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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | June 26, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called Wednesday a “huge day for the cause of equality” after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings essentially affirming the rights of gay couples to marry. The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was unconstitutional because it denied equal rights and benefits to all married couples. The court also turned away the defenders of Proposition 8, essentially sending the case back to California, where state officials are likely to resume gay marriages.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | August 14, 2010
With the city still recovering from an officer-involved shooting, several police civil rights lawsuits and probes into allegations of misconduct, officials are gearing up for a public forum on Wednesday in which residents will be able to voice their concerns. While the forum was approved by the City Council, Mayor Anja Reinke said it was more about the chance for the public to interact with police officials. "I hope the community comes out and is able to get their questions answered by the Police Department," said Reinke, who acts as the council's liaison to the Police Commission.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | April 3, 2012
Jurors in a trial brought by an Armenian American Burbank police detective who alleged he was harassed and faced discrimination were asked by his attorney Tuesday to award him $600,000 to $1 million. In his closing arguments in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Solomon Gresen, who is representing police Det. Steve Karagiosian, told jurors that the city does not deny that ethnic slurs were made, but instead is downplaying their significance. “The defense is not saying it didn't happen,” Gresen said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
The staffing of nurses in Burbank Unified is expected to be discussed during a special school board meeting on Friday and the district's head nurse plans to tell board members that additional nursing staff is needed. There are currently six certificated nurses who divide their time among the district's nearly 20 campuses and 15,200 students. That equates to one nurse for about 2,500 students, more than three times the ratio recommended by the National Assn. of School Nurses, which suggests one school nurse for every 750 students.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
Three Burbank men accused in connection with a double-stabbing at the Santa Monica Pier in January will stand trial on attempted murder and assault charges a judge ruled this week. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah Brazil ruled Monday there was enough evidence presented during the two-day preliminary hearing to move forward with a trial against Araik Ovoian, 24, Gevork Bagdasaryan, 19, and Alex Akbari, 18, for the stabbing and assault of alleged victims Antonio Castillo and Gilberto Dorado.
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December 12, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- A trio of city employees suing the city for job discrimination and wrongful termination must amend portions of their claim, a Los Angeles Superior Coury judge has ruled. In his order, issued last week, Judge William Highberger asked attorneys for Tina Staffon, Richard Benson and Beverly Starleaf to amend their claims of age and disability discrimination, job retaliation, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 26, 2013
A discrimination lawsuit filed by a former manager of a Home Depot in Burbank against the company was settled earlier this month, court records show. Last month, a U.S. District judge ordered an independent mental evaluation of Danielle Mailhoit, who claimed she was fired in 2010 due to gender discrimination and because she suffers from vertigo. She claimed the company didn't make appropriate accommodations for her condition, an allegation Home Depot denies. The company countered that there were valid reasons for Mailhoit's termination, stating “there existed legitimate, nondiscriminatory and nonretaliatory reasons” for her dismissal.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
After a two-month boost in passengers at Bob Hope Airport, there was a 1.3% decline in February compared to the same time last year, though the percentage of occupied seats on planes grew, according to the latest passenger report. The airfield handled 278,420 passengers in February, compared to 282,073 in February 2013, according to a report released Monday by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Six consecutive months leading toward the end of last year saw continuous declines followed by a jump in December and January, likely spurred by the holidays, said Dan Feger, the airport's executive director.
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November 21, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Burbank officials are hoping that two discrimination lawsuits pending against the city will go the way of a case that was dismissed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Madeleine Flier upheld the city's motion Tuesday to dismiss the discrimination suit filed by Marie Galvez, Lawrence Lee Wagenbach and Swen Williams, after the plaintiffs failed to produce an amended complaint, authorities said. The trio alleged in their lawsuit, which was filed in May, that while they were employed in the city's Public Services Department last year, they endured racial and age discrimination by Assistant General Manager Richard Corbi while suffering retaliation and wrongful termination for making internal complaints.
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By Emily Foxhall, Daily Pilot | March 27, 2014
A Newport Beach ordinance limiting group homes, struck down by a federal appeals court, has been cited repeatedly by Burbank officials who say they are extremely restricted in regulating such facilities. But last week, Burbank City Council members said they would consider a temporary ban on such homes, following a request from dozens of residents demanding action.  The Orange County city plans to petition the  U.S. Supreme Court  to overturn a lower court decision that determined its group home ordinance is discriminatory, the Daily Pilot reported . Newport Beach City Council members voted unanimously during a closed session meeting Tuesday to pursue the petition, City Atty.
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