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The818now | April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
A group of five suspects reportedly grabbed $1,100 worth of Nike clothing from Macy's in the Burbank Town Center on Monday and fled, police said. Around 3:15 p.m., a loss-prevention employee noticed the group - four men and a woman - on surveillance cameras when a couple of them reportedly moved items from one rack to another, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. By the time the employee made it to the store's floor, the group had left the area. But then he spotted the suspects heading down the escalator into the mall.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | July 5, 2011
Residents should factor in road closures on and around San Fernando Road when making plans Friday to attend the centennial celebration downtown. The road closures begin Thursday night and block vehicles from driving through downtown to allow vendors and entertainers to begin setting up for the event. Most parking garages will be accessible for the event, but the two parking structures on Orange Grove, between San Fernando and Third Street, will not be open to the public. At 10 p.m. Thursday, following the free swing dance lesson and performance by High Street, San Fernando will be closed from Magnolia to Olive Avenue.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
The Burbank Planning Board is asking elected officials to fund a study on anti-mansionization ideas, saying the work would be the best way to show how the resident-fueled suggestions would impact the look of the city's neighborhoods. Locals in the past have asked the board to consider stricter guidelines against such developments, arguing that huge houses built near much smaller homes destroy a neighborhood's personality. “(Residents) have concerns regarding the integrity and character of existing neighborhoods, and they've asked the city to help them maintain that character,” said Carol Barrett, assistant community development director.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 14, 2011
Heading to Griffith Park through an equestrian tunnel under the Ventura (134) Freeway, horse riders emerge to see an unusual sight: huge yellow earth movers chomping into 15 acres of dirt between the freeway and the park. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is deep into building underground reservoirs that will hold 110 million gallons of water and help eliminate the city’s reliance on open-air reservoirs, including Silver Lake. When complete, the two side-by-side Headworks reservoirs will be hidden beneath an open-space recreation area along Forest Lawn Drive near the intersection with Zoo Drive.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer , died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. "He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family. " Christopher was diagnosed in early January.  He was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday imposed terms of employment on the Burbank city attorneys union after a year of unsuccessful negotiations, a move Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy called “regrettable.” The council approved imposing the terms in a unanimous vote with no discussion. The terms include a 3% raise for members of the Burbank City Attorneys Assn., made up of 10 attorneys and a paralegal, in exchange for the employees paying their full employee pension contribution, which is 8% of their salaries.
LOCAL
By Max Zimbert | March 10, 2010
A Burbank Unified School District teacher turned herself in Monday for having sex with a 14-year-old student from March to September last year, police said. Amy Beck, 33, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, surrendered Monday afternoon to Burbank police with her lawyer, and was being held on $400,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. “We’re still trying to piece everything together, what happened, where, what kind of sex acts, how many, and how long it’s been going on,” he said.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
Golfers can expect a new restaurant menu and synergy between golf and food operations at DeBell Golf Club next week with the Canyon Grille, the club's new eatery, slated to open for breakfast and lunch on Friday. Tom Shayman, 17-year owner and operator of the Burbank Bar and Grille on North San Fernando Road, has taken the helm of the club's restaurant. “We want to make everybody feel warm and welcome here,” Shayman said Friday. “We're really going to be invested in the golf operation.” Customers will be able to enjoy a whole new menu, which Shayman described as “California continental,” with comfort dishes such as macaroni and cheese, burgers and flatbread pizzas, along with ahi tuna and salmon entrées.
NEWS
By Craig Rosen | February 28, 2014
Back in the mid-to-late '80s it appeared that singer/songwriter Jimmer Podrasky and his band, the Rave-Ups, were on the verge of bigger things. "Town & Country," the band's 1985 full-length debut indie album, generated critical acclaim. They appeared in the film "Pretty in Pink," graduated to a major label, released two albums and had a guest spot on "Beverly Hills 90210," but then it all went south. Epic Records couldn't figure out how market the band and Podrasky was dealing with the added pressure of becoming a single dad, so he put his musical career on hold to concentrate on raising his son. More than two decades later, his son Chance is now a full-grown man and Podrasky, 56, is back making music.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Planning Board on Monday is slated to consider a proposal to add gates to a residential neighborhood in Burbank's hillside, marking the neighborhood's fourth attempt at such a request. The Burbank Hills Community Homeowners Assn. has requested entry and exit gates at the two main entrances of the neighborhood, where Lamer Street crosses Castleman and Wedgewood lanes. City officials have recommended the board deny the request, citing safety concerns. For example, the gates could slow down response times or cause evacuation delays during an emergency, according to a city report.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
It is a truism that healthy children are in a better position to learn in the classroom. Unfortunately, it's also a sad fact of life that the role of a school nurse - who is on campus to help insure students' well-being - often goes overlooked or underestimated. One item heard during a special meeting of the Burbank school board Friday afternoon was a plea for help from the BUSD's head nurse , Lenora Aguilera, who maintains there are simply not enough certificated nurses to serve the needs of students.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | June 27, 2009
BURBANK — Burbank police officers on Wednesday arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the Nov. 29 death of his father, Timothy Loock, assistant football coach at Burbank High School. Noah Loock faces one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and was released from custody on $25,000 bond. He is due back in Pasadena Superior Court on July 16, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Nov. 29, when police responded to a fight at the family home on the 1800 block of North Avon Street.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
Hobby Lobby, a retail chain that sells crafts and home décor, is slated to open in Burbank this summer in the former Orchard Supply Hardware building. The Oklahoma City-based company, which currently has 20 stores in California, will open in the 72,000-square-foot building located at 641 N Victory Blvd., according to company officials. "We feel that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the area," said Hobby Lobby spokesman Vincent Parker in an email. "We are looking forward to becoming part of the community.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014
SOFTBALL Arcadia 10, Burroughs 6 (10 innings) : The Indians dropped their first Pacific League game of the season in an extra-inning loss Tuesday at Olive Park. Burroughs (12-4-1, 4-1 in league) - ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division III - scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extras. Down in the eighth, 6-4, the Indians pushed across two runs to stay alive. The Indians had 16 hits, but also committed five errors. Michelle Santiago was four for six with two doubles and four runs scored and Kaitlin Okimoto was two for five with a double and three RBI. Burbank 11, Hoover 1 (five innings)
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