This is a colossal blunder on the part of the Mayor. Here’s what happened.
A letter to the City Council from my pal Oscar Merlo:
QUESTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL
On Thursday’s meeting I witnessed some disturbing Orwellian behavior from the City Council. As Mr. Roy Wiegand was stepping up to speak, he was denied the podium on the pretense that he already spoke because another citizen had used their public speaking time to play a video clip in which Roy was featured.
The mayor has argued that when Citizen A (not Mike or Roy) uses his/her public speaking minutes to show a media clip of the Mike and Roy Show, that clip counts not for Citizen A who filled out the yellow card, but instead for Mike or Roy, since they are the ones featured on the clip that Citizen A presented to council.
This argument raises some serious questions.
Question 1: If the media clip is being counted as Mike and/or Roy’s speaking time, does it also count as Citizen’s A’s speaking time? Can Citizen A still use his/her 3 minutes? Last Thursday, Mayor Gabel-Luddy, unilaterally decided that what counts is not the name of the person on the card requesting the speaking time, but the person who is featured on the media clip presented by that person.
Question 2: If Citizen A, not knowing Mike or Roy, decides to play a video of the Mike and Roy Show without Mike or Roy’s knowledge or consent; does Citizen A’s decision eliminate Mike and Roy’s right to address the Council during the same meeting? The mayor’s argument says that it does. Her new rule will allow one citizen to take away another’s citizen’s right to free speech. Is this really what City Council is advocating? While City Council may be comfortable diminishing and negating Mike and Roy’s right to free speech, are they prepared to apply this new rule equitably for all Burbank citizens? It seems to me that there is a constitutional dilemma here that needs to be addressed.
Question 3: If Citizen A shows a video of the Mike and Roy Show during public comment and then Citizen B decides to use their three minutes to play another Mike and Roy Show video, what happens if a third person, Citizen C, also wants to play an episode of the Mike and Roy Show? Would they be allowed to do so? Or would Citizen C be prevented from showing the clip because Mike and Roy have already accumulated their collective six minutes? If we use the Mayor’s logic, Citizen C’s right to show a video clip would have to be denied on the grounds that Mike and Roy had already spoken. Wouldn’t that deny Citizen C’s right to free to speech?
It is my understanding that the any member of the public has the freedom to address the council on any issue. I’ve been to many meetings where members of the public, not just Mike and Roy, have used video clips and multi-media presentations as their form of public comment. And I hope that the City Council will continue to allow them to do so. After all, it’s a form of protected speech.
Every citizen in Burbank has the right to show whatever media they feel best conveys their message, regardless of who is featured in that video. Is City Council really willing to infringe upon the free speech rights of Burbank citizens just because they find Mr. Wiegand and Mr. Moynahan irritating?
I will also be sending a copy of this email to the City Manager and the City Attorney, and I am expecting a written response to my questions from the City. Please also consider this a formal request to have the use of media during the public comment clearly explained in writing for the citizens of Burbank.
My neighbors Mike & Roy have plenty to say about Burbank. Here are the latest episodes.
And take-off lanes HAVE changed! Residents have data that proves it and hundreds of people are getting involved in the discussion. The Burbank Leader is covering the story as well. If you’d like the city to address this issue further with the FAA please sign this petition. If you really want to help make a difference please attend this Tuesday’s City Council meeting. You don’t have to speak unless you want to and just being there will send a message to our elected and appointed officials.
If you haven’t you should also join Burbank for Quiet Skies.
The following was posted on Facebook by Eric Rosoff. I obtained the author’s permission to use it here. It’s a sobering and informative read. The link directly below is the article Eric is referring to.
Good morning friends and neighbors
From time to time I comment on what I feel has been a dangerous and unnecessary unilateral shift in operational philosophy at BPD, undermining quality of life matters in our city. This commentary has been met with dismissals at the city level with an inference that I’m “pining for the good old days.”
The referenced article about LA County crime rates speaks for itself. Absolutely there are crime factors such as economy, staffing, Prop 47 etc that we (Burbank) can’t control. However, Michael Males, the interviewed expert, simply confirms what many of us in law enforcement already knew to be true. “Males says the variation in crime patterns resulted from local policies and practices rather than statewide justice reform.”
The article goes on to say that overall crime ROSE in Burbank by 6.1%. However, facing all of the same outside factors as Burbank, crime in Glendale, Pasadena, and Monrovia FELL an average of 18%!
So, here’s what we know.
1. Experts agree that local policies and practices have a significant impact on the crime rate.
2. Since they arrived, Burbank PD’s command staff (LAPD retiree’s) has significantly altered our local policies and practices.
3. Burbank’s crime rate has risen while our neighbors of Pasadena and Glendale have enjoyed a significant decline in crime under exactly the same economic and other outside factors.
When you do the math, it is obvious that change is needed.
The Leader reports the city adopted a revised agreement with the Burbank Hospitality Association to address some of the wrongdoing surrounding the illegal donation to the Committee for Yes on Measure B. But the investigation by the Fair Political Practices Committee and the Los Angeles District Attorney is still ongoing. I’ve posted before that the Mayor knew about this illegal donation and said nothing and that the City Manager and Community Development Director probably facilitated the entire endeavor.
Read more here:
Here’s the video I sent to the District Attorney.
Burbank resident Audrey Geiger-Ford has been collecting noise data from the FAA and Hollywood Burbank airport for months. Her findings that airlines are flying planes closer to homes and schools in the flightpath has set off some alarms in the neighborhood near the airport. Add to this that flight paths have absolutely changed and that this could affect more Burbankers than ever before. Also at least one carrier is ignoring the voluntary curfew. This is an ongoing story and there’s much more to report but I wanted to post some resources for readers to check out as soon as I had them.
First up a couple of quick news bits from KFI.
“A highway right on top on our heads.” October 24th
“She has the numbers…” October 25th
Direct download links of the KFI audio here:
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.