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By By Mark R. Madler | November 3, 2005
National Guard regiment headquartered out of Burbank Armory view firsthand the destruction in Louisiana left by hurricanes Katrina, Rita.BURBANK -- Describing what he saw in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, California National Guard Cpl. Omar Conger could only come up with one word: sad. Yet, despite the devastation, the local people the Guardsmen were there to help showed a great appreciation for the mission, Conger said Monday. "We had civilians cook meals for us and, for the most part, were very often," said Conger of Sacramento.
June 28, 2003
MAYOR'S YOUTH TASK FORCE WHAT HAPPENED The council unanimously approved a one-time expenditure of $60,000 for implementation of the youth programs recommended by the Mayor's Youth Task Force. That was reduced from an initial proposal of $285,000. WHAT IT MEANS The funds will be divided among several areas, including the production of a teen television show, grants for certain middle school programs and counseling. SECOND DWELLING UNIT REGULATIONS WHAT HAPPENED The council unanimously approved a motion to bring back modifications to the city's second dwelling regulations as an urgency ordinance at the next council meeting.
By Jason Wells | November 17, 2007
GLENDALE — Faced with the inability to use the city’s National Guard Armory and a tepid response from local churches that have been asked to provide space for a rotating winter homeless shelter, county officials and the Glendale Homeless Coalition agreed Thursday to explore Burbank’s armory as a last-ditch alternative. The possibility of officials stitching together a last-minute agreement to operate a winter homeless shelter in Glendale this season is at an all-time low, leaving the area’s homeless likely without local respite from the cold for the first time in more than 10 years.
By Jeremy Oberstein | December 15, 2007
BURBANK — Capping off a turbulent month of meetings and political maneuvering, the homeless shelter at the Burbank National Guard Armory opened Wednesday night with a tepid response from the area’s transients. “It’s a relief to get this open,” said Andy Bales, chief executive of Union Rescue Mission, the organization running the facility. “We would have liked it to open on the first [of December], but at least it’s open now.” But their joy was tempered by the lack of people; just six individuals, one from Burbank, showed up. “We expected more people,” Bales said.
December 1, 2007
Retailers will fall flat by end of the year I expect sales will fall off after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ending in a mediocre year for retailers (?Stores hail healthy sales,? Nov. 28). I hope that something is learned from this; namely, production, not consumerism, is the basis of a sound economy and economic policies are changed to reflect this. GERI A. MELLGREN-KERWIN Burbank A holiday season ?a little closer to the truth? I absolutely loved the letter in the Burbank Leader from Jesse L. Byers (?
By Christopher Cadelago | April 6, 2009
BURBANK — A group of passionate residents filled a public hearing Thursday to argue that the city’s winter homeless shelter caused loitering and drug and alcohol use in the neighborhood, while others insisted the shelter provided a needed service to a new class of homeless hit hard by the recession. About 100 neighbors of the winter shelter converged on the Fire Training Center to speak directly to the City Council and shelter directors and to articulate concerns about the safety of the area.
By Brittany Levine, | July 28, 2012
Glendale doesn't have the money to support the smaller-scale winter homeless shelter that it ran last year with Burbank's financial help, so officials are turning to yet another approach. It will try programs that would operate separately in both cities. The new plans represent another change for the local winter shelter program for Burbank and Glendale, which last year severed ties with the Los Angeles County-funded system to focus efforts on fewer clients, and on getting those clients into longer-term housing.
February 14, 2009
A number of Burbank residents are apparently confused about what’s going on at the city’s winter homeless shelter. And they have good reason. For the last few months, the city has gotten mixed messages from Union Rescue Mission officials over whether the shelter at the National Guard Armory allows walk-in visitors or takes homeless residents strictly by bus, and over how carefully the mission screens tenants on their way in. Carrie Gatlin, the mission’s vice president who oversees the Burbank shelter, said in October that the shelter took a small amount of walk-ins.
By Robert Melling | January 28, 2009
On Nov. 25, a group of neighbors who live around the National Guard Armory went to the Burbank City Council to voice our opposition to the planned winter shelter for the homeless (“Residents protest shelter,” Nov. 26). After the event, articles were written, comments made, and, we believe, a number of misconceptions have arisen in regard to our opposition to the winter shelter. There are claims that we don’t care for the homeless, that we don’t support veterans.
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