May 19, 2004
Leadership Burbank appoints members BURBANK -- A mix of business and other community members have been appointed to Leadership Burbank. The nonprofit organization grooms up-and-coming civic leaders through leadership programs. New board members are Sister Lucille Dean, Providence High School's principal; Michael Cusumano, president of Burbank Development Inc.; Bill Wiggins, chairman of Automation Plating Corp.; and Peter McGrath, senior citizen representative on the board at the Joslyn Adult Center.
March 31, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Burbank officials want to know what residents think of their city. Research firm Godbe Research and Analysis was hired by city officials and is conducting a citizen satisfaction survey through random telephone calls. Ranked as one of the top 10 City Council goals for the year, the survey will help the council put together Burbank's 10-year strategic plan. The last citizen survey was conducted during fiscal year 1994-1995.
June 10, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- St. Francis Xavier Church and School is hosting its annual Old Tyme Country Faire. The fair began Friday and continues today from 3 p.m. to midnight and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Carnival rides and midway games --including Burbank Mayor Bill Wiggins serving time in the dunk tank -- will thrill fair attendees. An arts and crafts sale, live entertainment, food and a prize drawing will also be part of the fun, organizers said.
January 29, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Instead of giving themselves salary increases, members of the the City Council have decided to put the matter to voters. Following the directive of a previous council -- which approved the move in December 1998 -- council members voted unanimously to include the item on the ballot in February 2001. "It's real hard to vote for a raise for yourself," Councilman Bob Kramer said Tuesday in a phone interview before the vote.
March 29, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- The City Council has approved another $500,000 for ongoing legal expenses related to the Burbank Airport, bringing the city's bill for legal costs to $9 million in a little more than three years. The council approved the funding on a 4-0 vote without discussion on March 21. Vice Mayor Bill Wiggins was absent. The money was allocated to pay for future expenses, Councilman David Laurell said Thursday. The city has been embroiled in a legal war with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority over the construction of a replacement airline terminal.
February 10, 2001
Karen S. Kim MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Zelman Development Co. and five city officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the Burbank Empire Center. Mayor Bill Wiggins, council members Bob Kramer, David Laurell and Stacey Murphy, and City Manager Bud Ovrom, as well as Zelman representatives, will meet at 3 p.m. at the corner of Empire Avenue and Lincoln Street for the event. Construction crews already have begun preparing the land for development.
February 17, 2001
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- George Washington was there. So was Bill Clinton. The two former presidents weren't the only heads of state to visit Thomas Jefferson Elementary on Thursday. About 30 fifth-grade students dressed as former presidents for a class research project. The purpose of the assignment was to get students interested in Presidents Day, as well as teach students about using computers for research purposes. "I learned so much," said teacher Joe Reed.
April 28, 2001
Karen S. Kim AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Former mayor Bill Wiggins and retired police chief David Newsham are among six people who have applied for three slots on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. By Friday's 5 p.m. deadline, City Clerk Judie Sarquiz had received applications from current authority commissioners Charles Lombardo, Phil Berlin and Ingolf Klengler, as well as from Newsham, Wiggins and Charles Johnson, who sits on Burbank's Building and Fire Code Appeals board.
March 28, 2001
At the March 27 council meeting, Councilwoman Stacey Murphy broadsided Councilman Bob Kramer and managed to wrest the animal shelter show from him. After congratulating Kramer on the great job he did with the animals and acknowledging that he was the one who started the program, she suggested it could be improved upon if the host were rotated among the Burbank population. She managed to get Councilmen David Laurell and Dave Golonski to vote with her. Mayor Bill Wiggins was the only member who rose to the support of Kramer.
July 9, 2003
Ben Godar A Burbank representative to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority was elected president Monday, despite garnering no support from Glendale commissioners. Burbank Commissioner Charles Lombardo was elected president by a 6-3 vote. Outgoing President Chris Holden of Pasadena and Burbank Commissioner Bill Wiggins were nominated for president, but both declined. The nine-member commission governs the airport, which serves more than four-million passengers annually and has a budget of about $50 million.