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Someone just sent us this from that clueless **WeLoveBurbank** Facebook site. Apparently none of the Solons over there have thought to give the only appropriate advice…
Landlord? You mean there’s a landlord?
So why is she doing all of this legwork? Vermin both in and outside of a building is the landlord’s legal responsibility.
People in Burbank don’t ask very much of things, do they? But we learned long ago that they do get very angry when other people try to wise them up.
Still though: Wise up, Burbank. If your landlord does nothing effective about a rat problem — or, like many, just refuses to — call Vector Control.
But what ever you do, don’t go to the Landlord-Tenant Commission for help. The landlord-employees up there will just end up joking about how they’ve seen rats in Burbank “the size of cats!”
“They’re all over the place!
For real. We’ve experienced it. So call Vector Control instead. But watch out for retaliation, which is bound to happen if your landlord gets written up by the County. And in Burbank, reprisal usually means a sudden huge rent increase.
We’ve seen that one, too. That, and phony attempts to blame the tenant for the cause of the rat infestation.
Thanks to the neglect of all of the Burbank City Councils past and present — every single one of them — Burbank tenants have no real rights and no real protections aside from those provided by state law as adjudicated in court.
In other words, no one’s going to come to your protection when the rules are violated. At best, Vector Control will just write them a notice. You’re on your own when your L/L goes after you because of that notice.
So enjoy hiring an attorney.
This is on the Sustainability Commission’s agenda tonight.
Ad hoc means a short-term city group that doesn’t have to follow the Brown Act or regular state Open Meetings rules.
|X.||AD HOC PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT At its September 18, 2017, meeting, the Commissioners agreed to form the ad hoc Project Development Checklist Subcommittee to craft a sustainability checklist for project development packets. The ad hoc subcommittee will provide the Commission with an update on the group’s progress and proposed future direction for discussion and Commission direction. The Commission may ask questions, engage in discussion, and provide feedback.|
The ad hoc committee itself can meet in secret. They almost always do.
What this “sustainability checklist” will accomplish is give both our local and outside developers a clear road map as to how best get their projects through the Burbank system. It will be full of all the bells and whistles that a project developer can and will glom onto in order to promote their project as an environmental win-win for the community. It will be Burbank’s official laundry list of “What we want to see.”
Think of this as another city sponsored guidebook to creating a successful building project in town, both large and small (they’ve been doing a lot of this developer assistance work lately, btw, drumming up their cool ideas for them to help make their mega-projects more attractive to the approval agents.) All such discussions and brainstorming should thus be done in public.
The original was pulled off (by whom?) But someone saved it up on YouTube.
Anyone else notice how Gloria A. has suddenly disappeared from view after Wolf Blitzer made her look more than weak? And all he did is ask her some basic questions.
Like, do you think your client is credible. Or, is the yearbook signature authentic?
Burroughs actually forced an old drama teacher out of town on this one when the kids once decided to stage it off campus — something the local journalists aren’t going to tell you now. And it wasn’t that long ago.
JBHS Drama Presents “The Laramie Project”
The John Burroughs High School Drama department presents The Laramie Project on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 17, 18 and 19.
Written by members of the Tectonic Theater Project, The Laramie Project looks at community members’ responses to tragic story of Matthew Shepard, who was kidnapped, badly beaten and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998.
The twenty-one-year-old student from the University of Wyoming was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in a nearby hospital. Shepard was attacked because he was gay.
Let’s go back a few years…
To be banned in Burbank
‘Laramie Project’ was deemed too much for high school. Now it’s off-campus and on the map.
Trying to stage “The Laramie Project,” a documentary play about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, turned into a saga of its own for the drama students of Burbank’s John Burroughs High School when their principal banned the production and they went ahead with it anyway in an off-campus venue.
Nicole Carothers, a Burroughs senior, says she proposed the show last fall as a joint effort of the drama class and the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. But after winter break, she learned that Principal Emilio Urioste Jr., finishing his ninth year as principal at the 2,600-student campus, had prohibited the play. Drama teacher Scott Bailey says the reason Urioste gave him in January was that it “would tear this community apart,” a claim Urioste denies.
I watched my dream fly out the door,” Carothers said last week. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”
The worm turned right after they started to look bad all over the world.
Among the supporters now is their principal, who about a month ago told the students they could rehearse at school — and who now says he’d like to see a school production of “The Laramie Project” next year. Urioste says seeing their commitment led to his change of heart. The students note that Urioste appears to have gotten a nudge from Stephen Jimenez, who administers a Los Angeles Unified School District program addressing the problems of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. Jimenez wouldn’t discuss his conversations with Urioste; the principal said they had “a very good dialogue” that helped him see the matter differently.
