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  • Mailbag: Police issues are serious

    We Burbank Police Officers Assn. Board of Directors have read Mr. Gunn's opinion letter to the Leader and find his comments very disturbing. Quite frankly, we would expect a more professional, articulated response from someone who is a retired law enforcement commander and a former police commissioner....

  • Mailbag: Condolences and praise

    For everybody who has a relative in law enforcement or knows somebody in law enforcement and for those citizens who respects the job officers do, we know July 7 marked a very sad day in law enforcement. We cannot imagine the grief the officers in the Dallas Police Department must be feeling. Our...

  • Mailbag: Readers weigh in on gun control, police unions and Trump

    Is Trump trending downward? Donald Trump is another Bernie — Bernie Madoff, that is. Just like Madoff, Trump is a con man, a downright crook (think Trump University), but he's even more than Madoff. Trump is an egotistical madman who cannot stand up to scrutiny. And that is what will be his downfall....

  • Mailbag: A final move for SAG/AFTRA

    On New Year's Day 2017, all who work in front of the camera will celebrate an amazing milestone in their profession: actors will officially have one healthcare plan. There will be no more split earnings. All earnings on all jobs will go to one healthcare plan. Finally, after a long and difficult...

  • Op-Ed: Congress must stand up to the NRA

    Op-Ed: Congress must stand up to the NRA

    I've had enough. How long are we to keep going from mass shooting to mass shooting without something changing? I thought that the movie theater mass killing in Aurora, Colo., would shock the nation's conscience. Twelve were killed and more than 50 injured in only seven minutes during a showing...

  • Mailbag: Hoping the replacement terminal takes off with City Council

    Mailbag: Hoping the replacement terminal takes off with City Council

    Thoughts on proposed airport terminal The draft environmental impact report for the replacement terminal at the Burbank Airport is currently before the City Council. It is my hope that the council will approve this important part of the process leading us to be able to vote for Measure B on the...

  • Mailbag: Sparring with Muhammad Ali

    Mailbag: Sparring with Muhammad Ali

    Entertainer Steve Allen needed some time off from his TV show. Whenever he was planning time off, we would tape two shows a day for a week. Hanging around between shows during one of those weeks was tedious, so I would pace outside the theater, drinking coffee. I was doing that when a cab pulled...

  • Mailbag: Residents back their candidates ahead of Tuesday voting

    Mailbag: Residents back their candidates ahead of Tuesday voting

    Kassakhian would be ideal choice As Californians prepare to vote on June 7, the race for the 43rd Assembly District holds special importance for local communities. Among the eight candidates vying for the seat, Democrat Ardy Kassakhian stands out for his proven record of leadership as Glendale's...

  • Mailbag: Equestrian takes issue with cyclist's letter

    Thanks for the fixed bicycles Once again, a big “Thank You” to volunteer bicycle mechanics Patrick and Craig and all the friendly staff of Burbank Walk and Ride for fixing up our bikes at the Burbank Farmers Market on a recent Saturday. You guys rock! David Lee Williams Glendale Public a part of...

  • Commentary: Memorial Day, or Day of Remembrance, dates to the Civil War

    May 30 is Memorial Day, originally called a Day of Remembrance, for those who have died while serving our country in war. Memorial Day began after the Civil War to remember the more than 600,000 soldiers who died in the years between 1861 and 1865. About 600,000 deaths is more loss than in all...

  • Letter: Mariposa Street Bridge belongs to the public

    Letter: Mariposa Street Bridge belongs to the public

    I was disappointed when the Burbank City Council voted 5-0 in February to reverse itself on its sensible Mariposa Street Bridge compromise, which it had passed in December, also unanimously. The December ruling would have allowed bicyclists and horseback riders to continue to share the publicly...

  • Guest Column: An adventure only possible here

    Did you know that our very own San Gabriel Mountains are as rugged a terrain as any in America? Or that they have had some of the most concentrated rainfall in the history of the U.S.?I didn't, until a friend lent me John McPhee's book, “The Control of Nature.” I knew they were rugged, of course,...

