March 6, 2013
The deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns of increased wait times at airport security checks because of “reductions in overtime and the inability of backfill positions for attrition.” Say what? A typical nonsensical scare comment by a federal spokesman because of a 5% cutback in a budget probably already too bloated. Just why does this agency need a “deputy” press secretary and related administrative costs? It is hard to believe that federal agencies don't have many inefficiencies and much bureaucratic fat behind their public interactions that could absorb the impact of the relatively modest across-the-board cuts the sequester calls for. Mel Wolf Burbank
December 13, 2010
A judge has dismissed the final complaint against the woman who engaged in a tussle last year with a federal transportation security agent over carry-on applesauce and other snacks for her 93-year-old mother at Bob Hope Airport. An administrative judge for the Department of Homeland Security accepted the Transportation Security Administration's motion on Dec. 3 to withdraw its complaint alleging that passenger Nadine Hays violated security regulations, effectively ending the government's action against her. "The TSA held several productive discussions with Ms. Hays over the past couple of weeks and, as a result, requested the dismissal of the case against her," the agency said a statement.
June 21, 2008
The council provided direction on the development of a low-cost parking program at medical centers for senior citizens. The idea was first proposed at the Oct. 9 meeting. The goal of the program is to alleviate the cost of parking fees to senior citizens, who have several weekly appointments with physicians at local medical centers. The council asked staff to research different ways to implement the program such as a bus to transport seniors to the medical center and a voucher program with the centers’ parking lots.
March 31, 2007
"The Last Mimzy" is an interesting and unusual family movie that is fun to watch but ultimately leaves no lasting impression. It's too bad because the story has great potential but falls short of groundbreaking status. If the word mimzy strikes a chord of recognition, you probably read Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" as a child. And the allusion is intended. Mimzy is the name of a stuffed bunny (think the White Rabbit) that the little girl in the film finds on the beaches of Whidbey Island.
August 31, 2005
The Burbank Fire and Police departments will boost their preparedness for disasters and terrorist events with federal grant money unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday night. The $860,000 in two grants from the Department of Homeland Security would be used for training, equipment and planning for emergency operations. Training in hazardous materials and urban search and rescue will take Fire Department personnel to Alabama, New Mexico and Nevada, interim Fire Chief Tracy Pansini said.
October 2, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum Minutes before the first debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, about 40 people at the Glendale-Burbank-North Hollywood Democratic Headquarters milled about, nervously eating chicken and pizza. Over the next 90 minutes, that anxiety transformed into confidence. After the debate, the Democrats declared Kerry the winner with an enthusiasm that seemed missing just 90 minutes earlier. "Up to now, I wasn't quite sure if I could visually see John Kerry as the leader of the United States," said Frank Loukrezis, a 38-year-old Glendale resident.
May 24, 2003
Ben Godar The Department of Homeland Security this week raised the national threat level in response to terrorist threats against Western targets, but until specific information about local targets is known, Burbank Police and Fire officials are not making any significant changes. California Highway Patrol officers, however, are adding four more hours to their workdays after Gov. Gray Davis put the state agency on 12-hour shifts in response to the heightened terror alert.
February 26, 2003
Molly Shore Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has been appointed to two of the five subcommittees of the House Judiciary Committee, and to two of the six subcommittees of the House International Relations Committee. As a member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, which has jurisdiction over constitutional-law matters, Schiff will work to ensure the protection of a person's civil liberties and privacy. "At a time when we are engaged in the war on terrorism, I will examine issues that involve what kind of investigative tools we give law enforcement," Schiff said.