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By Chris Wiebe | March 11, 2006
BURBANK ? The City Council passed an interim fence ordinance on Tuesday night that raises the height limit for residential fences by one foot in most cases and allows existing fences to stay up as long as they do not pose a safety hazard. A Blue Ribbon Task Force will be formed to review the interim standards before they are put in place permanently. Homeowners have been coming out en masse to protest changes to residential fence standards, but as it turns out, the outcry was much ado about, almost, nothing.
NEWS
August 20, 2005
Mark R. Madler The City Council delayed Tuesday night implementing new standards for fences, walls and hedges for private residences. The council directed city staff to look into an amnesty program for homeowners who have fences and walls that had complied with past ordinances as well as those that never met any city standards. "We recognize how many nonconforming fences and walls are out there," Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said. "We don't want to pit neighbor against neighbor."
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | February 24, 2007
BURBANK — Members of the city's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Fences, Walls and Hedges closed their meeting on Wednesday by chastising one of their own. Task force member Dan Soderstrom voiced qualms over recent comments in the Burbank Leader from fellow member — and City Council candidate — Margaret Sorthun, who has alluded to her frustration with the task force as part of the impetus behind her council bid. "A few of the...
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By Chris Wiebe | March 1, 2006
DOWNTOWN ? The City Council heard from residents Tuesday who weren't on the fence about interim standards that would limit the height and type of fences in residential areas until a permanent law is passed. The standards would increase the 3-foot height limit for frontyard fences set in 1967 to 4 feet. City staffers also recommend that fence heights increase from 3 feet to 6 feet in sideyards and wall heights be capped at 4 feet in front yards. Under the new standards, hedges would be limited to the same height as fences, chain-link and wire fences would be prohibited and parabolas and arbors in front yards would be allowed.
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By Alison Tully | August 13, 2008
BURBANK — After nearly an hour of debate, the City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that modifies height standards for fences and walls in the hillside area. The ordinance, approved by a 4-1 vote, is a solution to concerns raised by hillside residents that fences and walls negatively affect their views. It will require that fences or walls in a front yard be no more than 4 feet tall and incorporate an open design if it is over 2 feet, according to a city staff report.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | January 10, 2007
BURBANK — Ten months after homeowners flooded City Council Chambers to debate new codes for fences, walls and hedges, a Blue Ribbon Task Force charged with reviewing the regulations is still a long way from making its recommendations. "We haven't even probably covered 10% of it," task force Chairman Robert Idavia said. "It's a lot to go over." Since the nine-member task force acts as an advisory committee to the council, which approved interim codes in March, the final results of its deliberations will go before the council strictly as recommendations.
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
August 3, 2005
Suspicious package destroyed The Burbank Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Police responded Tuesday morning to a suspicious package in the area of Chandler Boulevard and Avon Street. The plastic box turned out to be empty and of no danger, said Burbank Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Jette. "Because it was so close to a power substation, we decided to be cautious with it," Jette said. A high-pressure water cannon brought in by the sheriff's police was used to destroy the box, Jette said.
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By: | September 10, 2005
o7Here are a few of the issues the council will consider Tuesday night. f7 VACANT COUNCIL SEAT The City Council will declare the seat formerly held by Stacey Murphy to be vacant. Murphy submitted her resignation on Aug. 30 explaining that she didn't want her criminal case to be a distraction to the council while it does city business. Murphy was charged last month with possession of cocaine and child endangerment. WHAT TO EXPECT The council will declare the seat vacant and on Sept.
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November 24, 2012
In the Nov. 14 Mailbag, Bob Frutos, who has announced his intention to run in the upcoming Burbank City Council election, came up with what he thought was an “easy solution” to the puppy mill issue. Trying to please both sides of the issue, as politicians do so well, he said let puppy mill puppies continue to come into our city, just be a nice store owner and say that's where they come from. Frutos didn't think this through very well. In one breath he says he does “not like puppy mill activities” and in the next he says it is OK for the stores to be able to continue to sell puppies from there.
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NEWS
By Alison Tully | August 13, 2008
BURBANK — After nearly an hour of debate, the City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that modifies height standards for fences and walls in the hillside area. The ordinance, approved by a 4-1 vote, is a solution to concerns raised by hillside residents that fences and walls negatively affect their views. It will require that fences or walls in a front yard be no more than 4 feet tall and incorporate an open design if it is over 2 feet, according to a city staff report.
FEATURES
November 10, 2007
Despite a $10.9-million jury award against him this week for picketing at a funeral of a soldier who died in Iraq, Pastor Fred Phelps and his church in Kansas will reportedly not be deterred from picketing military funerals with anti-gay slogans — claiming that deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are God’s punishment for homosexuality. They hold up signs that say things like “God hates fags,” which Phelps says is a way to continue his struggle against what he and his followers say is an immoral lifestyle.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | February 24, 2007
BURBANK — Members of the city's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Fences, Walls and Hedges closed their meeting on Wednesday by chastising one of their own. Task force member Dan Soderstrom voiced qualms over recent comments in the Burbank Leader from fellow member — and City Council candidate — Margaret Sorthun, who has alluded to her frustration with the task force as part of the impetus behind her council bid. "A few of the...
NEWS
January 27, 2007
It's time to regulate smoking in the city No one objects to smokers inhaling tobacco smoke; it is their release of it that annoys and harms others ("Council tests the no-smoking waters," Dec. 9). We are all addicts; addicted to air, food, water. Some of us are addicted to sugar, junk food, soft drinks, coffee, alcohol. But the big difference is, unlike with cigarettes, even if some of those other addictions are harmful to ourselves, our gratification does not harm other people.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | January 10, 2007
BURBANK — Ten months after homeowners flooded City Council Chambers to debate new codes for fences, walls and hedges, a Blue Ribbon Task Force charged with reviewing the regulations is still a long way from making its recommendations. "We haven't even probably covered 10% of it," task force Chairman Robert Idavia said. "It's a lot to go over." Since the nine-member task force acts as an advisory committee to the council, which approved interim codes in March, the final results of its deliberations will go before the council strictly as recommendations.
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
By Chris Wiebe | March 11, 2006
BURBANK ? The City Council passed an interim fence ordinance on Tuesday night that raises the height limit for residential fences by one foot in most cases and allows existing fences to stay up as long as they do not pose a safety hazard. A Blue Ribbon Task Force will be formed to review the interim standards before they are put in place permanently. Homeowners have been coming out en masse to protest changes to residential fence standards, but as it turns out, the outcry was much ado about, almost, nothing.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | March 4, 2006
BURBANK ? Burbank resident Margaret Sorthun, 70, was surprised to see a photograph of her home in a slide show of alleged hedge-height violations in the city presented at the Burbank City Council meeting Tuesday night. "I can't see what the violation is," said Sorthun, who had never attended a City Council meeting before. "To me it adds prestige to the house. The hedges are exactly the same height as they were when my parents bought it." Times have changed. At the meeting, the council approved a second reading for controversial interim fence height limits in Burbank, moving the standards a step closer to becoming law and potentially forcing hundreds of residents to bring their fences up to code.
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