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GAINS ROAD KINGS TAKE ON LIBRARY

August 21, 2002

GAINS

ROAD KINGS TAKE ON LIBRARY

The kings of the road are conquering a new venue -- the Central

Library. The Road Kings of Burbank will line up some of its cars

Thursday night on Olive Avenue, bringing the city's rich racing

history to the public. Afterward, members will talk about the

organization's origins and the 50 years since it started. The auto

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enthusiasts' group has not forgotten an important aspect of its

livelihood: enriching the community through education.

HIGH SCHOOL'S HALLOWED HALLS

Many residents remember walking the halls of Burbank High School,

and some of those sights are being transferred into the additions

underway at the school. The school district made a conscious effort

to preserve several historical pieces of the "old" school, thanks in

large part to Ali Kiafar, the district's chief facilities and

development superintendent.

When students return to class in a few weeks, huge medallions --

one with a propeller and drawing compass, symbolizing the years

Lockheed Corp. was in the city -- will be in the new buildings. And

rather than just destroy the old marquee after the new one arrives,

it is being moved to a corner of the campus where it will still be

used.

Even as the city continues to change, bits of its history are

being saved.

LOSSES

PREPARATION VS. CONSTRUCTION

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport and the city of Burbank

don't look like they'll be making up any time soon. After years of

battling over essentially the same airport issues -- expansion and

noise -- the two sides are awaiting a decision that is supposed to

come Friday about the legality of Measure A, which requires limits,

including flight caps and curfews, before the airport can expand. To

keep things hopping in the meantime, the airport announced Monday its

plans to move ahead with construction preparation for 40,000 square

feet worth of security additions to meet a Dec. 31 federal deadline.

That the Airport Authority has not received building permits from

the city for the project is not deterring those plans. Granted,

they're only planning construction "preparation" and not actual

construction, so the airport is not breaking the letter of the law.

Still, it's enough to have city officials steaming mad.

Enough already. It's time for people with cooler heads on both

sides to prevail. Play nice, kids.

BUDGET BLUNDER GOES TO CITY

The Burbank Unified School District is still trying to dig itself

out of a $3-million budget deficit, this time planning to head to the

City Council chambers and ask for help with an array of funding

options. The district, already besieged with the effort to recall all

five school board members and the "he said, they said" version of the

departure of former superintendent David Aponik, is asking for as

much as a $750,000 bailout.

By cutting about 50 jobs -- none of them teaching positions,

thankfully -- and a string of services and supplies, the district was

able to tighten its belt, but even that wasn't enough. Sadly, it now

appears the city will join in paying the price for the district's

budget woes.

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