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President Obama calls the G-20 Summit “a turning point” for the struggling global economy

G-20 Summit leading delegates gather for group photos 04/02/09    Chuck Kennedy/The White House    At a news conference yesterday President Barack Obama summed up the achievements of the G-20 Summit in London: “…  after weeks of preparation, and two days of careful negotiation, we have agreed on a series of unprecedented steps to restore growth and prevent a crisis like this from happening again.” The President said some of the major points of the summit agreement are “growth and job creation”, “support of developing countries,” and rejection of “… the protectionism that could deepen... Read More →

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First couple meet Queen Elizabeth II

White House photo/Pete Souza   President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle enjoyed a private visit with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, today at Buckingham Palace. In a gift exchange, the Obamas gave the royals a special video iPod and a rare songbook by American composer Richard Rodgers. The British couple gifted the Obamas with a signed portrait of themselves. President Obama is in London for a series of meetings and the G-20 Summit set to officially get underway tomorrow. The 20 leaders of the world’s largest economic powers will grapple with... Read More →

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Burbank City Council race heats up

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove The candidates running for three Burbank City Council seats are cranking up their campaigns for the final push to election day, April 14. Last Monday, all six candidates appeared at a forum in Burbank’s Magnolia Park area. If you missed the forum, the Burbank Leader has profiles of all six council contenders in this weekend’s edition of the newspaper and on its website. Reporter Christopher Cadelago’s profiles are really interesting short feature pieces with quotes from the candidates on their views and concerns. The candidates are Elise Stearns-Niesen, Garen Yegparian,... Read More →

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President Obama faces the nation in prime-time

   White House file photo/Pete Souza   President Barack Obama took to the air waves last night for the second prime-time news conference of his 64-day-old administration. President Obama’s main goal was to rally the country around his proposed new $3.6 trillion budget, which is causing debate in Congress mainly because of its huge dollar commitment. In his news conference, the president described how his budget: “… will build our economic recovery on a stronger foundation so that we don’t face another crisis like this 10 or 20 years from now. We invest in... Read More →

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President Obama makes historic appearance on “Tonight Show”

                                                                                                       FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove President Barack Obama is back in Washington, D.C. today after a whirlwind visit to the Southland. President Obama wrapped up two days of events with a trip to Burbank to tape a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” late yesterday. This is the first time a  U.S. President has sat down for a chat on the “Tonight Show.” However, Obama has been on the late night show twice before: December of 2006 and October of 2007. So the president was quite comfortable with the routine... Read More →

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President Obama gets cheers and applause in the OC

 Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times   President Barack Obama and his team today are probably doing a quick review of his performance at yesterday’s town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. It seems to me that the president pretty much rocked the place.  The one thousand or so folks in the auditorium cheered and applauded like so many did during Obama’s presidential campaign. That’s really a surprise in Orange County, the bastion of conservative Republican views, a county the president did not win during... Read More →

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Air Force One touches down at Long Beach Airport

Lawrence K.Ho/Los Angeles Times   President Barack Obama arrived on board Air Force One at Long Beach Airport right on schedule, at around 3 p.m. today.     Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times   The president stepped off the aircraft and into the Southern California sunshine and waved at the waiting crowd. The first stop on his busy two day visit: the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa for a town hall meeting.

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President Obama arrives in the Southland today

Folks in the ticket line pass the time by doing the “wave” yesterday. Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times   Despite spending hours in line just for a chance at a ticket for President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairground and Event Center in Costa Mesa, many folks were in the mood to have a bit of fun by performing the “wave” yesterday. Those fortunate enough to get tickets returned to the fairgrounds this morning to wait again. Hundreds of people have to go through some very... Read More →

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Hundreds line up for tickets to see President Obama in the OC

Allen J. Schaben/ Los Angeles Times   At the Orange County Fairgrounds today, a long line of hopefuls waited for hours to get tickets to President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting tomorrow. Some media reports say as many as a thousand people were in line. KNX 1070 newsradio reported that some arrived as early as 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, even though the distribution of the first-come first-serve tickets did not begin until today at 10 a.m. The tickets went fast, but some got lucky like Ralph Hardy, who... Read More →

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Update on the race for the Burbank City Council

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove About a month to go before the 2009 General Municipal Election in Burbank. The voters are being asked to consider six contenders running for three seats on the powerful city council. Major issues affecting businesses and residents frequently come before the city council, so voters need to seriously evaluate the slate of candidates. The six are the top vote-getters from a field of 13 in the city primary, last month. Over on the Burbank City Clerk’s general election page some new information has been added. First, the ballot... Read More →

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President Obama creates White House Council on Women and Girls

White House photo/Chuck Kennedy   This is Women’s History month. While some look back at the progress made by women, others look ahead at what still needs to be done. Yesterday, President Obama did both at a ceremony for the signing of an executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls. President Obama said the purpose of the council “… is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in all matters of public policy,” Before the president signed the executive order, he paid... Read More →

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Day 48: President Obama removes federal ban on embryonic stem cell research

White House photo/Pete Souza   President Barack Obama signed an executive order today lifting the Bush Administration’s ban on using federal funds for controversial embryonic stem cell research. President Obama conceded “the promise of stem cell research remains unknown,” but sees great opportunities in that promise: “…  scientists believe these tiny cells may have the potential to help us understand, and possibly cure, some of our most devastating diseases and conditions. To regenerate a severed spinal cord and lift someone from a wheelchair. To spur insulin production and spare a child from a... Read More →

