Although Sharon Springer is hardly a revanchist Brian Bowman type, last night’s election results show that it’s become more than useless to try to slow things down around here any more.
We’ve been noting for years that the brighter and more pastoral types have been leaving Burbank in droves, and that the mock-entrepeneurial Millennial crowd which has replaced them are as naive as hell whenever they’re not being nuts. The kind of local “change” they’re headed for isn’t good, and they all truly deserve everything they’re gonna to get when that whip finally comes down. And it will.
For the last few months we’ve also been thinking that Dr. Gordon really should cash out while he can and retire away to some better environment. The great old Burbank mix of cranky Democratic oldsters and upwardly mobile Jews with brains and good sense is long gone. There are much better places to live now than Burbank, trust us, and it’s depressing as hell to have to watch someone with his obvious analytical talent and critical spirit deal with that pack of credulous mediocrities and self-promotional hucksters he has to sit next to on Tuesday nights.
Springer lost us a while back with her proud Elaine Paonessa connection — which is about as local establishment as you can get — and her fiscal/money/income thing is a total drag. Nothing good will ever come of her preoccupation with money and revenue except more and bigger development. There will also be a lot of deeply offensive thanks of gratitude no doubt for these outside economic interests’ fond willingness to help out with Burbank’s budget problems (you can fully expect that these big developers will soon be played off as Burbank’s economic salvation. It’s the inevitable PR move.)
Face it: Burbank’s a bum town now and has been for years. Gordon could still pull off a win next April, if only because the reliable anti-establishment vote was split between four different candidates and might cohere under one. But will it make any real difference? And is the local anti-establishment cohesive itself?
We learned a long time ago that all you can do is make this Burbank booster crowd look bad. Why? Because it’s pointless to try to make the life around you better when the people you’re forced to deal with don’t even know what “better” is.