Dear Editor, I am a COA crossing guard who should be affected by the recent City Council budget to increase wages. When I asked, I was told we would not get a raise. The last raise we had was 30 cents per hour. We have disabled people working as crossing guards, Section 8 housing recipients, and single women (with and without children) without access to reliable health care working as guards. I have dug into my pocket to bring food and prescriptions to my co-workers. We are outside every day working in all kinds of weather. Every time we step off the curb we deal with cell phone users, texters, red light runners, speeders, and people with road rage. My car has been hit several times while parked, and I was a victim of a hit and run because the person was mad the car pool line wasn't moving fast enough. My councilman, Don Zimmerman, recognizes our value and has pledged to work to get us a raise based on their recent vote. If he is successful, he will benefit all guards across the city, not just his district, and I will work hard in his district to show my appreciation.