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September 4, 2010
Bikeway use is no excuse to ignore safety Let me set the scene. It a quarter to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Aug. 29, I'm walking westbound on the north side of Chandler between Parish Place and Lamer Street. Just up ahead a father in his early 30s and two children, a boy and a girl, about 5 or 6 years old, all riding bicycles south on Lamer come to a stop upon reaching Chandler. Dad looks both ways for automobile traffic and then the three carefully pedal across the street and stop at the curb in preparation to make use of the Chandler Bikeway.
NEWS
October 13, 2001
Gary Moskowitz SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- It took them less than five minutes to put up the new disaster preparedness tent, a sort of safety canopy designed to provide a designated area of shelter for injured children during an emergency. The seven kindergarten teachers and Principal Gail Copeland at Miller Kindergarten School wanted to update their campus safety supplies, which used to include an old safety tent for emergency situations that took as long as an hour to assemble.
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By Bryan Mahoney | August 7, 2013
With the last bag of laundry successfully removed from my parents' car, we took one more trip up the steps to my new dorm. My father, mother and I silently looked around the room. It was getting late in the afternoon. I suggested they could stay a little longer and help me unpack. Graciously, they said, "no," and years later they told me Mom had been about to lose it. So they drove the hour back to Buffalo and left me in this strange city with this strange life, hoping they taught me everything I needed to know.
NEWS
March 6, 2004
Jackson Bell The Bob Hope Airport was recognized this week by the Federal Aviation Administration for its exemplary safety record between 1999 and 2003. The airport was lauded for passing five consecutive annual safety inspections without error. The award was announced at Monday's Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport Authority meeting. The Authority received a letter and certificate from the FAA. "This means that our operations are some of the best in the country," authority President Charles Lombardo said.
NEWS
April 19, 2003
Ben Godar Outside a row of brownstone buildings, employees of Warner Bros. found tables loaded with safety-related information and products. The street fair was part of the studio's 13th annual Emergency Preparedness Fair on Wednesday. In addition to the vendors, the Warner Bros. and Burbank fire departments displayed several of their new and antique rigs and demonstrated lifesaving techniques. The event is always during the third week of April because organizers said with television shows and pilots in production, they can reach the largest possible audience.
NEWS
August 18, 2004
After I read about the airport's proposed agreement between the parties, I thought the 10-year period on the prohibition of building a new terminal was a stretch. Ten years is a long time. Despite this guarantee, it still stirred the wrath of the anti-expansion troops. Several well-written, erudite letters implied the airport would find a way around the agreement. The conspiracy theorists are on the march. Can't they even agree on a reasonable negotiated contract?
NEWS
May 23, 2001
Lolita Harper MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Women often have a say as to whether they become victims of certain crimes, police said. By being aware and planning, people can prevent a lot of crimes, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. Taylor and Officer Darin Ryburn will hold a free seminar on personal safety for women Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Police will speak about how women can protect themselves and be aware of current criminal trends.
NEWS
September 1, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- As the first day of school approaches more rapidly than students might wish, parents are reminded to teach their children school bus safety rules. Durham School Services, the bus company for Burbank Unified School District, implores parents to teach kids about appropriate behavior on school buses before they board the big yellow vehicles Tuesday. Kids are reminded to stay seated, keep the noise level down, keep heads and hands inside the bus, refrain from throwing objects out of the bus, cooperate with the bus driver, follow the drivers directions about crossing the street, watch for traffic, look both ways, always walk in front of the bus and stay outside of the "danger zone" -- within 10 feet of the bus.
NEWS
May 7, 2003
About 4,000 people are expected to gather outside Police and Fire Headquarters on Saturday to have a good time and hopefully learn a little about safety as well. This year's Fire Service Day and National Police Week celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than a dozen new and vintage police and fire vehicles will be on display along with the police helicopter. Paramedics, hazardous-materials crews and urban search-and- rescue teams are among the groups expected to perform demonstrations.
NEWS
April 1, 2000
I gave it a lot of thought. I had never owned one before. With all the news and publicity, I felt it was an investment in the safety of my family. Once the decision was made to purchase, it was decided to get a large, expensive model. One that would afford the greatest amount of protection for myself and my family. Not with intentions to harm anyone, but to assure maximum protection for ourselves. We took great care with our "family insurance" purchase.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Planning Board on Monday is slated to consider a proposal to add gates to a residential neighborhood in Burbank's hillside, marking the neighborhood's fourth attempt at such a request. The Burbank Hills Community Homeowners Assn. has requested entry and exit gates at the two main entrances of the neighborhood, where Lamer Street crosses Castleman and Wedgewood lanes. City officials have recommended the board deny the request, citing safety concerns. For example, the gates could slow down response times or cause evacuation delays during an emergency, according to a city report.
