Save Burbank Neighborhoods

Fight the Tower: Save Burbank Neighborhoods” has formed — residents in Burbank organized to protect our homes and schools from cell towers.

Burbank ACTION applauds their efforts!

They’ve launched a new website, SaveBurbankNeighborhoods.com

Their first item of action?

To protect residents and schools against the proposed T-Mobile wireless facility project at the Little White Chapel in an R-1 zone — surrounded by single-family homes and near Bret Harte elementary school, and Luther Burbank Middle School.

The Burbank Leader reports that, despite resident opposition, on Feb. 27, 2012, our City’s Planning Board approved this project, with a 4-1 vote.  Board Member Vahe Hovanessian, to his credit, cast the dissenting “No” vote.

Residents have appealed this decision to City Council, which will hear the item on May 22, 2012.

Little White Chapel is located at 17111 Avon Street.  Here is more info on Project Number 090004377 (see Item 2 under Hearings): http://burbank.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=4399

How did this affront to residents happen? When the city was updating its wireless facility ordinance (2009-2011), T-Mobile and our city’s planning staff had proposed the idea of changing our ordinance to allow wireless facilities on “private institutional” (private schools and churches) in R-1 zones.

Burbank ACTION residents opposed to cell towers in our neighborhood told the Planning Staff, and the Planning Board and City Council Members not to make this change, because in other communities where cell towers were proposed at churches in R-1 zones, such proposed projects were divisive — dividing communities, and pitting residents against churches, and residents against the city’s planning staff.

But, despite this resident warning and opposition, our Planning Board Members Doug Drake, Kenneth San Miguel, Undine Petrulis, and Kimberly Jo, and City Council Members Gary Bric, Dave Golonski, Jess Talamantes, and Emily Gabel-Luddy by voice or action did not see any problem with this proposed change, and failed to take any action to remove this proposed change from the ordinance update.

Save Burbank Neighborhoods organized a successful March 31, 2012, event, gaining community support and signatures to their petition.

The Burbank Leader reports that the group has also asked the School District to take a stand against cell towers.

Contact them today to support their efforts.

Donate to their cause if you want to protect your homes, schools, loved ones, family, children, neighborhood, real estate values, and community.

They are also now selling T-shirts and lawn signs. Order yours today!

When you contact them, ask them how you can join their efforts and help them get more signatures, participate at events, and lend your support at the upcoming City Council appeal hearing.

Their e-mail is: avontower@aol.com

Credit: Photos and Fight the Tower poster artwork by Save Burbank Neighborhoods

9 Responses to “Save Burbank Neighborhoods”

  1. Burbanker April 19, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Residents are bombarded everyday with all the satelite signals and emf from all the media dishes, cell towers, high tension wires and microwaves. We surely don’t need them on our churches and schools in residential neighborhoods. Enough is Enough!!! to use an old Golonski term BEFORE he got elected 20 years ago.

  2. Kathryn April 19, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Kiku, thanks for the great artcile and for your wonderful support. Your organizing efforts our an inspiration to all of us. It’s amazing to me that we have a city government that is making so many decisions that are detrimental to Burbank families and neighborhoods. It’s time for a change.

    • T. April 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Not only do I agree with you they are making all of these detrimental decisions in the name of “sustainability” and “liveability”

  3. Snoopy April 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    This cell tower I believe is only the beginning of what is to come into residential neighborhoods. The sanctity of our homes is under attack by city staff and most of the city council members. It is time to stand up to these assaults before it’s too late.

  4. BurbankerJ April 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    The new antennae looks like a Jewish Menorah ?

  5. Citizen May 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    The Burbank City Attorney told us at the cell tower meeting this week that the congress is sticking these cell towers into our neighborhoods, so everyone really needs to call Congressman Brad Sherman and tell him we do not want his cell towers in our residential neighborhoods. Here is his phone number (818) 501-9200
    Call before it’s too late and he sticks one of these towers in every Burbank neighborhood.

  6. B.r. May 16, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    How can they place this tower next to homes and schools ? It’s time that we start keeping track of what officials favor movey over the safety of children. We should let the city council members know we are watching and we will never forget on election day which ones show no concern for the safety of people. Congressman Brad Sherman deserves a NO vote from Burbank for his disregard and calousness toward our children. Opportunistic politicians should NOT represent us in congress or on the city council.

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