Burbank Council Candidate Q&A – Kimberly Jo

Kimberly Jo

Kimberly Jo

1. In 2007 Burbank passed a Second-Hand Smoke Control Ordinance to protect the public’s health & well-being, and which has since been emulated by numerous cities (Glendale, Pasadena etc.). Do you support the “SHSCO” & would you support an amendment to the ordinance to limit smoking in multi-unit housing?

2. In late 2008 the Council updated Burbank’s Film Permit Ordinance to accommodate the use of hand-held cameras, but still prohibits the use of such cameras without a ($350) permit if external lighting/audio gear is used. Would you support amending the current fee structure to waive &/or lower permit fees for small-scale video productions? 

3. In 2006 the Council adopted a ZTA with AUP process to allow Music Lessons as a Home Occupation. Would you support revisiting our (10 year old) Home Occupation Ordinance to allow more reasonable & flexible home business usage to enable more people (media freelancers, moms etc.) to work-at-home?

4. You all seem to agree that protecting our residential neighborhoods “quality-of-life” is key. We live adjacent to a school in a R-1 zone and my neighbors and I experience daily the negative impacts from peak-hour traffic, school noise & student interactions. Many of us have had our property damaged by students and soccer is now being played on weekends. What can/will you do to protect our quality-of-life & safety?

5. Do you support the building of a new Aquatics Facility to replace our aging swimming pools and year-round programs for all people & ages?

6. If I support your candidacy, will you return my calls, read & respond to my emails, &/or meet with me (if necessary) to discuss an issue of importance? i.e. Will you be my/our representative?

7. Would you make any changes to the current Public Comment period at Council meetings or leave it “as is”? (Please specify any changes)

8. Accountability and open/transparent Government is important to most people. What steps will you take to ensure Staff’s responsiveness to information requests and the public’s access to documentation under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)?

9. What specific cuts in spending will you propose in order to overcome our projected $7 million dollar plus budget deficit in 2009? Can you balance the Budget without raising utility rates or dramatically cutting City services? Will you hold City Department heads accountable for wasteful spending & inefficiencies?

10. With all of the recent business closures and job losses, what can we do as a community to maintain a vibrant local economy? What would you do to encourage employers to hire locally and the public to shop & dine locally?

11. There’s been some controversy over the past few years re the use of Redevelopment Funds for certain projects, most notably BHC & FSA. Where do you stand on these matters? How would you maximize our Redevelopment dollars to improve Burbank.

12. With imminent budget cuts to School district funds, what if anything can you do to work with BUSD to ensure our children’s educational needs are met, as well as our school’s infrastructure needs?

13. Do you support Term Limits? Would you support a ballot measure that would allow the people of Burbank to vote on this issue? Will you vow to serve no more than 2 full terms?

14. Where do you stand on Airport related matters such as the Part 161 Study, the possibility of noisy stage-2 aircrafts being re-directed from Van Nuys Airport, the B-6 Property and a new relocated terminal?

15. Re the Environment; What specific things can we do that we aren’t already doing to improve our air quality and be more eco-friendly?

As your City Councilmember, I will:

• serve to support and protect the public’s health & well being
• serve to leverage the City’s reputation as the Media Capital of the World
• serve to encourage entrepreneurship
• serve to promote human relations among diverse communities
• serve to promote recreation facilities
• serve to respond to the concerns of all residents
• serve to promote civic participation of all residents
• serve to practice government accountability and transparency
• serve to identify efficiencies, make cuts and raise taxes only as a last resort with your permission
• serve to establish relations and build collaborative forms between business and thought leaders to identify Burbank as a place to incubate and innovate
• serve to maximize Redevelopment dollars by investing in high priority, critical needs
• serve to promote healthy relations among our agnecies
• serve to increase levels of civic engagement in our City
• serve toidentify opportunities for improvement, lower environmental impact and increase capacity
• serve to ensure that Burbank has the infrastructure to take advantage of new, eco-friendly technologies

I am open to consider the merit and feasibility of any solutions that accomplish these goals.

Contact Kimberly Jo:
Email: kimberlyjo@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.KimberlyJoforBurbank.com Kimberly Jo web site

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2 Responses to “Burbank Council Candidate Q&A – Kimberly Jo”

  1. Susie Q Says:

    Where are the answers? I see the questions and a list of goals, but no answers.

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