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NEWS
March 1, 2014
Since a new roof was installed at David Starr Jordan Middle School last summer, fumes have intermittently been reported coming from the roof over the main office . School officials are still looking into the matter, but seem to be downplaying the lingering odors - their views bolstered by a report that showed 93 chemicals used in the roofing materials fell within or well below accepted levels for toxicity. But, as we reported this week, one teacher had to relocate her class last fall after her tongue felt numb and she experienced burning sensations in her lungs and throat . That's reason enough for some concern, but there's more: a total of 18 employees have filed 18 workers' compensation claims due to exposure to the fumes.
NEWS
October 14, 2013
The Burbank Police Commission will host a community forum Wednesday on safety and security in Burbank schools. Burbank police, along with school district officials, will report on how they're tackling school safety issues, including bullying, mental health and traffic safety around schools, according to Police Commissioner Hagop Hergelian. “This is a way to report to the community on what the police department is doing in working with their schools as far as the safety and security of our students,” Hergelian said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 9, 2013
After five of her best friends died in a car wreck, Vanessa Lanza made a pledge. She'd never allow herself, or others, to drink and drive. As of Tuesday, nearly 600 people had joined Lanza's online vow , in which she asked friends, classmates, community members and strangers to follow suit. Just after 4 a.m. on Sept. 28, the crash claimed the lives of five young people - identified by authorities as Stephen Stoll, 23, Sugey Cuevas, 19, Malak Hariri, 19, and Sameer Nevarez, 18, and Sebastian Forero, 20 - and left one, 18-year-old Savannah Underwood, badly injured.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 13, 2013
City officials this month announced plans to remove a growing collection of used riding toys from the playground at Lincoln Park in Burbank, frustrating parents who say the toys are a draw for them and their children. Over the years, the playground has accumulated dozens of kid cars - including dump trucks, colorful rolling animals and fire trucks - which, according to local parents, were left behind for communal use. City officials believe the toys create a "safety hazard to park visitors" and on Aug. 21, will remove and donate all toys left at the park, according to a notice posted on the playground gate Aug. 10. They will be donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Goodwill and La Providencia, which is a local guild that support Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
When it comes to protecting chronically ill patients over healthcare special interests, you'd think that Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) would be on our side. However, recent legislation, which passed overwhelmingly in the state Legislature with bipartisan support, has suddenly stalled in his Assembly Appropriations Committee. [Editor's Note: The writer revised his opinion in a later letter. See: "Oops. He had incorrect information. " ] The delivery of optimal health care for patients is constantly evolving and recent developments are some of the most profound I've witnessed in my career.
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By Bryan Mahoney | August 7, 2013
With the last bag of laundry successfully removed from my parents' car, we took one more trip up the steps to my new dorm. My father, mother and I silently looked around the room. It was getting late in the afternoon. I suggested they could stay a little longer and help me unpack. Graciously, they said, "no," and years later they told me Mom had been about to lose it. So they drove the hour back to Buffalo and left me in this strange city with this strange life, hoping they taught me everything I needed to know.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
I came across an article in the Burbank Leader that both concerns and infuriates me. (“ Split council OKs transitional living homes ,” April 27). I was under the impression the Burbank City Council worked for the betterment of our community and our residents. Imagine my surprise when the council voted to change the zoning code in Burbank, thereby allowing transitional and sober-living facilities in residential areas of our city. Isn't this something the residents of Burbank should have voted on, or at the very least had a say in?
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 10, 2013
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank was the only area hospital to receive an A this week in a national evaluation of patient safety. Most other local hospitals all were ranked as average. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial and Huntington Memorial hospitals all received Cs in the latest annual report card released by The Leapfrog Group. Verdugo Hills Hospital was not graded because there was not enough information available about the facility's operations, according to Leapfrog officials.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 8, 2013
Burbank will be getting more than $800,000 in federal grant assistance for pedestrian and traffic safety upgrades along the North San Fernando Boulevard corridor, where officials logged 89 collisions over a five-year period, one of them fatal. The collisions occurred between January 2006 and December 2010 within a roughly half-mile stretch of the corridor that carries more than 20,000 cars daily each way, according to the city's grant application. About 20% of the accidents involved rear-end collisions and right-of-way incidents, partly because of speeding motorists.
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