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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 4, 2013
A well-known political analyst will lead a conversation in Burbank this Wednesday about how to find solutions for hyper-partisanship and political gridlock in the state and federal government as well as ways to improve voter engagement. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and former chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, will discuss the influence of money on politics, the “diminished political center” and voter alienation, said Lee Wochner, president of Leadership Burbank, a community-based organization that offers a nine-month leadership training program for people who live or work in Burbank.
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By PATRICK CANEDAY | April 25, 2009
During our recent local location election season, I was asked by the four or five people who read this column whether I would be writing about politics, candidates and such. Would I be adding my voice to this marketplace of ideas, planting a yard sign in the front lawn of your Saturday newspaper? And I gave it much thought. Then I decided I would not. And here’s why. Quite simply, I don’t think that the present time and circumstance in our world are aided by throwing yet another opinionated, dissenting and argumentative ingredient into the soup of political public discourse.
NEWS
May 29, 2010
T o the graduating class of 2010: We do not envy you. The effects of the Great Recession will continue for years, despite the tepid indications that a recovery is imminent. As you've seen, all it takes is a disastrous underwater oil leak, a crapshoot trillion-dollar rescue plan for Europe, the belligerent act of a communist Korean nation or one iffy Wall Street report to push the economy back down the sand hill. But rather than despair in the events you can't control, may we suggest you focus on those you can. It may not seem like it, with summer here and IKEA configurations for those college apartments in full swing, but politics reigns supreme — there is no break.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
At previous points in columnist Ron Kaye's long and storied career, he would have embraced a maverick like Mike Gatto. What the heck happened? Now, instead of covering the issues, Kaye finds himself wallowing in the mud of petty local politics, seemingly led around with a ring in his nose by political hit men with grossly exaggerated claims and agendas. It has been months since Kaye provided any substantive coverage, making readers like me wonder what Kaye's agenda is, and who is fact checking and editing his pieces.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
In the novel of Burbank politics, right about now would be the chapter that makes you wonder if it’ll ever pay off. Surely, the debate over whether it’s the fault of the authors — the community stakeholders and politicos that operate the political machine — or the readers — voters who can’t be bothered — won’t be settled here. However, it’s worth pointing out a glaring omission: election forums. One need only to take a look at the gripping transcript of Glendale politics, played every two years with more forums, some villainous, others benign, than you can shake a fist at. Some say the volatile, rough-and-tumble campaign cycles in our neighboring city represent all that’s wrong with politics, but at least voters there know an election is happening.
NEWS
July 29, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta BURBANK -- What started as a ploy to meet girls landed a 17-year-old Dario Frommer his first state office -- youth governor of the YMCA "Youth and Government" program. "I ran against a guy who was sort of the heir-apparent," he said. "I beat him. That was a big deal." At 36, the Los Feliz resident credits that successful campaign for helping to lead him to his second run for state office as the Democratic candidate for the 43rd Assembly District seat.
FEATURES
June 24, 2009
Consider L.A. a model for water Faced with our current water problems, one solution for Burbank that I don’t believe has been brought to the fore is a program the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is offering their customers. That is a cash incentive to replace their grass lawns with drought-tolerant plants. Along with the cutbacks in other water usage, it should make a big dent. But unless there are penalties, some people will not restrict their usage in other areas.
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By Rachel Kane | May 5, 2007
Burbank High School junior Paula Moren is all set to storm capital hill this summer. She's been accepted to the highly competitive Congressional Page Program this summer to serve in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., with 66 other students — and she's psyched to go. But unlike most 17-year-old girls, Paula's been psyched about politics since she was in the third grade. Working on a local politician's campaign trail with her mother, Paula got her first taste of the system by licking envelopes for the candidate's mailing list.
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By TCN Staff | December 28, 2013
Burbank marked a busy, busy year in 2013. The City Council welcomed a new member and ushered out a five-term councilman . Many of the top positions in city government - police chief, fire chief and city manager - were either hired or had their position made permanent. The long-awaited Verdugo Pool opened , voters approved a $110-million school bond measure , and a Burbank police officer, involved in a strange love triangle , was indicted for supposedly lying to investigators.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 4, 2013
A well-known political analyst will lead a conversation in Burbank this Wednesday about how to find solutions for hyper-partisanship and political gridlock in the state and federal government as well as ways to improve voter engagement. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and former chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, will discuss the influence of money on politics, the “diminished political center” and voter alienation, said Lee Wochner, president of Leadership Burbank, a community-based organization that offers a nine-month leadership training program for people who live or work in Burbank.
