Airport joins pollution reduction program
AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Ground service equipment at Burbank-
Glendale-Pasadena Airport will soon be emitting less pollutants.
The Airport Authority has voted to enter into a partnership with
commercial airlines, state and federal agencies and other regional
airports to reduce pollution in ground vehicles by replacing older
models with low-polluting ones.
The group's goal is to reduce emissions by 80% over the next seven
years from vehicles, including those that carry cargo, passengers and
food services. As vehicles are retired, they will be replaced with
lower emitting models or electric equipment.
Postal workers to collect food
BURBANK -- When letter carriers drop off the mail today, they'll
also be looking to take a little something away.
For the eleventh consecutive year, letter carriers will be
collecting nonperishable food to donate to the needy.
Residents are being asked to place unopened nonperishable food
next to their mail boxes. The donations will be collected as mail
carriers follow their usual routes.
All food collected will be donated to local food banks and other
charities. In the 10 years of the event, which postal officials said
is the largest single-day drive in the country, over 500 million
pounds of food have been collected nationally.
More parking coming to Magnolia Park
MAGNOLIA PARK DISTRICT -- The city is adding nearly two dozen
parking spaces in the Magnolia Park District.
The City Council has approved construction contracts for 22 new
spaces on Lima and Avon streets north of Magnolia Boulevard, all of
which are expected to be completed by early summer.
The plans are part of a larger street-improvement project that
includes adding landscaping and parking to the area.
Education cuts protested at City Hall
CIVIC CENTER -- More than 100 parents, teachers, students and
others rallied on the steps of City Hall on Thursday afternoon to
protest possible teacher layoffs, with some saying school district
officials overacted to state budget cuts by issuing preliminary pink
Nikki Capshaw, a Roosevelt Elementary School parent who organized
the rally, criticized school district officials for targeting
teachers and nurses, which she said is detrimental to education.
"To send that kind of message to the teachers, that we don't care
enough to do our homework before we send these notices, says we don't
value you," Capshaw said. "It's this attitude that there is no
solution [that is frustrating]."
Although most of the 250 layoff notices have since been rescinded
by the school district, 48 certified teachers, nurses and counselors
could be without jobs in September. District officials are expected
to make a final decision by May 15.
An estimated 50 teachers facing layoffs presented their cases to
an administrative law judge last week. Any rulings by a judge are not
binding on the district.