March 22, 2013
I'm writing today in response to and in agreement with Carolyn Jackson's letter regarding Councilman David Gordon. The problems she cited, though enough to hopefully dissuade some from voting for Gordon, are only a part of the reason I find myself so dissatisfied with his City Council tenure. Gordon uses a tried-and-true political tactic, tugging on the strings of fear in order to advance a political agenda. We've seen him play up the day-labor center, the homeless shelter, water conservation rules, bike lanes - the list goes on and on. Doesn't the sky-is-falling routine ever get old?
November 6, 2012
At Burbank City Hall, fear over the future of healthcare, the economy and state education funding factored prominently in ballot decisions for some voters. And as in other polling stations across the region, voters were split on the issues, candidates and frustrated. Take 29-year-old Brandon Bennett, and Jake Johnson, 28, works in television production. For Bennett -- whose wife is a school teacher, his father superintendent -- a “yes” vote on Proposition 30 was very important.
January 14, 2014
If public speaking is as great a fear as they say, I just met the bravest people in Burbank. These are the Toastmasters, and twice a month they grab fear by its sweat-stained collar and they pull it in close and scream in its face. I joined this multigenerational gang on its home turf at Write Brothers Software on Olive Avenue. There are 11 Toastmasters groups that meet regularly throughout Burbank, but the “Toastmasters 4 Writers” really spoke my language. The first presentation was an excerpt from the stage play of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.” I was hooked from there out - the speeches that followed offered advice, pitched a science-fiction screenplay and revealed extremely personal stories of careers, successes and failures.
June 10, 2009
As I sit here in Iraq missing Father’s Day with my family for the second time since Sept. 11, 2001, my mind wanders to the promise I made to my son the day he was born. As a former Marine who lost 241 brothers in the Beirut bombing on Oct. 23, 1983, Sept. 5, 2001, was the first time in 18 years that I knew why I wasn’t in that building. I held my son for the first time and thought of the Four Freedoms as four things I would promise him. If I could provide him these things, I would be a successful father.
April 1, 2000
Alex Leon Wind, rain or cold doesn't faze Kyle Mersola on the golf course. His swing might be off, his ball might spend more time in the rough than on the greens, and he might shoot in three digits. But no matter what the elements bring, the sun shines brightly every day for Mersola, a 15-year-old Village Christian freshman who plays for the Crusaders golf team. After all, Mersola is lucky just to be alive. Weighing a tiny 2 pounds, 3 ounces as the result of being born three months premature, all Mersola has to do is look in the mirror to be reminded of what he has had to live with his entire life.
August 18, 2010
Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of the 13th day of a month falling on a Friday — a day when the superstitious tend to avoid black cats. Well, if black cats were being avoided, Black Cows were being embraced as members, friends and supporters of the Burbank Elks gathered at their Hollywood Way lodge for a 1950s-themed dinner dance on Friday the 13th. As bobby-soxed, poodle-skirted and bowling-shirted folks arrived at the lodge, they were greeted by Kelly Loporchio and Brittney Peale who were delving out the Black Cows — a concoction of soda, ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream that became a staple of 1950s malt shops.
October 26, 2010
I read with interest your article on Assemblyman Mike Gatto's hearing in Glendale on pension reform ("Lawmakers talk pension reform following the Bell scandal," Oct. 21). It was abundantly clear that bureaucrats (whose interests align with the status quo) fear Gatto's reforms. Is that not reason enough to support him? Mary Ann Healy Burbank We need extradition treaty with Armenia Regarding the Oct. 14 story "FBI raid nets 15 accused in $100M Medicare case": It was reported on the same day that this story was published in the Burbank Leader that Mexican authorities had turned over suspected Valley Village bride-to-be killer Omar Armando Loera to Los Angeles Police Department detectives.
May 1, 2004
Re Mariposa care facility: I am a new resident to the city of Burbank, having resided in the city only within the past year. In this time, I have grown fond of the city, with its small-town, family-oriented charm. Nonetheless, having read this article in its entirety, I have become discontented with the lack of community appreciation and ill reverence for our fellow man. Those averse to the idea of a residential care facility oppose it for three reasons: property value will decrease, an increase of traffic, and the inability to ride one's horse down an alley.
December 11, 1999
Robert Blechl MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- As the millennium nears many people fret a Y2K catastrophe or an apocalyptic breakdown. But members of Burbank's Church of Religious Science aren't buying it. The Rev. Marlene Morris and church member and publicist Jeanne McCafferty have started the "Millennium Book," a tribute to things people at the brink of the millennium are thankful for. The book, which was signed by...