Daily Archives: April 13, 2012

Rep. Schiff Honors 2012 Women of the Year

Rep. Adam Schiff with Nancy E. Guillen of Burbank

Friday, April 13 at a luncheon in Pasadena, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored outstanding women from each of the communities (Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, and Temple City) in the 29th Congressional District. This recognition is made each year during Women’s History Month. Below is a full list of all the honorees this year:

Joanna Vargas (Alhambra), Carolyn Ingram Seitz (Altadena), Ellen Snortland (Altadena), Nancy E. Guillen (Burbank), Debra Suh (Glendale), Diane Gin (Monterey Park), Denise Houlemard Jones (Pasadena), Eleanor K. Andrews (San Gabriel), Kay Mouradian (South Pasadena), Gretchen Robinette (South Pasadena), Eva Arrighi (Temple City)

“It was a great pleasure to meet with the 2012 ‘Women of the Year’ awardees today, and to honor their tireless work and achievements throughout our communities,” said Schiff.“Each woman honored today has demonstrated an ability to bring people together, to get things done, and to really leave their mark. They serve as role models for all of us, and especially young people throughout the 29th Congressional District, and it was my pleasure to recognize them.”

Every year, during Women’s History Month, Rep. Schiff honors one outstanding woman from each of the communities in the 29th Congressional District. These women come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region. While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who — through their work or volunteerism — have improved the quality of life for our community.

Congressman Schiff honored Nancy Guillen with the following:



I rise today in honor of Women’s History Month. Each year during the month of March, we pay special tribute to the accomplishments made by our nation’s most distinguished women.

Today, I pay tribute to Nancy E. Guillen of Burbank, California. Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nancy, who is the youngest of four children, immigrated to the United States in 1968 at the age of six, and became a U.S. citizen in the early 1980’s. Upon graduating from John Marshall High School, Nancy attended Glendale Community College.

Ms. Guillen is the CEO of True Integrity Insurance & Payroll Services in Burbank. Prior to this career, Nancy worked in the medical field for over two decades. Aside from being a dedicated career woman, Nancy has always found time to volunteer and contribute many hours of service to a variety of organizations, including Kid’s Community Dental Clinic, Glendale Noon Kiwanis, Family Service Agency of Burbank, The Salvation Army of Burbank, Ascencia, and Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, where she also serves as a Board Member. Currently, Nancy is President of the Glendale Latino Association, and helps raise scholarship funds for Glendale Community College and Glendale High School students.

In addition to volunteering countless hours at homeless shelters, supporting families and children, and volunteering for nonprofit organizations, Nancy is also an avid supporter of breast cancer awareness. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Nancy participates in cancer walks, is involved with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life in Burbank and Fiesta of the Spanish Horse to help raise funds to cure cancer. Ms. Guillen’s commitment to help women who are battling breast cancer is admirable, and she always finds time to speak with them and support them in any possible way she can.

Nancy has two children, Juan and Cindy, and a granddaughter, Natalia, who she says are the greatest blessings in her life.

I ask all Members to join me in honoring a remarkable woman of California’s 29th Congressional District, Nancy E. Guillen, for her exceptional service to the community.

Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Band is a Long-Time Burbank On Parade Tradition

When the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Band marches down Olive Ave. in Burbank On Parade, they will be carrying on a tradition that the group began over 25 years ago.

The band is primarily composed of former band members from both John Burroughs and Burbank High Schools. They also have former drill team members from the two schools. The group came about in 1986, when Joanne Lento Miller got some her old band friends together to perform the half-time show for the alumni football game. Apparently everyone had such a good time, that they decided to keep on playing together and marched in Burbank On Parade that year. They’ve been doing it ever since.

Marching in Burbank On Parade is the band’s main activity. In the early years they marched in the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena. Most years the band also participates in the Montrose Christmas Parade. It’s no easy task to get the band together. Not everyone lives locally. Some members come a long way just to march down Olive Ave. from Keystone St. past Izay Park to Lomita St.

Cindy Smith, who graduated from Burroughs in 1966, is coming all the way from Amarillo, Texas again this year to play her clarinet. Greg Hartman, a 1972 graduate of Burroughs, will be here from his home in Bakersfield. Bill Kuzma, from the Burbank High class of 1965, comes down each year from Novato, in the San Francisco Bay area, to direct the band. Besides playing in the Burbank High band as a student, Kuzma was director the school’s band director in the 1970’s, as well as director of the Burbank Police Boys Band.

