John Bordeaux and Ron Calbrisi of Toluca Lake listen to Burbank Sgt. Jeff Lamoureaux describe what a donation to the Special Olympics could get them at Claim Jumper in Burbank, where the officers from the Burbank Police Department helped with tables as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Burbank police lend a helping hand

Burbank police raised roughly $2,500 for the Special Olympics on Thursday by waiting on tables and serving food at the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event, officials said.

News-Press Cartoon: Self defense

News-Press Cartoon: Self defense

Bert Ring body slams the postponing of a women's self-defense class due to claims by a men's group that the gender-specific instruction is improper.

Leader Cartoon: Cooling off

Leader Cartoon: Cooling off

After City Manager Mark Scott's statement that Burbank "can be a frustrating place to work" the Council decides to take matters in their own hands, Bert Ring imagines.

News-Press Editorial: Drayman's punishment not appropriate

Less than two weeks ago, locals who felt betrayed by the actions of John Drayman, the disgraced former Glendale councilman convicted of embezzlement, were able to take a small amount of satisfaction when a judge labeled him a crook and sentenced him to a year in jail.

Leader Editorial: Burbank would benefit from cooler heads all around

City Manager Mark Scott says that a closed-door evaluation session with the City Council this week left him feeling “energized.” Inasmuch as we were not privy to the conversations that took place during that meeting, we’re left to take him at his word that his enthusiasm for his job has returned and he’s looking ahead to brighter days. That confident attitude had been left somewhat in question after Scott stated in a recent public meeting that Burbank is a “very frustrating place to work.”

Start the Presses: An insulting case of justice denied

I got the call at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Ernie's Jr. Taco House waitress Tiffany Alvarado serves up lunch for Glendale residents Susan Schachtner, 56, left, and her mother Jackie Waldron, 80, right, at the Eagle Rock landmark restaurant on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Ernie's Jr. will close Saturday.

818 Roundup: Ernie Jr.'s to close; Armenian genocide events; Fewer students in BUSD

Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, April 19. The high is expected to reach 73 and low 57 in the Burbank area. 

Dusty, a hamster from Petco, eats a treat after participating in the 2014 Hamster Ball Derby at Petco in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Weather: Your forecast for Saturday

The condo where former Glendale mayor and convicted felon John Drayman lives on Stancrest Dr. in Montrose, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, where he will serve the remainder of his sentence after eight days in jail.

Drayman on the hook for outstanding debt

When former Councilman John Drayman begins his five years of probation, expected to begin next month, the first meetings he has with the Los Angeles County Probation Office will include a thorough review of his assets and liabilities to determine how much he will pay monthly toward his $319,000 in restitution.

A group of parents and children cross at Allen Avenue and Bel Aire Drive in front of Balboa Elementary School in Glendale on Thursday, April 10, 2014. There are no crossing guards at this location.

Glendale parents signal traffic concerns

Glendale school and city officials are reevaluating where crossing guards are assigned throughout the city due, in part, to concerns raised by parents.

Davidian and Mariamian Elementary School children sign in the 12th Annual Genocide Commemoration at Glendale High School on Monday, April 22, 2013. Glendale high schools and elementary schools performed poems, dance and songs.

Armenian Genocide remembered: Commemoration events in Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles area

Several local events commemorating the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be held in Glendale over the next several days.

Several tables of community members gather to discuss ideas for pedestrian safety at a community pedestrian safety training at the Glendale Central Library on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The program works with the public to come up with answers to improve safety in Glendale.

Glendale looking to address pedestrian-safety issue

Glendale's ongoing issues with pedestrian safety have claimed the lives of two 86-year-old men just within the past four months.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and the Home Depot Foundation secured a $20,000 grant to give the American Legion Verdugo Hills Post 288 at 4011 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta, a face-lift. Bathroom remodeling starts May 1 at the veterans center.

Grant to give American Legion post in La Crescenta a face-lift

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and the Home Depot Foundation have secured a $20,000 grant to give the American Legion Verdugo Hills Post 288 in La Crescenta a face-lift.

The annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks at Burbank's Starlight Bowl, photographed on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Design firm proposes fixes to aging Starlight Bowl in Burbank

A design firm on Tuesday presented an $18-million, 20-year plan to renovate the city's outdoor Starlight Bowl amphitheater, which representatives of the firm called "drastically underutilized" and "slightly tired" in terms of its physical condition and programming.

Claudette is a two-month-old brown tabby kitten up for adoption.

News-Press pet of the day: Claudette

Claudette is a 2-month-old, brown tabby kitten. She is an active girl who loves to play chase with other kittens. She loves wet food, fishing-pole toys and Ping-Pong balls.

