[This just in: Fronnie has a good story this afternoon about the council/email question, and with links to internal city memos on the topic. It’s worth a read.]
This agenda item tonight on the “historic” sign ordinance is such a total joke. The council has successfully crushed the thing down into complete uselessness:
What kind of preservation ordinance is it when anyone who chooses to can refuse to abide by all of the protective rules simply by removing themselves from their application at any time they want?
Only in Burbank would this be considered a meaningful change in law. But in the real world it’s a total and complete sham. This dream Burbank concept of “incentivization only!” always leads to obvious crap and destruction.
What a joke this town is. They’ve already destroyed all of the good old signs here anyway — and often with the enthusiastic help of the City itself (such as what happened with Wanamaker’s Rents on Olive). This “sign ordinance” won’t even include neon signs! It refuses to, by express exclusion.
Remember, Burbank’s the same town that went completely apeshit when the LA County Board of Supervisors 20 years ago used a legal loophole to step in and save Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake from landlord teardown.
“Never again!” they cried.
We’re not making this up. Ask the old Road Kings car group. It’s too depressing and infuriating a story for us to go into again, but in short, this is a really stupid and ignorant town with hardly anything left worth preserving.
No wonder nice stores don’t want to come here. Who would?