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.
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.
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.
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.
While the Burbank City Council seems extremely happy about the IKEA project, a number of residents aren't quite as overjoyed.
Despite the clear sailing ahead, cartoonist Bert Ring imagines the coming wave of lawsuits regarding the controversial utility transfer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts the rainfull in the Southland that came amidst the drought emergency and the GWP¿s requests to conserve water.
BLR: Beware of the bikers! Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts residents' concerns over safety and courtesy on the Chandler bike path.
Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts how some seniors might feel about the recent approval of an affordable housing project for creative industry workers.
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.
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.
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.
Cartoonist Bert Ring's take on how the school budget has led to the loss of school nurses in the Glendale area and statewide.
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...
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?
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.
With a city council seat up for election in June 2014, cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take on what the race looks like.
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.
Fed up with the noise and dust from leaf blowers around Burbank? Bert Ring depicts how some residents feel about the situation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take on the low traffic at Bob Hope Airport, with hope for a better year next year.
Cartoonist Bert Ring depicts the newly sworn-in police chief Robert Castro welcomed in with the New Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bert Ring gives his thoughts on the needed park repairs in Burbank, and the impact on the city's more vulnerable residents.
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.
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.
Our cartoonist gives his take on the the never-ending saga of the "Comfort Women" statue in Glendale's Central Park.
With all the troubles facing Burbank, our faithful cartoonist imagines a family uplifted by the news of a local teacher honored for her work.
A look at an impossible choice, given Glendale's parking and driving problems.
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.
Glendale is a dangerous place to drive, walk and bike. Who's to blame? Everyone.
UC Berkeley researchers are planning to come to Glendale to tell us what we already know: It's dangerous out there.
A group of dogs urges the Burbank City Council to build more canine, instead of skate, parks.
Bert Ring gives his take on the tragic crash that killed five young people last month.
Bert Ring gives his take on the local impact of the partial federal shutdown.
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.
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.
Cartoonist Bert Ring imagines the mural in Burbank City Hall discussing the issues of the day.
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."
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.
Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take on the anti-mansionization laws currently being considered by the Burbank City Council.
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.
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.
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.
With all the turmoil facing the Burbank Police Department, Bert Ring imagines a new policy on ride-alongs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With all the trials, literally, and tribulations, figuritively, Bert Ring wonders how Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse is doing.
Bert Ring images the Man of Steel helping out average Glendale citizens about a rather, well, pedestrian matter.
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.
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...
The city of Glendale clamped down on tobacco late last month, banning smoking in all new apartments and condominiums. Bert Ring gives his thoughts.
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.
The popular Got Wheels! youth transportation program seems to be headed to the budget cutting room floor. Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take.
Just in time for Memorial Day, cartoonist Bert Ring imagines a tipsy local failing to take consequences for his actions. Be safe out there!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The failure of several high-profile films at Disney have become painful pink slips for its workers. Bert Ring gives his thoughts.
Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his illustrated take on the recent outster of longtime Councilman Dave Golonski and the appointment of interim Police Chief Scott LaChasse to the permanent top cop role.
Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski, hoping to be elected for a sixth time to the council, recently got into hot water from the Burbank City Employees Assoc. for suggesting that Burbank outsource some of its services. Bert Ring gives his take.
Cartoonist Bert Ring gives his take on the yet-to-be finalized Glendale City Council election. At the latest count, Ara Najarian, Laura Friedman and Zareh Sinanyan held the first, second and third place finishes, respectively. If the vote holds, all three will be seated on the council, which may be sticky for Najarian and Friedman, who called a public hearing to discuss bigoted and racist comments...