October 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES — County transit officials Thursday authorized $5 million to expand an automated train-stopping system on the region’s rail lines as an interim safety step until more advanced technology is procured. The Los Angles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority also directed staff members to get aggressive about securing state and federal funding to help offset the potentially staggering cost of implementing the “positive train control” system on Metrolink’s rail lines and trains.
June 28, 2003
EDITORIAL When it comes to their insistence that Star Park customers crossing an access road to get to the airport terminal pose a safety and liability hazard, we have two words for Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport officials: Lighten up. The Airport Authority has taken what is essentially a self-inflicted and self-perpetuated turf war about parking and money and tried to spin it into a public-safety issue....
March 6, 2002
Ryan Carter CIVIC CENTER -- Where there's education about smoke, you won't see fire, but Burbank Fire Department Capt. Ron Bell, who is in charge of directing public education for the department. It's a high-profile role that has taken the 26-year department veteran away from his longtime involvement with the department's urban search-and-rescue team and into the classroom with elementary school children local merchants and residents and aspiring firefighters.
October 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES — The Metrolink Board of Directors on Tuesday appointed an 11-member independent review panel to investigate possible deficiencies in the rail agency’s operations and then report back with the “unvarnished truth.” The panel — which includes a mix of industry professionals, academic experts and transit advocates from across the nation — is scheduled to return to the board in two months with a list of recommendations for how Metrolink can improve the safety of its roughly 350 miles of rail lines.
July 8, 2009
Three injured at Fourth of July party A Fourth of July party in the 4400 block of West Verdugo Avenue turned violent when unwelcome guests refused to leave, police said. Burbank police were called to the area at 11:44 p.m. and found 50 people in the street, three of whom sustained knife and blunt trauma wounds. They were taken to hospitals and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police arrested Austin Cook, 18, of Burbank, Pedro Hernandez-Ceron, 18, of Sun Valley and a Sun Valley boy for assault with a deadly weapon.
October 22, 2003
Jackson Bell Four Burbank firefighters spent Tuesday playing house with Miller Elementary School third-graders. But instead of sipping tea and dressing dolls, firefighters taught the students fire safety in the Kids Safety Trailer. The trailer, donated to the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena fire departments from the Children's Burn Foundation in Sherman Oaks, is styled as a miniature home used for practicing fire emergencies. The fire department will take the trailer to various elementary schools through Nov. 19. "I have done fire prevention at schools and we didn't have the resources like this in the past," Burbank Fire Capt.