On a hot afternoon last week, I and several others from the current Leadership Burbank class sat down for a cup of coffee with Mike Nolan, a fixture within the Burbank community and a frequent speaker at City Council meetings.
I didn't know what to expect. Nolan never hesitates to speak his mind, and his manner can be gruff. During the Memorial Day ceremony at Larry L. Maxam Park this year, he said I had been dismissive of his concerns about the state's water supply. He then walked away without another word, leaving me confused and annoyed.
Leadership Burbank, by the way, is an annual program hosted by Woodbury University and the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Glendale also has such a program, also done through its Chamber of Commerce. I was invited to take part in the Glendale version this year, but thought it unwise to commit to two courses simultaneously.