BUSD Discusses Possible Student Vaccination Mandate

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

After imposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees last month, the Burbank Unified School District shifted the conversation this week to possibly extending a similar requirement for eligible students.
Any decision by the district, however, appeared to have been rendered moot by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement last week that the state would become the first in the nation to implement a vaccine mandate for all students.
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District Narrows Contact Tracing to Keep Kids in Class

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

After starting out the school year quarantining entire classrooms after a potential COVID-19 exposure, the Glendale Unified School District has recently begun implementing new guidelines to keep more students in the classroom.
The policy change, approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, comes after about two months of the district requiring entire classrooms at a time to stay home for up to a 10-day quarantine period. Continue reading “District Narrows Contact Tracing to Keep Kids in Class”

City Reverts to Remote Meetings, for Now

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

In response to new legislation that allows municipal officials to continue to convene remotely, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted to have all local government meetings held in that manner for the next month.
Council and city staff members spoke at length during Tuesday’s in-person meeting about Assembly Bill 361, an amendment to the Brown Act — a 1953 law that guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in California local government agencies’ sessions. Signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, AB 361 gives cities flexibility in continuing teleconferencing meetings as long as they adhere to a new set of provisions.
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Newsom Names Glendale Judge to Superior Court

Abraham Meltzer

Glendale resident Abraham Meltzer is one of six new judges recently appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The governor also announced 22 Superior Court judges across the state.
Meltzer, 55, has been a deputy chief since 2018 at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he began working as an assistant U.S. attorney in 2004. His previous posts have included serving as counsel at the California State University’s Office of General Counsel from 2000 to 2004, an associate at from 1997 to 2000 and a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney from 1995 to 1997.

Drop in Local, County Unemployment Rates Reported

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale’s unemployment last month appeared to be the lowest rate it has been this year, according to recently released data, after three consecutive months of minor upticks.
The local rate dropped to 10.2% in August from 10.9% in July, preliminary California Employment Development Department data shows, the biggest one-month decline reported for the city since February. The drop reflected a decrease in the estimated number of unemployed Glendale residents to 10,500 from 11,300 a month earlier. However, the labor force — representing residents who are employed or unemployed but searching for a job — fell by 1,600 people. The number of employed residents dropped by 800.
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Burbank Rejects Gubernatorial Recall


First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Recall election results showed this week a large majority of California voters said they wanted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office, a stance that appears to be shared by a significant portion of Burbank.
The outcome came swiftly, propelled in large part by mail ballots cast by recall opponents ahead of Tuesday’s election. Statewide results showed more than 60% of residents voted against the recall, according to the California Secretary of State website. Continue reading “Burbank Rejects Gubernatorial Recall”

BUSD Budget Gets Boost From Federal Stimulus

One year ago, the Burbank Unified School District celebrated an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers on a state budget that avoided drastic cuts in school funding.

The local district breathed another collective sigh of relief this week with its most recently proposed budget, which was bolstered by federal stimulus and gave BUSD higher-than-expected revenue this year and next. The Board of Education unanimously approved the adoption of the proposed budget in a virtual special meeting on Wednesday. 

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Governor Expected to Reopen State Economy Tuesday

California is set next week to reopen. Burbank resident Daniel Cota said he plans to lock down.

On Tuesday, June 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled to lift statewide restrictions on businesses’ capacity limits and most social distancing requirements. California’s face covering rules will also align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, which say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most settings.

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Nearly 53% of LCF Residents Have Received COVID Vaccine

More than half of La Cañada Flintridge residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the number will continue to climb with California expanding eligibility to all residents 16 and older today.
According to the L.A. Department of Public Health, La Cañada Flintridge has one of the highest vaccination rates in the county with 52.7% of residents having at least one shot of the vaccine. Nearby cities San Marino (53.3%), South Pasadena (52.4%) and Pasadena (47.6%) have similar numbers, but Glendale’s rate is only 34.4%.
All Los Angeles County residents 16 and older, regardless of medical conditions, were allowed to begin scheduling appointments as early as Wednesday. Residents under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.
L.A. County — the most populous in the state with 10 million residents — has administered more than 5 million doses of the vaccine and 37.1% of California residents 16 and older have received at least one dose.
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Vaccination Distribution Inequities Show in County Data

Los Angeles County has administered nearly 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, making the light at the end of the tunnel shine a little brighter for an area that has been the epicenter of the pandemic.
However, vaccine distribution data from the L.A. County Department of Public Health shows that affluent neighborhoods have a greater percentage of residents vaccinated than low-income areas that many Black and Latino residents call home.
“The findings are deeply concerning and provide further illustration of the deeply rooted health inequities that exist in our society,” Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the LADPH, said last Friday. “The findings clearly indicate very significant inequities in the distribution of vaccines to date. These inequities are unjust and unacceptable and demand renewed efforts to address them.”
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