AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThanks, officials Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): Watch what you vote for! Voters more than a decade ago agreed to automatic pay raises for the City Council. I just knew those of us on Social Security should not have accepted our $2-a-year raise. Now, the City Council wants to keep up with us by accepting a slightly larger “windfall” raise. Thanks, “City Fathers.” – Beverly Triggs Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): Automatic pay raises for all elected officials is a joke. The City Council is a sneaky bunch. They sneaked in a third term in the last election. Now they get a raise along with the Superior Court judges. Are they holding court on the side? They will more than likely refuse this raise now. Next year when they get another increase they will automatically receive the one they turned down and any other increases in between. They should get increases based on their performance as is done in the private sector. If this was done, there would be some who would not get one. – Richard Laborico Lake View Terrace Granada Hills Their option Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): We’ve all heard it said that “Politicians work for us.” If that be the case, elected officials should be awarded raises only by a vote of the people. If politicians object to this process, then they have the option of resigning. – Clovis Kerr Castaic Five people Regarding your Nov. 15 story about the LAPD dropping plans to map Muslims, it occurs to me that Michael Downing, the head of the department’s counterterrorism unit, may better spend his time honing his math skills. He says there are a half-million Muslims in L.A., Orange, and Riverside counties and he believes that “99.999 percent of our Muslim population are integrated and healthy and spirited and align with us in protecting American values.” He certainly put an elaborate plan together to locate only five people – none of whom, perhaps, lives in this city. – Ronald Guilbert Tarzana Spinning Re “Good people must take stand against `Redacted”‘ (Viewpoint, Nov. 18): Bill O’Reilly … chairman of the New Film Review Board, the hypocritical arbiter of what’s right and wrong. Now he’s telling us, based on hearsay (since he hasn’t actually seen the film) that we “good people” must actively picket showings of “Redacted,” in order to “take a stand.” Then what do you know! What shows up on his TV show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” but a commercial for what? “Redacted”! Outrageous. “No Spin Zone,” huh? – Arnie Moore Sherman Oaks Britney In order to protect Britney Spears’ children, a judge has ordered her not to drive with her kids in the car. But what about protecting my children, and the children of all parents in our community from this irresponsible and dangerous driver? Britney should not be allowed to drive. Period. – Michael Wiener Encino Two good things Two good things happened in Reseda this last week. The first one was seeing that the beautiful holiday decorations now grace downtown Reseda thanks to the Reseda Neighborhood Council and Revitalize Reseda. They even got the trees trimmed so the decorations would be visible. The second good thing was that horrible mural on Rainbow Liquor was painted over. A mural there would be nice if it were pleasing to all who could see it, but that mural made one feel that gangs and taggers were being idolized. The artists could have showcased their talents by painting a mural that would be a positive thing for the community. – Jo Ann Okelberry Reseda160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!