April 23, 2013
Arson investigators Monday evening were probing a blaze at a North Hollywood apartment building that left one person dead and four others injured. The fire broke out Monday morning at the two-story structure in the 5100 block of Riverton Avenue and engulfed an apartment unit with intense flames and choking smoke, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. "This was a well-involved, intense fire," department spokesman Erik Scott told The Times. The blaze was so hot that it blackened firefighters' helmets, and the thick smoke forced rescuers to use an infrared search device to find victims trapped in the structure.
January 31, 2013
An 80-year-old man drove his car into an apartment building Wednesday, puncturing gas and water lines, which prompted an evacuation of the building, police said. At around 8:30 p.m., the motorist rammed into a first-floor apartment in the 400 block of East Tujunga Avenue after accidentally pressing the gas pedal of his 2003 Toyota Camry in the building's parking structure, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. When police arrived, water was shooting out of damaged pipes, and there was a strong smell of natural gas through the area.
June 7, 2012
A 28-year-old Tujunga man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted burglary in Burbank after a witness saw the man hanging by his hands and shuffling across the wall of an apartment building, police said. A witness allegedly saw the man, Vage Ovsepyan, scale the wall to get to a second-floor patio in an attempt to enter an apartment, police said. Seven officers responded to the scene in the 600 block of East Angeleno Avenue at about 11 p.m. Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. “When officers arrived they talked to a witness who said she was awakened by a noise, looked out and saw a man hanging by his hands, shuffling across the wall and then jump onto the patio on the second floor,” Ryburn said.
October 7, 2011
Officials this week broke ground on a new affordable housing development that will feature 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The Catalina Development will be the first all-new residential project for the nonprofit Burbank Housing Corp. The nonprofit typically rehabs existing buildings to use for low-income housing, but the property on the 2200 block of Catalina Avenue was “so substandard and severely blighted” that nothing could be salvaged, Burbank Housing Corp Executive Director Judith Arandes said.
December 15, 2010
The city has agreed to acquire and rehabilitate a seven-unit apartment building on Catalina Street, and temporarily removing tenants while it does the work. The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, approved the deal Tuesday after a general discussion of affordable housing strategies and finances. The city paid $900,000 for the property and plans to spend more than $800,000 to fix up the building and pay relocation costs for the existing tenants. The work includes extensive repairs to the building's drainage system, installing energy-efficient kitchen and bathroom appliances, adding improved heating and air conditioning units and restoring an illegally converted studio so it again is part of a legal one-bedroom apartment.
March 26, 2009
CITY TO REVISIT BURBANK AND GLENDALE ARMORIES The City Council on Tuesday approved reopening negotiations with the city of Glendale, Airport Authority and California National Guard concerning possible consolidation and relocation of the Burbank and Glendale National Guard armories. Talks between the parties broke down in 2003 when it was determined that the state could not provide necessary funding for the joint armory, which was to be located on a parcel of land owned by the Bob Hope Airport.
January 21, 2009
Urban Anthony Jones found more than $40,000 in a plastic bag on a Los Angeles street, but he didn’t keep the money. He instead returned the cash to its rightful owner because, he said, it was instinct. The 21-year-old Burbank High School graduate returned home from watching a movie with his girlfriend about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 3 when he saw his neighbor, Al Greenblat, outside their Los Angeles apartment building rummaging through trash next to a discarded mattress. He noticed Greenblat was not acting like his usual self and the right side of his face was bruised.
November 8, 2008
SENIOR CELEBRATES 104TH BIRTHDAY Faye Allen celebrated her 104th birthday Oct. 19 at Le Bleu Chateau Assisted Living facility in Burbank. Activity Director Luz Palmer planned a big celebration for her with birthday cake and decorations. Allen was born in 1904. She was married in 1923 and they had only one son. She worked at Montgomery Wards in the sales department in Oakland. She and her husband came to Burbank in 1972 and lived in an apartment building that is now the Warner Bros.
June 28, 2008
A tenant of an apartment building owned by the husband of City Councilwoman Anja Reinke was arrested Friday morning after police reportedly found a small bomb in his car. A vehicle driven by Bryan Weisburg, 22, was pulled over for a traffic violation at 8:45 a.m. at Moss Street and Magnolia Boulevard. Burbank police performed a routine check of the vehicle and found a glass test-tube filled with explosives, Sgt. Thor Merich said. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s bomb squad was called and disabled the bomb.
January 16, 2008
CITY HALL — The Burbank City Council approved an additional $2.6 million in Redevelopment Agency funds for the Peyton-Grismer revitalization project, run by the Burbank Housing Corp. The money adds to the $13.1 million the housing corporation received in 2003 to purchase and reconstruct apartment buildings along Grismer Avenue and Elliott Drive in northwest Burbank for low-income tenants. The council allocated the money to uplift the blighted area, which increased the number of the housing corporation’s redeveloped properties to 28. “As with other focus neighborhoods, the approach was to acquire and rehabilitate several distressed properties affecting the immediate neighborhood, and have the Burbank Housing Corp.