  • Mailbag: Spy talk slated at Burbank Historical Society museum

    A genocide on American soil Since the Burbank Unified School Board is setting aside the month of April as a commemoration for the Armenian Genocide, I would suggest all of them read "An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe" by UCLA professor Benjamin Madley...

  • Mailbag: Derogatory emails call ethics into question

    The emails mocking women, ethnic and religious groups sent out by former Deputy Chief of Police Tom Angel while working at the Burbank Police Department are reprehensible. Tom Angel was the appointed deputy chief in Burbank, primarily responsible for operations with specific oversight of all internal...

  • Mailbag: Burbank Coordinating Council holding meeting and a request for Camperships

    It is time for Burbank Coordinating Council to install its officers for 2016-17 at the next meeting on Monday, May 2, at noon at Little White Chapel, 1711 N. Avon St, Burbank. All are welcome to attend. Cost for lunch is only $10 and the speaker for the day will be from the Burbank Bob Hope Airport...

  • Mailbag: Questions needed for upcoming candidate forums

    Local LWV to host candidate forums The League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank will host four candidate forums in anticipation of the June 7, state primary election. LWV Glendale/Burbank and the LWV Pasadena Area will jointly present two candidate forums on Tuesday, May 3. The first forum is...

  • Letter: Blumenfeld knows public education

    I grew up in Burbank, taught in the Burbank Unified School District and now live in La Cañada and send my kids to the La Cañada public schools. As a parent, as an educator, and as a lifelong member of these communities, it is important to me that we have strong leadership representing our interests...

  • Op-Ed: Running as a woman isn't easy

    Now I know why there are so fewer women than men in the state Legislature. After 12 months of campaigning for state Senate, I recognize it takes resiliency, tenacity, commitment and 200% effort to be taken seriously as a female candidate. Running for elective office presents challenges for women...

  • Commentary: Some friendly advice on, well, friendship

    Even one good friend will trump 10 acquaintances. (No subliminal message intended!) As a young adult, my mom gave me some advice about friends. She said you only need three of them. One on whose shoulder to cry. One who makes you smile. And one who likes to go shopping with you. Not necessarily...

  • Mailbag: An op-ed draws divisive opinions

    Government's new rules are a crime Sober living homes have surely been thrust upon us. Now, under guidelines released this past week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, turning down tenants based on whether or not they have criminal records could be considered discriminatory and...

  • Mailbag: A particular van causes concern and BCC kicks off fundraising for Campership program

    Mailbag: A particular van causes concern and BCC kicks off fundraising for Campership program

    Van of questionable taste takes up space I am sure most of my fellow Burbank residents have noticed the topless-maids van parked in and around our fair city. Lately, I have been going to the medical center at the corner of Alameda Avenue and Buena Vista Street extensively. Well, the van is parked...

  • Op-Ed: Lessons learned during a run for state Assembly

    “Special interests” is a term frequently bandied about in political talk but infrequently explained. Like a bogeyman, “special interests” are understood to be bad, but that’s about it.As an outsider to business-as-usual politics, I have had quite an education as a candidate for state Assembly,...

  • Commentary: Glendale-founded nonprofit aids Armenian students

    Before I arrived in Armenia as a Peace Corps volunteer, I knew that the country in the southern Caucasus mountains was challenged by the effects of economic stagnation, an 18% unemployment rate, the continuing pull of Russia and the ongoing war with Azerbaijan. After I arrived, I quickly learned...

  • Mailbag: Trouble with tree trimmers and a great experience at Burbank High

    Burbank tree trimmers do a hack job What were they thinking? City tree trimmers hacked a once-lovely tree in front of my home to pieces, leaving a tall stub and mangled branches. Does any skill or thought go into the maintenance of our city trees? This type of indiscriminate trimming or “topping”...

  • Letter: Advocating for an accessible terminal

    Letter: Advocating for an accessible terminal

    I attended a meeting on Wednesday at Bob Hope Airport to learn about the proposed bridge from the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) parking lot to the Amtrak Station platforms with elevators leading from the bridge down to the north and south platforms and a fence between them at...

