As I begin my term as mayor, I want to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues on the council for giving me the honor to serve our community in this role. While I feel a sense of both pride and humility, my strongest feeling is a sense of urgency. Twelve months is not a long time and there is much to be done as we tackle the important issues ahead.
Burbank's reputation as "Media Capital of the World" was built by creativity, skill and innovation on a solid foundation of good management and sound fiscal policy. Clearly, hiring a top-flight city manager and passing a balanced budget must be our top priorities in the short term and I am confident that we have the systems in place to make sound decisions.
As I consider my goals as mayor over the next year, I believe we will all benefit by tapping into our creative community for new resources of people and ideas to help strengthen and improve our community. One of our key strengths is the level of civic participation from the many outstanding men and women serving on our boards and commissions. To take full advantage of the skills of these talented volunteers, I propose to hold three working sessions with the chairs and vice chairs of these boards and commissions to share thoughts for ways to creatively achieve the city's broader goals for the benefit of all Burbank.