AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Los Angeles Who spent it? In Tuesday’s paper, the article “Tight spending urged in face of city shortfalls” is most interesting in that our Los Angeles city officials are now encouraging a “tight spending program” because we have anticipated shortfalls of around $75million this year. Do they forget that it was they who spent almost $30million on a new elephant enclosure and authorized an open-ended contract to finish the children’s museum, both of which are, in my mind, not the most urgent projects for our city. Our City Council operates under the mantra of “If we have the money, let’s spend it.” Are these elected officials really “looking out for us”? – Patricia Higgins Re “Boston – Phooey!” (Your Opinions, Oct. 29): Wow! Thomas, you must be a Yankee or an Angels fan, which explains everything. What makes baseball unique from other team sports is that not every game is played on the exact same cookie-cutter layout of a playing field such as football, basketball and hockey. Seems like Thomas Wierzbicki would rather blame and complain of a team’s loss or inept play on external factors, such as a wall being too high (better hit it well if you want a home run), excess noise (the bullpen should not be allowed to make noise, boo-hoo), or, say, even the weather. And if the Red Sox have an unfair advantage, why have they only won two World Series titles in 89 years? – Mauricio W. Muraro Calabasas Punish everyone The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to ask for a rate hike with higher water tiers. This will obviously have an effect on all of its customers. The LADWP has no outreach program, no residential or commercial audit help. Many homeowners are using far more water than they should but have no idea how much they should be using. So, the LADWP will just punish everyone in a misguided attempt to lower water waste. This approach has failed in several other cities. All it will do here is raise revenue, not reduce water waste. This area desperately needs a water conservation outreach program; it is considered by many water professionals to have the worst water waste problem in the country. – Laurence Budd Certified water auditor Woodland Hills Not a fan Re “Neighborhood divided on mural painted to honor slain tattoo artist” (Oct. 30): Neat, now we are making graffiti legal – only in Reseda. Here’s an idea, let’s all boycott Rainbow Liquor and owner Samih Hraira. And maybe Jeff Measles and his crew can go over to Cheryl Onaiti’s and Samih Hraira’s and officer Ed Moreno’s houses and paint a copy of this on those homes. I am sure they all live in Reseda. Ya, fat chance. Looks like Reseda is going to lead L.A. down the toilet. -Mark Mccaw Reseda Outsource wall Since just about everything we buy is made in China, why don’t we get China to build the wall between the U.S. and Mexico? It could save us a lot money and we know they can build a wall that could stand up for a very long time. – Bob Armstrong Tujunga O’Reilly on films Re “Hate-America films deserve to be failures” (Viewpoint, Oct. 28): How disingenuous of Bill O’Reilly to blast the new films out without telling their side of what is really going on. You seem to take pleasure in distorting the truth without factual evidence. Another thing that bothers me is that you demean yourself when you refer to people that you disagree with as pinheads, looney, far left nuts. You of all people should no better, especially since you were a former teacher. You bash CNN and MSNBC all the time, but where are you condemning people like Rush or Hannity when they make outrageous statements. Where are the facts? The sad commentary is that Fox News professes to be Fair & Balanced. That is something I certainly will challenge. – Arlene Cadish Agoura Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!