Editorials

Editorial: A fond farewell to Brand Bookshop

Editorial: A fond farewell to Brand Bookshop

The collective hearts of local readers and fans of independent bookstores sank two months ago when it was announced that Brand Bookshop was nearing its last days. Patrons of the...

Editorial: Parking at Bob Hope may drive higher revenue

Editorial: Parking at Bob Hope may drive higher revenue

While Bob Hope Airport officials are trying to make sense of the fluctuating revenue from parking operations there, they have come up with some meaningful plans to improve the experience for air and rail travelers.

Editorial: More room for a very important mission

Editorial: More room for a very important mission

The 40-year-old Burbank Temporary Aid Center, which over the decades has been housed in various sites, is one step closer to having its current digs on West Burbank Boulevard expanded significantly, thanks to this week's action of the Planning Board. We are pleased to see this project move forward.

Leader Editorial: Outgoing sergeant will be missed

Public service is a calling that's not suited to everyone. But Darin Ryburn, who retired Friday from the Burbank Police Department, wore the mantle well. Most recently a...

Editorial: The fun and importance of National Night Out

This coming Tuesday is designated as National Night Out, when people in communities throughout the United States will gather at special events set up by either volunteers or local law-enforcement agencies to learn what they can do to help prevent crime, in their neighborhoods and beyond.

Editorial: Yellow Alert system deserves green light

A proposed piece of state legislation that would allow the use of digital signs on freeways to broadcast information about vehicles involved in deadly hit-and-run...

Leader Editorial: Charter schools have a place in community

After tentatively approving the Giligia Charter Academy last month, the Burbank Unified School Board rejected its petition.

Leader Editorial: Motorists need to adjust to I-5 remodeling

Leader Editorial: Motorists need to adjust to I-5 remodeling

Burbank drivers who are already challenged by a tendency to run late for appointments should take note: You are in for at least a few years of jangled nerves and tense shoulders if...

Editorial: A selfless gesture on a day of union

Editorial: A selfless gesture on a day of union

Independence Day is, for most Americans, a day for stepping back and relaxing with family and friends. It’s often accompanied by high daytime temperatures, so many of us in the Foothills find ourselves looking for a cool place to chill out while waiting for fireworks to light up the night sky.

Leader Editorial: A new fee that makes sense

Next month, Burbank fire officials will start charging $100 for emergency calls that don't require a hospital transport. Though we are...

Leader Editorial: Tapped fund will need to be rebuilt

It's always disconcerting to see once-healthy reserves take a precipitous dip to cover necessary expenses, but we believe the Burbank school board is right in...

Editorial: BUSD should follow GUSD's immersion program's cue

A charter school geared primarily toward serving immigrant Armenian families has been conditionally approved by the Burbank school board and might open as soon...

Leader Editorial: A story to woof over

By the grace of serendipitous happenings and the wide-reaching capabilities of today’s social media, Bert, the partially paralyzed Belgian shepherd is getting the treatment...

Leader Editorial: Pool decision makes a splash

Leader Editorial: Pool decision makes a splash

About a year ago, Burbank residents enthusiastically welcomed the return of the Verdugo Pool after a $7.3 million renovation that took all too long — nearly five...

Editorial: It's win-win at the animal shelter

Animal lovers, mark your calendars for Sunday, June 1 and plan to do your part to help the Burbank Animal Shelter empty its cages between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. On that day, you’ll be able to adopt the pet of your dreams for no charge. This special, one-time event kicks off the shelter’s...

Leader Editorial: A solution in search of a problem

The non-issue regarding group homes in Burbank continues apace, with residents and city officials desperately trying to solve a non-problem.

Leader Editorial: Investigation's end leaves unanswered questions

There’s little question this week’s news that the feds have decided not to charge any Burbank police officers in the wake of...

Leader Editorial: Hats off to the new mayor

We commend the Burbank City Council for voting this week to allow the often-embattled David Gordon to transition to the role of mayor.

Editorial: It's long past time for formal recognition

Editorial: It's long past time for formal recognition

Somber events commemorating the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were held this week, complete with reflections on the 1.5 million people who were slaughtered at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. We are greatly disappointed that it appears we’ll all mark the centennial of the...

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...

Leader Editorial: Board should work to remedy nursing shortage

It is a truism that healthy children are in a better position to learn in the classroom. Unfortunately, it’s also a sad fact of life that the role of a school nurse — who is on campus to help insure students’ well-being — often goes overlooked or underestimated.

Leader Editorial: Work over policy, not each other

Things heated up this week at City Hall. During a six-hour meeting Tuesday, residents scolded city employees, council members snipped at one another about...

Editorial: Last chance to meet the ACA deadline

No matter your politics or opinion of the Affordable Care Act, it is law and we have now arrived at the end of the insurance enrollment grace period. By midnight Monday, the procrastinators among us must at least begin the application process. These latecomers will then have an extra two weeks to...

Editorial: Could the cost of insurance drive more awareness?

It probably came as little surprise to local motorists to learn Glendale and Burbank are in the No. 1 and No. 6 spots, respectively, on a report published this...

Leader Editorial: The lights go up on a new stage

Burbank's previous claim to fame as home of "The Tonight Show" will shift by 2016 to the "Home of the Most Gigantic IKEA in the United States," following the unanimous decision this week of the City Council to approve the Swedish retailer’s plans to build a new 470,000-square-foot store on San...

Leader Editorial: Town hall meeting carries on tradition

Burbank residents turned out this week for a town hall event where they had the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns on a host of...

