Bert Ring
Political cartoons and humor from Times Community News

Leader Cartoon: A Crafty Situation

Leader Cartoon: A Crafty Situation

Who won't be shopping at Hobby Lobby, given the recent Supreme Court ruling that the craft store can opt out of covering certain contraceptives in its employees' medical insurance? Cartoonist Bert Ring takes a guess.

Leader Cartoon: Cornerstone of Education

Leader Cartoon: Cornerstone of Education

The Burbank School Board recently approved a charter school in the city catered towards Armenian immigrants. Here's cartoonist Bert Ring's take on the matter.

News-Press Cartoon: Drought Effect

News-Press Cartoon: Drought Effect

Cartoonist Bert Ring illustrates his take on the amount of development in city: Can Glendale handle all the new structures in light of the drought?

News-press cartoon: Graduation Blues

News-press cartoon: Graduation Blues

Cartoonist Bert Ring's take on what the Class of 2014 has to look forward to given recent efforts to trim the staff at City Hall.

Leader Cartoon: Schiff's Cur-Feud

Leader Cartoon: Schiff's Cur-Feud

Cartoonist Bert Ring's take on Adam Schiff's attempt to pass an amendment that would have allowed the Bob Hope Airport to adopt a mandatory curfew.

News-Press Cartoon: Devine's New Seat

News-Press Cartoon: Devine's New Seat

Cartoonist Bert Ring illustrates what Paula Devine, who was recently elected to fill the open seat on the City Council, has in store as she takes over for Frank Quintero.

Leader Cartoon: Rail Charmer

Leader Cartoon: Rail Charmer

Roughly 30 people gathered in Burbank last week for a meeting regarding the local stretch of the nation's first high-speed rail that will link Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a proposed station just east of Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Cartoonist Bert Ring...

News-Press Cartoon: Spending time on Memorial Day

News-Press Cartoon: Spending time on Memorial Day

How will you be spending your Memorial Day? Cartoonist Bert Ring illustrates his guess here.

Leader Cartoon: Forgive and Forget?

Leader Cartoon: Forgive and Forget?

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts the recent discussion over the recent City Council discussion on how to tackle the backlog of unfunded capital improvements at DeBell Golf Club, with city officials having suggested a number of options that include forgiving two...

News-Press Cartoon: City Council candidates, animated

News-Press Cartoon: City Council candidates, animated

Who has your vote for City Council? Cartoonist Bert Ring gives you his interpretation of the choices.

Leader Cartoon: Arsenic and saving face

Leader Cartoon: Arsenic and saving face

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts his thoughts on the city's reaction to recent reports about Burbank water quality.

News-Press Cartoon: Rockhaven Development

News-Press Cartoon: Rockhaven Development

The Glendale City Council recently invited developers to 'be imaginative' if they want to partner with the city to develop the Rockhaven sanitarium. Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts...

Leader Cartoon: Long Time Coming

Leader Cartoon: Long Time Coming

After eight years of serving on the Burbank City Council, David Gordon was selected - for the first time - to serve as the city's mayor.

News-Press Cartoon: Shame

News-Press Cartoon: Shame

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts how John Drayman, former Glendale councilmember convicted of embezzlement, might be carrying out his house arrest sentence

Leader Cartoon: Who needs help?

Leader Cartoon: Who needs help?

Cartoonist Bert Ring sums up the Burbank Unified School District's nursing shortage, which head nurse Lenora Aguilera brought to the board to hear earlier in April.

News-Press Cartoon: Self defense

News-Press Cartoon: Self defense

Bert Ring body slams the postponing of a women's self-defense class due to claims by a men's group that the gender-specific instruction is improper.

Leader Cartoon: Cooling off

Leader Cartoon: Cooling off

After City Manager Mark Scott's statement that Burbank "can be a frustrating place to work" the Council decides to take matters in their own hands, Bert Ring imagines.

News-Press Cartoon: Be Safe, Not Sorry

News-Press Cartoon: Be Safe, Not Sorry

In light of the second pedestrian death in Glendale this year -- both senior citizens -- Bert Ring cautions residents to take the safe route and use crosswalks.

Leader Cartoon: Community Separation

Leader Cartoon: Community Separation

What would gated communities in Burbank's hillside be like? Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts what he thinks it would be like as the city prepares to consider the neighborhood's fourth attempt at a proposal for a gated community.

Leader Cartoon: Out of the loop

Leader Cartoon: Out of the loop

While the Burbank City Council seems extremely happy about the IKEA project, a number of residents aren't quite as overjoyed.

