Burbank residents — attend today’s Housing Element Meeting!

31 Mar

From Save Burbank Neighborhoods:

“Not a fan of unlicensed transitional living facilities in R-1 neighborhoods, then attend this meeting. This could be the MOST important meeting for you to attend. It’s our chance to have our ideas heard regarding updating our Burbank Housing Element.  This is what we have been asking for all along… to have public input! This meeting will address Community Care Facilities, Transitional and Supportive Housing in Single Family Residential Zones.

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00pm
Community Services Building – Community Room #104
150 North Third Street in Burbank

What is this meeting?
The City of Burbank has enlisted the services of Barbara Kautz from the law firm of Goldfarb & Lipman who is an expert in Land Use Law, specializing in Housing. She will be presenting information on different uses in single family residential zones and how they relate to state and federal law and the City’s recently adopted Housing Element. Ms. Kautz will also be answering questions from community members in attendance.

What if I can’t attend?
Materials from the meeting, including a power point presentation, will be made available on the City’s website (burbankca.gov) following the meeting.

The Council will also be discussing this and options for a potential Interim Development Control Ordinance (IDCO – also known as a Moratorium) at their meeting on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:00pm in City Council Chambers at 275 East Olive Avenue in Burbank.

Contact: Joy Forbes, Community Development Director (818) 238-5176

Read more about you can preserve and protect your residential neighborhood at Save Burbank Neighborhoods, and sign up for their updates.

Attend Burbank City Council tonight!

18 Mar

Attend the TUESDAY, MARCH 18th (today!) City Council Meeting!

Save Burbank Neighborhood Housing Artwork

Artwork: Save Burbank Neighborhoods

From Save Burbank Neighborhoods:

“This Tuesday, March 18th, join Save Burbank Neighborhoods and residents from across the city in bringing the Community Meeting to City Council!  In January, the City of Burbank passed a Housing Element that paves the way for unlicensed and temporary care businesses to enter residential neighborhoods.  And they did so without legally noticing the Burbank community.  Tell City Council that voters, tax payers, homeowners, and residents are “significant economic sectors” that deserve to be legally noticed and informed.  Take a stand for government transparency and accountability.

Remind City Council that our single-family residential neighborhoods are sacred spaces.  They should be protected from corporate business encroachment and zoned for long-term residency.  Unlicensed, for-profit rental businesses do NOT belong in single-family zones.  Ask Council to take immediate steps to protect the safety of our families, the character of our communities, and the value of our properties.  City Council needs to act NOW to limit unlicensed care facilities and for-profit rental businesses from setting up shop next door to family homes.

Wear red, or your new Save Burbank Neighborhoods T-shirt, to let City Council know that you stand for neighborhood preservation and government transparency.  Speak up or sit tight.  Your presence lets our City Council know that this issue is important to Burbank citizens!  See you there!

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 18th @ 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  City Council Chambers, Burbank City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91502

As per community request, Save Burbank Neighborhoods T-shirts will be available for sale before and after the Council Meeting for $7 each.

Can’t make the meeting?  It’s not too late to send a letter.

For sample letters, click here.”

Attend Burbank City Council tonight!

11 Feb

“Tuesday, Feb 11: City Council Meeting. Tell City Council to write a protective WTF Ordinance. You don’t have to speak, just clap, show up and show your support!”

Elect to Protect LogoSave Burbank Neighborhoods is asking Burbank residents to attend tonight’s City Council Meeting, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., as it updates the Telecommunications Facility Ordinance (our city’s regulations and requirements as to what type of wireless facilities and cell towers can be located in our community and neighborhoods, and where):

“….On Tuesday, February 11th Burbank City Staff will instruct City Council to approve their recommendations for a new Wireless Telecommunications Ordinance.  Attend the meeting to ensure that your concerns are also heard.  Demand that the City expand noticing, require on-going RF emissions testing, and set permit limits on all WTF installations.  Tell your Council Members that all telecommunications corporations should be required to prove they have a gap in coverage before a cell phone tower can be installed in your neighborhood.

WHERE:  City Council Chambers, Burbank City Hall, 275 East Olive Ave., 91503

If you cannot attend, please e-mail the City Council to tell them you will be watching them, and ask them to support the resident recommendations and concerns tonight!

To email ALL Council Members at once: 
Council Voicemail (818) 238-5750

Wear your white T-shirts!

