June 16, 2010
L ast Sunday I decided to dash over to the new Fresh & Easy store to pick up a few things. It was after 7 p.m., nice and quiet with the lazy evening shadows just beginning to form. Along the way I enjoyed seeing the Claude Monet-like misting effect from several front lawns with their sprinklers on — a veritable picture-perfect painting of small-town America in all its glory. But, hold on a minute, the name of this column is not "Pamela's Altogether Perky Pumpkin Patch," now is it?
November 6, 2002
Los Angeles voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley will secede from Los Angeles and form their own separate and independent cities. Since Burbank is already an independent city, we did not have to wade through the complicated fiscal reports or be subjected to the barrage of political mailers and rhetoric. Our independence from Los Angeles was decided 82 years ago by Burbankers when they rejected "consolidation" with the city of Los Angeles.
October 2, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hinted this week that he may call a special legislative session — in addition to the two currently underway — to help solve the state’s water crisis if lawmakers can’t strike a deal on a reform plan in the near future. A legislative conference committee on water reform had hoped to deliver a package of bills for votes in the state Assembly and Senate before the end of their regular sessions Sept. 11, but the group broke down into partisan divides in the days leading up to the deadline.
April 25, 2001
Molly Shore Samuel Gorlick, 91, died April 20, 2001, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. Mr. Gorlick, who was born in New York on Christmas Day 1909, had been a Burbank resident since 1948. He served as the city attorney from 1961 to 1982. Mr. Gorlick's most important case was a 22-year-long legal battle with the city of Los Angeles in which Burbank won the right to recover a portion of the ground water under the city. Los Angeles had maintained that through exclusive pumping rights granted to the city by Spain, San Fernando Valley cities were precluded from pumping ground water.
June 23, 2010
Marylou Spires, I feel your frustration regarding the issues you have with pedestrians and the excessive speed of many motorists ("Jaywalking law needs to be enforced, June 19). I see "near misses" every day as a pedestrian and as a motorist. There is also the ongoing debate about bicyclists and exactly what their responsibilities are while sharing the road with motorists. If you acquaint yourself with the current Department of Motor Vehicles handbook and research the information that is available, you will be hard-pressed to find any mention of "jaywalking" among the rules and regulations with reference to the rights of pedestrians.