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By By Vince Lovato | November 19, 2005
Congress has approved a request by Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who represents Burbank, for $500,000 in federal funding to pay for safety improvements to Metrolink including median separators and locked gates to limit vehicular access to rail tracks including those in Burbank. The request comes on the heels of January's deadly Metrolink crash. The bill also included language from Schiff that requires the Federal Railroad Administration to study safety practices called into question after the derailment of a Metrolink train in Glendale.
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NEWS
By By Mark R. Madler | October 28, 2005
A special election in January to fill Stacey Murphy's spot on the City Council attracts five candidates for post.DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- Voters will have a field of five candidates to choose from in a January special election to fill the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Stacey Murphy. Friday marked the last day candidates could return petitions to the City Clerk's office to be on the ballot for the Jan. 24 special election. "I had a good experience working on the new Buena Vista Library committee and seeing that come to fruition," said candidate Michael Dontanville, a retired air traffic controller.
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By: Robby Shaw | September 14, 2005
After 15 years in Burbank I'll be moving out the end of September and not because I don't love Burbank. o7Au' contrairef7; Burbank is a wonderful place to live, except for the scandalous politics here. I was very politically active for a long time having attended 100 or more City Council and Planning Commission meetings. I was even considered for airport commissioner more than once. One thing I learned from my experience was the Burbank City Council, Planning Commission and City Manager were all too often unresponsive to the will of the people.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
Mark R. Madler With four months to go before hitting a summer deadline, a joint effort between the union representing Burbank police officers and the city's business community has raised nearly $50,000 for a planned police museum in the nation's capital. That amount is half of the $100,000 goal set by the Burbank Police Officers Assn. when it announced in November it was raising the money. Among the donors so far are Crown Realty & Development, owner of the Burbank Town Center Mall; Cusumano Real Estate Group; and NBC Studios, said Michael Cusumano, a co-chair of the fundraising committee and a local developer.
NEWS
November 2, 2002
AS IF YOU ASKED Given Mayor David Laurell's announcement at this week's State of the City presentation that he won't seek re-election when his term ends in the spring, I'm not sure where to start. Should I begin with an analysis of how his decision might affect the dynamics and direction of the next City Council? Perhaps readers would be best served if I first try to offer insight about Laurell's motives, the reactions of other officials, and how the announcement might affect upcoming council races.
NEWS
July 6, 2002
Molly Shore A 45-minute video by Burbank teens dealing with problems they face and the solutions they have devised is going through its final edit, and will be aired on Charter Communications Channel 6 starting next month. "One of our goals was to make sure that whatever we did would be appealing to teens," video narrator Brynn Larsen, 16, said. The video is the end result of a questionnaire distributed a year and a half ago to Burbank students.
NEWS
August 8, 2001
The Leader's write-up about the ROAR initiative essentially suggested that a thorough debate of the issues begin. I am happy to stick to the facts about why Burbank residents should vote no on ROAR. This really isn't about being for or against an airport terminal project. At the heart of my disagreement with the initiative is the simple truth that the passage of ROAR would be bad government. ROAR would waste taxpayer dollars, is unnecessary for maintaining local control over the airport terminal project and, most important, ROAR could undo the progress Burbank already has made in protecting our say. I wish I could recommend that the voters simply read the initiative to understand how ROAR threatens the power the voters of Burbank currently have.
NEWS
June 30, 2001
How long ago was it that Burbank officials promised residents that unusual enticement of lower -- not higher -- utility rates? Try less than a year ago. It was last August when Ron Davis, Burbank Water and Power general manager, told the Leader the city "could lower electric rates as much as 30%." Right. It's only 10 months later, and BWP is threatening to raise its rates 10% starting July 1. In December, officials were promising no power rate hikes while thumbing their noses at Glendale, a city that faced a rate hike of 5%. One month later, hints were being dropped left and right by city know-it-alls that residents could expect a rate increase anywhere from 2% to 5%. Then in April, BWP officials implored customers to conserve energy -- to keep rates down.
NEWS
May 9, 2001
After reading the May 2 editorial, "Best wishes go to the winners," I felt it was appropriate to comment. I was disappointed the Leader chose to put down our newest council member and the voters. Marsh Ramos' message was always straightforward. She said she would listen to the constituents, do her best to strive for balance and that she would not approve an airport replacement terminal project until there was a curfew and noise restrictions to mitigate the impacts on the community.
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