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October 11, 2011
Tammy Abbott was cool. Our paths crossed regularly at community events, and she was always good company (“Photographer Tammy Abbott loses battle with cancer,” Sept. 20). I can still see her scrambling about, draped in camera equipment that weighed more than she did, angling for the best shot. She had style and wore great shoes. The news of her passing is sad, and I extend my condolences to all who loved her. Suzy Jacobs Burbank
NEWS
March 23, 2013
Burbank Leader staff interviewed each candidate for Burbank Unified school board and Burbank City Council.  The following are staff endorsements for Burbank's municipal elections on April 9:  Endorsement for Burbank Unified school board: Applebaum, Ferguson Endorsements for Burbank City Council: Nos, Talamantes RELATED:   Glendale and Burbank political races impacted by social media ...
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July 2, 2013
NEWS
October 25, 2013
Re: “ Reader objects to Leader editorial ,” Mailbag, Oct. 23. I agree 100% with Donna Anderson's assessment of the Leader's endorsement of Obamacare. Can you imagine if this weak president was president during the Cuban missile crisis? We'd all be dead or speaking Russian now. The country is disintegrating before our very eyes, and there's not a damn thing we can do about. We vote against the things we disagree with and then it's overturned. I find the Leader's endorsement of Obamacare is gut-wrenching and mind-boggling.
NEWS
August 18, 2001
Tim Willert BURBANK -- The Burbank Leader and its sister papers, the Foothill Leader and the Glendale News-Press, captured nine first- and second-place awards at the 2000 Better Newspapers Contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn. The awards were handed out Saturday in Monterey by a blue-ribbon panel of newspaper judges from outside California. "I think it's a real credit to the editorial staff of the newspapers," said Tom Johnson, Times Community News general manager.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | March 18, 2009
DOWNTOWN — A former editor for the Hollywood Reporter will take the helm at the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader in April, roughly two months after Danette Goulet announced her intent to step down. Dan Evans, who most recently served as online news editor for the Hollywood Reporter, was announced as Goulet’s replacement in a staff meeting Monday and will take over as director of editorial for four Times Community News titles, including the Crescenta Valley Sun and La Cañada Valley Sun, April 1. Goulet will remain in her position during the transition.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
In a rare unanimous vote, the Burbank City Council this month approved a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak and Myers streets to improve the odds that pedestrians - particularly students at St. Finbar Catholic School - will make it across those streets safely. The council members all agreed to ignore a city staff report that said there was no need to add to the current two-way stop sign there. It's not that the staff didn't do the necessary legwork: A traffic engineering study was done that revealed there were far fewer motorists traveling through the intersection than the Caltrans-recommended threshold for additional stop signs.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
Since a new roof was installed at David Starr Jordan Middle School last summer, fumes have intermittently been reported coming from the roof over the main office . School officials are still looking into the matter, but seem to be downplaying the lingering odors - their views bolstered by a report that showed 93 chemicals used in the roofing materials fell within or well below accepted levels for toxicity. But, as we reported this week, one teacher had to relocate her class last fall after her tongue felt numb and she experienced burning sensations in her lungs and throat . That's reason enough for some concern, but there's more: a total of 18 employees have filed 18 workers' compensation claims due to exposure to the fumes.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
Burbank residents turned out this week for a town hall event where they had the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns on a host of city-related issues, from pot holes to proper notification of public hearings. Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, following a pattern established by previous leaders, was a driving force behind the gathering at John Muir Middle School. Gabel-Luddy she believes it is healthy for city officials to get out of City Hall to hear what constituents have to say in an informal setting.
NEWS
May 2, 2014
We commend the Burbank City Council for voting this week to allow the often-embattled David Gordon to transition to the role of mayor. Gordon has waited a long time for this ceremonial post - eight years, in fact. It took him until now, after a one-year stint as vice mayor, to garner enough votes among his colleagues to be given the gavel. Only the outgoing mayor, Emily Gabel-Luddy, abstained from the vote, saying she did so because she had not seen enough evidence that Gordon has the time to make himself available for the varied activities a mayor must attend on behalf of the city.
