April 25, 2014
For several weeks I have been noticing the weeds growing along our city roads and highways. It has even made me be ashamed of our beautiful city to any visiting out-of-towners. The amount of trash at the freeway exits is very bad lately, thanks to state and city budget cutbacks. I have been noticing one median in [City of Los Angeles] - at the corner of Hollywood Way and Glenoaks Boulevard - become a complete eyesore. I have been thinking of trying to contact the appropriate city agencies to get this messy situation cleaned up. I am happy to report that on a holiday I spotted a citizen on this median using a weed trimmer to cut down 4-foot-tall weeds.
March 14, 2014
I've gotten a lot of emails recently about where to put periods and commas relative to quotation marks. The notes were prompted by a recent column in which I mentioned that, in American English, a period or comma always comes before a closing quote mark (as in "fella. ") rather than after one (as in "fella".). The responses I got, and there were quite a few, all made the same point: That's not logical. Sure, my correspondents conceded, it sometimes makes sense to put a period before a closing quote mark, for example in a sentence like: Joe said, "Take it easy, fella.
November 14, 2013
It was apparent early on Thursday that the Providence High girls' volleyball team was simply overmatched in its playoff match. After a drive to Santa Barbara to take on No. 1-seeded Laguna Blanca in a CIF Southern Section Division IV-A second-round match, the Pioneers were greeted by an Owls team that had a wealth of talent to go along with the home-court advantage. As a result, the Pioneers suffered a 25-16, 25-11, 25-9 loss. "There is a reason why Laguna Blanca is the No. 1 team," Providence Coach James Jimenez said.
October 1, 2013
BURBANK - High implications resulted in a playoff atmosphere Tuesday at Burroughs High when the Indians hosted Arcadia in a battle for first place atop the Pacific League girls' volleyball standings. Perhaps fittingly, the match needed five games to determine a winner, as both teams took turns garnering and sustaining momentum. But it would be the Apaches who played a near-flawless fifth and deciding game to seal the 25-22, 25-12, 15-25, 17-25, 15-10 victory. "We were pretty fired up for this one," said Indians Coach Edwin Real, who guided Burroughs to the CIF Southern Section Division II-A quarterfinals last season after finishing third behind co-champions Burbank and Arcadia.
September 13, 2013
Burbank's public school system is joining others in 45 states across the nation in implementing Common Core, the U.S. education initiative that require more rigorous curricula. It is hoped these new standards will better prepare our youth to succeed in college and the workplace. As is so true any time dramatic change is on the horizon, the idea of introducing the new lessons leaves some stakeholders a little on edge. And there is some understandable apprehension about the first wave of tests, in spring 2015, that will assess how well the standards have been taught and grasped.
July 23, 2013
Is Tim Elliott aware that a majority of the residents of the 1900 block of Screenland Drive who were polled by the city said they did not want sidewalks? And that the responses from those living in the 1800 block were tied, with half saying yes and half saying no? I assume that Tim Elliott, who is in favor of sidewalks, has been following this issue and is aware the delay was implemented by Councilman Gary Bric more than two years ago. The phrase “you get what you voted for” in Elliott's letter is an insult toward Dr. David Gordon and is unwarranted.
April 9, 2013
Today is election day in Burbank, but don't mail in your ballot. To make sure your vote counts, drop your ballot at one of the following locations: Burbank City Hall - 275 E. Olive Ave. Buena Vista Branch Library - 300 N. Buena Vista St. Joslyn Center - 1301 W. Olive Ave. McCambridge Recreation Center - 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Tuttle Center - 1731 N. Ontario St. Drop-off locations will accept ballots until...
December 11, 2012
I see baseball teams are signing big TV contracts. I see baseball players are signing big contracts. What I don't see is any baseball team reducing the price of admission. I have been priced out of attending live baseball games. Does anyone in the MLB care? I think not. Roberto Navarro Burbank
November 16, 2012
It's my hope that news of the Colony Theatre experiencing financial difficulties has sufficiently stunned the people of Burbank into taking action and offering help. The threat of losing this top-notch, professional and truly talented organization would be an incalculable loss to our city. Anyone who has attended a Colony production knows I'm not just talking about preserving art for art's sake, and that this isn't simply an adorable little troupe we all know. The Colony Theatre is and has been a star organization of the Southern California theater scene since it first arrived in Burbank in 2000, after building its reputation for 25 years down the road in Silverlake.
November 13, 2012
Why should an animal cruelty act (produce puppies from puppy mills) be grandfathered to anyone? This sends the wrong message to the public that it is OK for “preferred” store owners to be cruel to animals. I always thought Burbank City Council was one of the municipalities with integrity and high standards. To pass this grandfathering act to these two “special interest” stores shows how wrong I was. Please do not allow this to happen. Mahatma Gandhi once said “One can measure the greatness and moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals.” Are special interests crowding the judgment of Burbank City Council members?