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Barbara Sykes dies at 55 after battle with cancer

Barbara Sykes, who served the Burbank community through her work with a variety of local charities, died Thursday. She was 55. Some community leaders and friends said they were stunned by the news. "Nobody — nobody — expected her to pass away right now," said Janet Diel, a longtime friend of Sykes...

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  • Letter: Inaction on part of Burbank City Council following offensive comment can't be tolerated

    Letter: Inaction on part of Burbank City Council following offensive comment can't be tolerated

    For safety reasons, Burbank City Council’s banning of pedestrians with bicycles on the Mariposa Bridge may be the right one. However, this same conclusion could have been derived in a more respectful, inclusive, collaborative and community-building way. Instead, the process was pandering, divisive,...

  • Letter: Bridge should be symbol of inclusion

    Letter: Bridge should be symbol of inclusion

    I am alarmed by the recent scapegoating of “persons with bicycles” by the Burbank City Council for the problems caused by lack of existing rules for the Mariposa Street bridge. There are currently no operating rules or shared-use guidelines to inform anyone’s behavior on the bridge. Nearly everyone...

  • Letter: Local equestrians go after bicyclists over Burbank bridge

    Letter: Local equestrians go after bicyclists over Burbank bridge

    Last month I wrote a letter, published in the Leader, thanking our City Council for voting 5-0 on a compromise measure Dec. 14 to have the Mariposa Street Bridge continue to be open to all, including pedestrians pushing or carrying bicycles. Little did I dream that immediately afterward the local...

  • Letter: God and guns fill the Forum page

    I found it interesting and somewhat amusing that the Forum section of the Leader on Saturday, Jan. 23, was so completely devoted to religion. The religion of football and the view of God with a gun in Charlie Hebdo. It puts me in mind of the classic country song “Drop Kick Me Jesus Through the...

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