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June 8, 2005
The following information was taken from police reports: DOWNTOWN BURBANK 400 block of 1st Street: An electronics store employee reported to police Friday that an $1,800 laptop computer was taken from a display case. 400 block of 1st Street: An electronics store employee reported to police Sunday that a $1,900 desktop computer had been stolen. 300 block of 3rd Street: The owner of a payroll management company reported to police Monday that $206,000 had been embezzled from his business.
December 13, 2003
Jackson Bell Consider them mobile computer terminals version 2.0. Earlier this week, the Burbank Fire Department finished installing a computerized communication system in each of its emergency vehicles. Battalion Chief Bill Sanders says the upgraded system by Motorola Inc. "puts us ahead of the curve." "It's a giant leap forward in technology and in what these units are capable of doing," Sanders said. "They are like rugged laptop computers."
By Gretchen Meier, | July 31, 2010
Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire that gutted a commercial building Tuesday evening near downtown Burbank, but said the blaze caused $1.75 million in damage. "It could take weeks to find out the cause, or we could know tomorrow," Burbank Fire Capt. Ron Bell said. Both the Fire Department and insurance company investigators continue to sift through the charred building at San Fernando Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue to determine what set off the two-alarm fire in the wholesale distribution company.
By Jason Wells and Megan O'Neil | July 27, 2010
A fire destroyed a commercial building near downtown Burbank Tuesday evening, but firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to an adjacent auto repair shop. No injuries were reported in the two-alarm fire that, at one point, forced firefighters to retreat from the roof not long before it collapsed. Burbank and Glendale firefighters also fell back from the building at San Fernando Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue after they discovered an unknown flammable liquid “pouring out the doors,” said Burbank Fire Capt.
November 4, 2000
A whopping 87% of Burbank's registered voters turned out for the general election on Nov. 8, 1960, spurred by the heated presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, 15 statewide propositions and two lively local issues. Voters trounced an initiative that would have reduced firemen's workweek and narrowly sustained a City Council ban on the sale and use of fireworks. Proponents of fluoridating Burbank's water supply failed to qualify their measure for the ballot.
May 15, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman BURBANK -- As brush fire season picks up with drier-than-usual conditions, local firefighters are being called on to fight blazes across Southern California. The Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena fire departments sent strike teams to fight a fire sweeping across the Angeles National Forest near Santa Clarita on Saturday and Sunday, Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr said. On Monday, they were called to send a strike team to a blaze in Orange County, but the team was canceled en route, Glendale Fire Capt.
May 29, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Firefighters call it beefed-up accountability at the scene of a full-alarm fire. But when it comes to the proposed budget, a staff aide to fire commanders to help ease confusion at a scene is not in the works -- not now. Citing a recently adopted national fire-protection standard that recommends a staff aide or assistant be assigned to battalion chiefs, Burbank firefighters and the...
September 17, 2003
Connie Baker The City Council on Tuesday took steps to upgrade its impact fee schedule by approving $50,000 to hire a consultant to update a system developed in 1993. Economic & Planning Systems Inc. (EPS), a land economics consulting firm with offices in Berkeley, Denver and Sacramento, won the bid out of 10 competing companies. The firm is experienced in services relating to real estate, government and public infrastructure, as well as financial feasibility and impact fee analysis.
By Christopher Cadelago | February 10, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Burbank Fire Chief Tracy Pansini on Wednesday announced plans to retire effective Feb. 20, with longtime Battalion Chief Ray Krakowski expected to take over the department in March, officials said. Pansini, a 30-year veteran of the department who considered himself an “in-the-trench guy,” has been out on medical leave since June. Officials would not comment on the nature of the leave, citing the chief’s right to privacy. “I want to personally thank city leaders, both current and former, for all the opportunities that were afforded to me during my tenure with the city,” Pansini wrote in a letter to officials announcing his plans.
By Robert Phipps | October 2, 2009
A few years ago, on a midday Saturday, my left arm started hurting, and I started sweating heavily and feeling dizzy. Those feelings got worse and worse, and when my fear finally overcame my juvenile machismo, I asked my wife to call the emergency medical technicians. She did, and they came promptly and checked me out and gave me an EKG. After a while my symptoms subsided, and the EMTs said that there was no indication I was having a heart attack. I needed them; we called; they came immediately and gave me first-class care.
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