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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Will Rogers requested additional information about controversial emails during Burbank City Council meeting May 10, 2016

Controversial emails and the Burbank City Council

The Tom Angel email scandal is not on the city council meeting agenda tonight, but that does not mean the controversy and the issues sparked by it are dead in Burbank. Some had hoped the council would call on Police Chief, Scott LaChasse, at the Tuesday, May 10 meeting, to explain how his ex-second-in-command, Tom Angel, got only a “slap on the hand” for forwarding derogatory emails.  A report last month in the Los Angeles Times made those emails public. The uproar that followed forced Angel to resign from... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Ex-Burbank Police official in hot water over email jokes

Tom Angel got quite a send off from Burbank Police and city officials last June, when he made the move from Deputy Chief back to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department where he retired six years ago. Angel took over as Chief of Staff  at LASD. Back in 2010, Angel joined the Burbank PD, at the request of Chief LaChasse. During the June shindig, Scott LaChasse is quoted, on Myburbank, as praising Angel saying “a truly noble decision for (DC Angel) to come here in Burbank’s time of need.”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Los Angeles Times editorial about presidential candidate/billionaire Donald Trump March 3, 2016

Los Angeles Times says Trump unfit to be president

Billionaire-turned-reality-TV-star-now-presidential-candidate, Donald Trump, was slammed really hard today by the Los Angeles Times. In a scathing editorial the paper called Trump “not fit to be president of the United States.” Despite leading the pack of GOP presidential contenders by a sizable margin in the delegate count the Times has this searing assessment of the billionaire: “The reality is that Trump has no experience whatsoever in government, interacting with the machinery of state only as a supplicant. He has shamefully little knowledge of the issues facing the country and the... Read More →

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News rack for The Burbank Leader

The Burbank Leader and those missing news racks

Back in February news racks for the Burbank Leader could still be seen on the streets, but no more. They have been removed. Despite the controversy and complaints many residents, the news racks don’t appear to be coming back anytime soon or at all. The Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and several other community newspapers are owned by the Los Angeles Times, which is in transition. On August 4, the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and several other major newspapers will spin-off to a new stand-alone... Read More →

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City Buzz: Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press controversy

It didn’t take long for readers of the Burbank Leader to react to the ludicrous plan to remove all the paper’s outside news racks from city streets. Glendale News Press readers, who are victims of the same screwball  decision, responded as well.  The uproar prompted a newspaper editorial/weak apology. Here’s the first paragraph. “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... Read More →

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The Washington Post sold: Is the Los Angeles Times and Burbank Leader next?

A lot of chatter on the Internet and elsewhere about the surprising, and maybe not so surprising, sell of  The Washington Post to the billionaire founder and CEO of  Amazon, Jeff Bezos. The online tech titian paid a reported $250 million for one of the most respected newspapers in the world. The negotiations reportedly went on for months in secret. The sale has been rumored for a while — but still a jolt to many when the announcement came out in the Post yesterday. On the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Damaged Dodge Stratus on a flatbed tow truck near the Starbucks at 1703 West Glenoaks Boulevard Glendale February 15, 2013

Deja vu! Another car crashes into the same local Starbucks

The Starbucks coffee outlet at Western Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale shut down unexpectedly this afternoon, after a car crashed through the storefront, despite the safety bollards installed to prevent such mishaps. It happened shortly after 1 p.m. There were no customers in the Starbucks at the time and the driver, an 86-year-old woman, was apparently not hurt. Glendale Information Officer, Sergeant Thomas Lorenz, says the driver, who does not want to be identified, refused treatment from paramedics. A tow truck operator was able to drive the battered Dodge... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Leader news rack, next to the Daly News, has beem removed January 3, 2013

Talk of the Town: Who will buy the Burbank Leader?

  The Tribune company, the owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Burbank Leader, emerged from a lengthy and expensive bankruptcy on December 31, 2012 — and now there is even more talk about selling assets — especially the newspapers.The Tribune has new owners and a new board of directors. The Tribune has in its financial portfolio eight major newspapers, among them the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune, and several smaller papers ,and some websites as well as 23 TV stations — including KTLA in Los... Read More →

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City Buzz

Happy Fourth of July! Dodger Stadium festivities The guys in blue kick-off a four game series against the New York  Mets tonight.  Also, fans will be treated to fireworks and tributes to our military. Gates at Dodger Stadium open at 3:40 p.m. Fireworks and more at the Starlight Bowl A July 4th tradition continues tonight at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank.  A spectacular fireworks show is planned along with entertainment and surprises. The U.S. Air Force is joining in on this “Salute to America.”  There are only 100 tickets left... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G --Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse

LAPD Chief Beck makes a promise — what about Burbank PD Chief LaChasse?

In light of the controversial shooting death of an alleged knife-wheeling suspect, Los Angeles Police Chief, Charlie Beck, made a promise to his community in an opinion piece he wrote that appeared on the Los Angeles Times website today.  In the op-ed piece, Chief Beck says he’s “… committed to providing as much detail as I am able to release about the facts of the investigation, and to providing a sense of understanding of the law and our department policy.” You might remember, a  Guatemalan day laborer was shot to death by LAPD... Read More →

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City Buzz

Burbank & the Bell salary flap Here ‘s a sad, but true tale of two Southland cities where the pay of  selected officials/employees has been jacked up to ridiculous levels.  The Los Angeles Times outed the  small community of Bell recently for paying exorbitant salaries to a handful of its city officials. Nearly $800,000 to the Bell City Manager, $457,000 to the Police Chief, and $376, 288 to the Assistant City Manager. Oh, and most of the Bell City Council members were banking a $100,000 a year. The Times’ investigation produced a series of stories and columns, sparking outrage among Bell citizens.  That outrage... Read More →

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Los Angeles Times does investigative story on the turmoil in the Burbank Police Department

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Police and Fire Headquarters at 200 North Third Street in Burbank In the Los Angeles Times print edition and on its website today an extensive report about the troubled Burbank Police Department. The report covers quite a bit of territory from the allegations of suspect beatings, racial discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and those federal investigations into possible misconduct in the Burbank PD. The allegations, lawsuits, and scandal have taken a heavy toll on the department. The Times says, “The Burbank force has been so... Read More →

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Controversy over “Alice in Wonderland” hook-up with L.A. Times

The Walt Disney company scored a major promotional deal with the Los Angeles Times for its new movie, “Alice in Wonderland.” The Times created a special front page newspaper ad just for “Alice” that runs in today’s edition. This is not a first for the Times and more than likely, it’s part of a trend.   The Wrap has a nice story about the controversial decision and what it says about the possible direction of the Times. “Alice in Wonderland,”which opens in theaters today, has received mixed reviews. An interesting... Read More →

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