“They claim that the numbers are worn out and need to be redone. But in reality, they do not need to be repainted a few times a year.”
The council will review the matter at an upcoming meeting and decide whether to formally address it, which could include requiring painters to receive a city-issued license, Mayor Dave Golonski said.
“I suggest that we hold a public education session about the issue and also research the current status of regulation,” Golonski said.
Curb painting is a public safety issue because it makes it difficult for fire and police departments to locate a residence during an emergency situation, Daniels said. Burbank fire Capt. Ron Bell said that firefighters do not rely on the curb numbers when responding to a call.
“We certainly use the curb number if it is there — because it is difficult to find a house, especially at night — but we don’t rely on it, because nine out of 10 times it is blocked by a car or a trash can,” Bell said.
Recently, the painters came to repaint Daniels’ property without his knowledge and painted his curb white without any numbers visible, he said. “They told me they were out of black ink and they haven’t been back since,” Daniels said.
City Manager Mary Alvord said that the curb painting issue has been brought before the council before, mostly out of concern that the painters are unlicensed.
“As far as I know, people are required to have a permit to be able to paint a resident’s curb, so staff and council would want to find out who these people are and whether or not they have a permit,” Alvord said.
The painters are normally part of private firms and ask residents for money for fundraisers that are not always legitimate, she said.
“The city should consider implementing a nuisance ordinance to ban all curb painters unless they are licensed and receive written permission from homeowners,” Daniels said.
ALISON TULLY covers City Hall and public safety. She may be reached at (818) 637-3242 or by e-mail at alison.tully@ latimes.com.