The White Man’s sense of justice


(The Supreme Court has ruled that it’s not Constitutional for judges to jail people just because they have no money. You can’t throw people in jail for being poor.)


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Not on your street


Supporters said the temporary closures [off of Alameda near Talaria] have restored tranquility and they want to keep it. Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Kundibekian, who praised the barricades for giving her a sense of security, said people who complain about traffic “do not get it.”

“This is Los Angeles,” Kundibekian said. “We have traffic. People should deal with it.”

Say what?

Is the concept of ‘hypocrisy’ still being taught in the schools? How about clear thinking? Or are they just testing now.

Our position on this is simple:

Get rid of the barriers. These aren’t private streets. See what happens, and once that Whole Foods Jr. opens up (if it ever does) then maybe address the more troublesome areas if there are any.

It’s all local traffic anyway. No one’s cutting down Ontario to get to Studio City. And no one will.

We’ve always hated street barriers, chokers, parking bans, speed bumps, and potted plants in the middle of the road. Ever tried to get through north Glendale the last 10 years or so? Those affluent residents over there think they live on private streets. It’s gotten ridiculous.

Here’s something we’ve always wondered about too. Why is it OK for people who live on (say) Bel Aire to drive up Santa Anita or San Jose or University to get home, but it’s not OK for people who live on Oak or Verdugo to use one of those choked-off streets?

Why always this Flatlands/Hill double standard? It’s been going on for years. Kenneth Road or Walnut’s good to use as a convenient residential thoroughfare, but don’t you dare do the same with California or Pass.

In the Flatlands it’s always labeled as “cutting through.” Why is that?



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Cops’ war on Blacks turns to self-pity

It’s terrible when things like this happen, but these cops all need to man up and stop whining about how so many Aٝmericans are finally starting to wise up themselves  about police misconduct and arrogance.

Let’s get real. These cops aren’t honoring anyone here. They’re exploiting this event to engage instead in a blatant political protest against their recent critics. Who’s fooling whom?

11,000 U.S. Officers gather to honor slain Texas cop

HOUSTON (AP) — Thousands of law enforcement officers stood at attention to form a wall Friday outside one of Houston’s largest churches as a 21-gun salute and flyover by police helicopters were carried out in honor of a slain sheriff’s deputy.

The symbolic gestures followed the funeral for Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, who was gunned down at a gas pump a week ago…

A line of patrol cars formed a large cross in the parking lot, and two Houston fire trucks with ladders extended formed an arch with a flag extended at the top. People lined streets as the funeral procession drove away. A private burial was planned.

Officers at various Texas law enforcement departments held moments of silence outside their buildings around the time of the funeral.

The killing brought out strong emotions in the law enforcement community, with Hickman suggesting last weekend that it could have been influenced by heightened national tension over the treatment of blacks by police. Goforth was white and the man charged with killing him, Shannon Miles, is black.

The Rev. Ed Young told those at the funeral that he fears evil has reached an “almost epidemic stage” with attacks on those who “wear the blue” — a reference to the police uniform.

But he said he’s seen signs of hope in the wake of Goforth’s death, with people being supportive of officers and openly praying for them.

“Things are changing,” Young said. “There will be a new Houston, a new Texas, a new America.

Sounds like the same old one to us, if these guys still keep getting their way.

Sorry, but police today are given overriding life and death power over our citizenry. If they can’t handle what goes with it — or worse, can’t take any kind of finger-pointing or criticism at all — then they need to find another occupation.

The fact that some of them cannot just shows how much they’ve gotten away with over the last 30 years. They started whining about their feelings getting hurt as soon as all those racist tapes came out, and long before this recent shooting. This is just an excuse to wrap themselves in and try to change the debate.

Until recently, cops were way too used to being genuflected at in this age of right-wing authoritarianism and intolerance, and that’s not healthy for either them or America. So how much did the City of Burbank spend on this fuck-you to the critics action?

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Weekend Special


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Guns Direct Burbank CA Gun Store Facebook


We hear our new Walmart is going to have a nice big gun department too.

Remember when people would come to Burbank for all of the neat hobby shops? Or the import car repair places, the model railroad parlors, the muffler and auto body specialists?

