December 3, 2008
BURBANK — Two state assemblymen who represent Burbank and Glendale — each just elected to his second term in the Legislature — are moving up California’s political leadership ladder. Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, of the state’s 26th District, has been tapped by Speaker Karen Bass to be the party’s assistant majority floor leader, while Republican leader Mike Villines asked Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, of the 38th District, to chair his party’s caucus.
November 22, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank), citing a more important need to "unite the caucus" and end a three-way stalemate for Assembly speaker, has withdrawn his name as a contender for the seat and is supporting Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles). Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), who was the third contender for the speaker position, has also bowed out of the race, saying in a statement released Thursday that the majority of the caucus was "clearly with Nunez."
September 24, 2008
GLENDALE — Fearing an economic collapse, federal officials are scrambling to enact a multibillion-dollar proposal to purchase plummeting assets of struggling mortgage-related financial institutions. But the $700-billion plan put forth by President Bush has met stiff opposition from members of both political parties, including local lawmakers who say more protection is needed for taxpayers before they can support the unprecedented bailout. On Monday, Rep. Brad Sherman met with a dozen like-minded Democrats during a “Skeptics Caucus” on Capitol Hill in which he sought to include alternative proposals to the plan the president floated late last week.
August 16, 2006
GLENDALE — A bipartisan group of legislators formed the Assembly Armenian American Legislative Caucus on Monday, which they hope will support and create legislation that benefits the state's 700,000 Armenian Americans. Co-founders Dario Frommer, a Democrat who represents Burbank and Glendale, and Greg Aghazarian, a Republican who represents Stockton, hope the state Senate will soon recognize the bi-partisan group. "Our intent is for it to be a working caucus and a group of folks who reach out and educate others," said Frommer, Assembly majority leader.
April 8, 2009
Secretary-treasurer for SAG honored Screen Actors Guild Secretary-Treasurer Connie Stevens on Sunday received the American Spirit Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors at its Annual Caucus Honors Dinner in Beverly Hills. Stevens became secretary-treasurer in 2005 and a SAG member in 1957. She appeared in such films as ?Eighteen and Anxious? and ?Party Crashers? before getting her break via the musical ?Rock-a-Bye Baby.? But she?s perhaps best known for her role as Cricket Blake in the television series ?
October 22, 2003
Strike postpones food drive The Burbank Civic Pride Committee has postponed its annual Make A Difference Day food drive scheduled for Saturday. The food drive was postponed because of picket lines set up at most major grocery stores in Burbank. Volunteers had been scheduled to collect donations in front of Burbank markets. Donations go to the Burbank Family Service Agency, the Burbank Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, and the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.
March 8, 2008
In his 12th and final year in the Legislature, State Sen. Jack Scott is racking up accolades. Between Saturday and Tuesday, the veteran lawmaker was honored separately by four state organizations for his legislative work on education and the arts. Actress Annette Benning congratulated Scott for his legislative leadership on behalf of the arts at a California Lawyers for the Arts event on Sunday in Santa Monica. Scott, who has authored legislation to provide more funding for arts education, chairs the Joint Committee on the Arts.
April 5, 2003
Ryan Carter Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) has apparently been approached by fellow legislators urging him to run for Speaker of the Assembly. His name, along with a few others, is being bounced around as a possible successor to Herb J. Wesson Jr. (D-Culver City), who will step down next year, when his term expires. "I'm looking at it as a possibility," Frommer said. "It's flattering. It's a tough job, but I am thinking about it. My primary job now is that I'm focused on my district."
January 11, 2003
Gary Moskowitz For the first time, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills will celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a special event Sunday that highlights the civil rights leader's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The event, which is free and open to the public, is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. "It will be a joyous occasion," Community Relations Director Paula Boger said. "We are celebrating his birthday, and the community should come and observe this great man with us. This is the first [Martin Luther King Jr.]