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By Christopher Cadelago | May 6, 2009
CITY CENTER — Despite raising the possibility of censure last month, the Burbank Police Officers’ Assn. stopped short of voting no confidence in Police Chief Tim Stehr at a packed union meeting Monday. Union President Mike Parrinello called the private meeting to address concerns regarding morale, division among members, and lack of confidence in the chief and his administration. According to an internal union memo, the meeting also addressed unspecified “negative events believed to be coming.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 5, 2009
CITY HALL — Two civil service commissioners could be ousted later this month for what Councilman Dave Golonski called “highly inappropriate” comments they made when they twice blocked the temporary promotion of a police lieutenant because he was named in an FBI probe into excessive-force allegations. The Civil Service Board on Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 denied extending the temporary advancement of Lt. Armen Dermenjian to the post of acting captain, arguing that a city employee whose records were subpoenaed by the U.S. attorney’s office as part of an investigation into alleged police misconduct should not be trusted with additional responsibility.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | March 8, 2008
CITY HALL — The Burbank Board of Education Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution rebuking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget, which cuts funding to kindergarten through 12th-grade public education to help make up a $14.5-billion shortfall. The budget would either reduce or suspend state Proposition 98 — which sets a minimum funding level for education — spelling mass layoffs for tens of thousands of teachers and increased classroom sizes, according to the Burbank Superintendent’s Office.
NEWS
November 25, 2000
I enjoyed the James Rogan columns. I would add that the line between firm convictions and zealotry is in the eye of the beholder. I saw Rogan zealotry in his role in the House Judiciary Committee, along with GOP colleagues, rejecting a certain, quick censure of Clinton by the full House in favor of sending the matter on to the Senate for purely partisan reasons. In the Senate they were assured of a protracted presentation of the $40-million findings of Ken Starr and dragging Clinton through as much mud as possible.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | December 11, 2010
A police commissioner who said during a meeting that a public speaker should be "slapped around a bit" will have to defend his statements to the Burbank City Council. The comments came from Police Commissioner Jim Etter during the final public-comment period at a joint meeting with the City Council on Nov. 23 and were directed to Burbank resident Brett Loutensock, who challenged the commissioner's character with accusations of perjury and injecting himself into police situations in the field.
NEWS
March 7, 2001
They just don't get it. More than 200 years after a bloody revolution gave us among other things the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a lot of folks just can't quite grasp the idea of free speech in a free society. Free speech is not too complex a principle, really, although the question of what exactly is "speech" continues to confound legal scholars. Are nude dancing, burning the flag or other antisocial acts really protected speech or just obnoxious behavior?
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | January 6, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday voted to censure two civil service commissioners for “highly inappropriate” comments made when they twice blocked the temporary promotion of a police lieutenant. The council voted 3 to 2 to publicly reprimand Civil Service Board Vice Chairman Nathan Schlossman and his colleague, former Burbank Mayor Mary Lou Howard, arguing that despite confusion, the board did not act in bad faith. The vote came on a motion from Councilman Dave Golonski after he failed to secure support to remove the commissioners.
FEATURES
December 23, 2006
S ome religious groups, such as the National Coalition of American Nuns, are calling for followers to refrain from drinking bottled water. They say a God-given resource such as water is not something to be packaged and sold while access to drinking water is so scarce in the poorest regions of the world. Water should be free for all, they say. Bottled-water advocates say targeting bottled-water companies is misguided, given the many products that use water, and will not lead to solutions to resource scarcity in poor regions of the world.
NEWS
June 16, 2004
Close the airport, pocket the profits It does not come as a great surprise that the FAA has turned down the request for a mandatory nighttime curfew at the Bob Hope Airport. The only interest that the FAA has is promoting air travel at any time of the day or night. Any problems that this might cause Burbank residents is just tough, because the FAA flatly does not care. It is now abundantly clear that we at the local level have no control over the operation of the airport.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 5, 2009
CITY HALL — Two civil service commissioners could be ousted later this month for what Councilman Dave Golonski called “highly inappropriate” comments they made when they twice blocked the temporary promotion of a police lieutenant because he was named in an FBI probe into excessive-force allegations. The Civil Service Board on Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 denied extending the temporary advancement of Lt. Armen Dermenjian to the post of acting captain, arguing that a city employee whose records were subpoenaed by the U.S. attorney’s office as part of an investigation into alleged police misconduct should not be trusted with additional responsibility.
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LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | May 6, 2009
CITY CENTER — Despite raising the possibility of censure last month, the Burbank Police Officers’ Assn. stopped short of voting no confidence in Police Chief Tim Stehr at a packed union meeting Monday. Union President Mike Parrinello called the private meeting to address concerns regarding morale, division among members, and lack of confidence in the chief and his administration. According to an internal union memo, the meeting also addressed unspecified “negative events believed to be coming.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | March 8, 2008
CITY HALL — The Burbank Board of Education Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution rebuking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget, which cuts funding to kindergarten through 12th-grade public education to help make up a $14.5-billion shortfall. The budget would either reduce or suspend state Proposition 98 — which sets a minimum funding level for education — spelling mass layoffs for tens of thousands of teachers and increased classroom sizes, according to the Burbank Superintendent’s Office.
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