As he often does, Councilman Rogers tonight left out an important part of the story behind Phil and Carolyn Berlin supposedly refusing to endorse “Measure A” back during that old and contentious era.
We won’t get into why he specifically brought the now Georgia-loving Berlins up during tonight’s meeting, but in order to make a derogatory point about their position on whatever the issue at hand happens to be, Will has a long, long history of trying to make anyone in the old Burbank anti-establishment crowd out to be dumb and dumber fools and hypocrites. He doesn’t like them and they don’t like him. And so he often prevaricates about these people and then hopes that no one who knows anything is watching.
But we were.
Carolyn Berlin was on the Burbank Planning Board back then — in what would have been a key agency in any terminal reconstruction effort — and so it would have been deeply inappropriate for either of them to have taken a public stand on the Measure A vote.
In fact, if she’d had, Rogers would have been all over her for potential conflict of interest. He would have accused her of doing the very same kind of thing that she was ethically condemning in others. If Phil had gone public instead, Rogers would have accused him of being the family shill and public mouthpiece for his wife’s true feelings.
So they didn’t, if indeed they stressed this refusal about their position on Measure A as much as Will now claims they did. We don’t remember it being a big deal either way. Carolyn had already been seriously hassled a bit earlier for just being near the situation, and so (unlike Rogers) we don’t blame them for their reticence over Measure A.
Like Rogers would have kept quiet about them back then? Barlow had had her up to her neck about the airport and phony conflict-of-interest accusations. She’s gonna make it worse by endorsing the anti-airport Measure A?
Phil Berlin was on the Burbank Airport Commission from 1995-2001, right before Measure A. Carolyn Berlin was on the Burbank Planning Board from 1994-2003. The Measure A vote was in 2001. Rogers’ comment tonight came from out of nowhere, and it was directed at both Nolan and Piroli for some kind of alleged inconsistency and foolishness on their part.
Again, Rogers left out the whole story tonight. The Berlins had a very good reason to do what he’s now mocking them for doing. He was mocking them back then too, for almost everything, and then making up or modifying the evidence just like he did tonight. But that’s for another day.