There’s no way in hell that this could be the case. If so, let’s see Mayor Rogers drink the water again

Unlike many other people, we’ve never once used the word “corruption” to describe the goings on in this town. It’s always too easy to do and not usually an accurate description of what’s behind most of the longtime dumbness in this town.

But if you knew anything about the kind of industrial crap that was going on at B-6 over the years, you’d automatically realize what a total and complete farce this is:

Hollywood Burbank Airport officials are inching their way closer to making a replacement terminal a reality.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted 8-0 on Tuesday to accept the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval of the airport’s human health risk assessment for the area known as the B-6 site, which is the preferred location for the 14-gate replacement terminal.

Norman Dupont, an attorney for law firm Ring Bender and an outside legal consultant for the authority, told commissioners that the relatively fast conclusion of the report was a rare instance for the regional water quality control board, in which the agency clearly and concisely states that the 49-acre site is compatible for construction of the terminal and accompanying structures and facilities.

“That’s a gold star, if you ever want to see it from a bureaucratic organization such as the L.A. Regional Water [Quality Control] Board,” Dupont said.


No, it’s just clear evidence of a what a rushed job looks like.

Gold Star? Jesus Christ, it’s a federal Superfund site!

The local water quality agency officials sent the airport authority their approval of the risk assessment, which was prepared for the airport by Geosyntec Consultants, on Jan. 29.

In its report to the authority, the agency determined that the replacement terminal project poses little to no health risks to those who would be involved with construction of the complex and those who would be working at the airport on a regular basis.

The human health-risk assessment involved testing the soil and soil vapors at the B-6 site, which was formerly the home of Lockheed Corp.’s Skunk Works operations.

A famously “sustainable” operation, yes.

EFI Global Inc. was hired by the airport authority to conduct the tests, which the company did in February and March 2017. The tests involved collecting samples from 144 locations on the site. Some of the soil samples collected went as deep as 25 feet below the surface.

Last July, Geosyntec approved the test findings, concluding that cancer risks were below the minimum level for construction workers, airport employees and passengers.

What about other risks of toxicity? It’s laughable too how this is being played off as some kind of Clean Bill of Health on this stupid project.

This “25 feet” depth is nothing, either. What about the ground water below?

That’s right, it’s just a “water” survey, so why bother. But the last we heard, the City of Burbank still can’t pump water from anywhere near that general area.

Someone might want to ask them at the next council meeting that if the results here are so good, this means then that we can begin again to put the nearby water back into the city’s water supply.

Hooray! So let’s get those old pumps going.


Burbank has become such an awful joke. For one, we can’t wait to see the cost overruns on this glorious new terminal of theirs. And then the complaints from patrons that, well, yes, admittedly the old terminal was a bit more convenient…



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Now if only they’d bring back Ian Whitcomb

And, move back to PCC where they belong.

In a deal largely funded by two anonymous donors, WNYC is acquiring the news site Gothamist, including its archives, domain name and social media assets. The move comes as part of a larger deal involving two other public radio stations and Gothamist’s network of local news sites. KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., will take over LAist, while WAMU in Washington will acquire DCist.

Gothamist and the companion news site DNAinfo were previously owned by Joe Ricketts, the billionaire businessman who founded the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. Ricketts shut down the sites in November, a week after reporters and editors at the sites voted to join a union. WNYC’s Vice President for News, Jim Schachter, said any future Gothamist employees would be subject to the station’s current bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA.

According to WNYC, Gothamist will relaunch this spring as a separate site under New York Public Radio’s umbrella. However, there are no plans to bring back DNAinfo outside of preserving its archives online. Schachter told WNYC News that operating the hyperlocal news site would have cost too much.

“Our intention is to build a sustainable, local news, local journalism platform that can thrive and grow,” Schachter said.
How is this going to work? KPPC is quite a different station than WNYC.



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Is boasting to your ex-husband about how much sportfucking you’ve been doing an acceptable topic for an LA Times column?

The new ownership is getting off to a great start. No wonder they don’t have time for local politics.

