These high school facilities will be available to the public for running, walking and exercise, and with surfaces vastly improved over the current injury-prone dirt and gopher holes. Important track and field, football and soccer events will return to Burbank after leaving in previous years due to poor facilities. And the big games (might as well include both "football" sports) are always an important event to Burbank residents as a whole.
The school district has also committed to $1.5 million for the upgrade plus full ongoing maintenance, including repair/replacement reserves. Preliminary estimates are that at least another million dollars from private contributions is needed, and I hope all of you, or your local employers, will be willing to kick in for this important improvement to your city.
The completion of a rebuilt Memorial Field following the track and field conversions to artificial surfaces will be an important final step in the wonderful physical upgrades of all school facilities within Burbank Unified School District, and to the impressive upgrading that our city as a whole is undergoing.
And to you council candidates who I did not see at the meetings and might just get elected, please don't become naysayers as the approval process continues into the new term. I plan on making sure whomever I vote for agrees to wholeheartedly support the city's financial involvement in these projects.
Memories of aviation past are fading fast
I recently received a request for information on the Lockheed Vega plant and a man who worked there in 1941. His name was Harry Schooler and he became famous for his "swing shift" dances during World War II.