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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 11, 2014
The Burbank Community YMCA is slated to unveil next week its $1-million renovation, which includes upgrades to its aquatics center, pool and gym. On Wednesday, the public can join the center in celebrating 90 years in Burbank, along with the renovations. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated to take place at 1:45 p.m. at the Y, which is located at 321 E. Magnolia Blvd. Two-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Cathy Ferguson, along with Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, will host the event.
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NEWS
July 10, 2012
Thanks again to the Burbank Leader for your recent coverage of the Verdugo Pool construction status. Without your continuing stories, how would anyone in Burbank know what is happening with the pools, swimming and aquatics? Perhaps Burbank's new public information officer, Drew Sugars, will improve the communications between Burbank officials and the swimming community. I did get a rare email from the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department on June 28 stating that the City Council would discuss extending the swimming season on July 24. Indeed, the last agenda item on the city website for the City Council meeting on July 24 is “Extension of 2012 Aquatics Season - Step One.” I hope the department communicates this issue and the meeting agenda to swimmers, other pool users and Burbank residents.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 11, 2008
CITY HALL — The council approved $53,112 in next year’s fiscal budget to keep the McCambridge Park Pool open through October on a trial basis after several complaints from residents. The extension, which will be paid for out of the general fund, is part of the citywide fee scheduled to be included in 2008-09 fiscal year’s budget that was approved by a 4-to-1 vote on Tuesday. “The city is not the same place it was 12 years ago . . . people are hungry for healthy activities,” Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said.
NEWS
February 18, 2009
FUNDING GRANTS AND CUTS The Burbank Unified School District Board of Education will discuss the impacts on city schools from the federal stimulus package and the state?s most recent budget plan. District staff members held a special meeting for the board Tuesday to update trustees on the financial benefits and dangers they might soon have to balance because of the combination of cuts and grants that the district may soon receive. The federal stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday will offer millions to the district to help fund supplemental programs for special education and for schools with high percentages of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
NEWS
May 5, 2004
Jeff Tully With a win against Saugus last week, the Burbank High boys' swim team finished the Foothill League regular season in second place. However, the Bulldogs have higher expectations. Burbank wants to nail down second place at the league meet. The Bulldogs took a big step toward reaching that goal Monday by swimming well in the league preliminaries at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center. "The boys put themselves into a great position to remain in second place," Burbank Coach Adam Wright said.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully | April 5, 2006
Adam Wright doesn't mind living vicariously through his athletes. In fact, the Burbank High boys' water polo coach is hoping his Bulldogs will be able to do something he was never able to accomplish ? win a Foothill League championship. "I swam for three years at Hart and I was never able to win a league title," said Wright, who has been at Burbank since 2002. "As sweet as that would have been to win one as an athlete, for our team to win league this season would be 100% more meaningful for me. "Since this is our last season in the Foothill League before we move [to the Pacific League]
FEATURES
August 12, 2006
Longtime Burbank resident Lindsey Gary graduated with honors from Harvard University in June. While at Harvard, she studied the history of art and architecture, and she is now working in the art department for the third installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel at Disney Studios in Burbank with production designer Rick Heinrichs and art director John Dexter (also a Burbank resident). She spent the past two summers working in the art department on Pirates 2 — "Dead Man's Chest."
NEWS
May 9, 2009
City gets use of high school swimming pools The City Council unanimously approved a five-year, $15,500 agreement between the city and the Burbank Unified School District for the cooperative use of swimming pools at Burbank and John Burroughs high schools. Under the agreement, the city will pay about $385 per day, which includes direct costs for campus security staff and swimming pool operations. While the city and district recently entered into a 50-year shared facility agreement, the swimming pool deal will come to an end in five years, or sooner if the city reopens its two pools at Verdugo and McCambridge parks.
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June 8, 2012
Burbank officials plan to host a meeting on Monday to update the community on progress in refurbishing the long-closed Verdugo Pool. The meeting at the Verdugo Recreation Center will catch the public up on plans for new pools and locker rooms at the site, which are slated to be completed by April 2013. In the meantime, aquatics programs will continue at McCambridge Park and Burbank High School. The City Council recently expressed concern about the delays with the pool project and decided to hold a meeting to inform residents of the construction work and answer any questions.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 14, 2008
CITY HALL — The council approved $53,112 in next year’s fiscal budget to keep the McCambridge Park Pool open through October on a trial basis after several complaints from residents. The extension, which will be paid for out of the general fund, is part of the citywide fee scheduled to be included in 2008-09 fiscal year’s budget that was approved by a 4-to-1 vote on Tuesday. “The city is not the same place it was 12 years ago . . . people are hungry for healthy activities,” Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said.
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