While the City Council will put on yet another great show to pull the wool over our eyes and trick L.A. into taxing itself, expect them to hide behind the heroes – cops and firefighters – to make their case for them with more familiar claims of doomsday. What they don’t want you to concentrate on is their lifetime pensions that Proposition R gave them, their cars, staff or their ridiculous salaries. All of that comes from the general fund as well. How ’bout it, council members, are you willing to sacrifice? Yeah, I didn’t think so. And you guys wonder where our cynicism comes from? – Jim Alger Porter Ranch AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Phantom mayor We have the most devastating event occurring in California and our mayor is nowhere in sight. Doesn’t he realize this is the best possible opportunity for a photo op, or is it that he is not concerned as to what is happening? Oh, I forgot, he is out stumping for Hillary Clinton. When he comes up for re-election, let us not forget his concern – or should I say lack of concern. – Pat Dasse Chatsworth California on fire With all the press and attention that California is receiving as a result of the horrific fires, loss of homes, loss of life and the hundreds of thousands of displaced men, women, children and pets, I must ask, where is Al Sharpton, Roger Mahony, Gloria Allred, and where is our Mayor Antonio? – Stephanie Gossard Chatsworth Slap in the face I think Patrick O’Connor’s Wednesday cartoon was totally uncalled for. It is like a slap in the face of the people affected by the fires. In situations like these, he really should use a little more tact. I was not affected by the fires, but definitely feel for those who are and they are all in my prayers. – Rebecca Butler Sunland Global warming suit Re “California plans global warming suit against EPA” (Oct. 23): I applaud Jerry Brown in his decision (with the Terminator) to sue the feds, in order to implement a 2002 state law requiring greenhouse emissions to be reduced. I know that it’s tough to sue the feds, but this decision shows that there are some in government who will take a stance on the current issues rather than just sit back and pass a no-smoking law. Thanks, Jerry! I’m not a global warming fan, but your heart’s in the right place. If laws are proposed, they need some sort of closure. If laws are on the books, they need to be enforced. If laws aren’t needed, why pass them? – Gary Wittenberger Woodland Hills Incompetence Re “Ousted city manager to get payout” (Oct. 23): Based on the available information, Department of Transportation General Manager Gloria Jeff was fired due to incompetence. Many on the City Council supported her firing. If Antonio Villaraigosa, in his infinite wisdom, mishandled the firing, it just adds to one more of his many miscues. The taxpayers of the city of Los Angeles foot the bill yet one more time, this time to the tune of $95,000. When is this madness going to stop? – Sam Chaidez Mission Hills Reduce city spending Re “Ousted city manager to get payout” Oct. 23. So much for the fiscal emergency declared last week by the L.A. City Council. By awarding $95,000 to the ineffective and verbally abusive transportation chief (who was thankfully replaced by the mayor last month), the City Council has demonstrated its apparent lack of urgency to address our fiscal situation. If Angelenos knew that their personal incomes might drop soon, most of us would begin to reduce spending now. So should the City Council. In fact, city officials should be operating under the assumption that voters will reject the phone users’ tax on the Feb. 5 ballot and work to cut $270 million out of the city’s budget now. If the City Council can show that it is committed to reducing spending, the phone users’ tax will be an easier pill for taxpayers to swallow. – Brendan L. Huffman President Valley Industry & Commerce Association Our fires Thank God for our firemen and all those who are defeating these fires. And if there’s something good to say about this tragedy, it’s the charity of strangers coming together and helping each other. Neighbors really do become neighbors. – Ron Sellz Chatsworth160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!