Incumbents are set in their ways
This year we have the chance to elect three new members to the
Burbank school board.
* Vote for partners in education, not for individuals who have
mismanaged the district’s affairs and misled the stakeholders during
their tenure as sitting Burbank Unified School District Board
* Vote for leaders who will not take credit for successes made
possible by teachers, classified staff, parents, students and
* Vote for leaders who will not violate the Brown Act by holding
informal discussions (in person, by phone and by e-mail) regarding
any BUSD matter.
* Vote for leaders who will effectively listen to you as a
parent, teacher and community member and who will actually consider
your individual (and collective) points of view before making a
unilateral decision that directly affects your children.
The incumbents want the public to believe that their years on the
board make them the only ones qualified to run BUSD. We beg to
differ. What matters is a willingness to listen to the Burbank
community. Unfortunately, the incumbents are so set in their ways
that they no longer wish to hear our concerns. The incumbents’ legacy
is evident. They are responsible for the largest budget deficit this
school district has ever experienced -- $3 million. This deficit has
translated into the detrimental loss of staff and the end of critical
programs for our students.
The present board members have mocked teachers, classified staff
and parents with their arrogance and disregard for our opinions and
requests for the truth. We have a chance to bring in new blood to a
stale and archaic Burbank school board. On Tuesday, do not vote for
any incumbent. Use the power of your vote to bring in qualified
individuals with new concepts and renewed energy to BUSD.
MARITZA AND PAUL UMPIERRE, SANDY WALKER, CAROL SIMPSON, JANET
WHITE, ERICA AND HARRY PHILLIPS, MATILDE HANNA, JODY FROELICH, CARLOS
AND NANCY CASTRO, SUE EVERHART, AL ALFONSO
City should come up with money
Count me as one “NO” vote for Measure L next week. Much as I would
like to see upgraded library facilities, I don’t want another
burdensome “voted indebtedness” on my tax bill, no matter how few
“dimes per day” it will be.
It wasn’t many years ago that a bond issue was put before Burbank
voters to fund a new police and fire facility. It failed, but
miraculously the facility was built anyway. If the state will provide
two-thirds of the funding to replace two libraries, then the city
should make it a priority to find the remaining one-third from its
The wonderful new Buena Vista Branch Library has resulted in
accolades for our public officials, so they understandably want to be
able to replicate this success. However, I do not support a bond
issue as a way of getting the funding.