The 3 or the A ?



Ought oh:

Initial reports said he took Uber both ways, but if the train’s only $2.50, why not.

So if he took the 3, then he took the 1 from 145th to transfer to it at either 96th or 72nd in the Upper West Side. So that’s two train cars potentially exposed.

Or worse, he could have transferred at either Penn Station or Times Square…

Get ready, LA.


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Erratum doratum

Yeah. Smartass.


And this?


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It still stands.

Since they want to be assholes about refusing to correct it, let ‘em be.

But can they explain the preferential treatment for Nos? None of the other council candidates got their 8X10 glossies pinned to their letters-to-the-editor.


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Divine Intercession (updated)



Ought oh.

The late George Carlin—comedic antagonist of the faithful, author of When Will Jesus Bring the Porkchops?—is getting a Manhattan street named after him, and thanks to a paperwork failure, it will run past the childhood Catholic parish he embarrassed so badly in life.

Representatives of New York’s Catholic Diocese had long fought the plan to dub 121st Street in Morningside Heights “George Carlin Way,” arguing the name would profane Corpus Christi Church, the parish whose nuns helped rear a young Carlin in the ways of the Lord—and apparently failed in spectacular fashion, the New York Times reports.

The Church and Carlin’s champions came to a compromise that would rename just one block on 121st—but an administrative error led to the bill for that compromise, signed yesterday, renaming a two-block stretch of the street, including the part on which Corpus Christi stoops.

The naming’s this morning. Great neighborhood.




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And then there was this

Here’s why they singled the guy out and gave him a huge photo today:


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Shameless, really.



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The Spam Man Cometh

From the Nos company web site:

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Why does Nos get a huge photo in the letters section of the newspaper?

Jesus H. Christ. The political favoritism here is beyond belief. The Company Boys really do get all the attention in this town now, don’t they? It’s really shameless.

Today’s Leader is running a letter from David Nos announcing his candidacy for the city council. Like all of them, it’s indexed here on the main page:


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No problem with that; a letter to the editor is how several of the candidates have announced their intention to run.

But when you click on the link, look what pops up at the top, right above the letter itself:




Remember anything like that for Rogers’ similar letter several months ago? Or the other two?

We don’t either.

Here’s the last one. No photo.

Nos is the big Establishment pick, the designated go-to guy for the local business interests. Always has been. He’s a booster through and through. And he makes Rogers look like Ted McConkey.

So you figure it out. We’re too disgusted right now.

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They’re all like this now, aren’t they

Why are Republicans all such assholes and morons nowadays? It wasn’t always this way.


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The Flack Hack confirms it

One of Burbank’s chief shills and bottle washers also thinks that this sustainable thing means big growth. Only he says it’s just great…

City Council Decided Overwhelmingly to approve the Talaria at Burbank project. The only no vote was Mayor Gordon. We do need more hardworking council members with a positive outlook who are supportive of our professional City Staff, and will focus on policies that will drive Burbank toward the growth objectives foreseen in Burbank2035.

Growth objectives? He said it best. But what about having no-growth objectives instead? How much new population are we responsible for?

What a nightmare this Burbank2035 will turn out be. Staff rammed it through by making it all sound as if it were some kind of Euell Gibbons conservation plan, and of course the gullible council-majority around here couldn’t applaud loud enough. Only Gordon saw through the stunt.

Burbank2035 — under the pretext of satisfying a necessary state requirement about publishing whatever planning goals a city had for the future — actually ended opening up most of Burbank to large-scale apartment building. Half the town was effectively rezoned to help make it happen.

It’s being used as virtual mandate now: every time a big project comes up staff tells the council, “We have to approve this because of Burbank2035!”  It’s constantly invoked in their staff reports as an imperative.

And what a bonanza for the local developers and real estate interests. Now called “encouraging mixed use projects,” it’s because of this sneaked through planning scheme that Burbank Blvd will not be recognizable in 25 years. You can also say goodbye to most of Victory as well.

You think traffic’s bad right now in the Flatlands? Just wait a few years.

West Olive Avenue: Burbank’s new residential paradise.


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Chickenshit, meet Chickenshit

Birds of a feather and all that.

Lifelong Burbank resident and local-small-business owner Chris Rizzotti received an endorsement from Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) in his bid for the Burbank City Council.

