That’s why they enjoy San Fernando

 

That Town Center mega-project has spruced up it’s website…

 

 

 

 

It’s certainly not Burbank’s, yes. Irony’s not their strong suit over there, apparently. Is this their new logo?

 

A quick question: is she a new addition to the testimonial page?

 

 

 

We don’t recall seeing her before. And what is she talking about?

 

 

 

Some things never change. Still no Black people on Grinnell!

 

 

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Keep in mind that Amber Tamblyn’s husband is 20 years older than her

 

No fan of James Woods here, but this woman’s now-famous sanctimony about “masculinity” and male predatory behavior is un-friggin-believable…

 

The saddest part of this story doesn’t even concern me but concerns the universal woman’s story. The nation’s harmful narrative of disbelieving women first, above all else. Asking them to first corroborate or first give proof or first make sure we’re not misremembering or first consider the consequences of speaking out or first let men give their side or first just let your sanity come last.

So it is with hope, Mr. Woods, that I ask you to go inward now and ask yourself the hard stuff. The ominous unconscious stuff. The archetypal masculinity stuff. The power-play stuff. The perversion persuasion stuff. The secretive stuff. The id’s most cherished stuff.

Only you and your darkness know who you are. Only you and your actions know what you’ve done. That means you and only you have the power to change your behavior.

Are you and your history with women and girls a part of the problem, Mr. Woods?

Go now and look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is true. Go on, I’ll wait. But I won’t hold my breath.

 

Her husband’s 20 years older than her. And she’s spouting off about Wood’s moral and psychological propensity to date younger women? Especially back when he was younger too? That’s what originally started off her tirade against him.

The lack of self-reflection in these way-too-overprivileged characters is just unbelievable. That makes her a hero of what again?

They’re both apparent hypocrites– he for complaining about a gay man dating a younger guy in a movie; she for complaining about going after younger women as some kind of deeply dark and exploitative act of perversion. She let an older guy go after her!

She wasn’t just talking about a 16 year old. She was talking about Woods’ dating behavior in general. According to her it was all bad.

 

 

 

 

 

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Do the kids know that 40 years ago the girls were allowed much freer dress at school?

 
(Pinned here for a bit to make a point. These Burbank kids need to vote with their feet on this issue and not be satisfied with some meeting opportunity with the Man. They need to realize that they’re getting screwed on these repressive and discriminatory dress code requirements.)

 
 

 

Will any of the adults inform them of this fact? They should.

Somebody just framed the dress code issue to us now in this way, and such a valid construction could provide some highly volatile ammunition for their current debate and lobbying effort. How come more than 40 years ago the kids were treated better by the Burbank schools (and much more like adults)?

Doesn’t this anger these kids today? It’s so incredibly retrograde and unfair.

We’d love to hear this question come up in front of the school board.

Watch some folks go completely bananas at the claim no doubt. They’ll be lying of course if they deny it. They’ll also sound like hypocritical old crones.

 

 

 

 

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The BUSD dress code is clearly sexist and discriminatory

 

(As a point of reference, this BHS grad from 1974 came straight from class in this photo. Can you imagine what would happen to her now?)

 

 

 

 

For those of us who grew up in the mid-1970s and went to Burbank schools chock full of haltertops and bralessness, this is perverse:

 

Some local high school students are challenging Burbank Unified’s dress-code policy, saying it is sexist against girls, and they are planning to survey parents, teachers and students on how to amend the policy.

Eight students from Burroughs and Burbank high schools shared their personal experiences dealing with the dress-code policy during the public-comment period of a Burbank school board meeting last week.

According to the policy, clothing must not “detract from the academic environment” and cannot promote the use of illegal substances, alcohol and should be void of profanity and violence. Low-cut tops, spaghetti-strap shirts, short skirts and short shorts are not permitted, nor are beanies and hats.

If a student wears inappropriate clothing, they are asked to change or a parent is asked to bring appropriate clothing.

 

What does that mean, “appropriate”? The girls we grew up with in those outfits were cutting more glass than the Zaun Brothers. And nobody at school worried about it.