  • Letter: Leader reader is a fan of its new look

    I’m quite happy with the improved paper quality. Thank you and congratulations, Editor John Canalis and Hamlet Nalbandyan, art director. Margarita Garrahan Burbank

  • Letter: Another Bandstand dancer pops up in Burbank

    With no disrespect to Mr. Eddie Kelly, I was also a dancer on American Bandstand from 1956 to 1958 during my freshman, sophomore and junior years at West Philadelphia Catholic High School. It was a great and glorious time in my life and I loved every day I danced on that show. I am pleased that...

  • Letter: Burbank Historical Society celebrates an aviation pioneer

    This Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m., the Burbank Historical Society will proudly present a free program on one of history's greatest aviation pioneers, Moye Stephens, co-founder of Northrop. Stephens hobnobbed with such other aviation legends as Jack Northrop and Howard Hughes and even flew around...

  • Letter: Proposed drug home smacks of big government

    The assault on the East Tujunga Avenue hillside neighborhood and the preemption of single-family zoning by the state of California and the federal government reeks of back door eminent domain on behalf of a for-profit business. It is an insult to the city of Burbank, requires no business license...

  • Letter: Just say no to drug-rehab facility

    I'm writing to you about the use of an East Tujunga Avenue property as a drug-rehab facility in our neighborhood. We are not opposed to helping individuals in need! However a drug-rehab facility in this neighborhood, which already has many issues. is ill-advised! Most people who come to see the...

  • Letter: Questions mark planned sober-living facility

    Our single-family neighborhood on East Tujunga Avenue is well established with residents that include the elderly, adults, children, disabled and even recovering addicts, who have lived in our neighborhood for decades. We all know each other, socialize and help each other. Our neighborhood safety...

  • Letter: Key Club needs help to visit the capital

    I am senior at Burbank High School, where I’m a proud member of the Key Club, a student organization that maintains a commitment to serving the community while promoting a sense of involvement and unity among students. We have supported the community by providing a volunteer workforce of students...

  • Letter: Sobering news for the neighborhood

    We wanted to make clear our opposition to converting a property on the 1100 block of East Tujunga Avenue in Burbank into a sober-living facility. We have lived right up the block from this house for the last 25 years. We live in a relatively quiet community and strongly object to a situation that...

  • Letter: New bus line doesn't meet riders' needs

    Your editorial about the new 501 Express service between Pasadena and North Hollywood misses some important details. I rode the bus Thursday for an evening meeting in mid-Wilshire and the first thing to note is that the service ends too early in the evening. The last bus from North Hollywood departs...

  • Letter: Burbank Coordinating Council, 83, plans a birthday luncheon

    The Burbank Coordinating Council is turning 83. Come help us celebrate at a luncheon meeting, planned for noon on Monday, March 7 at Little White Chapel, 1711 N. Avon St. Awards will be presented for the highest sponsors for our successful 2015 Holiday Basket Program, and our special speaker for...

  • Letter: In anticipation of Burbank on Parade

    In the Feb. 17 edition of the Burbank Leader, city reporter Chad Garland did a fine job on updating the readers on the new and revised annual “Burbank on Parade.” The BOP Committee has expanded the parade, scheduled for April 23, with the idea of including something for all families of Burbank....

  • Op-Ed: Muslim Americans in their own voice

    Violent extremism from groups like ISIS and their lone wolf recruits that claim to be Muslims make compelling news and present a huge international problem that has hit home. From New York on 9/11 to San Bernardino a few months ago, these despicable acts of violence rightfully capture our attention...

  • Op-Ed: Selling naming rights would make sense for Burbank

    On Feb. 9, the Burbank City Council gave IKEA the street naming rights to First Street between Santa Anita and Angeleno Avenue. The street will be renamed IKEA Way. Streets are a taxpayer-funded city asset and ordinarily, naming rights are sold and not given away. The exception is to rename a street...

