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Burbank City Council Meeting Wrap-up

February 23, 2008

STARLIGHT REVENUE

The council unanimously appropriated more than $44,250 for the Starlight Bowl Sponsorship program, which aims to raise money for the city-owned entertainment venue.

The increased funds will go to expenditures associated with entertainment, marketing and operating materials and supplies for the sponsorship and street banner program in which local businesses can sponsor programs at the Starlight Bowl.

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WHAT IT MEANS

The appropriation amends the 2007-08 budget to reflect the added funds.

VOTE: 5-0

STYROFOAM BAN

A divided council pondered ways to eliminate Styrofoam from Burbank’s restaurants, markets and offices.

Some council members favored an outright ban of all Styrofoam in the city, which Councilman David Gordon opposed, and others liked the idea of eliminating Styrofoam from restaurants.

Twelve cities in California have already banned Styrofoam, which is difficult to recycle and releases chemical emissions that are harmful to the environment when burned.

WHAT IT MEANS

The council directed Public Works staff members to return with a plan that would include various stages of a Styrofoam ban, which could take up to six weeks to prepare.

VOTE: 4-1

HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

Planning Department officials briefed the council about Burbank’s 2008 housing element draft, a state-mandated document in which each California city is asked to compile a list of available housing for current and future people living in their city.

Gordon did not support the housing element, saying it “doesn’t reflect the concerns of the city.”

WHAT IT MEANS

The council voted to send the draft to the Housing and Community Development Department for a 60-day review. The report is due to the state by June 30.

VOTE: 4-1

LOBBYIST REGISTRATION

The council voted to study the efficacy of a future lobbyist registration ordinance, which would require that those lobbying council members register with the city.

Councilman Dave Golonski called the problem of lobbyists in the city “nonexistent.”

The council voted down a similar measure in 2003 and again in 2006, each time taking a stance similar to Golonski’s.

WHAT IT MEANS

City staff members were directed to return with a report detailing what a lobbyist ordinance would entail.

VOTE: 4-1


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