​I’m cooking up a hot sex life, post-marriage


By Rebecca Cullen

Feb 23, 2018 | 7:00 AM

…I fretted about online dating. It was hard to imagine making myself so vulnerable — exposed in every way. Surely all the amazing “husband material” guys had been scooped up decades ago. I was going to wither away, lonely and alone, in some Writers Guild retirement home in Burbank for which I had been on the waiting list for a decade.

Then one day in Trader Joe’s I ran into a woman I knew from the preschool my kids had attended. She said she knew it was going to be hard steering my boys through all these changes. But as far as she was concerned, she was happy to hear the news. She said she never liked my ex.

She also added: “Here’s what they don’t tell you: You’re going to have a lot of sex. It’s going to be really fun.”


MILF Madness, yes. Mom on the rebound.

As I navigate this uncharted territory, I am starting to see the wisdom of her words. I don’t exactly have a boyfriend — I have what my writing partner Katie described as “a boyfriend quilt.”


Such as?

And then, meeting none of these emotional needs is J., the acquaintance I had a crush on for years who is now a friend with benefits. Really, really good benefits.


If you happen to want to read the rest of this silliness, keep in mind that this woman is 52 years old

At that age you should be going to readings, lectures, orchestral concerts, movies, libraries. Especially if you say you’re a “writer.” And then you write about them. What you don’t do is write like you’re a shallow 32-year-old clown who just hit the sex slopes.

How old too is this dumb topic?

It seems this couple has an odd history in the LAT. How come they get so much mea culpa/look at me! press?

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Happy Birthday



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And will Burbank ruin it?

The first Burbank-produced issue will come out on March 28.


Hopefully this is some kind of unfunny is the new funny thing they’re playing around with. But there better be plenty of Jews still on staff.


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Movie Castle on the Mall to close

What is now one of the great bookstores in the entire United States is set to close in just a couple of months. It may be gone already.

The cinema book offshoot of what was probably once the best used bookstore in California — the legendary Book Castle — sees the owner finally making good on his years’ long threats to retire. The only reason he’s there in the first place really is because he’d bought the property back when Burbank was a bookbuyer’s paradise. It’s been worth a fortune and yet he still held on. How much a month did Morrie get for his old shoe store?

First cousin Book Castle alas had no such luck or else they’d be there still. They both shared a basement which is apparently in use even now full of books.

We were all the loss for it going — and of course city staff at the time was absolutely thrilled to finally rid “The Village” of one of its famous eyesores. So we got Blockbuster instead, which at least had a real classical section isolated off from the rest of the action. It had its own room!

O loss and by the wind grieved. So where are Burbank kids now going to find $3 copies of Catcher in the Rye in its original all-red paperback binding? Or adults, copies of The Golden Book Encyclopedia for 99 cents a volume outside?

Or, if you’re really lucky, The New Wonder World. Bye bye Burbank.

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It starts at home



Btw, you want to know why Burbank has become such a cozy little haven for firearms dealers? Between 1916 and now, our city councils have only passed four ordinances that have anything to do with controlling firearms…


— No one under 18 can buy one (1931)

— Prohibiting their discharge within city limits (1937)

— Dealers must be licensed (1955)

— Replica guns are outlawed (mid 1987)


There’s also a zoning code which prohibits gun dealers in residential neighborhoods; a rule that some will remember created quite a fuss a couple of years ago with that Hispanic guy who so frightened the city council members that they felt they had to install bulletproof shields on the dais in case he freaked out during one of his regular council visits.

But state law allows localities to do more. San Francisco learned a few years ago that California cities can’t ban the outright sale or use of guns, but they can make it more difficult for firearms dealers to operate.

And Burbank?




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This is why us white guys never went out


Thank god going clubbing wasn’t a California thing back when we grew up.



Country drives and bookstores. And yes, girls loved it.




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Hofstadter, October 1970

From an old issue of American Heritage.

Gun control is another such reform: American legislators have been inordinately responsive to the tremendous lobby maintained by the National Rifle Association, in tandem with gunmakers and importers, military sympathizers, and far-right organizations. A nation that could not devise a system of gun control after its experiences of the 1960’s, and at a moment of profound popular revulsion against guns, is not likely to get such a system in the calculable future. One must wonder how grave a domestic gun catastrophe would have to be in order to persuade us. How far must things go?

How many gun stores does Burbank have now?

