I was very disappointed to read in the Burbank Leader on Wednesday
that the City Council tabled the hearing to remove the Gitana
restaurant permit. I find it unacceptable that these council members
have turned a deaf ear to police and fire officials, the planning
commission’s ruling, and staff reports.
I find it also unacceptable that Gitana didn’t pay one cent toward
their fine until only recently. Now we are allowing them to pay the
rest of their fine on a monthly basis? Now, that is an interesting
concept. I bet if I were fined, the city of Burbank wouldn’t “float
me a loan.” Did the council consider that fewer incident calls
doesn’t mean fewer incidents? It only means fewer calls. Fewer calls
for a reason?
We are putting the lives of our police and fire department
personnel in jeopardy dealing with the customers who patronize
Gitana. It will take someone actually getting killed during one of
these unfortunate events at Gitana before there will be change.
Have we taken into consideration that the person getting killed
may be one of our police officers in the line of duty? As a lifelong
Burbank resident, I do not want this establishment in my
Gitana is in a prime location, and I can’t believe with all the
good improvements to our downtown that currently exist and are in
progress, we can’t get a restaurant in that location that has a known
reputation. If Burbank is trying to attract businesses and families
to patronize our town, we need to have safe establishments for them
City Council members, please listen to the police department
recommendations and take action.
CHRISTYANN SEEKINS EVANS