Even the plumbing supplies?

Burbank once had at least five or six new and used bookstores, which people would also come from all around to visit. Now it has what, maybe just one left? And barely that.

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Threaded barrel? Sorry, not aloud on pistols. And does “urban” mean meant for Burbank?


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U.S. Constitution suspended in Burbank and Glendale

If newly installed Councilman Rogers was really the kind of conscientious Democrat that he thinks he is, all hell would be breaking loose right now about these ridiculous and illegal police stunts. There’s obviously no civilian oversight of the BPD, even still.

The local newspaper too would be doing a lot more than just helping them to gloat.

Joint police effort leads to two dozen arrests in Glendale

Local police partner with county, Department of Homeland Security and Burbank police for ‘Operation Southeast Shaker.’

By Alene Tchekmedyian

Police arrested 24 people Friday night during a crime-suppression operation conducted in southeast Glendale, authorities said.

A recent spike in crime in the area over the last couple of months prompted Glendale police — in partnership with Los Angeles County probation officers, the Department of Homeland Security and Burbank police — to conduct “Operation Southeast Shaker.”

The operation was spearheaded by Glendale’s AB 109 task force, which was created two years ago to address the local impact of the state’s criminal realignment law.

Spearheaded? What does that mean?

Actually, it was formed by the cops to deliberately undercut the purpose of AB 109 by setting up phony schemes to harass and follow and sabotage these legal releasees. By admission they’re trying to screw up AB 109 because politically they don’t like it. They said that before the bill was even signed by Governor Brown.

This is all very troubling. Who’s in charge here — the cops?

From 6 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, 20 officers in unmarked police cars patrolled Colorado Street between Brand Boulevard and the Glendale (2) Freeway looking out for suspicious activity.

In total, six people were arrested on suspicion of various felonies, including heroin and marijuana sales, as well as possessing credit-card-skimming equipment, and 18 on suspicion of misdemeanors. The misdemeanor offenses included possession of drugs and narcotic paraphernalia, as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

You know, the police cannot just pull people over because they think there might be something “suspicious” going on. No, there has to be probable cause first. And how do you suspect credit card fraud by driving down a street?

Officers searched five homes in Glendale over the course of the evening, during which they recovered hypodermic needles, methamphetamine pipes and credit-card-skimming equipment. In addition, seven citations were issued for various vehicle-code violations.

Among those arrested was a man who officers recognized to be on probation and admitted to drug use. Back at his home, officers recovered syringes inside a jacket.

“It’s stuff that we would normally not be able to recover in the streets,” said Glendale Police Sgt. Robert Rosas, who supervised the operation.

Yeah, because of that Bill of Rights complication. But, the police think that if they organize a cross-town posse, and then jack themselves up all high and mighty, the rules can be different.

But they’re not, and it would be fun to see some good attorneys come to the defense of these suspects. The police instead are banking on their culprits not being able to afford such representation — because that’s how they get away with screwing them around.

Meanwhile, during a traffic stop, a man and woman were arrested after officers reportedly discovered a “significant” amount of black-tar heroin, along with scales and small bags, in their car, he added.

What PC did the police have to search the vehicle in the first place? Oh that’s right, the driver must have consented. Too bad though that the local newspaper doesn’t ever bother to ask such challenging questions, even if it’s just to get more dishonest answers from the cops.

Friday’s operation marked the second crime-suppression operation conducted in Glendale recently, and it’s something that police hope to continue to do regularly to deter crime. A similar operation conducted in July with Burbank police along the border of the two cities yielded two felony and 15 misdemeanor arrests, along with three citations.

“As successful as we have been, it’s going to be something we’re going to look at if we do encounter an area of the city that needs some extra attention,” Rosas said.

How frightening. So the police departments in these two towns both make policy and decide when and where the Bill of Rights applies.

It also wasn’t very “successful,” but why spoil the PR fun.



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The Children’s Crusade; and how much is Broad paying Matt Hill’s salary?

If you’re suspicious about why a junior high kid would write a letter to the editor extolling how a new school superintendent should be getting credit for actions that were performed before he even started the job, you’re not alone.  We were tipped off a little while ago that there’s more to this piece of youthful unctuousness than just some precocious kid who’s overly impressed by his betters. More later.