Shane Stotsenberg and Ignacio Gonzalez, of the band Mystic Braves, perform at The Echo in Los Angeles on Monday, April 14, 2014.

The surf-inspired Mystic Braves make waves

As a blood moon casts its red hue over Sunset Boulevard, a lo-fi guitar haze rips the night air and five long-haired, moustached men in trim jackets and denim pound their leather boots. They lure bouncy babes to the psychedelic sway of their kaleidoscopic “Dockweiler.”

Burbank school district reports fewer students

Burbank school officials reported this week that about 100 fewer students are currently in the district compared to this time last year.

McKinley Elementary School in Burbank takes on dual language immersion program

McKinley Elementary School will house a portion of Burbank Unified's Spanish dual-language immersion program beginning in the fall with a kindergarten class half made up of native English speakers and the other half native Spanish speakers.

Matt Catingub congratulates drummer Steve Moretti and guitarist Grant Geissman(right)  on a stellar concert which won several standing ovations from the audience.

The Glendale Pops roars back into action at the Alex

Part of the collateral damage of the Alex Theatre's ambitious physical face-lift has been the suspension of the Glendale Pops series. Saturday night, after a year's absence, director Matt Catingub gave a decisive demonstration of why this remains one of the important SoCal big bands, though it performs only a handful of times each year.

A scene from "Riot In Cell Block 11," now available from Criterion.

DVD Review: The feature that helped Siegel break out

After editing montage sequences at Warner Bros. during World War II, Don Siegel made his directing debut with two shorts, both of which won Oscars in the same year. Neat trick. After being promoted to making features, his output was of mixed quality until his eighth feature, "Riot in Cell Block 11." Two years later, he solidified his reputation with the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and went on to direct "Dirty Harry" and other major Clint Eastwood films.

In Theory: Should the Boy Scouts salute inclusion?

One of the topics up for discussion at the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) this year is the suggestion that the Boy Scouts institute polices that allow membership and leadership in the organization regardless of gender and sexual orientation.

A Word, Please: P, Q mindfulness may effect fewer errors

A user on Twitter asked me recently about the difference between “affect” and “effect.” Specifically, she wanted to know which to use in the phrase “the affect/effect of celebrity endorsements.”

Johnny Depp as Will Caster in Alcon Entertainment's sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Film Review: In 'Transcendence,' Depp plays God, sort of

Several years back, after Johnny Depp's twin triumphs in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and the first "Pirates of the Caribbean," I started referring to him as the God Who Walks Among Us. (I think that qualifies as "ironic hyperbole.") Now, in "Transcendence," he actually plays the God Who Walks Among Us or, to be technical, the God Who Walks Among, Around, and Inside Us.

Burbank High's Lily Winn was four for four with two triples and a double in the Bulldogs' 13-1 five-inning victory over Glendale on Thursday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

It's a Winn, win result for Burbank High softball against Glendale

GLENDALE — Burbank High softball Coach Mike Delaney and Glendale Coach Greg Martin walked into distinctly different situations when they took over their respective programs this season.

Joe is a brown tiger Domestic Shorthair up for adoption by the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Leader Pet of the Day: Joe

Are you an experienced cat owner in need of a fulfilling project? Joe is a gorgeous, brown, domestic short-hair, “tiger” cat with the most beautiful coat and face this side of the Mississippi.

With downtown L.A. in the background, traffic moves slowly on a rainy morning on the 5 freeway southbound out of Burbank at the 134 freeway in Glendale/L.A. border on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Live: Traffic updates for your afternoon commute

La Cañada Crime: Burglary suspect returns to drugstore, confronts employee

A Rite-Aid employee reported an incident occurring at 10:50 a.m. A white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 and weighing 160 pounds, walked into the store. When asked if he needed help, he said he was just looking around while his mom shopped nearby.

Unemployment rates dip in local communities

Unemployment rates in Burbank and Glendale saw a slight decline last month with professional and business services as well as administrative and support services adding the most jobs – 15,100 and 10,700 positions, respectively, across Los Angeles County, according to the latest labor report.

Arts & Culture Commission to review video exhibits

Glendale arts and culture officials agreed to discuss spending $30,000 Thursday on projects currently outside their scope of work, such as video exhibits and projections in public spaces as well as a photography street exhibit.

Former Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver gives a speech at the 2014 State of the City luncheon.

818 Roundup: Former Glendale mayor accused of groping woman, police investigate threat made at Burroughs High

Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, April 18. Forecasters predict a high of 71 degrees and a low of 54 in the Glendale region.