May 6, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department collected 71 firearms and distributed $7,400 in supermarket gift cards Saturday at the Crescenta Valley Station as part of a countywide program that aims to get guns out of homes and off the streets. Dozens of residents participated in the anonymous, drive-through exchange that saw gun owners surrender firearms in return for $50 and $100 certificates to Ralphs supermarkets. Those relinquishing assault weapons received $200 gift cards.
September 25, 2004
Jackson Bell After Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed two gun-safety bills, state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) accused the National Rifle Assn. and other pro-gun organizations of having "too much influence" on the governor's administration. Schwarzenegger vetoed two of Scott's bills Monday. One would have made gun owners liable for leaving guns and ammunition accessible to children, and the other would require people to provide proof of age and identity before attempting to buy handgun bullets.
December 24, 2003
A reported gang member arrested during last month's investigation into the fatal shooting of Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison. Ricardo Barba, also known as Ricardo Brava, pleaded guilty Monday in Burbank Superior Court to one count of possession of a machine gun. Barba, 18, of Sun Valley, was one of five dozen people arrested while authorities searched for David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Pavelka during a Nov. 15 shootout.
September 23, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta BURBANK -- One of the nation's most well-known gun control lobbies is targeting a local congressional candidate with its "Dangerous Dozen" list. Handgun Control, a nonprofit organization headed by Jim and Sarah Brady, this week placed Rep. James Rogan (R-Burbank) on its roster of legislators with "pro-gun" records. "Jim Rogan had a truly horrible record of voting against common sense gun laws in California and he's continued that in Congress," said Luis Tolley, the group's western regional director.
November 26, 2003
Ryan Carter Burbank Police, with assistance from other law-enforcement agencies, continued late Tuesday to scour the area for David A. Garcia, the suspected killer of one of their own. "We have not found him as of yet, but we're still getting leads and we are following up," Burbank Police Sgt. William Berry said. "We are going to turn over every rock until we find the one he is hiding under." Meanwhile, the Glendale City Council decided Tuesday night to sweeten the reward for Garcia's capture, agreeing to chip in $25,000.
April 15, 2009
Schools should avoid cuts at all costs I am writing to you to share my concern about the devastating cuts to California schools. I live and work in Burbank. My children attend Burbank Unified School District schools, and the current budget crisis cuts are an unacceptable means to fix the budget crisis problem (“Board hears job comments,” March 21). These budget cuts are affecting my children. My 6-year-old son, Jonathan, is struggling in school due to his special needs.
August 23, 2000
Why are stop sign lines inside crosswalks? Did anyone from the city's traffic engineering department ever explain why the stop lines at most intersections with unmarked crosswalks are painted illegally inside the crosswalk? I wonder if the city would be held partially liable if a pedestrian is injured by a car pulling up to the stop line inside the crosswalk. LEE BRANDT Burbank Time is now to support handgun bill On Mother's Day, May 14, thousands of us marched in Los Angeles demanding sensible gun laws -- Assemblyman Jack Scott has proposed a law that is just that: Assembly Bill 273, which would require handgun buyers to pass a safety test and obtain a license before they could buy a handgun.
October 14, 2000
James Rogan In areas like Southern California, and all along our nation's southern borders, the problem of alien smuggling is most severe. What was once a trickle of smuggled immigrants has grown to a tide of organized crime smuggling aliens from every corner of the globe. Each year, millions of illegal aliens come to this country by means of smugglers, often called "coyotes." Making the problem more severe is that many of the immigrants are often found wandering in the desert, left for dead.
May 10, 2000
Terry Bailey A Million Mom March organizer was shocked when a local city hesitated to endorse the upcoming Mother's Day event protesting gun violence. "Why, this is as simple an issue as Mom and Apple Pie," she exclaimed to me. "Why would anyone not support us?" Often it seems that what appears simple and glaringly obvious to one person is no such thing to another. One of our greatest challenges as citizens, educators, legislators and activists is to walk in the moccasins of those who do not agree with us -- even on issues we feel are simple and obvious.