August 25, 2004
This letter is in response to the Aug. 18 letter from Wesley Greene ("Safety most important issue with airports"). Greene castigates those of us opposed to unbridled expansion of Bob Hope Airport for a failure to compromise. A compromise has never been offered, period. In 1999, when the city won the PUC case, a compromise on the size of a new terminal could have been made and a portion of the B-6 property could have been sold. I have publicly broached this compromise with the council at least six times and each time it was met with total silence.
March 12, 2005
"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison, 1822 Every day between 3 and 5 p.m., you hear it in our newsroom: On the second floor of a corner building at Wilson Street and Brand Boulevard the sound of information flows from reporters' ringing telephones to the clickety-clack of their computer keyboards.
February 27, 2002
In regard to the commentary by David Wasserman, "Remark wasn't fair to Burbank High School and its students," I think it was very fair to suggest that the Burbank school board, as well as teachers, are not promoting tolerance of all races. Board members as well as teachers refuse to educate themselves on the mascot issue for their own personal reasons. In fact, the district has imposed a "no outside influence" rule on anyone speaking to the John Burroughs mascot committee about the Native American culture.
June 2, 2004
One man's 'tiny minority' is another's big majority Douglas Blahl asserts that Donald Nyre speaks for a "tiny minority" of Orange County citizens when it comes to El Toro. Perhaps a little history is in order. There have been four votes altogether on El Toro. The first two times, a not so "tiny minority" cast the majority of votes in Favor of El Toro. And one time, by as much as 59%! So the NIMBYs got frustrated, and came up with Measure F, which also threw voting on landfills and prisons into the mix as a distraction.
November 6, 2002
Paul Andersen When Steven Kerstein brings down his baton to start the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra's 12th season at Forest Lawn's Hall of Liberty on Saturday night, it will also mark the beginning of the holiday season in many respects. After all, as far as he can tell, it will be the first performance of Tchaikovsky's beloved "Nutcracker Suite" by a musical organization this fall. "We're just doing what we can to support the local economy," he said, laughing, over the phone recently from his home in La Canada Flintridge.
March 9, 2002
Having spent hundreds of thousands of your taxpayer dollars to defeat Measure A, then expending hundreds of thousands more in public funds to try and get Measure A declared invalid by the courts, the Burbank City Council is once again dipping into public money in an hysterical attempt to rescue airport expansion. This time, council members have put an impenetrable cloak of secrecy over the whole business, refusing to tell taxpayers how much is being spent, who receives the money and what services are to be provided.
August 7, 2004
Jackson Bell City Atty. Dennis Barlow might have a reputation for secrecy, but he takes pride in running an office that aims to keep Burbank citizens as informed as possible. "We try to provide as much open information as we can," Barlow said. "While there are things we want to keep from actual or potential clients, the community needs to know what is going on." The city attorney's office on the first floor of City Hall is responsible for all the legal services that protect Burbank's interests.
April 3, 2002
Regarding the BUSD school board debacle. So, let me see if I've got this straight: There are problems within the system and things have gone unmonitored and unaudited for far too long. A board of officials is put in place to ensure that things are changed for the better. They are put there with the trust and dependence of those who elected them. A goal-oriented superintendent has made successful changes and moves forward with novel approaches of compromise and success in mind.
April 3, 2004
Mark R. Madler School board members are mum about the resignation of the principal at Roosevelt Elementary School. A group of about 40 teachers, parents and students came out in support of Irene Stambolos at Thursday night's board meeting, praising her for the rise in school test scores during her six-year tenure and creating new programs at the school. "[Stambolos] is a rock for our school, children and teachers," parent Jenny Diehl said. "Many children look up to the principal for support.
September 15, 2004
Since the announcement by the City Council of the proposed development agreement, several of us in Burbank have joined a new group called Burbank Voters and Taxpayers. Many in our group have actively spoken out against this proposed agreement at council meetings. While I think it is fair to say that we have made reasoned arguments against it, we have not been reluctant to vent our emotions. These emotions have ranged from dismay, to distrust, and, at times, to outright anger.