And exactly what is Burbank’s ban on short-term rentals?


Or, where?

Unlike other California cities, Burbank thought they’d be too clever by half a few years ago and ban Airbnb-type rentals in residential neighborhoods by indirectly throwing them into their already prohibited “hotel” category.  They wouldn’t go whole hog like some other cities did and just spell out the real intent of their ban.

But, they also define “hotel” as being without cooking facilities. They tried to expand this definition in 2014 by also adding a short-term less than 30 day element to their definition of hotel.

So what happens if it’s a full apartment with a kitchen being rented out on a nightly basis?

It turns out that hotels in Burbank aren’t hotels by definition if they have a full kitchen. Some cooking facilities, yes. But Burbank explicitly omits a full kitchen from their idea of a “hotel.”

Right now there’s hundreds of short-term “vacation rentals” available in Burbank (that’s some pathetic idea of a vacation for sure). So what happened to all of the promised code enforcement by the BPD?

Is there a current loophole in the Code which allows short-term rentals if it’s the entire place with a kitchen?






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Lawsuit victor Christopher Matthew Spencer violates Burbank’s ban on temp rentals


Found this while we’re away. Is this old news for the council? They’re having an emergency meeting this afternoon about the guy.

Updated today, apparently. So it’s still ongoing:



Is this his own place that he’s renting out, or is he doing it commercially?

If the latter, that’s bullshit. It’s one thing for a Burbank tenant to rent out their bedroom every once in a while for extra cash. That’s how high the rents are here. But to make a local business out of it is totally unacceptable.

The dude obviously likes to sue, too, which makes this local business activity of his pretty blatant and dumb. Is he looking for another fight? Seems he likes to do Pro Per.

Who’d sue a high school alumni association?


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Civilization. And rent control



Spending the holidays in the Land of Mixed Use. Where it makes sense.




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November 22, 2017 · 9:19 pm

The Disney Version



Pixar’s John Lasseter apologizes for unwanted hugs


(We’ve never known anyone who works at Disney as worth hugging. Or, sleeping with. John must be out of his mind!

And when btw did he ever become a hugging kind of guy?)




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Whatever you do in Burbank, don’t ever ask your landlord to take care of their problem


Someone just sent us this from that clueless **WeLoveBurbank** Facebook site. Apparently none of the Solons over there have thought to give the only appropriate advice…



Landlord? You mean there’s a landlord?

So why is she doing all of this legwork? Vermin both in and outside of a building is the landlord’s legal responsibility.

People in Burbank don’t ask very much of things, do they? But we learned long ago that they do get very angry when other people try to wise them up.

Still though: Wise up, Burbank. If your landlord does nothing effective about a rat problem — or, like many, just refuses to — call Vector Control.

But what ever you do, don’t go to the Landlord-Tenant Commission for help. The landlord-employees up there will just end up joking about how they’ve seen rats in Burbank “the size of cats!”

“They’re all over the place!

For real. We’ve experienced it. So call Vector Control instead. But watch out for retaliation, which is bound to happen if your landlord gets written up by the County. And in Burbank, reprisal usually means a sudden huge rent increase.

We’ve seen that one, too. That, and phony attempts to blame the tenant for the cause of the rat infestation.

Thanks to the neglect of all of the Burbank City Councils past and present — every single one of them — Burbank tenants have no real rights and no real protections aside from those provided by state law as adjudicated in court.

In other words, no one’s going to come to your protection when the rules are violated. At best, Vector Control will just write them a notice. You’re on your own when your L/L goes after you because of that notice.

So enjoy hiring an attorney.




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“Sustainability” Commission to “craft” a developer wishlist in secret


This is on the Sustainability Commission’s agenda tonight.

Ad hoc means a short-term city group that doesn’t have to follow the Brown Act or regular state Open Meetings rules.


X. AD HOC PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT At its September 18, 2017, meeting, the Commissioners agreed to form the ad hoc Project Development Checklist Subcommittee to craft a sustainability checklist for project development packets. The ad hoc subcommittee will provide the Commission with an update on the group’s progress and proposed future direction for discussion and Commission direction. The Commission may ask questions, engage in discussion, and provide feedback.


The ad hoc committee itself can meet in secret. They almost always do.

What this “sustainability checklist” will accomplish is give both our local and outside developers a clear road map as to how best get their projects through the Burbank system. It will be full of all the bells and whistles that a project developer can and will glom onto in order to promote their project as an environmental win-win for the community. It will be Burbank’s official laundry list of “What we want to see.”

