I want to start by thanking every Burbank resident who voted in last
week's election. More importantly, however, I want to express my
gratitude to the countless residents who have shared their feelings with
me over the past two months.
Throughout January and February, I -- along with my family, friends
and supporters -- covered a wide section of Burbank as we took our
campaign door to door.
My meetings with you, on your porches, patios and driveways, proved to
be very important to me. The input, ideas, concerns and beliefs you were
willing to share, provided me with a better understanding of how and why
you feel the way you do about issues that face us.
Your willingness to openly give me input, both negative and positive,
has given me both the desire to work harder than ever before to
capitalize and build on our successes and to reexamine the issues that
It has given me a higher awareness of what is in your hearts and on
your minds, and I believe it will help me to better represent you on the
As we head toward the general election April 10, I want to encourage
any resident who has an opinion, an idea or a concern regarding our city
to contact me at 843-2948.
I want to hear what your feelings are regarding our youth, seniors,
neighborhood protection, airport, traffic, parking or whatever else may
be on your mind.
Over the years I believe I have been a part in what makes Burbank
great. I am proud of the work I have done in standing firm against a new
airport terminal until we have a mandatory and enforceable curfew and
restraints against noise and future growth.
I am proud that a concept I have been championing for years has
finally come to fruition in Measure B, which assures that residents have
the ultimate authority over the future of the airport.
Along with my successes on the council, I also willingly admit I have
stumbled at times. I believe that I have learned from both the successes
and also from the things that have proved to be less than successful. I
have learned that both are a part of leadership.
I believe that I can be a vital part of Burbank's future successes by
utilizing my experience in concert with open-mindedness and a willingness
to constantly listen and learn from my council colleagues and from you
whom I serve.
* DAVE GOLONSKI is a Burbank councilman who is one of four candidates
in an April 10 runoff for two seats on the City Council.