March 25, 2009
With the world economy in full-blown nuclear meltdown, there could be no more timely a Hollywood film than Tony Gilroy?s ?Duplicity.? Gilroy, who last wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning corporate thriller, ?Michael Clayton,? turns to the comedic, caper side of international business with a lot more style, but much less success with his latest offering. ?Duplicity? begins in Dubai in 2003, where Claire (Julia Roberts), an agent for the CIA, and Ray (Clive Owen), an agent for MI6, meet at an embassy affair.
May 6, 2011
The Burbank City Council is doing a public disservice by pulling millions in redevelopment money over to the city’s coffers under the auspice of funding the proposed Lundigan Community Center. Clearly, the council isn’t even sold on the project, and let’s not forget that the center wouldn’t even be within a redevelopment zone — a fact not lost on former Mayor Anja Reinke when she absolved herself of the sham fund transfer. In abstaining from the narrow vote, Reinke called the move to transfer $5.2 million in redevelopment money earmarked for youth services “a little BS-y to me.” Her colleague, Gary Bric, even acknowledged that the fund transfer — another apparent attempt to protect local money from possible raids by Sacramento lawmakers seeking to bridge a multibillion-dollar deficit — didn’t necessarily mean the city would spend it on the Lundigan Community Center.
January 15, 2005
Mark R. Madler Gintaras Petrikas was either an embezzler making unsecured million-dollar loans to phony companies or he had nothing to do with the loans and did not try to conceal his connection with the companies receiving the money. Those were the arguments attorneys presented to a federal judge Wednesday as the former Burbank resident faced an extradition hearing. Federal prosecutors are trying to have Petrikas returned to his native Lithuania to face embezzlement charges.
December 22, 2009
What risks should we expect when we shop at a mall? I don’t mean risks from strangers — although that is something to be aware of. I’m referring to conduct by people who operate temporary kiosks set up in mall walkways during the holiday season. Last Thursday, a friend of mine, a young woman of 24, described to me a harrowing experience she had with the operator of a kiosk at the Northridge Fashion Center the evening before. Having seen temporary kiosks at the Burbank Town Center over the years, I could imagine the story repeating itself there.
February 4, 2009
What’s in a name? Plenty, I’d say In his Jan. 24 Mailbag letter (“A bikeway by any other name”), Richard J. Tafilaw sarcastically criticizes the City Council for considering a name change to the Chandler Bikeway as a viable way to make it a safer place for all its users. How sad. Throughout history, names and labels have often proved an effective and low-cost way to influence (positively or negatively) people’s perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and behavior.
February 18, 2009
DOWNTOWN — The vague mix of information from Sacramento on state budget cuts for education became a little clearer for members of the Glendale and Burbank unified school district boards of education during meetings Tuesday. Both groups received reports on a budget plan currently facing legislators, who hope to close a projected $41-billion deficit with a combination of tax hikes, funding cuts and borrowing, including up to $8.6 billion in reductions to education, with figures varying by source, officials said.
May 30, 2009
Councilman David Gordon is playing a shell game with his water facts and figures (“Remarks were off the mark,” May 27). Gordon listed the status of three reservoirs in the State Water Project — Oroville, Folsom and Millerton. The last two are currently in good shape, but the first one isn’t. However, when you take the time to actually look up the capacities of the three you’ll find out that Millerton is a small reservoir, Folsom is medium-sized and Oroville, at 3,537,600 acre feet, is the second largest in the system with a capacity of more than double that of the other two combined.
September 18, 2002
Mayor can fight for prayer, but using his own money The constitutional principlel behind separation of church and state has nothing to do with being anti-religious. It is to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Mayor Laurell has every right to go to court and fight the 1st Amendment, so he can bring religion into our City Council chambers, but he should fund that fight with his own money. It is wrong to have our tax dollars spent to support his religious beliefs.