Burbank Viewpoints

Burbank, California – Information and opinion on the most crucial issues facing our city.

No on P

No on P

I am concerned about local businesses that will suffer when people go elsewhere for big ticket items like cars or film equipment. This will hurt Burbank businesses.

Semichorus nails it on QS

It was never designed to help students.

No on Measures P & QS (LINK)

CLICK HERE for a well-reasoned argument against our local tax hike Measures by the I Luv Burbank folks. Here’s a highlight:

The City has basically cut-&-paste their Ballot language from Measure T and will no doubt engage in a similar “fear-based” campaign threatening Service Cuts if this massive Sales Tax Hike doesn’t pass. 

And CLICK HERE to read arguments against Measure QS: What it boils down to is giving teachers a raise on the backs of homeowners who already pay plenty of state taxes to fund education! Instead of passing a measure that will ultimately raise rents and not pay for any additional infrastructure – take this up with your local representatives and get some changes at the state level. Measure QS is a band-aid approach that will not benefit students in any measurable way. Finally, the BTA’s tactics during contract negotiations earlier this year were completely unprofessional and damaging to students. I won’t reward them by supporting this measure. 

The Tax places an unfair burden on Burbank Property Owners & Renters who are still paying for previous School Bonds (until 2032), while approx. 1300 Students who live outside the district pay nothing. Businesses with larger footprints are also disproportionally hit.

Measure P and QS (opinion)

I’m not ready to weigh in personally on these measures but I agree with Mike and Roy that our current city government uses scare tactics to get what they want.  This time homeowners and people who do business in Burbank are being asked to pay for expensive salaries for city employees (among other mis-guided spending priorities.) PLEASE research this before you vote.

Household Hazardous Waste Roundup

Saturday only! This is a great way to make sure dangerous chemicals are safely disposed of. I do this every year. Please consider participating. More info here.

Roy’s Run through Death Valley

I hope you’ll join me in donating to Lifewater in honor of Roy’s Run. Roy Wiegand has been a community activist in Burbank for many years. For the past few years he’s conducted a fund raising marathon for various charities. This time Roy is braving the scorching heat of Death Valley in a 135 mile one man marathon! More info here:

Measure V means less accountability [AUDIO]

Here’s a presentation I made to the City Council on Thursday.  Read the entire text below.

I attended the city council meeting on September 26th where the seeds of Measure V were sold to the public. In brief, Measure V asks voters to extend the terms of all current city council members by nearly two years. It changes our city charter and cancels three scheduled elections.

The bill that started all this, SB-415 directs cities with low voter turnout to align their elections with the county and state. This all sounds great. Who doesn’t want more voter participation? I do!

But what Measure V has been twisted to do — is take advantage of the public’s willingness to follow state law while at the same time — making the Council less accountable to the voters of Burbank.

Measure V is a power grab. The proposed extension of your terms is unnecessary. The deadline to comply with SB-415 is November of 2022. You are asking voters to eliminate three elections before this deadline. Elections that would hold you accountable to voters. That’s the opposite of voter participation. Cancelling elections, expanding your power. Measure V is perfectly Orwellian. And I’ll remind the public that Council-member Murphy was not elected. He was appointed. No matter what a good guy he is, I am not comfortable extending his term without any accountability to Burbank voters.

There were so many options you could have explored to comply with this new law. SB-415 allows us to have special elections anytime we want. You could have done the right thing — served out your current terms and faced voters in the elections scheduled before the deadline.

Burbank residents make sacrifices of their own every day. But you don’t want to sacrifice one ounce of power. You could have easily done the noble thing and proposed a one time contraction of the duration of council terms. If you had done that I would be in support of this measure.

But Measure V is a power grab – plain and simple. We have plenty of time to comply with the Voter Participation Act. There are more elections before the deadline. Cancelling elections and extending your terms is completely unnecessary.

I’m urging voters to VOTE NO ON MEASURE V.

No on Measure V (video)

New research on Measures T, V and Y

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