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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
April 15, 2014
SOFTBALL Arcadia 10, Burroughs 6 (10 innings) : The Indians dropped their first Pacific League game of the season in an extra-inning loss Tuesday at Olive Park. Burroughs (12-4-1, 4-1 in league) - ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division III - scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extras. Down in the eighth, 6-4, the Indians pushed across two runs to stay alive. The Indians had 16 hits, but also committed five errors. Michelle Santiago was four for six with two doubles and four runs scored and Kaitlin Okimoto was two for five with a double and three RBI. Burbank 11, Hoover 1 (five innings)
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By David Colker, Los Angeles Times and By David Colker, Los Angeles Times | April 15, 2014
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward. Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the talking Teddy moved his mouth in sync, making him seem much more lifelike. The effect was both delightful and a bit creepy, and kids loved him. "1986 and 1987 were insane; you could hardly find Teddy Ruxpin in stores, it was so popular," said toy expert Jim Silver.
NEWS
By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
A woman who was allegedly assaulted during a reported carjacking attempt in Burbank last year has filed a claim against the city of Burbank and the Los Angeles Police Department, citing that the inaction of police officers led to her injuries. Glendale resident Takui Erdoglian, who works in Burbank, was allegedly assaulted on Sept. 25, 2013, at the intersection of Orange Grove and Lake Street while Burbank and Los Angeles police officers were “either watching or being dispatched,” according to the claim filed by law firm Geragos & Geragos.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
The Burbank Unified school board offered few assurances to the district's head nurse Lenora Aguilera last week when she asked school officials to consider hiring three more certificated school nurses to add to the six that currently serve 15,200 students. Along with Aguilera voicing her concerns about more nursing staff, Bret Harte Elementary Principal Sheari Taylor described a recent Friday in which she stepped into her school's office and saw several students lined up sitting on a bench.
NEWS
By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
By June 1, the UCLA Health System will start running six medical facilities currently operated by the Motion Picture & Television Fund, including a health center in Burbank. Layoff notices were issued earlier this month to 315 employees, including 71 at the Toluca Lake Health Center in Burbank, as part of their transfer to the UCLA umbrella, following an agreement reached last fall by the university and the fund. A high percentage of the staff such as doctors, nurses and radiology technicians will keep their positions, said Bob Beitcher, the fund's president and chief executive officer.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
ARCADIA - Despite sending a small contingent, the Burbank-area produced a record-setting effort at Saturday's second day of the 47th annual Arcadia Invitational Track and Field Meet at Arcadia High. Burbank High senior Andy Hurtado led the way. The reigning Pacific League discus champion etched his name into Burbank High history when he set a new school and personal record in the discus with a fifth-place toss of 166 feet, 9 inches. “It was unbelievable, it was the throw I had thought I could always throw,” Hurtado said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday imposed terms of employment on the Burbank city attorneys union after a year of unsuccessful negotiations, a move Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy called “regrettable.” The council approved imposing the terms in a unanimous vote with no discussion. The terms include a 3% raise for members of the Burbank City Attorneys Assn., made up of 10 attorneys and a paralegal, in exchange for the employees paying their full employee pension contribution, which is 8% of their salaries.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
A female student from Burroughs High School was on the bus that collided with a FedEx freight truck in a fiery crash in Northern California on Thursday evening, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more. Los Angeles Unified officials said Friday that 19 of its students were aboard the bus that collided with the truck. The Burbank student, whose name was not immediately released, was transported to a hospital, “but she will be fine,” said Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz. “She's fine physically, but it's a strong emotional trauma to the family to live through,” Britz said, adding that the school district will provide the student's family with mental and emotional support, if needed.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Councilman Bob Frutos on Tuesday requested a closed-session performance evaluation of City Manager Mark Scott, a move that follows weeks of criticism by residents centered around the issue of group homes in residential neighborhoods. When reached over the phone on Thursday, Frutos declined to comment on why he made the request, citing personnel privacy laws. Scott, however, has come under fire by residents in recent weeks following a couple of public outreach blunders. In January, residents were not adequately notified about a public hearing for the state-required housing element . The policy document was approved by City Council and included a section allowing supportive housing - which could mean sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods, which didn't sit well with residents.
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