We’ll get into this a little later, but that new Leader article today about the fence issue over on Naomi is terrifically dishonest. The complainant in the case is not disputing the existence of the fence at all (no, we’re the ones doing that!) In fact, she’s the one who installed it in the first place back when she owned the property!
Which is somehow being used as a point against her… ? Instead, she’s complaining that the new owner violated the Code by replacing the original wrought iron work with completely opaque slats. A perfectly legitimate gripe this is, and one that even the city agreed with.
That’s why it was on the council docket last week — it had required an official city approval which the complainant wanted the council members to override.
The Leader even goes on to impute that this same complainant might have improperly abused the appeals process in order to illegally harass the current owner. Can you imagine? On just what planet might this be?
That fence is absolutely gawdawful. It needed a Code override. And yeah, these council members would all love it if their own neighbors suddenly put up front walls like this all up and down their own blocks. Walls for Pepper Street, yes!
You’d see a Code change so fast “your head would spin.”
The real question is why such a monstrosity could even be close to being allowed in the first place. That’s what the council should be remedying. Where are we living now, El Monte?
Bring in the roosters then. They might as well.
Have people in this town lost their frigging minds? Who thinks this new front
fence wall is at all OK?
You know what such things do to the property values nearby? This hypocritical city council of ours would only allow such a thing in Burbank’s traditionally lower-income minority and “gang” neighborhoods. One that here — until we stepped in a few years ago — they all used to officially refer to as “The Thornton Enclave.” What does that obvious bigotry tell you?
If this were an affluent White neighborhood there would have been some major handwringing going on last Tuesday night. Don’t let anyone fool themselves about this. It’s Burbank we’re talking about.
Try a “five-foot” wall stunt like this up on Bel Aire and watch what happens.