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NEWS
May 2, 2014
We commend the Burbank City Council for voting this week to allow the often-embattled David Gordon to transition to the role of mayor. Gordon has waited a long time for this ceremonial post - eight years, in fact. It took him until now, after a one-year stint as vice mayor, to garner enough votes among his colleagues to be given the gavel. Only the outgoing mayor, Emily Gabel-Luddy, abstained from the vote, saying she did so because she had not seen enough evidence that Gordon has the time to make himself available for the varied activities a mayor must attend on behalf of the city.
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NEWS
April 25, 2014
For several weeks I have been noticing the weeds growing along our city roads and highways. It has even made me be ashamed of our beautiful city to any visiting out-of-towners. The amount of trash at the freeway exits is very bad lately, thanks to state and city budget cutbacks. I have been noticing one median in [City of Los Angeles] - at the corner of Hollywood Way and Glenoaks Boulevard - become a complete eyesore. I have been thinking of trying to contact the appropriate city agencies to get this messy situation cleaned up. I am happy to report that on a holiday I spotted a citizen on this median using a weed trimmer to cut down 4-foot-tall weeds.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
I am dismayed and angry. I read the Los Angeles Times April 23 article on drinking water quality ranked by contamination with the rest of California and found Burbank has the second-highest water contamination on the published scale of water contamination. How can this be? We have Burbank Water and Power to provide us with quality services. Yet, Los Angeles' DWP provides better water quality. We share BWP's services with Glendale and Glendale has better water quality. We have been notified of significant rate increases by BWP. In the Mailbag column of the Burbank Leader for April 23 Thomas Saito questioned the new proposed rate increases.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
As I sit here reading Mr. Evans's article about the Burbank Advisory Board meeting which was held to give feedback (positive and otherwise) on the Burbank Leader, I can't help but reflect on that meeting - one which I was privileged enough to attend. Some random thoughts, in no particular order: I was the one who initially declared a general disdain for high school sports' coverage. (Fear not, Leader readers; I was summarily drummed out!) I expressed an interest in seeing more investigative coverage and even some things that are controversial.
NEWS
By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com | April 5, 2014
A week ago Thursday, about 20 people met with me at the open-but-not-quite-grand-open Canyon Grille at DeBell in Burbank. The reason was similar to a grouping I had in February for readers of the Glendale paper: I want and need feedback about what people find valuable about the Burbank Leader as well as what they dislike. Burbank and Glendale, while having many positive similarities - low crime, good schools, and an engaged populace - are neither identical nor fraternal twins.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
It was something that Brandon Gerlach had done hundreds, maybe even thousands of times since he took up soccer as a boy. In a nonleague match in December, the Burroughs High senior midfielder slid a few times on the artificial turf, opening a sizable wound on his thigh. “I was wearing my old sliders because I couldn't find my new ones and those ones had a hole in them,” Gerlach said. “I ended up sliding a couple of times and I opened up my leg pretty good. But I just thought 'OK, I'll just put some bandages over it and it should be fine.'” Patched up, Gerlach didn't miss his next start for the Indians.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer , died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. "He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family. " Christopher was diagnosed in early January.  He was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
Burbank residents turned out this week for a town hall event where they had the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns on a host of city-related issues, from pot holes to proper notification of public hearings. Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, following a pattern established by previous leaders, was a driving force behind the gathering at John Muir Middle School. Gabel-Luddy she believes it is healthy for city officials to get out of City Hall to hear what constituents have to say in an informal setting.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
Since a new roof was installed at David Starr Jordan Middle School last summer, fumes have intermittently been reported coming from the roof over the main office . School officials are still looking into the matter, but seem to be downplaying the lingering odors - their views bolstered by a report that showed 93 chemicals used in the roofing materials fell within or well below accepted levels for toxicity. But, as we reported this week, one teacher had to relocate her class last fall after her tongue felt numb and she experienced burning sensations in her lungs and throat . That's reason enough for some concern, but there's more: a total of 18 employees have filed 18 workers' compensation claims due to exposure to the fumes.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
In a rare unanimous vote, the Burbank City Council this month approved a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak and Myers streets to improve the odds that pedestrians - particularly students at St. Finbar Catholic School - will make it across those streets safely. The council members all agreed to ignore a city staff report that said there was no need to add to the current two-way stop sign there. It's not that the staff didn't do the necessary legwork: A traffic engineering study was done that revealed there were far fewer motorists traveling through the intersection than the Caltrans-recommended threshold for additional stop signs.
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