and so many critical needs, we are expected to believe that the board
suddenly has developed exceptional project management skills that
will enable it to stay within budget and bring the remodeling project
in on time?
BTAC does fill the needs of the community, but so do the schools
and other critical components of the infrastructure in Burbank.
Burbank's citizens deserve a mechanism in place to ensure
accountability for the funds, such as a quarterly report to the City
Council, and the council's involvement in the decision-making and
funds disbursement processes.
What about the rights
of property owners?
Back in June, the Leader published an article regarding the
construction on residential property at 753 S. Mariposa St. in the
Burbank Rancho district. In the article, our neighbors were
protesting the potential licensing of a state care facility
purportedly intended to house abused children.
To the contrary, we've found out we have all been grossly
deceived, as the truth disclosed to us is that this facility is for
mentally disabled adults ages 20 to 50. Please note that all local
zoning for commercial use is on Riverside Drive only -- near this
corner -- and not on a residential street such as ours.
The real danger to pedestrians, horses and riders, not to mention
the potential increased car traffic and accidents on this street
(that leads to the riding trail), is inestimable. This property's
parking lot opens into an alley with horse stalls that exit into the
alley. How could commercial deliveries to such a facility be safe
with horses and riders and traffic at this corner also competing with
commercial trucks and employee parking? The original Leader article
discussed this and compassion issues for a children's care facility,
but this is not what's being built here, and it is not what Burbank
allows for the state to license without the City Council or our mayor
having the real facts, doing a proper impact study or having any say
so in this matter.
This property, if licensed when completed, has extremely dangerous