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January 3, 2014
I've already had my “two cents” published in the Leader regarding my support for a Walmart in the Great Indoors vacant building , but after reading Tim Elliott's letter in the Leader in support of the store (Jan. 1 “ Walmart would fill a city need ”), I want to show my support again. I totally agree with everything he said.... “we want a business there that will serve the people of Burbank, employ people and pay taxes to the city and the state. We want to have the choice of shopping and/or working at Walmart.” I also can relate to the opinion stated by Lawrence Pane regarding street cleaning (Jan.
NEWS
January 21, 2014
The Burbank Advisory Council on Disabilities is a group of citizens who come together every month to discuss how our Burbank residents, whether in a wheelchair, using walkers or canes, visually/hearing impaired, or using buggies or strollers access various businesses, streets, the mall, etc. We review upcoming projects and barriers that can make it harder for everyone to enjoy and use everything the city offers and work with staff to try and get solutions...
NEWS
March 12, 2014
Re: “Burbank town hall covers group homes, pot holes and other resident concerns,” March 8. The reporter chose to describe residents' concerns as “griping.” I was there as part of a grass-roots group called Save Burbank Neighborhoods. The countless hours invested by my neighbors in preserving the character of Burbank neighborhoods is staggering. The issue that drew us to the meeting was the current housing element debacle. After January's City Council vote, any group home, including sober living and parolee/probation boarding homes, are allowed to move into single family R1 neighborhoods.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
Re: “Republican response to ACA is offensive,” Mailbag, Oct. 26. I see in Alfred Aboulsaad's letter that he is offended by sensible, real, American-born socialization processes, home-grown patriotism and proud nativism which are far less tainted by foreign influences. One cannot tell Americans what is American in our own land. The Grand Old Party (GOP) dominated the states of the union in our U.S. House of Representatives and does reflect and amplify our less tainted American Puritanical thinking, behavior, motivations and way of living our lives.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
On Monday, April 14, Burbank's planning board will consider the proposed project to install gates at the streets of Castleman Lane and Lamer Street and Wedgewood Lane and Lamer Street. If allowed, this will set a precedent for future applications to create gated communities within Burbank. The citizens and leadership of Burbank need to consider if they want our future to be one of isolated groups within our community or whether we have equal access for all. I encourage this proposal to be declined as it further fragments society which I believe is unhealthy for the future of Burbank.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
The month of March is bringing us a circus-themed carnival at Disney Elementary School PTA. The annual carnival will be on Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the playground at Clark Avenue and Mariposa Street, opposite George Izay/Olive Park. Everyone is welcome to attend and share the fun. Bring your friends and family too. There will be a photo booth, rides, games, prizes, silent auction of wonderful baskets prepared by each classroom, and much more circus fun. This a way to enjoy your Saturday and help the school too, a win/win proposition all around.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
Did the three Burbank women who filed a lawsuit against Walmart ever file a lawsuit against IKEA, whose employees are also non-union? Or because IKEA's very large store would also bring increased traffic? IKEA's factory employees in Sweden “enjoy a minimum wage of about $19 an hour,” according to a 2011 article in the Los Angeles Times. Now that IKEA is planning a huge expansion in Burbank, why aren't these three protesters protesting against that? Certainly the money that is going toward paying the three women's attorney fees could be put to better use, especially since Walmart will, sooner or later, be doing business in Burbank.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
There are many pluses to the new IKEA mega-store if a more thought-out plan could mitigate the negative impacts of such a massive project. Sharon Springer, whose excellent op-ed article appeared in the Feb. 12 Leader, is a member of the Sustainable Burbank Commission and has read the EIR that points out some of the deficiencies in the planned project as it stands now. The City Council will be voting Feb. 25 on overriding the conditions in the...
NEWS
January 22, 2013
I must confess I was left scratching my head when I read a letter to the editor from Alfred Aboulsaad in the Jan. 2 Leader. The first paragraphs about the need to find community and agreement at this special time of year made good sense. I too, have disagreed with some of the many letters Steve Urbanovich submits to the paper, but I fail to see how this has the slightest thing to do with the campaign of David Gordon for reelection to the City Council. I recall some of the letters Aboulsaad submitted during the last election, denigrating Gordon at every opportunity.