The band’s uniform is fairly simple, jeans, and a white T-shirt with the Alumni Band logo on the front, and the member’s first name and graduation year on the back. For Burroughs it is in red, and blue for Burbank High alumni. This year, in keeping with the parade’s aviation theme, the drill team members will be wearing rolled up jeans and bandana in their hair “ala Rosie the Riveter.” Joyce Rudolph is director of the drill team.

Although small in numbers, the Alumni Band makes up for it in enthusiasm. Band manager Cheryl Smith McMillan, along with other stalwart members, keeps the band going year after year. Most members have their own instruments, but some don’t, so over the years she has managed to obtain several musical instruments. She has a number of horns, and even marching drums. So in many cases, the lack of an instrument is no deterrent to someone who wants to join the group.

You don’t have to be an alumna of Burbank or Burroughs to join the band. You don’t even need to make a big commitment of your time to participate. Rehearsals are held the morning of the parade. Any musician, drill team member, majorette, tall flag, or others who are interested, are welcome. The music is traditional high school marching band music.

You can find out more about the band on their Facebook page, or email them at burbankalumniband@yahoo.com.

Burbank On Parade: Grupo Folklorico Mi Bella Guatemala Returns

Grupo Folklorico Mi Bella Guatemala is returning this year to Burbank On Parade with another float they hope will take home honors. Lilian Avila, coordinator, and her volunteers are creating a design in keeping with the aviation theme.

“But I want to keep it a surprise,” she said.

Avila participates in the parade because she is proud to call Burbank her home. “I love Burbank and I have been living here many years,” she said. “I like to share my culture with the city.”

Last year, the parade theme celebrated Burbank’s centennial year, so Avila and her group built a huge three-layer cake. They piled three tables of descending sizes on top of each other and she sewed covers

for each tier and applied white lace along the top edge to look like icing. It won second place.

Members of her group perform folkloric Mayan dances accompanied by wooden handmade instruments– the marimba and chirimilla. The group wears costumes designed by indigenous craftsmen who spend months dyeing and preparing the detailed cloth. Evaniria Dubon owns the costumes.

“We are proud to share our culture and show our costumes because they are very unique,” Avila said.

Members participating this year are Elder Morales, Arturo Perez Solares, Maria Blackburn, Alex Munoz, Fernando Alvarez, Brian Munoz, Edwin Antoni Reyes, Elvina Vasquez, Socorro Leiva, Raul Herrera, Juanita Canel, Teresa Gomez, Chelli Cortez, Mario Alberto Dubon, Roni Antonio Donis Dubon, Edwin Rafael Donis Dubon and Silvia Salcedo.

After the parade, the group’s participants gather at Izay Park for a picnic, Avila said. The foods are traditional favorites.

“There is a bakery that makes the same bread like we make in our country,” she said.


Burbank On Parade: Strike Up The Band For Bill Kuzma

Memories old and new are what keep Bill Kuzma coming back each year to direct the Burbank Burroughs Alumni Band in Burbank On Parade.

A 1965 graduate of Burbank High School, Kuzma was the band director at his alma mater from 1970 to 1980. He also was with the Burbank Police Boys Band and later Burbank Police Youth Band as a member, drum major, assistant director from about 1963 and then became director in 1971.

He remained director from 1971 to 1979.

One of his favorite memories as drum major of the Police Boys Band was the year they participated in a parade to determine the Southern California Youth Band Championship in Lynwood.

“When I went on stage for the award ceremony I was told that we had won the Music Sweepstakes Award for being the best band and named champion. It was our first of many six-foot musical sweepstakes trophies,” he said.

A memory that stands out for Kuzma as director happened during the tour to Europe taken by the Burbank High School Band and Drill Team. They were performing an outdoor concert on the Fourth of July in Kufstein, Austria, at the base of a bluff that had a castle at the top.

“I invited children in the audience to come direct the ‘Stars and Stripes Forever,’ by Sousa and our sousaphone player had tears coming down his face because of the emotion of the moment –playing such a historic American classic in a foreign country,” he said. “At the end of the concert, as the sun was setting into darkness, there was organ music blasting from the castle a la Dracula.”

The memories come flooding back when he returns every year to direct the band in the community parade. The best part is seeing the friends he has made over the years, he said.

“I truly enjoy seeing people who have had music in their background come back and perform again whether or not they have kept up on their instrument. Being in a band or related performing group like drill team, color guard, flag team and banner carriers makes one part of a select family — almost like having ‘circus blood’ in your veins.

