Burbank residents turned out this week for a town hall event where they had the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns on a host of city-related issues, from pot holes to proper notification of public hearings.
Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, following a pattern established by previous leaders, was a driving force behind the gathering at John Muir Middle School. Gabel-Luddy she believes it is healthy for city officials to get out of City Hall to hear what constituents have to say in an informal setting.
A long-standing tradition in America, such meetings have allowed generations of people to solve community problems by putting their heads together in an informal setting. Here in Burbank there has been a measure of success, with suggestions leading to solutions. For example, revisions to the city’s smoking ordinance came about after a citizen pointed out during a 2012 hall meeting that second-hand smoke was entering her apartment.