 

Burroughs High student Virginia Begakis said she was pulled out of an honors class earlier this month because she wore a shirt with straps that were too thin during a 110-degree day.

“School is telling us female bodies are distracting, and it’s wrong,” Virginia said, countering that the actual distraction is when teachers interrupt class to send a student away to change.

 

How right she is. And how about puerile and neurotic as hell? Let alone ideologically repressive.

 

Hanna Mikaelian, another Burroughs student, showed board members a photo of an outfit she wore that violated the dress code because her bra strap was visible underneath what appears to be a sheer cardigan.

 

Of course, all they get is condescension. And institution speak…

 

Supt. Matt Hill and John Paramo, district director of secondary education, visited Burroughs High to speak with the associated student body and explain how to create and implement policies.

He added that during the school board meeting last week, he sent emails to principals in the district stating they should be mindful of how a student is approached for violating the dress code.

“We encourage them to have town halls or forums to invite everybody after [they’ve] collected surveys so they can suggest changes for staff and the board to review,” Hill said during a phone interview.

 

As in the past, the school board can change these ridiculously moralistic dress code policies in an instant. Just put it on the agenda. They don’t need meetings and studies.

They won’t. Or, if they do, there’ll be all sorts of bargaining and student concessions/ridiculousness demanded in return. Everything will be spelled out to the point of absurdity.

Why were our schools infinitely more tolerant of the kids 40 years ago? What kind of mentality now is running these places?

Welcome to your “21st-century learning”!

 

 

 

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Good idea for a talk. But why is he bringing the studio brass with him?

 

 

Although she’s not too great on the Collection, this new head librarian deserves credit for improving the authors’ talks.

Like this one.

 

Film critic to discuss what made Warner Bros. an influential movie studio

A renowned film critic and author will be in Burbank next week to talk about how Warner Bros., both the studio and the brothers themselves, shaped the movie industry.

David Thomson dives into the back story of how four Jewish brothers — through their rivalry — produced some of the greatest films in history in his latest book “Warner Bros: the Making of an American Movie Studio.”

Thomson will be talking about his book at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., and he will be joined by George Feltenstein, senior vice president of theatrical marketing for Warner Bros., and Mark Greenhalgh, the studio’s senior archivist.

 

Ok, hold on. Whenever a film scholar shows up with the Man hanging around you just have to be suspicious. The last thing you necessarily want is to have the management boys either like your stuff too much or act as imprimatur. That’s what it looks like from here. Either one weakens.

We’re thinking back to when Richard Schickel did a great job on Mousewitz in his first edition of The Disney Version in the late 60s, but later sold out on the subsequent additions by excising most of the material they’d found offensive. But it was his best stuff, especially about Walt.

Scholars should keep away from the brass. They have different jobs to do. You always have to ask yourself too why they want to get involved when they do, unless of course all you want is a good fight. It’ll crimp the work.

Like imagine Pauline Kael bringing along old RKO execs to her gatherings for Raising Kane. Or Robert Wise.

There wouldn’t have been too many laughs and cheer, but she wouldn’t have compromised herself anyway by doing such a thing. Only unless she wanted that great fight! Which would have been fun.

 

“Warner Bros” is the latest installment in Yale University Press’ “Jewish Lives” series that delves into how various Jewish figures made an impact in such areas as literature, the arts and economics.

 

A great series btw.

Remember the old Loma Theater on San Fernando near Verdugo? Warner Brothers used it as a test lab for their first Vitaphone system. A bit later it was also one of the first theaters in the country to be wired for sound for a general audience.

The Cornell was also one of the first non-roadshow 70mm houses. Anyway…

 

 

 

 

 

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Tell this Burbank guy how it works

 

 

Most if not all bills take two years to get through the committees. If you’re lucky and it’s a matter of great import, one. It’s called a Session. And most of the time they simply disappear.

She just started a few months ago. They’re introduced in the fall.

Jesus. What’s the use, really. Burbank’s clearly a stupid town. Just hopeless.

And guess who that helps?
 
 
 

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Corporate sterility

 

Eating your young, Burbank style.