“It’s fun to perform (after a very short rehearsal) and catch up with people who you knew as young adults and see how and what they’re doing now as adults. Recapturing memories and making new ones!”

When the Parade Starts – Don’t Look Down the Street – Look Up in the SKY!

Opening the parade with a flyover will be a couple of helicopters, one of them Burbank Police Department’s own Hughes MD520 Notar® helicopter (no tail rotor blades). It is one of three units that is operated by Burbank’s Air Support Unit.

Burbank provides patrol services to cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena along with emergency services provided to other government agencies when requested. These helicopters cost in the range of $1.5 million when fully outfitted with all the police departments special equipment, such as Moving Maps, GPS, Computer Downlink, radios, Lo-Jack system and a flir. (Forward looking inferred camera).

The top airspeed of these helicopters is 160 Knots or about 170 MPH but to conserve fuel, normal patrol cruise speed is around 60 MPH and while working standard patrol they fly around 500 feet altitude. When working a perimeter at a possible crime scene, they can lower to 300 feet. Helicopters do not have minimum height requirements but need to fly high enough to be able to land in auto rotation mode in the case of an emergency.

The helicopters are also used for surveillance, SWAT insertion, fire long line operations, fire observation flights, photo flights, search and rescue missions , and conducts ‘green pool’ mosquito abatement operations with city inspectors.

The staff of the unit, located at the Bob Hope Airport, consists of five police officers, one sergeant and one civilian mechanic. The unit is combination of personnel from both the Burbank and Glendale Police Departments. The unit works seven days a week and depending on the day of the week will be on duty until 2:00 in the morning.

Joining Burbank’s helicopter today possibly will be helicopters from LA County Fire Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department and LA County Sheriff depending on their availability.

Today’s Air Boss will be Burbank Police Sergeant Robert Quesada. When he makes his appearance overhead you will all know it and make sure you give him a wave because he’s looking down and waving back.


Burbank ON Parade: Grand Marshalls Get Ready For Their Day

Two legends in aviation came together to talk about their careers and be recognized Tuesday at a press conference in the Bob Hope Airport Skyroom in Burbank. The event was to promote Burbank on Parade planned for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Clay Lacy, in the flesh, and Robert Gilliland, via speaker phone from his home in Palm Desert, took center stage, reminiscing about their careers and answering questions from the media, parade officials and airport employees.

Gilliland was the test pilot for the first 10 flights of the SR-71 Blackbird series. He has logged more experimental supersonic flight test time above Mach 2 and Mach 3 than any other pilot, and helped to introduce America’s top fighter jets to European allies.

Lacy flew for 40 years for United Airlines and used to fly in and out of Burbank airport. He was the company’s #1 pilot when he retired. He holds 29 aviation speed records and flew the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre as a member of the National Guard while stationed in Van Nuys in 1954.

“I’m very pleased to be in Burbank’s parade,” he said. “I’m honored, since I don’t live here but I spent a lot of time in one of those two big hangars.”

Lacy was referring to his time working for Allen Paulson at California Airmotive Corp., which was based on the airport property during the late 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s. The company sold used planes, especially airliners.

Lacy sold corporate airplanes to businesses, he said. “I was selling planes all over the world,” Lacy said. “I was a demonstration pilot and I trained pilots for the customers we sold

airplanes to.”

Lacy is looking forward to sharing the limelight with Gilliland when they ride in the parade on Saturday, he said.

“I have so much admiration for him,” Lacy said. “He was one of the best test pilots in the world and test piloted the planes that were on the leading edge of technology at the time.”

The event that led to Gilliland’s first flight happened in 1960. An American CIA U-2 spy plane was shot down by a Russian missile over the Soviet Union.

Clarence Kelly Johnson, chief aircraft designer for Lockheed’s secret Skunkworks division from the 1930s to the ‘70s, set out to design a plane that could fly higher and faster than the enemy, Lacy said. Gilliland’s fighter pilot experience was the reason Johnson brought him on as the test pilot for the SR-71, Gilliland said.

Gilliland volunteered for a combat tour in Korea in 1952 flying the F-84 in a fighter-bomber unit at K-2 Airport, Taegu, Korea. He returned to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany in 1953 where he flew the F-86F Sabre Jet. Next he was assigned as a test fighter pilot at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and the U.S. Armament Center.

In 1960 Gilliland joined Lockheed as a civilian test pilot flying the F-104 Starfighter. A model of that fighter is now displayed in front of Olive Recreation Center, next to the Gordon R. Howard Museum in Burbank.

