New board members must not cut jobs
The results of the February primary election and the April general
election have been a resounding success for Burbank students,
teachers, support staff and all stakeholders who agreed with the
Burbank Teachers Assn. that it was time for a change. Voters unseated
all three incumbents and elected two of our three recommended
candidates: Dave Kemp and Paul Krekorian.
Our third candidate, Larry Applebaum, made an impressive showing,
but was edged in the final tally by former teacher Ted Bunch. While
we are disappointed that we didn’t get Larry and his outstanding
leadership ability this time, we are pleased with the voters’
selection of Ted Bunch -- a man BTA knows is dedicated to making the
Burbank Unified School District the best place for students, teachers
We wish to thank all the teachers, spouses, parents and community
members who helped make our independent campaign such a huge success.
The first task that will confront the new board when the members are
seated on May 15 is to deal with potential teacher layoffs. It is the
position of BTA that no teacher layoffs need occur as a result of
budget cuts. More than enough savings can be achieved through
reductions in other areas of the budget -- areas that have a minimal
impact on students, teachers and instructional programs.
None of these reductions will be easy or painless, but BTA
believes we must not only avoid cuts to credentialed teachers, we
must avoid the threat of cuts in order to keep our teachers from
fleeing to other districts for more secure jobs.
DIANA ABASTA AND KIM ALLENDER
Burbank Teachers Assn.
Down with downtown signs
Regarding City Council’s approval of directional signs in
downtown: Please give the taxpayers a break of $300,000 so people can
find downtown businesses in a city that only houses 105,000
Aside from that, isn’t there talk about redesigning some of the
downtown area? Aren’t they also supposed to spruce up the City Hall
area and have a Civic Center area? So, when are they going to put
these signs up and what will they do with the signs once the downtown
area changes in the coming years? Will the taxpayers have to pay for
For most of us who live in Burbank, we know where the shops are.
Are you catering to tourists by having two Caltrans signs directing
drivers to downtown Burbank, plus the 120 signs in the area?
The economy is going to get worse before it gets better. Weren’t
Burbank officials at the town hall meeting discussing the
ramifications of state budget cuts to police and fire? Didn’t Burbank
just lay off teachers? How many employees got pink slips? I don’t
know the exact figure, but we hear about layoffs way too much.
What good are 120 signs directing people to the various areas if
the people don’t have the spending power to buy merchandise? We would
have paid $300 to direct people who aren’t going to be coming, since
they don’t have the money.
Bring back Will Rogers’ column
Whether one agreed with him or not, we could always count on Will
Rogers to tell us what our elected local officials were doing. The
first thing I used to look for in every issue was to see if there was
a column by Will.
I read that you apparently felt he was out of step -- out of step
with whom? Your editors? The whole point of having an editorial page
is to allow your editors to express their opinions. The whole point
of a truly free press is to have other views as well.
You seem quite comfortable printing the most outrageous letters in
the mailbag. Will sometimes made mistakes and he ‘fessed up to them.
But he seemed dedicated to open processes in government and his
column attempted to achieve that.
I hope all your readers who enjoyed Mr. Rogers’ column will write
in to balance whatever complaints prompted his firing. Please, please
bring him back.
CAROL D. ROSS