  • Letter: Thoughts on the 1st Amendment

    If Glen Forsch wants to know who is impeding our 1st Amendment rights, he should look in the mirror. His overreactive letter admonishing Ms. Sharon Springer of trying to dismantle our Constitution was so far off-base that its only purpose served is to stifle discussion on her well-made points. ...

  • Letter: Thoughts on IKEA, land-use decision

    Reading the op-ed by Robert “Bud” Ovrom it seemed sad that the reason he is so excited about the new mega IKEA is that it generates “millions of dollars of tax revenues.” Did anyone do a real cost analysis? What effect will this mega store have on the Ralphs, Trader Joe’s and Vons in the vicinity...

  • Letter: Burbank seems to cater to IKEA

    It is pretty mind boggling that part of First Street will be renamed “IKEA Way” in order to raise the new store’s profile and ostensibly make it easier for potential customers to find the monstrosity that is currently under construction. This is only the latest giveaway by an esteemed City Council...

  • Op-Ed: IKEA move leaves a land-use vacancy

    It is very exciting to see the construction taking place on the new and much larger IKEA store. I was city manager when we brought IKEA to Burbank. It seemed like such a big risk at the time. No one had even heard of IKEA. I had to go to Minneapolis just to see one. We imposed a sales tax guarantee...

  • Letter: Residents wonder as IKEA gets its way

    I was absolutely astounded when I read the Feb. 17 Leader and learned the City Council had approved renaming a portion of First Street to IKEA Way and pushed it through all in one night. This renaming came about because of a suggestion from a former traffic commissioner and seemingly without any...

  • Letter: Freedom of speech is first and foremost

    Sharon Springer's recent letter implied demand that the Burbank City Council members control, comment on or intimidate a speaker's rights during or after the public section of City Council meetings is just plain wrong. We have all disagreed at some point with what people say. Words used, no matter...

  • Letter: Honor lost women with volunteer help

    Recently we have lost a few very important people to our community: Barbara Skykes, Eileen Cobos and Kathy Sanks. Barbara Sykes was the heart and soul of the Burbank Coordinating Council’s gifts for holiday baskets for the past several years. She and I would parallel shop and find great buys on...

  • 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

    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

    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...

  • Letter: Burbank Coordinating Council is starting strong in 2016

    Burbank Coordinating Council is busy already in this wonderful new year. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, Feb.1, at Little White Chapel, 1711 N. Avon St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. It is a luncheon and meeting with our speaker, JC Holt from Burbank YMCA. Cost is $10 for lunch. Reservations...

  • Letter: An important step toward awareness

    January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It’s a month to elevate awareness of this local/global horrific abuse of humanity. It is also a month for cities to take a public stand to eradicate potential avenues of harm to their residents. It’s an opportunity to be a voice for those who have no...

  • Letter: Stamp out all smoking in downtown Burbank

    Yes, the Burbank City Council should be looking at potentially banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places. Before they do anything about e-cigarettes they should be enforcing the existing city ordinance, which prohibits smoking in many places including downtown Burbank. They should walk down...

  • Letter: Murder is ultimate blasphemy

    I read the recent remarks regarding the Charlie Hebdo’s latest cover depicting God with an AK-47 assault rifle. Here is my take. The ultimate blasphemy against God is to murder in his name. I think what the Charlie Hebdo cover is saying is that the thugs who murder innocent people using God as...

  • Letter: Walmart-related traffic EIR is online for Burbank residents

    Burbank residents have until Feb. 4 to comment on a draft supplemental environmental impact report analyzing the need for and feasibility of traffic mitigation measures for Buena Vista Street at Victory Boulevard, and Buena Vista Street at Empire Avenue. Long before a Walmart was ever contemplated...

  • Letter: Phlunte' Riddle run offers alternative for 25th District race

    Recently the local Democratic Club held a forum to meet the Democratic candidates for state Senate District 25. Candidate Anthony Portantino did not attend and I wonder if he thinks he is the only Democratic candidate to consider now the Assemblyman Mike Gatto has decided not to run. One candidate...

