March 19, 2003
Laura Sturza To increase the city's stock of affordable housing, the City Council could require new developments of 10 or more units to include 15% low- and moderate-income dwellings. The prospect of sending developers running from Burbank at the threat of having their bottom line cut means the city plans to work closely with the development community, the Chamber of Commerce and the Burbank Assn. of Realtors in drafting the ordinance, Principal Planner Joy Forbes said.
December 26, 2009
On Dec. 20, Victory Tabernacle hosted a Toys for Tots service at 10:30 a.m. for the second time. The purpose of this event was to give toys to the underprivileged during Christmastime. This year, the church was blessed to have been able to give out 200 toys during the service and another 200 toys on the Monday after the service. The local church family also provided a free dinner for all of the families with food graciously donated by the local Ralphs. One of the best parts about the service was the presence of three Marines.
December 10, 2005
q1Candidates in special City Council election tackle issues of growth, traffic and housing in League of Women Voters debate.DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- Reducing traffic congestion, creating affordable housing and protecting the city's neighborhoods were among the topics raised Thursday night during a debate of City Council candidate's running in next month's special election. Defining smart growth and how to achieve it was also a hot topic during the debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Burbank/Glendale.
March 30, 2002
Laura Sturza SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- The city is reviewing changes to plans for a senior artists' community that include cutting the number of low-income residents. "The developer had made substantive design changes and wants to find conformance," Community Development Director Sue Georgino said. "It was not the same project that the planning board heard." Though City Council was scheduled to vote on the proposed changes Tuesday, its consideration was shelved until the Redevelopment Agency can review the alterations.
September 6, 2006
Recycling article a help to residents I read the article Saturday in the Burbank Leader about the recycling center ("Council talks trash, recycling"). It was very interesting and helpful. I know that a lot of people are confused about what kinds of items are accepted at the center and thought that may be a good follow-up to this article. I know the city sends something every year in the mail, but I know from talking to other people/parents that they are still confused about what plastics can go in especially.
April 28, 2007
MAGNOLIA PARK PROJECT The City Council Tuesday approved a proposal for a two-story office building on 4201-4207 W. Magnolia Blvd., at Evergreen Street. Before signing off on the project, the council imposed several conditions. WHAT IT MEANS The approved structure will have a maximum height of 30 feet. The previous proposal was for a 27-foot building, with an extra 8-feet of architectural features that would have brought the total height to 35 feet. Of the 30-foot maximum building height, the envelope, or actual space of the building, is not to exceed 27 feet.
October 16, 2002
Rodriguez deserving of all this attention Since we're sure you'll get a flood of letters congratulating and supporting Ms. Rodriguez and her radical political views, let's hope ours doesn't get buried! Seriously, we were pleased to see her picture and much-needed intelligence given the respect they deserve, not only by the National Young Leaders Conference, but by our local paper. W.K. SCOTT MEYER SUZY JACOBS Burbank More government energy needed to address housing A month or so ago, Jesse Byers and I traded letters on the difficulty of workers affording an apartment in California on the minimum wage of $6.75.
May 24, 2006
Regarding your May 10 question, "What do you think the top priorities in the city should be in the coming year?": If you're asking what the most prominent issues facing Burbank are, be prepared for a long list. Primarily, I'd say you're looking at three big problems, things that affect all of us in this city. The first is affordable housing. I think we can all agree there isn't any in Burbank. The so-called affordable housing arrangements some members of our City Council have arranged with developers are laughable.
January 1, 2011
The newspaper business — not to mention the news itself in this town — moves incredibly fast, so much so that I occasionally feel the need to hire chiropractors to treat the whiplash for my long-suffering staff. The paper moved forward significantly in 2010, both in print and online, and I am very proud of the work we have done. Last January, we launched our staff blog, The818Now.com, an experiment that continues to impress me with its reach. We launched a redesign of our websites in May, changed to a new design system in June, and added a fourth paper, Brand X, to our portfolio in August.