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Looking for Rancho's happy medium

March 06, 2012

I had to chuckle at a Mailbag letter from a Burbank resident congratulating Rancho residents for rejecting Urban West’s revised proposal while on the same page there appeared Bert Ring’s cartoon of a senior-and-disabled shuttle bus with the caption, “Sorry you can’t afford it, but it’s mandatory.”

It was referring to new mandatory fares that may be implemented because the service, which is currently “sales-tax-based and varies depending on the economy,” according to Transportation Commission Chairman Paul Dyson (“City looks to charge residents who use bus services,” Feb. 15). may no longer be free to riders. Just imagine how much sales tax revenue Burbank might have enjoyed from Whole Foods if the City Council, heavily influenced by Rancho residents, had not denied their request to come into Burbank.

I feel like I’m watching a re-run of a very bad movie.

Do Rancho folks think that perhaps future residents of Urban West’s proposed development might become a welcomed part of their community? Perhaps they might board horses or attend events at the equestrian center, or rent horses at nearby stables, or have parties at the Pickwick center?

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One thing is for sure — they’ll spend money and pay taxes. Rancho folks’ perceived invasion of civilization is hurting the whole of Burbank while at the same time they’re enjoying the benefits that our city offers: give us all of your city services but stay out of our community?

There has to be a happy medium.

Debra Russ

Burbank

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