News-Press Cartoon: Dangerous waters

News-Press Cartoon: Dangerous waters

Despite the clear sailing ahead, cartoonist Bert Ring imagines the coming wave of lawsuits regarding the controversial utility transfer.

News-Press Cartoon: Claims Adjustment

News-Press Cartoon: Claims Adjustment

Don't want your insurance rates to climb any higher? Must be because you're from Glendale, quips cartoonist Bert Ring in light of a recent report showing Glendale to have the highest insurance rates in California.

Leader Cartoon: Claims Adjustment

Leader Cartoon: Claims Adjustment

Don't want your insurance rates to climb any higher? Must be because you're from Burbank, quips cartoonist Bert Ring in light of a recent report showing Burbank to have the sixth highest insurance rates in California.

News-Press Cartoon: Wall of Mayors

News-Press Cartoon: Wall of Mayors

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts the legacy former council member and mayor John Drayman leaves behind after his recent guilty plea to embezzling funds from a weekly harvest market run by the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.

Leader Cartoon: IKEA Traffic

Leader Cartoon: IKEA Traffic

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts what he think will be the impact of the Burbank city council's approval of the largest IKEA store in the U.S. -- step by step.

News-Press Cartoon: City Council Photobomb

News-Press Cartoon: City Council Photobomb

The Oscars' famed pizza delivery man attended a recent City Council meeting in support of a friend's organization being honored, and took a few minutes to reflect on his 15 minutes of fame.

Leader Cartoon: Union fiasco

Leader Cartoon: Union fiasco

The city reached an agreement with the Burbank management union in which its employees will pay their full employee pension contributions, a move that is expected to save city coffers more than half a million dollars through 2015.

News-Press Cartoon: Water management

News-Press Cartoon: Water management

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts the rainfull in the Southland that came amidst the drought emergency and the GWP¿s requests to conserve water.

Leader Cartoon: Chandler Bike 'Speedway'

Leader Cartoon: Chandler Bike 'Speedway'

BLR: Beware of the bikers! Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts residents' concerns over safety and courtesy on the Chandler bike path.

News-Press Cartoon: Talkin' 'Bout Gentrification

News-Press Cartoon: Talkin' 'Bout Gentrification

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts how some seniors might feel about the recent approval of an affordable housing project for creative industry workers.

Leader Cartoon: Sliding the Issue

Leader Cartoon: Sliding the Issue

Bert Ring offers his take on IKEA IKEA moving into a larger facility in Burbank, depicting the city letting the company slide on the issue of an environmental impact report.

News-Press Cartoon: Who's protecting who?

News-Press Cartoon: Who's protecting who?

While some of the helicopters in the area are meant for public safety, Bert Ring comments on how the noise they create can cause more harm than good.

Leader Cartoon: Who's protecting who?

Leader Cartoon: Who's protecting who?

While some of the helicopters in the area are meant for public safety, Bert Ring comments on how the noise they create can cause more harm than good.

News-Press Cartoon: Nurse-o-Matic

News-Press Cartoon: Nurse-o-Matic

Cartoonist Bert Ring's take on how the school budget has led to the loss of school nurses in the Glendale area and statewide.

Leader Cartoon: Group Homes

Leader Cartoon: Group Homes

Members of the group "Save Burbank Neighborhoods" are unhappy that the city is allowing unlicensed group homes into residential neighborhoods. But cartoonist Bert Ring offers his commentary, that residents likely wouldn't be satisfied with licensed...

News-Press Cartoon: For Rent

News-Press Cartoon: For Rent

Glendale is seeing a boom in development, particularly in new luxury apartments. But cartoonist Bert Ring asks, what about the empty ones the city already has?

Leader Cartoon: Burbank bids Jay Leno farewell

Leader Cartoon: Burbank bids Jay Leno farewell

Bert Ring offers his tribute to Jay Leno, whose last show will be Feb. 6. The show and its new host, Jimmy Fallon, will move to New York this spring.

News-Press Cartoon: Keuroghelian's Chair

News-Press Cartoon: Keuroghelian's Chair

With a city council seat up for election in June 2014, cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take on what the race looks like.

Leader Cartoon: Burbank's Crime Rate

Leader Cartoon: Burbank's Crime Rate

Burbank's crime rate dropped in 2013 according to an annual report, but as crime continues under way in the city, cartoonist Bert Ring depicts how that might change for 2014.

Leader Cartoon: Leaf Blowers

Leader Cartoon: Leaf Blowers

Fed up with the noise and dust from leaf blowers around Burbank? Bert Ring depicts how some residents feel about the situation.

