June 26, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called Wednesday a “huge day for the cause of equality” after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings essentially affirming the rights of gay couples to marry. The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was unconstitutional because it denied equal rights and benefits to all married couples. The court also turned away the defenders of Proposition 8, essentially sending the case back to California, where state officials are likely to resume gay marriages.
April 30, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Tuesday said he would fight any move to close the Glenoaks post office in Burbank to cut costs at the financially-strapped U.S. Postal Service. In a letter to U.S. Postal Service Postmaster Gen. Patrick Donahoe, Schiff urged that the branch - located at 1634 N. San Fernando Blvd. - remain open, calling the strategy of closing locations to ease financial woes "misguided. " While the potential closure of the small office has been discussed for two years, a final determination has yet to be made, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher.
July 6, 2012
Re: “Schiff blasts House vote on gun issue,” June 24, Adam Schiff, from the comfort of his Washington office, released a condemning statement about a committee's contempt vote against Eric Holder. Terrific use of congressional pen and paper, Adam. The Fast and Furious program was, and is, much more than what you dismiss as a “botched gun-walking operation.” An American border patrol agent named Brian Terry and purportedly 200 so-far unnamed Mexicans lost their lives from guns supplied by the American government.
March 13, 2012
It has been a little over two years since the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, gave us Citizens United. This decision held that, for purposes of freedom of speech, corporations are deemed to be “persons” and that the limitation on political contributions provided for in the McCain-Feingold legislation was unconstitutional. This decision has been described by many, including our congressman, Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), as one of the worst ever. Schiff called the decision a “disaster for the political process.” He stated: “Sadly, our fears about the decision have become fully realized as anonymous donors pollute the electoral system with potentially hundreds of millions in undisclosed spending” (“Occupy group protests Citizens United decision,” Jan. 22)
March 13, 2012
Every March, during Women's History Month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honors one outstanding woman from each of the communities in the 29th Congressional District. They include: Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City. “Recipients of the 'Woman of the Year award' come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region,” Rep. Schiff said in a statement. “I urge constituents to contact my office and let us know about some of the admirable women in our communities by nominating them for this year's award.” While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who - through their work or volunteerism - have improved the quality of life in our community.
November 28, 2009
MAN LIVING DREAM TO SERVE IN THE NAVAL ACADEMY In the sixth grade, Jonathan DeSimone knew he wanted to go to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. By the seventh grade, he learned about qualifying for admittance and wrote an essay about attending the academy. . Then at 14, DeSimone joined the Burbank Police Department Explorers and went on to graduate the Sheriffs Explorers Academy and earn the Burbank Police Department Chiefs Commendation Award. At 10 years old he got his first job teaching Tae Kwon Do. Training since he was 4 years old, he went on to earn the rank of fourth degree Master of Tae Kwon Do at 16. He joined the Boy Scouts at 14 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout at 16. At Burbank High he lettered in the sport of track/field and earned Scholar Athlete awards.
November 8, 2008
It is, in short, a fine time to be a Democrat. The American two-party system has swung back and forth like a pendulum over the last century, with neither the Democrats nor the Republicans putting more than two consecutive candidates in the White House since 1928. Sometimes, the two parties run neck-and-neck; Tuesday, it was little short of a Democratic free-for-all, as Sen. Barack Obama won the presidency in a landslide, and his fellow party members decisively took the House and Senate.
November 5, 2008
PRESIDENT VOTES % Bob Barr (L) 13,214 0.5 Alan Keyes (AI) 29,728 0.3 Cynthia McKinney (GR) 27,855 0.2 John McCain (R) 3,730,119 37 Ralph Nader (PF) 79,037 0.8 Barack Obama (D) 6,172,303 61.2 CONGRESS 26TH DISTRICT VOTES % Ted Brown (L)
November 1, 2008
Three incumbent representatives looking to regain their congressional seats Nov. 4 were lauded by a slew of advocacy groups this week for votes they cast in the 110th Congress, which officially ends Jan. 3 but has stood in recess since early October. Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Brad Sherman received high marks from at least five organizations whose interests include veterans affairs, the environment, civil rights and women’s rights, while Republican Rep. David Dreier was praised for his work on senior citizen issues.
August 9, 2008
BURBANK — With rumors swirling that U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein is considering a run for governor of California in 2010, her possible vacancy could pave the way for Rep. Adam Schiff to move from one legislative body to the other. Schiff, 48, a three-term member of Congress whose eight years in the House of Representatives has been marked by a rise in the number of committees on which he serves, has been mentioned as a possible senatorial candidate on the strength of his fundraising ability and unassailable praise from local residents and staff members in Washington, D.C. Those close to Schiff believe he is open to the idea of running if the opportunity presented itself and the timing was right; but officially, Schiff said his focus will remain on his district, which includes Burbank and Glendale.