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Burbank keeping the heat on retailers who sell tobacco to minors

The Burbank City Council this week sent a tough message to local store owners and retailers: selling tobacco to minors will not be tolerated in this town. Two businesses, caught in police youth decoy operations last May, appealed their license suspensions to the city council. On Tuesday, March 3, the city council held hearings for Sevan Mini Market at 1516 North San Fernando Road and Mega Alliance at 2616 North Glenoaks Boulevard. Representatives from each business pleaded their case before the city council. The owners of Mega Alliance and an employee of the company that owns... Read More →

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First Lady Michelle Obama volunteers at a soup kitchen

                                                   photo from http://www.whitehouse.gov/   First Lady Michelle Obama continues to reach out to the less fortunate and she encourages others to do the same. Last Thursday, the first lady took time out from her busy schedule to serve food to the homeless at Miriam’s Kitchen, a non-profit organization, in Washington, D.C. Miriam’s Kitchen strives to provide healthy nutritious meals. On the menu, mushroom risotto cooked in chicken stock, morning glory muffins with apples, carrots and pecans, fresh baked whole wheat rolls, and fruit salad.  On The White House Blog,... Read More →

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Burbank City Council race heading into the home stretch

The run-off election is about to heat up for three seats on the Burbank City Council. Since the primary election on February 24, my Burbank hillside neighborhood has seen very little political activity. I have not been bombarded with campaign phone calls nor has my mailbox been stuffed with campaign materials. However, that’s apparently about to change. Yesterday in the Burbank Leader, four of the candidates, Incumbent/Mayor Dave Golonski, Educator Elise Stearns-Niesen, Technical Research Analyst Garen Yegparian, and Human Relations Manager Jess Talamantes, spoke of gearing up for a competitive battle ahead. Also, the... Read More →

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Federal hearing on that Chatsworth train catastrophe & Metrolink orders cameras for its trains

September 2008/Los Angeles Times photo   The National Transportation Safety Board hearing on that horrific train collision in Chatsworth last year is over. The question now is what is going to be done to make sure an accident like that never happens again. There were some startling revelations during the two day hearing in Washington DC about that train disaster on September 12, 2008 that killed 25 and injured at least 125 others. Testimony from witnesses revealed evidence of repeated violations by the Metrolink engineer, Robert Sanchez, including on duty cell phone and text messaging; ... Read More →

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More showers for our drought plagued Southland

Showers are sweeping through the Southland today. In Burbank, a steady rain is falling and it’s cold this morning. The temperature is around 50.  Only a few days ago, folks here were out jogging, walking, or driving with their convertible tops down in 80 degree weather! Right now the Golden State is suffering through drought conditions, so every little bit of rain is a big deal. Last June, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a “statewide drought” after two years of below average rainfall. 2009 started off pretty dry until last month, when we got pounded by several major... Read More →

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The stock market takes a historic dive

     The stock market made big news today, but not in a way that benefits the weak economy or nervous investors. For the first time in more than a decade, the Dow Jones industrials closed below 7,000 at 6,763.69. Today, the Dow dropped nearly 300 points!  MSNBC reports the Dow has lost half of its value since hitting a record high of 14,000 in October 2007. Stock experts are putting the blame for the market’s tumble today on fears the recession could be deepening and AIG. The struggling insurance giant announced... Read More →

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White House News: Michelle Obama & Stevie Wonder

 White House photo/ Joyce N. Boghosian from www.whitehouse.gov   This is the official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. It was released yesterday and yes, continues to fuel the controversy over the first lady’s propensity to go sleeveless. According to the Mrs-O website, this stunning black dress is from Michael Kors’ spring 2009 collection. In my opinion, this time Michelle scored high marks on three levels: the dress is appropriate and it showcases her personal style and personal preference. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ve gotta admit the... Read More →

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Day 38: President Obama outlines plan to end Iraq war

                                                         White House photo/Pete Souza    “Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end,” that coming from President Barack Obama today during an appearance at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in North Carolina. The President said. “We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein’s regime – and you got the job done. We kept our troops in Iraq to help establish a sovereign government – and you got the job done. And... Read More →

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Michelle Obama’s bare arms controversy

photo from http://www.people.com   First Lady Michelle Obama graces the cover of the People Magazine issue set for release tomorrow, Friday, February 27. It’s a lovely cover. The Michelle Obama fashion style website www.mrs-o.org says the first lady is wearing a lace kimono dress in dried azalea (love that color) by African American designer Tracy Reese. A full length view of a version of that dress is on www.mrs-o.org. The dress looks wonderful on Michelle, however, it also highlights the latest style controversy buzzing around the first lady. The controversy is... Read More →

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Three Burbank City Council seats to be decided in run-off election

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Hall   Today the race for the three available seats on the Burbank City Council is a little less crowded, but there are still six candidates in the run-off. There were 13 candidates on the ballot for the primary election, held yesterday. Mayor Dave Golonski, an incumbent who has served several terms on the city council, led the pack with 4,858 votes, according to the Burbank Leader. Next in the ballot count, incumbent Dr. David Gordon with 4,537 votes then followed... Read More →

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