Gordon has some good things to say in this video excerpt:
Gordon btw was the only council member who a few years ago voted against staff’s idea to allow Burbank’s many commercial and manufacturing neighborhoods to be subject to quick and easy spot-zoning conversion into mixed-use residential.
They later enthusiastically enshrined this scheme into their “Burbank2035” plan, which they now like to cite as a planning mandate whenever these shady projects come up.
Always keep two things in mind:
–Staff works in secret to help expedite projects that no one ever hears about until they hit the Planning Board agenda.Anyone who scoffs at this idea or tries to claim the opposite is lying. The video shows that this town now has the reputation among development interests of being one big sap for “mixed use.” They’re salivating over the prospect, and already lining up at the trough.
–Burbank has no moral, legal, financial, cultural, or humanistic responsibility to build more apartments “for the people,” as one of the more credulous of our council members tried to put it last year. Burbank already has more than 50 percent of its population living in multi-residential housing. If this were San Marino, South Pasadena, or even Alhambra the story might be different, but it’s not.
Pious, sentimental advocacy of “Mixed Use” is nothing more than 21st-century pretext for allowing big developers to turn Burbank into another profit center. Mixed use is just being used as modern day selling point, one that is embroidered with a phony sense of social concern and responsibility.
The same goes for official concerns about “affordable” housing. None of this will be affordable to many people, if not most, and the sudden intrusion of hundreds or (especially) thousands of expensive new apartments will only push rents on the current Burbank stock even higher.