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February 8, 2013
Craig Kupka, I appreciate your thoughts about guns (“ Hunting rifles, shotguns are enough ,” Mailbag, Feb. 6), but you are an optimist. If you think owners of illegal guns are going to surrender their handguns and military-style weapons don't hold your breath; you won't live that long. Your thought on rejuvenating the mental health system is a goal we should attempt to achieve. Unfortunately, the mental health system is so fractured it will take years and billions of dollars to reach a meaningful status.
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March 20, 2012
I am in concurrence with the sentiments from Jon “Bullet” Bales about the confusion as the start of the race (“ Downtown Dash the worst 5K run ever ,” March 15). If there is a false start, a recall gun should be shot to recall the field. This would be especially true of a road race. Since I was not being timed, I went on once I finally got an idea that something was wrong. While on the course, it appeared that the actual race was not started for another 15 minutes. That is probably due to way too much talk before the official start.
THE818NOW
March 7, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has drafted proposed new penalties for criminals who illegally purchase and smuggle firearms into Mexico, saying he hopes his measure will bring "something positive" out of the uproar over the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation on the Southwest Border. Schiff said he will introduce legislation Thursday to create a two-year prison sentence for so-called "straw purchasers" who currently receive probation or very little jail time for acquiring weapons under false pretenses and then selling them to Mexican gun smugglers.
THE818NOW
September 27, 2011
Police were searching for a possible gunman at Cal State Northridge this afternoon.  According to an emergency notification on the school's Facebook page, police received a report at 10:27 a.m. of a man who indicated he had a gun. The man was described as 5-foot-8 with short spiky hair. He was said to be wearing a white T-shirt that says "human rights violation" and short jeans. Continue reading > > -- Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
THE818NOW
December 6, 2011
Police took a potentially suicidal man into custody in Northridge on Tuesday after he fired shots into the air. Officers responded to a report of shots fired on the 10000 block of Reseda Avenue at about 10:10 a.m. An LAPD spokeswoman said a woman also called to report that her husband was suicidal. When police arrived, the man pointed a gun at his head but eventually surrendered it and was taken into custody. Continue reading> > -- Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
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By Gary Huerta | July 26, 2012
Once again, our country has been forced to reflect upon the actions of a mad man armed with an assault weapon. This time, it was in Aurora, Colo. Who knows where it will happen next time? It is with this uncertainty that we should feel a need to seriously start thinking about how we can minimize the damage that a deranged individual can inflict upon the rest of us. Like many of you, I've involved myself in numerous conversations about the tragic events that took 12 innocent lives and injured dozens more last week.
NEWS
July 12, 2010
I would like to correct Robert Morrison's version of the 2nd Amendment, which he seems to have conveniently misquoted to suit his opinion ("Argument against household guns," July 8). The actual version reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." He seems to have forgotten an important part, the part that reads "of the people" It's a shame that he tries to stereotype pro-gun Americans with his sarcastic fantasy perception of air-shooting, neighbor-killing maniacs.
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Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 28, 2010
GLENDALE — [Updated] Police briefly locked down Hoover High School on Thursday morning after students were seen with what turned out to be a prop gun from the drama department, officials said. The fake weapon was supposed to be locked up, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said, and school officials were looking into how it got out. "It should have been secured," he said. "It's unknown why it wasn't secured. " No injuries were reported in the incident. At 8:47 a.m., a student reported seeing fellow classmates playing with what appeared to be a handgun during class, said Elena Heimerl, spokeswoman for the Glendale Unified School District.
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March 15, 2012
Burbank police arrested a 76-year-old man early Thursday morning for allegedly firing off two shots in an attempt to scare off two men who were on his property in search a vehicle for reposession. Konstanin Abramian was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon about 12:30 a.m. in the in the 3300 block of Lismore Lane after allegedly admitting to police that he fired two rounds toward the ground to scare the men off the property. The car they were searching for was at the location, police said.
NEWS
May 7, 2012
Toll Middle School was briefly locked down this morning after a student reported seeing a man with a gun on campus who turned out to be an armored vehicle driver on routine business, officials said. The student was walking through the campus when he spotted the man and immediately alerted school officials, who locked down the campus about 9:55 a.m., said Steven Frasher, spokesman for the Glendale Unified School District. The lockdown was lifted about 10:10 a.m. after police discovered the man's identity.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 2, 2014
A 48-year-old Glendale man accidentally shot his wife in her upper torso Wednesday while he was getting ready to clear the barrel of a handgun for safety concerns, police said. The man's wife, whose name wasn't released, was in stable condition at Huntington Memorial Hospital, where she is being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her shoulder, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. The woman's husband was “very distraught” over the shooting, which detectives have preliminarily determined to be accidental, she said.
