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THE818NOW
April 30, 2013
California's bullet train agency is facing a series of new regulatory and political problems that could jeopardize its July construction kickoff, which already has been delayed more than six months. The new challenges are coming from a private railroad that controls a key right of way, a legislative committee delving into contracting issues and a powerful federal agency asserting authority over the project. The rail agency is beginning to make purchase offers for land around Fresno and says it still plans to start building this summer.
THE818NOW
June 25, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown 's request for $6 billion to start construction of the California bullet train will face a difficult vote in the Legislature in the coming days, prompting some last-minute political maneuvering that could significantly alter the structure of the project. Brown is seeking approval of a long-standing plan to build 130 miles of rail in the Central Valley from Bakersfield to Madera, creating the backbone of a future rail network that would later connect with Los Angeles and San Francisco.
NEWS
August 21, 2012
The California Senate on Tuesday approved a two-year extension of tax credits for the film and television industry, providing $100 million annually through July 2017. "The film and television industry is critically important to the economic vitality of the Los Angeles area," said Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills). "This is an economic engine. It's critically uimportant that we send the right signal. " The tax credit, which will expire in 2015 if the bill approved Tuesday does not become law, was created because of concern about "runaway" film and TV productions that go to other states, many of which have lower costs and offer their own tax credits.
THE818NOW
February 28, 2013
As state officials make their case for gay marriage, a new Field Poll showed record support in California for same sex unions. "By a nearly two-to-one margin (61% to 32%), California voters approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry,"  according to the poll.  This represents a complete reversal in views about the issue from 1977, when the Field Poll conducted its first survey on the topic, and is the highest level of support ever measured by the poll. The poll noted that in 1977 only  28% approved of gay marriage while 59% disapproved.
THE818NOW
January 28, 2013
Construction of California's high-speed rail network is supposed to start in just six months, but the state hasn't acquired a single acre along the route and faces what officials are calling a challenging schedule to assemble hundreds of parcels needed in the Central Valley. The complexity of getting federal, state and local regulatory approvals for the massive $68-billion project has already pushed back the start of construction to July from late last year. Even with that additional time, however, the state is facing a risk of not having the property to start major construction work near Fresno as now planned.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
California lost $3 billion in wages from 2004 to 2011 because of film and TV production flocking to other states and countries, a new study concludes. Burbank-based Entertainment Partners, the industry's largest payroll service company, which specializes in advising companies on how they can take advantage of film tax credits around the world, says its own research has found that California lost 90,000 jobs and saw its share of overall production wages in the U.S. decline 10% during the period as film producers took their business elsewhere.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Producer Andrew Lazar was all set to shoot an adult romantic comedy in Hermosa Beach, where the story is set. But now, he's forced to have the $10-million movie rewritten with Miami Beach as the backdrop so he can take advantage of Florida's film tax credit. The reason: His film didn't make the cut of 28 projects approved last week for California's state film tax credits. “I'll just have to change the location and the script because these tax credits are so important for making movies," said Lazar.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully | November 25, 2009
BURBANK HIGH — For the second straight season, the Burbank High football team has advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Last year, the squad’s playoff win was the first for the program in 81 years. This season, the Bulldogs are confident and are looking for a possible berth in the semifinals. However, to do that they will have to beat a tough California team. The teams will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at California.
NEWS
May 10, 2008
I am a teacher and a student who is very concerned with education. I would like the governor to reconsider the fact that if education money is cut off so will it be for those people who are ready to start on their careers, and from those who are looking forward to it. On the other hand, for example, we can see a shortage of nurses already. Imagine the shortage on education, health care and all primary necessities. The state of California, unlike other states, must have money available for all educational institutions and health care and for those working in it, too. WENDY GILL Burbank
NEWS
April 11, 2001
A very dear friend of mine died this year. Frances D. Chambers died Feb. 11, 2001, in North Hollywood. She lived most of her life in California, but upon her death her brother came out here from Michigan, had her cremated and took her ashes back to Michigan for burial. Consequently, all of her friends in California had no closure. Fran's favorite charity was St. Jude Hospital For Children, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929. Anyone who cares to can make a donation in her name, and it will be greatly appreciated by all. SKIPPI SCHRAMLING Burbank
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THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
A female student from Burroughs High School was on the bus that collided with a FedEx freight truck in a fiery crash in Northern California on Thursday evening, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more. Los Angeles Unified officials said Friday that 19 of its students were aboard the bus that collided with the truck. The Burbank student, whose name was not immediately released, was transported to a hospital, “but she will be fine,” said Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz. “She's fine physically, but it's a strong emotional trauma to the family to live through,” Britz said, adding that the school district will provide the student's family with mental and emotional support, if needed.
