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December 18, 2004
An extended-stay hotel will be allowed to continue serving alcohol to guests following approval by the City Council to extend a conditional-use permit. The Graciela Hotel, 322 Pass Ave., has had a conditional permit for alcohol renewed on an annual basis since 2002. The permit would have expired at the end of January without council action. Alcohol is served at the restaurant through room service, in-room mini-bars and in conjunction with food served in the lobby area.
NEWS
February 12, 2003
Burbank: Then & Now The passage of the 18th Amendment prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States, which lasted from 1920 to 1933. The ban of alcohol had gotten its roots during World War I, when Congress temporarily restricted the manufacture of alcoholic beverages to conserve grain. Prohibition had many advocates who thought excessive alcohol drinking was contributing to the decay of the American society. The passage of the 18th Amend- ment and Volstead Act, which provided the enforcement of Prohibition, began with the idea that social change could be made through law. Prohibition, however, did not stop Americans from drinking, but instead created an underground economy and a nation of lawbreakers who ranged from President Warren Harding privately serving alcohol at the White House to gangsters, moonshiners and bootleggers.
NEWS
May 10, 2003
Ben Godar The man behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a MetroLink train, causing it to derail, might have been under the influence of alcohol, according to a Burbank Police Department report. The report, released this week following a nearly four-month investigation into the January collision, concluded 63-year-old Jacek Wysocki "was operating a motor vehicle with a measurable amount of alcohol in his system and may have been operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol."
NEWS
July 3, 2012
North Glenoaks Boulevard and Rosita Avenue A 24-year-old woman was arrested July 1 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 500 block of East Palm Avenue A 21-year-old Burbank man was arrested July 1 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. North Hollywood Way and West Verdugo Avenue A 54-year-old Burbank man was arrested July 1 for an outstanding warrant for having a suspended or revoked license. North Buena Vista Street and West Burbank Boulevard A 21-year-old Burbank woman was arrested July 1 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
NEWS
February 16, 2002
Will Rogers heaps scorn and undeserved abuse on those residents who don't want drug users in areas of single-family homes. To hear Rogers tell it, a neighborhood with a nearby day-care center, churches and a public school should be positively thrilled to welcome these affluent (albeit flawed) guests into their midst. In Rogers' fantasy world, we should be ordering up the Welcome Wagon and dropping home-baked cookies on their front porch instead of judging whether a single-family area is an appropriate place for high-priced commerce in lost souls.
NEWS
January 20, 2001
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- A former John Burroughs football star pleaded not guilty to felony drunken-driving charges after a blood test showed he had almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system. Michael Thomas Barrett, 22, of Burbank, was arraigned Thursday in Burbank Superior Court on felony driving under the influence charges, with special circumstances added for great bodily injury. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 8. According to police reports, Barrett's blood-alcohol level was .22%.
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | July 11, 2009
CITY HALL — It’s margarita time. Well, almost. The City Council this week authorized city executives to allow owners of the downtown Don Cuco Mexican Restaurant to serve alcohol in a fenced-off section of the sidewalk. The 3-1 vote to grant the encroachment came after a cascade of questions from Councilman David Gordon, who expressed dismay upon discovering that the city failed to notify property owners within 100 feet. Guidelines for encroachments, adopted by the council in 1996, specify that “property owners within a 100-foot radius of the encroachment are to be notified prior to the granting of any encroachment agreements.
FEATURES
October 10, 2009
America should take lead in climate efforts Is all this talk about global warming really true? Is Earth’s temperature likely to jump nearly six degrees between now and the end of the century even if every country cuts greenhouse gases emissions as proposed? Carbon dioxide, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, is the main cause of global warming, trapping the sun’s energy in the atmosphere. Much of the projected rise in temperature is because of developing nations, which aren’t talking much about cutting their emissions.
NEWS
February 13, 2002
As many of you know, the residents surrounding a proposed drug and alcohol rehab residence at 437 Grinnell Drive have banded together to protest this facility's location in the middle of an R-1 residential area bounded by Grinnell Drive, 5th Street and Fairmount Road. After reading the column authored by Will Rogers on the subject in the Feb. 9-10 edition of the Burbank Leader, I would like to take a moment to clarify a few points. Will Rogers' position is this: Our concern that this facility will have an adverse effect on our neighborhood is without merit.
NEWS
By Robert Phipps | December 30, 2009
I?ll bet that on Dec. 19, Thomas Vanauken didn?t wake up and say, ?I think I?ll go out tonight, have something to drink, and then drive way too fast on the San Bernardino Freeway and kill somebody.? But the next morning, Vanauken, 43, was involved in a fatal car crash, and his blood alcohol content allegedly tested above the legal limit, according to a Los Angeles Times article posted online Dec. 20. I?d guess Vanauken had been out having an innocent, fun time with friends ?