News-Press Cartoon: Quintero's Last Months

News-Press Cartoon: Quintero's Last Months

Frank Quintero, former mayor of Glendale, is serving his last months in office as a temporary council member. Cartoonist Bert Ring illustrates what his last five months might entail.

News-Press Cartoon: Let's Be Neighbors

News-Press Cartoon: Let's Be Neighbors

The theme for Glendale's float for the Tournament of Roses parade was "Let's Be Neighbors," but cartoonist Bert Ring points out his take that it doesn't apply to everyone, given the move of the Ascencia homeless shelter to the outskirts of town.

Leader Cartoon: The Walmart Squeeze

Leader Cartoon: The Walmart Squeeze

Debate in Burbank continues over whether Walmart's move into the Empire Center is best for the city. Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his thoughts on the argument by opponents that the mega-retailer would push out local businesses.

News-Press Cartoon: Mayor Weaver's Gift Return

News-Press Cartoon: Mayor Weaver's Gift Return

What would Mayor Dave Weaver want to return after the holiday season? Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts Weaver's regret of ever approving the "comfort women" memorial statue to be placed in Glendale.

Leader Cartoon: Bob Hope's Fly-By

Leader Cartoon: Bob Hope's Fly-By

Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take on the low traffic at Bob Hope Airport, with hope for a better year next year.

News-Press Cartoon: Chief Castro's New Year

News-Press Cartoon: Chief Castro's New Year

Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts the newly sworn-in police chief Robert Castro welcomed in with the New Year.

Leader Cartoon: A season of giving

Leader Cartoon: A season of giving

Cartoonist Bert Ring reminds us to give thanks to not just the man in the red suit, but the ones in the red trucks, too.

News-Press Cartoon: Blown out of the water

News-Press Cartoon: Blown out of the water

An eruption was waiting to happen, cartoonist Bert Ring says, as the Glendale Council members are being criticized for the mishandling of the water rate fees that were proposed by an outside consultant.

News-Press Cartoon: Channel surfing

News-Press Cartoon: Channel surfing

With all the emphasis on online learning, Mayor Dave Weaver takes an innovative approach to deal with the local gadflies, in cartoonist Bert Ring's imagination of course.

Leader Cartoon: Santa comes to the rescue

Leader Cartoon: Santa comes to the rescue

With all that merriness out there, cartoonist Bert Ring reminds everyone to be aware of people with less than jolly thoughts on their mind. You never know if Santa will be there to help police catch the bad guys.

News-Press Cartoon: Spending money to make it

News-Press Cartoon: Spending money to make it

Does it make sense to spend money to find out whether residents would be OK with a new tax? Bert Ring doesn't think so.

Leader Cartoon: Park repairs

Leader Cartoon: Park repairs

Bert Ring gives his thoughts on the needed park repairs in Burbank, and the impact on the city's more vulnerable residents.

News-Press Cartoon: Tug-o-Meatball

News-Press Cartoon: Tug-o-Meatball

Cartoonist Bert Ring takes a literally look at the tug-of-war between the San Diego-area preserve Lions, Tigers and Bears tussles with Sarah Aujero over the rights to Glendale's favorite ursine, Meatball.

Leader Cartoon: Stop, reader!

Leader Cartoon: Stop, reader!

Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his taken on the recent revelation that volunteers can no longer staff Burbank elementary libraries in the absence of a staff librarian.

News-Press Cartoon: Stone-cold Dave Weaver

News-Press Cartoon: Stone-cold Dave Weaver

Our cartoonist gives his take on the the never-ending saga of the "Comfort Women" statue in Glendale's Central Park.

Leader Cartoon: Best news all day

Leader Cartoon: Best news all day

With all the troubles facing Burbank, our faithful cartoonist imagines a family uplifted by the news of a local teacher honored for her work.

News-Press Cartoon: Obamacare concerns

News-Press Cartoon: Obamacare concerns

A look at an impossible choice, given Glendale's parking and driving problems.

Leader Cartoon: Cannabis Crash

Leader Cartoon: Cannabis Crash

A look at the intersection between a cancelled cannabis seminar and a crash at Gary Bric's ramp. In Bert Ring's mind, of course.

News-Press Cartoon: Plenty of blame to go around

News-Press Cartoon: Plenty of blame to go around

Glendale is a dangerous place to drive, walk and bike. Who's to blame? Everyone.

News-Press Cartoon: Driving concerns

News-Press Cartoon: Driving concerns

UC Berkeley researchers are planning to come to Glendale to tell us what we already know: It's dangerous out there.

Leader Cartoon: Dog Parks

Leader Cartoon: Dog Parks

A group of dogs urges the Burbank City Council to build more canine, instead of skate, parks.

