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NEWS
March 2, 2002
Laura Sturza CIVIC CENTER -- City Council members are voicing objections to rent control as a way to rein in Burbank's housing prices. "I've heard horror stories about rent control," Councilwoman Stacey Murphy said at Tuesday's council meeting. "There's always ways for landlords to go in a back door, to say they're doing capital improvements and get it back that way. And there's just too much of a tendency for slumlords." Burbank's biggest housing challenge is a lack of affordable, large units for low-income renters, Redevelopment and Housing Manager Susan Evans said.
NEWS
May 2, 2001
I would like to clarify the heading of my letter given to me by the Leader regarding "City needs rent control." Yes, rents are skyrocketing. Yes, there is a lack of affordable housing in Burbank. Yes, there are unethical landlords in Burbank. Yes, there is a lack of space to build more housing. While my letter sounded as if I love rent control, I never really came out and said the city needs rent control. In my original letter to the Leader (Feb.
NEWS
October 2, 2002
(Someone) stated that Burbank will never have rent control and I should move. I think not. Any tenant or consumer has the right to free speech. Therefore, I have the right to advocate and say what I want about ethics, rent control, and/or evictions. It is amazing how people who don't like what you have to say want to shut you up by intimidating you. Moving is very expensive. Sometimes people don't have the money to move. Therefore, they have no other choice but to stay where they are. Depending on the size of the family, items to be moved and the new location, moving can be very expensive, no matter what company you use. Yes, they still have a right to complain, just as you would if you wrote to the paper.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
Aarrrrrgh! We recently went through an outrageous rental increase -- $65 per month. We are irate over it, as well as the rest of the tenants in our building. I, myself, have lived in Burbank most of my life, my husband for about 20 years. I remember paying $120 for a two bedroom apartment in the late '60s. Even that was expensive then. Our issue is rent control. Why does Burbank not have rent control? We have controls over every in our lives, why not rent?
NEWS
March 14, 2001
As a homeowner in Burbank, I am distressed to see the recent spate of letters demanding rent control in Burbank. As a former renter, I can understand the frustration involved when a tenant is suddenly faced with a demand for increased rent from a landlord. However, it strikes me that rent control is a poor solution to the problem of increased rents. The long-range answer is, of course, to increase the inventory of available rental units, and as Will Rogers pointed out in his column, rent control is bound to lead to a reduction in available rental units.
NEWS
April 18, 2001
Regarding the March 14 letter to the editor ("Rent control won't solve Burbank's problem), Braulio Montesino states that the long-range answer is to increase the inventory of available rental units. He further states it seems unfair to require the individual property owner to directly subsidize the availability of housing at an artificially low level. Perhaps Mr. Montesino is not aware that there are several levels of rent control. Some controls are more strict, while others are not. Also, rent control does not require the individual property owner to directly subsidize the availability of housing at an artificially low level.
NEWS
September 21, 2002
Re: Wesley Green's letter of Sept. 4. Thank you, Wesley. Perhaps for some, the Landlord Tenant Commission works quite well. For others, it doesn't. Approximately five years ago, one tenant group "fired" the commission and went straight to the City Council for help. I am not the only person who has had issues with the Landlord Tenant Commission. When I took my survey about the commission about a month ago, I only heard from one person. This, however, does not surprise me. This person's comment was, "They are nice, but not very helpful."
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October 6, 2007
It?s nice to see Burbank taking a stance on plastic bottles (?Policy has city turn to tap,? Wednesday) and secondhand smoke, but has anybody given thought to the leaf blowers? It?s not just the exhaust and noise. What sense does it make to blow all that dirt and lawn clippings into the street, into the air for pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers to breathe. In some cases, it just ends up on the neighbor?s lawn, car or house. Then their gardener just blows it back. I have even seen some gardeners blow it clear across the street.
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NEWS
October 2, 2002
(Someone) stated that Burbank will never have rent control and I should move. I think not. Any tenant or consumer has the right to free speech. Therefore, I have the right to advocate and say what I want about ethics, rent control, and/or evictions. It is amazing how people who don't like what you have to say want to shut you up by intimidating you. Moving is very expensive. Sometimes people don't have the money to move. Therefore, they have no other choice but to stay where they are. Depending on the size of the family, items to be moved and the new location, moving can be very expensive, no matter what company you use. Yes, they still have a right to complain, just as you would if you wrote to the paper.
NEWS
September 21, 2002
Re: Wesley Green's letter of Sept. 4. Thank you, Wesley. Perhaps for some, the Landlord Tenant Commission works quite well. For others, it doesn't. Approximately five years ago, one tenant group "fired" the commission and went straight to the City Council for help. I am not the only person who has had issues with the Landlord Tenant Commission. When I took my survey about the commission about a month ago, I only heard from one person. This, however, does not surprise me. This person's comment was, "They are nice, but not very helpful."
NEWS
August 17, 2002
Re: Mr. Byers' letter (Aug. 14), "What, now only the rich get to have children?" While I can sympathize with the economic challenges of living in a big city, I don't believe rent control or housing subsidies are the answer, especially in Los Angeles. It only encourages more people to live in a limited area, and we seem to have enough of that here. The problem is that there are too many people living in Southern California. They clog the freeways, parking lots, malls, schools, housing markets, job markets.
NEWS
April 20, 2002
I would like to inform your readers, especially those who responded to the rent survey, that rent control is dead and buried as long as this council (is) in power. I do have to agree with Dave Golonski on one issue. He said that he thought it would be a waste of time to have voluntary caps on rent raises and just cause evictions. Unethical landlords are not going to do anything voluntarily. The ethical ones will not raise rents too high and will not evict without good reason.
NEWS
March 2, 2002
Laura Sturza CIVIC CENTER -- City Council members are voicing objections to rent control as a way to rein in Burbank's housing prices. "I've heard horror stories about rent control," Councilwoman Stacey Murphy said at Tuesday's council meeting. "There's always ways for landlords to go in a back door, to say they're doing capital improvements and get it back that way. And there's just too much of a tendency for slumlords." Burbank's biggest housing challenge is a lack of affordable, large units for low-income renters, Redevelopment and Housing Manager Susan Evans said.
NEWS
December 5, 2001
I sympathize with Eden Rosen in her complaints about rent increases, which are based more on greed than necessity. Rent control may not be necessary, but a strong landlord/tenant commission is. It has to meet more frequently than once a month. It has to step on toes. It has to get aggressive. Corporations are buying up apartment units and turning them into temporary quarters for traveling businessmen. In the process, rents are going up. Existing tenants who can't afford the increase are forced to move.
NEWS
April 18, 2001
I agree with one point of Braulio Montesino's letter ("Rent control is not a solution to the problem of increased rents," March 14) -- mainly that rent control will not solve Burbank's problem with renters and rental properties. However, both his letter and the accompanying editorial cartoon were blatantly one-sided, taking a position in favor of building owners and their problems. Particularly exaggerated was the one in which a poor landlord was concerned that he wouldn't be able to keep up building repairs if he didn't raise the rents.
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