As a member of the city’s Landlord-Tenant Commission, Janis Bunch has
mediated disputes between renters and landlords, and assisted with
concerns ranging from rent increases to mold problems.
“I do it because I do want to help the people of the city of
Burbank,” said Bunch, who said she is well-versed in relevant laws
since she worked in the property- management field for 30 years.
Bunch is among nearly 100 unpaid locals appointed by the City
Council to serve on the city’s boards, commissions and committees.
They were honored at a dinner at The Castaway earlier this month.
Twelve boards have two or more vacancies for terms, starting June
1. The large number of openings is typical during odd calendar years,
since only a few boards have terms ending during even calendar years,
Municipal Records Clerk Jolene Elliot said.
“Every odd year, their terms expire,” Elliot said. “So there is
never a whole brand- new board. There will always be some experienced
people on the board.”
The groups were established as a way to include community input
for city programs and policies.
“There is no way that part-time City Council members could delve
into every aspect [of details reviewed by committee members],” Mayor
David Laurell said.
The mayor served on the city’s Park, Recreation and Community
Services Board prior to becoming a councilman. When his term as mayor
ends April 31, Laurell plans to apply for a position to fill one of
the vacancies, he said.
Applicants must be Burbank residents and registered voters.
Applications, which are due May 16, are available at the City Clerk’s
office, 275 E. Olive Ave. or at www.ci.bur- bank.ca.us. For more
information, call 238-5851.