Mayor Highlights Hope, Development in Annual Address

The looming COVID-19 pandemic that forced 2020’s State of the City Address to be held virtually rather than in person was a major focus during Mayor Sharon Springer’s speech, but she encouraged residents that the city was adapting to the challenges.
The Tuesday speech, titled “Burbank Together, Rays of Light,” took an optimistic tone, though it also acknowledged the threat posed by a coronavirus that has killed more than 220,000 Americans, including dozens of Burbank residents, and caused businesses to shutter.
In a prerecorded 12-minute video streamed, clips were shown of Gregg Garfield, whom Springer described as the first person in the city to contract the virus. Personnel interviewed at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center said they did not expect Garfield to survive. Fortunately, he recovered weeks later.

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Chamber of Commerce CEO Set to Retire

Thomas Flavin, chief executive of Burbank’s Chamber of Commerce, has announced that he will retire on Friday, Sept. 11, after holding the position for more than four years.
Under Flavin’s leadership, the chamber advocated for several major projects that remain in development, including a replacement terminal at the Hollywood Burbank Airport, the First Street Village in downtown Burbank and the Avion Project — a new business mall near the airport.
Flavin’s tenure also saw the formation of the Better Burbank Corp., a nonprofit affiliated with the chamber that works on local job retention and creation. Establishment of the BBC, Flavin said, is one of his proudest accomplishments — one that will continue after his departure.

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