January 5, 2000
Paul M. Anderson and Darrell Satzman PASADENA -- Lilliana Rubi had to go to work New Year's Day, but she was having a ball. That's because it was the Burbank resident's day off and the only work she had to do was keep an eye on her excitable sons. Rubi's employer -- CalFed Bank on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena -- opened for only its employees Saturday so they could have a good seat for the 111th annual Tournament of Roses Parade. Even the brisk wind and overcast sky couldn't dampen spirits at the parade.
July 3, 2009
It’s 7 a.m. as I write this, so maybe it’s just the tequila talking. But this was a lousy June. A never-ending series of Portland mornings — dreary days that drive men to bars for breakfast and cause teenagers to pierce cartilage. On a lifelessly gray morning last week I was driving north on the 101 Freeway, and the radio was airing endless reports on Michael Jackson’s sudden death the day before. The clouds outside mirrored the shrouds of sounds and sadness, white noise and unknowing on the airwaves.
March 6, 2012
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the parrots do. You have to see them for yourself. I drove Verdugo's wide lanes Thursday afternoon bopping along with David Lee Roth and his newly reunited Van Halen bandmates when a new sound clipped my ears. I turned down Diamond Dave and his advice to “stay frosty” (which I accomplished with a root beer) so I could better experience the cackling growing louder as Frederic Street neared. The sound was coming from a tree near the street corner, and the tree writhed as if caught in a light wind.
August 9, 2000
Erin Park TOLUCA LAKE -- Golfers on the practice green set the backdrop as the star of the Chairman's Cup celebrity golf tournament sat in the shade of a tree and dangled her legs from her chair, her sneakers barely skimming the manicured grass. Nine-year-old Amy Drummond fielded questions from reporters and smiled shyly for the cameras at the daylong event held Monday at Lakeside Country Club. Organized by Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, the second annual event raised more than $100,000 for pediatric eye cancer research, hospital officials said.
June 21, 2000
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Thrash around in your garage and jam, letting the music come together, checking the chemistry to see if the band will work. Work up some songs while lining up some gigs, and then hit the clubs or go on the road, playing live as much as you can. Get a buzz going, build a following, and with some luck and breaks, the record labels will come calling. Then the real fun starts. This is the standard operating procedure most rock bands follow when trying to make it in the business.
September 27, 2008
Downturn is likely due to high cost A large part of the reason for the downturn in passenger levels may be the higher airfares for flights in and out of Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport (“New campaign is taking flight,” Sept. 16). As a 30-year veteran of the travel industry, I have had more clients decline to fly from Burbank because the fares are frequently much higher than from Los Angeles International Airport. Many of my customers are willing to change planes en route to their final destinations, as opposed to flying nonstop, but the cost of the ticket makes even that option too expensive.
December 29, 1999
Irma Lemus SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT-- For Janet Diel and her four children, building the 2000 Burbank Tournament of Roses float is more than just volunteering, it's carrying on a family tradition. Diel, 52, said the inflammation of her spinal cord which has kept her confined to wheelchair has not dampened her enthusiasm for the work, which she has performed with her family in each of the past 14 years. "I remember when I would bring my youngest daughter, Joey," recalled Diel, "I would feed her and put her back on the stroller and go right back to putting flowers on the float."
December 21, 2005
tullyFor more than 10 years, I have made it a tradition to write an annual Christmas column (or should I be PC and call it a holiday column?) In the past, I would do my best impression of Santa Claus -- without the tacky red suit and fake laugh -- and give out gifts to deserving local athletes, teams and schools. This year, however, I'm not in a very giving mood. Maybe I'm crotchety after spending hours at the mall looking for the perfect gifts, or maybe I'm irritable from drinking way too much eggnog, but I'm just not into it. Whatever the reason, I'm not giving anything.