AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Northridge Indefinite fee Re: “Trash fee hike to go to hire additional cops” (June 1): Since the trash fee is only meant to raise funds to increase the Los Angeles police force by 1,000 officers, does this mean that once the quota has been met, the fee would then be rescinded? Or are the numbers going to keep on increasing as long as the fee is in effect? If this should be the case, we could end up with the largest police force in the history of this country. It seems to me that for the fee to continue indefinitely after the city has reached its goal, it would be highly improper, unfair and definitely illegal. It would then really become “taxation without representation,” which seems to be the norm in this Golden City of Angels. Re: “Trash fee hike to go to hire additional cops” (June 1): Isn’t it time to put a stop to the thievery that the L.A. City Council is committing? It’s outrageous that at a time that property values are soaring, thus increasing the amount of property tax by leaps and bounds, the City Council decides that it needs more money “for additional police.” The city can’t hire their currently funded number of police now. More money is not going to produce more police. It is just going to be more money for the council people’s pet projects and to use as political clout, not for the general public’s benefit. – Irving Leemon – Sol Swidler West Hills Runaway productions Re: “TV pilot flight hits job market” (June 2): Why hasn’t this problem been resolved? When Gov. Schwarzenegger was first elected, wasn’t he going to offer incentives so television and movie productions would stay in California instead of runaway production to other states and countries? California offers ideal resources beginning with the most experienced and specialized work force, studios and sound stages, ideal weather and locations including everything from mountains, deserts, beaches, cities and everything in between. Come on, politicians, quit waffling. Where are these promised tax incentives? Let’s keep the industry in California. – Gretchen Roe Woodland Hills Just jump right in Re: “Pretty good pay” (Your Opinions, June 1): This is for Luis Macias, who called teaching a “baby-sitting job.” First, many kids in L.A. come from broken and/or single-parent homes. As teachers, we must provide the love and support they need. Easy? Easy as raising 30 kids at once. Second, many LAUSD teachers must reckon each day with gang- and race-related violence, language barriers, truancy, drug use, family issues including the foster care system, mainstreaming of hard-to-manage children (often with no teacher’s aide to help), overcrowded classrooms, and the purchase of one’s own materials because one’s school lacks funds. Baby-sitting? I dare you to teach in Compton for a month. – May Victor Budd Los Angeles See no logic Re: “Some see no logic in tax cuts” (June 1): Thomas Sowell argues that tax cuts for the rich are in fact tax cuts for the economy, and therefore a good thing. He cites Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts for the rich as having a positive impact on the economy, and extrapolates that the Bush tax cuts for the rich will reap the same “benefits.” One would think then, if tax cuts for the rich stimulate the economy, that the enhanced tax revenues would at least be tax-neutral, or even create a surplus. Instead, under Reagan, the deficit tripled from $1 trillion to $2.87 trillion in eight years. We are seeing a similar pattern with the Bush tax cuts, which will lead to a deficit of over $10 trillion before he leaves office. – Dave Beauvais Granada Hills LAX cops Re: “Chief fumes at LAX cop bill” (June 2): I couldn’t disagree more with Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Why would anyone want LAX airport police officers who are not trained handling specialized functions when LAPD has the expertise and training? LAX airport officers get second-rate training at Rio Hondo College, not at the LAPD academy. I hope City Council members are a lot smarter and vote against Hahn’s motion for airport police to take over LAX. We want the best of best LAPD to continue doing the great job they have in protecting us from a terrorist attack at LAX. – Monica Harmon Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!