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Maybe Use Some of that Gas Tax to Correct Signage


On Nov. 1, a 12-cent gasoline tax went into effect, supposedly to fix roads and infrastructure. As there have been numerous such increases in the past, and the roads remain horrible, I am skeptical that this will work.

But I digress.

I recently drove up Balboa Boulevard and encountered the first big construction project since the tax went into effect (I don’t know whether this project was previously scheduled). Like many projects, the first indication is a large flashing sign that informs what roads will be closed and at what times.

This sign informed me that San Fernando Road would be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 a.m. Since it was about 4 p.m. when I saw this, I immediately started thinking about an alternate route. To my pleasant surprise, all lanes were open and there were no signs of traffic cones or construction machines.

I thought, “Strange that it’s only two hours the roads are open,” but I didn’t give it any more thought.

It wasn’t until the return trip did I realize something was amiss. As I drove down San Fernando, I came across traffic cones, road closures and big machines. It was about 8:15 p.m.

The closure was from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I wondered if I had read the sign wrong. I checked. It flashed, “7AM to 5 AM.”

I plan to call Caltrans and tell them to fix the sign.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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January 2, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yes, They Really Said That


You never believe that people will misspeak — until they do. Here are four examples I have heard at networking meetings.

You can pay on the last day of the month, which I think is the 28th — This is April. The last day of the month is the 30th.

Prevention is the key to life — I have found sayings that prevention is the key to success,  kidney health, fighting Zika, a safer life, solving health care and a healthy life. Stevie Wonder would say songs are the key to life.

I’m currently working in an office in Tarzana — No, you’re currently standing in front of me in Chatsworth. (For those of you who don’t know, Tarzana and Chatsworth are in the San Fernando Valley.)

Some of these items are priced really well — And some aren’t?

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

April 4, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sports Illustrated Needs a Geography and Search Engine Lesson


Sometimes I see a mistake in print that could so easily be avoided if the publication did a little bit of fact-checking.

Case in point: the Sept. 14, 2015 issue of Sports Illustrated. On page 50, a sidebar article on Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas said he led California high school receivers with 1,656 yards for Woodland Hills Taft in San Fernando Valley, Calif.

There’s just one problem: There is no such city as San Fernando Valley. William Howard Taft Charter High School is, in fact, in Woodland Hills. True, Woodland Hills is in the San Fernando Valley, and some publications such as the Los Angeles Times put the name of the city/town in front of the school name. But there is no such town. The Valley, as it is commonly known, is home to 31 communities within the city of Los Angeles, plus five unincorporated communities, plus four other cities (Glendale, Burbank, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and San Fernando).

This mistake should have never happened. It makes me think the editors have not heard of Google, Yahoo!, Bing, or any other search engine. Do a Google search of “Woodland Hills Taft High School” and the very first entry shows the address. No need to click on the first entry. It’s right there. The same thing happened with Bing. Yahoo! required one to click on the first entry to see the address.

Boggles my mind how ridiculous this is. It would have taken less than a minute to verify.

Sloppy journalism, and unfortunately more common than it should be.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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September 15, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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