Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sidewalks on North Screenland Drive approved: Controversy may not be over

The Burbank City Council made a decision on sidewalks for North Screenland Drive last night. Despite passionate arguments to from a small group of residents, Councilman, Bob Frutos, and Vice-Mayor, David Gordon; the majority voted for the construction of the sidewalks. For the record: Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Councilmen Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes voted “yes” on the sidewalk project. Vice-Mayor […]
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

City Buzz: Burbank sidewalk controversy – what’s the solution?

The 1900 block of North Screenland Drive sidewalk controversy has been festering, brewing, and churning for several years. Finding a solution is not going to be easy. Tonight, the Burbank City Council is scheduled to decide whether or not to go forward with the installation of sidewalks on this residential street near Luther Burbank Middle School. The sidewalk project is […]
Monday, August 26, 2013

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisited: An opposing view

Those opposed to installing sidewalks on North Screenland Drive tend to be passionate and tenacious about their position. None more so than long-time resident and North Screenland Drive resident, Janet Strong. She’s a retired motion costume artist turned activist and occasional guest blogger on Media City Groove. Here’s Strong’s opinion post, which appeared  in “Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and […]
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisted: A supporting view

The issue of sidewalks on North Screenland Drive has blown up into a huge controversy since the first vote on the matter by the Burbank City Council back in December of 2010. At that time, by a three-to-two vote, the council supported the majority of the residents who do not want sidewalks on their street. However, Councilman, Gary Bric, changed […]
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and the Burbank City Council

The City Council used to be the judge and jury of fairness for the Burbank community. The neighbors could ask for help with any concern. The council listened and with compassion addressed the issues of everyone fairly. Decisions were made by the council with intelligence. And, careful thought was given to what the people of Burbank needed. People who built […]
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Community Views: Burbank sidewalk debate

The great sidewalk debate involves more than concrete. For me this issue involves the ethical treatment of people. The majority of residents on Screenland opposed the installation of sidewalks in their neighborhood but for their efforts they were much maligned as selfish people who didn’t care about the safety of children and wouldn’t accept change. The safety of children is […]
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Showdown over the Burbank sidewalk controversy

UPDATED 10:30 p.m. :  Despite protests from some residents on North Screenland Drive tonight, the Burbank City Council voted 4-to-1 in favor of the sidewalks. The only “no” vote came from Councilman Dr. David Gordon. The students at Luther Burbank Middle school in Burbank and their safety have become the debating points in the bitter controversy over the installation of sidewalks on nearby […]
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

City Buzz

Next Tuesday is Election Day in Burbank,  but there will be no polling places. City Hall staffers sent out a press release yesterday about the Primary Nominating Election. It was a reminder that if you want your vote to count in this election you have to mail it in or drop off your ballot at City Hall or other designated places. Also, the […]
Sunday, February 13, 2011

Community Views: Burbank sidewalk controversy

My name is Janet Diel. As a 31 year Burbank resident, long time member of the Advisory Council on Disabilities and Chair for the Barriers Sub-Committee, I felt it imperative to present my views regarding the lack of sidewalks on 1800-1900 Screenland. For Seniors and Disabled members of our community sidewalks would allow street access to those with walkers, canes, […]