Leader Cartoon: Burbank grieves

Leader Cartoon: Burbank grieves

Bert Ring gives his take on the tragic crash that killed five young people last month.

News-Press Cartoon: End the shutdown, already

News-Press Cartoon: End the shutdown, already

Bert Ring gives his take on the local impact of the partial federal shutdown.

Leader Cartoon: Walmart wanderings

Leader Cartoon: Walmart wanderings

With recent court decisions not going the proposed Burbank Walmart's way, Bert Ring imagines executives casting about for other properties in town, including the soon to be closed OSH store.

News-Press Cartoon: Enough is enough

News-Press Cartoon: Enough is enough

Bert Ring shows his annoyance toward the seemingly never-ending development in town, with notes in the city's four main languages: English, Armenian, Spanish and Korean.

Leader Cartoon: Night in the Council chambers

Leader Cartoon: Night in the Council chambers

Cartoonist Bert Ring imagines the mural in Burbank City Hall discussing the issues of the day.

 News-Press Cartoon: Grand Jury clown show

News-Press Cartoon: Grand Jury clown show

Cartoonist Bert Ring plays off Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian's recent comment that a critical Grand Jury report of the Jewel City was the work of "clowns."

News-Press Cartoon: Geo Listening reaction

News-Press Cartoon: Geo Listening reaction

Officials from Glendale's public schools recently hired a Hermosa Beach company, Geo Listening, to monitor the public social media accounts of its middle and high school students. Reaction to the decision was, well, mixed. Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take. 

Leader Cartoon: Big house blues

Leader Cartoon: Big house blues

Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take on the anti-mansionization laws currently being considered by the Burbank City Council.

News-Press Cartoon: Between a rock and a Sagebrush

News-Press Cartoon: Between a rock and a Sagebrush

Bert Ring gives his take on the long-simmering issues regarding the Sagebrush area in La Cañada. The area, which has been served by Glendale schools for decades, wants to be part of the La Cañada district. At issue is potentially millions in funding. 

Leader Cartoon: No more free toys

Leader Cartoon: No more free toys

The Burbank City Council recently decided to put the kibosh on the community toys left behind at Lincoln Park, saying the leave-behind items posed a potential safety risk. The move was a bit controversial, as some parents said not having to lug their tot's items to the park was a benefit. Bert Ring imagines the aftermath. 

News-Press Cartoon: Financial piñata

News-Press Cartoon: Financial piñata

With raising pension costs, proposed electric rate hikes, and all manner of legacy costs, Glendale residents are getting hit harder and harder. Bert Ring imagines the scene. 

Leader Cartoon: Burbank police oversight

Leader Cartoon: Burbank police oversight

With all the turmoil facing the Burbank Police Department, Bert Ring imagines a new policy on ride-alongs.

Leader Cartoon: Reinventing Bob Hope

Leader Cartoon: Reinventing Bob Hope

Burbank's airport is looking to replace its 83-year-old terminal, a process that will need the buy-in of airport officials, city officials and, of course, city residents. Bert Ring imagines what it might look like. 

News-Press Cartoon: Shameful living in Glendale

News-Press Cartoon: Shameful living in Glendale

It seems that Glendale had more than its share of mayhem recently. Two men were recently charged for aledgedly assaulting a homeless man -- for no apparent reason -- a woman spat at officers outside a Burger King and two other men were charged with transporting $2 million worth of drugs.

News-Press Cartoon: Comfort Women memorial

News-Press Cartoon: Comfort Women memorial

Despite opposition from Japanese groups, the Glendale City Council approved placing a statue honoring so-called "comfort women" -- sexual slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Bert Ring imagines a sticky situation with local residents. 

Leader Cartoon: David Gordon and the Screenland sidewalk

Leader Cartoon: David Gordon and the Screenland sidewalk

Despite being approved years ago, Councilman David Gordon asked the City Council to revisit whether a sidewalk -- which he opposes -- should be installed in a section of Screenland Drive. Bert Ring imagines the scene. 

News-Press Cartoon: De Pompa counting down the days

News-Press Cartoon: De Pompa counting down the days

Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa, who officially retired from city service months ago, has been working on an hourly basis while city officials hunt for a new chief. Bert Ring imagines De Pompa counting down the days. 

Leader Cartoon: Biking woes

Leader Cartoon: Biking woes

A bicyclist hits a rut, and bemoans the state of Burbank's roads. His companion, as imagined by Bert Ring, reminds him that there just might not be enough funds, given the large salary conferred upon the new city manager. 

