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  • 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...

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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