Did you know that there even one that’s proudly “Black owned”? It’s by “appointment” only.

The regular retail storefront shops are only a partial listing of the total number in town.


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TAPS’ snatching of shelter pets away from local families gets a big cheer in Toluca Lake

​Looks whose phony business model is being highlighted in some brand new “magazine” for local affluents.
One local organization is revolutionizing the way our community thinks about pet adoption. Operation Adopt opened in 2015, nestled between the eclectic vintage boutiques lining Magnolia Boulevard’s shopping district. “We are not an animal shelter,” says Shelley Rios, founder and president of The Animal Protectorates (TAPS), the nonprofit that runs Operation Adopt. “We don’t take in animals from the public like a shelter does. We instead search local shelters for healthy and safe animals to bring into the community for adoption, focusing on quality of adoptions over quantity in the process.”
Again, what this Shelley character does is cherry pick the best animals from out of the local shelters by either getting tipped off about their existence ahead of time and/or outbidding everyone else at the regular auctions.

Then — after first boutiquing them up at her “eclectic” Magnolia Blvd salon/cum law office — she proceeds to sell these shelter purchases out of this same shop at premium prices to a select clientele that must first meet her approval.

To accomplish this, Rios, her small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers hand-select animals from nearby shelters based on assessment of their health and behavior. Once under TAPS’ care, they are taken to Operation Adopt to be seen and treated by veterinarians and cleaned up by groomers. Since the group works with these animals within a 1,100-square-foot space, their main focus is selecting animals they feel will be adopted quickly. In doing so, they can continue the cycle of bringing shelter pets into the community while also reducing overcrowding and euthanization rates at local shelters because they are freeing up space. At the end of the acquisition process from the shelter, each animal is given a purple TAPS collar, signifying that the animal’s safety and well-being is the organization’s responsibility for life.

Uh-huh. Like the shelters need her for their cycle of life? What a load of crap. For instance, how many potentially “euthanized” pets is she taking in?

No, she’s not putting the losers through her extreme cult-like “true believer” vetting process:
And it’s been working. To date, Operation Adopt has successfully completed over 850 adoptions, rehoming animals within an approximately 15-mile radius of the center. Rios says that this is an immense accomplishment given the group’s in-depth adoption process, which entails a detailed application, a counseling session, a home visit, and a finalizing step where fees are paid and certificates of microchips, vaccination and spay or neuter are given to new owners. “Many people often adopt an animal without fully considering the responsibility and expense of caring for a living creature,” says Rios. “Because we have structured steps in place, it gives people time to really think about how their lives may change with the addition of a pet.”
Yes. Like mom and dad never knew what they were doing when they got us our own pets. That explains why we treated our animals so badly.

You want to know who the real cranks are in this town? Try buying a dog or cat now.


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Surely it’s bigger than that?


The new Burbank. 

Bike close, too!

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Burbank’s always been a great place for kids


Just as excited as I am to be in a gun store!

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You really want this crap in your community?

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Welcome to the new Burbank




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How many gun stores does Burbank have again?




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Chamber music on Olive

At one time this would have been a dream.

From MyBurbank:
Enlightenment Music Series kicks off their 2018 chamber music concert series with the romantic program “Serenata “on Saturday evening, February 17, at First Presbyterian Church of Burbank.

Featuring professional classical musicians from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the Serenata program begins with works for violin and piano by composers Reinhold Gliere and Amy Beach. Compositions for violin and viola by Ludwig Spohr and for cello and piano by Leon Boelmann will also be performed.

Franz Schubert’s Nocturne for piano, violin and violoncello, played by Gayane Simonyan (piano), Marina Manukian (violin) and cellist John Walz will close out the first half of the program

After a brief intermission, several works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov will be performed by soprano Marina Ter-Kazaryan accompanied by Simonyan on the piano.

The Serenata concludes with a Serenade for violin, viola and violoncello by Erno Dohnanyi performed by Manukian (violin), Jason Bonham (viola) and Walz (cello.)

Historical note:

A number of years back Bud Ovrom had made a deal with the Burbank Women’s Club for the city to buy and refurbish their cool-looking old 1920’s building up on the corner of Olive and Seventh.