Leader Cartoon: Seeking outside counsel

Leader Cartoon: Seeking outside counsel

With all the trials, literally, and tribulations, figuritively, Bert Ring wonders how Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse is doing. 

News-Press Cartoon: Superman to the (tax) rescue

News-Press Cartoon: Superman to the (tax) rescue

Bert Ring images the Man of Steel helping out average Glendale citizens about a rather, well, pedestrian matter. 

Leader Cartoon: Flight path

Leader Cartoon: Flight path

Residents near Bob Hope have long had a complicated relationship with the airport. Bert Ring gives his take on a fictional couple just moving into the neighborhood. 

News-Press Cartoon: Watchdog bite?

News-Press Cartoon: Watchdog bite?

Two Glendale residents, John Rando and Mariano Rodas, contend that the recent appointment of Frank Quintero to the city council violates Glendale's charter. The two have asked the state Attorney General's office to give them standing to file a suit, one they hope would force Quintero from office. For his part, Quintero says the push to have him ousted is due to his support in banning...

News-Press Cartoon: Smoking ban

News-Press Cartoon: Smoking ban

The city of Glendale clamped down on tobacco late last month, banning smoking in all new apartments and condominiums. Bert Ring gives his thoughts. 

Leader Cartoon: Gays in the Boy Scouts

Leader Cartoon: Gays in the Boy Scouts

In May, the Boy Scouts of Amercia ended its long-standing ban on gay scouts, though it prohibited gay men from acting in leadership roles. Bert Ring gives his take. 

Leader Cartoon: Got Wheels?

Leader Cartoon: Got Wheels?

The popular Got Wheels! youth transportation program seems to be headed to the budget cutting room floor. Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take. 

News-Press Cartoon: Passing the buck

News-Press Cartoon: Passing the buck

Just in time for Memorial Day, cartoonist Bert Ring imagines a tipsy local failing to take consequences for his actions. Be safe out there!

Leader Cartoon: Brave makeover

Leader Cartoon: Brave makeover

A decision to give Merida -- the Scottish archer heroine of the Disney animated film "Brave" -- a beauty makeover has created a mini-firestorm of protests, including an online petition with more than 200,000 signatures. Disney, however, is standing firm on its...

News-Press Cartoon: Double dipper

News-Press Cartoon: Double dipper

A number of retired Glendale employees are continuing to work for the city -- collecting both a salary and their pension. The practice could be considered abuse or a money-saver, depending, of course, on your point of view. Bert Ring gives his take. 

Leader Cartoon: Downtown tranquility? Really?

Leader Cartoon: Downtown tranquility? Really?

Cartoonist Bert Ring gently -- or not so gently -- ribs some residents who have say the newly approved Hilton Garden hotel at South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue will harm the "tranquility" of downtown Burbank. 

News-Press Cartoon: Council cheer

News-Press Cartoon: Council cheer

The budget ax recently fell on the Glendale Community College's award-winning cheer program, deflating even the peppiest of its members. Bert Ring imagines what the local City Council might do to make things right. 

Leader Cartoon: Gordon elected vice-mayor

Leader Cartoon: Gordon elected vice-mayor

Despite being on the council for seven years, David Gordon was elected vice-mayor for the first time by his fellow council members this month. The move, by tradition, puts him in line to be mayor the following year. Bert Ring imagines the scene. 

News-Press Cartoon: JPL budget cuts

News-Press Cartoon: JPL budget cuts

The decision by NASA to shutter the popular open house at Jet Propulsion Laboratory has many science fans crying into their calculators. But Clark Magnet High School students in Glendale keep pushing on, recently launching a near-space balloon over Angeles National Forest. Bert Ring imagines this cheering the JPL's downtrodden scientists. 

News-Press Cartoon: Justice for Damian

News-Press Cartoon: Justice for Damian

Despite a $25,000 reward, the person who struck cyclist Damian Kevitt has yet to be found. Kevitt was badly injuried, and one of his legs had to be amputated. Cartoonist Bert Ring imagines Kevitt's reaction to the Boston bombings.

Leader Cartoon: Prinicpal's office

Leader Cartoon: Prinicpal's office

A third-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Burbank got in hot water recently for allegedly helping a student out on a standardized test. Cartoonist Bert Ring imagines the scene. 

Leader Cartoon: Budgetary acrobatics in Burbank

Leader Cartoon: Budgetary acrobatics in Burbank

Cities are facing tough budget times: loss of redevelopment money, aging infrastructure, and reduced a reduced tax base are all forcing municipalities to be more creative. Bert Ring suggests a way that Burbank could save a few dollars.

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