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May 21, 2002
If AB 2160 weren't so threatening, the letter by Jim Carlile (May 18) would be laughable. He claims that "opposition to AB 2160 comes from statewide conservative groups." If that were true, it would mean newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Pasadena Star-News and, most recently, the News-Press, have gone conservative. Such a development would give Bill Simon a huge landslide victory in November! The truth is, people from all over the political landscape oppose shifting curriculum and textbook decisions from the hands of school boards, teachers and parents to the hands of union negotiators.
NEWS
May 15, 2002
In a disingenuous attempt to change the subject, Chris Davis ("Teaching bill is not the would-be disaster we're led to believe," May 7) attempts to shift the focus from Carol Liu's failure to oppose AB 2160 to her support of AB 2347. While both bills are bad for our children and our schools, AB 2160 is by far the worst of the two. By concentrating on the lesser of these two evil bills, Davis attempts to marginalize opposition to both bills. Given the content of Davis' letter, it is obvious that he is a teacher.
NEWS
June 5, 2002
While I don't know C. Kim Allender, I respect Allender. As co-president of the Burbank Teachers Assn., Allender is serving in a very responsible position, having been selected by colleagues. As a teacher who belongs to a union, I would like to point out that in a Community Commentary on May 24, Allender was writing as a union leader and not as a teacher. Allender claims that AB 2160 will give teachers a say in textbook selection. In reality, the state pre-approves textbooks before schools make their selection.
NEWS
April 25, 2002
Gary Moskowitz GLENDALE -- Glendale Unified has joined educators throughout the state in the debate over Assembly Bill 2160. The bill was passed by the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday and moves to the Appropriations Committee in May. Assembly Bill 2160 would change the ways decisions are made between teachers and school boards. Existing law says teachers unions can bargain over wages, hours of employment and other conditions of employment.
NEWS
January 31, 2002
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- The Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation by Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale) that aims to stymie runaway film production. AB 502, which would guarantee loans to independent filmmakers who spend 50% or more of their production budget in California, passed with a 52-11 vote off the Assembly floor. The bill heads to the state Senate for a vote. Frommer will discuss AB 502 at a round-table forum of Assembly's Select Committee on the Future of of the California Film Industry at 10 a.m. today at the Screen Actors Guild Pension office, 3601 W. Olive Ave., Suite 200, Burbank.
NEWS
April 29, 2002
As the old cliche goes, "the silence has been deafening" in La Canada regarding Assembly Bill 2160. This bill would take decisions on a wide variety of issues, such as curriculum, textbooks and standards, from elected school officials and make them part of the collective bargaining process. Instead of being open to the public, these issues would be decided behind closed doors by people who are unaccountable to the public, namely union negotiators. Leading newspapers from San Diego to Sacramento, including locals like the Daily News of Los Angeles, Pasadena Star News and San Marino Tribune, have written editorials strongly opposing AB 2160.
NEWS
By CHARLES J. UNGER | September 13, 2008
When most people think of going to a baseball game, they think of a nice night out with the family. It is generally a pleasant evening with food and beverages, and a good time is had by all. Generally, the worst thing you have to deal with is some ignorant fan a couple of rows away letting loose with some profanity every once in a while. This is not so wonderful if you have kids with you at the ballgame; however, a stern look or a polite word generally does away with this annoyance.
NEWS
July 3, 2004
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June 5, 2012
I was intrigued by the May 30 letter authored by Greg Krikorian because I am familiar with AB 2540 as introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto. The bill Krikorian described is not the bill I read. Krikorian calls it a “job killer.” He either misread, misunderstood or purposely misrepresented the bill as a small-business tax increase when in fact as introduced, it was a small-business tax cut. Shame on you, Mr. Krikorian, for getting it so wrong. Laurie Collins Glendale
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By CHARLES J. UNGER | September 13, 2008
When most people think of going to a baseball game, they think of a nice night out with the family. It is generally a pleasant evening with food and beverages, and a good time is had by all. Generally, the worst thing you have to deal with is some ignorant fan a couple of rows away letting loose with some profanity every once in a while. This is not so wonderful if you have kids with you at the ballgame; however, a stern look or a polite word generally does away with this annoyance.
NEWS
July 4, 2005
In his tirade against AB 19, Newton Russell doesn't mention the very real benefits of AB19 to the many thousands of California children living in gay and lesbian families. Does he really suggest that we continue to harm these children, these families in the name of political ideology? We all know the most important gift that can be given to our children is to be raised in a loving family, traditional or not. It is telling that in Russell's 364 word letter about children and marriage he never once mentions love.
NEWS
July 4, 2005
July 13, 1920-June 23, 2005 Asbury "Ab" Francis Dickins died June 23 in Pasadena. Ab was born in Hartford, Conn. on July 13, 1920 to the late Asbury M. and Wilhelmina Dickens. He and his family moved to Glendale in 1923. Ab is a graduate of Hoover High School and Glendale College. He worked many years in the aerospace industry before retiring from Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After retirement, he became a real estate investor in Glendale and Orange County. Ab married Jeannette Eames on May 30, 1942 at Incarnation Church in Glendale.
NEWS
July 1, 2005
Robert Chacon Earlier this month, Assemblyman Dario Frommer's wife gave birth to the couple's first son. This week, it was his turn to deliver. Four of his bills passed key Senate committees this week, and are on their way to an appropriations committee. AB 1067 would increase penalties for drivers who violate rail crossing laws and would double the existing penalty, increasing it to $2,500. AB 1045 would require hospitals to provide public information regarding the price of whole procedures rather than itemized lists of different costs, and could eventually make the information available on a state website.
NEWS
September 10, 2004
From the EDITOR'S Desk by Katherine Gould With the special election over the proposed Town Center development next week, it's time to make a decision. Frankly, my first choice is to vote against both the yes and no campaigns because I'm so sick of the constant hyperbole and mud-slinging from both sides. Both have overspent ridiculously on mailers, phone calls and advertisements in (other) newspapers. Each side has used scare tactics, massaged the truth, and pointed to the worst-case scenario to paint their side as the absolute truth and the opposition as a ruthless, lying pack of hyenas.
NEWS
July 3, 2004
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NEWS
June 5, 2002
While I don't know C. Kim Allender, I respect Allender. As co-president of the Burbank Teachers Assn., Allender is serving in a very responsible position, having been selected by colleagues. As a teacher who belongs to a union, I would like to point out that in a Community Commentary on May 24, Allender was writing as a union leader and not as a teacher. Allender claims that AB 2160 will give teachers a say in textbook selection. In reality, the state pre-approves textbooks before schools make their selection.
NEWS
May 21, 2002
If AB 2160 weren't so threatening, the letter by Jim Carlile (May 18) would be laughable. He claims that "opposition to AB 2160 comes from statewide conservative groups." If that were true, it would mean newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Pasadena Star-News and, most recently, the News-Press, have gone conservative. Such a development would give Bill Simon a huge landslide victory in November! The truth is, people from all over the political landscape oppose shifting curriculum and textbook decisions from the hands of school boards, teachers and parents to the hands of union negotiators.
NEWS
May 18, 2002
To letter writer David. C. Wilcox and other opponents of AB 2160, a simple question arises. Why in the world shouldn't teachers have some kind of say in the curriculum they are required to deliver each day? They're the professionals in the matter, aren't they? The desires of the "teachers' union" in this debate are so reasonable and well-founded that suspicions arise as to just what is going on in the minds of these antagonists. Most of the opposition to AB 2160 comes from statewide conservative groups desperately searching for some kind of wedge issue they can demagogue.
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