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May 3, 2008
ON THE AGENDA The following items will be discussed at Tuesday?s Burbank City Council meeting: ? The council is slated to consider a bill that would halt construction on all projects in Burbank that require the use of water. Councilman David Gordon has put forth the suggestion, which comes in the face of record water shortages in the region. Some have partly blamed the shortage on increased construction throughout California. WHAT TO EXPECT Community Development staff members are seeking direction from the council and, if directed, are due to come back with more definitive plans for a possible moratorium at a future meeting.
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NEWS
April 11, 2001
Lolita Harper BURBANK -- If council members were having trouble putting food on their tables before, they can rest a little easier. Burbank voters narrowly passed Measure 1 on Tuesday 4,996 votes (52%) to 4,615 votes, approving a 5% increase in City Council member's salaries -- equaling $44 more per month. In addition to the pay raise, voters overwhelmingly approved a number of changes in the Burbank City Charter, as proposed by Measure 2. The measure passed with more than 62% of the vote -- 5,798 to 3,486.
THE818NOW
December 3, 2012
Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski will be retiring this month after 32 years with the department, officials said Monday. His last day with the city will be Dec. 28.  “I understand he has been of great value to the community and he will truly be missed,” said Ken Pulskamp on his first day of the job Monday as interim city manager. Krakowski had been serving as acting city manager for the last five weeks in between former City Manager Mike Flad's departure and Pulskamp's arrival.
NEWS
March 8, 2003
Laura Sturza Interim City Manager Mary Alvord -- whom the city plans to court to take the job permanently -- says she is up to the task of not only following the blueprint left by her predecessor, Bud Ovrom, but to leave her own mark as well. Her goals that follow Ovrom's include revitalizing downtown, completing the South San Fernando Park Project and securing grant funds for a new Central Library and renovations at the Northwest Branch. "We have a lot of balls in the air that are going to keep me busy for quite awhile," said Alvord, who was Ovrom's assistant city manager.
NEWS
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.
THE818NOW
November 16, 2012
Two Burbank City Council members this week voiced qualms over a provision in the city's new nepotism policy that bans relatives of many City Hall executives and those serving on the dais from being municipal employees. The new rules - approved roughly four months ago by the Civil Service Board - affects relatives of the city manager, executives in the city manager's office, management service director and City Council members from working simultaneously for the city. Family members can be hired after the council members or city employees have completed their service to the city, according to the policy.
THE818NOW
April 18, 2013
After years of discussions and months of revisions, Burbank officials have made final a set of strict changes to the city's nepotism policy. Designed to eliminate favoritism and improve morale, the policy now prohibits the hiring of relatives of any and all department heads, in addition to relatives of the City Council, city manager, assistant city manager and management services director. Division heads - including those filling assistant director and deputy director roles - also cannot hire family members for their departments.
NEWS
July 2, 2003
Ben Godar Looking back on her first 100 days as city manager, Mary Alvord said her background with the city made the transition an easier one. "Sometimes I think, 'How could someone come from the outside and figure out this maze of characters?' " Alvord said Monday. Appointed by the City Council, the former assistant city manager was sworn in March 25. She took over for Bud Ovrom, who spent 17 years as city manager before accepting a position as director of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.
NEWS
June 16, 2001
As secretary to five city managers in 30-plus years, Gladys Grady Callahan observed and participated in periods of great change, turmoil and unparalleled accomplishments. She had inside information on the scandals, political machinations and internecine conflicts but kept them to herself out of the great loyalty she had to her bosses. Two of these, Howard I. Stites and Harmon Bennett, accounted for almost 25 years of her tenure. She had a strong dedication to the smooth functioning of the city manager's office and the city.
NEWS
April 30, 2003
Laura Sturza Former city manager Bud Ovrom's legacy lives on in Burbank -- including at a downtown crosswalk where his voice can be heard telling pedestrians they are safe to walk -- and now his name will be heard when people refer to a park project he helped spearhead. The City Council, on David Laurell's last night as mayor, approved his proposal to name the park for Ovrom with a 3-2 vote Tuesday. Laurell and council members Dave Golonski and Marsha Ramos approved the plan and Vice Mayor Stacey Murphy and Councilman Jef Vander Borght opposed it. "Bud was the driving force behind the development of the [South San Fernando Park project]
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