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April 8, 2014
My daughter lives across the street from a “group home” in Sun Valley where the owner divided up every room in the house and jammed 23 males into this group home designed for six. After years of fighting with the city of Los Angeles, the home was closed because the tenants themselves filed suit against the owner. This is why Burbank must be very careful with these homes. It is difficult right now to keep illegal back houses from being rented let alone having to protect ourselves from the abuses in zoning these homes can have.
THE818NOW
April 2, 2014
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday continued the discussion on how to effectively and legally regulate group homes in residential neighborhoods, ultimately requesting that city staff bring back more information on a number of ideas generated by councilmembers, residents and a land-use expert. The issue has caused a stir in Burbank since the city adopted its state-required housing element in January to allow community care facilities - which may include sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods to comply with state law. At a community meeting on Monday, land-use law expert Barbara Kautz advised the public and city officials they explore neutral, nondiscriminatory standards to ensure the homes are managed properly while still being compliant with fair-housing laws, as well as more clearly define what constitutes a household versus a boarding home.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
The Burbank City Council may consider a temporary ordinance that would prohibit unlicensed supportive housing facilities in single-family residential areas per the public's request, after dozens of residents in recent weeks have asked the council members to take immediate action on the issue. In January, the council approved its state-required housing element to allow supportive housing in residential neighborhoods without permits. This may include sober-living and drug rehabilitation facilities, but city officials said the city is under no obligation to allow transitional housing for parolees, probationers or sex offenders.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
A land-use law expert spoke with roughly 50 residents and city officials Monday, suggesting ways to tighten the city's rules surrounding group homes . The issue has caused a stir in Burbank in recent months since the city adopted its state-required housing element to allow community care facilities - which may include sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods to comply with state law....
THE818NOW
By Emily Foxhall, Daily Pilot | March 27, 2014
A Newport Beach ordinance limiting group homes, struck down by a federal appeals court, has been cited repeatedly by Burbank officials who say they are extremely restricted in regulating such facilities. But last week, Burbank City Council members said they would consider a temporary ban on such homes, following a request from dozens of residents demanding action.  The Orange County city plans to petition the  U.S. Supreme Court  to overturn a lower court decision that determined its group home ordinance is discriminatory, the Daily Pilot reported . Newport Beach City Council members voted unanimously during a closed session meeting Tuesday to pursue the petition, City Atty.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | August 27, 2008
BURBANK — The City Council agreed on Tuesday to allow staff to look into ways to monitor and potentially impose stricter regulations surrounding group homes. On July 1, Councilman David Gordon asked staff to bring back a report concerning the homes because of their potential impact on the city, he said. “The homes are something that has been thrust upon the community,” Gordon said. “I would hope that we can to a greater degree exercise more local control to protect our single-family residential community . .
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
The Burbank City Council heard a wide variety of concerns at Tuesday's town hall meeting , with residents griping about group homes potentially moving into residential areas, inadequate public noticing on city meetings and hearings, pot holes on city streets and vacant storefronts. Perhaps the most contentious discussion centered around the city's recent move to allow supportive housing - including sober-living and drug rehabilitation facilities - into residential neighborhoods without permits, which city officials have said was to comply with state law. The city's housing element states such facilities with six or fewer residents are considered standard use, and do not need special permission.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
With the exception of David Gordon, the rest of Burbank's City Council members are utterly useless. Take for example the contentious housing issue ( “Housing issue pushes buttons,” April 5 ). While this elected body dithers around trying to come up with a solution to unlicensed group homes, these businesses will more than likely establish a firm hold in our neighborhoods because no regulations will have been enacted to prevent their proliferation. Relying on city staff for more ideas on how to regulate group homes clearly indicates that the council majority (Emily Gabel-Luddy, Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes)
THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
Re: “ Housing issue and a lack of leadership,” Mailbag, April 16 . Dr. David Gordon has the easiest job on the Burbank City Council. To be the one outlier, the one naysayer, the one who always sides with “the people.” Molly Shore pretty much summed it up in her letter: Toe the state's line or get sued by any number of agencies and/or the state itself. While that's not a given, it is a distinct possibility. So while the adults in the room deliberate the pros and cons of this rock and a hard place, Dr. Gordon chooses the easy way out and jumps to the popular decision with a wink and a smile to his Tuesday night fan club.
