This is from the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the “Sustainable Burbank Commission”…
VIII. AD HOC MOBILITY AND URBAN DESIGN SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT At its July 20, 2015, meeting, the Commission agreed to form the ad hoc Mobility and Urban Design Subcommittee to discuss the bicycle plan, the network of bikeways, public transportation, and pedestrian corridors as they relate to sustainability in the community. The Subcommittee may give an update on its activities. The Commission may ask questions, engage in discussion, and provide feedback.
What this actually is — besides a prime example of verbal and bureaucratic convolution — is a clear and continued attempt to build a cheer-leading section for Burbank development. Sustainable “bikeways”?
These off-topic concerns are an intrusion on the supposed original purpose of the Commission. But that’s really no surprise, because the above is also nothing more than a laundry list of what staff has already decided the city must have. And because we’re going to have them here for sure (for sustainability’s sake), we must also then build the kind of “21st-century” infrastructure that makes it all possible. That’s where big development comes in.
See how it works? Project an artificial need and a solution, and it shall come to be. And then get as many people as possible to have a stake in the proceedings to validate and rubber-stamp the big new projects. All for the sake of … you got it, sustainability.
Btw, under state law, “ad hoc” subcommittees need neither published agendas nor open meetings. Because they’re considered to be temporary and short-term (ad hoc), they’re not subject to the Brown Act.
But Burbank’s gotten into trouble before for maintaining supposed ad hoc “subcommittees” that went well into permanent or semi-permanent status. So let’s see how this one turns out, and what it comes up with.