December 11, 2012
More than 150 refurbished bicycles were donated to the Salvation Army on Tuesday by the Burbank Bike Angels, a group of 50 city employees and residents who have been greasing chains, brushing up rusty metal and fixing flat tires for more than three months. The holiday gifts will be distributed to Burbank families later this month. “What we find so heartening is the kids, of course, feel overjoyed to be getting such a big gift, but their parents also feel great about seeing their kid getting a gift when they may not have been able to afford something like that,” said Ferris Kawar, a city employee and Bike Angels volunteer.
September 12, 2012
Two brothers allegedly involved in a knife and bottle fight over a bicycle were arrested on Tuesday in the 1900 block of Victory Boulevard in Burbank, police said. Rodney Matheney, 50, allegedly used his brother Wilbert's bike without his permission. After an argument ensued, Wilbert, 48, allegedly armed himself with a knife; Rodney with a bottle and BBQ fork, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn. During the altercation, Rodney allegedly threw the bottle at Wilbert's Honda, shattering the rear window behind which Wilbert's grandmother was sitting, Ryburn said.
July 18, 2012
Bike thefts are on the rise in Burbank, police say, with 144 reported stolen so far this year. That number is more than the 127 bikes stolen from January to July 2011, - an increase of about 13%, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. “It's a pretty big issue right now,” he said, adding it was a crime trend police were trying combat. The majority of stolen bikes are left unattended or unlocked, Ryburn said. Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of stealing bikes so far this year, including a 34-year-old transient, Leonel Gomez, who was arrested Saturday morning.
July 13, 2012
I am perplexed as to how my tax dollars could ultimately end up as a nearly half-million-dollar grant to Muir, Jefferson and Washington schools for bicycle infrastructure (“ Cities receive safety grants ,” July 11). I can't speak for Washington, but my three children went to Jefferson, and the rules stated that no students below fourth grade could ride and park their bikes on campus. Also, in the three years that my children went to Muir, I can honestly tell you that I have never seen a student ride a bike to school (we live off Kenneth)
December 13, 2011
The Burbank Bike Angels, a group of volunteers who restore bicycles for needy youth in the community, delivered close to 150 bikes to the Salvation Army on Monday. Lt. Kari Rudd of the Salvation Army Burbank Corps Community Center said it is the third year bikes have been donated to the center. The first year, about 10 bikes were collected. That figure grew to 67 last year, and then to 146 this year. The city of Burbank collects the bikes - usually second-hand - from the public, while members of the police and fire unions donate money for safety equipment and parts.
November 1, 2011
Two vehicles and four bicycles have been recently stolen, and items were stolen from several others, police said. Between 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 26, a laptop and two laptop bags, valued at roughly $1,400, were taken from a 1997 BMW on Sixth Street when the driver's side door and window were pried open. On Oct. 24, a bumper and CD/DVD player, valued at about $1,100, were taken from a Honda Civic on Orange Grove Avenue. Police said it was unclear how entry was made.
June 21, 2011
I first saw him parked there on his motorcycle at the corner on Seventh Street and Verdugo Avenue. He was facing north. I was going south. I guess I didn't think the stop sign at Verdugo applied to me, so I ran it. The police officer pointed his gloved finger at me and gestured to where he wanted me to stop. Then he wrote the ticket. My first ticket. Driver: Donald Ray Age: 10 Vehicle make: Murray Bicycle. Place of employment: Joaquin Miller School. Occupation: “Grammer School” (That's right, he misspelled grammar, but I must confess that I wasn't the one who caught the gaffe)
December 18, 2010
City employees spent the past several weeks at the Burbank Recycle Center using some elbow grease on a stack of nearly 80 bicycles to distribute as gifts to needy families. In preparation of the Burbank Salvation Army Toy and Food Distribution on Dec. 20, city employees helped repair and revamp the bicycles for distribution. "When families come in to fill out the Angel Tree tags, they usually include what the kids need, like socks, shoes and other clothing," said Salvation Army Lt. Kari Rudd.
September 22, 2010
Regarding Steve Urbanovich's letter ("Streets are made for cars, not bicycles," Sept. 18), finally, someone has the courage and insight to connect the dots between bicycle riders and the tragedy of 9/11. Pack your bags, Mr. Urbanovich. You're going to Congress! Charles Carney Burbank Streets used to be for horses I read Steve Urbanovich's Mailbag letter in Saturday's Leader regarding bike lanes (Streets are made for cars, not bicycles," Sept.
September 17, 2010
Who are the people trying to get people out of their cars and onto bikes ("Hoping to see more bicycle lanes," July 21)? Traffic in Burbank is quadrupling, and they continue to shrink our roads with bicycle lanes. Is this insanity or what? It's almost like a conspiracy to see just how far they can go to really screw things up. The county is falling apart, starting with the president right down to the lower level of local politics. Anyone who rides a bike on the over-car-crowded streets of Burbank should be deemed suicidal.