A week ago Thursday, about 20 people met with me at the open-but-not-quite-grand-open Canyon Grille at DeBell in Burbank.
The reason was similar to a grouping I had in February for readers of the Glendale paper: I want and need feedback about what people find valuable about the Burbank Leader as well as what they dislike.
Burbank and Glendale, while having many positive similarities — low crime, good schools, and an engaged populace — are neither identical nor fraternal twins. As such, I very much expected that the suggestions coming from the two community advisory boards would be different.
I was right. People in Glendale are generally more content with their local paper. Though there were a number of things people felt we could do better in our coverage of the Jewel City, the overall consensus was that we do a pretty good job.
Burbank residents, despite my petty attempt at bribery with the Canyon Grille's excellent food, were a bit more critical in their views. OK, a lot more critical. That's fine. If anything, it means the improvements will be quicker to implement and more obvious.