Accountability called into question by BTAC project
Where is the accountability for up to a million dollars to remodel
and expand the Burbank Temporary Aid Center facility? Who makes up
the difference in funds if the project goes seriously over budget,
leaving the facility incomplete or an eyesore?
BTAC board leadership was seriously questioned with the firing of
the former director, Pat Smola. Now with funds so tight in Burbank
and so many critical needs, we are expected to believe that the board
suddenly has developed exceptional project management skills that
will enable it to stay within budget and bring the remodeling project
in on time?
BTAC does fill the needs of the community, but so do the schools
and other critical components of the infrastructure in Burbank.
Burbank's citizens deserve a mechanism in place to ensure
accountability for the funds, such as a quarterly report to the City
Council, and the council's involvement in the decision-making and
funds disbursement processes.
What about the rights
of property owners?
Back in June, the Leader published an article regarding the
construction on residential property at 753 S. Mariposa St. in the
Burbank Rancho district. In the article, our neighbors were
protesting the potential licensing of a state care facility
purportedly intended to house abused children.
To the contrary, we've found out we have all been grossly
deceived, as the truth disclosed to us is that this facility is for
mentally disabled adults ages 20 to 50. Please note that all local
zoning for commercial use is on Riverside Drive only -- near this
corner -- and not on a residential street such as ours.
The real danger to pedestrians, horses and riders, not to mention
the potential increased car traffic and accidents on this street
(that leads to the riding trail), is inestimable. This property's
parking lot opens into an alley with horse stalls that exit into the
alley. How could commercial deliveries to such a facility be safe
with horses and riders and traffic at this corner also competing with
commercial trucks and employee parking? The original Leader article
discussed this and compassion issues for a children's care facility,
but this is not what's being built here, and it is not what Burbank
allows for the state to license without the City Council or our mayor
having the real facts, doing a proper impact study or having any say
so in this matter.
This property, if licensed when completed, has extremely dangerous
potential impact to this corner and our neighborhood's safety and it
is an abomination and violation of Burbank's standing residential and
equine property zoning laws. Are you listening, Dario Frommer and
Jack Scott, or will you just let the state run rampant over this
historical equestrian neighborhood? Please join us and write your
senator -- Scott -- and protest to help us save the Rancho
Neighborhood from this travesty to our human and equine safety, and
our residential property zoning laws.
I didn't work 28 hard years to be able to purchase a home here for
this special equestrian ambience, only to see this beautiful
historical neighborhood pillaged and desecrated with such a lack of
regard for our safety -- Burbank's own history -- and our legal
property zoning laws, which were intended to protect us, the
Voters should recall Frommer's flip-flop
Amid your recent coverage of Assemblyman Dario Frommer, don't
forget that he voted for SB60, giving California driver's licenses to
He then flip-flopped and voted to rescind that bill when faced
with the possibility it would go to a vote of the people, who
overwhelmingly oppose the idea.
He didn't want legal, voting Californians to have a voice on the
issue. So, despite his talk of bipartisan cooperation, and others who
feel he is connected to the community, he is actually very partisan
and very disconnected from our California community. This ambitious
politician is pursuing his own special interests, which are not in
the best interest of our community, state or nation.
Please keep this in mind when you go to the polls in March.