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April 25, 2009
A few thoughts on David Gordon Jessie Byers’ fawning tribute to Councilman David Gordon really hits the heart (“Gordon a person of character,” April 18). Byers’ theme is that Gordon is a man of character, and I couldn’t agree more. It takes someone with “character” to vote for closing a homeless shelter during the winter, and to request that roads be repaved around your own business. It takes quite a lot of “character” to try to undo the social framework that makes Burbank the best city to live in. Gordon’s “character” has really lent itself to quite a few decisions he has made during his tenure.
NEWS
April 8, 2011
Burbank police arrested Ricardo Ramirez, 18, at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday in connection with an attack on two men and one woman with a hammer, wrench and baseball bat. At 9:40 p.m. on April 6, Ramirez, a Burbank resident, and two other men approached the victims, who were standing in a carport on the 2100 block of North Lincoln Street. One of the suspects, described as Latino and between the ages of 18 and 20, attacked one of the men with a hammer. The woman tried to shield him from the blows and was struck in the arm. The other male victim was then hit in the head with the baseball bat. The suspect ran to a car and drove off in an older beige or brown 4-door vehicle, possibly a Toyota Corolla, in an unknown direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Jon Haber | January 11, 2011
Burbank resident Don Russ said he became interested in woodworking because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his role model — his father. Growing up, Russ said he always wanted to build furniture and help out his dad in his shop. To this very day, Russ has continued his family tradition. Russ said he continues to build furniture for his Burbank home in his own working garage — which he helped build — located in his backyard. He said it's a hobby that has always seemed natural for him. “I was a lot like my dad,” he said.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
I regard Burbank as a cutting-edge and progressive city. However, I was extremely disheartened to find that the city is behind the curve in the national effort to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. Puppies for sale in pet stores usually come from puppy mills, which breed dogs for profit only, keeping puppies and dogs in cruel and inhumane conditions. These puppies are often abused and quite ill. People looking for a lovable companion will find an abundance of loving puppies and dogs in the Burbank and Los Angeles animal shelters, desperately waiting for a home.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | April 21, 2010
Senior couture students have let their imaginations soar from edgy party dresses to elegant wedding gowns for Woodbury University’s 46th annual fashion show benefit, which takes place May 2 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. “Asiatikos” is the theme for the 2010 show to be presented by the Woodbury Department of Fashion Design. The event allows students of Woodbury’s fashion department to showcase their designs. The styles shown made the cut after being judged by fashion professionals during a show on April 20 at the university.
NEWS
October 5, 2002
While I'm sure Will Rogers thinks it's a corny concept, it's hardly an act of "cowardice" for our City Council to aver to the "will of the people" in upholding the terms and conditions of Measure A. In fact, it's absurd for Rogers to infer that there's something brave and heroic about our council spending taxpayer funds to defeat a voter initiative designed to constrain the power of that very same governing body;...
NEWS
June 9, 2006
It's no wonder that in 2003 the Burbank Leader named Glendale Community College President John Davitt one of the city's two most influential people. By then Davitt had already established a legacy of growth and fighting against budget cuts and tuition hikes after nearly 20 years of overseeing the college and its district. That legacy was spotlighted last weekend as hundreds gathered at the Sheraton Universal to celebrate Davitt's 21-year career as the college's president ?
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By Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
Drummer Ellie English and singer-guitarist Sade Sanchez won the battle of the bands at Burbank High back in 2007. Now in their 20s, the reunited duo crafts haunted garage rock with bass player Irita Pai in a psych-punk band called L.A. Witch. "When Ellie and I first met, we were 17, driving around listening to Blonde Redhead and Autolux," says Sanchez, a Burroughs grad who started jamming with English, a Burbank High grad, while they were teens. On Saturday they join Blonde Redhead, Autolux and some of their favorite artists - along with Angeleno friends Mystic Braves and Froth - at Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, Calif.
