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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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