 

 

Don’t bother. Each one is proof that they can’t come up with anything new. What a Century, eh?

This was interesting:

 

“‘Dumbo’ was always one of my favorite Disney films,” said Burton during a video shown to fans at D23 Expo in July. “We’re trying to give it the same heart, feeling and emotion that we all loved about the original.”

 

So what’s the point of making it? (the word by the way is “sentimentality.”) Why not just stick with the original?

And who’s “we”?

 

 

 

 

 

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The Europeans get it

 

Probably because they’re better educated. They usually do. From a not-so-enthusiastic review of Wiseman’s Ex Libris:

 

What surprised me – not so pleasantly – was the fact that in this film everything is shown – encounters between authors and the public, training courses, digital literacy programs (seen as having a crucial, strategic role by the management), pre-school and after-school programs for kids, recruiting for the unemployed, iconographic consulting and all kinds of other situations – everything except books. You remember those things? Like blocks of paper with a cover. Well, in this library we can see very few books, even no books at all. Wiseman, for some strange reason I find hard to fathom, has shot and edited a film of three hours and twenty minutes on a glorious public library, one of the largest and best in the world, without ever – I mean ever – showing us a reading room. Or a library containing books printed on paper. There are computers everywhere, with throngs of people clicking and typing. But there is not one moment in which you see someone taking out a book on loan or returning one, someone asking for advice about a particular text. Or leafing through a book with curiosity. Or lost in the reading of a page or two. The rooms we see are mostly invaded by various electronic devices, and much emphasis is placed on the need for NYPL to make a contribution to close the digital divide, which means that in the city one out of three inhabitants is without an Internet connection in the home (we’re talking about New York, not Dhaka or Dar es Salaam).

Very well, good for you, let’s close the digital divide, but what about books? I mean the ones printed on paper? How commendable of the NYPL to give single mothers in disadvantaged neighborhoods kits for six months of free web access… but couldn’t they also suggest Joyce, or Kafka once in a while? You might reply: but Mr. Wiseman, the absolute legend of documentary filmmaking, is probably above and beyond the banality of showing us books in a library. He goes beyond that, to explore the less obvious, more surprising aspects, the social mission of the institution to raise the masses out of their ignorance. You might be right. But I still have the conventional idea that a library is a library is a library. A distributor of books, first and foremost. Period. Then, of course, Wiseman shows us all kinds of other lovely things. Like the authors who present (and promote) their own works, entertaining the audience, starting with Richard Dawkins, the English scientist who urges a militant atheism, which is not such a good beginning, actually. Dawkins, the author about 20 years ago of a brilliant, fundamental work like The Selfish Gene, now rants against the sacred and religion without any very subtle reasoning, and one doesn’t feel an uncontrollable urge to keep on listening. Among the guests of the NYPC we also see Elvis Costello (now and always against Mrs. Thatcher: “I’ll dance on her grave,” he sings) and Patti Smith. The film devotes an amazing amount of time to the admittedly hot topic of black Americans, and while I understand its crucial importance, I find it hard to understand certain ideological drifts documented by Wiseman. We see the young author of a book in which he claims that abolitionism (of slavery) was not, as the West has always narrated, the result of humanism or an enlightened culture of human rights that blossomed in Europe and America, but was a movement with solid roots in other cultures as well, including Islam, for example. While he is undoubtedly correct in saying that the Koran contains not one word that can legitimize slavery, he should be reminded that there were many Muslim Arabs among the biggest slave traders. Or elsewhere: we see a lecture on the first black American poetess (late 1700s), in an encounter with neighborhood mothers at a branch of NYPL, and hear complaints against textbooks that still smooth over and water down the scandal of slavery, implying the need for “other books that are respectful of minorities.” I could go on and on. There are other moments and other stories that bring some balance to this ideological overload, but the impression that the film is forcefully skewed still remains. Agreed, the NYPL was founded in its day with a clear humanitarian mission of social and cultural emancipation, and today we can only commend the fact that it continues to forcefully pursue that vocation. But I still can’t for the life of me help thinking that Wiseman could also have shown us one of those lovely reading rooms with counters polished by years and years of use, beautiful lamps, wood panels on the walls, relaxing shadows, with people quietly absorbed in reading to their hearts’ content.