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December 16, 2013
Good morning readers. Time to shake the sleep out of your eyes, get the coffee going, and slide into the week with these news headlines from around the 818 area code. Today is Monday, Dec. 16.  Your humble narrator and editor, Dan Evans, is urging all interested parties to apply for the News-Press or Leader Community Advisory Boards . The Glendale board will meet in Februrary, and the Burbank one will meet in March. Read more about the details by following the link. Glendale News-Press A three-alarm blaze broke out above Paradise Pastry in Glendale , closing the popular bakery and cafe while the owners assess the damage.
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By Andy Klein | August 2, 2013
In "2 Guns," Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg play a duo of low-level minions for drug lord Papi (Edward James Olmos). Or more accurately they play two guys playing low-level minions. That is, Bobby (Washington) and Stig (Wahlberg) both work for law enforcement: Bobby for the DEA, and Stig for Naval Intelligence. Unfortunately, neither knows about the other's affiliation. It's similar to the hook in "The Departed," but less complicated, largely because they figure this out well within the first act. Before they know this, however, they set out to rob a small town bank of $3 million of Papi's money, in hopes of catching him in a sting.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 12, 2013
A 27-year-old ex-convict was arrested in Glendale early Friday after police allegedly discovered guns, marijuana and ledgers inside his wife's car. Alvaro Mejia, who's on federal probation for drug sales, was taken into custody just after midnight on Brand Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue after briefly failing to stop for an officer, according to police. Inside his wife's car, officers found a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, .38 caliber Colt handgun, ammunition, a loaded .40 caliber magazine, two plastic bags containing marijuana, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and ledgers typically used to document transactions, police said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 15, 2013
An attempt to boot Councilman Frank Quintero out of office has more to do with his support of a recent ban on gun shows on city-owned property than a misinterpretation of a decades-old revolving-door policy, attorneys for Glendale contend in court documents. Last month, two Glendale residents, John Rando and Mariano Rodas, filed a request with the state attorney general for permission to file a lawsuit that would seek to remove Quintero from his appointed seat because they contend the city is violating a 1982 provision that prevents council members from being employed by the city until two years after they leave the dais.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 31, 2013
Two Glendale residents have asked the California attorney general for permission to file a lawsuit challenging the appointment of Councilman Frank Quintero to fill a vacant seat on the council dais just days after he retired from office. The residents, John Rando and Mariano Rodas, contend Quintero's appointment violates a more than 30-year-old policy meant to prevent a revolving-door opportunity among elected officials who could leave City Hall only to be appointed to a cushy municipal post.  The City Council was aware of the policy - which bars council members from holding "any compensated city office or city employ until two years after leaving the office" - when members unanimously appointed Quintero to a 14-month term in late April, about two weeks after his retirement party.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 10, 2013
Three teens were cited this week for allegedly burglarizing seven homes in Burbank and Glendale and stealing four guns, cash and jewelry, police said Wednesday. Police cited and released a 17-year-old Sun Valley boy and two Burbank boys, ages 16 and 17, to their parents on Monday after they admitted to breaking into the homes and taking various items, according to Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The boys' names weren't released because they are minors. The mother of the 17-year-old Burbank boy called Burbank police at around 4:45 p.m. Sunday after she found a safe containing cash and a 9mm handgun in her son's bedroom, Ryburn said.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
There are a couple of things that seem confusing about the city's ban of gun shows on public property. First, how does the city just “cancel” a two-party contract? Second, how do they plan to replace the $60k or so in revenue? Let's hope they don't raise the electric rates and pilfer the money from there. Donald Cameron Glendale
NEWS
March 26, 2013
Re: “ Gun shows banned on city property ,” the story on the decision of the Glendale City Council to prohibit the use of Glendale's public buildings for sale of firearms. Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero was quoted as saying at Tuesday's Glendale City Council meeting that, “it was well within the purview of local officials to set guidelines for use of public facilities.” While it is certainly within the purview of the council to set public policy as representatives of the electorate, it is also a council responsibility to accept fiduciary responsibility.
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March 22, 2013
Re: “ Gun shows banned on city property ,” March 20: Never been prouder to say “I live in Glendale.” Susan Harris Glendale
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