Antonio’s adventure

first_img– Tom Burton Van Nuys Garcetti defended Re “Garcetti’s folly” (Our Opinions, March 25): City Council President Garcetti should be applauded for doing what is right by the workers at the Los Angeles International Airport Hilton and not be attacked for encouraging patrons to do business in Los Angeles hotels that treat their workers with dignity and respect. How quickly we forget that the reason there is a boycott at this hotel is because Hilton has allegedly met the workers’ organizing efforts with harassment and intimidation. These are hardworking men and women who, despite earning poverty wages and despite the lack of affordable health insurance, continue to work hard to make the LAX Hilton profitable. We should thank City Council President Garcetti and others who have the courage to stand with men and women who work hard for poverty wages. – Maria Elena Durazo Executive secretary-treasurer Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Mel’s character Re “Mount Mel erupts again” (March 24): Saturday’s article on Mel Gibson’s outburst at California State University, Northridge, illustrates one element of his character. More telling was his willingness to talk with CSUN’s future filmmakers. This was not a public-relations event to reshape his image; Mel was voluntarily sharing his time and expertise with the next Hollywood generation. Gibson showed concern for CSUN’s students, while an “educator” required removal by campus police for disruptive classroom behavior. – Don Brownlee Northridge Gang invasion Terms like “gang task force,””gang seminar,” “gang strike force,” “gang wanted list,””gang intervention” and “gang roundup” all sound very efficacious, but so far they have had no effect in stopping the gang invasion in the city of Los Angeles. Even the gang czar, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has toned down his get-tough rhetoric and is now trying to solve simpler problems, like filling potholes in the street. – Robert Dovidio Simi Valley TV auto ads Several TV automobile ads have these annoying features. One is the 10-12 lines of teeny-print information that flashes across the screen in less than three seconds. I couldn’t even count the number of lines – certainly not read them. Then there are several near-suicidal stunts in which cars race to the edge of a cliff or a ramp, or race a falling car to a spot on the ground. Neither feature is an acceptable means of advertising cars in my view. – Sol Taylor Sherman Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Granada Hills Free would be better Re “Subway, bus fares doubling?” (March 24): If the goal is to increase ridership – reducing traffic congestion and emissions – the logical solution is to subsidize the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Amtrak so that bus, subway and Metro rail fares are extremely low (or, better yet, free). The cities, counties, state and federal government could easily figure out how to do this. Oops! There I go again, being logical. Re “Villaraigosa, leaders push for more federal funding” (March 28): How come Antonio Villaraigosa cannot or will not perform his job without headlines or photo-ops? Yet another waste of tax dollars as the mayor headed a trip to Washington, D.C., and included other Los Angeles leaders in “the adventure.” The premise that we deserve a fair share of federal money has its merits, but the mayor could have done this by meeting with the right people, and he has been to enough functions in Washington, D.C., to know who they are. – Pamela Franklin last_img read more