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Letter: Suggestions ahead of the election

Well, it's down to the real nitty gritty in our Burbank City Council election. Let's put some real brains and muscle into City Hall. The times are a-changing, so join me in voting for Messrs. Christopher Rizzotti and Will Rogers.

Letter: She supported the neigh sayers

One year ago, Burbank lost one of its most ardent supporters, my mom, Floran Frank. As a founding member of the Burbank Rancho Homeowners Assn., she spent countless hours and many years talking to the neighbors and going to city council meetings for the benefit of keeping horses in the backyards...

Letter: Election photo said more than it meant

If a picture and caption are worth a thousand words, the Burbank Leader’s front page photograph on Wednesday, Feb. 25 says it all. You have Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy...

Letter: A call for green alleys in Burbank

The Trust for Public Land has recently partnered with the city of Los Angeles to redesign two alleys in South L.A. to become “green alleys.” From the Trust's website: “Across the nation, eight cities have launched green alley programs. In L.A., the goals of the program are to...

Letter: Looking forward to the April election

I am grateful to and thank the people of Burbank for their support in Tuesday's primary election. The pledge of an open and honest City Hall has resonated, and we're now within weeks of being able to move forward on that promise. Moreover, we've advanced that pledge with a campaign demonstrating the...

Letter: Election thanks and well wishes

I’d like to thank all those that supported me throughout my Burbank City Council primary election campaign. I couldn’t have done it without your help and encouragement. I’d especially like to thank the many Burbank residents that thought highly enough to vote for me and believed in...

Letter: Disabilities group welcomes public

Burbank Advisory Council on Disabilities is a special committee devoted to making sure the whole city of Burbank is accessible for all those with disabilities. In order to do our best in advising the City Council, we need your help. Please come to the meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. in...

Letter: Council to celebrate 82nd year of service

The Burbank Coordinating Council is turning 82 years old. Help us celebrate on Monday, March 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Little White Chapel. Cost is only $9 for lunch.

Letter: Elijah Rock returns to the Colony

We have been subscribers to Burbank's Colony Theatre for 27 years. During that time we have seen more than 100 outstanding productions including their current show “The Road to Appomattox.” Our favorite production, “Breath and Imagination: the Story of Roland Hayes,” was...

Letter: Hopes for a quick recovery at Sardo's

Letter: Hopes for a quick recovery at Sardo's

Re: “Restaurant owner says fire has hurt his ‘family,’” Feb. 21. I was saddened to read about the fire severely damaging Sardo's...

Letter: City needs to address construction

I have been a resident of Burbank for over 20 years. The home next to mine was recently purchased and demolished. During demolition the owner undercut my wall and I lost nearly 60 feet of it when it slid down onto his property. The city informed me they were unaware of his activities and that it was...

Letter: Expressing support for Tangkhpanya

My name is Moah Pollas and I’m 16 years old. I’ve lived in Burbank all my life.

Letter: Here's a question for Rizzotti

After watching the city council candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and listening to candidate Chris Rizzotti repeatedly say he would represent everybody in Burbank, serve the public and specifically “protect our city,” I could not help but remember him whining to the...

Op-Ed: Bracing for the water shortages to come

This past sunny, hot weekend, thousands of Angelenos took to the mountains and beaches for hiking, biking, rollerblading and jogging. Many of these people likely had a moment when they looked around with a smile and thought, wow, what a life we live here, how lucky we are, compared to the unlucky...

Letter: Sharon Springer is a qualified candidate

Re: “Putting in a word for Sharon Springer,” Mailbag, Feb. 14. We are in agreement with the letter’s writer, David Spell. Given that the issue of...

Letter: Realtor group offers its endorsements

As part of our strong advocacy program, the Burbank Assn. of Realtors undertook a rigorous process of asking candidates for Burbank City Council and school board to submit written answers to a series of questions and to meet with our legislative committee and board of directors for an interview....