  • Op-Ed: The key to a brighter future isn't fear

    My phone is buzzing. I’m teaching my fifth graders a lesson on the solar system at the 24th Street Learning Center in South Los Angeles. My phone keeps buzzing. Without stopping, I circulate toward my desk to glance at my phone, in case it is something important. But then I stop. It’s a message...

  • Op-Ed: From injury to epiphany

    My recent admission to a well-known rehabilitation center in Burbank prompted me to write an article about my experience. Following a severe injury to my ankle, much to my disappointment, I was admitted to the rehabilitation facility. The 10 days I spent there awakened me to an appreciation of...

  • Letter: Outgoing Mark Scott is a trailblazer

    Hurray! No retirement for Burbank City Manager Mark Scott because on Feb. 8 he takes the helm as San Bernardino's interim city manager. That a boy! Keep blazing your trail as the premier city manager in America. Emzy Veazy III Burbank

  • Letter: An appreciation of Joyce Rudolph

    Our community is filled with people who care, and who give not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. We know this because Burbank Leader columnist Joyce Rudolph covers this area in her weekly column. A writer for the Burbank Leader for 40 years, Rudolph is a community treasure....

  • Letter: Mark Scott was right, Council was stupid

    OK, Burbankers, what we have here in the Dec. 5 story, "City Manager Mark Scott to retire Feb. 5," is beyond a mere misunderstanding or teeny conflict. It's Burbank City Council stupidity. Highly principled Mr. Scott stuck to his justifiable guns to get a Burbank City employee upgrade in job scope...

  • Letter: Praise for decision on Mariposa Bridge

    I wish to thank the Burbank City Council for unanimously voting at its Dec. 14 meeting on a compromise motion clarifying the public use of the Mariposa Avenue Activities Bridge over the L.A. River connecting Burbank with Griffith Park. With the council's decision, bicyclists will be permitted to...

  • Letter: Honor the civilians behind our veterans

    I always appreciate it when people remind me of the many projects we accomplished together during my 18 years (1985-2003) as city manager of Burbank. But I actually have an even longer list of projects that were never completed! The recent passing of Burbank Historian Extraordinaire, Mary Jane...

  • Letter: Police importance comes to the fore

    While the city of San Bernardino has suffered bankruptcy and seriously bad and perhaps corrupt management and the county of San Bernardino has had some very misguided managers, the San Bernardino Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department performed with valor and professionalism...

  • Letter: Thoughts on the refugee question

    Barack Obama has an ally in Ray Richmond’s column. Richmond isn’t “proud today of the way my country is behaving.” Neither is our president. Richmond claims our countrymen are telling Syrian refugees “to turn around and go home to lives of certain gloom and likely death.” Apparently he’s unaware...

  • Letter: Basket program welcomes helpers in Burbank

    I wanted to invite fellow Burbankians to participate in some upcoming activities. On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Burbank Advisory Council on Disabilities will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 101 of the Community Service Building, 150 N. 3rd St. We need people to come and share their thoughts and findings...

  • Letter: Intuition is awash in misconception

    Sometimes our intuition is wrong. A big misconception regarding swimming pools deals with how much water they use. In our drought times, people complain that homes with pools use too much water. But last year, the Los Angeles Times printed an article with studies showing that the water evaporating...

  • Letter: Council's behavior raises eyebrows

    Watching the Nov. 16 City Council meeting, we were appalled at the way members of the group Save Burbank Neighborhoods were treated simply because they had distributed a flier that some council members determined had some incorrect information on it. As elected officials, their job should have...

  • Letter: Burbank City Council failed to engage the public

    I was unable to attend the City Council meeting on Nov. 16, however I did watch some of it on the archive videos. I was surprised that the majority of the council spent most of their discussion time on the Airport Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet by attacking Save Burbank Neighborhoods...