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THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Councilman Bob Frutos on Tuesday requested a closed-session performance evaluation of City Manager Mark Scott, a move that follows weeks of criticism by residents centered around the issue of group homes in residential neighborhoods. When reached over the phone on Thursday, Frutos declined to comment on why he made the request, citing personnel privacy laws. Scott, however, has come under fire by residents in recent weeks following a couple of public outreach blunders. In January, residents were not adequately notified about a public hearing for the state-required housing element . The policy document was approved by City Council and included a section allowing supportive housing - which could mean sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods, which didn't sit well with residents.
SPORTS
By Emin Avakian, special to the Leader | March 11, 2014
BURBANK - For a No. 3 hitter, Providence's Sean Holt couldn't have asked for more ideal situations than the four times he walked to the batter's box on Tuesday evening. Facing seemingly overwhelmed pitchers from Valley Torah in a nonleague game, the slugger capitalized on the eight runners on base in his four at-bats - including seven in scoring position - with three hits and seven runs driven in to help the Pioneers notch a 13-1 victory at Schafer Field in Ralph Foy Park. PHOTOS: Providence vs. Valley Torah nonleague baseball Holt's three-hit performance highlighted a day in which five starters registered a hit and seven scored runs in the game that was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
Burbank Unified school district is falling in line with a growing state trend that has seen student suspensions decline over the past school year compared to the year prior, according to data released this week by state officials. There were 246 fewer suspensions in Burbank schools in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12, the most recent years for which extensive data is available. While there were 948 suspensions across Burbank Unified in 2012-13, there were 1,194 the year before. There were also five fewer expulsions during the last academic year, compared to the year prior when there were 16. Statewide, expulsions decreased by about 12% from more than 9,700 in 2011-12 to about 8,500 in 2012-13.
THE818NOW
December 4, 2013
All lanes and off-ramps of the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway near Lincoln Street were reopened Wednesday afternoon after emergency crews extinguished a truck fire and towed it away. The truck was hauling kitchen grease, which started to spill in the roadway when the truck caught fire, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi. Authorities said it was unclear if the kitchen grease caused the blaze, but the truck was not involved in a collision. Caltrans and the Burbank Fire Department reported to the scene to clean up the spill.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 30, 2013
Burbank Councilman Gary Bric's restaurant will be closed for up to six weeks after a stolen car rammed into the building late Monday night , causing an estimated $150,000 in damages, the councilman said. Prior to the crash, police saw the car driving at high speed on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway, according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. David Delgado. As police pursued, the motorist exited onto Hollywood Way, ran a stop sign and clipped another vehicle before crashing into the business, called Gary Bric's Ramp, located 7730 N. Hollywood Way in Sun Valley, Delgado said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kirk Silsbee and By Kirk Silsbee | August 14, 2013
When jazz singer Julie Kelly takes a stage, she does so with authority. A local veteran, she has the ease of control in her presentation. Indeed, for the jazz-listening public, it's hard to imagine the tall, imposing Kelly doing anything else in her life. It's not a studied pose. "At this point," she states, "I don't do a lot of formulating. " That ability to trust her instinct is the result of a career that has bred her artistic convictions. Kelly will bring that sure-footed quality to Mambo's in Glendale on Tuesday.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | July 12, 2013
When Burbank newlyweds Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo stumbled into San Francisco City Hall on June 30 just moments after marching in the city's gay pride parade they were overwhelmed by what they saw. Dozens of same-sex couples - some in their 70s, others joined by their parents, many with flower girls and boys in bowties by their sides - were lined up, waiting to get married. "I said, 'Jeff, stop, take a look around, everybody's getting married in this room right now,'" Katami recalled this week.
THE818NOW
May 14, 2013
Burbank was approved for a $43,000 grant for its Retired Senior Volunteer Program, surprising city officials who had thought they were out of contention after refusing to comply with new funding guidelines that would have required a program overhaul. For four decades, the Corporation for National and Community Service has subsidized a portion of the program, which boasts nearly 700 volunteers. But last year, the corporation attempted to narrow volunteer efforts to address six areas - disaster services, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, and economic opportunity.
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