Good luck, from one coach to another
I would like to personally thank Art Yanez for his time serving as
freshman football coach at Burbank High School. I also join him in
congratulating our student athletes for their success on the freshman
team. However, he forgot to thank his assistant coaches. Their
knowledge and commitment played a key role in an outstanding season.
Additionally, all three of his assistants have chosen to continue
coaching at Burbank High School. I am excited to have these talented
men progress the vision we have for this football program. I was
disappointed Yanez chose not to continue with the Bulldogs. His
philosophy and coaching style should be a nice fit at John Burroughs
High School. I wish him luck.
Head football coach,
Burbank High School
Columnist’s coverage was all that he read
I’m writing to express my bitter disappointment about your
decision to drop Will Rogers. By virtue of his insight, verve and
unvarnished observations, Rogers was among the most entertaining and
enlightening columnists in Southern California. I say this not as a
friend or acquaintance, but as a longtime reader who is himself a
professional journalist. Not only was his column the first item I
read when I picked up the Burbank Leader, it was often the only item
I looked at.
I realize that publishing twice a week in the shadow of the L.A.
Times puts a hometown newspaper in an awkward position. No doubt
there are a sizable number of parents who were thrilled to see the
feature of Emerson Elementary School’s Crazy Hat Day, which occupied
two-thirds of the front page on March 19. But I suspect there are
also residents like me who want to know what’s actually going on in
the city. The Times doesn’t cover Burbank politics on an ongoing
basis. Your dismissal of Rogers suggests that the Leader, likewise,
has no interest in hard news. When, for example, are we going to see
some serious analysis of airport expansion? Commercial development?
Our drinking water? With Rogers gone, will we ever see stories like
this? Or is “community journalism” a euphemism for a newspaper filled
with nothing but fluff?
Speaking as someone who has no ax to grind, I found Rogers to be
an equal-opportunity critic, skewering the gadflies for their myriad
misrepresentations, roasting City Council and school board members
for their various failures, and taking city staff to task on the
otherwise unpublicized occasions when they came up short. This is
exactly what a columnist is supposed to do. Rogers played a
particularly important role in Burbank because nobody else is willing
or able to serve as a disinterested and dispassionate civic watchdog.
Well, a few people might be happy that he is gone, but Burbank -- and
the Burbank Leader -- will be much poorer for his disappearance.
Platt Project is foul ball, not home run
Six months ago, the Planning Board turned down the Burbank Media
Center (also known as the Platt Project) with a dramatic 5-0 vote.
After licking his wounds, Platt and his band of minions will try
again -- this time, before the City Council on Tuesday.
A few minor changes were made, but the project -- bordered by
Alameda Avenue, Olive Avenue, Lima Street and the Ventura (134)
Freeway offramp -- is still too large for the neighborhood. The
resulting increased traffic would gridlock an already sluggish
neighborhood. A 15-story apartment building, a 12-story office
building, a six-story glass-box office building, a church replacement
and a smaller condominium building are just too much construction to
squeeze into a parcel of land smaller than four acres.
The other commercial buildings in the area are reasonable, but
this project is way out of bounds for the Media District.