Read the Italian version on Luigi Locatelli’s website

 

Hopefully this omission will be noted by others.

It may have been Wiseman’s intent to deprecate hardbound texts for effect. Note the English pun in the title. But this does feed into and validate the corporate institutionalists’ highly destructive “21st-century learning” ideologies. Apparently, “education centers” now means fewer books and half-empty shelves. But lots of machines.

While most people would say “Why can’t libraries have both?” when it comes to this supposed digital/text divide, that’s not considered to be acceptable by this current crowd of management employees and corporate appointees. One side’s going fast, and Wiseman oddly failed to register the dissent even when it was actively occurring all around him.

 

 
 

 

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Thirty years ago it was ludicrous. Now it’s just downright creepy

 

 

Why is Disney still doing this?
 

In the wake of the incident Disney CEO Bob Iger sent out an email to local employees informing them of what happened.

“We lost a valued Cast Member this morning in a tragic accident outside the Alameda Gate of the Disney lot,” Iger said in the email obtained by the Burbank Leader. “A number of other Cast Members witnessed the tragedy, and are understandably very shaken by the experience.”

 
They’re not cast members, they’re employees. If they paid their employees like cast members it might be ok to engage in such smarmy cutesiness.

It’s like when Starbucks calls their employees “partners,” or Wal Mart “associates.” They’re neither. Disney’s euphemism is much more insidious because it more than suggests a dusting of stardust.

Cast members in this town btw are all unionized. Try getting that with most Disney jobs.
 
 
 

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Wiseman’s worst film is nothing but a public relations love letter to a troubled and often corrupt institution

 

 

Did Frederick Wiseman actually make this film himself, or was it bought and paid for by the institution he’s covering and then put together by others? It sure seems like it.

Over the last three years the New York Public Library has been involved in a tremendous amount of controversy about some their governing board’s seriously flawed policy decisions, one of which actually got them kicked in the ass by a big lawsuit. Their circulating collection’s a mess (dwarfed by Brooklyn’s much richer holdings), and they still refuse to allow landmarking of most of their splendid 42nd Street rooms.

Nobody knows either what the final plan is for the “Schwarzman” building re-do on 42nd, named after someone who did nothing more btw than donate a bunch of money to the institution and then had his name plastered all over it. And yet, Wiseman ignores these incredibly newsworthy political and social details, several of which were even going on at the time of his filming activity.

Why is that? This is not characteristic of his body of work.

A recent comment about this omission from a review last week in Cineview:

 

It therefore feels churlish to criticize the film, given that its own mission is to promote an idea of community and inclusion – “to create a kinder gentler world” according to one librarian – currently under radical attack. However, Ex Libris omits a lot of the arguments – either full throated on large policy issues or petty bickering on whether someone paid their library fines or not. It also omits the audience’s applause to the various speakers. The voices are administrators and public speakers, not the homeless who shelter in the library or the users or cleaners. It’s as if Wiseman has taken his cue from the old style librarians and has wanted to give a portrait of a community but without the inevitable noise that goes with it, issuing one long “shhhhhhhhh”!

 

A question/answer in a recent Vanity Fair interview actually shows Wiseman taking potshots at the NYPL critics, and then sucking up to the administration:

 

Scott Sherman’s 2015 book, Patience and Fortitude, chronicles the controversy surrounding the abandoned Central Library Plan and the N.Y.P.L.’s grim financial situation. Sherman encountered some pushback from staff members who were not necessarily transparent with him. Do you feel that the staff you encountered while filming were transparent with you?

Yes. When I asked [N.Y.P.L. President and C.E.O.] Tony Marx for permission to make the film, I said, “I understand there may be some things I can’t shoot because I don’t have a God-given right, but generally speaking, I want access to everything. But I understand that some things are, by necessity, ‘secret.’” I have one or two things that I wouldn’t want people to know about me. So he accepted that. And I was able to move around pretty freely. Certainly there were some trustee meetings that I wasn’t able to go to, but I mean, they have the right.