This too was interesting, found yesterday concerning the LAUSD’s own superintendent search, and the two firms that were hired to help find their candidates:

The two leading firms — Hazard, Young and Associates of Rosemont, Ill. and Leadership Associates of La Quinta — each played a role in two former senior LA Unified administrators moving to other jobs. Hazard, Young helped Tommy Chang, superintendent of the Intensive Support and Innovation Educational Service Center, become superintendent of Boston Public Schools, and Leadership Associates helped Chief Strategy Officer, Matt Hill, win the job of superintendent of the Burbank Unified School District.

An anonymous comment elucidated things:

“Hazard, Young helped Tommy Chang, superintendent of the Intensive Support and Innovation Educational Service Center, become superintendent of Boston Public Schools, and Leadership Associates helped Chief Strategy Officer, Matt Hill, win the job of superintendent of the Burbank Unified School District.” It is pretty well conceded around public education water coolers that both of those placements were the work of one John Deasy in his capacity as Superintendent-in-residence at the Broad Foundation.

Speaking of which … is Broad helping to pay Matt Hill’s salary here in Burbank?

No one will say. But people in Burbank deserve to know if this is the case, because if so, it means that Matt Hill is answering to two masters.

In other words, it means that he’s also working for BroadBroad’s paying him to help spread his ideology.

Wanna ‘fess up about it, Burbank School Board? Or are you afraid of this news getting out?



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Bring on those gun stores!





(Cruz was born in Canada.)



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Here’s another case of Burbank overreach



Tomorrow night our city council is being asked to approve a slate of new or revised Water and Power rules and regulations.

Most of them are pretty ordinaire — if not innocuous — but this one section in particular stood out. As always, it’s unfair, and — we think –unenforceable in court if the city ever wanted to try to collect on it.

They always go too far, don’t they? MetaViewer.php view_id 6 event_id 2267 meta_id 272005


Notice that C4 contradicts C3 in that if the BWP knows there are only “roommates” still present after the original account holder has skipped out, why and how can it insist on holding these parties continually responsible for the debt? You either discontinue the service (as in C4) and redo the billing in the new names, or you don’t.

You don’t keep the roommates on the hook if they weren’t the original account holder. Instead, you set up a new account for them, and immediately. You cut them off and then set up a new Customer.

Also, how do you even know their names if they’re not on the account paperwork?***

But this is the really unfair part, following directly: 2MetaViewer.php view_id 6 event_id 2267 meta_id 272005


Sorry, but if the “roommate” wasn’t the account holder then you can’t penalize them in the future by denying service elsewhere. Otherwise, what’s the point of having a Customer account in anyone’s name in particular? And, like in C3, we’d love to see the city try to enforce this in court as part of a collection action.  Paperwork means something, and the fact that someone might have “benefited” from a service does not automatically make them an obligated cosigner on an account. Where’s the PUC rule that allows this?

Even if the city just thinks they are still responsible morally— which is what’s really going on here with this proposed new rule.

It’s simply not fair either for Burbank to force a “roommate” (whatever that is) to be responsible for something that they may not be real happy about in the first place. When the lease and account holder skips out, what you do is cease service (or, in the case of a landlord, terminate the rental agreement), and then go after the debtor. Then you set up a new account in the new name.

What you don’t do is make someone responsible for someone else’s debts when they weren’t even on the paperwork. And you certainly don’t penalize them in future transactions by completely denying all utility service until the other person’s debt is paid.

[And what if this old roommate later on had a new roommate somewhere else in Burbank? Would the BWP deny the new roommate service just because of the old one’s supposed debt? They better not. By doing so, they’d also be improperly informing the new one about the old debt, which would be a serious violation of federal debt collection laws.]

The staff members that come up with this … they obviously make so much money now that they’ve become completely removed from the real world. This is a real chickenshit proposal.

Council, just cancel the old account and cut off service. Don’t punish the wrong people. In fact, they probably already paid the account “Customer” for their water and power!


*** This actually raises the most serious question here. What (illegal) methods does the BWP (or their friends in the BPD) use to determine just who those “roommates” are?



