Of course not.
Why? It would be so unfair to our landlords to have their dirty laundry aired like that! Doncha’ think?
And just consider the confidentiality rights of the tenants! Imagine how invasive and humiliating it would be for them to have their shady landlords exposed to public scrutiny on TV. What kind of aggrieved complainant would want such a thing?
Approve the Professional Services Agreement between the City of Burbank and KeyCode Media, Inc. for the installation of a television broadcasting system in Community Services Building Room 104 (Exhibit A).
The City of Burbank operates a government information TV station, The Burbank Channel (TBC), which broadcasts on Charter Communications Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live on the City’s website (Burbankca.gov). The Public Information Office (PIO) currently utilizes broadcast equipment in the City Hall Council Chamber to televise live government meetings from Burbank City Hall at 275 E. Olive Avenue. This is currently the only City location with permanently installed equipment that allows City meetings to be broadcast live on TBC.
In 2009, construction was completed on the Community Services Building (CSB) at 150 N. Third Street. The three-story facility features a large meeting room (CSB 104) on the first floor that is often used for large gatherings (e.g. community meetings, staff presentations, Council workshops, etc.).
The original plan for the Community Services Building included the installation of a video broadcast system to enable the City to televise some of the public meetings, community workshops, and special events that occur in CSB 104. However, broadcast equipment was never installed due to a reduction in funding for the CSB construction project. Instead, crews installed cable conduit and completed the construction of a small adjoining room to CSB 104 that could serve as a production control room if/when funding became available to install a broadcast system.
The LTC meetings used to be held at the city hall chambers on Monday nights. About a dozen years ago there was a repeated request from a number of people to start broadcasting them out to the public, just like every other meeting held in the facility. After all, the TV equipment was already in there.
The city’s response was to move the LTC meetings from city hall to the new Community Services Building so that they couldn’t ever be called upon to broadcast them. There were no cameras there by design. And rarely do they get brought to that site — it’s like pulling teeth to get staff to even tape events at that building just for the record.
True story. That’s why the LTC was moved there. Their meetings had been held at city hall for decades.
And speaking of the Brown Act — which our city attorney does on regular occasions in order to hide council debate from the public — just try and get a hold of the tenant questionnaires that go in front of this deliberative body. That’s where all the juicy info is on the complaints.
Even though state law requires full of public disclosure of all documents that go across a dais at these meetings, you won’t get it.
What you’ll get instead is a redacted complaint statement from the tenants where all of the relevant names and addresses are removed. So you’ll never find out who those bad landlords are, or exactly where their buildings are located.
The City of Burbank isn’t working for you, folks. Just like staff’s planned discussion tonight where they’re trying to push the council into starting something called “flex-zoning” of our neighborhoods, it’s all about accommodating outside interests.
Remember, Burbank regularly gets big awards from this well-heeled crowd for being “Great for Business!” They boast about it. And they are.