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May 17, 2011
New rules and seven new designated areas for smoking help reduce the amount of cigarette butts and ashes at Glendale Community College. Enforcement started in spring when campus put up signs in different areas on campus, but is enforcement through stiff fines enough for reducing smoking on campus? Does that enforcement help non-smokers have clean air to breathe? As a non-smoker, I want a smoke-free campus. It is unpleasant to walk on campus and see groups of people gather together and smoke.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 7, 2011
After two days of heavy enforcement this week, 39 Burbank drivers went home with $159 citations as part of a statewide crackdown on driving while distracted. The Burbank Police Department joined law enforcement agencies throughout the state as part of the state’s inaugural Distracted Driving Awareness Month to conduct zero-tolerance enforcement efforts on Monday and Tuesday. The turnout was dedicated to enforcing the law banning use of handheld cell phones while behind the wheel.
NEWS
February 2, 2002
It's Burbank's dirty little secret, and no city official seems to care or want to do anything about it. The city has no enforcement mechanism to police egregious violations of the municipal code when we grant Planned Developments (PDs), Conditional Use Permits (CUPs), or many other entitlements. The Burbank council and staff hypocritically pontificate about "protecting the public" by imposing mandatory conditions on project developers, knowing full well they will almost never be enforced if you're politically well-connected.
NEWS
April 11, 2001
Alex Coolman BURBANK -- Responsible power consumption is what California Gov. Gray Davis was aiming for when he issued a March 15 executive order asking for merchants to cut back on their power use by 50% during off hours. But Burbank is in an unusual situation with regard to the order. While most of the state is struggling with rolling blackouts, Burbank has power to spare. Like Glendale and Pasadena, it has its own power generation facilities and is compelled less by necessity than by civic responsibility to conserve energy.
NEWS
November 17, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- The Burbank Police Department is part of a countywide group of departments that joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney to endorse recently written regulations that officials say will ensure review of criminal misconduct among law enforcement employees, authorities said. The regulations, written by representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, outline when and under what circumstances prosecutors can investigate alleged police misconduct, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | December 25, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Local law enforcement and anti-smoking advocates are lauding a citywide program that aims to keep cigarettes away from children, citing a dramatic reduction in the number of businesses that fail to check identification. In the latest sting operation conducted on tobacco retailers Dec. 9, one out of the 23 business visited by authorities failed to verify the identity of a underage teen who tried to buy cigarettes, authorities said. Store clerks are required by law to ask for proof of age if a person trying to buy cigarettes looks younger than 27. Numbers from five youth decoy operations since officials passed the law have continued to slide, a fact police and city officials attribute to an education component followed by strict enforcement of violators.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 21, 2012
Growing up, John Kaefer always admired police officers. “I had friends who became police officers, I wanted to be a part of that,” he said. Kaefer eventually became the first in his family to pursue a law enforcement career. Now, after six years with the Burbank Police Department, he's been named the 2012 Police Officer of the Year. After about four years as a patrol officer, Kaefer was moved to the gang-enforcement detail, and on Thursday he was promoted to detective. He liked “the investigative side of it,” he said.
NEWS
June 28, 2000
Question: A business just opened near my home and its employees and customers are taking up all of the street parking spaces. What can the police do to help? Answer: The Police Department is charged with the enforcement of traffic and parking ordinances. If the vehicles are legally parked, we cannot take any enforcement action. Qualifying neighborhoods may obtain some measure of parking relief through two-hour residential parking permits. This parking restriction is available from the Traffic Engineer office at 238-3965.
FEATURES
March 11, 2006
For 40 years, Burbank residents have built fences and walls on their properties. But none of those front and backyard structures compare to the bureaucratic wall that threatens to separate them from enjoying their property. Residents have been allowed to build and build over the years, without seemingly any public outcry and little enforcement. Now, after more than 500 complaints from two citizens, the fate of the city's law on such heights is being determined. With the complaints, and the sudden enforcement they've sparked, the city threatens the ability of residents to enjoy their property.