“You have that moment when you say, ‘These are great kids and they’re very passionate about this, and I need to support them,’ ” Urioste said. He denied having told Bailey, the drama teacher, that doing the show could “tear this community apart.”
In fact, the principal said, he never had a problem with the play itself, having seen the film of “The Laramie Project” on television before it was proposed as a school play. He considers it “a compelling, thought-provoking, very deep piece.”
There’s was lots of bad publicity for Burbank over this blatant act of censorship and reprisal. Someone even went in and struck the school’s Wikipedia entry on the topic.
And, the BUSD still forced the teacher out…
“There’s more to this than I can get into,” the principal said, when asked why he would ban a play he had no objection to. He noted that he and Bailey have disagreed over the direction of Burroughs’ drama program — Urioste hoping for big musicals that can merge talents from the drama, music and dance departments, while Bailey has stuck to his preference for more intimate and adventurous plays. Urioste recently took away Bailey’s drama assignment for next year, although Bailey will remain on the faculty teaching English. Bailey says he’s challenging the decision with a union grievance.
Urioste said he’s happy, in the end, that the students stood up for their convictions and that the show will go on.
Too bad the teacher did. He immediately lost out.
What hypocrites. If putting on this play was suddenly such a publicly great idea, then how come their teacher was still being disciplined?
Bailey left several months later to teach drama at an exclusive private school in the Valley. And how long did it take for that future school-sanctioned performance to occur?
Oh yeah. “Coach” weighed in on it too:
The decision to switch Bailey’s teaching assignment falls under the school principal’s purview, Burbank school officials said, and some school board members said they were comfortable with the decision.
“I’m not going to second-guess our principals, because they are there every single day,” said Dave Kemp, the school board’s vice president. “They see the big picture.”
Kemp and school board member Debbie Kukta said they could not discuss the specifics of Bailey’s reassignment because it was a personnel issue.
That’s also because they were behind it.
Enough with this current insanity we know, but just had to mention this one:
But, wait a minute…!
And on the MSNBC front, it was hilarious to watch that crowd tonight doing double-backward-somersaults in trying to explain how Al Franken was different from other men.
It had something to do with his half-assed apology about kissing that woman which wasn’t really one at all; along with them completely forgetting that Donald Trump had actually apologized himself for that old Access Hollywood tape which they never get right either about the contents.
They’re really a nasty bunch over there in their mangled hate and self-righteous intolerance. They’re starting to make the FOX News crowd look like Noel Coward.
And we’re not Republicans around here. By any stretch.
Next week, BURBANK!
These congressional payouts were for harassment AND discrimination complaints from staff — such as ethnic and age and sex discrimination allegations that were verified by the committee.
But then, it’s so much more fun to get outraged by sexual misconduct charges.
So who cares about the truth.
Moe, apologize! To everyone!
Btw, anyone who thinks that Franken was really trying to grope her here (or wants to) is a moron:
Or, intensely dishonest. What Franken’s doing is a postmodern comment on the entire absurdity of the proceedings, with the military clothes and everything. The whole “kissing” routine too that they did together was a parody of the old Bob Hope USO routines.
Is everyone an insane and dishonest idiot these days? Has anyone ever PAID ATTENTION to Franken’s longtime absurdist and satirical comedy style?
What a fucked up country we have become. What’s everyone so afraid of now too when it comes to sex?
Or, hiding? The intense hysteria and outrage over every single allegation and claim that comes along is very dangerous.
Of Burbank’s own internationally famous tort attorney and social justice warrior. She started here, you know.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a real news media that would regularly ask searching questions of everyone? Wolf at least started tonight.
Anyone with an ounce of sense can see her [Gloria Allred] dodging. The yearbook is a fraud by some idiot that didn’t know D.A. was the initials of an assistant Moore wouldn’t have until 1999. That totally impeaches the woman who was supposed to be the smoking gun.
Anything contrary to this conclusion?
Wonder how the MSNBC crowd’s gonna handle the news of this possible fuck-up royale?
Allred knows this isn’t starting to look good. Those oddball 1999 initials from her client’s own court papers showing up on a 1977 yearbook raise serious questions.
Like, how did they get there? Ought-oh!
It’s at 26:40. Wolf nails her good. F-U-B-A-R might be the better word now for the over-gratuitous Moore haters.
Allred also won’t say if her client’s credible. At 30:35 she says that the people can decide!
Jesus H. Christ.
“Well, all I’m saying is, we will permit an independent examiner of the writing…We will allow all of this to be asked and answered at the hearing,” Allred said.
