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News | By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 4, 2012
The wife of Woodbury University's former president filed a complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week alleging she was fired from her job as senior director of development without cause after reporting alleged mistreatment of other employees by the wife of the school's new president. Rose Nielsen alleges in her complaint, filed on Monday, that she was fired Sept. 6 not long after reporting that she had been approached by a maintenance employee in tears because he had allegedly been “threatened with termination” by the wife of Woodbury's new president, Luis Calingo.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
The sound-proofing program for homes around Bob Hope Airport is slowly wrapping up and airfield officials are urging property owners who haven't signed up to contact them as soon as possible. “It is winding down because we've done so much insulation,” Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez, deputy executive director of facilities and planning, said after a public workshop this week where residents learned about a study the airport is conducting to analyze the current and five-year forecast for aircraft noise.
THE818NOW
July 26, 2013
Dogs trained to sniff out drugs and alcohol will make 60 surprise visits to school campuses in Burbank over the next academic year under a new contract approved by district officials. The $11,100 agreement approved during last week's school board meeting with Interquest Detection Canines marks nearly a decade since the district first hired an agency to have trained dogs perform random checks for controlled substances on Burbank Unified campuses. Across Los Angeles County, Interquest Detection Canines sends Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers or border collies to about 160 schools, including Burbank's Providence High and to Glendale public schools where they sniff students' cars, backpacks, purses and lockers.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
Burbank maintained a “B” on the American Lung Assn.'s annual report card grading California cities and counties on their anti-smoking laws - one of 33 cities and counties to receive that score. According to the agency, Burbank fared better than hundreds of cities and counties, including the 330 that received an “F,” in overall tobacco control on this year's “State of Tobacco Control” report. Even so, officials would've liked to have scored higher, having made “bold” strides in creating - and enforcing - anti-smoking rules, said Community Development Director Joy Forbes.
THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank police investigated a threat made by a John Burroughs High School student Wednesday afternoon after the student - who has not been identified - alluded to a teacher that the next day could hold potential danger. “The student said something inappropriate in class about it being a bad day - tomorrow being a bad day,” said Supt. Jan Britz, adding the student was taken into custody. School administrators reported the threat to police before the end of the school day, and officers found the student had neither the intention nor means to carry out the threat.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | May 20, 2006
Giuse Yen Viet Mai, owner of numerous furniture stores in Los Angeles county, including Urban Habitat Furniture in Burbank, died on May 15. He was 72. Mai was born on Oct. 10, 1933, in Vietnam. He was an officer in the Vietnamese army and a music conductor for the military band. After migrating with his family from Vietnam to the United States in 1975, Mai settled in Burbank and ventured into the furniture business. Mai started his furniture business in 1982 and opened his first store on Sunset Boulevard.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 5, 2012
Two private trusts have bequeathed nearly $104,000 to Burbank for senior services at a time when tight budgets have been exerting added pressure on the programs. The City Council last week officially accepted the $103,805 in combined donations from the two trusts that city officials first learned about in 2011. “The fact that these two trusts were bequeathed at the same time was just an anomaly,” said Gaby Flores, deputy director of recreation services, noting that residents occasionally leave money in support of community services.
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By Daniel Siegal | August 6, 2013
Bob Hope Airport's new parking structure, meant to replace the 1,000-plus parking spaces lost as the airport builds a new transportation center, opened earlier this month. The structure is being used exclusively by the airport's valet parking service for now, said Dan Feger, the airport's executive director, during an airport authority meeting on Monday. "They are now keeping cars closer to the drop-off point, and it actually helps them deliver cars faster. That's what the customer will see," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
Family and friends toasted guitar legend Randy Rhoads on Sunday during a release party for a Cabernet Sauvignon that bears his name. Rhoads was the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot before he was killed in a plane crash while on tour with Osbourne in 1982. The D'Argenzio Winery created the 2005 vintage at the full production facility in Santa Rosa, and the wine is being exclusively sold there and at the family's tasting room in Burbank. Kathy Rhoads D'Argenzio, who is married to Richard D'Argenzio, has been trying to come up with a way to honor her brother.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | August 12, 2012
A woman enters unlocked homes, looking in mirrors combing what she thinks are silk worms coming from her head. A man is holed up in a room full of guns as he fights voices in his head that are telling him to kill himself. Prior to the establishment of a new mental health team at the Burbank Police Department, these sorts of calls would elicit a purely police-centric response that would do nothing to address the root of the problem, officials say. Now, the team is funneling these people away from the law enforcement grind and into a system where they can be connected to services that have a more long-term effect.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil and Jeff Tully megan.oneil@latimes.com, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 9, 2012
A popular Burbank High School football player died at his home in Shadow Hills Tuesday night in what officials have ruled a suicide. The student was identified by Los Angeles County coroner's officials as 17-year-old Matthew Smyser. The official cause of death was released Thursday. Burbank Unified officials were notified of the death Wednesday morning by the Los Angeles Mayor's Crisis Response Team, Supt. Stan Carrizosa said. District grief counselors were immediately deployed to the school, where they remained all week.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 21, 2012
Soap star and acting coach Gene Bua - who helped train the likes of Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore and Katey Sagal at his Burbank school - died Saturday after a 13-year battle with Parkinson's disease. The Glendale resident was 72. Bua is survived by his wife and creative partner, Toni Bull Bua, and his son, granddaughter and brother. He and Bull Bua met nearly 50 years ago on the set of CBS's long-running soap opera, “Love of Life,” where they fell in love on and off screen. “He taught me everything - he taught me how to sing, he taught me how to play baseball, he taught me how to marathon run, he taught me Shakespeare, he taught me how to feel,” Bull Bua said Tuesday.
THE818NOW
January 25, 2013
Two brothers who own two Burbank-based recording studios have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit loan fraud after reportedly scamming three banks out of $1.7 million in loans to fund their music business, officials announced Friday. The Salazar brothers - Matt, 29, and Jason, 28, of Valley Village and Grover Beach, respectively - admitted to providing false documents to Bank of America, Greystone Bank and Huntington National Bank to secure $1.7 million in loans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
Alcohol, drugs and a high rate of speed appear to have been factors in a fiery car wreck in September that claimed the lives of five young people and left one severely injured , records show. The driver of the Nissan Altima involved in the single-car crash, Stephen Stoll, 23, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, according to toxicology reports released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office . Stoll also reportedly had marijuana in his system.
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By Scott Glover | January 28, 2014
A Burbank pharmacy that dispensed painkillers and other narcotics to five young patients who later died of overdoses had its license revoked Monday after the state pharmacy board found that its employees failed to properly scrutinize prescriptions that contributed to patient deaths. The pharmacy, Jay Scott Drugs on Glenoaks Boulevard, catered to patients of doctors Bernard Bass and Massoud Bamdad, both of whom were later convicted of crimes in connection with their prescribing, the Los Angeles Times reports . Pharmacists are required by law to scrutinize prescriptions, size up customers and refuse to dispense a drug if they suspect a patient does not have a legitimate medical need for it. Many of Bass' patients were in their 20s and traveled more than 40 miles from their homes in Ventura County to see Bass in North Hollywood, and then another five miles to Jay Scott Drugs where they typically paid cash for a combination of prescription drugs favored by addicts.
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