This is one of the more fascinating revelations we’ve heard during oral communications:
So when we heard about the [Talaria] project moving forward, a couple of weeks ago, we wrote a letter to the city council and to the planning commission, and I believe you guys received that letter.
Within a few hours of the planning commission getting that letter — I have no clue how they heard of it, but we got a phone call from one of the chief executives of the Cusumano family– and — one of the brothers of the Cusumanos who I’ve had a great relationship with. And, it’s obvious he was very angry at me, and he was saying, “If you guys continue to go against this project I will never do business with you again, and we will no longer have a relationship.” And he hung up on me.
And so I was a little bit taken aback by that. A few days later they brought an ex-member of the city council — a city council member, he’s sitting next to them tonight [Michael Hastings] — and he began to lecture me on burning bridges with the Cusumano family, and that it’s not wise to do that. He went on to say later, I’d be cautious about bringing too many of your congregation to this meeting because the members of this — people [the planning board]– get really annoyed at hearing the same things said alot and they begin not wanting to see your faces ever again.
And so I ask you, I hope you never want to see my face again, or the members of our congregation. We are taxpayers in Burbank, and we did vote, and so I think we all should have a voice.
BTW — why is the City of Burbank contracting out “all” of its building plumbing needs to the same guy who works for the Cusumanos? How did that ever happen? This little informational tidbit also came out last night during orals, at about 2:00:35 during the hearing. The Cusos had a whole line of cronies up there supporting their project.
Why are we contracting out all of our plumbing even?
Really, is this the best we can do– another classless, mediocre Cusumano project with a junior league boiled-down Whole Foods in the middle of a congested neighborhood that nobody can get to easily?
Why is it always so amateurville around here? We never get the good stuff in Burbank. There’s always something missing…