A couple of years later — when the library’s Warner Collection was a topic of conversation, and no one was sure what to do with it — we suggested that this same building would be a great spot for those materials. The ladies still would have had enough room for their activities, and the city would also have a nice start on a pretty fine arts library, comparable and complementary to Brand.

Ovrom had wanted to put the Warner at Buena Vista. In fact, the main reason that this library branch was designed as it was was to dedicate an entire second floor to the Collection.

Ovrom was not in favor of getting rid of the Warner, but he had absolutely no support on it from the council. The council could also have cared less about an arts library in Burbank, or preserving the Burbank Women’s Club building, even though the financial arrangements for this had already been made.

Let’s hope high culture has a better time of it now. Truthfully though, we can probably expect a “downtown” roller rink instead. Welcome to your 21st century.

Oh, btw. You know who else could have cared less about this at the time?

That’s right. Will Rogers.

Happy sailing, Burbank. Some of us have tried.

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He did say something interesting…

From that same Facebook page; this is the first time we’ve heard Rogers directly reference the 2009-2014 police mess:

WillRogers Look, keep struggling and kvetching all you want to. But it remains highly unlikely we’re going to fire LaChasse and bring in one of the Burbank good old boys who thinks police work today can still get by on hulks pulling on leather gloves and slapping the heads of anyone they this shouldn’t be in town.


Nice he’s saying something now.

But where was Rogers at the time — when the rest of us were getting our cars stolen from out of our driveways and being called child molesters and liars and criminals and mentally ill nutcases back when we spoke out about much (but not all) of the goings on at this same BPD?

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Rogers is getting pissy again with those famous red herrings of his


We’ve been told there’s consternation afoot at that **WeLoveBurbank** Facebook site over this proposed sales tax increase.

And, a couple of other issues…

WillRogers Yes, {Eric] Rosoff put up an idea, First, he seems unaware that we do internal efficiency audits quarterly. (Cops and Fire are traditionally the ones that show up as inefficient, but that’s part of the nature of their jobs. Between emergencies, state laws, union and contract regs, it’s virtually impossible for either to score the standard “efficient” label. Maybe Eric would like to tell you what he collects in pension, and how much he’s willing to return when the city city hits tough times?

Cute comeback. But unlike Rogers, we’ve been saying for years that these public pensions are paying out way too much money. We’ve gone on record many times as saying how we don’t think public employees should be making more than $40 or $50 thousand a year max. If you can’t make it on that much after retirement than you shouldn’t be retiring at all.

Rogers by comparison has said exactly what on the issue? We’re not aware of Will ever having said anything about this expensive booty but for this cheap shot today at Eric.

Didn’t he once have a newspaper column? He might have talked about the funding mechanism, but the checks themselves?


WillRogers BTW, I don’t believe I’ve ever “reported out” on a ribbon-cutting. When I came in a Mayor and had the council’s OK to “do something” about the meetings, it was clear to me – as I’ve known for years – that council members talking about stuff like this was far more responsible for the meetings ending at 2am, Council members talked more that all the citizens combined, and often about self-aggrandizing campaigning silliness. The last two meetings ended at 7:50pm. There will still be some long meetings, such as when a controversial hearing comes up. But I have for 9 months on trying to cut council member chatter to a minimum, and it’s made the greates difference.

Oh, so it was Rogers’ idea to cut down on the council’s public dialog. All along we’d thought it was Albano’s!

Btw, ending a council meeting as early as 7:50 pm is downright irresponsible. It’s nothing to boast about. We’re also not aware of a past council meeting ever lasting until “2am” unless there were at least 30 or 40 speakers down there on several or more big issues. Or, multiple public hearings.

And remember, we’ve been council watching for years. Long meetings certainly weren’t the fault of Mike Nolan or Irma Luz up at the podium. Or for that matter, David Gordon explaining his positions to an uncomprehending membership.

Which brings us to….

WillRogers Oh, and as for responses to speakers, 95% of the time they get a smile, a thanks and often a reassuring comment. There are perhaps only 4 regular speakers who are well-established, easily documented liars. I don’t have much time for them. I’ll either let them pass without comment, or I will correct the falsities they just spewed to the city. Maybe you’d rather they got a Certificate of recognition. If so, you’ll have to run yourself and change things.

