It’s great when Burbank residents speak up and assert their rights to protect their neighborhoods and quality of life, and through that process, achieve the results for which they had worked so hard.
Earlier this year, 300 plus Rancho area residents made it quite clear to Staff and City Council that they did not want the New Urban West condo project planned for their area. New Urban West backed down, and the residents were elated.
Hundreds of Burbank residents also organized against the controversial Walmart project. They took their complaints to Walmart and City Council. Refusing to retreat after hitting walls there, they took their case to court. Last month, the L.A. County Superior Court supported their arguments by issuing an injunction against Walmart and the City.
Then, a few months ago, Avon residents mobilized their neighbors, media, and the support of the School District and residents from several Burbank neighborhoods, to descend upon City Hall when they appealed and opposed a proposed T-Mobile cell tower atop a church in their neighborhood. The People were heard loud and clear, and the project was denied.
To protect residents from having to mount similar fights, they asked the City to fix the loophole in the wireless facility ordinance that allows wireless facilities on private institutional properties in residential areas. They repeated their request and rationale supporting it last Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2012) before City Council, and our elected officials responded affirmatively. They directed the Staff to look into their and the residents’ concerns, arguments, and recommendations that were voiced and submitted.
This is, as our Council Members and residents pointed out, democracy in action. We’ll keep you posted on how the wireless ordinance update develops. For insurance purposes — let’s keep wearing those “Elect to Protect” T-shirts.
(Purchase your community “Elect to Protect” T-shirts from the “Save Burbank Neighborhoods” resident group; artwork for T-shirt is seen above right. Contact them at AvonTower@aol.com to buy yours today. Make sure to wear your T-shirt at upcoming City Council Meetings.)