July 30, 2012
Michael A. Rembis will be the new chief executive of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, according to an announcement from the hospital Monday. Rembis, 58, will take his new role in mid-September. He leaves his post as president and chief executive of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where he oversaw a range of specialty programs similar to those at Providence Saint Joseph. Rembis replaces Barry Wolfman, who left the Burbank hospital earlier this year to return to his alma mater, George Washington University, where he is the medical center's top administrator.
May 12, 2010
We are in 100% agreement with the May 8 editorial “Give Gordon a chance.” It is undeniably wrong that Councilman David Gordon’s fellow council members should be allowed to treat the council office as a childish popularity game and continually vote to deny him the opportunity to represent those who twice voted him into office. This is, however, not the first time that this has happened. In the past, others such as Tim Murphy and Ted McConkey were denied the position because their council peers voted against them.
April 14, 2010
Venomous rhetoric, irrational ranting, disappearing civility, vandalism, hate outbursts and death threats — was I asleep (“Bill takes away freedoms,” March 26)? What happened? Did President Obama and Congress unilaterally initiate a new war that will go on for many years with minimal international support and with a justification that is a lie? Will thousands of American sons and daughters in the military be sent to early graves and many, many thousands more mentally and physically maimed?
April 13, 2010
Candidates for a vacant seat in the 43rd Assembly District clashed Thursday in the final forum before the Tuesday election, taking positions on tax increases, spending cuts and the Legislature’s procedure for approving a budget. The forum, televised and hosted by “The Larry Zarian Show” and co-sponsored by the Glendale News-Press, brought all four hopefuls onto a panel to answer questions that delved into each candidate’s background and stance on state issues.
April 3, 2010
The health-care-reform measure passed by the House and signed into law by President Obama this week is being challenged by religious-rights groups who claim that ?the law treats religions unequally and forces adherents to be part of a health-care system that violates their religious beliefs on abortion.? One lawsuit has been filed that claims ?that forcing individuals to participate in a health-care system that supports abortions violates their 1st Amendment right to freely follow their sincerely held religious beliefs.
March 24, 2010
Depending on the route, I pass up to three hospitals on my way home from work. Not bad for a commute that clocks in just short of seven miles. Passing by those August steel and glass buildings used to make me feel safe. Now, it just makes me sad. Just about everyone I know has had an issue of some kind or another with health care. The mother of a friend of mine got hit with a six-figure bill for end-of-life care of her husband — and they were insured. My own stepmother died in a San Diego hospital bed following supposedly uncomplicated neck surgery.
March 20, 2010
I have great respect for Herbert Molano. His letters have offered many important insights into local government. But he is incorrect in saying the Republicans in Washington are interested in controlling health-care costs (“Control expenses first before reform,” March 12). Republicans lead the way in prohibiting Medicare from negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies to lower prices. Canada’s Medicare program, which covers everyone, not just the elderly, regularly negotiates drug prices, which is why they are much lower in Canada.
March 10, 2010
Demand for health services is rising at area hospitals, a trend that is likely to continue and increase the need for workers in the industry, according to a report from the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board. Health care is the second-largest industry in Burbank and Glendale, employing about 24,000 workers at area hospitals and clinics, according to the report. The entertainment industry, which accounts for the employment of about 50,000 area workers, generates the majority of the region’s economic activity, according to the board.
February 19, 2010
MEDIA DISTRICT — Hotel and restaurant workers brought their fight from Orange County to the Walt Disney Co. headquarters in Burbank this week, staging a spirited rally and public hunger strikes to highlight a bitter two-year contract dispute over health care. The demonstrations, which lasted nearly three days and involved five fasting workers, came after eight employees of Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel and Grand Californian Hotel & Spa held a weeklong hunger strike over a company proposal to require Unite Here Local 11 members to pay for their health-care premiums.