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How others see Burbank

Every once in a while a comment on an old article will suddenly show up here — people from elsewhere apparently Google this and that and find some old posting and then decide to add their own remarks.

This one came in late last night. It was in reference to something we’d written about the preponderance of gun shops in Burbank.

As prospective home owners in the area, we were told “Buy in Burbank!” by numerous people. We liked so much of your city, and were delighted by what we could buy for our price point–and have good schools to boot!

We have ultimately decided to buy elsewhere because of the number of gun shops on Magnolia Blvd. My husband grew up in the wilds of Nevada learning to shoot from a young age; I grew up on the border of Live Free or Die New Hampshire, so it’s not like we are anti-second ammendment, however, we are walking our children down those streets; I don’t want them growing up window-shopping at gun emporiums every time we go out for ice cream. It’s an eye sore and it’s a philosophical polarizer.

The house we originally wanted was on Brighton St, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to say, “turn right at the gun store; if you pass the second gun store you’ve gone too far.”

It’s sad when prospective residents who are obviously bright (and can write a coherent sentence) decide they don’t want to live here.




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Congratulations. But Glendale’s been doing it for years

The BUSD now has a new Facebook page!


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One of the first things we found on it is this. The idea sounds good, but wait until you see what Glendale offers its students:


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Only a few classes, and only offered onsite.

By contrast, Glendale has for years actively encouraged its own high school students to take advantage of GCC’s dual-enrollment “Jump Start” program, where juniors and seniors can take a full array of real college classes. Not just Armenian and “animation.”
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Supposedly Burbank offers the same program through an articulation agreement as posted on their website, but we never see it advertised or promoted anywhere. Not even on this new Facebook page.

Burbank instead is pushing their own less adventurous high school/college credit opportunity. You’d think they’d want their students to advance themselves, no?




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More proof that Glendale police are thugs — and, witness tamperers to boot

We’ll be going into this story in a couple of days, but anyone who doubts that the GPD is out of control need only look at this weekend’s News Press article about their police union attempting to intimidate the city council members about a recent commission appointment.

The upshot is that they’re mad Glendale appointed a new commissioner who’d previously accused an administrative police officer of trying to influence his testimony in an upcoming trial. He’d even filed a formal complaint about it.

Now we think this is EXACTLY the kind of citizen who should be on a police oversight commission, and we congratulate the Glendale city council for making this appointment. Cops here nor there shouldn’t be given veto power over who’s looking into them either, and the fact they think they’re entitled to this right spells volumes.

They also shouldn’t be calling up designated witnesses in trials in order to enquire about their testimony. Why do they think this is ok ?

It’s a really shocking news article. Proof of thug-like, retaliatory behavior on the part of the Glendale Police Department. We’ve been saying for years that Glendale is the next big trouble spot btw.

Naturally, the reader responses to the article are all pro-police.  Achtung, White Glendale!






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“Let’s go back to your childhood…”

The 70s.


mcdonalds coke spoons


And, you got change back from your dollar.




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Mutual Mentoring

Yes, what do you do?


Burbank Business Partners


What kind of “advice” does the local business community think it needs to share with our school principals? It’s fun to think too that one can be a mentor to their own mentor. How exactly does that work?

It doesn’t. What this is is a complete misuse of the term, which is terrifically overused anyway and to the point of meaninglessness. It’s actually a pretty dumb concept when you think it out — and which shouldn’t have taken more than about five seconds to do.

A warning. You let these people near your schools and they are always going to want something out of it. Policy influence is the worst of the consequences of having them around, but even the personal relationships are going to eventually cash out.

No, we don’t need this local group to “strive to raise awareness of challenges faced by teachers and principals every day,” which in fact might not be shared by both parties. Ever seen how much “mutual” antagonism there is between teachers and principals?

We also suspect that what they consider to be challenges in the schools are not the ones that most people are concerned about. This crowd has nothing to add to the discussion close hand and they should stay in their own corner of the world.

One quick note: did they get model releases from the parents for these promotional photos?





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When did THIS start? It’s time to convert Horace Mann back to a real school

Just a while ago somebody brought up the Horace Mann Childcare Center as a potential (or real) Cusumano stronghold. Why is this not a surprise?

