(We’re gonna pin this to the top for a while because Big Growth will definitely be the No.1 issue next year. Expect pro-development candidates to go after Gordon during the election by masquerading as “concerned” and “responsible” slo-growthers, and then expect staff to dump a huge number of big projects onto the agendas after the new council gets installed. Don’t let it happen.)
Scary article in the Leader this weekend about the mayor’s recent “State of the City” speech to the clearly odious Chamber of Commerce crowd, the same ones who go to the annual “prayer breakfast” that Ted McConkey was always trying to get rid of 20 years ago.
In his speech, Talamantes was making a clear policy statement about how Burbank had better get good and ready for big growth. Apparently the councils’ granting of earlier approvals to huge projects like the world’s biggest IKEA are now being used as a community precedent for continuing the gravy train. We should have known, right?
The airport project too is also being seen as a mandate for more big construction in town. Did you know that that’s what you were voting for as well, “people”? You deserve what you’re soon going to get: lots more apartment dwellers in town, tons more “mixed use” buildings on every high-profile commercial corner, and a couple of new charter schools dotted around the Hill to house all the fractured and unruly kids.
And you thought it was just a “replacement terminal” you were getting in return, you fucking morons. No, it was Growth, Inc.
Talamantes is on his own personally inarticulate. So who wrote this policy speech for him? Which staff member was it, and whose vision is this? We’re sure it was well received by the paid ticketholders in attendance, most of whom do business in Burbank but don’t live here.