Also on the agenda. There’s absolutely no reason for this.
He already has a picture at city hall.
RECOMMENDATION Staff recommends City Council provide direction on how to proceed with Council Member Tim Murphy’s request to add a photograph of former Mayor Will Rogers in the Council Chambers.
BACKGROUND On October 9, 2018, Council Member Tim Murphy requested a first step report to discuss his request of adding former Mayor Will Rogers’ photograph in the Council Chambers. On April 19, 2018, Mayor Rogers passed away prior to finishing his term in office and as Mayor. Based on the City Clerk’s records, only one other Council Member has passed away while in office – Mr. W.A. Lovering in 1914.
However, the City of Burbank has not had a Council Member decease while holding the Mayor seat, until Will Rogers.
The current photographs and art pieces displayed in the Council Chambers include: – A group photograph of the current City Council – Individual photographs of the current City Council – A photograph of the first female Council Member – Mary Lou Howard – A painting of Freedom of Speech by Norman Rockwell (1943) – A mural by Hugo Ballin – The Four Freedoms – A description of the Hugo Ballin mural.
Additionally, on the first floor of City Hall, all photos of past mayors, including a photograph of Will Rogers, is showcased for the public. This includes photographs of over 61 Mayors since 1911. All past Mayors are also memorialized on the City of Burbank website.
He already has the photo recognition. There’s no reason for anything special in the chamber itself.
The guy was a toxic asshole for years. Really nasty dude. He was a proven liar and a documented crook when he was young, and which — instead of just shutting up about — he wouldn’t even play straight later on.
Even at his memorial service and recognition his own family couldn’t play straight about his status as a college graduate. Was he or was he not a graduate of Goodman? The personal bullshit even followed him to the grave.
Anyone who thinks that Will Rogers was an impressive individual has a major screw loose. He was the kind of perversely egotistical guy who would attack and try to publicly destroy people he agreed with just because they agreed with him and he didn’t like them personally. Who acts so destructively? Who harms the cause in such a way?
Shall we get some of his old Leader articles out and make a list of his other various problems with the truth? Did you know that one of his last columns about the Smothers Brothers and his dumb, defamatorily inaccurate description of their act (in defense of Trent Lott praising Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat campaign!) is part of what finally got him fired? It was one of many last straws for management.
Get a grip, Burbank fanboys. Better yet, leave town and get some perspective.