Last week the great new Burbank Viewpoints blog posted this video of a recent council response to a resident’s question about rent control…
Gordon’s the only one who didn’t wimp out. He knows that the Landlord-Tenant Commission can’t do a thing to control rents, and that it’s basically a total joke anyway.
Rogers though is delusional if he thinks that the LTC can help tenants get their rents down. Most of the time they just tell you how lucky you are that you’re not paying $2,400 a month like the “average” rent is somewhere else (supposedly).
They’re also mostly landlords up there anyway, because the Municipal Code no longer requires the LTC to have a split tenant/landlord membership as it did back in the 1990s. It also doesn’t require them to investigate and file reports on each tenant complaint any more either, as they once had to do as well.
Gabel-Luddy is, of course, her usual ridiculous and evasive self. If she means she wants to put rent control into the discussion, great, but we’ll believe it when we see it. But Rogers is the bigger concern, because he knows damn well that the city council could easily put this issue on the ballot for the voters to decide. So his evasion is particularly offensive here. Gordon knows the rest of them will never do it and that’s why he answered as he did. He didn’t try to do the ridiculous and hide behind the LTC.
Keep in mind the Charter Commission could also put rent control on the ballot for Burbank voters to decide as part of a new addition to the Charter. Yeah, right, that’ll be the day.
We urge local tenants and residents not to let this rent control issue go away. Keep putting the council members on the spot about it all the time, and don’t let any of them hide behind their useless landlord-dominated “Landlord-Tenant” Commission. The Burbank City Council could put this issue on the ballot any time they want.
To … yes, we’ll say it. To “let the people decide!” So what are they afraid of, and who are they actually protecting?
The Burbank tenants?
Got any explanations for this neglect and omission, eh Will?
You afraid of the vote?