March 16, 2013
In how many ways is "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" a horrible miscalculation? Pretty much all of them. Yes, it has a couple dozen chuckles and maybe a few true laughs, but that's not enough to sustain this written-by-numbers piece of Hollywood "product. " Given the level of talent involved, this is especially disappointing. Director Don Scardino is fresh off of “30 Rock.” Steve Carell can do (almost) no wrong in my book. Steve Buscemi is one of the greatest characters since the fall of the studio system.
February 7, 2013
There are literally dozens of movies about the Titanic; this 1953 Hollywood version is one of the three best-known (the other two being Roy Ward Baker's “A Night to Remember” and James Cameron's modest little 1997 chamber drama). Like Cameron, director Jean Negulesco (Fox's go-to guy for melodrama at the time), writer/producer Charles Brackett (after the severing of his amazing 12-year collaboration with Billy Wilder), and co-writers Walter Reisch and Richard Breen focused primarily on the romantic lives of fictional characters.
November 25, 2012
In a move to save money while also helping the environment, Glendale Unified officials might add a consultant to analyze the district's waste disposal system to see if there's room for improvement. At no cost to the district, MC Waste Consultants would analyze the way schools dispose of trash and recyclables with its current contractor, Southland Disposal. “This just goes toward us looking at every place we can to save dollars in today's world,” said Glendale Unified Supt.
May 19, 2012
The reported Metropolitan Transit Authority payment of $3.7 million to subcontractors including Pasadena-based Wiltec for environmental impact studies on the proposed 710 connector project is a total waste of money if the reports include junk science. What good does it do to have observers report vehicle trips on local roads and freeways only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when the impact of any 710 connector will be felt 24/7/365? (“Traffic count begins for report on 710 gap,” May 15.)
February 24, 2012
Should anyone be sorry that the landfills are not generating income (“ Landfill sees steep revenue drop ,” Feb. 20)? Have we become some Third World country where our revenue depends on accepting trash? City officials have their policies upside-down. We should be doing everything to reduce waste and extend the life of the landfill. How about establishing a vision of zero waste by 2020? That would translate into zero dollars in revenue from landfill operations. What most Glendale residents may still not know is that the city's expenditures have far outpaced its revenues, starting since well before the recession.
December 10, 2011
The way Glendale deals with trash faces steady change over the next 20 years as the city lays the groundwork to eventually have zero waste reaching its landfill. Some changes have already passed through City Council chambers, but others - such as a program that uses microorganisms to break down food, and mandatory commercial recycling - are still in their infancy. The zero-waste effort was unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday, although the individual components of the broad-based plan will still need to come back for the green light before they're implemented, said Public Works Director Steve Zurn.
November 21, 2011
Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Works is holding a hazardous waste and e-waste collection at the Rose Bowl on Sat., Dec. 3, from 9 AM-3 PM. The collection will be at parking lot "K". Household Hazardous Waste includes Used Oil, Unused Non-Controlled Medicines, Auto Fluids, Sharps Waste/Medical Needles, Beauty Products, Mercury Thermostats, Paint and Paint Related Products, Auto and Household Batteries, Lawn and Garden Products, Compact Fluorescent...
October 14, 2011
Do we really need to spend $60 million on smart meters to tell us what most of us already know (Smart meters don't count as 'renewable', Oct. 2)? Or do we need to spend that much money to inform people that it is better to use electric appliances in off peak hours, such as in the evening or at night? The utility has been telling us that for years. Seems like a waste of money to me. Proponents contend that a smarter grid allows customers to take better advantage of renewable energy, and thus take part in “a cleaner, more efficient and more reliable future.” What does that mean?
October 9, 2011
It is no surprise that the smart meters do not count as renewable, as they do absolutely nothing to reduce emissions and environmental pollution (Smart meters don't count as 'renewable',” Oct. 2). They are simply passive devices that measure consumption. As a matter of fact, the expenditure of the stated $70 million for Glendale to replace the perfectly functional (and cheaper) existing meters is a monumental demonstration of misplaced priorities. To my understanding, the main beneficiaries of this project are the vendors of the new meters and the contractors who install them.