It was very helpful to have the letter written by Garry Ackerman, president of the Glendale Rose Float Assn. (“Trouble in rose float land,” June 30).
The letter fully clarified the history of the association and the status of its current finances that may amount to some very dire consequences for the continued participation of the city of Glendale in this spectacular New Year's Day worldwide event.
The first group that should commit at least 95% support is all Glendale civil service employees, including the City Council, the management group, police officers and firefighters. If each of the 2,000-plus employees would contribute a minimum of $25, then $50,000 could be raised.
That kind of gesture would go a long way to not only improve the image and concern of Glendale's civil servants, but also certainly encourage donations from the community, both residents and businesses.
Organizations such as the Rotary, the Armenian Society of Los Angeles, the Kiwanis Club and the various Glendale homeowners’ associations, among others, need to strongly encourage their members to contribute. I'm quite sure, given this, we could count on Rick Caruso and Caruso Affiliated to make a handsome contribution.
Time is of the essence to ensure Glendale's participation in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade. Let's all share in this joyous occasion.
Richard A. Lieboff
Tighten belts rather than hike fees
During these difficult economic times, it is inconceivable to me that a city such as Glendale would resort to additional fee hikes to sustain its own agenda rather than tighten its own belt.
A recent example of excesses was an article that stated that more than 600 Glendale city employees make $100,000 or more a year (“Nearly 30% of city employees make at least $100K,” June 17).
How about those city employees who are at the $125,000 to $200,000 plus range? Why, when all the rank-and-file citizens continue to take a financial beating, can’t Glendale officials who make, say, $130,000 take a 10% to 12% reduction in wages and thus make the system work fairly for all?
Enough of pomp in our city government, let's be practical, as these times call for.
It’s also very unfortunate we cannot have a Rose Parade float this year but, as with so many other non-essentials, it can be put on hold for a while and brought back when times improve.