Letter: Voters want answers to airport moves

Visiting the local airport's website Friday to check my daughter's incoming flight, I inadvertently found word of a “special meeting” scheduled Monday. It seems the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority reverted to its imperiousness of the 1990s, unilaterally ending “...

Letter: Putting in a word for Sharon Springer

It’s frustrating to me no one is talking about Sharon Springer’s run for Burbank City Council. After researching all the candidates, I introduced myself to her, as I felt a strong connection to her policies and convictions. In a primary race full of drama, bluster and huge sums of...

Letter: Follow the money in this election

What is Burbank to me? My home, my family, friends and my community. Do I care enough to vote? Do I care that the National Assn. of Realtors political action committee, developers and other organizations seem to be attempting to buy the upcoming City Council election? Did Emily Gabel-Luddy, who...

Letter: Candidate's website is worthy of a click

I encourage those of you who have not mailed in your ballots for City Council to check out the website of Will Rogers. No candidate does more to tell you how and why he stands on certain issues involving city business, including key development issues. Now, while Rogers is a neighbor of mine, we are...

Letter: Realtors aren't the same as developers

Re: “It’s been a week of local election madness,” Stop the Presses column, Feb. 7. Editor Dan Evans seems misguided...

Letter: Two questions for the candidates

I’ve read the glowing and not-so-glowing letters about the candidates for Burbank City Council. All have honorable goals for the city of Burbank. I would just like to know two things from the candidates: What is your position on a Walmart in Empire Center? What are you going to do about the...

Letter: Rizzotti should have recused himself

Re: “Rizzotti denies accusation” and “...

Letter: Ferguson has the inside scoop

I would like to respond to the letter about Steve Ferguson. The person who wrote the letter must not even know Ferguson. He is the best person for the school board for...

Letter: Ferguson would fight for our schools

Re: “Ferguson may lack needed credentials,” Mailbag, Feb. 4. Steve Ferguson will provide a much-needed breath of fresh air if he is elected to the Burbank...

Letter: Do your research before you vote

It occurred to me after reading several letters to the editor containing attacks on Emily Gabel-Luddy and Christopher Rizzotti that we are, generally, not an informed citizenry. We cannot get all our “news” from talk radio or from someone who has some kind of vendetta against a person...

Letter: The reasons behind the endorsements

Burbank Teachers Assn. members interviewed school board candidates and selected Steve Ferguson, Dr. Armond Aghakhanian and Dr. Roberta Reynolds because they are a diverse group who represent the entire community. The decision was unanimously passed by our Representative Council, which is comprised...

Letter: Nos and Rogers would do the city good

Letter: Nos and Rogers would do the city good

I encourage those who have yet to vote for city council candidates to mark their ballots for David Nos and Will Rogers to represent them at City Hall.

Letter: Rizzotti got to know the neighborhood

Letter: Rizzotti got to know the neighborhood

This letter is in response to a few of the negative things that I have read here lately. I can tell you that Vice Chair Planning Board Member Chris Rizzotti is not pro development, but pro neighborhoods and pro Burbank. My neighborhood is being affected by a development at the corner of Reese...

Op-Ed: Rail critique was early and short-sighted

Today, many Californians would be astounded to learn that the Golden Gate Bridge was almost never built. The project faced thousands of lawsuits and detractors, including the great photographer Ansel Adams, who said that it would mar the beauty of the San Francisco Bay. Obviously the project moved...

Letter: Ferguson may lack needed credentials

If he applies himself I’m sure candidate Steve Ferguson may one day finally finish college. But until he does or gets some real-world work experience he should not be running to serve on the Burbank school board. As it stands he doesn’t have any of the requirements to teach on any...

Letter: Young Life gives kids opportunities

A Burbank resident recently criticized the Young Life organization in the contest of a local election involving Chris Rizzotti, implying that his affiliation with the organization is a reason for people not to vote for him. I will let the voters decide whether Rizzotti has the qualifications to...

