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December 29, 2007

But a city staff report that gave the council some details of the purchase did not include information that Augustine had acquired the property for $1.03 million on Nov. 21, 2005, just 10 days before selling it to Burbank Housing — at a profit of $365,000.

Construction tees off at clubhouse

The City Council gave the green light in June to start construction on a new clubhouse at DeBell Golf Course to replace its dilapidated existing facility.

The vote followed a two-part, $9.44-million renovation process that first saw the tearing up and eventual paving of the parking lot in November and the clubhouse razing in December.


Crews are set to begin construction on the new clubhouse, which officials said will increase the amount of usable space available to golfers and bring the facility into Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

Though attendance at the golf course dropped during construction, officials are hoping the improvements will bring back its core group as well as a new crop of players.

The clubhouse is due to be completed by October 2008.

Joint-use plan in for field improvements

Burbank city officials, district administrators and trustees banded together this year to begin a $14.2-million renovation project of fields at Jordan Middle School and Burbank and John Burroughs high schools.

The joint-use project with the city includes tearing down and rebuilding Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School and refurbishing the stands at Burbank High School’s stadium. It also includes replacing the fields at both high schools with artificial turf and all-weather track. The cost of the project would be split between the city and the school district. The project at Jordan Middle School includes a plan to put in a 70-space parking lot and new public restrooms.

City gets a new police chief

Twenty-nine-year Burbank Police Department veteran Tim Stehr was named chief of the force in August, taking over for outgoing chief Tom Hoefel, who retired from the position after seven years.

Stehr joined the department in 1979 as a police cadet, working his way up through the ranks to deputy chief, a position he took over in 2006. His career took on a deep sense of urgency in November 2003, when he led a manhunt for David Garcia, who is now awaiting trial for the shooting death of Officer Matt Pavelka.

Community support for Stehr’s appointment was enthusiastic and swift.


Austin Cook

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