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March 17, 2001
Letters attacking me personally for my Jan. 3 community commentary have been too hysterical for rational response. But I will try to correct factual errors, such as Lowell Gronich's Jan. 24 "Shame on you, Mr. Bill Starr for your commentary." He stated: "'We the people,' who have assigned the job of interpreting the Constitution to the courts, are a nation of laws."' No, neither "We the people" nor our elected representatives have ever made that assignment in the Constitution or anywhere else.
NEWS
May 7, 2013
Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of smelling that open cesspool at Burbank Boulevard and the Golden State (5) Freeway? Aren't there laws about the types and amounts of noxious gases that can be released from such facilities? Perhaps when they rebuild the Burbank Boulevard overpass they can put a lid on that stench. Gary McCarter Burbank
NEWS
By Elaine Hampton | September 12, 2007
In his long Mailbag letter published in the Burbank Leader on Wednesday, “Must look at the founders’ words,” David Kim trots out all the old cliches and myths about the intentions of the founders of our republic when they wrote the Constitution. Cliché No. 1: The moldy old claim that “this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.” The brilliant framers of our Constitution — James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and others — were products of the European Enlightenment, passionate secularists, and made every effort to ensure that the laws of our country were based on secular common sense instead of religious dogma.
NEWS
August 11, 2001
In the last few weeks, the Leader has reported on the off-duty arrest of Burbank Police Officer Anthony Valento and an on-duty incident in which that same officer shot a Labrador retriever when responding to a call of domestic violence. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, the Leader has received several telephone calls and letters chastising the paper for reporting on the arrest. After all, it was not in Burbank and the officer was off-duty, they say. And the shooting of the dog must have been the dog's fault.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | January 12, 2010
CITY HALL ? State elections officials have determined that Councilman David Gordon can participate in city employee labor negotiations, even if they include talks on a vision-care plan that his optometry practice accepts. In a Dec. 8 letter from the California Fair Political Practices Commission, released by Gordon on Thursday, officials said that Vision Service Plan, a vision-care insurance company that covers city employees, is not considered a significant-enough source of income to the councilman to create a conflict of interest.
NEWS
August 28, 2002
What in the world gives the right to one dictator -- I mean judge -- to overturn what we the people vote into law? This trend has got to stop. "We the people" pass propositions and measurements and one dictator -- I mean judge -- can say it doesn't matter. I vote "no" on every judge on the ballot. I figure, what gives him the right to judge people and our laws. Personally, I think our local congressman should appoint all judges. That way, someone can be held accountable for these dictators -- I mean judges.
NEWS
October 30, 2004
Darleene Barrientos In Bob New's opinion, state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) is a prince of a man, but that doesn't change his view on Scott's politics. "He's sure a swell guy. He's a very, very nice man. He has a lovely wife and I think she's a closet Libertarian," New said, laughing. "But politically, he's tried to pass a lot of silly gun laws and believes in controlling people and taxing people. Of course, that's the Democratic point of view. It doesn't detract from his character or intelligence, but he's gone the wrong way, as far as we think."
FEATURES
May 13, 2006
More teeth needed in enforcement In response to the May 3 question, "Do you think the immigration boycott will have an effect on U.S. immigration policy?" I sincerely hope not. What right do these people have coming here illegally and now trying to dictate how we run our country? Absolutely no right at all. I say send them all back ? let them demonstrate in their own country. I just wish our elected officials would have the guts to say, "Go back to your own country ? stand in line like you're supposed to."