Now Mann has always been a thorn in our side, basically because it’s a quite underused and potentially vital and necessary school site for area children that 25 years ago was hijacked by the local movie studios and other commercial interests to serve instead as an overpriced child-care haven for affluent employees.

Even when the BUSD was strapped for space and couldn’t find room for nearby Hillside students, these powerful local interests were able to keep Mann for their own specialized use. Ever seen the amount of money it costs to keep your kids up there while you work? This is not 0-5 childcare for regular people.

Rather, Horace Mann is a district-subsidized luxury site that’s long been devoted to the locally well connected — many of whom don’t even live in Burbank!

Keeping that historical background in mind, what the hell is this about?

From their current website:

Horace Mann Children’s Center is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education that originated in Northern Italy. The Horace Mann Children’s Center does not intend to duplicate this philosophy because the children, families and teachers of Burbank, CA offer a different culture, location and perspective.

Preschool classroom art studio

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an approach to teaching, learning and advocacy for children. In its most basic form, it is a way of observing what children know, are curious about and what challenges them. Teachers record these observations to reflect on developmentally appropriate ways to help children expand their academic and social potentials. Long term projects connect core academic areas in and out of the classroom.

Firsthand Experiences

– Help children truly understand a subject

– connect prior knowledge with newly acquired knowledge

– stimulate inquiry, discussion, and incentive to research and learn more

– build language skills

Our View of the Child

– An active participate in the learning process

– Unlimited in potential and capability

– Curious about the world around them

“All of this is a great forest. Inside the forest is the child.
The forest is beautiful, fascinating, green, and full of hopes; there are no paths. Although it isn`t easy, we have to make our own paths, as teachers and children and families, in the forest. Sometimes we find ourselves together within the forest, sometimes we may get lost from each other, sometimes we`ll greet each other from far away across the forest; but its living together in this forest that is important. And this living together is not easy.”

– Loris Malaguzzi (1994)

This crappy citation alone is reason enough for the district to take back Horace Mann. Why is the BUSD subsidizing this special interest nonsense?

No, Burbank’s nicest and newest school campus should be used for what it was intended…

Burbank school kids.


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Didn’t we pass bond issues for this kind of thing?


A completely silly and unnecessary project, but this is how it works. And talk about sick priorities.

It’s also institutionalism run amok. See those tentacles wind and wind ever deeper…

McKinley Faculty Lounge Gets A Makeover

By Lisa Paredes On August 27, 2015

McKinley Elementary School teachers and staff have a newly renovated Faculty Lounge in which to enjoy breaks and lunch during the school day. Michael Cusumano of the Cusumano Real Estate Group, who is Principal Liz Costella’s business partner as part of a BUSD school/business partnership, donated the funds and supplies.

“In one of our meetings, I told him I wanted to make over the lounge as a gift for the staff,” explained Costella. “I was hoping for some new tables and maybe some chairs but never dreamed the outcome would be this wonderful and such a wonderful partnership. Michael ran with the idea and enlisted Tim Nelson from his office to be the project manager.”

It’s the “partnership” thing that’s the most frightening. What do they get in return?

And only a true mediocrity of a principal would think that this was a “gift” to the faculty. It’s the same philosophy that thinks our schools should look and act like office buildings.

Nelson set up a design competition with Woodbury University students, led by Woodbury faculty Catherine Roussel and Annie Chu, who organized and mentored the students’ work.

“The William McKinley Faculty Lounge project became a collaboration with Woodbury University and Michael Cusumano,” commented Nelson. “We wanted to offer a real-world project to the students at Woodbury and came up with a design competition partnered with the two student groups.”

You know what’s so dumb about this, don’t you? It’s not the “William McKinley” anything. It’s not about the guy.

It’s the McKinley Elementary School faculty lounge. And nobody in the BUSD has ever called it “William” this or that.

“AIAS (American Institute of Architectural Students) and IIDS (International Interior Design Association) student organizations helped me come up with a design charrette that required students to form groups of at least four students (two architecture students and two interior design students) to collaborate and present their design to a panel that consisted of Michael Cusumano, Liz Costella and a few Woodbury faculty,” explained Nelson.

