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EDITORIAL:Let's learn from mistakes

December 30, 2006

Goodbye, 2006. Hello, 2007.

Oh yes, what a year it was — the good, the bad and the ugly. And there was some of each in 2006.

Elections brought a new crop of legislators to the area.

Burbank saw a return of the popular Burbank on Parade back after a year's hiatus. Brand Boulevard in Glendale finished an extensive face-lift, work on the Americana at Brand began, and a Glendale woman's gift of more than $1 million led to a new field at Crescenta Valley High School for generations of students to benefit from. These are just a quick sampling of some of the many positive things that took place in the past year. But it's the kind of news we hope for more of in 2007 — stories about giving, about improving neighborhoods, about reinvigorating business.

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Of course, not all the news was good news.

The Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. and NBC laid off hundreds of workers, citing slow productions schedules and the need to trim budgets — a sign that even the great studios that make Burbank the "Media Capital of the World" aren't immune to cuts.

And Burbank got another black eye in 2006.

Coming off 2005, a year in which Burbank City Councilwoman was forced to resign following charges of cocaine possession and child endangerment, city employee Jolene Elliot was found to have embezzled more than $10,000 from a Boy Scout troop.

Both cities saw a lot of public debate over the course of the year. In Burbank, residents contended with such issues as Chandler Boulevard being turned into two, one-way streets, fence heights and development. But they banded together to fight a proposed Los Angeles sewer line running through the city.

An ultimately unsuccessful grilling ordinance in Glendale, which would have allowed businesses to grill outside, and a proposal to build an Armenian high school in north Glendale turned into unfortunate verbal battles that broke out along ethnic lines.

And the saga of a beleaguered Grand View Memorial Park cemetery continued this year as worried loved-ones contemplated an uncertain future, filled with lawsuits against its operators, which will go forward, even after the death of its owner, Marsha Lee Howard, who died in November under a cloud of questions.

Oh yes, what a year it was.

So, we'd like to propose a toast, or maybe a few of them.

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