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NEWS
May 2, 2014
I want to thank the Citizens Advocating Rational Development and their president Nick Green for speaking out about the real ecological problems in the plan for the new IKEA store, which was steamrolled through the City Council meeting on March 11 and especially for getting a judge to look into the EIR for this megastore.  Citizens Advocating Rational Development has addressed what the city's planning departments and especially the Sustainable Burbank...
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NEWS
April 29, 2014
This week Burbank's City Council undergoes its annual “reorganization,” the five choosing from among themselves one to serve as mayor. One contingent argues the decision must be premised upon an occasionally invoked formula that weighs placement in the most recent election. Others favor using only seniority and the record of who has not yet been mayor. There have been many battles over the mayor's seat. Among those denied a “turn,” only to later be given the chance, were Mary Lou Howard and Dave Golonski.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
Re: “ A setback for neighborhood gates ,” April 16. As the president of the Burbank Hills Homeowners Assn. I would like to clarify that the document submitted during the city planning meeting of April 14 was never presented as a “petition of signatures.” In fact, during my presentation at the meeting I said that I was submitting a list of 100 names and addresses that comprised three separate surveys done in our neighborhood. I also welcomed the Planning Board to contact the 100 names and addresses on the list.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
For several weeks I have been noticing the weeds growing along our city roads and highways. It has even made me be ashamed of our beautiful city to any visiting out-of-towners. The amount of trash at the freeway exits is very bad lately, thanks to state and city budget cutbacks. I have been noticing one median in [City of Los Angeles] - at the corner of Hollywood Way and Glenoaks Boulevard - become a complete eyesore. I have been thinking of trying to contact the appropriate city agencies to get this messy situation cleaned up. I am happy to report that on a holiday I spotted a citizen on this median using a weed trimmer to cut down 4-foot-tall weeds.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
At the City Council meeting on May 6, Burbank City Council will discuss and determine if Burbank will act as a Host Town for the Special Olympics in July 2015. Among the important considerations for city leadership will be the cost of hosting, as well as the large volunteer base that will be needed to support the athletes during their stay in Burbank. It would be encouraging for them to hear from members of the community who support hosting, and especially meaningful to hear from residents and businesses who would be willing to participate in this wonderful cause.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
I am dismayed and angry. I read the Los Angeles Times April 23 article on drinking water quality ranked by contamination with the rest of California and found Burbank has the second-highest water contamination on the published scale of water contamination. How can this be? We have Burbank Water and Power to provide us with quality services. Yet, Los Angeles' DWP provides better water quality. We share BWP's services with Glendale and Glendale has better water quality. We have been notified of significant rate increases by BWP. In the Mailbag column of the Burbank Leader for April 23 Thomas Saito questioned the new proposed rate increases.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Re: “ Frutos is the right choice for mayor ,” Mailbag, April 23: I see that Alfred Aboulsaad has launched yet another diatribe against Vice Mayor David Gordon. I'm not sure why he is on such a vendetta against Dr. Gordon, but it grows tiresome. Those of us who elected Dr. Gordon think he's doing just fine for the city of Burbank. He endured the slights of the Golonski regime in repeatedly denying him his rightful turn as mayor and he has more than earned that title come May 1. We've had some real losers on the City Council in the past and they all had their turn as mayor.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
We're so grateful that Burbank's Colony Theatre has regained financial health. After almost going under financially they are concluding their current season with one of their finest presentations ever, “The Lion in Winter” starring Mariette Hartley and Ian Buchanan. We've been season subscribers for 25 years and are looking forward to the 26th. Elliott and Esther Porter Burbank  
NEWS
April 22, 2014
Re: “ Board can't promise a cure ,” April 16. It's very sad to learn that Burbank Unified School District's head school nurse has to beg the BUSD, Burbank City Council, and other committees to fund three more credentialed nurses to the district. We want our schoolchildren to be well taken care of for their chronic health conditions and when a true health emergency arises. We are sensitive to this issue because our daughter experienced a life-threatening pulmonary embolism at her high school in 2013.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
Recently, Burbank Water and Power customers were notified of significant proposed rate increases for water, refuse and sewer services. The notice of public hearing that was provided to customers contains detailed information about the current and new rates but does not clearly explain the reasons for the increases. BWP needs to know that the people can't be fooled all of the time and that it needs to be more forthcoming about the actual reasons for the increases. The notice states that the increase for water services is due to the increased cost of purchased water, but does not state the city's actual cost for purchased water.
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