Racing cars cause trouble
We live right off Buchanan Road in Gentry Court's townhomes. We see and hear cars racing up and down Buchanan -- literally racing each other; its terrible. Someday we will have a huge accident. I have noticed it increase considerably since they are working on the freeway and the overpasses. I feel like a lot of it is because they shut down the G Street on- and offramps. So, people are now using the surface streets more than ever.
Take care with special child
There is a local kid in Antioch by the name of Kenny. He stands about 6 feet tall and walks around town with a backpack full of plastic spoons and forks that he twirls around in his hands as he walks behind a plastic bag.
He also is well-known for showing everyone that passes by in the street, his middle finger. There are people that make fun of him every day of his life. I know this because I work in the Somersville Towne Center mall and see him frequently. I was appalled that someone has made a fake Facebook page with pictures of him and profane language attached to the photos. The child has a disability and is not a violent person. People who see him don't understand that he is one of God's special people.
I am fearful that someone will hurt him one day not knowing that he is not who they think he is.
Steven J. Evans
Streets upgrade not for the best
After reading the article in the Brentwood News describing the so-called improvements for the Streets of Brentwood, I have to write in my opinion. My husband and I enjoy the Streets of Brentwood for its large promenade, stores and especially the movie theater and the restaurants. We like it even better for the small town feel with the freedom to be a pedestrian in safety and little worry about getting run over by cars. The Streets of Brentwood have the feel of those pedestrian shopping streets that you see in my native France. However, we are in America where cars reign supreme.
The idea of being able to drive right in front of the movie theater (with crazy drivers rushing down like they do at the AMC Deer Valley theater) or have a round about in the center which will spoil the strolling experience, is ludicrous.
Walking a few more yards to the theater is healthy and makes you pass by the restaurants by foot and anticipate the fun eating experience one will have after theater (or before). Were the extra planned parking spaces dedicated to handicapped spaces, that would make a difference, although it does not look like it's the purpose. It's obviously too late to object because it's a done deal, but I will miss the peacefulness and safety of being in the Streets of Brentwood.
Sequester cuts are amusing
The sequester cuts are amusing. To illustrate: Let's say that I went to my boss and asked for a raise from $1,000 to $1,500 a week -- but he would only increase it to $1,300. Now, I can complain that I got my salary cut by $200 a week, what am I missing here?
Security lacking at BART lot
BART owns a parking lot in Antioch which is called "Antioch Hillcrest Park and Ride." Commuters take Tri Delta Transit Express bus 300 to go to BART.
My vehicle got vandalized two times in one year while in the parking lot. I have heard vehicles have been stolen and vandalized frequently. The sad part is BART has not installed not even a single security camera in that parking lot. I have never seen a patrol on the parking lot as well. Hundreds of vehicles park there every working day making easy targets for thieves to steal and vandalize. I tried to contact BART several times, but no luck. If BART really cares for their patrons, they really need to install security cameras in the parking lot and put a sign: "This parking lot is under video surveillance."
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