Think of this as another city sponsored guidebook to creating a successful building project in town, both large and small (they’ve been doing a lot of this developer assistance work lately, btw, drumming up their cool ideas for them to help make their mega-projects more attractive to the approval agents.) All such discussions and brainstorming should thus be done in public.


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It was me, Babe


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Here’s a different version of the Allred interview where she falls apart on her Roy Moore client


The original was pulled off (by whom?) But someone saved it up on YouTube.



Anyone else notice how Gloria A. has suddenly disappeared from view after Wolf Blitzer made her look more than weak? And all he did is ask her some basic questions.

Like, do you think your client is credible. Or, is the yearbook signature authentic?




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From the “Let’s remind them of what assholes these Burbank people were” department



​Burroughs actually forced an old drama teacher out of town on this one when the kids once decided to stage it off campus — something the local journalists aren’t going to tell you now. And it wasn’t that long ago.


JBHS Drama Presents “The Laramie Project”


The John Burroughs High School Drama department presents The Laramie Project on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 17, 18 and 19.

Written by members of the Tectonic Theater Project, The Laramie Project looks at community members’ responses to tragic story of Matthew Shepard, who was kidnapped, badly beaten and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998.

The twenty-one-year-old student from the University of Wyoming was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in a nearby hospital. Shepard was attacked because he was gay.


Let’s go back a few years…


To be banned in Burbank


‘Laramie Project’ was deemed too much for high school. Now it’s off-campus and on the map.

Trying to stage “The Laramie Project,” a documentary play about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, turned into a saga of its own for the drama students of Burbank’s John Burroughs High School when their principal banned the production and they went ahead with it anyway in an off-campus venue.

Nicole Carothers, a Burroughs senior, says she proposed the show last fall as a joint effort of the drama class and the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. But after winter break, she learned that Principal Emilio Urioste Jr., finishing his ninth year as principal at the 2,600-student campus, had prohibited the play. Drama teacher Scott Bailey says the reason Urioste gave him in January was that it “would tear this community apart,” a claim Urioste denies.

I watched my dream fly out the door,” Carothers said last week. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”


The worm turned right after they started to look bad all over the world.


Among the supporters now is their principal, who about a month ago told the students they could rehearse at school — and who now says he’d like to see a school production of “The Laramie Project” next year. Urioste says seeing their commitment led to his change of heart. The students note that Urioste appears to have gotten a nudge from Stephen Jimenez, who administers a Los Angeles Unified School District program addressing the problems of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. Jimenez wouldn’t discuss his conversations with Urioste; the principal said they had “a very good dialogue” that helped him see the matter differently.

“You have that moment when you say, ‘These are great kids and they’re very passionate about this, and I need to support them,’ ” Urioste said. He denied having told Bailey, the drama teacher, that doing the show could “tear this community apart.”

In fact, the principal said, he never had a problem with the play itself, having seen the film of “The Laramie Project” on television before it was proposed as a school play. He considers it “a compelling, thought-provoking, very deep piece.”


There’s was lots of bad publicity for Burbank over this blatant act of censorship and reprisal. Someone even went in and struck the school’s Wikipedia entry on the topic.

And, the BUSD still forced the teacher out…


“There’s more to this than I can get into,” the principal said, when asked why he would ban a play he had no objection to. He noted that he and Bailey have disagreed over the direction of Burroughs’ drama program — Urioste hoping for big musicals that can merge talents from the drama, music and dance departments, while Bailey has stuck to his preference for more intimate and adventurous plays. Urioste recently took away Bailey’s drama assignment for next year, although Bailey will remain on the faculty teaching English. Bailey says he’s challenging the decision with a union grievance.

Urioste said he’s happy, in the end, that the students stood up for their convictions and that the show will go on.


Too bad the teacher did. He immediately lost out.

What hypocrites. If putting on this play was suddenly such a publicly great idea, then how come their teacher was still being disciplined?

Bailey left several months later to teach drama at an exclusive private school in the Valley. And how long did it take for that future school-sanctioned performance to occur?

Oh yeah. “Coach” weighed in on it too:

The decision to switch Bailey’s teaching assignment falls under the school principal’s purview, Burbank school officials said, and some school board members said they were comfortable with the decision.

“I’m not going to second-guess our principals, because they are there every single day,” said Dave Kemp, the school board’s vice president. “They see the big picture.”

Kemp and school board member Debbie Kukta said they could not discuss the specifics of Bailey’s reassignment because it was a personnel issue.


