The state of the city could have used a good “head cleaning.”
Mayor Stacey Murphy’s video version of the annual address produced
by the city was fraught with technical difficulties Thursday at the
Burbank Hilton, where nearly 400 people attended a luncheon hosted by
the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.
Murphy’s video presentation, which highlighted various city
departments and businesses, included several audio and visual
glitches that had the audience a bit befuddled.
About halfway through the video, a caption scrolled across the
large video screen: “Head Cleaning Required.”
The video was turned off before it was completed, and a slightly
embarrassed Murphy took the microphone and apologized.
She said the video was intended to show how the city fosters a
good business climate by developing relationships with large and
small businesses and organizations to make the community better.
“What makes Burbank great is that we have that kind of charity,”
The video presentation, which in recent years has been produced by
the city and the mayor in lieu of a state-of-the-city speech,
highlighted such programs such as the fire department’s regional
occupational program, and included Murphy’s humorous attempt at
taking viewers inside City Hall to fill out a mock job application
The video also featured the library’s homework help program and
contributions of the city’s behind-the-scenes employees.
Following the luncheon, Murphy acknowledged that challenges lie
ahead for the city, and will include tackling Gov.-elect Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s proposed repeal of the vehicle license fee, which
she said could severely hurt law-enforcement and fire funds.
After a stirring rendition of “God Bless America” by the John
Burroughs High School High School choir, the chamber honored Warner
Bros. as Corporation of the Year and Burger Law Group as Small
Business of the Year.
Burbank Unified School District Supt. Gregory Bowman presented
Patterson Graphics Corp. as the district’s Partner of the Year, and
former City Manager Bud Ovrom was recognized as an honorary lifetime
member of the chamber.