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Editorial

October 27, 2001

GAIN

GLENDALE SHOULD KEEP ITS OWN CRIMINALS

It's bad enough that the city of Burbank has a homegrown criminal

element, but when court officials try to force the Burbank Superior Court

to hear Glendale's criminal hearings in exchange for tame civil hearings,

enough is enough.

And that's basically what the Burbank City Council told Glendale when

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all five council members unanimously agreed to oppose the plan hatched by

Los Angeles Superior Court officials in order to streamline the court

system.

If Burbank can keep an added criminal layer out of the city, that's

one big gain for the city and its residents.

LOSS

WHEN IS A NAME JUST A NAME?

When Glendale built the Glendale Galleria, they didn't call it the

Jewel City Mall. They called it the Glendale Galleria, for Glendale, the

name of the city.

When Burbank built the mall in the heart of the city, they didn't call

it the Burbank Mall. They called it Media City Center. What the heck does

that mean? No wonder the place is a ghost town -- out-of-town shoppers

might not even be aware what it is. Maybe that's why the now-defunct

Golden Mall was such a sinkhole for profits.

And now there's the proposed Burbank Media Center, which has nothing

to do with media. Sure, there might be a a gospel church, retail

businesses, a health club and a child-care facility, but no media, per

se.

Creativity's fine, but it's OK to call something what it is, where it

is.

TOSSUP

GUARDS POSTED AT THE AIRPORT

Since Sept. 11, the nation's officials have been quick to react

defensively in order to protect the country and citizens. One such

precautionary measure has been to post National Guard troops at airports,

including the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.

While it's comforting to know that soldiers are keeping an eye on all

ports of entry and departure into our nation's cities, it's also

discomforting to realize the nation needs to take this guarded step.

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