Tell the FCC to strengthen its EMF-RF standards

15 Nov

Deadline is Nov. 18th, so do it today or this weekend!

You can also sign the Environmental Working Group’s “Strengthen Cell Phone Radiation Standards!” Petition at: http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=2039&tag=201308CellFB

While our City updates its wireless facilities ordinance, due to the concerns and recommendations of its residents, the FCC is asking for input about updating its outdated EMF/RF exposure guidelines in its Proceeding Number 13-84.  So here’s your opportunity to give your input and tell the FCC to make its guidelines more protective of human health and our environment.

Due to the recent government shut-down, the FCC  has extended its deadline for accepting public Comments, so if you haven’t already, write and submit your Comments today or this weekend on-line to the FCC.

DEADLINE: The FCC must receive your Comments by Monday, November 18th.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS: Submit your Comments on-line to the FCC Proceeding Number 13-84 in one of two ways:

1) Express Comments can be filed at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list  (click the “click here” at the ECSF directions paragraph area at the top of the page to manually type in 13-84 in the proceeding number area, and write and submit your Comments)

2) Standard Comment with an attached document or letter at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=kcz1n

Some reasons you can include in your Comments:

* The FCC’s EMF/RF exposure guidelines should be more protective of human health and our environment because, in May 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified EMF/RF exposure as a Class 2B possible carcinogen, based on an increased risk of developing a malignant form of brain cancer associated with cell phone use.  Thus, the WHO’s IARC has put non-ionizing radiation from cell phones, WiFi, wireless routers, and wireless smart meters, on the same Class 2B Possible Human Carcinogen agent list with lead, DDT and gasoline car exhaust.  We would not expose our friends, family or community to such possible carcinogens 24/7.  The FCC should not allow the public to be exposed to this possible carcinogen without proper warnings, labels, recommendations, and alternatives.

* The FCC’s  EMF/RF exposure guidelines should be more protective of children, pregnant mothers, men’s fertility, and our public health, due to an increased number of research that has found DNA changes, sperm damage, increased oxidative stress, and increased risk of childhood behavior problems (attention and addiction) and memory problems, and abnormal neurological and brain development, associated with exposure to EMF/RF, including cell phone use.

For citations, the FCC can refer to:”Why the FCC Must Strengthen Radiofrequency Radiation Limits in the U.S.,” by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, The UC Berkeley Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, November 5, 2013, Submitted to the Federal Communications Commission re: Proceeding Number 13-84, which can be found on-line at: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B14R6QNkmaXuendOZXlzTUh4MFE/edit?pli=1

The FCC can also refer to Medscape’s eye-opening “Smartphone ‘Addiction’ May Affect Adolescent Development,” by Deborah Brauser, May 23, 2013, found on-line at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/804666

Just so you know, it’s important that your voice be heard because our Congress (that’s right, including our own Senators Feinstein and Boxer from California) recently unanimously approved the appointment of Tom Wheeler to head our FCC — even though Wheeler is a former CEO of the wireless industry (CTIA, 1992-2004).  With such a major conflict of interest, how tough will he regulate the wireless industry to protect our health concerns?

Attend Thursday’s Community Meeting on Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

18 Mar

Wireless-radiation-sign--seen-by-the-cellular-towerFrom Ms. Amanda Landry at the City of Burbank’s Planning and Transportation Division:

The Planning and Transportation Division will be hosting a community meeting to receive feedback from the public about possible revisions to the existing wireless telecommunications regulations. Attached to this email is a flyer for the community meeting. I encourage all of you to forward this email and flyer to any interested party. This information will also be on the City website.

What: Community Meeting to address Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

When: Thursday March 21, 2013@ 6:00 PM

Where: Buena Vista Library, 300 North Buena Vista Street, Burbank CA 91505

Please be aware that the library, similar to all other municipal facilities, has set operating hours and closes at 9:00 PM. To ensure the safety and security of library patrons and staff, as well as the facility, the meeting must be concluded by 9:00 PM.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me directly at alandry@burbankca.gov or by telephone at 818-238-5250

I hope to see all of you there!


Amanda Landry, Associate Planner

City of Burbank, Planning & Transportation Division

818.238.5250 office

818.238.5150 fax


Join this Wed’s Smart Meter Protest at Westlake Smart Grid Conference

18 Mar

Westlake Smart Meter ProtestThis Media Advisory from the No Smart Meter Coalition — please share with others.

