September 15 – we found graffiti once again on the theater, a quick call to Santa Clara County Sheriffs and case numbers and photos were reported. But then how to handle removal of the graffiti as we didn’t want to wait too long to get it removed. To our surprise a report to Code Enforcement at 10am resulted in a crew onsite and the graffiti was gone before 4pm! WOW!
We want to extend our most sincere thanks to the Code Enforcement (Department of Planning and Development for Santa Clara County) – you all are doing a fantastic job keeping the entry to the Burbank district looking great!! Thank you!
The 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.
Some days… the Burbank Theater is really hard to walk into… you look around at the latest round of graffiti and say to yourself… is it worth the endless battle?
Then we snap out of it – call the sheriff they come right away always surprised when anyone reports anything at the Burbank Theater. They are always somewhat shocked that anyone cares, but we care.
We care enough to call, we insist on a criminal report number… and then we take our time and review all the security camera footage.
Then because we’ve been through this so many times, out comes the paint rollers, the paint cans, the extension ladders, etc.. and voilla gone in 60 seconds… 🙂 well ok… gone in 60 minutes.
But the best part is… once we finish reviewing the security camera footage… and we get to send the latest round of graffitist – picture to the sherriff. Right down to their 1:40am till 1:53am timeline, the color of their red shoes, their silly shorts… and the smug look on their faces looking up at their amazing grafitti job – as the cameras are looking directly down into their faces. It’s the part that makes it all worth it.
In one of those stories we all wish we could have been a fly on a wall for… the District Attorney’s office working with Code Enforcement of Santa Clara County – were able to get the fence on Parkmoor fixed! Looks fantastic.
Although it is a bit concerning that pieces of tree and pieces of wood are sitting on the sidewalk, at least the fence is fixed, the graffiti is gone and the homeless that were living here have we hope decided to find themselves more permanent solutions to their problems!
Special thanks to the County of Santa Clara’s District Attorney’s office, and the Santa Clara County Code Enforcement division!
The rules have changed, 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.
A Judicial Foreclosure with all it’s benefits and problems will be the way that the Burbank Theater’s future will be decided. The first “Case Management Conference” with Superior Court happened in December 2015, and the judge ordered all defendants be served.
The good part of Judicial Foreclosure process means the owners will likely lose possession of the building very soon, but legal ownership and other details of the judicial foreclosure process implies that this building may stay in it’s current form for another 2 years.