That’s also because they were behind it.




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Too funny


Enough with this current insanity we know, but just had to mention this one:​



But, wait a minute…!


And on the MSNBC front, it was hilarious to watch that crowd tonight doing double-backward-somersaults in trying to explain how Al Franken was different from other men.

It had something to do with his half-assed apology about kissing that woman which wasn’t really one at all; along with them completely forgetting that Donald Trump had actually apologized himself for that old Access Hollywood tape which they never get right either about the contents.


About last night: double date night with @jasonreid234 and @lisabloomesq in the Hollywood hills. #LALife #WestCoast

A post shared by Joy-Ann Reid (@joyannreid) on


They’re really a nasty bunch over there in their mangled hate and self-righteous intolerance. They’re starting to make the FOX News crowd look like Noel Coward.

And we’re not Republicans around here. By any stretch.

Next week, BURBANK!



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Media gets it wrong again


These congressional payouts were for harassment AND discrimination complaints from staff — such as ethnic and age and sex discrimination allegations that were verified by the committee.



But then, it’s so much more fun to get outraged by sexual misconduct charges.

So who cares about the truth.





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Or else.



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So it never occurred to her to privately tell Al to knock it off?


Or, that the kissing sketch wasn’t working? A sketch btw that was clearly parodying those corny old-fashioned USO shows…


Such little lost lambs these professional women are.


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Violence is NEVER acceptable



Moe, apologize! To everyone!

Btw, anyone who thinks that Franken was really trying to grope her here (or wants to) is a moron:

Or, intensely dishonest. What Franken’s doing is a postmodern comment on the entire absurdity of the proceedings, with the military clothes and everything. The whole “kissing” routine too that they did together was a parody of the old Bob Hope USO routines.

Is everyone an insane and dishonest idiot these days? Has anyone ever PAID ATTENTION to Franken’s longtime absurdist and satirical comedy style?

What a fucked up country we have become. What’s everyone so afraid of now too when it comes to sex?

Or, hiding? The intense hysteria and outrage over every single allegation and claim that comes along is very dangerous.




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Yep. Looks like it might be true


Of Burbank’s own internationally famous tort attorney and social justice warrior. She started here, you know.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a real news media that would regularly ask searching questions of everyone? Wolf at least started tonight.


Anyone with an ounce of sense can see her [Gloria Allred] dodging. The yearbook is a fraud by some idiot that didn’t know D.A. was the initials of an assistant Moore wouldn’t have until 1999. That totally impeaches the woman who was supposed to be the smoking gun.


Anything contrary to this conclusion?

Wonder how the MSNBC crowd’s gonna handle the news of this possible fuck-up royale?

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G-L-O-R-I-A !


Allred knows this isn’t starting to look good. Those oddball 1999 initials from her client’s own court papers showing up on a 1977 yearbook raise serious questions.

Like, how did they get there? Ought-oh!



It’s at 26:40.  Wolf nails her good. F-U-B-A-R might be the better word now for the over-gratuitous Moore haters.

Allred also won’t say if her client’s credible. At 30:35 she says that the people can decide!

Jesus H. Christ.


“Well, all I’m saying is, we will permit an independent examiner of the writing…We will allow all of this to be asked and answered at the hearing,” Allred said.

“But that’s not a flat denial, Gloria,” Blitzer said.

“Well, all I’m saying is, we’re not denying, we’re not admitting, we’re not addressing,” Allred said. “We will not be distracted.”

Blitzer asked why Allred needed a Senate hearing and would not just permit an independent handwriting expert to take a look.

“Well, uh, all I can say is we want it done in a professional setting to the extent possible, that’s the only setting in which people can testify under oath,” Allred said.
What a copout. 33:45’s a real hoot.


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And who gets their yearbook signed at Christmastime anyway?


Good point about Roy Moore’s main accuser, from the right-wing commenters at the Blaze …


The place was named Old Hickory House, not Olde Hickory House and I’ve never seen anybody getting last year’s yearbook signed 3 days before the following Christmas. 


Yeah. Who does that? Is it a Southern thing? Like dating young girls, which is?

How come nobody’s asked this question?

And again, why was there a “D.A.” on the 1977 signature, and also a “D.A.” as well on a 1999 court document about the woman’s divorce that she obviously had had in her possession for years? It was her own divorce!

In 1999 he was a judge, not a DA. And Moore claims the slashed initials were from his court assistant. That would of course explain the slash. That’s how it’s done.

Who’s lying?





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