February 3, 2001
Will Rogers tirade against the Burbank Redevelopment Agency on Dec. 13 in regard to luring business ventures into the city may be overdrawn. Burbank is competing with other cities. Jobs, increase in property taxes, business taxes and sales taxes are positive results of new development. Rogers uses the word "giveaway" rather loosely. If you're antidevelopment, any incentive program is a "giveaway." Mistakes are made, but the competition can be intense from adjoining cities.
November 8, 2013
Regarding the airport counts and airport parking fee articles in the Nov. 6 Burbank Leader: The problem with flying out of Burbank is that the flights are both more expensive and take longer, which is a non-starter in most cases. I fly 10 times a year and would prefer not to go to LAX, but there's little incentive provided by Bob Hope Airport at this point. By increasing the price of parking (instead of decreasing it to attract more customers), there's even less reason to do so. If you want to increase passenger counts, think of the benefits that could be provided to the customer, not the airport.
October 24, 2001
With classes bursting at the seams, with more students in a room than desks can seat, we applaud a recent move by the Burbank Unified School District's board of education to apply for state funds for schools that participate in class-size reduction, with the goal being 20 students assigned to only one teacher. Class-size reduction is a good idea, one made all the better if the state awards the districts doing it with a simple thing like money. After all, it's money that's needed to pay for the additional teachers class-size reduction requires, and it's highly unlikely anyone is getting rich by the program (though it needs to be watched closely to ensure the 20-1 ratio is achieved)
August 17, 2012
California's 5,000-plus community-based pharmacies dispense billions of dollars worth of prescription drugs each year, so it is important to know that these drugs are being dispensed for legitimate health-care needs. Audits of pharmacy records help determine whether fraud is occurring. Unfortunately, pharmacy audits have become less about uncovering and punishing fraud and more about making money for pharmacy benefit managers who are hired by health insurance plans to administer prescription drug benefits and perform pharmacy audits.
January 15, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Making good on a promise made to residents in the spring, Burbank has begun offering a mortgage assistance package to first-time home buyers. Through the Redevelopment Agency, the city will provide down payments to low and moderate income families of up to 10% of the home's purchase price. Home buyers will have to take out a first mortgage for the bulk of their home's purchase price with a city-approved lender and a second mortgage with the city.
January 23, 2010
The entertainment industry’s difficulties in 2009 were capped off with an annual decline in employment of about 9,000 jobs as productions continued to be filmed in other states, raising concern about the future of the industry in the region, according to a report released Thursday. Still, good news for area economies could be on the horizon as new opportunities for local productions are expected to create up to 3,000 jobs in the area, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, which issued the report.
February 28, 2009
As dawn broke over Sacramento early Thursday morning, the State Legislature wrapped up a marathon session that finally put to bed a two-year spending plan that will bridge the state’s unprecedented $42-billion deficit caused by the global fiscal crisis. The Democrats in the Legislature, along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a handful of courageous Republican lawmakers, put together a budget compromise that begins to lay the foundation for getting California working again. Much about the budget plan was difficult to support and undoubtedly will cause significant pain to many Californians.
March 12, 2008
Warner Home Video executive promoted Warner Bros. officials announced Monday that Mark Horak, an executive vice president and general manager of a Warner Home Video arm, will take the helm as president of Warner Home Video North America. Horak, who worked most recently in Worldwide Operations and New Packaged Media, will oversee Warner Home Video?s operations in North America, which include the United States, Canada and Mexico. Warner Home Video President Ron Sanders called Horak a ?
November 26, 2005
editorialMagnolia Park Merchants Assn. heralded the gift-giving season by welcoming the community to the 11th annual Holiday in the Park celebration -- an open house and street faire. It offered those living nearby and others residing outside the immediate neighborhoods an incentive to step into the quaint shops and restaurants and see what's new along Magnolia Boulevard between Buena Vista Street and Pass Avenue and Hollywood Way from Clark Avenue to Chandler Boulevard. These events promote a great sense of community by bringing people together and the sights and sounds of the festivities are reminiscent of the old-fashioned holidays one only sees on Christmas cards.
April 19, 2003
Aiming to reduce runaway production CIVIC CENTER -- Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Burbank) addressed the Burbank City Council to update residents and council members about his efforts to keep the motion-picture industry from being lured to other countries. Sherman, who spoke at Tuesday's council meeting, was among legislators who introduced the United States Independent Film and Television Production Incentive Act last year, and again in January. It would provide a tax credit for projects produced in the U.S., with the goal of keeping production in the country to create jobs and boost the economy.