  • Letter: A note of gratitude from Mayor Frutos

    On this Thanksgiving Day it seems more important than ever to count our blessings especially as we watch local and world events. Today I am thankful for my health, my family, friends and neighbors. I want to wish you and your family peace, love and happiness. Bob Frutos Mayor Burbank

  • Letter: Volunteer thanks many supporters of fundrasier for Burbank Animal Shelter

    In September I started to raise money for the Burbank Animal Shelter, and I was lucky to get to work with the seniors at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, who helped me create hundreds of origami animals that I gave out at the Farmers Market as thank-you gifts for all donations we received for...

  • Letter: Learning from Native Americans

    About the mascot name “Indians” (as is in use at Burbank’s John Burroughs High School). I have been a high school and university instructor for many years. I grew up a “white guy” in Los Angeles, and one day I found my teaching position over. Unexpectedly, I found myself looking for work. I was...

  • Letter: The downside to urban development in Glendale and Burbank

    Thank you to Editor Dan Evans and his staff for asking important questions about how development has impacted Glendale's and Burbank's urban cores, how homeless families and young people cope with rising home prices and rents, and how and why land is developed or left undeveloped (Glendale News-Press...

  • Letter: Allow Google in for fair competition

    As “Media Capital to the World” we have a sad selection of cable and Internet options. Other than satellite providers we get a which-is-least-worst choice between Charter and AT&T U-verse. Let's talk about U-verse first. Their lowest speed is a 3 Mbps (Megabits per second) option at $35 a month....

  • Letter: Airport should tap local labor force

    Now that the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has agreed to pay for an environmental impact report that would study a possible terminal replacement at Bob Hope Airport, I’d like to remind all involved that no matter what the federal government and state of California say about unemployment...

  • Letter: Lack of punishment encourages crime

    On the surface, Glendale seems like such a safe place. It’s a place where parents should feel safe raising their children. They should be able to sleep at night without having to worry about whether or not they set their security alarms. But the amount of crime taking place in our neighborhoods...

  • Letter: Get on board to help silence train horns in Burbank

    The Burbank City Council is expected to discuss the issue of train horns at its Dec. 8 meeting. For many years I have been requesting that the city of Burbank establish a “quiet zone” here so that the conductors will not have to blow the horns in the middle of the night. I believe a quiet zone,...

  • Letter: Leader coverage brings the trick-or-treat crowds

    One of the first things I learned as a new member of the Burbank Civic Pride Committee was the effort the committee was going to place on the annual Halloween Decorating Contest. Fifty applications were received, a new record for the contest. At the Oct. 26 meeting of the committee, Chairman Robert...

  • Letter: Bike measure puts Burbank on right path

    I would like to thank the visionary Burbank City Council for passing the L.A. River Bike Path measure to extend it through the Burbank section of the river at their recent meeting, which will benefit our community and its residents far into the future. The council members will very much deserve...

  • Letter: A question for the Talaria developer

    Would that developer Michael Cusumano feel “it’s a part of our community obligation” to replace the many modestly priced rentals his company is demolishing with new urgently needed affordable rental units for people who cannot afford the high prices at Talaria? Molly Shore Burbank

  • Letter: An update on Mayor Frutos' condition

    Bob and I would like to give you an update regarding Bob's well being as we have received many phone calls and emails of concern: Bob was admitted to the hospital a week ago Monday night due to a problem with his inner ear which caused a severe vertigo incident. He was released to go home last...

  • Letter: Pride in expanded collection at Burbank Library

    I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the editorial you wrote concerning what we are trying to do with our LGBTQ collections here at the Burbank Public Library and about how we are trying to reach out to that community. Kelly Corrigan’s article (“Library moves to grow section,” Oct.17)...

  • Letter: Gratitude due to news and crew

    Thank you, Patrick Dickson and your ace volunteer bike mechanic crew of Walk Bike Burbank, for fixing up our bikes for the Downtown CicLAvia on Sunday, Oct. 18. Thank you, Burbank Leader, for letting us know! David Lee Williams Glendale

  • Letter: Site offers report outside of meetings

    I've posted an update to my council calendar at WillRogersBurbank.com. I created the site as an alternative to City Council members delaying meetings by describing every event attended in the previous week. An example from the most recent period: I attended what's known as the NACOLE Conference,...

