Times Community News Editor Dan Evans

Dan Evans
Start the Presses: Columns about Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada from the editor of Times Community News

Start the Presses: Bring the market back to Brand

Start the Presses: Bring the market back to Brand

So it finally happened: the Downtown Glendale Market, evicted from its sidewalk-tripping perch on Brand Boulevard to a church parking lot, has closed.

Start the Presses: Sagebrush Burning

Start the Presses: Sagebrush Burning

Given the political posturing on both sides of the increasingly contentious Sagebrush issue brewing between Glendale and La Cañada, perhaps everyone involved should take a breath and burn, well, some sage to clear out the evil spirits.

 Start the Presses: Can we stem the teen wasteland?

Start the Presses: Can we stem the teen wasteland?

Last Saturday, I found myself in front of my computer in the predawn darkness, feverishly clicking online for news about the three Burbank teens who died the day before.

 Start the Presses: Seeking an involved readership

Start the Presses: Seeking an involved readership

Newspapers — community newspapers especially — have a duty to inform, entertain and engage. How well we do these three things is directly related to our value, our impact, and our stature.

Start the Presses: The squeeze of modern poverty

Start the Presses: The squeeze of modern poverty

On Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to take part in an informal poverty caucus at the Glendale Adult Recreation...

Start the Presses: The Internet is written in ink

Start the Presses: The Internet is written in ink

For the last two years, I have taught a journalism class at USC. Most of my students are undergraduate sophomores, too young to drink, but not too young to seriously damage their reputation online.

Start the Presses: With love from Santa Clarita

Start the Presses: With love from Santa Clarita

Few talk about it and fewer know what it means: Glendale employees generally do not live in the city they serve, a figure that...

Start the Presses: Crafted morality at Hobby Lobby

Start the Presses: Crafted morality at Hobby Lobby

The old Orchard Supply Hardware in Burbank sits half a mile from my former home on Reese Place. Despite its convenient location, it never failed to have more than half of what I needed for any project, forcing me to trudge another couple miles to the...

Start the Presses: Utility players on the council

Start the Presses: Utility players on the council

The Burbank City Council has no clothes.

Start the Presses: An interesting week in gender issues

Start the Presses: An interesting week in gender issues

This has been a fascinating week, gender wise. First, Glendale resumed its women's self-defense class...

Start the Presses: Elliot Rodger, Burbank guns and the Glendale Gun Show

Start the Presses: Elliot Rodger, Burbank guns and the Glendale Gun Show

About a year ago, the Glendale City Council moved to ban gun shows on public property, shelving the decades-old confab at the Civic Auditorium.

Start the Presses: Let us know about your local happenings

Start the Presses: Let us know about your local happenings

As I have mentioned in this space before, a community paper should — first, foremost and always — be about the people who live here, those humans that make it such a unique and special place.

Start the Presses: Putting the boards' ideas to work

Start the Presses: Putting the boards' ideas to work

In the wake of the discussions by the Community Advisory Boards for the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press, I want to announce a number of adjustments and tweaks to our offerings and features.

Start the Presses: Notes from an advisory board

Start the Presses: Notes from an advisory board

A week ago Thursday, about 20 people met with me at the open-but-not-quite-grand-open Canyon Grille at DeBell in Burbank.

Start the Presses: Looking back after five years

Start the Presses: Looking back after five years

One day in late March 2009 I sat with my wife at Club Tee Gee in Atwater Village, having a quiet drink. It was a Tuesday afternoon, my birthday, and the waning days of a fortunately brief spate of unemployment for the two of us.

Start the Presses: Getting away with it

Start the Presses: Getting away with it

John Drayman, convicted liar and thief, got away with it one more time. The...

Start the Presses: Board feedback and the future

Start the Presses: Board feedback and the future

A bit less than a month ago, about two dozen people squeezed into a conference room at the Glendale YWCA, all there to share their feelings about the Glendale News-Press.

Start the Presses: The paper in the community

Start the Presses: The paper in the community

On Thursday, I spent a pleasant morning and early afternoon hand-delivering copies of our new Montrose/La Crescenta edition. I’m pleased to say that everyone — literally everyone — I spoke to was pleased about our newest initiative,...

Montrose-La Crescenta Edition: It's good to be back

Montrose-La Crescenta Edition: It's good to be back

On Thursday, readers in La Crescenta and Montrose will see a zoned print edition focused on their neighborhoods. That edition, titled "The News-Press" will be delivered to homes and businesses each week. 

Start the Presses: Upcoming changes in the news

Start the Presses: Upcoming changes in the news

This coming week is a pretty big one for our publication. If you missed the editor's note last week, here's a recap in form of an editor's column:

Start the Presses: Youth leaders and responsibility

Start the Presses: Youth leaders and responsibility

I woke up early Friday morning, my eyes blinking against the light and the sound of my alarm blaring in the predawn gloom. The balmy morning air gently woke me up as I made my way north to Glendale Community College.

Start the Presses: Stand up against absurdity of Westboro Baptist Church

Start the Presses: Stand up against absurdity of Westboro Baptist Church

I struggled a bit over writing this column — that is, whether or not to provide the noxious Westboro Baptist Church any ink about their planned protests Sunday at four Glendale churches.

Start the Presses: Moving on from climate change

Start the Presses: Moving on from climate change

For the past week or so, I’ve been receiving emails from MoveOn.org requesting that we refuse to run letters to the editor that deny climate change.

