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Pants on fire

I just watched the latest city council meeting and listened to the Mayor of Burbank call a resident a liar over current noise complaints from the airport. This resident who did their homework using FAA and Burbank airport data going back years! Spreadsheets and powerpoints presentations. Real work! In this person’s spare time! I know at least two other members of the council agree that this resident has been working tirelessly collecting facts on airport noise and has treated both airport officials and the council with the utmost respect.

Will Roger is a convicted felon. Will Rogers has stretched the limits of any credibility constantly on airport issues. Will Rogers also knew city employees broke multiple laws and gave $50,000 of taxpayer money to help get the airport rebuilt. That case is still currently under investigation by two government bodies.

Just who is lying here?

We’ll have much more on this soon.

Drastic Changes to Public Comment at Council Mtgs?

Tonight, waaaaay down on the agenda under item Q.8 (in what promises to be a very long meeting) are proposed changes to the way city council meetings are conducted. These changes include shortening the initial public comment period from 5 minutes to 3. However, the plan does include more opportunities for the public to address each agenda item. Sounds good right? But the devil is always in the details and here some interesting trade-offs we’re going to face. I have an email out to our City Attorney hoping for some clarification on something Semichorus has brought up. [UPDATE:] Speakers have more than one opportunity to address the Council per meeting.

But for example, you’ll need to stay on topic or risk losing your time or being thrown out of the council chambers.

No applause folks! For fear of what? Intimidation? And isn’t applause a form of speech?

And a really interesting one here; if the City Manager and/or City Attorney answer a question then the council “should refrain.” Are they not allowed to have an opinion? What are they good for then?Be vigilant folks, this is a whole new age we’re entering.

Two New Episodes of Mike & Roy!

 

Why did the Mayor keep quiet about the $50,000 to Yes on B? [UPDATED]

This image has been retouched and is intended as satire.

UPDATE: The Mayor just announced he has stage 4 liver cancer but curiously, will not step down as a member of the council. This news was leaked already and it’s been a poorly kept secret around town for months. None of us really knew for sure though. I’m sure the Mayor feels a bit better now that he’s revealed his illness. I sincerely wish him and his family the best but that will not change anything I have to post here on the blog regarding the 50k.


If you’ve been following this story you know I’ve always contended that the architects of this illegal donation were the “buddies” of the City Council. Burbank luminaries, mostly from the Chamber of Commerce.  But I was wrong about who the City Council have been protecting this whole time. Public records I received last April suggest that City Manager Ron Davis, Community Development Director Patrick Prescott and Vice-Mayor (at the time) Will Rogers all knew about and discussed this illegal activity BEFORE the November Election. On December 6th when i brought our team’s research to the Council, Will Rogers was insulting and dismissive about the whole affair and confirmed he had known about this and was “disappointed” in the donation. He wasn’t sorry in the slightest. The following week he apologized for “missing” the violation of the Brown Act when reviewing the BHA’s minutes. You have to assume someone (the City Attorney?) told him to change his tone and he certainly did.

Why didn’t the Mayor call out this illegal activity ahead of the election? He clearly knew a violation of the Brown Act had occurred from the very beginning. (see #1 below)

The Semichorus blog broke part of the story back in June but I’ve been patiently waiting for the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Los Angeles District Attorney to rule on the case. At this point, I’m deeply concerned the Los Angeles District Attorney will not take legal action against a sitting city government, even though they did find the BHA had violated the Brown Act. (See #5 below) The FPPC investigation is still ongoing but I have no idea when a ruling will be made.

Will Rogers’ angry letter and Patrick Prescott’s reply. Both forwarded to the City Manager.

I wonder what Patrick told Will in order to calm him down? (see #5 below) For now, I want the public to know what’s going on in City Hall. That’s my motivation. There’s much more to the story and I hope to do a complete video that explains where we are and how we got here. People need to know this stuff or it will just continue. If you or I broke the law we’d have to pay for our actions. You can use the contact page and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have in the meantime.  Or just post a comment below.

You can read more about this illegal use of public funds here and here. Here are additional videos:

Wireless Telecommunications Community Meeting

Date: 08/30/2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Community Services Building
150 N Third St, Community Room #104
Burbank, California 91502

On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, the City will be holding a community meeting to discuss proposed amendment to Title VII of the Burbank Municipal Code regarding the regulation of wireless telecommunications facilities proposed in the public right-of-way. The meeting will held at the Community Services Building located at 150 N. Third Street in Burbank in room 104 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Burbank Mom on I Heart Burbank

I wish I could have made this event at the old Ikea. I didn’t get home from work until 7:15 that evening. So hopeful they will do something similar again. But here’s an interesting viewpoint from Burbankmom.com. This is the blog that always seems to be in lockstep with the development class in our city. This time she’s a bit “sad.” Which is telling. I’m neutral on this project but very concerned for the congestion it WILL bring. I already avoid the Empire Center and downtown is already pretty bad. You can justify this massive development any way you want but the fact remains: I HEART BURBANK will further transform the downtown area into the congested, zoo-like atmosphere of the Santa Monica 3rd Street promenade when it’s completed. No one can argue against that. But of course Burbank Mom makes it sound like any dissent would be akin to “panic”. Do we want all this for a measly one-time 2.5 million increase to the city’s coffers? Remember the sales taxes go to the region not directly to our city. And the idea that Macy’s “owns” San Fernando Blvd. That one sounds pretty fishy to me. Will have to check that out and report back. The best course is to pay attention to the project and keep getting the word out so the people who live in the area can weigh in.

Mega Development Open House this Thurs.

If you live, work or do business downtown OR if your kids go to Burbank High you need to attend this open house for the new I Heart Burbank development at the Old Ikea site on San Fernando. It’s this Thursday from 6pm-8pm. More info here.  Be advised they are asking to email or text you news etc. Not singling out these I Heart Burbank people specifically, but you should always be cautious online.

Summer slowdown

Minor health issues and a busy summer schedule are keeping me from updating the blog recently. But not to worry, we still have plenty to share in the weeks ahead. Thanks for your patience!

Roy’s 30 hour run is always amazing (please show your support)

Here’s a great write-up about Roy Wiegand’s incredible 30 hour marathon run to raise money and awareness for children with cancer through the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. Roy’s a great neighbor and activist in our community and this is a wonderful cause. (He also is quite adept with puns.) Good luck Roy! You’re an inspiration to us all.

From the MHF website:

4th Annual “Roy’s Run for Christopher”
June 14th -15th, 2017

Roy Wiegand is an ultra-marathon runner who is running for a Cause! He will be running the equivalent of 4 marathons/100 Miles, in 30 Hours, to raise $13,100 dollars, for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation on behalf of Christopher Wilke, who passed away of cancer in 2014.

Roy’s Run begins on Wednesday, June 14th, at Noon, at the Market Place Park in Santa Clarita, 23841 Newhall Ranch Road (corner of Newhall Ranch Road & Grandview Drive), ending on Thursday, June 15th at Westfield Valencia Town Center Drive (Outside near the food court) at 6PM. Roy will be running throughout the City of Santa Clarita Trails.

Help Roy, by making a donation of any amount, or running with him on the Santa Clarita Trails! $25 Donation to run, all funds raised from this event go directly to support the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and our services.

Some of our Services Your Donations Directly Help:
$2500- Funeral Expenses for 1 Family
$1000- Cancer Survivors College Scholarships for 2
$500- Grocery Gift Cards for 2 1/2 families
$250- Gas Gift Cards for 1 family
$100- Holiday Baskets for 2 families
$50- Hospital Parking Passes
$20- Goodies for “Kare Kits”

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