1. State Controller John Chiang has said the state may run out of money early this year if legislators do not agree on a budget. If Burbank were forced to make cuts, where would you recommend making trims, and in what way can Burbank weather this financial crisis?
I don’t believe there is any one answer to the projected budget deficit. I will look at all potential solutions before considering a rise in our utility rates. We need to be more efficient and look at underutilized portions of a program or low-priority parts of a program to temporarily cut back on. I would consider regionalization of services to help share the costs with our neighboring cities, so long as the quality of the service does not suffer.
2. There has been much talk lately of potential safety hazards associated with Burbank’s Chandler Bikeway. What do you think should be done to address the safety issues?