NEWS
December 11, 2002
Ryan Carter The Burbank Police Department is at full staff for the first time in about 15 years. "It means we've got enough bodies to do what we need to do -- to fill the day-to-day operations without having to pull people out of one area to put in another," said Police Sgt. John Dilibert, a supervisor in the bureau that recruits officers. After two years of dealing with several retirements, all of the department's 168 officer positions are filled but not all of the officers are on the streets -- some of them are still in training.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
The number of alcohol- and drug-related car crashes dropped in 2013 when compared to the previous year, while the number of arrests made for driving under the influence spiked, police reported this week. In 2013, there were 557 drunk or drugged driving arrests, up from 386 the year before, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Meanwhile, there were 86 impaired-driving collisions last year, 26 of which resulted in injuries, down from 107 collisions in 2012, 36 of which resulted in injuries, Ryburn added.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 21, 2012
Growing up, John Kaefer always admired police officers. “I had friends who became police officers, I wanted to be a part of that,” he said. Kaefer eventually became the first in his family to pursue a law enforcement career. Now, after six years with the Burbank Police Department, he's been named the 2012 Police Officer of the Year. After about four years as a patrol officer, Kaefer was moved to the gang-enforcement detail, and on Thursday he was promoted to detective. He liked “the investigative side of it,” he said.
NEWS
May 17, 2011
New rules and seven new designated areas for smoking help reduce the amount of cigarette butts and ashes at Glendale Community College. Enforcement started in spring when campus put up signs in different areas on campus, but is enforcement through stiff fines enough for reducing smoking on campus? Does that enforcement help non-smokers have clean air to breathe? As a non-smoker, I want a smoke-free campus. It is unpleasant to walk on campus and see groups of people gather together and smoke.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 7, 2011
After two days of heavy enforcement this week, 39 Burbank drivers went home with $159 citations as part of a statewide crackdown on driving while distracted. The Burbank Police Department joined law enforcement agencies throughout the state as part of the state’s inaugural Distracted Driving Awareness Month to conduct zero-tolerance enforcement efforts on Monday and Tuesday. The turnout was dedicated to enforcing the law banning use of handheld cell phones while behind the wheel.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
It takes the average healthy adult 16 seconds to walk across an intersection, but Burbank police on Wednesday were more interested in how long it takes a driver to stop. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, police officers conducted a pedestrian enforcement operation at the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Parish Place and issued dozens of tickets. Dressed in plain clothes with a non-descript sweatshirt and a beanie, police Det. Paul Orlowski set up a video camera on the southwest corner to document violations as he walked across the street about 100 times over the course of 11/2 hours as vehicles sped by. “It takes about 16 seconds for the average person to walk across the street,” said police Sgt. Kelly Frank after timing Orlowski on his stopwatch.
NEWS
By Craig Sherwood | December 8, 2010
Reading the story recently about the residents of Cordova Street wanting more restrictions to relieve their problems with overflow parking from Porto's Bakery, I was wondering if they really think having more rules is going to actually fix the situation. If you go to the city's website and pull up the municipal code, you are going to find rules for everything. How high your fence can be, how many animals you can have (and the type), what kind of business can be where, and so on. It's great to pass all of these laws and ordinances, but the problem is, who is going to enforce them?
NEWS
June 19, 2010
I am sick of reading all the garbage about crossing a street in an unmarked area. Hello, this is called jaywalking — always has been, and it deserves a ticket. Why do the people in Glendale and Burbank feel we all must bow down and change the laws so they can do whatever pleases them? Give tickets to every one of them, period. "I am disabled" — what a lame excuse! Take a cab, bus or ride in your family's car. Jaywalking should be enforced for everyone, no excuses.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | December 25, 2009
GLENDALE — Drivers who take to the road after sipping a couple of alcoholic drinks at a holiday party stand a greater chance of landing in jail this weekend. Glendale police are planning to crack down on drunk drivers at checkpoints Saturday and Jan. 2 as part of the Avoid the 100 campaign, an aggressive, two-week period in Los Angeles County aimed at stopping motorists from driving under the influence. Saturday’s checkpoint will be heavily staffed with officers, including Burbank police, and community service officers, who will handle vehicle impounding, Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | December 25, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Local law enforcement and anti-smoking advocates are lauding a citywide program that aims to keep cigarettes away from children, citing a dramatic reduction in the number of businesses that fail to check identification. In the latest sting operation conducted on tobacco retailers Dec. 9, one out of the 23 business visited by authorities failed to verify the identity of a underage teen who tried to buy cigarettes, authorities said. Store clerks are required by law to ask for proof of age if a person trying to buy cigarettes looks younger than 27. Numbers from five youth decoy operations since officials passed the law have continued to slide, a fact police and city officials attribute to an education component followed by strict enforcement of violators.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | August 29, 2009
GLENDALE — Residents are responding to massive regional efforts to reduce water consumption as local utility officials report marked water-usage reductions compared with previous years. “We’re very pleased about the way our customers have responded to the restrictions,” Crescenta Valley Water District General Manager Dennis Erdman said Wednesday. His district — which saw a 22% reduction compared with a five-year baseline average, the steepest in the area — has the most imposing water restrictions, with outdoor irrigation limited to two days a week.
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