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By Christopher Cadelago | March 13, 2010
CITY HALL — The Burbank Police Department may recruit applicants from other law enforcement agencies under revised rules approved by the Civil Service Board. Commissioners on March 3 voted to allow Police Chief Scott LaChasse to recruit outside captains and lieutenants. LaChasse would also be allowed to recruit outside sergeants, but for only four years. The revised policy is slated to go before the City Council for ratification March 23. LaChasse said the recommendations should be considered as one in a series of internal restructuring measures he’s taken to stave off a possible federal consent decree mandating reform of the Burbank Police Department.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | January 9, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday appropriated $1.2 million to fund investigations into alleged police misconduct and strategic legal oversight. The council voted 4 to 1 to appropriate $1 million for the services of former U.S. Atty. Debra Wong Yang and law enforcement expert Merrick Bobb to help reform a department grappling with civil rights lawsuits and federal probes into allegations of excessive force. The rest of the money will pay for an internal investigator and his legal advisor.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
Mercury Air Centers has agreed to pay seven Burbank employees and other members of a class-action lawsuit $600,000 to settle claims that they experienced racial discrimination and sexual harassment. Atlantic Services Inc. — which purchased Mercury Air Centers at Bob Hope Airport after the lawsuit was filed in 2008 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — also agreed to a two-year consent decree that calls for the appointment of a workplace oversight officer.
FEATURES
October 2, 2009
CNN reported last month that two Florida school administrators face contempt charges and possible prison time for saying a prayer at a school luncheon. They face a non-jury trial Sept. 17. Do you believe authorities went too far in filing contempt charges against these two men for saying a prayer at a school luncheon? Or should these men be “taught a lesson” on the separation of church and state by giving them jail time?   First, let’s clarify that the event in question was primarily a gathering of adults, booster club members and others who helped with a school project.
NEWS
October 7, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- In the face of mounting public concern about chromium 6 in the drinking water, city and county officials said they are moving to lower levels of the chemical in the San Fernando Valley Aquifer. Earlier this week, officials said that tests conducted on tap water at 110 county facilities revealed unexpectedly high levels of the carcinogen chromium 6, with the highest reading coming from the Burbank Health Center at 110 W. Magnolia Blvd.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | March 27, 2010
CITY HALL — Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse may recruit candidates from other law enforcement agencies under revised rules approved by the City Council. With unanimous endorsement, the chief will be able to recruit outside police captains, lieutenants and sergeants to a department riddled with misconduct investigations and civil rights lawsuits. The Civil Service Board agreed to a similar package of hiring revisions earlier this month. “Obviously we have a police department that’s somewhat in turmoil right now and the reason we brought Chief LaChasse in is to make some of these changes,” said Mayor Gary Bric, who noted the lack of police union members at the meeting.
NEWS
October 14, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Troubled by higher-than-expected levels of chromium 6 in drinking water, the City Council has voted to stop operating a city well with the highest level of the contaminant. Although it could lead to higher water rates, the council said it would welcome efforts by Burbank Water and Power officials to disconnect Well 110. The move follows tests by Los Angeles County that revealed a reading of 7.84 parts per billion of the suspected carcinogen at a city tap. In approving the move, council members lashed out at Lockheed Martin Corp.
NEWS
By Ron Kaye | February 25, 2011
Unless you have gone through the grueling training and taken the oath to uphold the law, you can never know what it's like to carry a gun and be licensed to shoot to kill. That's why cops are different from the rest us — men and women who are part of a cult of law enforcement where there are unspoken rules of conduct that sometimes become a code of silence. It is a very thin blue line that separates civilized people from the barbarians among us. Inevitably, a few cops cross that line; sometimes whole departments become infected in a way that makes officers blind to the abuses going on around them — patterns of conduct that are supported, even honored, by the community as a whole.
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By Christopher Cadelago | March 13, 2010
CITY HALL — The Burbank Police Department may recruit applicants from other law enforcement agencies under revised rules approved by the Civil Service Board. Commissioners on March 3 voted to allow Police Chief Scott LaChasse to recruit outside captains and lieutenants. LaChasse would also be allowed to recruit outside sergeants, but for only four years. The revised policy is slated to go before the City Council for ratification March 23. LaChasse said the recommendations should be considered as one in a series of internal restructuring measures he’s taken to stave off a possible federal consent decree mandating reform of the Burbank Police Department.
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By Christopher Cadelago | January 9, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday appropriated $1.2 million to fund investigations into alleged police misconduct and strategic legal oversight. The council voted 4 to 1 to appropriate $1 million for the services of former U.S. Atty. Debra Wong Yang and law enforcement expert Merrick Bobb to help reform a department grappling with civil rights lawsuits and federal probes into allegations of excessive force. The rest of the money will pay for an internal investigator and his legal advisor.
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