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Letters to City Hall: Mandatory landscape watering accommodation for seniors and disabled

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Welcome to the second installment of Letters to City Hall, a Follow feature where we highlight what’s on your mind. If you send a letter to City Hall, whether in praise or protest, copy the Burbank Leader: christopher.cadelago@latimes.com.

To follow is a Sept. 14 letter from resident Carolyn Berlin to the Burbank City Council and city executives:

Dear City Council and Mike Flad, city manager,

Recently I read about your actions regarding mandatory landscape watering and wish to provide some information for your consideration prior to your second reading as well as some thoughts regarding future development.

In Burbank many single-family homes are not constructed on flat lots. Ours is a good example of a home that was built in 1928 on a lot that was not graded in front, but instead sits high up off the street with a steep incline where our front lawn existed when we purchased our home and most likely since it was built. Watering our front for 10 to 15 minutes at once merely creates runoff onto the sidewalk and street because of the hill. We have beautiful old pine trees on our street some at least 85 years old, if not more. While their root systems are large and sometime create problems, the shade benefits and positive effect on air quality are huge. However, watering the parkway that has been raised by the large roots for 10 to 15 minutes creates similar runoff and water waste. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Brand new blog, brand new features

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Just realized we never officially welcomed you to follow, so … here it is.

Welcome.

We’ll use this space to try out new features such as updates to stories we’re working on, breaking news items and reports involving the public. While the newspaper can come off as a one-way conversation, we plan to use the blog, as well as our Twitter account, as a forum to touch base.

Some of the new features I’m working on include Letters to City Hall, a regular post where I highlight what’s on your mind. If you send a letter to City Hall, whether in praise or protest, copy the leader or shoot me a heads up: christopher.cadelago@latimes.com.

Another regular post — this one incorporating video — is tentatively called, Public Comment. Creative, I know. The Tuesday or Wednesday feature will include a one- to-two-minute video of a community member reacting to a decision or two made by city officials. This may also morph into a meditation on items appearing in the newspaper.

As mentioned, we also plan to update readers on items in the news and offer bits and pieces of stories as they develop. While I plan to offer occasional analysis, one thing I will not do is interject opinion. This is a reported blog, not a place to spin rumor and innuendo. All of the stories here will be held to the same standards as our print and online products. That being said, in no way do we plan to downplay or restrict concerns you may have.

If there’s something on your mind, spill it in the comment section.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm

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Letters to City Hall: Burbank Police and Fire HQ

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Welcome to the first installment of Letters to City Hall, a follow feature where we highlight what’s on your mind. If you send a letter to City Hall, whether in praise or protest, copy the leader: christopher.cadelago@latimes.com.

To follow is a July 18 letter from resident Mikel Hand to the City Council and city executives:

Dear Mayor Gary Bric and Burbank City Council:

 Who is responsible for financial and building safety oversight for the reconstruction of the Burbank Police and Fire Department building?

In 1998, the City of Burbank dedicated the then-new Burbank Police and Fire building at the cost of $30 million. Over the past 11 years, the following problems have been identified:

limestone flooring;

planter waterproofing;

repairs to the main doors and lobby and museum windows;

water damage in and around the shower area;

remove mold and rebuild the showers;

water leaks from the parking structure, front stairs and street-facing windows, some of which were installed backwards; and

concrete jail floor, pedestrian ramp, concrete steps, decking handrails, and street facade, etc.

For further information, please see this Burbank Leader article dated June 9:

Now, due to faulty construction, the city of Burbank is having to reconstruct this 1998 Police and Fire Building at the estimated cost of $15 million, one-half of the original price just 11 years ago. It is apparent that in 1998 there was extreme lack of financial oversight and proper building inspection by our own Burbank inspectors who are located only two blocks away, who could have, and should have, detected these problems during the original construction period and before the contractors were paid. What guaranty do Burbank city taxpayers have this time around that the new $15 million in repairs will be handled in a fiscally responsible manner, and that proper building inspections will be conducted by our own Burbank city building inspectors? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 20, 2009 at 1:24 am