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NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
Hobby Lobby, a retail chain that sells crafts and home décor, is slated to open in Burbank this summer in the former Orchard Supply Hardware building. The Oklahoma City-based company, which currently has 20 stores in California, will open in the 72,000-square-foot building located at 641 N Victory Blvd., according to company officials. "We feel that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the area," said Hobby Lobby spokesman Vincent Parker in an email. "We are looking forward to becoming part of the community.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 27, 2013
Secretary of State Debra Bowen holds a political post today that she never had an inkling she would have when she was growing up, she told John Burroughs High School students on Thursday. Bowen shared her life story of growing up as a shy girl in Rockford Ill., “frequently in trouble for doing things I should not have been doing.” All the while, however, she earned straight A's on her report cards without any ambitions of a political career. But that changed after Bowen moved to Venice, Calif., and joined her local Neighborhood Watch committee.
THE818NOW
July 24, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court refused for the second time to stop gays from marrying Tuesday, rejecting a bid by a San Diego County official who contends Proposition 8 remains state law. In a closed session, the state high court turned down a request by San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. for a temporary hold or "stay" on same-sex marriages. The court rejected a similar request last week by the sponsors of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage.
THE818NOW
July 22, 2013
California's chief law enforcement officer urged the state high court Monday to refuse once again to stop same-sex marriages while the justices consider a legal bid to revive Proposition 8 , the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay nuptials. Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris , responding to a request filed Friday by San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr.,  told  California's top court that stopping gays from marrying now would amount to an unconstitutional interference with a federal court order.
THE818NOW
July 16, 2013
The California Supreme Court refused Monday to halt same-sex marriages while considering a legal bid to revive Proposition 8 . In a brief order, the state high court rejected a request by ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of the 2008 ballot measure, to stop the marriages now while the group's challenge is pending. ProtectMarriage argued in a petition filed Friday that a federal judge's 2010 injunction against Proposition 8 did not apply statewide and that Gov. Jerry Brown erred when he ordered all counties to obey it. TIMELINE: Proposition 8 decision The court has asked for written arguments on ProtectMarriage's challenge but is not expected to rule until August, at the earliest.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 9, 2013
More than 200 people on Tuesday demonstrated in front of the state Republican Party headquarters in Burbank to demand that the U.S. House of Representatives take up a package of immigration reform measures recently passed in the Senate. "The ball is in their court, they can fail to have this debate, or they can consider it," said Angelica Salas, chairwoman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA. "What this country deserves and this community deserves are options.
THE818NOW
June 28, 2013
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California. The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8 . With the court's action, counties can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. A spokesman for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had originally said it would takes the court at least 25 days to act after a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately afterward, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered his public health agency to advise the state's counties to "begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 21, 2013
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Jordan Card (Burbank High, 2011) sophomore, Cal Lutheran women's water polo: During her second season, the former Pacific League Player of the Year got but four starts during the Regals' 28-game 2013 season. Yet, Card still dazzled every time she got into the water, leading Cal Lutheran with 46 goals, seven more than former Pacific League rival Adrienne Ingalla of Crescenta Valley, who was second-best with 37. Card started in four games, but played in all 28 and also tallied 10 assists and 21 steals, as the former All-Area selection clearly had a big year.
THE818NOW
June 14, 2013
California's bullet train agency won a key legal ruling Thursday, obtaining an exemption from regulatory oversight by the federal Surface Transportation Board for construction of the first segment of the rail system that would run 220 mph trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The ruling is among several barriers it has successfully navigated in the long-sought start of construction, though the state still must secure a deal with powerful freight railroads, obtain a key permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and prevail in a lawsuit that alleges the rail plan violates a 2008 voter-approved bond measure.
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