“It’s an honor to be endorsed by active and influential leader in our community like Assemblyman Gatto,” said Rizzotti. “We share a belief that public service is about working tirelessly to improve the lives of the people you represent. If elected to the Burbank City Council, I look forward to working with Assemblyman Gatto to create a better, more prosperous Burbank.”

Rizzotti announced his intention to run in March, and has been working tirelessly ever since, meeting with community members and sharing his vision for a better Burbank.

Hey, at least he’s been out there, and we know where he stands on at least a few of the important issues in town. Candidate Rogers by contrast publishes his august position papers from Mt. Olympus on Pepper and then ducks the public appearances.

Gatto lost a lot of points with us a few years ago by the way he and his people enjoyed treating their political opponents. Acting thuggishly in a public place and then trying to get a public employee fired in retaliation for their speech is not our idea of being a good Democrat. But then is there such a thing these days? They’re all sellouts, aren’t they?

Rizzotti too is a bit of a thug, and which we’ll get into more some day  — we have some good stories about him. But with that new wife around can you really blame him for his hot temperament? She’s the Cruella de Ville of the animal set.

In terms of sneakiness and the eagerness to fuck with people though Rogers has clearly got him beat. Will gets a big kick out of messing with people behind the scenes, and so we can just imagine what it will be like if he ever gets elected. He’ll go out of his way to turn city hall into something resembling the Borgia era.

Not a good selection so far.


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But they were going to do that anyway

The MyBurbank site ran a much better article on last week’s council meeting than the Leader. They also brought up this later point in the discussion about Talaria, which we should have mentioned at the time:

Gordon was also unhappy about the additional apartments, totaling 18 more than is usually allowed under the city’s general plan. However, the city required offsets for the approval of the additional units, which Gabel-Luddy felt were proportionate. Such offsets incorporated a requisite Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification declaring the development “green.”

Here’s the problem with that deal: the Cusumanos were already planning on making Talaria a LEED project in order to help get it through. So that was some concession/extraction/offset they were forced to make then, eh?

He told these kids more about the project than he ever told the council. It’s right in the video, about how they thought staff would like the fact it was going to be a LEED project, and how this would help clear it through:

No, a real offset would have been affordable housing in exchange for the added density. But as we mentioned earlier, the city attorney lied about that one when she told the council it didn’t apply.


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Burbank’s new built-in, automatic presumption that Big Growth is its future

What if they want to discuss a no-growth future instead? From tomorrow night’s “Sustainability” meeting:

VIII. DISCUSS THE COMMISSION’S FOCUS ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY At its August 18, 2014, meeting, the Commissioners agreed to discuss how to balance their focus on economic, social, and financial sustainability items for the City’s future growth and progress. The Commission may engage in discussion on how the group would like to balance their focus on achieving urban sustainability, promoting healthy economies, and advancing social equities based on the Urban Environmental Accords and the City’s Sustainability Action Plan. The Commission may entertain a motion regarding further action on this issue if desired.

What if they don’t want to do any of these obviously expansive things?

All of the above actually meaning: “What kind of big projects do we need to bring into Burbank in order to fulfill these goals that we are arbitrarily setting out as an excuse to exploit the city for more development?”

“And how can we the Commission help?”

Because that’s what this sustainability ideology is all about. The above verbiage is designed to get this nothing-to-do-yet commission to start acting as a PR flack for new business and new projects. “We need sustainable projects and so that means — we need more projects!”

The council -majority approved this evasive crap last year — this license to develop bigtime here in Burbank– and now staff is running with it as a published mandate for “future growth.” The language is oh-so-feelgood in its intent, too — as if it’s the Sierra Club come to town — but really, it’s all just pretext for bringing in lots more outside money and big development.

For “progress” reasons of course. And “healthy economies.”

So always keep in mind that “sustainability” has nothing to do with conservation or preservation or limited resources or ecology or “Small is Beautiful,” even though the language is disingenuously chosen to make it seem as such. It’s not Ansel Adams we have going on here with this — it’s the 21st-century equivalent of the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Come and get it– but just be sure you dress up those windows a bit.

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Some remembrance

Sounds like a nice occasion…

Andrianna Vaccare was remembered by loved ones as a “beautiful soul” who loved her two daughters, could recite every U.S. president and was a huge fan of Eric Clapton.

More than a dozen loved ones gathered outside the Joslyn Adult Center in Burbank on Wednesday evening to lay flowers and candles under the tree where the 35-year-old mother was found dead on Monday.