For a frigging teachers lounge. And what about the faculty’s wishes?

“The groups were given a budget for the project which they had to expense out in their proposal just like one would have to for a real-world project.”

The winning team consisted of Dylan Bachar, Cory Pham, Marieam Alhamody and Cynthia Nyirinkwaya. They were then tasked with working with Nelson to source vendors and revise the design to Costella’s recommendations.

Note to the oldsters: the word “tasked” is very popular now in the management world. That they never think about the nature of this tasking is a big, big problem in our society — as we can see by this story.

Cusumano also donated 21 chairs, that were not part of the overall budget, which were then stripped, sanded, re-stained and reupholstered to fit the design. Cusumano Group employees donated their time to assemble the furniture and arrange the room.

It must be nice to have money enough to strip down furniture because it doesn’t suit your current taste level. William McKinley is so lucky!

The overall project from competition to completion took 4 months and cost $10,000, according to Nelson.

“Tim and his team worked all summer to buy the items and put the lounge together,” Costella said. “He personally stripped and stained all 21 chairs every night after work for over a month. This was also possible with the help of my office manager who was here during his time off to help let in the crew as well as help.”

Imagine doing that for your boss. Beulah, peel me a grape.

“Not only did he help with the final touches but he donated his time installing ceiling tiles and anything else that was needed,” she added.

“This project was truly a collaboration between many participants and we are so grateful to be a part of it. The lounge is amazing and such a gift for our staff everyone loves it and feels so fortunate to have this incredible room at McKinley.”

“I am forever grateful to Michael for his support and helping me accomplish this,” Costella also said. “It is beyond my wildest dreams and we are so lucky to have this opportunity.”

These outside commercial interests should not be allowed to get anywhere near our schools. This is not charity, it’s influence.


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Hope you’re not too sick

Definitely the funniest thing you’ll see all week. It’ll make you wonder who in town is most in need of treatment

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Family Service Agency Terms   Conditions


Be sure to bring that Philadelphia lawyer in with you and your family when you all need some help, especially online. Apparently it helps too if you’re a BMI or ASCAP member.

If just viewing the site itself is so problematical for them, what can seeking actual treatment be like?




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Zillow says the BUSD has a graduation rate of 72 percent

Which is more like it.

As we said yesterday — notwithstanding that nonsense in the Leader about BUSD “senior” grad numbers — Burbank in it’s most palmy days never had a graduation rate of “98 percent.” Give us all a break.

Real estate sites like Zillow do a good job in amalgamating the numbers because that’s their job — to sell houses. The BUSD by contrast likes to list their “target” rates as well as a weirdly compounded “cohort” breakdown which still asserts that over 90 percent of their students graduate. Nothing is said about how the cohort is tracked over the years or what happens when a member of this group fails to cut the mustard by the time they hit senior level.

For instance, what is the BUSD’s “attrition rate.” How are dropouts counted? As move-aways? Are some at-risk students siphoned off to Monterey (or god knows where) before they hit the 12th grade? These favorable BUSD numbers are obviously stilted, and it’s not hard to do. Charter schools are notorious for fudging their rates upwards.

By “graduation rate,” what we’re talking about here is the percentage of entering freshmen who basically graduate from Burbank high schools on time and with a regular diploma. What the BUSD proffers up at “98 percent” in the article would be better called a “senioritis index,” in that all it really measures is the percentage of entering seniors who manage not to screw up by the time grad-night rolls around.

And even that we don’t believe. No school district is this effective.

More here.


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Why is Mike Hastings privy to Family Service Agency client specifics?

Interesting letter just popped up on the Leader’s website.

Aren’t things like this supposed to be confidential? So why are the board members being given access to private client matters? Sure sounds like it here:

As I enter my first months as a Family Service Agency board member, I am learning some difficult truths to face in the FSA services to our Burbank family — and difficult subjects to discuss.

FSA professional staff confidently provides individual, couple, family and group counseling; facilitates preventive educational classes and workshops, outreach programs on all 18 BUSD campuses and long-term traditional housing for survivors of domestic violence, homeless youth and homeless families, all under one roof.

