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By CHARLES UNGER | January 24, 2009
Does everything in this world need to be litigated? The Supreme Court of the state of California is about to embark on the oh-so-critical decision of whether we sports fans have a right to attend our ball games frisk free. In other words, when I go to see the Lakers play, as I did last Friday night when they took on the Orlando Magic, do I have the right to go to Staples Center to see the game and not have to go through a metal detector first? Is this really worth litigating?
FEATURES
January 25, 2006
As an attorney with more than 20 years litigation experience, I offer the following perspective on a City Council drug-testing policy ("Drug test policy moves forward," Jan. 14): Given the unconstitutionality of mandatory random drug-testing of City Council members, as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, we are fortunate to have a legal and viable alternative: voluntary testing. The people of Burbank can vote for a candidate who voluntarily pledges to make him or herself available for random drug-testing (and follows through)
NEWS
February 4, 2004
Robert Chacon Assemblyman Dario Frommer wants to send a message to cellphone- camera scofflaws. Frommer (D-Burbank) announced plans for legislation Monday to protect people's privacy by requiring that all camera-equipped cellphones sold or manufactured in California beep or make another audible noise when they are used to take a picture. The law, if passed, would take effect in 2006. The sound requirement would make it more difficult for someone to secretly take inappropriate pictures of others without their permission, which is a growing problem in the United States, he said.
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By Christopher Cadelago | July 29, 2009
CITY CENTER — Attorneys for a former Burbank police detective suing the city for racial discrimination in the workplace filed a second lawsuit against the city Tuesday, alleging that officials illegally disclosed confidential personnel and termination records to the media and members of the public for the purpose of harming the officer’s reputation. The lawsuit alleges that City Atty. Dennis Barlow and city executives on July 16 released former police Det. Christopher Lee Dunn’s personnel file and other documents to the Burbank Leader and others on the same day Dunn filed a wrongful termination and racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.
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By Rachel Kane | February 10, 2007
Students in Burbank will be getting new lockers this year, but not the kind that hold books and gym clothes. The lockers will be digital and will store up to 50 megabytes of assignments and e-mails ? the equivalent of about 3,500 pages of material ? as part of a districtwide push for better communication through technology. E-mail provider Gaggle.net will provide every student and faculty member with e-mail accounts. The board approved funds for the program on Feb. 1 and teachers are now registering students on the system.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | August 13, 2008
BURBANK — After nearly an hour of debate, the City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that modifies height standards for fences and walls in the hillside area. The ordinance, approved by a 4-1 vote, is a solution to concerns raised by hillside residents that fences and walls negatively affect their views. It will require that fences or walls in a front yard be no more than 4 feet tall and incorporate an open design if it is over 2 feet, according to a city staff report.
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By Chris Wiebe | January 10, 2007
BURBANK — Ten months after homeowners flooded City Council Chambers to debate new codes for fences, walls and hedges, a Blue Ribbon Task Force charged with reviewing the regulations is still a long way from making its recommendations. "We haven't even probably covered 10% of it," task force Chairman Robert Idavia said. "It's a lot to go over." Since the nine-member task force acts as an advisory committee to the council, which approved interim codes in March, the final results of its deliberations will go before the council strictly as recommendations.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | January 27, 2007
BURBANK — The Burbank Unified School District Board approved the installation of security camera systems at Burbank and John Burroughs high schools, citing the need to prevent campus theft and vandalism and to protect high-priced modernization projects. "They've given me the go to go ahead and bid this and ask for approval," said Craig Jellison, the district's chief facilities officer. Trustees approved the projects, including any additions for surveillance, on Jan. 18. An outside consultant will walk the grounds of Burbank and Burroughs to give estimates on costs of installing the digital- camera security systems.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 3, 2009
CITY CENTER — Attorneys for a former Burbank police detective suing the city for racial discrimination in the workplace filed a second lawsuit against the city Tuesday, alleging that officials illegally disclosed confidential personnel and termination records to the media and members of the public to harm the officer’s reputation. The lawsuit alleges that City Atty. Dennis Barlow and city executives on July 16 released former police Det. Christopher Lee Dunn’s personnel file and other documents to the Burbank Leader and others on the same day Dunn filed a wrongful termination and racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 3, 2009
CITY CENTER — Attorneys for a former Burbank police detective suing the city for racial discrimination in the workplace filed a second lawsuit against the city Tuesday, alleging that officials illegally disclosed confidential personnel and termination records to the media and members of the public to harm the officer’s reputation. The lawsuit alleges that City Atty. Dennis Barlow and city executives on July 16 released former police Det. Christopher Lee Dunn’s personnel file and other documents to the Burbank Leader and others on the same day Dunn filed a wrongful termination and racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.
