February 18, 2009
DOWNTOWN — The vague mix of information from Sacramento on state budget cuts for education became a little clearer for members of the Glendale and Burbank unified school district boards of education during meetings Tuesday. Both groups received reports on a budget plan currently facing legislators, who hope to close a projected $41-billion deficit with a combination of tax hikes, funding cuts and borrowing, including up to $8.6 billion in reductions to education, with figures varying by source, officials said.
April 15, 2009
Hello. My name is Dan. I live in Burbank. I’m the new editor of the Burbank Leader. I’ve been a member of this community for five years, and an avid reader of its paper for considerably longer. Four years ago, I wrote a letter to the Leader. In that letter, I complained that the “Top Story” tag on the front page was illogical. The referenced story was invariably below the fold — making it, in fact, the “Bottom Story.” Besides being wrong and silly, it was also unnecessary.
May 12, 2007
City Council meetings shouldn't be marathons, testing the wills of all involved to keep their eyes open and to talk and think straight at 1:30 in the morning. But in recent meetings, that seems to be what happens, prompting a much-needed discussion at Tuesday's meeting about ways to limit council sessions that continue until the wee hours of the morning. Council meetings need to be a more reasonable duration in order to serve the best interests of the city. Marathon sessions don't do anyone any good.
November 18, 2000
Paul Clinton DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES -- Following a Los Angeles Superior Court judge's ruling to bar sectarian prayer at City Council meetings, Burbank officials said they haven't decided whether they will appeal. Burbank Chief Assistant City Atty. Juli Scott said she was disappointed the city lost a court trial initiated by two activists who filed a legal challenge to stop such invocations. "[The decision to appeal] is up to the City Council," Scott said following the ruling Thursday by Judge Alexander Williams.
October 6, 2007
BURBANK — In an effort to provide better customer service, Burbank Water and Power has begun outfitting its meters with Wi-Fi technology, hinting that citywide Internet could follow, officials said. “I’m really excited about this,” Assistant General Manager Fred Fletcher said. “This is a great step for the community.” Water and Power has completed the first step of a four-step process to outfit the city’s meters with Wi-Fi chips that would help the utility company learn when blackouts occur and electronically read customer’s power boxes.
December 15, 2007
This year and in years past, some local residents, along with radio talk show hosts such as Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, have expressed concern that “secular progressives” are trying to eliminate the name Christmas from holiday events. The city of Glendale’s annual “Holiday Tree Lighting” has come under fire because it doesn’t note, some say, that it is a “Christmas” tree that is being lighted, not a holiday tree. What do you think?
May 24, 2013
Were early Christians really persecuted for their beliefs? The popular image is of them being thrown to the lions and having to meet in secret, but an author is challenging what she calls the "myth" of Christian persecution. Candida Moss, who is Professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, has written a book called "The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented A Story of Martyrdom. " Dealing with the 300 years following the death of Jesus, she sets out to debunk what she calls "the Sunday school narrative of a church of martyrs" and claims that instead of three centuries of continual suppression, there were perhaps only 10 or 12 years during which it happened with any frequency.