What: Smart Meter Surveillance and Cancer Grid Protest

When: This Wednesday, March 20th 11:30-2:30 pm

Where: In front of the The Four Seasons Westlake Village , Westlake Village, CA 91364.

Contacts: Julie Levine and Guero Cerda, 310-455-9389; 310-463-3016; Liz Barris 310-455-7530

Why: There is a major smart meter/smart grid industry gathering on March 20th, 2013: http://www.greentechmedia.com/events/live/the-networked-grid-2013 …and we are planning a major protest against it.

Details: JOIN US on Wed., March 20th, 11:30AM – 2:30PM on sidewalks in front of The FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, for a peaceful protest against the carcinogenic military industrial surveillance grid known as “smart grid and smart meters”, where industry executives from Edison, PG&E, SMUD and other major utility corporations responsible for this active assault will be gathered. The demonstration will include a press conference where former DWP workers, engineers, people who have experienced health problems from smart meters and the smart meter grid, and those with concerns about surveillance will share their stories.

Attendees of the conference will be executives from Edison, PG@E, SDG@E, SMUD, Arizona Public Service and other “smart” players including staff, consultants and others will be gathered to discuss the how to further financially exploit the deadly smart/surveillance meters and equally deadly smart/surveillance grid.

For more info on this action: “Like” No Smart Meter Coalition page on Facebook.

Legal observers will be present to help ensure the rights of the demonstrators. Occupy LA will be sending 2 buses leaving from downtown LA.

If coming from the South, take 101 Freeway North to Lindero Canyon exit (first exit after Kanan Road). Turn right onto Lindero Cyn Road. Protest will be on sidewalk on left hand side at first intersection with Russell Ranch Road. Parking will be on right side at parking area for Marriott, Lure Fish House and Custom Built Burgers (shopping center on SW corner of Lindero Canyon Road and Russell Ranch Road).

Thank you so much for your help and support. Please pass this on to friends, family, neighbors and the media.

Vote to protect via the Burbank primary elections

20 Feb

Elect to Protect LogoBurbank Primary Nominating Elections are fast approaching — next Tuesday, Feb. 26th — and they are extremely  important!

This is when our votes will narrow the field of nominees for City Council and School Board — so make sure your vote counts and that you elect to protect!

Save Burbank Neighborhoods,  the non-partisan resident group that has and continues to volunteer countless hours and energy to protect Burbank residential neighborhoods like yours and mine, is supporting Dr. David Gordon, Bob Frutos, and Juan Guillen for City Council, and Steve Ferguson for School Board.

So complete your ballot today and make sure you vote for/select them on your Primary Ballot! 

Because this year’s primary election is all mail-in (there will be NO polling stations), you must mail in your ballot and it must be received by the City Clerk no later than 7  p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, or it will not be counted.

So you can drop it off in the mail today to make sure it gets received in time  —  or if you don’t trust the post office, you can drop off your ballot at specific locations on certain days and hours of the week:


*** City Hall ***

City Clerk’s Office in City Hall – 275 East Olive Avenue, *** (818) 238-5851

The City Clerk’s Office drop-off center is open daily

on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. AND

Tuesday, February 26 – Election Day 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


*** Alternate Drop-Off Centers ***


Saturday, February 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. AND

Tuesday, February 26 – Election Day 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Buena Vista Branch Library – 300 North Buena Vista Street

Joslyn Center – 1301 West Olive Avenue

McCambridge Recreation Center – 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard

Tuttle Center – 1731 North Ontario Street

If you’d like to read more why you should vote for Dr. David Gordon, Bob Frutos and Juan Guillen for City Council, and Steve Ferguson for School Board, please visit Save Burbank Neighborhood’s helpful website: Save Burbank Neighborhoods.

In addition, feel free to contact Save Burbank Neighborhoods if you would like to put up a lawn sign on behalf of any of its candidates!  If you would like to find out about additional ways to support the campaigns, please contact avontower@aol.com

Addendum: Dr. David Gordon, by the way, was very vocal in opposing the mandatory smart meter program in Burbank.  Dr. Gordon and Steve Ferguson have also wanted to protect residential neighborhoods and schools from unnecessary cell towers and wireless facilities.  Both get two thumbs up from Burbank Action for supporting resident concerns on these fronts.

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