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.


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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