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Voters head to the polls on Election Tuesday

Burbank polling place

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — A Burbank pollworker prepares to insert a voter’s ballot into the Inkavote machine to check for errors on Election Day,  November 4,  2008.

Jobs are hard to come by these days, but Los Angeles County officials are still finding it difficult to attract enough pollworkers for the Primary Election, this Tuesday, June 8.  As of last Tuesday, June first, The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office was scrambling to fill about 200 pollworker positions at various locations.

Pollworkers get paid $80 a day, plus $25 for attending a two-hour training session. There still might be some openings at this late date — call the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County  Clerk’s office at 1-800-815-2666 option 7 or visit their website

Also, now is the time to pull out your sample ballot and begin to seriously consider the candidates and issues. Remember, there are two races in the 43rd State Assembly District. In the front of the ballot, the primary –candidates are vying for the chance to run in the November election for a full two-year term. At the back of the ballot, the special election in the 43rd State Assembly District to finish out the term of Paul Krekorian, who won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council last fall.  Krekorian’s term ends in November. Only two candidates are still in the running: Democrat Mike Gatto and Republican Sunder Ramani. I believe Gatto is the stronger candidate and he’ll get my vote.

There are a number of other races, along with several important ballot measures.  You’re snail mailbox probably has been stuffed with campaign literature recently. Oh, and those phone endorsements, my favorite (not); more than likely you’ve received a few of those as well. Still, have some questions and decisions to make?  Check out the local newspaper endorsements.

For the Los Angeles Times endorsements, check its website. The Los Angeles Daily news endorsements are here.  Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Election Tuesday.

Tension and tempers rise again in the Burbank PD

A stinging letter from the big honchos in the Burbank Police Officers Association, posted over on Jim Carlile’s Blog. You really have to wonder if those guys are part of the solution or the problems that are dragging down the Burbank PD.

The Burbank Police Commissioners should take a gander at the letter and read the comments. Some commissioners seem to think the BPOA would be the first place officers take their complaints. Hmm, don’t think so. The commissioners should seek information from the officers themselves.

More celebrity farewells

“A Golden Girl” makes a sudden exit. Seventy-six-year-old Rue McClanahan had some health issues, but appeared to be on the mend. Then last week, she suffered a massive stroke and passed away on Thursday. More on People Magazine website.

A lot of tributes out there for legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, who died late Friday of natural causes at the age of 99. A good selection of stories, photos, memories, and reactions on the  L.A. Times site.

Lakers and Celtics battle in game 2 of the NBA finals

Lakers go for a repeat at Staples Center this afternoon. Kobe and company beat the Boston Celtics in game one of the NBA finals on Thursday, 102-89. A lot of talk about a sweep. Kobe’s not dealing with that. The Laker star is quoted as saying: “We just want to win the series.”  More on the Lakers and the NBA finals here.

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Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — A cyclist takes it slow and easy along West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank. Nice way to avoid the high gas prices and enjoy the city view.

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