BURBANK -- Residents irked by traffic, cable television, airport noise
or any other concern can attend one of the city's town hall meetings.
The first in this series was Thursday at John Muir Middle School with
two more scheduled in the coming weeks.
"At last year's goal setting for fiscal year 2001-2002, one of
[council members'] goals was to improve communication with the public,"
said Vida Wolfe, assistant to the city Mmanager.
By being less formal than council meetings, council members hoped to
reach new people, Wolfe said.
Community Development Director Sue Georgino believes that goal was
"[We saw] a lot of faces that we didn't know," Georgino said of
While traffic was the "biggest single issue" discussed, people talked
about matters that were specific to their neighborhood, Georgino said.
"Like one gentleman was talking about how his street doesn't go out to
the I-5 [Golden State Freeway]," Georgino said. "[He] wanted a sign
saying no freeway entrance."
After each community member spoke, council members responded.
Along with the meeting's discussion period, staff from city agencies
had information tables set up for residents to learn more about
everything from home remodeling to parks and recreation activities.
IF YOU GO WHAT: Town Hall meetings with City Council and city staff.
WHERE: Jordan Middle School, 420 S. Mariposa St. and Luther Burbank
Middle School, 3700 Jeffries Ave.
WHEN: March 28 at Jordan Middle School. April 11 at Luther Burbank
Middle School. City services information booths will be open 6 to 8 p.m.
Meeting runs from about 7 to 9 p.m.