LUCKY NO. 7?
New Burbank High School Principal Bruce Osgood comes highly
regarded. So too, we’re pretty sure, did each of his six
Osgood, who was reassigned from John Muir Middle School to Burbank
High by the school district earlier this month, is the school’s
seventh principal in 10 years, according to Supt. Gregory Bowman.
Here’s hoping Osgood stays awhile and brings stability to a position
that could use some.
PROOF THAT PERSISTENCE PAYS
Hard work has paid off former Burbank High School baseball player
Freddy Sanchez. On Friday, the 1996 Foothill League Player of the
Year was called up by the Boston Red Sox. Sanchez, who was hitting
.391 for Boston’s triple A affiliate at Pawtucket, wasn’t even
drafted until the 30th round out of high school. Drafted again in
2000 by Boston out of Oklahoma City College, Sanchez has rocketed
through the team’s minor-league system. Further proof you don’t have
to be a can’t-miss prospect to make it to the big leagues.
IT SHOULD BE LAST CALL FOR GITANA
Gitana, the popular Magnolia Avenue nightclub, has unfortunately
become a hot spot for Burbank Police. Officers are spending entirely
way too much time responding to reports of fights, assaults and other
alcohol-fueled disturbances. The City Council is now taking a hard
look at whether the place is a public nuisance. Let’s see, 15 police
calls in October and November, including several large-scale fights.
Last month, more than 10 officers responded to a 50-person melee
outside the establishment, and one was injured when a man allegedly
resisted arrest. According to a Burbank planner, the city hasn’t
revoked a conditional-use permit in a decade. It’s time to do so
here. How long before someone is seriously injured or killed? The
council should seriously consider revoking the nightclub’s permit.
Burbank residents deserve better.
GRADS BIDDING ADIEU
Beginning today with Providence High School’s commencement
ceremony, about 1,200 high school seniors will graduate from Burbank
schools over the next two weeks and begin the next chapter in their
lives. While many will attend college, some will begin working full
time and raising families. Still, others leave and never return.
Burbank’s loss, in most cases, will be another community’s gain.