“But that’s not a flat denial, Gloria,” Blitzer said.
“Well, all I’m saying is, we’re not denying, we’re not admitting, we’re not addressing,” Allred said. “We will not be distracted.”
Blitzer asked why Allred needed a Senate hearing and would not just permit an independent handwriting expert to take a look.
“Well, uh, all I can say is we want it done in a professional setting to the extent possible, that’s the only setting in which people can testify under oath,” Allred said.
What a copout. 33:45’s a real hoot.
Good point about Roy Moore’s main accuser, from the right-wing commenters at the Blaze …
The place was named Old Hickory House, not Olde Hickory House and I’ve never seen anybody getting last year’s yearbook signed 3 days before the following Christmas.
Yeah. Who does that? Is it a Southern thing? Like dating young girls, which is?
How come nobody’s asked this question?
And again, why was there a “D.A.” on the 1977 signature, and also a “D.A.” as well on a 1999 court document about the woman’s divorce that she obviously had had in her possession for years? It was her own divorce!
In 1999 he was a judge, not a DA. And Moore claims the slashed initials were from his court assistant. That would of course explain the slash. That’s how it’s done.
No Roy Moore fans here, but this one’s interesting.
We’ve thought from the beginning that the idea of Roy Moore signing a “D.A.” after his name in 1977 was more than a little weird. Like, why would he do so? He wasn’t one.
Turns out there might more to the story. But, you’ve got to check the Alabama papers in order to get the actual details of this latest accusation from his defenders:
Roy Moore wants yearbook handwriting analysis; lawyer claims he handled accuser’s divorce
By Howard Koplowitz
An attorney representing former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore attempted to discredit one of the women accusing the Republican Senate candidate of sexual misconduct, alleging that Beverly Young Nelson was not forthcoming during her press conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred.
Phillip L. Jauregui, who represented Moore in cases involving the Ten Commandments monuments and same-sex marriage, spoke to reporters but declined to answer questions.
Jauregui said Nelson was not forthcoming about having no contact with Moore after the alleged abuse in the 1970s.
“As it turns out ,in 1999, Ms. Nelson filed a divorce action against her then-husband, Mr. Harris. Guess who that case was before? It was filed in Etowah County and the judge assigned was Roy S. Moore – circuit judge of Etowah County. There was contact,” Jauregui said.
Jauregui also contended that Moore did not sign Nelson’s high school yearbook — a signature that Nelson and Allred used to bolster their claims. He added that the signature was inconsistent with Moore’s handwriting, and that the postscript on the signature — D.A. — matched the initials of Moore’s assistant at the time.
He called on Allred to release the yearbook so experts hired by Moore can analyze the handwriting.
Now here’s the interesting part:
In an open letter to Sean Hannity, who said yesterday he needed evidence from Moore to continue supporting him, Moore said the handwriting in Nelson’s divorce case is different than the signature in her yearbook, among other inconsistencies.
“My signature on the order of dismissal in the divorce case was annotated with the letters ‘D.A.,’ representing the initials of my court assistant. Curiously the supposed yearbook inscription is also followed by the same initials–‘D.A.’ But at that time I was deputy district attorney, not district attorney,” Moore wrote. “Those initials as well as the date under the signature block and the printed name of the restaurant are written in a style inconsistent with the rest of the yearbook inscription. The ‘7’s’ in ‘Christmas 1977’ are in a noticeably different script than the ‘7’s’ in the date ’12-22-77.’ I believe tampering has occurred. “
It’s actually worse than even his attorney is pointing out.
If it’s true that Judge Moore did handle this woman’s divorce case in 1999, and that his court assistant did indeed also have the initials “D.A.,” then Gloria A. and her friends in the media have a big problem. Huge, in fact.
Which is, that unless Roy Moore had a long history of weirdly putting “D.A.” next to his signature — even when he wasn’t one, as when he was a judge in 1999 — then the evidence is clear and compelling that someone merely cribbed his signature from this same woman’s 1999 divorce papers.
Why? It’s because they obviously didn’t know that the “D.A” was actually the court assistant’s initials instead, and so they just blindly affixed it to an old signature in the 1977 yearbook.
Or, much worse, they forged the signature entirely in that 1977 yearbook instead, leaving intact of course the same “D.A” that they saw in the 1999 court document already in her possession. And not knowing any better.
Where else did that 1977 “D.A.” come from, but the later signature annotated by his assistant? It was obviously copied from a much later document. Or, wackily, the guy always puts “D.A” on his signature. Which makes no sense.
