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Burbank class teaches legal pot growing

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Source: Creative Commons

Source: Creative Commons

While Glendale looks to introduce a 45-day moratorium on pot dispensaries, Burbank teaches classes in Cannabis.

From ABC 7 News
It’s a fast-growing market in California: medical marijuana. Wednesday career-minded people got together to learn everything about pot dispensaries, from legal issues to making brownies.

Welcome to the Cannabis Career Institute. Wednesday night’s class: the Medical Marijuana Business 101. Forty eager students learn from a top advocate the ins and outs of starting up in this “budding” industry.

Click here to see the video.

Written by Times Community News

September 18, 2009 at 11:45 am

Krekorian on former Assemblyman Mike Duvall

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Credit: Duvall For Assembly

Credit: Duvall For Assembly

The Assembly Ethics Committee has 90 days to investigate the actions of former Assemblyman Mike Duvall, who resigned last week after recordings of him boasting about his sexual conquests surfaced.

Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, committee co-chairman, told the Associated Press that the panel would be able to call Duvall and the lobbyist who he described spanking.

While there could be a public hearing, Krekorian said that the focus would be on whether Duvall violated the Legislature’s code of ethics or standard of conflict rather than lurid details of his alleged extramarital affairs with two women.

“It’s not within our jurisdiction or within my interest to try to explore anyone’s personal morality,” Krekorian said, as lawmakers wrapped up a nine-month session early Saturday — although they are expected to meet in special sessions called by the governor. “Issues like that don’t justify an investigation by the ethics committee under the rules of this house.”

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 13, 2009 at 12:50 am

Burbank Fire Dept. returns from Station fire

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Burbank Firefighter Grant Coffin mans the hose while fellow firefighter Sean Combs assists behind during a demonstration this summer on the use of foams during brush fires.  (Alex Collins/The Leader)

Burbank firefighter Grant Coffin mans the hose while fellow firefighter Sean Combs assists during a demonstration this summer on the use of foams in brush fires. (Alex Collins/The Leader)

City executives this weekend announced that all Burbank Fire Department resources have returned from the Station Fire in Angeles National Forest.

Three engines, one battalion chief and a water tender were dispatched to assist in the 242-square mile blaze — the largest in Los Angeles County history — as part of the statewide mutual-aid system.

No evacuations were ordered this evening and 400 firefighters were released as the fire continued east and burned about five to eight miles south of Juniper Hills. No homes were threatened, but firefighters were deployed for overnight protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 6, 2009 at 12:34 am

Rep. Sherman likes holding town halls, but not this time

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Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman, who prides himself on holding regular town hall meetings, did not call for one on health care reform and doesn’t plan on a last minute change before the end of the August recess.

Despite increased interest in the topic, the congressman had initially not planned on a town hall because he is not on a health-care related committee, according to Sherman’s office.

He is, however, planning for a general town hall in the fall.

Written by Zain Shauk

August 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm

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Leno on Leno

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Jay Leno at the Love Ride last year. (Alex Collins/The Leader)

Jay Leno at the Love Ride last year. (Alex Collins/The Leader)

Jay Leno today took members of the print media on a tour through his new-and-improved studio where designers and stagehands were busy preparing for the Sept. 14 primetime premiere of “The Jay Leno Show.”

Our story will appear in Thursday’s News-Press and is slated for Saturday’s Leader. I got some one-on-one time with the king of late night and we chatted about the new show, working in Burbank and the runaway production phenomenon.

On the show: “We’re not doing a talk show we’re doing a straight comedy show. So they’ll be a lot more comedy in it. The monologue will stay the same, Jay Walking will stay the same. People like Headlines. But instead of having a second or third guest, as you would on ‘The Tonight Show,’ we’ll have comedy segments here.”

On his decision: “They said ‘We’d like you to do this.’ OK, I’d like to do it, it’s fun. I like being in Burbank. I don’t want to go to Universal City. I don’t want to be on an amusement park lot.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

August 19, 2009 at 6:23 pm

The scene at Bob Hope Airport

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Journalists Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, talk to the press after arriving at Bob Hope Airport early Wednesday morning. The women had been imprisoned by North Korea since March 17.  Former President Bill Clinton negotiated their release on Tuesday. (Roger Wilson/Leader)

Journalists Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, talk to the press after arriving at Bob Hope Airport early Wednesday morning. The women had been imprisoned by North Korea since March 17. Former President Bill Clinton negotiated their release on Tuesday. (Roger Wilson/Leader)

Two journalists made an emotional return to American soil at Bob Hope Airport Wednesday morning after former President Bill Clinton secured their freedom in a rescue mission to communist North Korea.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists for former vice president Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV, sobbed as they stepped down from a chartered jet shortly after 6 a.m. to a swarm of international media broadcasting the images live across the world. Ling, 32, pumped her fists in triumph and embraced her husband as Lee, 36, snatched up her 4-year-old daughter, who she had not seen for nearly five months.

Ling, flanked by Clinton and Gore, spoke for the pair, saying just 30 hours ago they were prisoners in North Korea who at any moment could be sent to a hard labor camp. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

August 5, 2009 at 9:44 am