“The F-104 was chosen by London as the best fighting machines for the 20th century,” he said.

The engine was built by General Electric, he added, and all the major United States allies used it.

“I’m proud that the Italian air force flew the F-104 longer than any other country–40 years,” he said.

Frank J. Pawluc

Frank J. Pawluc

Frank J. Pawluc, a former Burbank Planning Board member and one-time candidate for City Council, died April 1.

Besides his service on the Burbank Planning Board, Mr. Pawluc also served on the Board of Building and Fire Code Appeals. A businessman and civic leader, Mr. Pawluc was a candidate for the Burbank City Council in the 1970’s.   He was active in the Burbank Exchange Club, and was a charter member of the Magnolia Park Exchange Club, as well as a member of the Burbank Elks Lodge 1497, American Legion, and Glendale Moose Lodge, and  was active with the March of Dimes.

Mr. Pawluc had been an Executive Vice-President in the savings and loan industry.  He was the manager of the Republic Savings branch in the early 1970’s when the company built a large new building at 3521 W. Magnolia Blvd., which today is a Chase Bank branch.  He also worked for Steven Pawluc Realty, as well as being involved in his own real estate development projects.  He was president of J.A.F. Travelers, a charter bus company that he formed with his two sons in 1994.   Mr. Pawluc was a skilled carpenter, having not only built his own home on Rose St., but also remodeling several other homes in Burbank.

An avid sportsman, he played on or managed countless Burbank and Toluca Lake softball and bowling teams.  For over 20 years, Mr. Pawluc coached Little League baseball teams, and soccer teams.   He loved to daily play ball with his dog.

Mr. Pawluc was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1937.  He attended the University of Buffalo, and the University of Indiana.   In 1965, he married his wife, Cecile.   He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1966.    When he passed away on April 1, in the home he had built 40 years earlier, he was surrounded by his wife, hildren and family members.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Cecile, are his adult children, Anthony, John, and Donna.  He is also surviveded by one granddaughter, Brittney; his sister, Blanche Tibbitts; brothers-in-law Lew Tibbitts, Roger Mercier, and Bob McPherson; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Frank John Pawluc’s life will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m., for family and friends.  For more information email jaftrav@aol.com or call 818-843-3155.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Oncology Department at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, or the Motion Picture and Television Fund.



Burroughs Pounds Pasadena

The Indians wound-up drawing a home game April 12 when the Pasadena Bulldogs’ field proved to be too damaged by rain the night before. All it meant was one fewer chance to do damage as Burroughs dominated Pasadena, 12-1, in a game called after five innings because of the ten-run mercy rule.

Aimee Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a RBI and Haley Schulman, Megan McKenna, Michelle Santiago, Brice Edrington and Davina Del Castillo had two hits apiece for Burroughs. Edrington had a game-high four RBI.

Burroughs, who had 13 hits, is now 12-1 overall and 4-0 in league. The Indians play what should be an easy win against Hoover on Tuesday next week before a huge contest with Burbank High on April 19.

Burbank Keeps Pace

On April 11 the Bulldogs did what they needed to do, beating Arcadia, 3-0. Katie Hooper had three of the Bulldogs six hits and Caitlyn Brooks threw a two-hitter in the win.

With the win Burbank won its 11th straight game after a loss to start the season. The Bulldogs are 11-1 overall and 4-0 in league. Thursday’s game at Olive Park, Burbank will look to beat Burroughs for the first time in three years and make a major statement that it is the team to beat in the Pacific League.

Volleyball Update

Burroughs awaits its next league contest, April 18 versus Burbank, with the Pacific League firm in hand. The Indians are 14-3 overall and 7-0 in league play. Claremont is 5-1 and Crescenta Valley 5-2 in league, but the Indians show no signs of slowing down — the Indians have not dropped a league set this season, 21-0, in seven matches.

Burbank fell to Arcadia for the second time this season — 25-14, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14 — on April 11. The Dogs played at the Junior Varsity level last season and have managed to have a decent showing in its varsity campaign this season — 5-13 overall and 1-6 in league.

Elijah Coward led Burbank’s effort against the Apaches with eight kills and 12 digs.

Track News

Burroughs’ Anthony Monroy ran the third fastest time in school history in the 3200 during the Arcadia Invitational April 6 and 7 with a time of 9:14.20.

On April 12 the Indians Varsity girls’ track and field team defeated Muir, 98-25, while the boys’ team won, 82-51. The Indians host a meet against Burbank on April 18 with Pacific League Preliminaries starting April 27.