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Joe Piasecki | July 14, 2010
Like a lot of people these days, Josh Ledebur struggles to pay his mortgage. What makes this schoolteacher's story unexpected is that he's participating in a city affordable-housing program. Ledebur is asking the city to change terms of his affordable-housing agreement that make it appear he owes much more on his Burbank home than it's worth and are keeping him from refinancing at a lower interest rate. The city's redevelopment agency is reluctant, however, to make a precedent of changing done deals in response to market trends — though that is one option before the City Council, which doubles as the Redevelopment Agency.
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FEATURES
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.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 24, 2009
CITY HALL — The 1700 block of Elliott Drive is due for a major makeover under a housing plan approved by the City Council last week that includes the development of eight affordable-housing units through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The development agreement, while adding to the city’s inventory of 2,600 affordable rental and ownership units, would take care of a long-standing eyesore in the Peyton-Grismer neighborhood, city officials said. “The four units at 1722 Elliott Drive were overcrowded, littered with junk and debris and illegal dilapidated storage buildings,” said Jennifer Mack, senior redevelopment project manager.
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January 31, 2009
RECREATION CENTER RETROFIT The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the City Council?s appeal for seismic retrofitting of the McCambridge Recreation Center in the amount of $671,000. The total cost of the retrofitting, scheduled to go to bid in May, will be $1,650,000. WHAT TO EXPECT The council will authorize City Manager Michael Flad to accept the funds from the California Office of Emergency Services, which will be given to the city once construction is complete.
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By Jesse L. Byers | January 3, 2009
The city’s affordable housing program is an admirable goal, but its execution is far from laudable (“Low-income housing OK’d,” Nov. 19). “Affordable housing” is meant as a euphemism for “low-cost housing,” but I beg to differ from the city’s apparent accepted definition of “low-cost.” A one-bedroom anything at $1,400 isn’t “affordable housing.” Most of those in the salary range targeted for the city’s affordable housing programs are what the government likes to call “the working poor” — those individuals among us who can actually perform physical labor, get up and go to a job. No one seems to be considering the elderly and disabled.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | November 19, 2008
CITY HALL — The City Council increased Burbank’s affordable housing stock Tuesday with a 4-1 vote that paves the way for a four- unit property on Naomi Street to be made available for low-income families. The council approved a $1.69-million loan, to be paid through a combination of federal and city grants that the Burbank Housing Corporation will now use to renovate and provide living assistance to its future tenants. “What we’re doing is preserving affordable housing stock,” said Judith Arandes, the group’s executive director.
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By Alison Tully | September 20, 2008
BURBANK — City Council members approved a plan Tuesday that will allow some offices in a district zoned for residential. The agreement comes after a unanimous Planning Board vote to allow Kyriacos Kyriacou to convert a four-unit, two-story apartment building in a media district, medium-density residential zone into an office for his mediation business. Tuesday’s vote means all offices will be allowed on a conditional permit basis if they meet two criteria — that the building faces a major arterial street and is in an existing residential structure.
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By Alison Tully | September 18, 2008
BURBANK — City Council members approved a plan Tuesday that will allow some offices in a district zoned for residential. The agreement comes after a unanimous Planning Board vote to allow Kyriacos Kyriacou to convert a four-unit, two-story apartment building in a media district, medium-density residential zone into an office for his mediation business. Tuesday’s vote means all offices will be allowed on a conditional permit basis if they meet two criteria — that the building faces a major arterial street and is in an existing residential structure.
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By Alison Tully | August 16, 2008
BURBANK — A former construction manager of a nearly $16-million affordable housing project filed a formal complaint against the city Housing Corporation’s executive director for ending the contract prematurely. In a nearly 15-page letter addressed to City Councilman David Gordon on Aug. 7, the former manager, James Vodery, states that the termination of his contract was “unjustified” and that Judith Arandes, the Burbank Housing Corporation’s executive director, mismanaged the project.
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