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NEWS
May 21, 2008
Ban is a lousy idea, regardless of success In regards to my opinion of the smoking ban (?Smoking is still a hot topic,? May 7), I do not smoke but disagree with an open-air smoking ban. I do not believe it should be expanded. I do not know if the ban is successful, nor do I care. LONI YOUNG Burbank City is planning to pay Flad too much Wow! Incoming City Manager Mike Flad taps Burbank to the tune of $217,500! Who determined that salary? Burbank city officials determined the salary was within the range of other regional city managers.
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NEWS
November 28, 2001
I like Will Rogers' column. He provides a valuable service by analyzing city issues, the people who make them and the people who criticize them. He is not a mouthpiece for the City Council, as Robby Shaw has said ("How dare they," Oct. 24). Rogers has criticized and analyzed all council members, as well as Bud Ovrom, the city manager. In past columns, he has analyzed the Five Points redo at Victory and Burbank boulevards, the absurdity of the effort to recall certain councilmen, the city's effort to publish a newsletter regarding the latest information about the airport, Judie Sarquiz's sleight-of-hand move to a new appointed position closer to being appointed city manager when Bud Ovrom retires, the joyriding of Councilman Bob Kramer with the police on Friday nights, Phil Berlin's possible machinations behind the scenes, the merits and demerits of the planned Media Center and, last but not least, the exposing of the gadflies' spin on the airport issue.
NEWS
March 2, 2002
Burbank city officials justify their many top-level positions, exempt from civil service and paid more than $100,000 a year, as necessary to provide the best possible municipal services to the public. That same explanation is given to justify paying all employees equal to or more than comparable cities. A fully staffed and funded public relations program routinely delineates city services. It is puzzling, then, why the city needs a Community Assistance Coordinator.
THE818NOW
December 28, 2012
After 32 years with the Burbank Fire Department, Ray Krakowski retired on Friday. Krakowski rose through the department's ranks after starting in 1980 as a firefighter and paramedic, and later being promoted to engineer, captain and battalion chief. He was named interim fire chief in 2009, and was appointed to the position permanently the following year. He recently sat as acting city manager until the arrival of Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp on Dec. 3. Krakowski said his time in Burbank went by quickly.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
BURBANK - The deadline to apply for Burbank police chief closed on Friday, but City Manager Mike Flad's pending departure for a job in the city of South Gate has raised concerns among city officials and residents about whether to continue the recruitment process. “Common sense tells me we ought to postpone police chief recruitment at this time, and once we have a new city manager, go from there,” said Councilman Gary Bric. Since the city manager oversees the police chief, officials say recruitment could not only be difficult, but also illogical.
NEWS
March 27, 2004
Jackson Bell If Burbank were a corporation, Mary Alvord would be its chief executive. And Alvord, as the CEO of about 1,500 city employees, is in charge of every aspect of the city. Because of that, the majority of her day involves interacting with the city's department heads. "About 80% of my time is spent in meetings," said Alvord, who is Burbank's city manager. "But I finish most of my days feeling like I have a good understanding of what is going on with most issues."
NEWS
September 1, 2007
The City Council approved a resolution to install three relocated water transmission lines as part of the State Route 134 Ramp Project. ? Construction on the lines exceeded the original cost by $220,600. Greg Herman, assistant community development director, said the added cost is ?legitimate? and was approved by Caltrans. The city will front the money and expects to be reimbursed by Caltrans. ? ? The council approved a rental agreement allowing the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank to sublease a portion of its facility to a Head Start Program.
NEWS
May 10, 2008
Congratulations to Assistant City Manager Mike Flad, whom the City Council appointed this week to become city manager when Mary Alvord leaves the top spot in January. He is the right pick to lead the city as officials look to fulfill a pretty ambitious to-do list of goals for the upcoming year. Those goals, which the council hashed out last weekend and approved on Tuesday, include reducing waste, bolstering the city’s financial position, financing a new library and establishing a year-round aquatic center.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
I have read numerous articles and have seen on television how little Walmart employees are paid. Burbank did not suffer a loss, but may have gained if Walmart does not open in Burbank. I have seen numerous articles with regard to the many jobs that this store would bring to Burbank. I have not seen anything about the base pay that these employees would be paid. As is often the case wherever a Walmart store is located, most of their employees would not earn enough to survive in the immediate area.
NEWS
August 21, 2002
Laura Sturza Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) hopes his constituency will expand as a result of redistricting to include Burbank residents. "I live in the [Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport] flight pattern in Sherman Oaks," Sherman said. "This is an issue I hear about every day ... I just talked to [City Manager] Bud Ovrom about the need for a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew that's not just voluntary." The congressman's plans for airport resolution include bringing Burbank officials into meetings with Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Marion Blakey and completion of the airport's noise study that will support federal lobbying for a curfew.
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