November 10, 2007
BURBANK ? A U.S. House judiciary committee unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would set up a national database to track convicted arsonists. Much like Megan?s Law, which in 1996 established a system for sex offenders, the Managing Arson Through Criminal History Act would combine federal, state and local resources to help prevent repeat arson offenses, said representatives from the office of Rep. Adam Schiff, who co-introduced the bill. ?[Rep.] Mary Bono and I introduced the bill at the beginning of the year, in an effort to establish a registry of people convicted of arson, that would include information about who they are, where they live, fingerprint and driver?
October 2, 2009
The House of Representatives passed a bill this week to create a national registry of arsonists, a system modeled after California’s electronic database that tracks sex offenders. The proposed registry would give law enforcement and fire officials access to a national resource cataloging convicted arsonists and bombers from every state. While most states have their own registries, they are independent, and many do not match up with all of the requirements of the proposed database.
October 2, 2009
How ironic that convicted arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler was just recently sentenced to death for starting the deadly 2006 Esperanza fire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters in the San Jacinto Mountains. That fire destroyed more than 50 structures, including 30-plus homes, and burned more than 61 square miles. Maybe Oyler’s death sentence itself could have deterred the unidentified Station fire arsonist if the story had received page-one placement — particularly above the fold, so it could have caught the would-be arsonist’s malevolent eye even while in the display rack, instead of the page A3 report that it actually got in the Los Angeles Times.
April 14, 2007
Former Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian's seat on the California Transportation Commission was confirmed unanimously by the California Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday. Zarian was appointed to the commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in April 2006, but had not been confirmed for the post. The confirmation means Zarian's term will continue until April 23, 2010. "I'm extremely honored that the state Senate approved what the governor appointed last year," Zarian said. "There is no greater honor."
April 10, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Local arson fires, which were up last year from the year before, were largely set by someone with a grudge, officials said. After four years of declines, reported arson rose from three in 2000 to 10 in 2001, according to a report released by the state attorney general's office. "I would say these are spite or retaliation fires," Burbank Fire Capt. Robert Reinhardt said, referring to the most common kinds of arson in the city.
January 25, 2003
Ryan Carter Children are the city's most prolific fire starters, according to arson statistics and local officials, and their acts led to a 130% increase in intentional fires last year. Firefighters responded to 23 arson cases in 2002, compared to 10 in 2001. Many of them were prompted by domestic conflicts in which revenge resulted in intentionally set car fires, officials said. But the main reason for the jump was an increase in fires set by children, police said.
April 7, 2007
The California State Senate and Assembly will vote on Monday on whether to approve Joint Resolution 15, which would designate April 24 as California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, who represents Glendale and Burbank, introduced the bill in February. It was co-authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and state Sen. Jack Scott, who represents Glendale and Burbank. In addition to designating an annual day of remembrance in California, the bill would put pressure on the federal government to do the same, Krekorian said.