 

The old Wiseman would have shown them throwing him out.

 

I didn’t start with a thesis. I wanted to learn something about the library. In one sense, what I learned about the library is what you see in the film. And if I could say it in 25 words or less, I shouldn’t have made the movie. Scott Sherman started out with a thesis about the library, and that’s not my cup of tea.

 

That’s bullshit. Sherman saw what was happening and wrote about it, because the problems were totally documented at the time. Even internationally. Wiseman’s point of view is that of a fairy tale — a love letter to the institution and its board of directors in particular. There’s no dissent anywhere.

He should have talked to more of the research librarians! There are issues, debates, and discussions that go ignored, but Anthony Marx and the governing board are covered in detail as veritable culture heroes. It’s an undeserved role for them, and they play it to the hilt. They can obviously see and hear the cameras rolling.

Here’s a quick and easy rule about Wiseman films. If the institution itself likes it, then it’s probably a bad Wiseman film. The higher-ups at the NYPL are obviously loving this one.
 

 

 

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Has Albano told Rogers yet that his suspected behavior regarding city email accounts might be illegal?

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If it’s true that Mayor Rogers actually went out of his way to block some constituents from communicating with him via the city email system, Albano’s probably already told him about this case. It’s kind of a no-brainer offense, especially if the derogatory action involves an official email account from a government agency.

From last month’s New York Magazine…

 

Court Rules That Politicians Blocking Followers Violates Free Speech

While there is no set precedent for the issue, more and more courts are encountering a new type of lawsuit related to social-media blocking. The Knight Foundation, for instance, is suing the U.S. government on behalf of Twitter users blocked by President Donald Trump, whose Twitter account has become alarmingly vital when it comes to understanding his presidency.

This week, a federal court in Virginia tackled the issue when it ruled on behalf of a plaintiff blocked by a local county politician. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Brian Davison sued the chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, who temporarily banned him from her Facebook page after he posted criticism of local officials last year.” Judge James Cacheris found that she had violated Davison’s First Amendment rights by blocking him from leaving comment, because, in his judgment, the chairwoman, Phyllis Randall, was using her Facebook page in a public capacity. Though it was a personal account, she used it to solicit comments from constituents.

“The suppression of critical commentary regarding elected officials is the quintessential form of viewpoint discrimination against which the First Amendment guards,” the judge stated in his ruling. Cacheris did emphasize that his ruling should not prohibit officials from moderating comments to protect against harassment. Davison was only banned for 12 hours, and Randall faces no penalties. Still, the ruling is one of the first in a growing, thorny legal issue surrounding social media that has already reached the White house.

 

While this case involves private social media being used as a means of communication, the violation would be even worse with city email. It’s how the city promotes speech!

If this allegation about him is true, then Rogers ain’t too bright at times, is he? Historically, it does sound like something he’d do though. Typical kneejerk arrogance, and deliberate provocation.

 

 

 

 

 

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The guy’s a psycho

 

 

Hope you’re proud of him, Republicans.

 

 

 

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Riverside Cathedral, Thursday night.

 

 

 

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But it’s not competition gaming!

 

 

This got such a terrible response the last time we ran it that we just had to run it again. Good reason that it should anger people so.

From NBC’s Color City to corporate comic book-ery and proto-fascism. Enjoy your new Burbank, folks. Because change is good, people!

It’s a disgrace, really, this obvious decline in local fortunes. But who cares, right?

Who now even knows the difference.

 

 
There you go. Enjoy!

 
 
 

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Those damn Jews!

 

They always make the rest of us look so bad.

 


 

“Competition gaming” for them was doing your best, and then knowing how.

This piece is a crowd pleaser, sure, but still good. The way the kid looks at Bernstein for direction is a killer. We’re going to be on vacation for a bit.
 