And have you noticed how, with those dishonest regulars so much quieter, for weeks we’ve seen those coming in to address a problem at their house, on the street, or somehow close in proximity. And on several of those we’ve been able to provide exactly the subject of their comments. People who are polite – even if they’re frustrated or even angry – are taking control of the meetings and enjoying THEIR time to be heard.

Those must be the same dishonest regulars who just prevailed in a phony FPPC complaint lodged against them by a city shill. And will probably prevail in that one of their own about the illegal $50,000 campaign contribution that Rogers knew well about beforehand, and then tried to play off as delusional on the part of the accusers.

The same issue btw that the DA had later said violated the Brown Act, and which only came up after one or two of those dishonest regulars started raising hell.

It’s also cant for Rogers to claim that these council critics frighten or turn off other residents into coming down to speak about their own concerns; or that being polite with a “reassuring comment” about a sewer or traffic problem is somehow just as understandable as that same group being rude and nasty about a strong political complaint levied against them about some big money concern. One which just might be valid.

It’s really easy to be nice about the cute little trivialities of Burbank. You know, the feel-good and fix-it issues. Which is what this current city council obviously prefers.


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The future is here. This is what happens when your community doesn’t have rent control. And, doesn’t care.

Landlords gouge the hell out of you. The price they charge their tenants for rent also bears no relationship at all to their actual cost of doing business. The “Market” makes them do it!

Allison Murphy, 29, of Burbank, a full-time teacher and graduate student who has been dipping into student loans to help cover the $1,750-a-month rent for her one-bedroom apartment. Utilities go up in the winter to heat the pool, which Murphy doesn’t use. (Photo courtesy of Allison Murphy.

“Really, it’s going to come to the point where I get two roommates or I move out of state or out of L.A.,” said Burbank renter Allison Murphy, 29, a public school teacher and graduate student who dips into her student loans to cover the $1,750-a-month rent on her one-bedroom apartment.

Rent has almost doubled for Pacoima middle school teacher Allison Murphy after she moved out of a two-bedroom unit she shared with her ex-boyfriend.

She had been paying $1,000 a month. Now her one-bedroom apartment in Burbank costs $1,750 — $300 more than similar units in the complex fetched three years ago, she said.

“It’s not great. It isn’t worth $1,750,” Murphy said. “And they charge crazy utility fees, like $100 a month. It goes up in the winter because they heat the pool, and I don’t use the pool. I’m a single person living in a one-bedroom, but they charge everyone the same amount for utilities.”

Murphy works full time while pursuing her master’s degree at Cal State Northridge.

She spends about 60 percent of her take-home pay on rent. She wouldn’t have enough were it not for her student loans. So she’s essentially going into debt to pay her rent, she said.

Hey, she can always drop out of school.

After all, you don’t need education to inherit a Burbank or Glendale apartment building from one of your parents or grandparents. Which is the usual provenance around here.

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No, it’s about guns

Too many of them.




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Who? How about the “Tom Marshall Library” instead?

Burroughs is apparently going to rename its library over there for a favorite teacher who has no connection to it academically or intellectually but whose big claim to fame is that he’s somehow very popular.


He may be a good guy and a good teacher, but that’s no valid reason to name the entire library after him. And who are these kids now to be making such a big and lasting decision?

Or, current administrators? Most too with little time there.

No, you name a school library after great employees who had something to do with its success or development. Or, acknowledged on-campus scholars like Tom Marshall, who taught at JBHS for years. And, with great academic distinction.

When a different school board back in the 1970s named the BHS auditorium after Deane Wolfson, it was because she had over 30 years of legendary participation at the place. Even despite this solid a history, it’s like pulling teeth to get them to even call it that now because of the notoriety she still holds in part of the community for her having lived for many years with another woman.

True story. That’s why her name was deprecated beginning in the late 1990 and continues in large part to be ignored even today. Who calls it that now, at least regularly and consistently?

They used to.

Thank god state law forbids K-12 school districts from granting naming rights on buildings to outside individuals and organizations.** We can only imagine what Burbank would come up with.

** That’s why the BUSD can only call it the Cusumano Plaza at Burroughs. There was actually a move afoot at the time to rename the entire Memorial Field after them. Can’t do legally.


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