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Letter: Housing element needs some tweaking

February 28, 2014

I am writing to express my disappointment with our city’s housing element. It currently allows for unlicensed facilities within our R1 residential neighborhoods.

That prompts me to ask a few simple questions:

Would you put your elderly mother or father in an unlicensed nursing home?

Would you put your child in an unlicensed day-care center?

Would you put your dog in an unlicensed boarding facility?

If you wouldn't put your loved ones in an unlicensed facility why would you want one as a neighbor? I believe everyone wants to ensure that their loved ones are cared for properly; with integrity, compassion and proper medical care. And there need to be provisions in place that hold these facilities accountable. A licensed care facility monitors what happens to our loved ones within these facilities; an unlicensed facility is accountable to no one. These unlicensed facilities can ultimately become transient motels within our Burbank neighborhoods.

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Our City Council needs to add provisions to our Housing Element to prevent unlicensed care facilities in our neighborhoods.

Ingrid Kriegler
Burbank

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