March 19, 2005
Rosette Gonzales Earle Blais, mayor of Burbank from 1953 to '57 who helped rid the city of organized crime, died March 8, 2005. Blais, 84, ran for office on a reform ticket encouraged by a crime prevention citizens' committee. Blais' dedication to preventing crime was steadfast but risky. His family often received threats, his son and daughter recalled. Beverly Blais Moosmann remembered the family being invited to appear in a city parade when she was a child.
August 8, 2009
At a time when police agencies across the nation are buckling under the pressure of city budget cuts, this year?s National Night Out events ? in which residents are encouraged to take a more active role in policing their neighborhoods ? took on a whole new meaning. This year, Burbank police suffered a $1.34-million hit, resulting in the loss of dedicated officers for park patrols and retail crime. In Glendale, budget cuts have had more severe impacts. Six part-time park rangers got pink slips, and last month, three sworn Glendale police officers received termination notices that could take effect if the fiscal situation doesn?
October 15, 2008
?RockNRolla? is a lark of a gangster film punctuated by random, brutal acts of violence. Set in the boomtown of modern London where the construction cranes looming over the skyline are as ubiquitous as Big Ben, this tale of ?sex, thugs and rock ?n? roll? is a crime film just as interested in laughs as gunfire. ?RockNRolla? sets the new lords of crime and commerce on a mad dash across London town with vivid dreams of colorful Euros raining down on their heads and an explosive soundtrack to jackhammer their larcenous black hearts.
October 14, 2000
James Rogan In areas like Southern California, and all along our nation's southern borders, the problem of alien smuggling is most severe. What was once a trickle of smuggled immigrants has grown to a tide of organized crime smuggling aliens from every corner of the globe. Each year, millions of illegal aliens come to this country by means of smugglers, often called "coyotes." Making the problem more severe is that many of the immigrants are often found wandering in the desert, left for dead.
February 23, 2005
"Dear June Casagrande: I'm writing to inform you of a recent crime committed against ChoicePoint that MAY have resulted in your name, address and Social Security number being viewed by businesses that are not allowed to access such information. We have reason to believe your personal information may have been obtained by unauthorized third parties, and we deeply regret any inconvenience this event may cause you." Normal people read a letter like this, especially the day after reading a big article in the newspaper about this crime, and think, "Oh, no!
June 22, 2002
Ryan Carter Local police aren't just working on solving and preventing crimes today -- they're working on a plan for how to do it in 10 years. The Master Plan was submitted to Chief Thomas Hoefel last week but the process to develop it started nine months ago when the agency started asking for input from a variety of community sources. It's the department's first plan in about 16 years. The input was synthesized into what the committee called five "strategic initiatives," which Capt.
May 12, 2007
T he House of Representatives last week voted to extend hate crimes legislation to add protections for gay people equal to the protections for race or creed. Some leaders have called the legislation a victory for civil rights. Others say it seeks to establish special rights, and threatens freedom of speech rights of religious leaders who argue that homosexuality is immoral. What do you think? Every crime against a person is in some way a hate crime. But sometimes the victim is chosen because he is a member of a certain group, then the crime takes on the aspect of hatred and terrorism.
July 30, 2005
Stacey Murphy should step aside Innocent or guilty, Councilwoman Murphy has shown poor judgment and a lack of responsibility. Either way, I wouldn't feel comfortable having her as a neighbor, let alone as a representative making decisions for my community. Stacey Murphy must step aside as soon as possible. She is unfit to hold her position. JULIE D'ANGELO Burbank Murphy arrest a sad state of affairs I just cannot believe what I read in the paper!
January 8, 2011
Despite the ongoing course correction underway at the Burbank Police Department, officers still managed to clamp down on crime, with the city experiencing an overall drop in 2010. Even the spike in the number of prostitution-related arrests is heartening, as history has shown that prostitutes and their pimps thrive in permissive environments. Despite the positive crime trends — one that may have also benefited from a corresponding drop in serious crimes last year in our behemoth neighbor, L.A. — Burbank police continue to face their own challenges, and demons.