Good morning readers. Time to shake the sleep out of your eyes, get the coffee going, and slide into the week with these news headlines from around the 818 area code. Today is Monday, Dec. 16.
Your humble narrator and editor, Dan Evans, is urging all interested parties to apply for the News-Press or Leader Community Advisory Boards. The Glendale board will meet in Februrary, and the Burbank one will meet in March. Read more about the details by following the link. Glendale News-Press
A three-alarm blaze broke out above Paradise Pastry in Glendale, closing the popular bakery and cafe while the owners assess the damage. Glendale News-Press
Joaquin Miller Elementary students gathered in the school's quad Friday morning to see the unveiling of a new plaque bearing the name of Gail Copeland, who served as the school's principal for 19 years. Burbank Leader
The mother of a 23-year-old La Cañada High School graduate who died in October is searching for a missing ring that she said served as a symbol of strength for her son. La Cañada Valley Sun
A gun buy-back in Van Nuys Saturday netted more than 1,000 weapons. People turning in the guns under a no-questions policy received up to $200 in gift cards. Daily News