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News | December 5, 2012
Bob Hope Airport officials approved additional parking rate increases this week to tackle steady revenue drops caused by declining passenger activity that's expected to be exacerbated by JetBlue's decision to eliminate all daytime flights at the airfield as of Jan. 6. The decision will eliminate one daily flight to JFK International Airport in New York City and another to Las Vegas. JetBlue's evening service to JFK will continue. A spokeswoman for the airline, Tamara Young, said in a statement that customer demand is “the ultimate factor in determining a route or flight schedule.” And despite cutbacks in Burbank, JetBlue's overall network continues to expand, Young said.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
A lawsuit alleging Burbank Unified officials failed to properly oversee a teacher - convicted of having sex with a middle school student in 2009 - is scheduled to go to trial later this month. Amy Beck, then an instructor at David Starr Jordan Middle School, turned herself into police in March 2010, admitting she had a sexual relationship with the then 14-year-old student between the spring and fall of the previous year. She later pleaded no contest to one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child.
NEWS
August 3, 2002
Amber Willard Frank Inn might not have lived in Burbank, but he certainly helped put the city on the map when he rescued a scruffy puppy from the Burbank Animal Shelter. The mutt went on to star as Benji in several films. Inn died July 27 at a nursing home in Sylmar. He was 86. Inn did not take in Higgins, who later became Benji, with the thought of making him a star. The poodle-terrier- cocker spaniel mix was the last of a litter dropped off at the shelter in 1960 and would have been put to sleep if Inn had not taken him in. A few years before, Inn started his own animal training business and a filmmaker visiting Inn's ranch saw Higgins and knew he had found the right dog for the job. "Higgins was an all-Amer- ican cross between Burbank and Hollywood," Inn said in an interview a year ago with the Leader.
THE818NOW
July 24, 2012
David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges Tuesday. Garcia, 28, was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pavelka, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfi re during a routine stop outside the Ramada Inn after just 10 months on the force. His partner, Officer Gregory Campbell, was wounded as they approached a parked SUV -- in which Garcia was a passenger -- on suspicion that drug activity was taking place.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 4, 2012
The wife of Woodbury University's former president filed a complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week alleging she was fired from her job as senior director of development without cause after reporting alleged mistreatment of other employees by the wife of the school's new president. Rose Nielsen alleges in her complaint, filed on Monday, that she was fired Sept. 6 not long after reporting that she had been approached by a maintenance employee in tears because he had allegedly been “threatened with termination” by the wife of Woodbury's new president, Luis Calingo.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | July 16, 2013
Anyone who remembers Troy Walker from his incendiary 1960s stint on the Sunset Strip club circuit or his infamous 1970s run at North Hollywood's World Famous Palomino is likely beyond surprised to learn that not only did the ultra-flamboyant singer survive, but is now preparing to celebrate his 75th birthday. A strutting, bafflingly androgynous firebrand whose diminutive frame houses a surprisingly huge voice, Walker, who appears at Burbank's Viva Cantina on Wed., July 17,  ruled Los Angeles' lounges and honky tonks between 1958-78 with his patented mix of dazzling vocal acrobatics and blisteringly blue between-song banter.
NEWS
January 29, 2011
Current school board member Roberta Grande Reynolds is a Burbank native, and a member of a three-generation Burbank family. As a child she attended Franklin Elementary, Luther Middle School and Burbank High School. Her two adult daughters also attended Burbank schools. Reynolds has a degree in chemistry from Cal State Northridge, and a pharmacy degree from USC, and currently works as a pharmacist. Reynolds was first elected to the board in 2007. Why are you seeking reelection?
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 16, 2013
Burbank residents are being asked to weigh in on a proposal to bring a Whole Foods market - along with a 241-unit luxury apartment complex on top - to the city's Media District, officials said. The “Talaria at Burbank” project, proposed for 3401 W. Olive Ave, would offer a “resort living opportunity” that encourages tenants to get out of their cars, said developer Michael Cusumano of the Cusumano Real Estate Group. All existing structures would be demolished to build a four-level luxury apartment complex on top of a 43,000-square-foot Whole Foods, along with 751 parking spaces, according to the project application.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 5, 2014
A case involving a former Woodbury University employee who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the college, alleging she was fired without cause, was recently dismissed, according to court records. La Cañada Flintridge resident Rose Nielsen, who is also the wife of Kenneth Nielsen, Woodbury University's former president, claimed she was fired in September 2012 after reporting alleged mistreatment of other university employees by the wife of Luis Calingo, the college's then newly named president.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Many of us who grew up in Burbank remember spending the summers swimming at the Pickwick pool. In an effort to preserve memories for their family's posterity, current owners Carole and Ed Stavert are on a quest to find photographs and information on Pickwick's past, prior to when their family purchased the facility in 1953. The family changed the name to Pickwick Gardens three or four years ago from Pickwick Recreation Center. When the Stavert family purchased it, it was called the Pickwick Swim Park.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
This post was updated to include more information. Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the unanimous green light from the Burbank City Council this week to build its largest furniture store in the nation in Burbank. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its first store in California and sixth in the United States, will relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. The 470,000-square-foot megastore - which will be nearly double the size of its current location - is scheduled to open in August 2016.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | June 19, 2010
DOWNTOWN — The Burbank Police Department has severed ties with three more police officers, bringing to 10 the total number of officers fired since the city initiated a probe into allegations of misconduct stemming from the 2007 Porto's Bakery robbery. All of the officers were fired for allegedly acting improperly or using excessive force. While some of the alleged misconduct occurred during the robbery investigation, other actions were discovered when the city widened its internal review of the incident.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | June 26, 2013
I have seen the mountaintop and it is layered thick in cheese and beef. Since March my friend and I scoured Burbank for the best cheeseburger in the city. Many readers offered their favorite haunts - and some griddle jockeys I met along the way pointed me to new stops on the path to burger Nirvana. Like all great adventures, it's about the journey, not the destination. In my ground-beef-laden stupor I discovered a culinary subculture that revels in the art of the burger. Burbank history is deeply slathered in the wizardry of its burger bon vivants - the places people went 20, 30, 40 years ago are still flipping for your pleasure.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | June 6, 2009
Burbank High School’s 100th senior class went out in style Friday during a graduation ceremony that featured rousing musical performances at the Starlight Bowl. The school’s orchestra and award-winning choir performed sets that stirred excitement among graduates, including one that combined the sounds of “Somethin’s Comin’” from West Side Story and rapper Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” The musical exhibition showcased just part of the talent that Burbank High’s centennial class brought to the school, said Tessa Register, the senior speaker.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 7, 2008
Hilda Akopyan on Thursday night sat down to do her homework, when she came to a realization. “I’ll never have homework for Burbank High again,” she said. “I’m so used to everything being the same, and now I am about to embark on a big change.” Akopyan, who plans to attend Pasadena City College in the fall, was one of 617 seniors who graduated on Friday night from Burbank High. Parents, grandparents as well as other family members and friends gathered at the Starlight Bowl to honor the graduates.
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