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August 1, 2013
When I talk to people in Burbank who don't live on Screenland Drive - at places like the Joslyn Adult Center and the Stough Canyon Nature Center - about the sidewalks project, the first thing they ask, with a quizzical look on their face, is why don't the people on Screenland want sidewalks? I'm not exactly sure. I usually say they don't want kids in their front yards. So to my two angry letter writers, please tell us why you prefer the school kids of Luther Burbank Middle School to walk in the streets with the heavy traffic in the mornings and afternoons.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
A three-month battle over the installation of sidewalks on a section of North Screenland Drive has ended with a victory for sidewalk proponents. In a 4-to-1 decision, the Burbank City Council this week sided with the Public Works Department and approved the construction of sidewalks within the public right-of-way on the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive despite protests from many of the affected residents. Without the sidewalks, council members said the city would be at risk of losing out on thousands more in federal funding for infrastructure-related improvements — a position Burbank can’t afford, given tight budgets and the competition for grants.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
Everyone should have attended last Tuesday's council meeting. It was a lesson in democracy, though unfortunately not in civility. Building sidewalks for school kids - who would think it would be opposed? School administrators are fully behind the sidewalks saying there is a clear safety issue. Why doubt them? What purpose would it serve for them to not be truthful? Parents of kids who go to Luther Middle School were there asking for the sidewalks as well. The theme of the night was “will of the people.” Which “people”?
NEWS
August 23, 2013
The debate over installing sidewalks in front of homes near Luther Burbank Middle School has heated up again, with school officials fighting for the sidewalks and most neighbors adamantly against them. More than two years ago, the Burbank City Council accepted a $125,000 federal grant to install sidewalks along the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive to give students a safe path on which to walk to school. On Tuesday, the council is slated to decide whether to move forward with construction.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
I can't believe there's a sidewalk across our front yard now on Screenland Drive. It was a long, hard struggle. My son and daughter-in-law want to know how soon it will be stroller ready. We, the school kids and the handicapped thank Mayor Emily Gable-Luddy, Councilman Jess Talamantes and Councilman Gary Bric. Future generations of school kids will never know or care why there are now sidewalks on Screenland - they will just enjoy not walking in the street or across wet grass. Tim Elliott Burbank
NEWS
August 23, 2013
It's a timeworn practice for politicians to make promises to voters while hitting the campaign trail. Sometimes, once the candidate's election has been secured, those promises are kept; other times they are not - often because they were never tenable in the first place. This week Vice Mayor David Gordon is expected to follow through on promises he made to residents of Screenland Drive and vote against the installation of sidewalks in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of that residential street leading to Luther Burbank Middle School.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
Despite a multimillion-dollar deficit, ongoing police oversight reforms and depressed utility revenues, a dispute over whether to install sidewalks on two blocks of North Screenland Drive has become a major political hot potato for City Council candidates. More than half of the homes on the street sport lawn signs supporting City Council candidates based off whether they support their stance on installing sidewalks on the 1800 or 1900 blocks of North Screenland Drive — an issue that council candidates have either avoided or latched on to in the waning weeks of the campaign.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 30, 2013
The contentious saga surrounding the building of sidewalks on Screenland Drive concluded Tuesday with the City Council, in a 3-2 vote, approving the project despite a vocal push-back by local residents. In March 2011, the Burbank City Council accepted a $125,000 federal grant to install sidewalks along the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive to give students a safe path to walk to Luther Burbank Middle School. While city officials billed the project as a safety issue, a group of Screenland residents said sidewalks would change the character of their neighborhood and likely go underutilized, since the street currently carries little foot traffic.
NEWS
June 15, 2012
I read where the city of Burbank will get a series of grants for improvements for bicyclists. That's great. What happened to the grant for the sidewalks on Screenland Drive? It's been almost a year and a half since the city council approved sidewalks as a safety issue on Screenland for school kids going to Luther Burbank Middle School. What city projects have priority over school kids' safety? Another school year is over and kids are still walking in the street with the cars, or walking on the grass.
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NEWS
February 25, 2014
I can't believe there's a sidewalk across our front yard now on Screenland Drive. It was a long, hard struggle. My son and daughter-in-law want to know how soon it will be stroller ready. We, the school kids and the handicapped thank Mayor Emily Gable-Luddy, Councilman Jess Talamantes and Councilman Gary Bric. Future generations of school kids will never know or care why there are now sidewalks on Screenland - they will just enjoy not walking in the street or across wet grass. Tim Elliott Burbank
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NEWS
August 30, 2013
Everyone should have attended last Tuesday's council meeting. It was a lesson in democracy, though unfortunately not in civility. Building sidewalks for school kids - who would think it would be opposed? School administrators are fully behind the sidewalks saying there is a clear safety issue. Why doubt them? What purpose would it serve for them to not be truthful? Parents of kids who go to Luther Middle School were there asking for the sidewalks as well. The theme of the night was “will of the people.” Which “people”?
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 30, 2013
The contentious saga surrounding the building of sidewalks on Screenland Drive concluded Tuesday with the City Council, in a 3-2 vote, approving the project despite a vocal push-back by local residents. In March 2011, the Burbank City Council accepted a $125,000 federal grant to install sidewalks along the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive to give students a safe path to walk to Luther Burbank Middle School. While city officials billed the project as a safety issue, a group of Screenland residents said sidewalks would change the character of their neighborhood and likely go underutilized, since the street currently carries little foot traffic.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
If the Burbank City Council needed one more reason why they should vote for sidewalks on Screenland Drive, they need look no further than the article published on A1 of Saturday's Burbank Leader. Reporter Alene Tchekmedyian quotes my neighbor Janet Strong as offering the following “argument” for not installing sidewalks: First, she notes that “if” the sidewalks would provide safety to schoolchildren that would be one thing. Hello, of course the sidewalks will make it safer.
NEWS
August 23, 2013
It's a timeworn practice for politicians to make promises to voters while hitting the campaign trail. Sometimes, once the candidate's election has been secured, those promises are kept; other times they are not - often because they were never tenable in the first place. This week Vice Mayor David Gordon is expected to follow through on promises he made to residents of Screenland Drive and vote against the installation of sidewalks in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of that residential street leading to Luther Burbank Middle School.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
What we need is some good coverage of a controversial topic like the Screenland Drive sidewalk situation. Rather than picking a side based on dueling letters to the editor, take a look down the Screenland using Google Street View. You'll see a really nice neighborhood. Now put the on the shoes of a kid trying to walk to school, and you might come to a different opinion. Many, but not all the residents of Screenland have built walls, planted trees and shrubbery along the area that is public land.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
Despite being approved years ago, Councilman David Gordon asked the City Council to revisit whether a sidewalk -- which he opposes -- should be installed in a section of Screenland Drive. Bert Ring imagines the scene.  Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
NEWS
July 23, 2013
Re: “ Gordon's sleazy on sidewalk issue ,” Mailbag letter, July 17: Thank you to the writer, Tim Elliott, for acknowledging that Vice Mayor David Gordon is doing what he was elected to do, i.e., representing the wishes of the vast majority of residents on Screenland Drive who do not want sidewalks. As the saying goes, it ain't over until it's over. Susan Stodghill Burbank
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