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December 23, 2011
When politicians want to attack the other side, they start smearing. When anti-Walmart people want to keep Walmart out, they are smearing. A Walmart will increase the crime rate (“How to keep Walmart out,” Dec. 11)? What a crock. I've asked my wife several times over the years, “Why does Panorama City have a Walmart, and not us?” God bless you Walmart, and welcome to Burbank. Steve Urbanovich Burbank
THE818NOW
January 26, 2012
An independent audit of the city's 2010-11 finances gave Burbank the highest possible rating. Financial Services Director Cindy Giraldo said the audit by the accounting firm McGladrey and Pullen was completed in December. The review also included the Redevelopment Agency, but a more complete report on the agency and its future will go to the City Council on Jan. 31. A Comprehensive Annual Financial Report will be submitted to the Government Finances Officers' Assn. for consideration of an annual national achievement award.
SPORTS
September 14, 2011
BOYS' WATER POLO Burbank in El Rancho Tournament : The Bulldogs played well and captured their first championship in the tourney Saturday. Burbank was paced by Sam Akopian, who was named the tournament's most valuable player. Akpoian tallied six goals in the final match, as the Bulldogs defeated Cypress, 18-12. Zach Card added four goals. In the semifinal match against host El Rancho, Akopian scored five goals and Sean Savoy added four in a 16-11 victory. The Bulldogs opened the event by beating El Rancho,16-1.
NEWS
November 4, 2011
“Happy birthday Burbank.” When I came to California more than 50 years ago, Burbank was hometown U.S.A. - people were coming from all over the country for jobs and the good life. But Burbank has since become a multicultural city and has lost its hometown charm. It is sad. I long for the old Burbank. Don Larsen Burbank
NEWS
January 13, 2012
I see Walmart fitting in very well with this community. It will also bring more people into the city. We used to travel outside of Burbank to shop at Walmart. With the addition of Walmart, it will bring better prices to the area and other stores. Sure, it will force pressure on some of the other stores, but nothing stays the same forever. When Target came to Burbank, I stopped shopping at Kmart. Why was there not the same stink raised? The only ones I see complaining are the unions and high-priced labor.
THE818NOW
September 20, 2011
Burbank artist Charla Puryear won second place for her painting “Wintered Beach,” exhibited in an online competition by the Light Space & Time, an online gallery. In total, there were 394 entries from artists who created work using various media from 13 countries around the world. The exhibit is on display through September. Visit www.lightspacetime.com . Puryear's paintings were also selected by another online gallery for an exhibit that lasts through October. The Caladan Gallery selected Puryear's paintings entitled “Seed,” “Rock,” and “Six of Swords” in its juried exhibition named “Surface Pattern.” The exhibit features the art of 23 artists, national and international alike.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012
Burbank resident Margaret Culver turns 100 years old on Feb. 2. She was born Margaret Emaline Culver on Feb. 2, 1912 in Winslow, Ariz., five days before Arizona was declared a state. She is the daughter of Eli Lichtenburger Hosler and Gillia La Prade. Her ancestors emigrated to the United States in the early 1700s. Her father's family was from Switzerland and mother's family from France, with five generations of ancestors being born in the United States. Culver is the oldest of three sisters who include Thalia who is deceased and Geraldine who is 85 and lives in Arizona.
NEWS
March 27, 2012
The Burbank Police are having a problem with their troops, but not a problem with the crime level. The overall crime rate in Burbank has dropped in 2011, a trend police credited to targeted efforts and strong community investment. Serious crimes have dropped by 6% in Burbank, according to the latest statistics. The key is to be able to intervene rapidly, spotting crime trends before they become more serious. To combat a spree of auto burglaries in Burbank, the police increased their number of sting operations and issued crime alerts to residents and local businesses.
THE818NOW
April 18, 2012
Dick Clark may be remembered most for hosting "American Bandstand" and counting down to the New Year on television every year, but he also made a considerable impact in Burbank. When the news broke that he died Tuesday at 82, residents shared their memories of working with him or seeing him around television studios in the city. RELATED: Dick Clark remembered for dedication to Providence neuroscience program Dick Clark dies at 82; he introduced America to rock 'n' roll Photos:  Dick Clark | 1929-2012 -- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
More Burbank residents were unemployed and without health insurance last year than in 2007 and 2009, respectively, according to 2011 census estimates released this week. Unemployment among Burbank workers reached 8.4% in 2011, up from 5.2% in 2007, highlighting the crippling effects of the economic crisis, which has cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes. But Burbank workers proved to be better off than Americans nationwide, as the national unemployment rate reached 10.3% last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | May 3, 2014
BURBANK - In a showcase that seemingly had equal parts block party and all-star game, the Premiere All-Star high school boys' basketball team utilized its sharp-shooting ability to defeat the Elite All-Stars, 122-108, in the inaugural High School All-Star Spectacular that included several local players and was hosted at Bellarmine-Jefferson High. “It really doesn't get much more fun than this,” said Premiere guard Miles Hopkins, one of three Bell-Jeff players tabbed to the team.