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May 1, 2014
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, known as PAS, a political party with a strong base in the Malaysian state of Kelantan, pushed through the Sharia Criminal Code Enactment (II) 1993, which calls for hudud , or extreme corporal punishment when there is strong evidence of a crime to insure "justice and equality. " Only Muslims convicted of the crimes would pay with punishments that include, for example, the amputation of a thief's hand. So far, the federal constitution has delayed enactment of the law, but its backers aim to remove all obstacles to its implementation in Kelantan by next year.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
Dozens of Burbank residents, clad in matching T-shirts, poured into City Hall Tuesday to complain about the city allowing unlicensed group homes, which may include sober-living facilities, in residential neighborhoods. Earlier this month, the City Council approved - in a 3-1 vote - its state-required housing element to allow the facilities in single-family neighborhoods, and it has three years to implement the policy document through council-approved ordinances. Councilman David Gordon cast the sole vote against the housing element, and Councilman Gary Bric was absent.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
Burbank maintained a “B” on the American Lung Assn.'s annual report card grading California cities and counties on their anti-smoking laws - one of 33 cities and counties to receive that score. According to the agency, Burbank fared better than hundreds of cities and counties, including the 330 that received an “F,” in overall tobacco control on this year's “State of Tobacco Control” report. Even so, officials would've liked to have scored higher, having made “bold” strides in creating - and enforcing - anti-smoking rules, said Community Development Director Joy Forbes.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 18, 2013
One Tuesday a month, Stephen Houlemard gets a ride to the Glendale Free Clinic, located on the second floor of the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, from a friend. Houlemard, a Temple City resident, comes to the clinic to monitor the diseases - diabetes and Addison's disease, an adrenal gland disorder - he's suffered from for decades, and to pick up medication. Houlemard's treatment, like that of all patients at the clinic, is paid for with grants from local hospitals and the effort of volunteers.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | October 15, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Saturday a bill that addresses the high number of hit-and-run offenses in California. The legislation, AB 184, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), extends the current three-year statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenses to six years from the date of the incident. “AB 184 will allow victims of hit-and-runs and law enforcement to obtain justice from cowards who do everything possible to avoid responsibility for their actions,” Gatto said in a statement.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 3, 2013
The City Council set aside another $50,000 last week to continue to pay a law firm to represent Burbank in ongoing labor negotiations between the city and two bargaining groups - the recently formed Burbank City Attorneys Assn. and the Burbank Management Assn. However, negotiations with both groups have reached an impasse. The appropriation is in addition to $50,000 the council set aside in March for the same purpose. The Los Angeles-based law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore will continue to represent the city in negotiations.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 20, 2013
The Burbank Unified School District could recover about $1 million in funding for special education following the repeal of a bill regulating, but neglecting to pay for, how educators intervene when students exhibit behavior problems. The 1990 law required schools to create detailed intervention plans to deal with students who assault others, cause injuries to themselves or cause damage to property. State officials, however, did not reimburse districts for the costs of implementing the plans.  In 1994, this spurred a number of districts - including San Diego Unified - to formally demand to be paid back.  In July, the state Legislature repealed the bill, which in turn prompted the state controller to issue instructions on how school districts could access more than $1 billion set aside for that purpose.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | July 16, 2013
Authorities last week confiscated nearly 30 firearms from Burbank residents who, due to felony convictions and other issues, are prohibited under state law from owning a gun. Working with Burbank police, officials with the California Department of Justice knocked on 14 doors in Burbank over a two-day period to enforce the regulations. During the operation, 28 firearms - including handguns, shotguns and rifles - were confiscated from five homes, according to Burbank Police Lt. Eric Deroian.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 10, 2013
A bill moving through the U.S. Congress to allow Bob Hope Airport to change its voluntary curfew to a mandatory one is supported by the airfield and the city of Burbank, but it could present a tricky situation for UPS and FedEx, which rely on early-morning arrivals. Back in May, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), along with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), reintroduced the Valley-Wide Noise Relief Act, which would give Bob Hope and Van Nuys airports the authority to prohibit flights after 10 p.m. and before 7 a.m. The measure had failed to pass during the last legislative session.
THE818NOW
June 26, 2013
Although the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, the procedural decision also leaves open the likelihood of further litigation over Proposition 8 . “This is far from over, I can tell you,” said Chapman University law professor John Eastman, who supports the same-sex marriage ban. The high court ruled ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, lacked standing or the legal right to...
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