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Are our city officials tone deaf?

I’m with my family having Sunday brunch at the Market City Cafe in downtown Burbank, sitting outside enjoying the weather and the live classical music.

Then out of the blue, the piercing noise of Burbank city workers with their gas powered trimmers interrupts everything. The rest of our meal is completely drowned out by men trimming shrubs along the downtown street.

Who’s scheduling this work? We’re trying to lure more business — and people — to downtown Burbank. It’s a wonderful Sunday afternoon and restaurants are doing their best to provide a nice, family experience.

Are our city managers that tone deaf? Isn’t there a time during the week when they can fire up the leaf blowers and trimmers and do the work? Is anyone at City Hall thinking?


Phil Cooke