Vaccare was raised in Burbank and graduated eighth grade from Saint Finbar School. The class of 1993 has remained tight-knit, meeting up every year at the school’s annual fundraiser, Saint Finbar Fiesta, which Vaccare last attended two years ago.

Too bad the local court stenographers then had to ruin it:

“Unfortunately her addictions got the best of her,” she said. “The person who left us recently was not the girl we all knew.”

A month ago, Vaccare reached out to Jenna to tell her she loved and missed her. Vaccare also told her at the time that everything in her life was great.

“So when I heard the news, it saddened me so much because I had no idea,” Jenna said.

Police found her body under a tree outside the Joslyn Adult Center in Burbank on Monday afternoon. Based on the bags and belongings that she had with her, police said she appeared to be homeless. Police reportedly had contact with her in August for an alcohol-related offense at the same park.

What a pleasant valedictory. So why did the paper mar it like that? There’s also no examination here of whether or not she was in fact “homeless” but for the “police” statement, nor any explanation of how this could even be the case given the outpouring of concern. How can such a state be explained if everybody cared so much?

Was she really in fact homeless? Or is the Leader just traffficking in this police speculation because it’s the most sensational? Are the Burbank police once again libeling a victim of their own overzealous behavior?

What was the deal behind her recent BPD arrest? We suspected last week that it was just a park incident and we were right. Which we think naturally calls into question whether she was actually guilty of the original charge in the first place. And we also pointed out — contrary to what most people think — that there’s nothing at all illegal about being “drunk” in public. The law is only supposed to come into play when the subject is either an actual danger to the public or is obstructing a public thoroughfare.

Because it’s doubtful that she was doing anything culpable like this in a park, why did the Burbank police arrest her? Did it contribute to her current mental or financial state? Was it the same park? Perhaps her death in a public park was her final statement of protest.

Alas, we will never really know what happened, if only because the professional journalists around here insist on printing just the salaciousness. That, and the rank sentimentality — in the same schizophrenic, back-and-forth style you see on the TV tabloids and crime exposé shows.


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It always comes down to money with these people, doesn’t it?


Imagine wanting to celebrate this kind of thing. Or highlight it in a news story.

And why does this crowd always have to pull their damned trailers into Burbank?

Family’s road trip is driven by philanthropy

Burbank is one stop on a national tour of charity and volunteerism.

In his 25 years as a financial planner in Phoenix, Gregg Murset noticed two things his successful clients all had in common: They worked hard and they were smart with their money.

Hoping to instill those values in his own children, Murset set out with his wife Kami and their six kids on a 10,000-mile road trip. They’re calling it the “Working Across America Tour,” and it involves doing odd jobs for charities along the way with the goal of teaching philanthropic values.

The family was in Burbank Thursday on the western portion of the tour doing some chores and visiting residents at Casa de la Providencia, a low-income independent living facility operated by United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

“It really is great what they’re teaching their kids,” said Ron Cohen, president and chief executive officer of United Cerebral Palsy. “It’s something we need to teach our kids today who are so wired.”

So … what is it that they’re teaching them?

The [ charity] work is a “natural extension” of another effort Gregg Murset started and is promoting on the family’s tour — a smartphone app called My Job Chart. He said it’s a tool to help parents to teach kids about hard work, money management skills and social responsibility.

“It’s kind of like finance 101,” Murset said.

The Apple and Android app works a bit like an old-fashioned chore list, “it’s just in your pocket now,” Murset said. In the app, parents create chores and give them a point value, then assign them to their children.

Children earn points for completing the assignments, points they can save in the app or redeem for cash from their parents — a penny per point — for spending or sharing. For example, 1,000 points earned for chores at Providencia could be spent as a $10 donation to United Cerebral Palsy.

Yuuck. Why not teach these kids instead the value of doing something for its own sake? Why does there have to be points and money involved?

Yeah ok, maybe that’s too quaint for this new century of ours. After all, Chromebooks don’t pay for themselves.

So here’s an idea. Why doesn’t our own Burbank Unified School District start paying their students for getting good grades and test scores? What a motivational tool it can be!

They can even pay ‘em for reading books, too. Fiction of course would not be worth as much (in fact, maybe we could disallow it entirely. That would probably be better).

It’ll be win-win for everyone. The schools will benefit reputation wise (just look at those soaring property values!) and the kids will quickly learn that discipline, hard work and having good character can indeed pay off.

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