Note that about half the letters in the latest batch of the Leader’s Springer review were either written by her own out-of-town business partners or were composed by individuals who call Burbank home only by virtue of it being the center of their economic world. Meaning by occupation.
It’s noticeable too that few of the others appear to be coming from Burbank natives; most of those rest were written by proud and self-admitted transplants. And you know how we think about many of those. A lot of them have no big plans to stick around…
An upright and moral bunch they are now too, no? They don’t have much truck with the mucky mucks for sure. There’s a lot of talk in all of them about decent behavior and proper deportment, as well as the merit of belonging to the proper organizations in town as quality preparation.
Even though these letters all sound about the same (coincidence?), this excerpt is our favorite:
We need fresh enthusiasm, coupled with a strong understanding of what it takes to plan and manage an urban municipality. This is why I am casting one of my votes in the upcoming election for Sharon Springer. Springer has proven her dedication to our community, serving on a number of city commissions and boards, volunteering to help lead the development of food, senior, educational programs and so much more.
Of course. Planning and management skills for the new Burbank. It’s a given!
Sorry, but what we actually need in town is someone with a critical eye and an overridingly sceptical point of view. Not a planning yenta who thrills at the idea of organizational enterprise and the glories of group-think, and who unknowingly substitutes cant and cliches for ideas and inspiration.
At best, that’s always been the classic training ground for convention and mediocrity, which is certainly not what we need more of in Burbank. And it could easily result in worse.
No more joiners. We need to have a few “no’s” in the bunch. Gordon’s the much better choice next month — the smarter guy, the more astute observer — and his critics only prove it.