendale are enforcing the law that restricts the use of cell phones while driving, we still witness the extent of text-messaging and talking by phones while driving in Glendale.

I think the law that forbids the use of cell phones while driving is neither stern nor harsh enough to dissuade violators to give up using it. The majority of accidents that occur in Glendale seem to be the consequence of text-messaging or talking by phone. Look at the case of Ani Voskanian, the woman who struck and killed an 80-year-old man with her car, allegedly while texting.

If the Glendale Police Department employs more officers to enforce the law, and lawmakers raised the minimum fine of $159, we could see a significant change in the attitude of violators.

Evic Behzad

Tujunga

Smart meters are an unnecessary cost

I am writing this in direct response to Glenn Steiger’s op-ed (“Making the case for smart meters,” July 10).

1. Steiger states that utilities are installing smart meters. The real truth is very few are. Because of the cost, most utilities have deferred these for a future time, which is what Glendale Water & Power should have done. This project, which includes the water meters, is a $72 million project — $20 million from the federal government and $52 million from bond sales.

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