Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: Burbank HomeCollectionsRetirement
IN THE NEWS

Retirement

FEATURED ARTICLES
BUSINESS
By Rachel Kane | 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.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | November 19, 2013
Vicki Miskimin has retired from the Burbank Police Department after almost 38 years and is settling into a more relaxed side of life. In 1975, Miskimin applied for a job with the department and was interviewed by then Capts. Bob Heins and Don Tutich, who are both now deceased. She began her career there as an intermediate clerk in the Records Bureau. Over the years, she worked in the Warrants Office, Juvenile Bureau and Detective Bureau. She was promoted to senior clerk in 2001 and moved to the COPS Bureau, where she worked until her retirement.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By By Mark R. Madler | 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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
After 38 years as an educator, McKinley Elementary Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh will step away from the school office and into retirement at the end of the school year. “Education has changed a lot,” said Kavanaugh, who's been head of McKinley the past seven years. “We're expecting more and more of the children.” Kavanaugh, who has worked for Burbank Unified for 17 years, took the helm at McKinley after serving as principal at Disney and Washington elementary schools. She said she will miss the students the most, but she is planning to spend time with her grandchildren and traveling in the fall.
Advertisement
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 7, 2014
A longtime Burbank Unified elementary teacher passed away recently, school officials announced Wednesday. Fred Brendel began teaching in Burbank in 1964 at Stevenson Elementary, where he spent the majority of his career except for a one-year-stint in the late 1960s at Bret Harte Elementary. Until he retired in 1995, Brendel taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. -- Follow Kelly Corrigan on Twitter: @kellymcorrigan . ALSO: Burbank man charged with attempted murder in stabbing Nickelodeon recovers from ratings slump with new cartoon 'Breadwinners' Burbank and Glendale to purchase new helicopter as part of joint agreement
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | December 3, 2013
Burbank seniors, ages 55 to 99, were thanked for giving thousands of hours to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program during a luncheon last month at the Castaway restaurant. Some volunteers serve every day or others a couple times a month, helping seniors live independently in their homes, tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth as well as providing financial education and job training to veterans and their families. They also help communities recover from disasters. And while these services help the community, volunteering helps keep individuals healthy, said Dee Call, the program's director.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | November 19, 2013
Vicki Miskimin has retired from the Burbank Police Department after almost 38 years and is settling into a more relaxed side of life. In 1975, Miskimin applied for a job with the department and was interviewed by then Capts. Bob Heins and Don Tutich, who are both now deceased. She began her career there as an intermediate clerk in the Records Bureau. Over the years, she worked in the Warrants Office, Juvenile Bureau and Detective Bureau. She was promoted to senior clerk in 2001 and moved to the COPS Bureau, where she worked until her retirement.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 27, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday signed off on changes to City Manager Mark Scott's contract after discovering - contrary to what officials thought when he was hired - that he doesn't fall under the new employee pension system, and thus would cost the city more money than originally anticipated. Scott gave up a number of benefits in his contract after realizing he qualifies for the old California Public Employees' Retirement System plan, which allows him to earn a larger pension upon retirement.
THE818NOW
December 28, 2012
After 32 years with the Burbank Fire Department, Ray Krakowski retired on Friday. Krakowski rose through the department's ranks after starting in 1980 as a firefighter and paramedic, and later being promoted to engineer, captain and battalion chief. He was named interim fire chief in 2009, and was appointed to the position permanently the following year. He recently sat as acting city manager until the arrival of Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp on Dec. 3. Krakowski said his time in Burbank went by quickly.
THE818NOW
December 3, 2012
Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski will be retiring this month after 32 years with the department, officials said Monday. His last day with the city will be Dec. 28.  “I understand he has been of great value to the community and he will truly be missed,” said Ken Pulskamp on his first day of the job Monday as interim city manager. Krakowski had been serving as acting city manager for the last five weeks in between former City Manager Mike Flad's departure and Pulskamp's arrival.
SPORTS
November 30, 2012
Marcus LoVett Jr., the Providence High School's 5'10 sophomore shooting guard who led the nation in scoring among freshmen last season, has already caught the attention of college scouts and the national media , and in the Pioneers' 2012-13 season opener, he showed why. The reigning CIF Southern Section Division V-A, Liberty League and All-Area Player of the Year picked up right where he left off, scoring 37 points and added 10 steals, 6...
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 22, 2012
Following weeks of closed-door meetings, the Burbank City Council on Tuesday unanimously appointed Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp as Burbank's interim city manager. He's slated to start on Dec. 3. The announcement follows City Manager Mike Flad's surprising decision last month to step down from his post. Though discussions to hire Pulskamp were secret, personnel decisions are legally shielded until being finalized. In an email he sent to city employees, Flad describes Pulskamp as a “seasoned and respected leader” and having the “knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully lead the transition of our city.” Pulskamp announced his intent to retire from Santa Clarita in August - he's been its city manager since 2002.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin and Megan O'Neil, Times Community News | June 29, 2012
Burbank Unified School Board President Debbie Kukta will be the city's next treasurer, while longtime Burbank resident and Glendale Community Relations Coordinator Zizette Mullins was named Burbank city clerk Thursday. Kukta and Mullins were both unanimously named to the interim positions during a special City Council meeting, necessitated by the retirements of City Clerk Margarita Campos and Treasurer Donna Anderson. Campos and Anderson, both of whom hold elected offices, announced their retirements with about a year left in their terms.
Burbank Leader Articles Burbank Leader Articles
|