Bert Ring
Political cartoons and humor from Times Community News

News-Press Cartoon: Holiday driving in Glendale

News-Press Cartoon: Holiday driving in Glendale

Cartoonist Bert Ring on holiday traffic in Glendale.

Cartoon: Christmas Wish List

Cartoon: Christmas Wish List

What does Gov. Jerry Brown want for Christmas? Here's cartoonist Bert Ring's guess.

News-Press Cartoon: Finding room for the homeless

News-Press Cartoon: Finding room for the homeless

Ascencia, Glendale's largest homeless services provider, will not be providing temporary shelters this winter due to lack of viable space. Cartoonist Bert Ring offers his take.

Chris Rizzotti's campaign signs

Chris Rizzotti's campaign signs

Recently, the Leader has received a few letters to the editor concerning Burbank City Council candidate Chris Rizzotti and the campaign signs he's already posted throughout town. Cartoonist Bert Ring chimes in on the issue.

News-Press Cartoon: Sagebrush

News-Press Cartoon: Sagebrush

Cartoonist Bert Ring offers his take on the ongoing saga between the Glendale and La Cañada unified school districts over a potential transfer of the Sagebrush territory.

Leader Cartoon: Water restrictions

Leader Cartoon: Water restrictions

Cartoonist Bert Ring offers his take on the Burbank City Council's 4-1 vote -- with Mayor David Gordon proposing a more lenient policy -- to maintain outdoor water restrictions.

News-Press Cartoon: 100 Years Down the Drain

News-Press Cartoon: 100 Years Down the Drain

Cartoonist Bert Ring's take on the fact that after 100 consecutive years of building floats that make their way through Pasadena streets on New Year's Day, the Glendale City Council didn't vote to allocate any funds for a 2015 submission nor were enough donations raised.

News-Press Cartoon: Artificial Turf

News-Press Cartoon: Artificial Turf

Bert Ring tackles the controversy surrounding artificial turf.

News-Press Cartoon: Brockmont Park Historic District

News-Press Cartoon: Brockmont Park Historic District

Bert Ring gives his take on the Glendale City Council's decision to overturn a denial for a request to demolish a home in the recently formed Brockmont Park Historic District, siding with the homeowners who want to build a bigger house...

Leader Cartoon: Talaria project

Leader Cartoon: Talaria project

Calling the Talaria at Burbank mixed-use project proposed in the city's Media District "too dense" and "not appropriate," Burbank Mayor David Gordon chastised his City Council colleagues for supporting the development on Tuesday. Gordon cast the lone...

News-Press: Parking issues

News-Press: Parking issues

Will parking become a blood sport in Glendale soon? Bert Ring thinks so.

Leader Cartoon: Turn up the AC!

Leader Cartoon: Turn up the AC!

Bert Ring expresses the feelings of many Burbankers during the heat wave.

News-Press Cartoon: People driving badly

News-Press Cartoon: People driving badly

Bert Ring gives his take on Glendale, again, being tagged with some of the nation's worst drivers.

Leader Cartoon: Bike lane

Leader Cartoon: Bike lane

Bert Ring gives his take on longstanding animus between bicyclists and drivers.

News-Press Cartoon: The Eagle Weeps

News-Press Cartoon: The Eagle Weeps

Bert Ring trains his keen eye on the Scholl Canyon landfill controversy. Many Eagle Rock residents have made it clear they are against any potential expansion of the dump.

Leader & News-Press Cartoon: Dry spell on the campaign trail

Leader & News-Press Cartoon: Dry spell on the campaign trail

Cartoonist Bert Ring looks at a mash-up between California's drought problems and Gov. Jerry Brown's reelection campaign.

News-Press Cartoon: Geo Listening

News-Press Cartoon: Geo Listening

Bert Ring gives his thoughts on the continued use of Geo Listening by Glendale Unified. The company watches the public social media posts of students, keeping an eye out for instances of bullying, depression, or thoughts of suicide.

Leader Cartoon: Ice bucket challenge

Leader Cartoon: Ice bucket challenge

Bert Ring gives his take on the recent crazy over the "ice bucket challenge" and proposed rate hikes.

News-Press Cartoon: Continuing to wait

News-Press Cartoon: Continuing to wait

As the legal challenges to Glendale's Comfort Women statue begin to die down, cartoonist Bert Ring gives his thoughts about the aftermath.

Leader Cartoon: Territorial View

Leader Cartoon: Territorial View

Burbank residents were recently on the alert for coyotes in the area after a resident was chased by a pack of the wild animals while walking his dog.

News-Press Cartoon: Money Trees

News-Press Cartoon: Money Trees

Cartoonist Bert Ring's take on the Glendale City Council's unanimous vote to partner with a company that will actively market public buildings to telecommunications companies searching for locations to install cell towers.

News-Press Cartoon: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

News-Press Cartoon: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

Beware the bicyclists, cartoonist Bert Ring warns -- you never know who you'll come across!

Leader Cartoon: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

Leader Cartoon: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

Beware the bicyclists, cartoonist Bert Ring warns -- you never know who you'll encounter!

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. 

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