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Mailbag: Mayor Bric looks forward to this year

April 28, 2010

It has been my honor to serve as mayor of the city of Burbank. I am grateful for the support of family, friends and the community during this past year and will always treasure this amazing opportunity.

During the last year, I have attended important meetings, special events and celebrations. Whether it was presenting the State of the City address or throwing out the first pitch at Burbank Dodger night, representing our great city has been a privilege.

There were so many memorable occasions. Robert “Bud” Ovrom Park is a much-needed recreation center, which opened in May. It was wonderful to see the tremendous activity and sense of community that surrounds the new facility.

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In September, Vice Mayor Anja Reinke and I were invited to a luncheon in South Korea for a special sister-city conference. Thank you to our sister city for its generosity and hospitality.

The Burbank Unified School District and the city of Burbank dedicated the Burbank High School athletic field joint project, and I look forward to the completion of the John Burroughs Memorial Field in the coming months.

This year started with the unveiling and dedication of the new Dr. David Burbank statue at “Five Points.” The incredible work of art is surrounded by new landscaping and sidewalks creating an inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.

Most recently, it was an honor to participate in the naming ceremony of Larry Maxam Memorial Park. Marine Cpl. Maxam died in Vietnam and is the only Burbank resident to receive the prestigious Medal of Honor.

This year’s upcoming budget process will be a challenging one, as we are faced with very difficult decisions. The City Council and the financial policies it has adopted have served the city well in properly considering fiscal impacts, adopting responsible budgets and supporting economic development activities that position Burbank for a strong future.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has completed the Part 161 Study after many years of hard work, and I thank the authority for the efforts of the ad hoc committee. I look forward to our continued work in this area to ensure noise relief in the years to come.

Thank you to the City Council for selecting me to serve as mayor. It has truly been one of the highlights of my life. I look forward to a wonderful and successful year ahead.

GARY BRIC

Burbank

Editor’s note: Bric is mayor of Burbank.

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