"It's the LAPD, stupid!" writes Ivan Corpeno-Chavez. "The LAPD consumes, or rather wastes, 51 percent of the general fund, including settlements for police-brutality claims, and overtime. Which is more wasteful, police, who safeguard the haves from the rest of us, or direct services, like parks, libraries and child care?"
Finally, Cynthia Nunnery offers this: "What Maddaus did not mention in this article is the $400 million in 'uncollected' business fees and parking-lot taxes that the mayor refuses to go after. If collected, those funds would nearly wipe out this fiscal year's deficit."
Maddaus, the ball is in your court.
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Regarding Steven Leigh Morris' sidebar to his theater cover ("At the Tip of the Spear: Players on the fringe, making the future," March 25), Zombie Joe's Underground has this to say: "This is IT! Keep pushing the boundaries, the blocking tight, the voices strong, the vision clear, the dream alive!"
Hey, Zombie Joe, we will if you will.
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