March 28, 2007
With the bright blue door of his auto shop's office wide open, Antonios Papanikolaou leaned back in his chair. At 66, with more than 36 years of mechanical know-how and the struggle of immigration behind him, the Burbank business owner said he had no cause for worries and was ready to retire. "It's time," Papanikolaou said. "I've worked enough." The Greek-born Burbank resident will relinquish his post at 607 S. Victory Blvd. in Burbank at the end of this month to the owners of Glendale-based Commercial Automotive Corp.
December 13, 2008
Supt. Gregory Bowman, who has held the reins of the Burbank Unified School District for six years and been an educator for 44, announced this week that he will retire in June. It seems, on the face of it, like a sad time to end an illustrious career. Burbank Unified, like other districts throughout the state, has struggled with state budget woes in recent months, and the jury remains out on how much Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s planned midyear cuts will worsen things. Bowman, in his final months in Burbank, has often had to scrape to keep his district functioning as well as possible.
October 28, 2005
Negotiations drag over new contract as employees, city can't agree on upping the retirement benefit.DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- Frustrated over a lack of progress in negotiations for a new union contract, city employees crowded the City Council chambers Tuesday night in a show of solidarity. Getting a half-percent increase in retirement pensions in the new contract is a top priority for the employees who belong to the Burbank City Employees Assn., the Burbank Manager's Assn. and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 18. Pension amounts are calculated at 2% of an employees annual salary at the time of retirement multiplied by the number of years they worked for the city.
February 21, 2004
RESOLUTION TO IMPLEMENT NEW RETIREMENT PROGRAM WHAT HAPPENED The school board at Thursday's meeting approved the implementation of an "alternative retirement" plan for part-time employees. WHAT IT MEANS Temporary employees of the school district can now pay into a new retirement plan instead of paying into Social Security. Their contributions are deducted from taxable earnings, and funds become available when their employment is terminated.
February 7, 2007
'Housewives' star visits cellphone store Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives" fame came to Burbank's Cingular Wireless store and accepted a check from the company for $250,000 on behalf of Padres Contra El Cancer. Longoria is the national spokesperson for the nonprofit that provides aid to Latino families whose children have cancer. Cingular conducted a six-week donation drive in its stores to collect the money. The company also hosted a bone-marrow drive that signed up 200 potential donors from the Latino community of Huntington Park to the National Bone Marrow Registry.
November 11, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- The final report is in, and barring a few reservations, the city management service office is recommending the City Council approve a new police department contract. Negotiations went on into the evening Wednesday, with the City Council scheduled to vote on the four-year agreement on Tuesday. Officers voted 111-9 at the end of October to ratify the contract, which encompasses a wide range of terms and conditions including a salary increase of 8.25% over the next three years.
June 18, 2003
Reader has questions for police about Gitana It sounds like Gitana's Restaurant has turned into a war zone. On the night of April 20, 50 people got into a slugfest. Another night, 20 people were in a brawl. Police say most of the incidents at Gitana involve intoxicated people getting into fights. Isn't there a law against serving people who have had too much to drink? Can't people be arrested for public drunkenness? Is the Police Department showing a new tolerance for such activities?
December 8, 1999
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT-- Protecting Social Security by getting rid of the political fighting was the focus of a Tuesday speech by Rep. James Rogan at the Castaway Restaurant. Speaking to a gathering of Burbank area service club members, Rogan said unless more attention is paid to preparing for the next generation of retirees, the Social Security system will crash. "It's time to stop treating Social Security like a political football and make sure people have money when they retire," Rogan said.
January 5, 2011
Longtime Burbank resident Joe Marra died of lung cancer on Dec. 27 at his home. He was 83. Born on Jan. 23, 1927, in New Haven, Conn., Marra lived in Burbank for the past 45 years. Marra served in the Navy during World War II and before his retirement worked for ABC television as an electro-mechanical design engineer. After retiring 25 years ago, he became a dedicated volunteer every day school was in session at Stevenson Elementary School, helping students with math. He was an avid cook, reader and conversationalist.
March 15, 2003
Laura Sturza In his first days as interim assistant city manager, former police chief Dave Newsham said he is busy "reading a mountain of paper, trying to get back up to speed" on the city's operations. Newsham was pulled from a retirement that had him and his wife Pat dividing their time between Burbank and Florida. He joins Interim City Manager Mary Alvord as she transitions to her new post. "I was a little surprised to get the call, but the reality is I know the people, I know the process, and I know Mary really well," Newsham said of his temporary job, which started Wednesday.