October 20, 2010
The good news first: Last week I had the great fortune to be offered a reporting gig here at the Times Community News chain. As you read this, I'll be breaking in a new beat at the Foothill Boulevard offices of the Leader's sister paper, the La Cañada Valley Sun. Now, the bad news: Perhaps for good, or maybe only for a while, this means an end to my column here. In addition to myriad La Cañada Flintridge issues, I'll also be covering issues of regional importance. To not blur the lines of reporter and opinion writer, I'm going to have to step back for now and see how things play out. Learning so much about Burbank and its residents has been a gift, and being able to throw my 2-cents-worth into city affairs has been a unique privilege.
October 17, 2009
BURBANK TEMPORARY AID CENTER Burbank Temporary Aid Center, 1304 W. Burbank Blvd., needs kindhearted people to interview clients or to work in the pantry sorting food and preparing food packages for clients. Training is provided. For more information, call Stacy, Edward or Jeanne at (818) 848-2822 ext. 101. ? PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER The Ralph M. Parsons Blood Donor Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center needs blood donors. All blood donations will be used to help patients in the San Fernando Valley.
May 27, 2009
Every summer the hills that surround Burbank come alive with the sound of music. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills to the south sits one of the most iconic amphitheaters in the world, while to the east, the Verdugo Mountains provide a hillside home for Burbank?s own outdoor music venue. Whether at the Hollywood Bowl or the Starlight Bowl, most Burbankers harbor fond memories of family picnicking, a romantic sharing of a bottle of wine, or an evening of rocking out with friends at one of those melodious mountain bowls.
March 25, 2009
Nature day camps planned for break The Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department is offering spring break nature camps for children ages 6 to 10 years and ages 3 to 5 years. Participants will learn about the Verdugo Mountains and what creatures live there by exploring and doing experiments. The camp for 6- to 10-year-olds will be today and Friday and cost is $33. The camp for 3- to 5-year-olds will be Thursday and the cost is $27. Both camps are from 9 a.m. to noon at the Stough Canyon Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank.
March 14, 2009
Film festival coming to Woodbury The first Burbank International Film Festival will be from March 22 to 29 at Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. There will be an opening night inauguration ceremony and filmmaker press night, film screenings and seminars featuring industry professionals. The closing ceremony and award show, on March 29, will feature a live performance of movie themes, composed by Academy Award-nominated film composer John Debney, as well as a live acoustic performance by multi-platinum vocalist Mark Slaughter (from the band Slaughter)
May 3, 2008
After seven years working its way in various forms through Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff’s Rim of the Valley Corridor Study, which could pave the way toward more than doubling the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, is finally on its way to the president’s desk. The bill is included in the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, which the House of Representatives passed on Tuesday. The Rim of the Valley study passed the House in December, but it had to be reconciled with Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s sister legislation in the Senate.
January 9, 2008
BURBANK — The Burbank city seal is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, prompting some to call for a change to the official insignia, which bears the likeness of two industries that helped define the area, one of which no longer plays a pivotal role. Found on official city documents, the city’s website and other places, the current hexagonal seal, enacted in 1978, features three iconic testaments to Burbank’s professional environment: a commercial plane, City Hall and a movie reel with a Klieg light.