I fear that the fight over the installation of a T-Mobile cell tower on North Avon Street is already a done deal. Why else would the mayor, the planning board and the City Council have changed the law last year that banned such installations in residential neighborhoods?
I understand that the city makes money from the installations of such towers (and there are close to 200 already in Burbank commercial zones), but what is the money for? I assume it's for the betterment of the lives of Burbank residents. But how does installing a cell tower that possibly puts our children's health at risk and lowers property values better our lives?
The mayor and City Council should take a long look at themselves before their appeal decision on May 22. Would they move their families into a neighborhood with a cell tower next door? Or send their children to a school next to one? I suspect not. I moved to Burbank three years ago for the good schools and safe neighborhoods. The mayor's plans to install these towers in residential zones make my move the dumbest ever.