THE818NOW
March 27, 2013
If you're a registered voter in Burbank, chances are you've recieved one or more mailers supporting certain school board candidates from political action committees backed by StudentsFirst. The L.A. Times has a profile out today on Michelle Rhee, founder of the advocacy group that is positioning itself as the political counterweight to teachers unions. In Burbank, two committees backed by StudentsFirst has spent more than $26,000 in promotional material supporting school board candidates David Dobson and Charlene Tabet - far more than any school board candidate has raised so far in this year's race.
NEWS
March 22, 2013
Burbank Councilman Gary Bric laments that there is no money in the city's budget for this year's Easter Egg-Stravaganza (“ Council restores Easter egg hunt ,” March 16). He says, “We have to stand up and be able to say, 'I wish we could do it, but we can't.'” Funny, Bric didn't utter those words two years ago when he readily gave his blessing to a $2 million bailout of the DeBell golf Course. Oh, that's right, he's an avid golfer. In Bric's world there exists plenty of money for his priorities, but not a piddling $14,000 for the Easter egg hunt, which probably attracts more people in one day than the failing golf/Frisbee course attracts in one month.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan and Alene Tchekmedyian | March 22, 2013
Spending by political action committees has become increasingly common in Burbank city and school board races this year, apparently catching the candidates who benefited from that spending off guard. School board candidates David Dobson and Charlene Tabet said they were surprised to learn that two committees had spent more than $26,000 in promotional material supporting their campaigns - far more than any school board candidate has raised so far in this year's race. Both political action committees belong to the educational reform group StudentsFirst, led by former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
At previous points in columnist Ron Kaye's long and storied career, he would have embraced a maverick like Mike Gatto. What the heck happened? Now, instead of covering the issues, Kaye finds himself wallowing in the mud of petty local politics, seemingly led around with a ring in his nose by political hit men with grossly exaggerated claims and agendas. It has been months since Kaye provided any substantive coverage, making readers like me wonder what Kaye's agenda is, and who is fact checking and editing his pieces.
NEWS
March 23, 2012
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) joined two other state lawmakers to introduce a measure that would begin the process of nullifying the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision that created “super PACs,” which have flooded unlimited corporate money into federal campaigns. The process would include amending the U.S. Constitution to deal with Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission, in which the divided Supreme Court held that corporations are due the same free-speech rights as individuals.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 19, 2011
Three recipients of this year's Truman Awards presented last weekend by the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley have local ties. The party is an umbrella organization made up of 27 area Democratic clubs, which names a top volunteer each year. Bridget McCann is serving her second term as secretary of the Burbank Democratic Club and is a member of the California Democratic Party Central Committee and San Fernando Valley Young Democrats. McCann's first involvement in politics was as an L.A.-area precinct captain for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 8, 2011
A union that represents 138 city employees has spent roughly $42,000 to elect City Council hopeful Bob Frutos, dwarfing the $13,982 in receipts filed by his own campaign, records show. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 — which represents technicians, electricians, mechanics and operators in Burbank — spent $42,110 on postage, voter data, consulting and mailers in support of Frutos and to oppose his competition, Emily Gabel-Luddy, for the April 12 election, according to disclosure forms filed with the city clerk’s office.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
In the novel of Burbank politics, right about now would be the chapter that makes you wonder if it’ll ever pay off. Surely, the debate over whether it’s the fault of the authors — the community stakeholders and politicos that operate the political machine — or the readers — voters who can’t be bothered — won’t be settled here. However, it’s worth pointing out a glaring omission: election forums. One need only to take a look at the gripping transcript of Glendale politics, played every two years with more forums, some villainous, others benign, than you can shake a fist at. Some say the volatile, rough-and-tumble campaign cycles in our neighboring city represent all that’s wrong with politics, but at least voters there know an election is happening.
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