 
 

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And the decline continues

 
Image result for conan the barbarian contest
 
 
Yuck, yuck, and yuck. But it is perfect

 

Video-game giant Blizzard to open a dedicated e-sports facility in Burbank

Burbank will soon be the permanent home of a professional broadcast facility tailor-made for competitive video-game events, or e-sports, and its burgeoning fans.

Video-game company Blizzard Entertainment, whose game “Overwatch” surpassed 30 million players this year, announced Thursday it will open a 50,000-square-foot studio dedicated to delivering its live e-sports events year-round.

The venue will be called Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, and it will be housed in the Burbank Studios, former home of “The Tonight Show.” According to David Gordon, public relations manager for Blizzard, the facility will be equipped with three studio spaces and two production control rooms.

 

Insert your own joke here ________ .

 

One studio will be designed to hold a live audience of about 450 people, depending on the event, with stadium seating and some floor space. The other two studios will be used only for production purposes, such as broadcasting a commentary team or players competing remotely.

 

None of them will be driving to Burbank. So that’s good. They’ll either be riding their bikes or taking the MTA.

 

“We’re at a tipping point for e-sports, and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” said Mike Morhaime, chief executive and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, in a statement. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard e-sports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”

 

Keep reading those books kids. They’re bound to lead you into a life of complete irrelevancy and loneliness.

And teachers? Good luck.

 

 

 

 

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Why won’t the Leader report that the BUSD lost their effort to get attorneys fees from the Tresona lawsuit?

 

And — apparently — that the BUSD School Board secretly decided to pay these legal fees for both the school employee and the outside Vocal Music Association defendants.

Both stories are big news. The judge ruled that the Burbank High defendants are on the hook for their attorneys fees in that serious copyright/licensing infringement action. Even more controversial, the BUSD chose to pay them. Which means that they’re going to be suffering the loss.

Tresona’s also going to appeal the original court decision, and it sounds like they have a good case. So who’s going to monetarily defend the defendants in this upcoming action?

Twenty years ago there would have been a friggin’ riot in the Chambers at this kind of news, especially regarding the secrecy involving paying the legal bills of outsiders. People would be complaining all over the place, and the Leader would have already run a series of articles on the story.

Now?

It’s a sad state of affairs. With this kind of community neglect (blackout?) you can expect more and bigger trouble in the future. It’s inevitable, if only because the clowns, crooks, and incompetent always find it easier to function.

It’s crazy too that there’s been more interest in this case from the outside world than Burbank. What do people in Burbank care about now?

Anything non-trivial? From what we’ve been shown, the social/intellectual level at those local Facebook sites is really appalling. At best, anyone with half a brain gets booed down.

 

 
 

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What? No sack lunch tuna cup for the kids who can’t afford the real thing, like what Burbank does?

 

This takes all the fun out of it!

 

 

Hey, how are our children going to learn any sense of responsibility if they don’t have to suffer inferior treatment in front of their peers?

God damn elitist New York.
 
 
 

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It’s an odd staff report that doesn’t report anything

 

This is item 10.b from tomorrow night’s school board meeting. It’s an issue of interest to all parents:

 


This is the report:

 

 

That’s it.

So, what are the policies to be discussed? There’s nothing there. Other agenda items get a full rundown. This item too looks to be a response to the inevitability of SB 250 passing.

Lunch shaming btw is an interesting topic. That’s where the cafeteria uses various methods to get the kids to pay their bill, including giving them a sack lunch that looks like something out of Riker’s Island in lieu of the regular one.

So what does Burbank do in these cases (we’ve actually never gotten a straight answer from them in the past about this. It appears to vary by campus).

Some school districts use a new monitoring program to get the kids in line, where some outside company (usually located in Texas) ends up dinging the parents for any monies owed, and which could end up including lots of things apart from lunch. Is this Burbank’s plan?

Again, why no specifics here?

The Western Center on Law and Poverty has a detail about Burbank….

 

 

 

This Riker’s Island sack lunch (called a “less than nutritious meal”) is a form of lunch shaming. We’ve heard that some principals though will make exceptions.

From the chart, other districts do better:

http://wclp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/School_Lunch_Shaming_CAReport_Final.pdf

 
 
 

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