It’s getting to be a bad habit with that once fine local paper. Today they’ve printed three more letters about the city council race, and guess what? They all happen to be in favor of Sharon Springer. And two of them were written by individuals who were dumb enough to admit that they’re professionally shilling for her (her campaign manager and a community organization associate).
The other letter is from a guy named “Al” who slams Dr. Gordon for being completely ineffective over the last 11 years while at the same time blaming him for Burbank’s traffic and financial woes. That’s a pretty funny contradiction — if only because you can either do things or you can’t– but it does highlight the immense unfairness that Gordon has had to deal with over that same period of time.
Just imagine what Gordon could have accomplished if he’d had an ally or two in this dumb and credulous town (such as drafting a sane Burbank2035 planning document). That notion is beyond his critics to absorb of course. Or, perhaps they’re all actually in favor of what he’s been against during those years? Like more development, or the primacy of big business? (We love small businesses, btw.)
That seems more like it. Even if they think otherwise.
Look, in just her putziness alone we’d be opposed to Springer, and this constant spate of letters proves it. The raw aggressiveness of her stupid campaign is offensive. These people — most of whom are in their own minds local movers and shakers — obviously think that she’s going to do something for them if elected. Why else would they get behind her in such numbers? But Burbank’s had way more than enough of that mentality.
No, you need someone like Gordon who asks questions and puts people’s feet to the fire. You’re not going to get that with proud get-along go-along booster types like Sharon Springer. Even putting aside her dumb, shallow, mock-technocratic leanings — which nowadays always ends up being pro-development and Big Money — her advertised conviviality is reason enough not to want her up there.
Most of the crowd she hangs with is not the best judge of, well, very much at all. Just look around. Seen any good ideas in the bunch?