  • Letter: Optimists scare up a Halloween carnival

    It is time again for kids to trick-or-treat and have a terrific Halloween. Burbank Optimist Club is hosting its annual carnival of fun, games, candy and prizes, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Admission is free for all and the event will take place in Vickroy Park, 2300 Monterey Place. For...

  • Letter: Rugby players invite new members to play

    We are a rugby club. Our practice field is at Stonehurst Park in Sun Valley, near Shadow Hills/Burbank. We are really trying to spark an interest in the game of rugby. Beside from the physical and fitness benefits, rugby has always been a welcoming community for all body shapes, ages and sizes,...

  • Letter: Volunteers sought to help build Burbank's rose float

    Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. invites community members to join us in making history as we build and decorate our float entry titled, “Are We There Yet?” for the 2016 Pasadena Rose Parade. This year, the theme of the parade is “Find Your Adventure” and Burbank’s float entry illustrates the...

  • Letter: Burbank tree sculpture leaves logic behind

    Gigantic sculpture approved! Enormity makes it public. May it rust in peace. But, let’s not fall victim to the adage, “We can’t see the forest for the trees.” Whatever cooling respite its tin leaves may offer, be aware our city officials’ twisted designs to land a privately funded and maintained...

  • Letter: Pet medicine was triple the cost

    I just had an interesting experience and learned something I never knew. I am writing because I believe many others are not aware of this. I had to take my pooch to a Burbank vet for a growth on his lip. I was given an antibiotic prescription for him that cost $112 for 24 tabs. I decided to do...

  • Letter: Don't suffer from depression alone

    When you wake up every morning not knowing if it's reality or a dream, life gets scary. Being a teenager alone is a scary experience, all the radical changes in such a short period of time take their toll. But with the added stresses from your own mind, change can push anyone over the edge. As...

  • Letter: Get your bike checked out for free

    Is your bicycle just sitting around the garage or patio? Are your tires looking old and flat? Wondering if the brakes even still work? Bring your bike to the Burbank Farmers Market this Saturday to have it professionally safety-checked and adjusted for free by trained and experienced bicycle mechanics,...

  • Letter: More e-books are at L.A. libraries

    While the donation of the new software and titles to the Burbank Public Library is laudable, it does not begin to offer a wide selection and convenience. The Los Angeles Public Library has thousands of e-titles. They offer Kindle and Overdrive formats in e-books. They also offer audio books and...

  • Letter: U-turns on San Fernando Boulevard are a hazard

    I am downtown at various times of day virtually every day. I observe and often times encounter drivers completing U-turns on San Fernando Boulevard, crossing the double lines in order to park on the opposite side of the street. This happens mid-block between Olive/Orange Grove/Palm and Magnolia....

  • Leader Editorial: A generous gift of books will enrich students

    Opinion of the Leader

  • Letter: Kudos to Burbank on barriers decision

    I would like to thank the City Council for voting to leave the temporary barriers in place until all of the traffic studies are completed for the Alameda North Neighborhood Protection Program. The barriers have been a life changer for my neighborhood. This process did not happen overnight. It began...

  • Letter: Local high school choirs deserve coverage

    On Oct. 3 you published a letter from George Strattan about the wonderful Burroughs on Broadway program. We are fortunate in Burbank to have the two leading competitive show choir high schools in the nation. However, the Burbank Leader seldom prints anything about the show choirs at Burroughs or...

  • Letter: Burroughs High recreates Broadway

    So nice to see in the Sept. 16 Burbank Leader that “Guys and Dolls” at Glendale Centre Theatre was publicized (front page, no less, complete with color photo!). Now let’s hope more local productions also get into our paper. After all, we are the entertainment capital of the world, aren’t we? Where...

  • Letter: Stricklands left a lasting legacy in Burbank

    The loss of Harry and Mary Jane Strickland, iconic pillars of the community, is a loss felt by their family, friends, the Burbank Historical Society and all Burbankers. I was fortunate to have counted Mary Jane (M.J.) and Harry (Buddy) friends for many years. I was always amazed and impressed with...

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