January 16, 2002
Craig Bullock The City Council officially unveiled two restored murals on Sept. 10 that are in the renovated interior of City Hall. This long overdue restoration removed years of grime and corrected poorly implemented alterations that the murals, unfortunately, suffered over the years. The murals now can be seen in their entirety for the first time in over three decades, and these magnificent works of art celebrate the spirit of freedom and our own city.
November 24, 2007
CHARITY LEAGUE GATHERS FOOD ITEMS FOR NEEDY National Charity League, Burbank Chapter members and their daughters collected nonperishable items the recently at the Burbank Pavilions. They collected 1,196 items valued at $3,337. The mothers and daughters participating were Patty and Alex DeGrazzio , Kim and Nor Kurasz , Cathy and Savannah Stevens, Jackie and Samantha Kelley, Kris and Nicole Coblentz, Amanda and Pat Copping and Rachel and Rilla Raad . CIVIC PRIDE COMMITTEE SEEKING HOLIDAY ENTRIES The Burbank Civic Pride Committee invites all local residents and businesses to enter the 25th annual Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest.
May 24, 2003
Spend money on services instead of fighting prayer Hooray to the Supreme Court for their decisive rejection of Burbank's moronic appeal to allow sectarian prayer at council meetings, and an even bigger hooray to the late Irv Rubin for his courageous insistence that Burbank show some sense and mend its ways. Once, I attended a council meeting during the early 1990s and was appalled to see a local preacher abuse his privilege by spending over five minutes proselytizing to the captured audience with his blatantly stated "witnessing to Christ."
January 10, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- As City Clerk Judie Sarquiz seeks reelection, the 29-year Burbank resident says that a heart for community service is the quality that has most influenced her four-year term. "[The city clerk's office] is the first point of contact for anyone in the community who needs anything or has a question, and I just love being able to be a part of that," Sarquiz said. "I know everything that's going on. There's not a thing going on that I don't know about."
February 28, 2007
BURBANK — The city of Los Angeles purchased 80 acres of park land in the Verdugo Mountains above Burbank from a private developer, further expanding the fourth-largest wildlife refuge in the San Fernando Valley. Verdugo Mountain Park, a more than 500-acre refuge located northeast of the Bob Hope Airport, provides a dense haven of brush and chaparral plants for everything from lizards to snakes to bobcats and mountain lions, said John Kirk Mukri, general manager of Los Angeles' Department of Recreation and Parks.
October 15, 2008
While volunteering with first-graders 20 years ago, Jack O’Neill stood tall in the R.L. Stevenson Elementary School classroom with his long arms by his side. Before he knew it, three or four tiny, affection-seeking hands belonging to children he helped teach once a week were entwined with his. Small gestures like these made O’Neill reexamine and change the course of his life. “I discovered my affinity for children,” said O’Neill, who does not have children of his own. “And I discovered they had an affinity for me.” He is known all over Burbank for the 39 years he dedicated to NBC and for the myriad titles he’s had, most notably vice president in finance.
February 12, 2003
High schools participate in county academic decathlon BURBANK -- Burbank High School's nine-member academic decathlon team slipped from last year's third place to 10th place this year in the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon. John Burroughs High School placed 31st out of 40 participating high schools. The overall winner of the Decathlon was Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, which scored 43,081 out of a possible 60,000 points. Second place went to Beverly Hills High School with 40,415 points.
August 25, 2010
To explore the outer limits of open government, look no further than Burbank City Hall, where there are things under lock and key that even City Council members aren't privileged to see. So powerful are state laws preventing disclosure of police personnel records that it appears only a handful of people are able to view the complete findings of a recent probe into allegations of misconduct at the Burbank Police Department. And even though it was the council who in January authorized the $200,000 needed for former San Luis Obispo Police Chief James Gardiner to conduct his investigation, they're not on that exclusive list.
December 27, 2011
A future Walmart in Burbank dominated the public discourse in 2011, sparking protests at City Hall, new Facebook pages opposing the retailer's move into the city and divided opinions among residents - and it's only just begun. Walmart is scheduled to open near the Empire Center in early 2013, according to spokesman Steve Restivo. The mega-retailer's sometimes rocky road to Burbank started in early July when news broke that the Walmart Real Estate Business Trust had purchased 12 acres where a 120,000-square-foot Great Indoors store was located.
August 14, 2002
AS IF YOU ASKED Two weeks ago, I commented on Burbank City Hall's pattern of lurching and leaping on developments surrounding proposed construction at the local airport's terminal. In testimony to the influence and fearsome authority I wield over city leaders, the pattern has shifted from occasional confusion amid bouts of frenzied activity to an atmosphere of constant, frantic tumult bordering on hysteria. What was City Hall's merely annoying preoccupation with appearances has become an all-consuming desperation to manage perceptions and counter imagined strategies, campaigns that have had almost exactly the opposite effect.