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By Justin Riner | January 17, 2009
An open letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding cutting five days from the school year to aid with the budget: For a few days now, news sources and my colleagues at the middle school where I teach have been discussing the pros and cons of Schwarzenegger’s proposal to take five days from our school year (“Officials discuss the use of IOUs,” Jan. 3). While this is not an ideal move, I understand that difficult decisions must be made in order to get our state’s finances where they should be. I know that reducing our school year would be a big help to get us in the black without having to cut supplemental programs such as arts and after-school one-on-one tutoring.
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By Max Zimbert | October 14, 2009
BURBANK — Step by step, fifth-graders at Shull Elementary School recorded the planting of trees and combating of pollution. Their scrapbook-like portfolio about green efforts in San Dimas was on display Tuesday afternoon as an example of environmental projects classrooms undertake in the Disney Planet Challenge, a national competition that promotes teamwork and real-world problem solving skills. “It’s hands-on, it’s community involvement, what a difference it makes,” said Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction.
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January 10, 2001
Lolita Harper AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Burbank residents are not alone in their battle for control over a neighborhood airport. Orange County residents have taken an active role in the battle over the fate of the El Toro Airport. Measure F, passed in March 2000 by 67% of Orange County residents, was an attempt to put the fate of the proposed international airport in the hands of voters. However, the measure -- which called for two-thirds voter approval for some major public works projects -- was struck down last month by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who called it "fundamentally flawed."
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May 13, 2011
There has been much “underreporting” recently on how uninterested most Burbankers are in who actually sits on the City Council (“Talamantes takes mayoral seat,” May 4). Over the last four elections for council, only about 20% of folks who took the time to register bothered to vote for local leaders whose actions may have the greatest direct effect on their lives. It seems clear that most Burbank citizens don't give diddly squat who governs our local community or in what way they govern.
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By Chris Wiebe | October 24, 2007
BURBANK — As Santa Ana winds stoked wildfires this week, Burbank and Glendale have largely steered clear of the havoc breaking out across Southern California. “All things are quiet in Glendale, but everywhere else is burning away,” Glendale Fire Capt. Tom Propst said. But that doesn’t mean the area was not affected in some way by the chaos surrounding it. Burbank sent all five of its engine companies, a battalion chief and a water tender to help contain the blazes that have charred thousands of acres in Southern California, Burbank Fire Capt.
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October 23, 2004
After attending most of the "mansionization" as well as Hillside View Protection meetings over the past year, I've heard and read many opinions on this matter regarding the new Interim Development Control Ordinance (IDCO). An extension of this IDCO can protect our neighborhoods until a set of new building standards are in place. So what are we talking about? First, the R-1 zoning would change from .6 or 60% floor-area ratio to .45 or 45% FAR. What exactly is FAR?
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By PATRICK CANEDAY | August 22, 2009
I was going to write a cuddly, poignant column about the first day of school this week. I?d have mentioned how in June I lamented the early Aug. 17 start date for Burbank schools, but by Aug. 1 praised the benevolent folks at the Board of Education for their selflessness in taking my children two weeks earlier than usual. I was going to throw in funny anecdotes about how my girls woke up at 5:30 a.m. and were dressed and in the car by 5:35 a.m. There would have been touching insights about crying children being consoled by their parents; crying parents being consoled by their children.
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By Max Zimbert | October 14, 2009
BURBANK — Step by step, fifth-graders at Shull Elementary School recorded the planting of trees and combating of pollution. Their scrapbook-like portfolio about green efforts in San Dimas was on display Tuesday afternoon as an example of environmental projects classrooms undertake in the Disney Planet Challenge, a national competition that promotes teamwork and real-world problem solving skills. “It’s hands-on, it’s community involvement, what a difference it makes,” said Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction.
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By Justin Riner | January 17, 2009
An open letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding cutting five days from the school year to aid with the budget: For a few days now, news sources and my colleagues at the middle school where I teach have been discussing the pros and cons of Schwarzenegger’s proposal to take five days from our school year (“Officials discuss the use of IOUs,” Jan. 3). While this is not an ideal move, I understand that difficult decisions must be made in order to get our state’s finances where they should be. I know that reducing our school year would be a big help to get us in the black without having to cut supplemental programs such as arts and after-school one-on-one tutoring.
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