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Burbank town hall meeting slated for March 4

City to hold Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting at John Muir Middle School.

February 25, 2014|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Burbank residents wishing to share any concerns or complaints with the city’s elected officials can do so at a town hall meeting next week.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at John Muir Middle School, located at 1111 N. Kenneth Road, and is an opportunity for the public to meet with the Burbank City Council in a casual setting away from City Hall.

“It’s healthy for us to just go out and listen,” said Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, adding that she hopes the meetings can continue regularly every six months.

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“It’s healthy for us to get out of City Hall,” she said.

The meeting marks the second of its kind during Gabel-Luddy’s mayoral term, and was a major goal for her to further engage with the public.

She expects residents to bring up a host of issues, including the condition of city streets and the potential for unlicensed community care facilities in city neighborhoods.

“I’ve talked to residents deeply concerned about potholes,” she said, adding that she has heard from cyclists who fear damaged streets while commuting.

“I’m thinking about how next year, we can budget additional funding for our pavement projects,” Gabel-Luddy said.

At least once, a complaint broached at a town hall meeting resulted in a policy change.

At a meeting in 2012, a woman complained about smoke entering her apartment in the Silver Winds senior complex in the Media Village, located at Magnolia Boulevard and Third Street, prompting the council to make plans to revise the city's smoking ordinance.

“The real purpose of the meeting is to hear what’s on the mind of the community,” Gabel-Luddy said.

For more information about the meeting, call (818) 238-5840.

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