District should keep driver’s ed
Back in the late 1970s at Burroughs High School, one of the best
classes to take was driver’s education in 10th-grade summer school.
What made it even better was that Mr. Grimes was our teacher. It makes
me chuckle when I think of what he must have put up with in the local
recreation parking lot.
Starting, stopping, slamming on the brakes, trying to parallel park
and laughing when it was someone else’s turn. I remember the sweat on my
palms when I had to sit in the driver’s seat, while my patient teacher
sat in the passenger seat. I was probably pretty lucky because my mom
would take my girlfriends and I to the recreation parking lot at night
and teach us to drive in a VW van with a stick shift that popped out of
second gear. So we had a bit of training before our driver’s education
I hope there will be more teachers that get their credential to teach
the class. It was a great experience and helped us all as we approached
our license age. I feel that ninth grade is too young. The 10th grade
isn’t any better, but the law allows teenagers to drive at 16, which I
now believe is too young. So, if we can help them to prepare for a very
serious privilege, let’s do it. Not only that, it was fun and saved my
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Burbank owes much to Chamber of Commerce
I read with interest Burbank Leader columnist Will Rogers’ strange
take on the Burbank Chamber of Commerce in his Dec. 11 column (“Not
another chamber of horrors”).
Rogers, with a tendency to rewrite history, much prefers a Burbank
Chamber of Commerce neutral on the airport modernization issue and
involved in simple city sign ordinances and other similar nuts-and-bolts
Relative to history, the Burbank Chamber of Commerce has played a
major role in the development of our city. With businesses contributing
almost two thirds of the yearly city revenues, they are a major reason
why city services like police, fire, parks and recreation, and library
are so terrific.
The Burbank Chamber of Commerce played major roles in two of the most
important periods in our city’s history. In 1951, business leaders joined
together to end organized crime’s reign of corruption in Burbank. Raymond
Stansbury, Buick dealer; John Canaday, Lockheed executive; Earl White,
real estate developer; and Edmund DePatie, Warner Bros. executive, led to
the fight to oust Mickey Cohen and his gang from the city.
In the early 1990s the Burbank Chamber of Commerce played a major role
in the development of the AMC Theatres, the Media City Center mall, IKEA
and the Burbank Village. They were heavily involved in the master
planning of the downtown, but more importantly, played a major role in
the election of City Council members Bowne, Battey, Hastings and Flavin,
who ultimately became the most successful city council in the history of
the city. One need only look at the vibrancy of our downtown area to
realize how thankful we are for their efforts.
Over the past few years, the Burbank Chamber of Commerce has lowered
its voice regarding the advocacy of business and became known more as a
social club. Apparently, some of the board members have tired of this and
appear ready to hire one of two candidates to be the new executive
According to Rogers, one is known for his ego and the other for having
a new job every year. Both are known locals and either one would be an
excellent choice to the lead the chamber into the new millennium.
I look forward to the new century and know that business leaders in
Burbank will lead the way. With a solid history of accomplishments the
Burbank Chamber of Commerce must play a vital role in the further
development of our city.