Smola made BTAC the best ever
What a sad affair. As volunteers under five directors at Burbank
Temporary Aid Center, we would like to acknowledge the disappointment
we felt when we read of the firing of Pat Smola. Pat took BTAC and
made it an organization that Burbank could be proud of. She did this
without any previous experience in the field.
We hope they can find someone who can work with clients and
volunteers as effectively as she did. Thanks to Pat Smola’s
commitment and dedication, BTAC is the best it’s ever been.
Richard and Patsy Danskin
BTAC volunteers should not resign
I just finished reading the article and the letters regarding the
Burbank Temporary Aid Center situation. I’m very surprised that the
volunteers are resigning. Why? The people who need their services
will still be there. The reason they volunteered in the first place
was to help those in need. That hasn’t changed. And unless Rev.
[Larry] Stamper believes that the funds are being used improperly,
why would he withhold the church’s contribution?
The problems at BTAC are between the director and the board.
Wouldn’t it be best to let them sort the difficulties? Everyone else
should continue to make sure that BTAC carries on helping the people
in our community who are in the most need.
Editor’s note: As of Monday, only one volunteer had said she
planned to step down because of Pat Smola’s firing as executive
director of Burbank Temporary Aid Center. While Rev. Larry Stamper of
First United Methodist Church told the Leader that he had “some
concerns” about the agency, he did not say he would withhold
contributions made by the church.
Why make children wait in the heat?
On July 10, my children went to the Buena Vista Library for the 3
p.m. reading program. Those of us who have children know that some
children would like to line up early to be in front. I have one of
those children. In 90-degree weather, Buena Vista Library staff made
our children line up outside the library instead of inside the
library with the air conditioner running.
When I approached the staff, I was told that they are not going to
change that. The question remains in my mind: Why would the library
have our children suffer in the heat when inside, the library is
cool? Frankly, the noise level would not be much worse than what it
is now in the circulation area. I think this is another unreasonable
act by the Buena Vista Library staff, that they would bring up any
excuse to support their decision.
Girl Scouts can use old library site
Dear Burbank City Council members,
When you consider how to use the “old” Buena Vista Library
property at your meeting on July 22, please take into consideration
what the Girl Scouts in Burbank and the San Fernando Valley mean to
our community. My 7-year-old daughter has been a member of Troop 48
in Burbank for the past two years, and I must say that the experience
has been a meaningful one for her and us. The Girl Scout organization
offers so very much to our young girls in such an important part of
their upbringing. We can help that organization by allowing the Girl
Scout Council of San Fernando Valley and Burbank the use of this
great property. Please consider this option and help our girls.
Thank you for your time,
Sam, Linda, and