Hardly a progressive visionary, no.
A mentor to hundreds, one of Andy’s [Lazzaretto’s] proudest accomplishments was that at least 15 of his Assistants became City Managers (including one of his sons).
More here about his legacy. Besides being a proud institutionalist, he was also a big fan of large scale redevelopment, which Burbank had no real use for or need.
Burbank still doesn’t. So it never made any internal sense to pursue.
Those were exciting years for Burbank politics. The community actually cared about things, and the local newspaper agreeably carried the news. There was engagement everywhere.