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May 14, 2003
A member of Burbank's Planning Board handed in her resignation and another member will not be reapplying. Carolyn Berlin has served on the five person board for more than nine years, and resigned at the board's Monday meeting. It is effective May 31 on a term that expires in two years, she said. Gary Olson, who has served four years, is not reapplying for a seat on the board. The five-member board recommends long-range general plans for the city's development, including granting or denying permits and variances.
March 11, 2013
What a difference a year makes. On March 9, 2012, Walt Disney Pictures released "John Carter," the sci-fi adventure film that promptly bombed, taking in about $40 million en route to a $73-million domestic gross that precipitated the resignation of Walt Disney Studios Chairman   Rich Ross. But with the $80.3-million domestic opening of Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," which unfurled Friday, the studio has a hit that appears to have plenty of life left in it. "We are happy that the movie seemed to land with audiences -- and a broad spectrum of the audience," Sean Bailey, head of production at Walt Disney Studios, said in an interview Sunday morning.
July 3, 2010
When Burbank Unified Supt. Kevin Jolly announced his resignation six months after taking the job, it was, despite all the finger pointing, as much of a reflection of him as it was the stakeholders he had to work with. The teachers union, the parents, and, above all, the school board each had a hand in the short shelf life of a chief executive who, by most accounts, was too much to handle. When Burbank Unified broke the 800 mark on the Academic Performance Index, the standardized testing benchmark, it was considered a major improvement.
By Max Zimbert | March 10, 2010
[DEVELOPING] A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday postponed the arraignment of a Burbank Unified teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student so that she can continue to work with authorities, her attorney said. Amy Beck, a 33-year-old teacher at Jordan Middle School, will remain in jail and is working with authorities as they investigate allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a student who was 14 at the time, her attorney, Michael Williamson, said.
By Max Zimbert | March 9, 2010
A Burbank Unified School District teacher turned herself in Monday for having sex with a 14-year-old student from March to September last year, police said. Amy Beck, 33, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, surrendered Monday afternoon to Burbank police with her lawyer, and was being held on $400,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. “We’re still trying to piece everything together, what happened, where, what kind of sex acts, how many, and how long it’s been going on,” he said.
March 27, 2002
Rather than attend the City Council meeting, at which time a replacement for the seat vacated by Mayor Bob Kramer was to be chosen, I opted to watch the proceedings from the comfort of my recliner. It was an interesting meeting in that 20-some potential candidates were in attendance, gave their three-minute statement and fielded questions from the mayor and council members. I anticipated the meeting to be long, and my chair and mute-option remote would help me through the meeting.
By Jeremy Oberstein | May 23, 2008
BURBANK — A seventh-grade teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School was arrested last week after multiple allegations of child annoying, police said. Michael Dobbin, 38, was arrested on May 15 and charged with three counts of child annoying after students reported the teacher’s hands were in his pants during a math class, Burbank Police Sgt. Travis Irving said. “There were three kids in the class at the time, and they thought he was playing with himself,” he said.
By Christopher Cadelago | May 7, 2010
DOWNTOWN – A former Burbank middle school teacher was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison after turning herself in to authorities for having sex with a 14-year-old student. Amy Beck, a 33-year-old former English and social science teacher at Jordan Middle School, pleaded no contest March 25 to charges of unlawful sex with a minor. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing purposes. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge also ordered Beck to register as a sex offender for the charges that included one count each of unlawful sex with a minor and performing lewd acts on a minor.
By Rachel Kane | August 11, 2007
BURBANK — Burbank Unified School District board members approved the hiring of a new assistant superintendent of business services Wednesday after almost three months since the abrupt resignation of former Assistant Supt. of Business Services Steve Bradley. Lori Ordway-Peck hails from the Palmdale Unified School District, where she worked as deputy superintendent. She has worked as an administrator in the California educational system for 17 years. "The Burbank Unified School District has a tremendous reputation in our industry," Ordway-Peck said.
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