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New owners continue cleanup, September 2019

As the new owners continue to clean up the property, it seems they are not without the problems that have plagued this area in the past – as shown a new board up, overly a freshly broken window it seems.  But unlike in the past where weeks would pass before anything was done, seems this was solved within hours.

More importantly, the place is looking better and better!  Paint people are obviously coming and doing more each week.

Burbank Theater, September 2019, clean outside, colors of doors and trim being updatedThe other sides of the property are cleaning up nicely as well!  Take a stroll by, at night – the lights are on!

New owners old colors restored! September 7th, 2019.

Where did that bluish teal on the doors come from anyway?  The new owners seem to be wasting no time, trying match the beautiful historic terrazzo Burgundy floor work.

August 2019, door colors being tested to match terrazzo stone floor.

The new owners also seem to have an expert paint remover, as those are the the original metal plates now without any paint on them. Seen 2 weeks later on September 7th. Looks great!

September 2019, door colors matched to terrazzo floor and kick panel paint removed to match framing post.

Years end and no resolution in sight.

Back in early 2016scales-of-justice, the 1st mortgage officially filed a lawsuit against the owners (and all lien holders) of the Burbank Theater, Santa Clara County Superior Court Case @115CV284426.

So what has happened in almost 2 years?

Lawyers have come and gone replaced by newer lawyers, each time adding new delays.

New defendants have showed up with claims, only to be retracted or never followed through in later hearings.

The clerks office went on strike further delaying default judgement, and 1st mortgage has been waiting till each new case management conference to do anything… So the case is now scheduled for it’s next action “in the next 90 days” with the only hard-ish date now set for April 2018.

The light at the end of the tunnel?  It’s there somewhere, the good news now is – it’s very clear who the owners are and who the owners are not.

Happy New Year everyone!

End of June 2018 update: Case dismissed? Strange doesn’t even begin to explain this; the judicial foreclosure was dismissed by the bank without any explanation.  This implies the 1st mortgage will return to a standard foreclosure, but no date has been publicly set at this time, and they are not returning Email or Phone calls.

While the future is still uncertain, you can participate.

burbank-community-association-santa-clara-countyThe most common question we receive is… what is going to happen to the historic theater and signage that is the gateway into the Burbank district.  While the future is still uncertain, you can participate by joining or attending the local community meetings.

Burbank Theater and the tower sign while surrounded on all sides by the City of San Jose, today continues to be part of the unincorporated sections of Santa Clara County, the community association works closely with the Santa Clara County Supervisor for the District and in a model that we all would hope is how the United States of America really does work.  The Supervisor or staff from District 4 personally attend each community meeting.

Finally your attendance, thoughts, and voice directly matter – as the County has nearly full discretion on what changes happen.  For example, if a new developer wanted to come in and bulldoze the Theater and toss the Tower sign into landfill.  The County Supervisor would very likely either be able to stop that process completely, or delay it until the community was heard and the concerns met.

If you live or care about the outcome of the Burbank Theater or the Tower Sign itself; please consider attending or joining the Burbank Community Association of Santa Clara County.