News, entertainment, opinion, and whatever sparks interest in Burbank the Media City
Fronnie Lewis - Editor

Tag Archives | sidewalks

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank City Council meeting August 27, 2013

Sidewalks on North Screenland Drive approved: Controversy may not be over

The Burbank City Council made a decision on sidewalks for North Screenland Drive last night. Despite passionate arguments to from a small group of residents, Councilman, Bob Frutos, and Vice-Mayor, David Gordon; the majority voted for the construction of the sidewalks. For the record: Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Councilmen Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes voted “yes” on the sidewalk project. Vice-Mayor Dr. Gordon and Councilman Frutos voted “no.” Sidewalks are not a bad thing, but the way city officials have handled this long-delayed controversial project and disrespected the residents in the... Read More →

Tags: , , , , ,

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Two students on North Screenland Drive head home from Luther Burbank Middle School Burbank winter 2011

City Buzz: Burbank sidewalk controversy – what’s the solution?

The 1900 block of North Screenland Drive sidewalk controversy has been festering, brewing, and churning for several years. Finding a solution is not going to be easy. Tonight, the Burbank City Council is scheduled to decide whether or not to go forward with the installation of sidewalks on this residential street near Luther Burbank Middle School. The sidewalk project is funded by a Safe Routes to School Grant program, which according to a memo from Burbank Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, dated December 7, 2010 is “… designed to improve and... Read More →

Tags: , , , , , ,

Photo: FLLLewis/Media City G -- Two Luther Burbank Middle School students walk home from school on North Screenland Drive Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisited: An opposing view

Those opposed to installing sidewalks on North Screenland Drive tend to be passionate and tenacious about their position. None more so than long-time resident and North Screenland Drive resident, Janet Strong. She’s a retired motion costume artist turned activist and occasional guest blogger on Media City Groove. Here’s Strong’s opinion post, which appeared  in “Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and the Burbank City Council” March 30, 2011 .   The City Council used to be the judge and jury of fairness for the Burbank community. The neighbors... Read More →

Tags: , , , , , ,

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Luther Burbank student walking on North Screenland Drive in Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisted: A supporting view

The issue of sidewalks on North Screenland Drive has blown up into a huge controversy since the first vote on the matter by the Burbank City Council back in December of 2010. At that time, by a three-to-two vote, the council supported the majority of the residents who do not want sidewalks on their street. However, Councilman, Gary Bric, changed his mind, had the issue brought back to council, and eventually voted against the residents and for installing sidewalks on a street that flows right into Luther Burbank Middle School, at... Read More →

Tags: , , , , , ,

Photo: Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and the Burbank City Council

The City Council used to be the judge and jury of fairness for the Burbank community. The neighbors could ask for help with any concern. The council listened and with compassion addressed the issues of everyone fairly. Decisions were made by the council with intelligence. And, careful thought was given to what the people of Burbank needed. People who built this town. It was an honor to live here. Unlike Today’s council — with self righteousness, personal opinions and lacking in professionalism. The March 08, 2011 council meeting shows the... Read More →

Tags: , , , ,

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A Luther Burbank student walked on the grass area along the 1800 block of North Screenland Drive in Burbank March 7, 2011

Community Views: Burbank sidewalk debate

The great sidewalk debate involves more than concrete. For me this issue involves the ethical treatment of people. The majority of residents on Screenland opposed the installation of sidewalks in their neighborhood but for their efforts they were much maligned as selfish people who didn’t care about the safety of children and wouldn’t accept change. The safety of children is often used as a specious argument to try to discredit an opponent as uncaring. I believe this characterization of the Screenland residents is dishonest. I believe the greater truth is... Read More →

Tags: , , ,

Photo FLLewis/Media City G -- An overgrown hedge on North Screenland Drive in Burbank March 7, 2011

Showdown over the Burbank sidewalk controversy

UPDATED 10:30 p.m. :  Despite protests from some residents on North Screenland Drive tonight, the Burbank City Council voted 4-to-1 in favor of the sidewalks. The only “no” vote came from Councilman Dr. David Gordon. The students at Luther Burbank Middle school in Burbank and their safety have become the debating points in the bitter controversy over the installation of sidewalks on nearby North Screenland Drive. A second vote by the Burbank City Council over whether to approve sidewalks for the 1800-1900 section of Screenland Drive is on the agenda tonight. Most of the residents who live on that stretch... Read More →

Tags: , , ,

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- 1800-1900 North Screenland Drive February 5, 2011

City Buzz

Next Tuesday is Election Day in Burbank,  but there will be no polling places. City Hall staffers sent out a press release yesterday about the Primary Nominating Election. It was a reminder that if you want your vote to count in this election you have to mail it in or drop off your ballot at City Hall or other designated places. Also, the release announced that the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall is  “…accepting voted ballots weekdays between 8.a.m.and 5 p.m.”  On Saturday, February 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.... Read More →

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Luther Burbank Middle School 3700 Jeffries Avenue Burbank

Community Views: Burbank sidewalk controversy

My name is Janet Diel. As a 31 year Burbank resident, long time member of the Advisory Council on Disabilities and Chair for the Barriers Sub-Committee, I felt it imperative to present my views regarding the lack of sidewalks on 1800-1900 Screenland. For Seniors and Disabled members of our community sidewalks would allow street access to those with walkers, canes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters. It is discrimination to have them “move to the next street” to travel up the block. Having sidewalks would allow access for families with small children... Read More →

Tags: , ,