Local Moms Run for Breast Cancer Research

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Local organization Moms of Burbank hosted a 5K run on the Chandler Bikeway on Oct. 30 to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Participants in the run paid a donation to enter with all of the proceeds going to METAvivor, a national nonprofit that helps fund stage 4 metastatic breast cancer research. The diagnosis is usually considered terminal, according to METAvivor, but the organization estimates that only about 2%-5% of the funds raised for breast cancer research is invested in studying the condition.
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Local Women’s March Draws Dozens

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Chandler Bikeway became a marching ground last weekend as a procession walked in support of women’s rights, participating in a national event largely responding to abortion restrictions.
Dozens of masked demonstrators attended the Oct. 2 event, holding signs and chatting with other protesters as they marched on the bikeway, which also is a pedestrian path. Many had a variety of concerns, with several mentioning anti-abortion laws recently passed in other states, and said they had come to ensure those worries did not go unheard.
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Skateboarding ‘Mandalorian’ Seeks to Encourage Onlookers

Photos Courtesy Tim Brehmer
A standup comedian, Tim Brehmer said he wanted to give people more to talk about than politics and the coronavirus, explaining he enjoys watching the faces of passersby light up.

It started with a helmet. The armor and fame followed.
Tim Brehmer, a standup comedian from Toluca Lake, said he was pulled over by a police officer for skateboarding without a helmet in spring 2020. The officer, Brehmer explained, threatened him with a ticket unless he started wearing head protection.
The next time Brehmer saw the officer, he was wearing a helmet straight out of “Star Wars.” Specifically, he fashioned it after the one worn by the titular character in “The Mandalorian,” a hit show streamed on the Disney+ service. Eventually, Brehmer added armor to his ensemble and strapped a Grogu doll — the alien child often casually referred to by the show’s viewers, somewhat erroneously, as “Baby Yoda” — to his chest.
Traveling up to 30 mph through Los Angeles and Burbank on an electric skateboard, and often spotted on the Chandler Bikeway in Burbank, Brehmer has become something of a local legend. Some families, he said, wait on the bike path, hoping to see him — one boy explained it was his birthday.
That legend is part of the idea behind wearing the helmet and armor, Brehmer said, explaining he was influenced by TV show “Falling Skies,” in which a major character becomes a masked vigilante and inspires others.
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Face Covering Enforcement Begins

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Burbank is now issuing citations for people who refuse to adhere to face covering
requirements, with enforcement carried out by a contractor and enforced in areas with high numbers of complaints such as downtown Burbank.

Following a recent decision by the Burbank City Council, face covering requirements are now enforced with a fine.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has released guidance for the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also affirmed that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19, and that face coverings could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities.
Since the emergence of COVID-19, according to the city, Burbank and its police department have sought to gain compliance with face covering requirements with an emphasis on education.

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