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By Angela Hokanson | July 12, 2008
DOWNTOWN BURBANK — Boxes are stacking up this week as city employees prepare to move into the city’s new Community Services Building this weekend and over the next two weeks. By the end of the month, much of the workforce of the Public Works Department, the Community Development Department, the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Public Information Office are expected to be unified under one roof in a way that will help streamline city services, some city officials said.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | May 5, 2008
CITY HALL — A newly organized Burbank City Council met Saturday to determine its goals for the upcoming financial year, outlining increased conservation efforts and alleviating traffic among the issues most pressing to the city. Dave Golonski, who was installed Thursday for his third run as mayor of Burbank, guided the council through multiple rounds of voting, until he ultimately generated a top-five list that also included bolstering the city’s financial position, financing a new central library and establishing a year-round aquatic center.
NEWS
May 24, 2008
ON THE AGENDA The following items will be discussed at Tuesday’s Burbank City Council meeting:   The council is scheduled to hear from the city’s Management Services, Public Works and Burbank Water & Power department heads regarding their proposed budgets for the fiscal year starting July 1. A proposed budget public hearing is scheduled for June 10 en route to the budget’s scheduled adoption, which...
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By Tom Risen | January 31, 2009
BURBANK — The City Council voted Tuesday not to extend deadlines for developers who are having trouble breaking ground on their projects due to the recession. The council had the options of allowing extensions to all developers or allowing them specially for builders whose projects conformed to the 2007 California Building Code. In the end, though, the members voted 4 to 1 to keep the city’s current policy in place. The debate over deadline extensions began in December when the developer of a residential property on 514 Harvard Road appealed to the council for an extension on the city’s development approval and permit process, saying a poor credit market made it difficult for him to break ground on his project.
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | April 28, 2010
DOWNTOWN — In a year marked by sluggish sales and a depressed job market, the city’s two main business districts still attracted new ventures into empty storefronts, according to a year-end report. The Downtown Burbank and Magnolia Park partnerships continued to serve as drivers in the city’s quest to promote economic development, particularly as holiday shopping figures fell again this winter. Fourth-quarter receipts in 2009 were down 12.5% compared with the same period in 2008, but officials said several factors, including refunds of taxes paid over multiyear periods, skewed the data.
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May 2, 2014
City officials on Friday offered to shuttle seniors who live in the Wesley Tower retirement complex to cooling centers after hearing the air conditioning was broken during the extreme heat. Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy heard the air conditioning wasn't working on Friday morning from a family member of a resident, and by 9 a.m., city staff members were working on ways to help, she said. Affected residents had the option to be shuttled to a cooling center such as the Joslyn Adult Center or go to local public libraries, she said.
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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.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 26, 2014
Though state officials point to high levels of arsenic, chromium 6 and uranium in Burbank's water in a recent report , city officials claim the data is based on untreated groundwater, saying what flows out of residents' taps far exceeds mandated requirements. Sam Delson, a deputy director for external and legislative affairs for California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard, said Burbank toxicity score was based on data gathered from treated water, but local water officials contend this is not the case.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy offered condolences this week in a letter to the mayor of Burbank's sister city, Incheon, South Korea, expressing sincere sympathy for the victims of the ferry disaster that left hundreds dead or missing. Last Wednesday, the Sewol ferry took off from the port of Incheon carrying 476 people, 325 of whom were students with 15 staff members on a field trip from Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, before sinking nearly 50 miles from its destination, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
Burbank got an unexpected bump this year in federal grant funding to benefit local public service agencies, long reduced due to the sluggish economy, though the amount is still well below what the organizations had requested. The Burbank City Council on Tuesday dispersed just more than $162,000 in Community Block Development Grant funds to 14 local agencies, including nonprofit organizations and the Burbank school district, which is a small boost from the $141,000 it doled out last year.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
Artwork of all kinds, including animation, took center stage this past weekend during the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival. Booths lined San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue, featuring a wide variety of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and jewelry. One section of the event focused on animation with participants including Gnomon School of Visual Effects, the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire and the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
THE818NOW
April 16, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott came out of a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday with the “unanimous support” of the City Council, the mayor said. After the discussion in closed session, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy Tuesday announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive. “We had, I thought, a very frank discussion and a good give-and-take, and it was the conclusion of that meeting to give our unanimous support to the city manager,” Gabel-Luddy said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
The Burbank Planning Board is asking elected officials to fund a study on anti-mansionization ideas, saying the work would be the best way to show how the resident-fueled suggestions would impact the look of the city's neighborhoods. Locals in the past have asked the board to consider stricter guidelines against such developments, arguing that huge houses built near much smaller homes destroy a neighborhood's personality. “(Residents) have concerns regarding the integrity and character of existing neighborhoods, and they've asked the city to help them maintain that character,” said Carol Barrett, assistant community development director.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
A Burbank Hills community faced a setback Monday in its decades-long quest to create a gated neighborhood, after the Planning Board recommended that elected officials deny the request. The board's recommendation, approved in a 3-0 vote, will be forwarded to the Burbank City Council for a final decision. Two Planning Board members were absent. The Burbank Hills Community Homeowners Assn. has requested entry and exit gates - for the fourth time since 1987 - at the two main entrances to the neighborhood, where Lamer Street crosses Castleman and Wedgewood lanes.
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