So unless Moore is lying about his old court assistant and her initials — which would be insanely dumb — this all sounds more than likely, because screwing up so royally is how people always get caught when they forge things unaware. And the whole thing’s pretty hinkie anyway in the timing and the corny Gloria Allred tie-in.
Think though that the MSNBC crowd is going to be exploring this possibility anytime soon? In the name of truth and accuracy in storytelling?
So what’s the deal, press?
— Did Roy Moore handle this same woman’s divorce proceedings in 1999?
— Did he really have a court assistant with the initials “D.A.” who routinely signed such documents in 1999?
— Did he have a history instead of always putting “D.A.” next to his signed name, which would explain away any possible excuses from his defenders?
— Or, does Gloria A. have some big ‘splainin’ to do? Like maybe a nutty client, and a deficit of conscientious research skills back in the LA office?
The absolute best thing that the Moore critics could do right now is to get a handwriting expert in there and immediately prove that the guy is either full of it or out and out lying.
But of course, they won’t.
Former Judge Roy Moore continues to deny allegations of sexual abuse against him, his attorney Phillip L. Jauregui said at a news conference Wednesday, during which he attempted to cast doubt on the story of one of Moore’s accusers.
Jauregui specifically focused on pushing back on the accusation from Beverly Young Nelson, 56, who said on Monday that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old. Jauregui took issue with the statements of Nelson and her attorney Gloria Allred, saying Nelson falsely claimed that she never spoke to Moore again after the time of her alleged assault.
“As it turns out, in 1999, Ms. Nelson filed a divorce action against her then-husband, Mr. Harris,” Jauregui said. “Guess who that case was before? It was filed in Etowah County, and the judge assigned was Roy S. Moore, circuit judge of Etowah County. There was contact.”
Nelson said on Monday that Moore wrote an inscription in her yearbook one day in December 1977 that said, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl, I could not say, ‘Merry Christmas.'” She said he signed it “Roy Moore, D.A.”
Moore denies writing the yearbook inscription, Jauregui said Wednesday, and added that Moore’s lawyers have tasked a handwriting expert with evaluating the yearbook. He demanded that Allred and Nelson release the yearbook to a neutral party for examination.
“We’ll find out: Is it genuine, or is it a fraud?” Jauregui said.
Allred released a statement after the Moore event on Wednesday, saying they would agree to have the yearbook examined by “an independent expert or experts” after a US Senate committee — either the judiciary or the ethics committee — agrees to conduct a hearing into the accusations about Moore.
Right. Let’s do anything to grandstand in front of the rubes.
She’s also a sanctimonious moron:
Allred said Monday that her client would be willing to testify before the Senate under oath and requested a hearing in the next two weeks.
There hasn’t even been an election yet! Such a premature move on the part of Congress would be legally impossible. They have absolutely no standing at this time to get involved in any way.
Such a move would also be seen as an unlawful intrusion in the election affairs of a state directly prior to an election. But who cares, right, when there’s scandals to traffic.
Btw … why isn’t anyone in the media trying to actually interview any of these women? You think Gloria A. will let her client get questioned too much?
Of course not. But what’s the excuse of the news media not to even want to? They have no curiosity? About either the handwriting or the alleged victims?
The photo above btw refers to an incredible Brian Keith episode last night on Alfred Hitchcock that directly parallels this handwriting demand:
Vernon Wedge is a hot shot lawyer who agrees to defend 17-year old Benjy Marino who is accused of murder. Benjy swears he’s innocent but Wedge isn’t buying it and feels he should plead guilty. He nonetheless decides to defend him and at the trial tries a chemical test to determine if blood is present on the knife, but the DA objects and Wedge uses the refusal to undertake the test to get Benjy off. But what would the test have revealed?
When tragedy turns to farce turns to insanity turns to boredom.
Whenever someone turns so easily to tears 40 years after an event, it always means they’re unstable.
And if they’re unstable at that age, they’re unstable for a reason. You have to then take everything they say with a huge grain of salt:
The claimed utterances here — which are pretty wacky/stupid/nuts for someone to make — are also just a little too convenient. The guy sounds like something out of Mickey Spillane.
They also don’t parallel any of the other women as to how this guy supposedly talked and acted around them. He was never threatening, violent, or retributive, and the Post boasted about interviewing 30 people to this effect.
Which means that the next revelations in the press will be even more dramatic. They’ll have to be.
It’s the stupid embellishments that always blow the lid of credibility off of these things. Having Gloria Allred or her daughter around are really the kiss of death when it comes to experiencing any sense of probity or calm introspection. But no one’s in it for that.