The last few meetings have reminded us about why these council critics are some of our favorite people. There’s really nothing like Burbank when it comes to a strong sense of community activism and outspokenness. It must be our heavy organized labor background or something.
One of our favorites though is no longer with us. Many people don’t know that Eden Rosen died last May after a very short illness, one that was diagnosed in late February.
Eden was a great person. A real jewel. She first came to our attention because of her visits to the council about a whole number of elder-care issues. During the dark days of the early ‘oughts’ she was often the only one down there who would talk about anything but the Airport. She was kind of ahead of her time on the elderly, too, as the graying of America hadn’t quite begun back then.
She then moved onto other issues of note, always imploring the council members and Burbank in general to do the right thing. She used to send us great letters here too that were full of wit and style. She was one of our most loyal readers and kept track of every formatting oddity that would crop up.
We don’t know if you can use the word mensch to describe a woman, but Eden would fit the description if you can. We were getting a little worried a few months ago when we hadn’t heard anything from her in a while, and then not too long ago got the sad news as to why.
Her guest book’s right here.