[Public Safety] Those of us who have been coping with hordes of scary people on a daily basis are grateful for the increased police presence on Main Street. Really, we are.
But we must take the bitter with the sweet. There's a downside to everything--even cops, if you can imagine. Our happy days of walking straight from the TRAX platform to the City Weekly office entrance are over. Today, police have been ticketing people left and right for jaywalking.
I respect our men in uniform and I support Prop. 1 (to fund an up-to-date public-safety building). But I also like jaywa--er, well, thinking about jaywalking. (I would never actually break the law, of course--and certainly I would never admit to it in writing on this blog--but it just takes so damned long to walk to the crosswalk, and wait for the light to change, and then trudge the extra 40 feet back down the street. It's such a pleasant thing to step off the train and right into the office.)
Of course, it's not a very pleasant thing to be pinned under a TRAX train. The jaywalking law is meant to prevent those kinds of accidents--accidents to which people who run out in front of trains are prone.
So just be careful out there, folks. (Brandon Burt)