Lifelong resident wants to retain city’s small-town feeling

Laura Sturza

Living near the Magnolia Park District with “all of the cute

little shops,” attorney Kisa Kirkpatrick sees a way to attract

customers to other parts of town by developing similar shopping areas


along Burbank Boulevard and Victory Boulevard.

“I’d really like to see a slow- down of the super-expansion of the

Media Center Mall and the Empire Center,” Kirkpatrick said. “I’d like

to refocus support with the community and the city government on


small busi- nesses.”

Since she travels a lot for her work, the 33-year-old said she has

seen Burbank is unique in providing the high level of services it

offers to residents. The cost of buying a home in Burbank is

reflective of the city’s quality, she said.

“Housing is expensive in Burbank because it’s such a lovely place

to live,” Kirkpatrick said. “I’m not supportive of Section 8 housing.

I think that with subsidized housing there is a lot more red tape to


oversee and that can be a drain on the city.”

Her work as an attorney has meant she must listen to both sides of

an issue and find solutions involving compromise -- qualities she

said she would put to use in trying to resolve noise and traffic

problems at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.

“It really looks like it needs to be a very cooperative effort

between multiple groups,” Kirkpatrick said. “I think enthusiasm and

some new faces [might need] to get involved and pull everyone