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NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | July 29, 2009
CITY CENTER — Attorneys for a former Burbank police detective suing the city for racial discrimination in the workplace filed a second lawsuit against the city Tuesday, alleging that officials illegally disclosed confidential personnel and termination records to the media and members of the public for the purpose of harming the officer’s reputation. The lawsuit alleges that City Atty. Dennis Barlow and city executives on July 16 released former police Det. Christopher Lee Dunn’s personnel file and other documents to the Burbank Leader and others on the same day Dunn filed a wrongful termination and racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.
NEWS
By CHARLES UNGER | January 24, 2009
Does everything in this world need to be litigated? The Supreme Court of the state of California is about to embark on the oh-so-critical decision of whether we sports fans have a right to attend our ball games frisk free. In other words, when I go to see the Lakers play, as I did last Friday night when they took on the Orlando Magic, do I have the right to go to Staples Center to see the game and not have to go through a metal detector first? Is this really worth litigating?
NEWS
By Alison Tully | August 13, 2008
BURBANK — After nearly an hour of debate, the City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that modifies height standards for fences and walls in the hillside area. The ordinance, approved by a 4-1 vote, is a solution to concerns raised by hillside residents that fences and walls negatively affect their views. It will require that fences or walls in a front yard be no more than 4 feet tall and incorporate an open design if it is over 2 feet, according to a city staff report.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | February 10, 2007
Students in Burbank will be getting new lockers this year, but not the kind that hold books and gym clothes. The lockers will be digital and will store up to 50 megabytes of assignments and e-mails ? the equivalent of about 3,500 pages of material ? as part of a districtwide push for better communication through technology. E-mail provider Gaggle.net will provide every student and faculty member with e-mail accounts. The board approved funds for the program on Feb. 1 and teachers are now registering students on the system.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | January 27, 2007
BURBANK — The Burbank Unified School District Board approved the installation of security camera systems at Burbank and John Burroughs high schools, citing the need to prevent campus theft and vandalism and to protect high-priced modernization projects. "They've given me the go to go ahead and bid this and ask for approval," said Craig Jellison, the district's chief facilities officer. Trustees approved the projects, including any additions for surveillance, on Jan. 18. An outside consultant will walk the grounds of Burbank and Burroughs to give estimates on costs of installing the digital- camera security systems.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | January 10, 2007
BURBANK — Ten months after homeowners flooded City Council Chambers to debate new codes for fences, walls and hedges, a Blue Ribbon Task Force charged with reviewing the regulations is still a long way from making its recommendations. "We haven't even probably covered 10% of it," task force Chairman Robert Idavia said. "It's a lot to go over." Since the nine-member task force acts as an advisory committee to the council, which approved interim codes in March, the final results of its deliberations will go before the council strictly as recommendations.
FEATURES
January 25, 2006
As an attorney with more than 20 years litigation experience, I offer the following perspective on a City Council drug-testing policy ("Drug test policy moves forward," Jan. 14): Given the unconstitutionality of mandatory random drug-testing of City Council members, as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, we are fortunate to have a legal and viable alternative: voluntary testing. The people of Burbank can vote for a candidate who voluntarily pledges to make him or herself available for random drug-testing (and follows through)
NEWS
February 4, 2004
Robert Chacon Assemblyman Dario Frommer wants to send a message to cellphone- camera scofflaws. Frommer (D-Burbank) announced plans for legislation Monday to protect people's privacy by requiring that all camera-equipped cellphones sold or manufactured in California beep or make another audible noise when they are used to take a picture. The law, if passed, would take effect in 2006. The sound requirement would make it more difficult for someone to secretly take inappropriate pictures of others without their permission, which is a growing problem in the United States, he said.
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