“Hearing that air conditioning was out, and had been out, and that temperature were going to be very high, it made sense to me to see if we and the city could coordinate an option for those residents,” Gabel-Luddy said Friday afternoon. “Our staff really rose to the occasion.”
The city’s senior and disabled bus already serves Wesley Tower residents, but officials usually require patrons to make reservations a day in advance, said David Kriske, deputy city planner for transportation.
That requirement was slated to be waived through Saturday, and affected residents could call at any time throughout the day to be picked up or dropped off.
The property manager could not immediately be reached for comment. It was not immediately known how many seniors were without air conditioning or how many took advantage of the bus service.
The Do It Center, a home improvement store in Burbank, donated 20 fans — collectively nearly $400 in value — to the seniors without air conditioning, according to store manager Gabby Flores.
“We did what we could,” Flores said.
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