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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
Burroughs High boys' basketball Coach Adam Hochberg confirmed late Thursday that starting senior transfer players Amaad Wainright and Rashid Ewing have left the team. Both players transferred to Burroughs from Kansas City, Mo during the offseason and played just one abbreviated season for the Indians. "Wainwright and Ewing have quit the team and left school," Hochberg said. "They left the team over the weekend and checked out of school Tuesday. Yeah, they bailed out on us. " Hochberg said a problem with the players' grades, along with being homesick, prompted them to depart Burroughs and go back home to Missouri.
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NEWS
February 14, 2014
Re: “ Building a better plan for a new IKEA,” op-ed, Feb. 12 . The city of Burbank needs to grow up and understand that it's not a doormat for property developers. That t IKEA development has passed through the city staff and Planning Board without additional conditions (beyond those required by the weak EIR) speaks to the city's lack of sophistication. The city staff and Planning Board fear that IKEA might go elsewhere if any conditions are applied, this notion is utter nonsense.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
Thanks to Sharon Springer for her piece on a better plan for the new IKEA store (“ Building a better plan for a new IKEA, op-ed, Feb. 12 ). I am very concerned about the future of my neighborhood during and after the store is built. Those concerns were communicated to the Planning Board. Although there was an opportunity for public input, it was not well-publicized and as with many projects in Burbank, the affected residents were mostly unaware that they can voice their opinions and the result is that the public has little input into the proposed project's outcome.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 7, 2014
The Burbank City Council will be meeting more frequently starting this month after not holding meetings several times last year, which some city officials said caused regular meetings to run past midnight. In the 10 Tuesdays since Thanksgiving, the council has met five times for regular public meetings. Under the new schedule, however, the council will meet on all but six Tuesdays through August. Most of the so-called “dark” Tuesdays fall during holiday weeks or special events, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and National Night Out. City Manager Mark Scott drafted the new schedule, which was given to the City Council on Tuesday.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
Dave Hoch, dressed in a shiny green paisley vest, string tie and cowboy hat, swung bridles onto his two horses, Ethan and Patrick, one recent morning. “Ready to hook 'em up?” the 68-year-old Rancho resident asked his wife, Diana Hoch. “Yup,” she said, guiding the horses out of their barn while her husband hooked them up to their 1895 Rockaway carriage. It's normal to see equestrians in Burbank's Rancho district, where 82 horses are registered with the city and some intersections have signal buttons raised for riders.
NEWS
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
A few lunch cycles after about 300 employees left the iconic NBC building on Alameda Avenue for more modern digs in Universal City, the mood was upbeat for some and downcast for other business owners in the Media District on Tuesday. Workers at local brick-and-mortar establishments that rely on the cast and crew of KNBC Los Angeles and KVEA Telemundo said they have seen a marked decline in foot traffic. But for mobile food trucks at the Pointe, just a quarter-mile away on Alameda, business was hopping.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
Burbank and Glendale together are purchasing a new helicopter to replace a two-decades-old one that officials say is past its service life. The Burbank City Council last week unanimously approved the purchase. The city will split the $2.9-million cost with Glendale, leaving Burbank on the hook for roughly $1.4 million. The Glendale City Council signed off on the purchase in October. The new air unit will be replacing a 22-year-old MD-520N helicopter, according to a city report.
THE818NOW
By Scott Collins | February 3, 2014
The sign advertising his show still looms over the NBC parking lot, and for a few more days throngs of fans will crowd the studio gates in Burbank before tapings. But Jay Leno says he's ready to leave - and this time, he says he really means it. After more than 40 years, "The Tonight Show" is leaving Southern California and heading back to New York, with the 63-year-old Leno, who first became host in 1992, handing off the show to Jimmy Fallon, just 39. Four years have passed since NBC botched a similar passing of the torch to Conan O'Brien.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
Many thanks to the City Council this week for their open-minded response to the community's concerns about the housing element. The issue of transitional and supportive housing is a complex one and no one wants the city sued for failure to comply with California law. At the same time, residents felt that council and staff could have done more to mitigate negative aspects of the element and maintain the integrity of R-1 neighborhoods, at least before voting...
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 28, 2014
Burbank is slated to receive $90,000 in state funding to help run a police task force monitoring individuals released from prison under the Public Safety Realignment Act, which redirected certain former inmates and parole violators from state to local supervision. The bill, which went into effect in October 2011, resulted in the release of more than 18,000 former inmates into Los Angeles County in its first two years for post-release community supervision. Currently, Burbank is home to 24 of them, according to a city report.
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