Always check the Exhibits for the nonsense.
This year’s CDBG proposals up for approval tomorrow night involve several funding giveaways to the BUSD. One concerns a low five-figure amount for “Summer Youth Employment” services, which is a direct subsidy to the district for a program of limited if not dubious value (poor BTAC by comparison on the line above is getting half that amount for homeless services).
That’s bad enough when it comes to local priorities. But buried deep within another Exhibit is a capital expenditure proposed on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club, which is not a Burbank agency btw. It’s apparently going for another subsidy to the BUSD, this time to rehab several of its own buildings — what ever “rehab” means. (And why is the request cited elsewhere as property acquisition?)
What is it with all the pull this B&G Club has with these people? Who the hell even uses that place enough to warrant all of the preferential attention it gets? Last year they wanted $500,000 for this same purpose, and the council didn’t give them a dime. This year staff’s trying to quietly fit in 150Gs.
Besides the potentially illegal commingling of funds (California law basically prohibits cities from giving their local school districts money), what ever happened to all of those various school bonds the voters approved? Where did THAT money go to not be able to improve a school bungalow here and there?
And — always the ultimate question– why all these constant subsidies to the Boys and Girls Club?
A number of years ago there was major handwringing over whether or not the city should cough up money just to help redo the tennis courts at Burroughs. That was during the Kramer-McConkey era. Now there’s no question or concern about this financial pipeline?