Editorials

Leader Editorial: An idea that may travel well

As we reported this week, a proposal was given a tentative green light by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board that shows promise toward easing traffic while closing a gap in...

Leader Editorial: Discipline rule makes little sense

A member of the state Assembly, Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) successfully carried a bill through legislation this year that he hopes will put the brakes on school officials who excessively take advantage of a portion of state education code that allows them to suspend students for willful...

Leader Editorial: A message from the Leader editorial board

Only about a quarter of the registered voters in Los Angeles County cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election. That’s a dismal enough number to reflect on this week, but we’ve seen worse. Right here in Burbank, as a matter of fact. In April 2013, the city’s general election drew out only...

Leader Editorial: Consortium makes plans for a local future

In coming years, 90% of the products made will be developed virtually, according to the nonprofit National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Simply to stay competitive in the global market, America must have a workforce trained to nimbly put digital technology to innovative uses.

Leader Editorial: Questions build on project's approval

While we hope the Talaria at Burbank project will turn out to be a winning addition to the city, we have some lingering concerns that potential impacts were not explored deeply enough before a council majority approved the plans this week.

Leader Editorial: New Burbank High field will benefit area

Although it carries a steep price tag, we agree with the school board that the $750,000 revitalization of the unsightly dirt practice field at Burbank High is worth the costs involved. 

Leader Editorial: Keeping old signs is step in right direction

Leader Editorial: Keeping old signs is step in right direction

A consultant has been hired by the city, with help from a state grant, to take inventory of the historic signs that colorfully pepper Burbank’s commercial districts....

Leader Editorial: Grieving for all three victims of the crash

With the community reeling over the loss of three teenagers in a vehicle crash in the early hours of Sept. 12 — an eerie echo of a fiery crash almost exactly a year ago — Burbank does what it often does: lend comfort and support to those who have lost their loved ones.

Leader Editorial: Love 'em or hate 'em, the gates will go up

Citing public safety reasons, city officials for the better part 30 years have stood fast against efforts by the Burbank Hills Homeowners Assn. to gain approval to turn their 130-home private development into a gated community.

Leader Editorial: Here's to a less bumpy commute

Nearly 100 blocks of residential streets are soon to be resurfaced. And not a moment too soon, in some cases. The section of the city north of Victory Boulevard and south of...

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.

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