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THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
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NEWS
April 17, 2014
Re: “ Housing issue and a lack of leadership,” Mailbag, April 16 . Dr. David Gordon has the easiest job on the Burbank City Council. To be the one outlier, the one naysayer, the one who always sides with “the people.” Molly Shore pretty much summed it up in her letter: Toe the state's line or get sued by any number of agencies and/or the state itself. While that's not a given, it is a distinct possibility. So while the adults in the room deliberate the pros and cons of this rock and a hard place, Dr. Gordon chooses the easy way out and jumps to the popular decision with a wink and a smile to his Tuesday night fan club.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
With the exception of David Gordon, the rest of Burbank's City Council members are utterly useless. Take for example the contentious housing issue ( “Housing issue pushes buttons,” April 5 ). While this elected body dithers around trying to come up with a solution to unlicensed group homes, these businesses will more than likely establish a firm hold in our neighborhoods because no regulations will have been enacted to prevent their proliferation. Relying on city staff for more ideas on how to regulate group homes clearly indicates that the council majority (Emily Gabel-Luddy, Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes)
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Councilman Bob Frutos on Tuesday requested a closed-session performance evaluation of City Manager Mark Scott, a move that follows weeks of criticism by residents centered around the issue of group homes in residential neighborhoods. When reached over the phone on Thursday, Frutos declined to comment on why he made the request, citing personnel privacy laws. Scott, however, has come under fire by residents in recent weeks following a couple of public outreach blunders. In January, residents were not adequately notified about a public hearing for the state-required housing element . The policy document was approved by City Council and included a section allowing supportive housing - which could mean sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods, which didn't sit well with residents.
NEWS
April 8, 2014
My daughter lives across the street from a “group home” in Sun Valley where the owner divided up every room in the house and jammed 23 males into this group home designed for six. After years of fighting with the city of Los Angeles, the home was closed because the tenants themselves filed suit against the owner. This is why Burbank must be very careful with these homes. It is difficult right now to keep illegal back houses from being rented let alone having to protect ourselves from the abuses in zoning these homes can have.
THE818NOW
April 2, 2014
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday continued the discussion on how to effectively and legally regulate group homes in residential neighborhoods, ultimately requesting that city staff bring back more information on a number of ideas generated by councilmembers, residents and a land-use expert. The issue has caused a stir in Burbank since the city adopted its state-required housing element in January to allow community care facilities - which may include sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods to comply with state law. At a community meeting on Monday, land-use law expert Barbara Kautz advised the public and city officials they explore neutral, nondiscriminatory standards to ensure the homes are managed properly while still being compliant with fair-housing laws, as well as more clearly define what constitutes a household versus a boarding home.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
A land-use law expert spoke with roughly 50 residents and city officials Monday, suggesting ways to tighten the city's rules surrounding group homes . The issue has caused a stir in Burbank in recent months since the city adopted its state-required housing element to allow community care facilities - which may include sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods to comply with state law....
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
Burbank residents are being asked to weigh in on the city's housing element at two meetings slated for next week, one of which will include a City Council discussion on implementing a moratorium on certain development permits, with the idea being to block community care homes that don't require licenses . On Monday, city officials will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. in room 104 of the Community Services Building, located at 150 N. Third St....
THE818NOW
By Emily Foxhall, Daily Pilot | March 27, 2014
A Newport Beach ordinance limiting group homes, struck down by a federal appeals court, has been cited repeatedly by Burbank officials who say they are extremely restricted in regulating such facilities. But last week, Burbank City Council members said they would consider a temporary ban on such homes, following a request from dozens of residents demanding action.  The Orange County city plans to petition the  U.S. Supreme Court  to overturn a lower court decision that determined its group home ordinance is discriminatory, the Daily Pilot reported . Newport Beach City Council members voted unanimously during a closed session meeting Tuesday to pursue the petition, City Atty.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
The Burbank City Council may consider a temporary ordinance that would prohibit unlicensed supportive housing facilities in single-family residential areas per the public's request, after dozens of residents in recent weeks have asked the council members to take immediate action on the issue. In January, the council approved its state-required housing element to allow supportive housing in residential neighborhoods without permits. This may include sober-living and drug rehabilitation facilities, but city officials said the city is under no obligation to allow transitional housing for parolees, probationers or sex offenders.
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