August 25, 2011
If the American taxpayers had any doubt that many elected politicians work only to keep their jobs and spend the taxpayers' money, causing huge deficits, they need only look at the scandals in Bell and Vernon and the payments for state legislative office staffs. Then there is the recent decision of the Glendale City Council declaring that a library and fire station need upgrading, so they declared the bathrooms blighted to spend more than $300,000 in redevelopment money on upgrades - an example of why the governor wants to abolish local redevelopment agencies (“Stretching blight's definition in Glendale,” Aug. 12)
July 18, 2011
Gov. Brown signed a bill last Thursday that requires California schools to use history textbooks and lessons that mention positive contributions from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. No other state has such a requirement. While I have no problem including in a history textbook anybody who is important in human history, I do have a problem when it is mandated by elected officials just because it is politically expedient to do so. No other group of highly educated professionals has so much of their work environment controlled as do teachers.
October 2, 2012
In regards to the editorial “Smoking issue will linger for a while,” Sept. 29: Without government getting involved in any way, people can decide by themselves if they want to live in non-smoking apartments or hang out in smoke-filled dive bars. Every time citizens cede such choices the government becomes more intrusive, powerful and expensive. Unless we want politicians like Dave Weaver to also run every other aspect of our lives, we should vote for politicians this November who believe in limited government.
January 8, 2013
Thank you, city of Glendale. We had a beautiful and wonderful float. It was back on Jan. 31, 2012, I wrote in regarding Brittany Levine's Jan. 24, 2012, article on how Glendale politicians couldn't stop fighting about the float and it was going to be discontinued because no one could agree on anything from design to cost and everything in between. It really struck a chord with me how other cities, as a source of civic pride, have their Rose Parade float, yet Glendale wanted to fight among themselves like children and go home.
July 9, 2001
Our local politicians recently met at St. Mary's Apostolic Church to discuss increasing economic, social and cultural ties with Armenia. From the article, ("Forum aims to improve trade relations," June 21) all seemed to agree that setting up a trade office in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, would be a good thing. It was said in the article that trade between the two countries would strengthen the California economy. State Sen. Jack Scott described it as a win-win situation.
June 9, 2003
Re: "Examine tenants' concerns before coming to conclusion," by Robert Morrison: Kudos to Mr. Morrison. Of course Glendale's reigning politicians "should examine the rental problems," that is, if it could be done devoid of bias and only in light of what a truly free rental market would gain for Glendale. But that's a core problem in itself. Rent control of any sort would only compound what's already in the market mix. While there is little to disagree with of what Morrison had to say about Ken Carlson's continuing emotional socio-logic dribble in support of rent control, even his proposal for government to study the "problems" behind "any sort of tenant relief ordinance," is a concession of sorts that in itself lends a measure of false credibility to any rent-control proposal.
October 23, 2000
Blake Beltram's response to Keith Gouverneur's letter on Assembly Bill 273 was typical of voters and politicians that are looking for topical fixes for deep-rooted problems. Assembly Bill 273 is another "feel-good" bill that will accomplish nothing, yet puts an additional burden on law-abiding citizens and increases costs and bureaucracies. His example of registering cars is a perfect example. Yes, applicants for drivers licenses must pass a written test and register their cars, and, by law, even have them insured.
July 10, 2000
Alexa Capeloto MONTROSE An era ended in Montrose Saturday, as local legend Frank Roberts celebrated his retirement after more than 25 years of service to the community. Local merchants and politicians turned out in droves to honor Roberts, aka Mr. Montrose, and his wife, Elinor, as they prepare to close their store The Candle Tree, a 25-year fixture in the Montrose Shopping Park. The celebration was somewhat bittersweet because Elinor suffered a slight stroke Friday and was in Verdugo Hills Hospital during the celebration.
June 15, 2004
ceremony Monday's Memorial Day ceremony in downtown Glendale was marred by Larry Zarian's uncalled-for political comments regarding the war in Iraq. Alluding to the war, Mr. Zarian took a bold leap by stating that those individuals, be they politicians or ordinary citizens, expressing their objections to the conduct of the war, are by their actions vilifying and disparaging our military and their courageous efforts. Nothing could be further from the truth.
September 15, 2000
Judy Seckler CRESCENTA VALLEY HIGH -- A quick visit by state Assemblyman Jack Scott (D-La Crescenta) today will give Crescenta Valley High government and history students an opportunity to press the flesh with the politician. As part of America's Legislators Back-to-School Day, Scott will listen to students' gripes about the political process. Students will gather in John Allen's student government class. A teacher from the San Marino School District will be sitting in on the session to observe, and Crescenta Valley Associated Student Body President Brian Landisi will also be at the event.