FSA is experiencing growth spurts, and not in good or healthy areas of growth. The staff is stretched to their limits for our neighbors in need. In a typical nonprofit we highlight recipients and tell their enlightening and enriching stories.

At FSA, these are very private subjects and personal victories not to be shared outside the confidentiality circle, hence the difficulty in spreading the word of the very successful and heartwarming stories of turning people’s lives around by FSA efforts.

Which includes whom, this “confidentiality circle”?

He knows so much, but can’t talk about it…

FSA staff, my fellow board members and I simply ask that if you or someone that you know is in need, please do not hesitate to call FSA, and call today. The phone number is (818) 845-7671.

Our board will continue our many avenues of outreach for funding through events and individual “asks” to make every attempt to meet the very pressing needs when there is a call for help.

Please trust that our staffs’ efforts have, and will continue to change lives, intercede when called upon and reunite families. I am honored to serve on the FSA board to keep the level of “quiet and sensitive” services available to all in Burbank.

Michael Hastings


He might just be full of crap, and is exaggerating his role for effect. But if not, how much client info do they tell these guys?

They shouldn’t be saying anything.


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Who’s kidding whom? The BUSD does not have a high school graduation rate of 98 percent

Talk about needing a formal investigation as to why they’re inflating the numbers here.  Doesn’t anyone else ever notice these kind of things?

This is such b.s.:

Burbank school district encourages students to finish studies

BUSD administrators have called students who did not graduate with the class of 2015 to encourage them to earn diploma.

By Kelly Corrigan,
August 25, 2015 | 5:36 p.m.

Of the 1,239 high school seniors who were in Burbank Unified’s class of 2015, 95% of them walked across the stage last May to accept their high-school diploma.

Not long after, Matt Hill assumed his post as the school district’s new superintendent in July, and at the top of his list were the 62 students who made up the 5% who did not graduate.

Hill and district staff began calling the students to encourage them to finish what they started.

Too bad the first job of this new superintendent is to keep his people from padding the numbers. There’s no way in hell that this is a real grad rate, but that’s how they’re trying to play it off.**

What this district really does is kick out its low performing at-risk students by shunting them into alternative programs to get them off the senior track. That way they can artificially up their stats and impress the rubes with what good a job they’re doing.

They cook the books by kicking out the low performers before they hit the 12th grade. Others just drop out by then.

Conveniently, none of these students then get counted as part of the ridiculous “senior” figures that they’re dancing around about right now in the headlines.

Keep in mind that not even during Burbank’s best golden years of the 1960s — when it was one of the top three school districts in the state —  did they ever achieve a graduation rate this high.

The Class of 1976 had something like 180 kids not graduating. They even posted this sad fact for all to see on that old outside bulletin board off of Third Street, in official disgust. Remember?

On the other end of the phone, many students said they had run into personal challenges, sometimes related to their health, which led to them not earning their degree.

“For me, it was really good to make those connections to understand what they’re going through,” Hill said this week. “All of them want their diploma. They just had bumps in the road.”

Thirty-three of the nongraduates didn’t have too many credits to make up, so they enrolled in a summer course tailored for them and completed it, bringing the graduation rate up to 98%, according to John Paramo, director of secondary education, who shared the data during last week’s school board meeting.

Go ahead rubes — keep believing that 98 percent of our Burbank kids graduate from high school.

However, five students who enrolled in the summer course didn’t complete it. Four of them vowed they would attend Burbank Adult School, and one transferred to a school outside the district, Paramo said.

Some students had a higher number of more credits to make up, so 18 of them enrolled at Burbank Adult School after graduation and six signed up for courses at Monterrey High, the district’s continuation school, Paramo added.

School officials said they will continue to track the last 2% of students working on their diploma.

The rest of those kids who didn’t make it? Just like they’re not being counted, they don’t count.

Bottom line? The City of Burbank does not have a high school graduation rate of 98 percent. Or 95. But keep lying guys, like you always do.


** What it is is a graduation rate of the Burbank seniors who are already pegged to graduate by the end of their senior year. Big, big difference. This ridiculous number means nothing– but they’re clearly trying to pawn it off as the district’s AFGR– the Adjusted Freshman Graduation rate.


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August 25, 2015 · 1:19 pm