Start the Presses: An invitation to join the community

Start the Presses: An invitation to join the community

After half a dozen fits and starts, I'm happy to announce we are finally beginning our Community Advisory Boards.

Start the Presses: Stop and smell the turkey

Start the Presses: Stop and smell the turkey

Here's the scene: I'm sitting at the breakfast bar in a condominium rental a few blocks away from the University of Washington, watching the famously gloomy Seattle skies get grayer and grayer. I have to write a column, and I have no idea what in the...

 Start the Presses: Seeking change from the bully pulpit

Start the Presses: Seeking change from the bully pulpit

Quasi-anonymous blogs seem to be an ignoble specialty of our towns, Wi-Fi-enabled trolls cowardly throwing stones from behind the blue screen of their computers.

Start the Presses: Opinions and those who share them

Start the Presses: Opinions and those who share them

Earlier this month, the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press ran an editorial praising the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — aka "Obamacare" — and what we saw as being the positive local impacts of the federal law.

Start the Presses: The heat of burning Sagebrush

Start the Presses: The heat of burning Sagebrush

Like a dormant volcano, the long-smoldering Sagebrush issue may be again ready to blow all over Glendale and La Cañada.

Start the Presses: Inside story on a political hit piece

Start the Presses: Inside story on a political hit piece

On my desk sits a pink-and-black political mailer that screams that Assemblyman Mike Gatto is "Porn's Best Friend." Inside is a nearly...

Start the Presses: Helping survivors stay in the pink

Start the Presses: Helping survivors stay in the pink

Leonor Gaviña-Valls remembers with photographic clarity the August day she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.

Start the Presses: To the Bay Area and back

Start the Presses: To the Bay Area and back

At just after 10 Monday morning, I hiked up the steep steps of a Megabus coach outside the downtown Burbank Metrolink station.

 Start the Presses: Let there be neon

Start the Presses: Let there be neon

About five years ago, a Burbank friend of mine dragged me out the house one night for an esoteric piece of only-in-Los-Angeles weirdness called the "Neon Cruise."

 Start the Presses: On the road to find Wall Street

Start the Presses: On the road to find Wall Street

At just past 8:30 a.m., the neon sign flickered to life. Guthrie's Alley Cat had put out the welcome mat for the morning beer-and-shots crowd.

 Start the Presses: Quick acceptance of a change long overdue

Start the Presses: Quick acceptance of a change long overdue

In San Francisco, people literally danced in the streets when same-sex marriage was re-un-illegalized. In West Hollywood, couples waited in line for hours for the privilege of being married in a municipal building.

Start the Presses: Burbank mechanic's amazing 'Shift It' commercial

Start the Presses: Burbank mechanic's amazing 'Shift It' commercial

Our reporters are hard at work nailing down the details of the deliciously ridiculous "Shift It" music video-slash-auto commercial-slash-Internet meme, but I couldn't let another second go by without embedding the video on our sites.

Start the Presses: Transparency in print and in life

Start the Presses: Transparency in print and in life

On Tuesday evening, I had the chance to speak to a class at Glendale Community College run by the school's police chief, Gary Montecuollo. I have spoken to this class before, which focuses on law enforcement's interactions with the larger community,...

Start the Presses: Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Start the Presses: Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Each year Armenians worldwide commemorate the murder of 1.5 million of their ancestors by what was then the Ottoman Empire in the time around World War I. Each year, the United States government – fearing the backlash of Turkish rulers –...

Start the Presses: Accusations and flying mud

For about 15 hours this week, I’ve been sitting in Vrej Agajanian’s AABC TV studio, serially interviewing each of the candidates for Glendale’s City Council, School Board and City Clerk.

Start the Presses: Taking another, even closer look at Measure S

We blew it. During the last few weeks, our editorial board stared long and hard at Burbank's proposed school bond, Measure S. We talked to proponents and opponents, and nearly drove ourselves batty looking at spreadsheets and amortization schedules.

Start the Presses: Sweeney Todd at Burroughs High a hair-raising experience

Start the Presses: Sweeney Todd at Burroughs High a hair-raising experience

About 30 minutes into watching the Wednesday night dress rehearsal of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, I had an unsettling realization.

Start the Presses: Recovering from a wrenching experience

Start the Presses: Recovering from a wrenching experience

I walk around my neighborhood with a long-handled socket wrench now. The metal has a comforting heaviness.

Start the Presses: Putting stress on the community

The bomb threat at R.D. White Elementary School on Monday set thousands of sets of teeth on edge, including mine. News it was a hoax brought relief, and anger at the knucklehead who would do such a thing.

Start the Presses: A follow up shot at redemption

Lisa Dugum is 33 and lives in Northridge with her parents.

Start the Presses: Finding some good amid gloom

December can be a rough month. The stress, the obligations, the gift anxiety, and the memories of friends and family whose addresses no card will reach often make me long for January.

Start the Presses: Living library offers pages from the past

They say when an older person dies, a library is lost. If that's the case, I met a university-sized one Monday, and I'd like to preserve at least some of the stacks for perpetuity.

Start the Presses: Community remains the key

At the very back of our Glendale offices, in a cramped, ill-lit room, is a treasure trove of local history, art and the general debris from a 107-year-old business, a year older than the city in which it sits.

Start the Presses: More digital, less paper

In my nearly four years in the editor’s chair, I’ve used this space on occasion to talk about our joys, our pains or to announce changes. This column has a bit of all three.

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