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 25, 2014
The 28-year-old Lancaster woman who struck a 5-year-old boy crossing the street in Burbank Monday was reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, police said. Identified by police as Meagan Booth, the motorist was arrested on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run after she reportedly attempted to flee the scene of the incident, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. Witnesses reportedly followed Booth to 7-Eleven, where she was arrested.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
Alcohol, drugs and a high rate of speed appear to have been factors in a fiery car wreck in September that claimed the lives of five young people and left one severely injured , records show. The driver of the Nissan Altima involved in the single-car crash, Stephen Stoll, 23, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, according to toxicology reports released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office . Stoll also reportedly had marijuana in his system.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 10, 2013
Burbank police will hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night at an undisclosed location, authorities said. From 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, police will be screening motorists at a Burbank intersection looking for signs of intoxication. The effort is funded by a $32,400 grant awarded to the department by the California Office of Traffic Safety in October in an effort to prevent deaths and injuries on city roadways, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn in a statement. Year-to-date in Burbank, there have been 522 DUI arrests, up from 386 arrests during the same period last year, said Burbank Police Lt. Jay Hawver.
THE818NOW
July 26, 2013
Dogs trained to sniff out drugs and alcohol will make 60 surprise visits to school campuses in Burbank over the next academic year under a new contract approved by district officials. The $11,100 agreement approved during last week's school board meeting with Interquest Detection Canines marks nearly a decade since the district first hired an agency to have trained dogs perform random checks for controlled substances on Burbank Unified campuses. Across Los Angeles County, Interquest Detection Canines sends Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers or border collies to about 160 schools, including Burbank's Providence High and to Glendale public schools where they sniff students' cars, backpacks, purses and lockers.
THE818NOW
July 5, 2013
Thirteen of the 19 students expelled from Burbank Unified schools during the past academic year were because of drug or alcohol use, officials reported. Other students were expelled for possessing a weapon, committing sexual battery or assaulting a teacher. When school officials expel any student, it is considered the last resort, said Lee Strong, interim director of student services for Burbank Unified. “It's not something you do willy-nilly,” he said. “It's a very serious thing and we take it very seriously.” The student's principal must make the first recommendation to expel, which leads to a hearing with the student, his or her parents, and a panel of educators who work at another campus to weigh in on the case.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
North Glenoaks Boulevard and Rosita Avenue A 24-year-old woman was arrested July 1 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 500 block of East Palm Avenue A 21-year-old Burbank man was arrested July 1 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. North Hollywood Way and West Verdugo Avenue A 54-year-old Burbank man was arrested July 1 for an outstanding warrant for having a suspended or revoked license. North Buena Vista Street and West Burbank Boulevard A 21-year-old Burbank woman was arrested July 1 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
NEWS
April 23, 2011
To the students who think it was unfair that Burroughs High School Principal Emilio Urioste canceled the varsity baseball team's season and fired the coaching staff over a matter of underage drinking: Let it be a lesson. Yes, your older siblings probably got away with a lot more. And many of your parents almost surely did. But this is a different age. You are expected to be college-ready by the time you reach the 10th grade; media machines expect you to grasp concepts as adults; and your parents are much more litigious than theirs were.
NEWS
By Jeff Tully and Grant Gordon, jeff.tully@latimes.com; grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 19, 2011
The Pacific League lost a strong postseason contender this week after Burroughs High School administrators fired the varsity baseball coaching staff and canceled the rest of the team’s season. Saying there were “bad decisions made,” Burroughs Principal Emilio Urioste said Tuesday that he canceled the season and fired the school’s varsity baseball coach and his three assistants after discovering that one of them served players beer during a recent Arizona trip. Indians Coach J.R. Schwer acknowledged that a large number of players were served alcohol by an assistant coach — whom he declined to name — but said he learned of the incident last week.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | March 15, 2011
The longtime sign that has served as a marker of help for those struggling with alcohol abuse in Burbank has been stolen. The refurbished six-foot tall “243” number sign that hung outside the Burbank Alcoholics Anonymous meeting place on the 200 block of East Angeleno Avenue was stolen from a parking lot sometime between March 4 and March 7, officials said. “Before the building was torn down, it was one of the only things we were able to save,” said the group’s secretary, Jane, who declined to give her last name due to confidentiality concerns.
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By Robert Phipps | December 30, 2009
I?ll bet that on Dec. 19, Thomas Vanauken didn?t wake up and say, ?I think I?ll go out tonight, have something to drink, and then drive way too fast on the San Bernardino Freeway and kill somebody.? But the next morning, Vanauken, 43, was involved in a fatal car crash, and his blood alcohol content allegedly tested above the legal limit, according to a Los Angeles Times article posted online Dec. 20. I?d guess Vanauken had been out having an innocent, fun time with friends ?
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