Just doing our part!
Just doing our part!
In other words, more soft news and press releases:
A bit less than a month ago, about two dozen people squeezed into a conference room at the Glendale YWCA, all there to share their feelings about the Glendale News-Press.
The Wednesday evening meeting marked the inaugural of the paper’s Community Advisory Board, something I hope to make a tradition for both the News-Press and the Burbank Leader. (As I write this, I am finalizing the time, date and venue for the Leader’s community board, tentatively slated for later this month.
We can’t wait — but the spectrum of opinion at the other one might be something we won’t be able to emulate in Burbank.
Fortunately, all members of the group — a wide swath of people from the education, nonprofit, government and business worlds as well as involved residents — were exceedingly polite and helpful. They were vocal with their praise and constructive in their criticisms.
Establishment people, and all polite. Sounds pretty boring. But what else do you expect? These were all hand-picked advisors — obvious people with obvious, easy ideas.
Of course, needless to say, they pretty much already like what they see:
Three things that the group likes:
– The coverage of local high school and college sports is excellent.
– Columnists are relevant to the community and have interesting things to say.
– The paper does not shy away from longer-form or controversial articles.
A question here. What longer form or controversial articles have we been seeing in that local paper lately? It’s not exactly Matt Taibbi and Rolling Stone now, is it? One can only imagine what makes these people happy. Or for that matter, sad and angry.
Oh yes, it seems we can. Speaking of which:
Three things that need to be improved or changed:
– The News-Press should be more of a community resource, in terms of civic services and local event listings.
– The News-Press should have more profiles of interesting people who live or work here.
– There should be online newsletters and email news blasts that interested people can subscribe to.
So lots more club news and promotional announcements. And personality profiles that can act just like advertisements.
But of interest to whom? Can Beatniks apply for these interviews, or do you have to have credentials? Do you have to be on the make? How many bohemians were on the advisory committee? How many defense attorneys?
The piece goes on to note that there was also a recommendation to have more minority news, which is a good thing. But unless it involves a new business opening down on Chevy Chase we doubt that much will be seen happening there south of the border.
Meaning, that those local police-abuse stories won’t be appearing above the fold anytime soon.
And local politics? Yuck. That’s just for election year!
This time we’re going to defend the BUSD. If this is how the parents of the Amy Beck “victim” are going to be running their case then it will be a very short trial:
“We’re looking forward to our day in court,” attorney Brian Leinbach said Friday, adding that he hopes the case will “hold Burbank Unified responsible for having no policies in place to protect children from childhood sexual abuse,” he said.
The Burbank school district had reporting policies in place before it even became law. As early as the late 70s they were making new employees sign rudimentary “mandatory reporting” agreements. They were also constantly lecturing their people on this issue. They were even telling them later on that their necessary status as a mandatory reporter was lifelong.
It’s also beyond belief that any Jordan employee would have failed to report suspicious behavior like this.
This case will be another no-go. The plaintiffs are obviously in it for an easy settlement, and so our recommendation is that the district put up a good fight.
These people — they lie, you know.
After complaints from residents before it even opened, the Burbank Junk Trunk Flea Market, which was originally slated to open on Saturday in the parking lot at John Muir Middle School, is changing its venue.
The market will open on Saturday in the parking lot of the elementary school at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, located on the corner of Orange Grove and Sixth Street.
OK, now listen to this:
The venue change was made after some residents complained about having the market at John Muir Middle School, according to city spokesman Drew Sugars.
When the city’s community development department looked into it, they found the school is not zoned for commercial use and, because the market is a private, for-profit enterprise, it was not allowed to operate there, Sugars added.
Oh, and St. Robert’s is? St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and School is zoned for commercial use?
No, it’s not. And the BUSD is always renting out its facilities for commercial uses. They even have commercial rates for this purpose, and they make a lot of money on the business too. They also do lots of filming at the schools, which of course by necessity means that they’re zoned for manufacturing and studio use for the benefit of these non-profit moviemakers?
Of course not. No, this all boils down to money.
The money the church receives from the flea market will be given to the family of 12-year-old Burbank resident Christopher Wilke, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Good for them. Not only is this a much better physical location for the swap meet, but Bellarmine is obviously not trying to screw this outfit either over the rent. We pointed out last month that not only was the BUSD doing so by spades, they also have a long history of such “Use of Facilities” misbehaviors.
Just ask the defunct Burbank Civic Light Opera. The BUSD literally bankrupted them with all the fraudulent rent they were charging to use the Burroughs auditorium for rehearsals. Two unnecessary night-time custodians several times a week that they weren’t even getting for their money…
This is great news really, this Bellarmine story. The good guys won, and that’s why someone elsewhere had to lie about it. It saves them embarrassment.