Letter: Rizzotti is religious, loves development

Re: “Rizzotti is religious, not a hatemonger,” Mailbag, Jan. 31. In his letter to the editor, Rev. Paul W. Clairville attempted damage control by asserting...

Letter: There's no reason to call out Rizzotti

Re: “Ministry connection is a troubling one,” Mailbag, Jan. 31. In response to Brett Loutensock's letter, as someone who leans left on the political spectrum,...

Letter: Guillen cares about the neighborhood

Juan Guillen has proven himself to me and to many of my neighbors here in the “flats” of Burbank to be a stand-alone choice for Burbank City Council.

Letter: It isn't necessary to use Measure S

Re: “Bond funds eyed to met state’s class-size mandate,” Jan. 28. The announcement by school board member Larry Applebaum that Burbank Unified School District...

Letter: Another burglary, with some regret

Re: “Residents warned of car burglaries,” Jan. 31. Our car was burglarized last night. We didn't report it. Wish I would have read your article sooner!

Letter: School safety is also a top issue

I am very disappointed in our school board candidates. During my 31-year career at the Burbank Police Department I had the chance to work as a school resource officer and was a member of the School/Law Enforcement Partnership, a cadre of professionals providing compliance training in California...

Letter: Reynolds has the experience to lead

The Burbank Unified School District is facing many new challenges with Common Core and the Local Control Funding Formula. These changes in how school districts do business will require extraordinary leadership to guide them through rough waters. In the upcoming election, the voters of Burbank will...

Letter: Candidate's passion is public service

I have to admit that I took it personally when Christopher Rizzotti was called out for being anti-gay in a recent City Council meeting.

Letter: Rizzotti is a model citizen who cares

I’ve never written a letter to an editor of a newspaper before, but recent events in our community have compelled me to state the following. I have had the...

Letter: Rizzotti is religious, not a hatemonger

I write to speak for Chris Rizzotti who has recently had his character assailed in the public square: taking collateral damage for the statements of some in the faith...

Letter: Accusation seems politically motivated

I was appalled to learn that a man at the Burbank City Council meeting on Jan. 27 verbally attacked City Council candidate Christopher Rizzotti by accusing him of being...

Letter: Ministry connection is a troubling one

Candidate Christopher Rizzotti claims an association with Young Life, a youth ministry.

Letter: Digging deeper into district spending

If someone in your family gave you a projected household budget four years in a row, and each year significantly underspent their budget by 25 to 40%, would you assume that the fifth year would be any different? Because in the past four years the BUSD consistently and significantly overbudgeted, yet...

Letter: Fresh faces would bring fresh ideas

I am a product of Burbank schools, and a 30-year employee of the Burbank Unified School District, so I have a personal interest in who manages our schools.

Letter: Candidates answer to developers

I would like to add my voice to recent letters regarding the City Council candidacy of Emily Gabel-Luddy. Gabel-Luddy, who was my junior high school classmate, has endorsed the candidacy of Christopher Rizzotti. Rizzotti is a member of the Planning Board and both he and then-Mayor Gabel-Luddy were...

Letter: Regarding zoning and library upgrades

Letter: Regarding zoning and library upgrades

I would like to expand on my League of Women Voter candidates’ forum responses, specifically with regard to zoning variances and the Burbank Central Library. I am not against zoning variances, but think they should be granted thoughtfully, and negative impacts to our community should be...

Letter: All should bow at Burroughs runners' feet

Letter: All should bow at Burroughs runners' feet

My brother Rene and I ran cross country for Burroughs High in the early ’80s, under Coach Greg Switzer. We had some excellent teams. The boys’ varsity had a multiyear winning streak against the other five teams in our league.

Letter: Submit your ideas for the Rose Parade float

Letter: Submit your ideas for the Rose Parade float

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. depends on ideas from the community to create Burbank’s award-winning Rose Parade floats! You can submit your idea to our design contest. The 2016 parade theme is “Find Your Adventure,” which recognizes the centennial of the National Park...

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