It was inevitable.
We knew a few months ago that as soon as we extolled Burbank’s humanitarian tolerance for allowing homeless people to seek shelter in their own automobiles instead of on the street that selected staff and council members were soon going to go out of their way to change it.
Sure enough, that’s one of the projected plans on deck for tonight’s council discussion about local homelessness. Of the 16 or so additional proposals that are being suggested for dealing with homeless individuals — some of the ideas quite good in fact, such as funding real homeless shelters — it’ll only be these two that get traction:
Change the zoning rules to allow developers to build more apartments in town; which will do nothing for the homeless but much for the developers, and,
Change the local laws to make life more difficult for those who already have things tough.
Burbank is one of the few cities in California that allows people to sleep in their cars at night. We learned this several years ago when we asked Dr. Gordon about what the particular law was around here about vehicle habitation. Albano checked for him.
Now we knew that as soon as we asked the question and then got the answer that our query alone would only proceed to get the ball rolling in the other direction. Sure enough, we were right.
So yeah, fuck you too Burbank. You’re not going to do anything about homelessness in this city except harass its victims. Just watch.
Oh, and then use it as an excuse to build more apartments.