We hope the district will choose an individual who is not only a great communicator with schools and the public, but who also has the keen business sense to weather the economic storm.
Civility during — and after — the April elections.
Elections have a tendency to get a little nasty — let’s try to keep it positive and clean.
No name-calling, no hit pieces and no accusations, please.
And once the new council is in place, the community deserves a civil, respectable council that demonstrates respect for one another and the community it represents.
A smooth transition in the city manager’s office. Mary Alvord, Burbank’s beloved top executive, will be replaced this month by Assistant City Manager Mike Flad, and we hope Flad’s tenure will be as productive and noteworthy as his predecessor’s.
No Screen Actors Guild strike. Burbank took a hit economically with the writers strike early in 2008, and we hope the actors and studios can avert a similar situation this year.
Another great year for the environment. In 2008, Burbank proved itself once again a leader in sustainability, as city officials called for a plan to eliminate waste by 2040, and the American Lung Assn. of California held its annual Healthy Air Walk in Burbank due to the city’s high marks in controlling tobacco.
We hope Burbank will continue to lead the pack in the coming months.
A resolution for the nighttime flight ban. While some in the Los Angeles area have disputed the Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport Authority’s plan to eliminate flights to Bob Hope Airport between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., we hope the plan succeeds and that Burbank residents are ensured a nice, quiet sleep.