What Burbank organizations (Corporations, nonprofits, etc.) do you see as playing an influential role in Council decision-making? What specifically do you feel these organizations contribute to Council decisions that is productive? not productive? Please give some examples. If elected, what Burbank community organizations will you see as influencers in regard to your decisions as a council member and why?
I think the main influential corporations and non profits that influence our city council decisions would be the BTAC, FSA, Boys and Girls Club, Chamber of Commerce.
What's not productive is that once a nonprofit is established I think the city council does not take the lead or they think the problem is automatically solved because we have a non profit for it and they lean on certain non profits as a crutch instead of having their own internal programs. And to that fact I think it is hard for a non profit that is new and innovative to be included in part of the City Council decisions. What I think is productive is that is that the non profits usually have a feel for what their community members need so they are providing a key service to community members and they have hands on experience in the process of helping community members in their special way.
If elected, what will you change in regard to the actions the city has taken to obtain additional funding for homelessness services such as the MHET Team, housing and other necessities?
Do you think the homeless in Burbank are getting the services they need? If so, what are those services? If not, what more is needed?
Describe what actions your would take to help the most vulnerable homeless, such as teenagers, LBGTQIA, substance abusers, domestic violence survivors and those needing mental health services.
I from the outside looking in don't think that they're getting the services they need. I don't think that the city has a plan that's working that can help people that are homeless with their mental health needs or if they have a substance abuse problem, or domestic violence survivors. I do not think that the city has the correct services for that and I'm not even sure what programs we have for teens who are homeless. Or students who are in Foster care and about to “age out” of foster care.
A starting point as a city council member is I would want to go view and visit the different foundations that are getting it right and see how to implement right away the right steps to provide services protection for our most vulnerable homeless.
What additional steps would you take to expand access to affordable housing in Burbank?
What has not been done by City Council that you see as helping to solve the housing crisis and comply with the State mandate to build more housing?
Burbank needs to expand access to affordable housing A a few steps I think that we need would be to have 6 approved plans for ADU units that will help increase our housing units. I think that Burbank needs to find a way to build more single family homes and come up with rent to own programs. The new library that will be built is going to include housing. Some of the apartments should be subsidized for our teachers, nurses, fire and police. We need to focus on any and all land that is available and survey and grade it to build homes.
What plan would you implement to increase public awareness of our water crisis and effectively decrease public consumption of water by residents and businesses?
What changes can be made to decrease water consumption by Burbank City agencies?
Burbank does not have its own source of water, so we're going to have to make people more aware either on our channel and mentioned throughout our city council meetings. We should be working with our school system to let children know that we they can let their families know and also we need to have incentive programs to get people to change out their lawns so we are not losing water on watering grass, for a “look” and not sustainability. Burbank does need to offer 3 or 4 different plans that includes a list of different types of native plants and incentivized them to change out their lawns. Burbank also needs to implement a gray water system that way we can recycle and clean gray water and we are not losing as much water.
How do you plan to focus beneficial development on under served areas and neighborhoods in Burbank to revitalize those business districts? Examples are Burbank Blvd., Olive, and Victory.
Small businesses in Burbank are still struggling. Describe your plan of action that would help these locally owned businesses survive the present challenges and build a stable future
Burbank has not treated every neighborhood fairly when it comes to resources and money. The city needs to look at those areas Burbank needs to create a pipeline of new businesses when they are applying for permits. Our permit office should talk about the different neighborhoods and find out what the residents in those neighborhoods need. And help small business owners open businesses there more easily than what is happening now. Again Burbank needs to apply for grants from our federal government to help our small businesses. Burbank needs to put money into marketing especially for our small businesses and have a way for people to learn about each small business. I mentioned earlier about Burbank's growth every week we need to implement the shuttles and have stops in front of key stores in blocks to help our small businesses bring in revenue.