Leader Editorial: School's safety is nothing to put off

Leader Editorial: School's safety is nothing to put off

Since a new roof was installed at David Starr Jordan Middle School last summer, fumes have intermittently been reported coming from the roof over the main office. School...

Leader Editorial: Officials made a right turn

In a rare unanimous vote, the Burbank City Council this month approved a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak and Myers streets to improve the...

Editorial: Your paper has not gone away

Some changes went into effect this week relating to the delivery of the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press that have caused a stir. Some of our loyal readers can’t find their newspaper in the usual racks that have long stood along the two cities’ thoroughfares and near supermarket...

Editorial: A fond farewell as 'Tonight Show' bows out

Editorial: A fond farewell as 'Tonight Show' bows out

A choked-up Jay Leno on Thursday night said his final goodbye to his viewing audience — a loyal base who kept “The Tonight Show” No. 1 in the ratings season...

Leader Editorial: Lawsuits could result from changing plan

Although a majority of the Burbank City Council earlier this month passed the housing element of its general plan as required by law, it is in limbo — at least temporarily.

Leader Editorial: Lessons from language-immersion success

The Spanish dual-language immersion program launched at a Disney Elementary kindergarten class this year has been so well-received by educators and parents alike that...

Editorial: Northridge anniversary is a good time to plan ahead

As has been widely recalled this week those who lived here at the time, it was 20 years ago, on Jan. 17, 1994, that the Southland was jolted awake at 4:31 a.m. by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. It was a massively destructive event that claimed the lives of nearly 60 people and injured more than 5,000...

Editorial: Loss of two motorcyclists is a grim reminder

Although complete statistics for the year 2013 have not yet been released, it would not surprise us to learn that motorcycle fatalities continued the upward trend reported for 2012, when more than 5,000 bikers lost their lives in the U.S. due to traffic accidents. That was a 9% rise over 2011,...

Editorial: Rose float awards are well deserved

It has been a banner year for local float entrants into the Tournament of Roses Parade, with Glendale and Burbank taking home two of the biggest prizes.

Editorial: Help make it a safe and happy New Year

Although Christmas is now a sweet memory, the 2013 holiday season remains in high gear and we’re just a few days away from ringing in the new year. Some bowl games and New Year’s Eve parties are still ahead. Families and friends will be getting together and good times will be had by all....

Leader Editorial: New theater a proud moment for city

The Hall of Liberty at the Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills is the venue this weekend as the all-volunteer and newly-minted Burbank...

Leader Editorial: A wise decision by the airport authority

Although there has been an achingly slow, but steady recovery in the real estate market, experts remain bearish on new commercial developments, and for good reason. The demand just isn’t there yet.

News-Presss and Leader Editorial: Kudos to the generosity of our neighbors

Extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity shown by local residents and businesses do not surprise us anymore, as this is such a giving community. But they are always welcome news. And, particularly at this time of year, there are usually many wonderful stories to share.

New-Press and Leader Editorial: Don't let this Thanksgiving be a turkey

The promise of Thanksgiving brings with it not only feast and football shared with family and friends, but something for the deal hunter. Most big-name retailers will throw open their doors for at least a few hours Thursday in hopes of capturing consumers' bucks before Black Friday.

News-Press & Leader Editorial: An offer of condolences to the Gatto family

A shocking crime and an innocent victim: Joseph Gatto, a 78-year-old man who by all accounts was beloved and respected, was gunned down in his Silver Lake home this week. His home in the hilly community had been ransacked.

Leader Editorial: Council should get back to a regular schedule

While the rest of Burbank slumbered, the City Council, staff members and a few stalwart citizens were in City Hall until nearly 4 a.m. Wednesday for a council meeting that had begun at 6 p.m. the night before.

Leader Editorial: Promoter could have taken the high road

Budding entrepreneurs looking at ways to get into a niche market — catering to marijuana users within legal bounds — anted up $250 each to take a seminar last week that was supposed to take place at the Burbank Holiday Inn. But the Burbank Police Department got wind of the event,...

Leader Editorial: Hoping DeBell plays out of the rough

Several months after the City Council began considering handing over the day-to-day responsibility for the troubled DeBell Golf Club to Scott Scozzola, a contract was approved...

Leader and News-Press Editorial: Affordable Care Act is good for our health

Leader and News-Press Editorial: Affordable Care Act is good for our health

There is no question that — at multiple levels — America is going to continue to feel the economic reverberations of the shameful display of right-wing political brinkmanship that shut down the government this month. But that attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act was hugely unpopular...

Leader Editorial: Tobin news provides reason to cheer

Burbank Unified School District had good reason to cheer with the recent news that Burroughs High science teacher Jill Tobin was named one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year. That's quite an achievement when one considers that there are 75,000 educators eligible for the honor.

Leader Editorial: Community mourns together over tragedy

Leader Editorial: Community mourns together over tragedy

There is a pall on this city today, with residents still absorbing the fact that a fiery, single-car crash that took place Sept. 28 on San Fernando...

Leader Editorial: Let's help make sure the bands play on

In case the news has not yet reached your ears, Sept. 28 has been set aside as Community Day in support of the outstanding John Burroughs High School band program.

Leader and News-Press Editorial: Time to speak up for the terminal

A series of public workshops focusing on the replacement of the Burbank Airport terminal have been taking place in recent days, with one more scheduled for 5:30 p.m....

Leader Editorial: Don't fret over Common Core standards

Burbank's public school system is joining others in 45 states across the nation in implementing Common Core, the U.S. education initiative that require more rigorous curricula. It is hoped these new standards will better prepare our youth to succeed in college and the workplace.

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