If that headline didn’t say it all, this one from the Leader today does:
Prompted by residents’ concerns, City Council OK’s appeal that blocks installation of paint booth
Since there’s no way that an auto body/restoration shop can operate without the ability to paint vehicles, and since Burbank has been the proud home of dozens of such businesses over the years — and that spray booths obviate the environmental problems that no one made any effort to prevent over those same many years — what the Burbank City Council has done here is levy a major “Fuck You” to our town’s traditional handicraft businesses. And for what in return?
South Pasadena? You think Burbank’s going to be a better place because of this decision?
Guys like upscale Rick Caruso won’t have anything to do with this town. He thinks Burbank’s a joke. You think studio chieftains are looking to live here? Even their executive assistants flee the joint as soon as they find something nice in Silver Lake or Atwater. Or even Pasadena.
And we hate to break it to this crowd of backwater lamebrains, but the environmental problems that result from a brake shop far outweigh the potential dangers of a single spray booth. You know what brakes are made of? The same phony concerns that arose over this current non-issue will soon be used against those other “ugly” businesses, a description that former Councilperson Stacy Murphy once made against them. She wasn’t alone, either.
Burbank is just bound and determined to get rid of everything it used to be good at, isn’t it? And because you no longer get the better or best people moving in here like you sort of used to post-war, the replacement’s gonna be crap. It won’t even be piss-elegant like Glendale.
So tomorrow night … let’s keep dumbing down your once great Central Library! You’re on a roll, council! You can’t break stride now.
(You know, if you were any better or more competent or educated people in general, you wouldn’t still be living in Burbank. Everyone on the outside knows that. This especially applies to the one who thinks he’s the most august one up there. His day — if it ever was — was in the past. He belongs in the new Burbank.)
We’re going to be pinning this to the top for a while because it illustrates our reliably bleak view of the current state of life in Burbank. There’s really no denying it.
For those who happen to care about books — presuming we’re still addressing the interests of the Burbank public here, which is always doubtful– Book Culture in New York City has gotten in a pretty nice selection of high-quality and academic and arts and music remainders. It’s a great opportunity for our local libraries to help build up their book collection at minimal cost.
They won’t take advantage of this of course, but we still thought it was worth a mention. To someone.