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SPORTS
From staff reports | May 2, 2014
BASEBALL Burbank 11, Muir 1 (five innings) : The Bulldogs earned the Pacific League victory Friday on the road. Pitcher Randy Higgens got the win for the Bulldogs (7-12, 4-6 in league), going two innings. Reliever Rory Roughtean pitched two innings and Cameron Briggs tossed one. Chandler Robbins had two hits for Burbank. SOFTBALL Burbank 18, Muir 0 (five innings) : The Bulldogs had 13 hits in earning the Pacific League victory Thursday on the road. The win keeps Burbank (19-3, 10-0 in league)
NEWS
May 2, 2014
We commend the Burbank City Council for voting this week to allow the often-embattled David Gordon to transition to the role of mayor. Gordon has waited a long time for this ceremonial post - eight years, in fact. It took him until now, after a one-year stint as vice mayor, to garner enough votes among his colleagues to be given the gavel. Only the outgoing mayor, Emily Gabel-Luddy, abstained from the vote, saying she did so because she had not seen enough evidence that Gordon has the time to make himself available for the varied activities a mayor must attend on behalf of the city.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
Improving students' overall academic success was a key component in two local elementary schools receiving 2014 California Distinguished Schools' awards this week. Joaquin Miller and R.L. Stevenson elementary schools were also each presented an additional distinction honoring their "exemplary" arts programs, a nod that only 13 schools in the entire state won out of the 424 that earned the awards. "I'm really proud of our students. The [award] respects all of the hard work that they've done," said Miller Principal Judy Hession, who added that the teachers' dedication and parents' involvement were also part of the school's success.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
After Roberta Reynolds took her seat as president of the Burbank School Board on Thursday, she congratulated David Gordon for becoming the city's mayor earlier that day - the first time he was selected for that role after serving eight years on the City Council. Reynolds credited him for raising "some very difficult questions" several years ago over the school district's spending of its previous bond that voters approved in 1997. With the district's accountability in question by several residents as well, Burbank Unified spent $300,000 to hire a firm to perform an audit that discovered in 2011 that no fraudulent activity occurred.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
BURBANK - For the first time in a number of years, the season finale boys' tennis match between Burroughs High and Burbank carried with it no Pacific League championship or playoff implications. "I think it's been probably 10 years or more since we didn't at least make the playoffs," Indians Coach Roy Bernhardt said. What was on the line in Thursday's match was not much more than pride and city bragging rights. Burroughs used a doubles sweep, winning all nine sets, to earn a 12-6 victory against the visiting Bulldogs.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
Burbank Unified students are graduating at a rate well above the state average, according to data released this week. For the students who were part of the class of 2012-13, more than 91.8% of them graduated, while nearly 70 students dropped out. The district's graduation rate is slightly lower than the 93% graduation rate reported for its classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012. But it still comes in well above the state average of 80%, and Burbank's 2012-13 rate tally is almost 2% higher than Glendale Unified's 90% graduation rate.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
BURBANK - What's the Burbank High-Burroughs rivalry without some drama and a little bit of controversy? Tuesday's Pacific League swimming meet between the Bulldogs and Indians featured both - in a single event. With the score close in the boys' competition headed into the final event of the day, the 4x100-yard freestyle relay, the meet victory looked up for grabs. Although Burroughs won the relay race, the team was disqualified after it was detected that one of its swimmers was wearing a double cap, which is a violation.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
Two female pedestrians were hospitalized Monday night after being struck by a sedan while reportedly crossing the street illegally, police said. At 8:45 p.m., the two women reportedly ran across Virginia Avenue at Olive Avenue, heading southbound from George Izay Park, when they were struck by a motorist, an 80-year-old woman, driving eastbound on Olive Avenue on a green light, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. One suffered a broken shoulder and elbow, while the other sustained head injuries, Ryburn said.
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