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By Maria Hsin | June 17, 2011
Students who use the Got Wheels! bus service after school and around the city will have to make other plans for this summer after the City Council this week voted to move ahead with eliminating the program. Since February, city officials have been talking about cutting or eliminating some of the bus service because less money is available to fund the programs. Services like Burbank Bus and Got Wheels! rely heavily on sales tax revenue that has steadily declined during the economic downturn.
THE818NOW
May 23, 2013
The City Council this week divvied up roughly $141,000 in federal grants to 14 local agencies, but the amount available was far less than what was requested. It's now a five-year-old story: the amount of federal Community Development Block Grant funding Burbank gets is well below what local nonprofit and social service agencies request. This year, the total requested in grant applications was $428,000. The pool of federal grants set aside for Burbank decreased 5% this year, ramping up competition among applicants.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | October 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES ? Federal stimulus grants have helped the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board assist more jobless workers in recent months than ever before, but the funds have also turned the spotlight on a looming problem: The money is running out. Don Nakamoto, the board?s labor market specialist, alerted members to the issue Thursday during a quarterly meeting for the organization, which oversees job training and counseling services for unemployed workers in Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | May 18, 2012
A total replacement of the Central Library, complete with a new parking garage, is no longer feasible, city officials say, although they did ask the City Council for $3.5 million “to keep the dream alive.” Because the city has been unable to secure a state grant of up to $26 million, it has been unable to tap a bond approved by voters in 2003 worth about $14 million. This inability to access necessary funding is delaying the project. Meanwhile, the projected cost for the original plan - including knocking down the existing library for a new facility and garage - has grown to more than $100 million, placing it far outside the reach of city officials.
NEWS
April 13, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Organizations seeking grant money to fund youth activities and facilities can apply for city funding by May 1. The financing is meant to be used for community organizations, both public and private, that serve the city's young people. One grant recipient, Burbank High School, got funding for several programs, including a fence that separates the football and baseball fields. Before the fence was installed, community members and students had several near-misses with baseballs.
NEWS
September 20, 2003
Connie Baker Developers of the city's first independent- living complex for the severely disabled have moved a step closer to breaking ground. The Redevelopment Agency voted Tuesday to approve $61,544 in additional funding for United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, developers of a proposed 18-unit project that would serve those with very low incomes. "This is a good project," Councilman Dave Golonski said. "It's a very expensive proposi- tion, but the project is needed, and I am pleased to support it."
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- State Senator Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that Bill 1542, which would provide additional funding to Burbank schools, could be included in Gov. Gray Davis' 2000-01 budget. Schiff's office announced last week that, if passed, the bill will provide equalization aid to state districts that have below-avarage funding and districts that received minimal compensation as a result of recent changes in the way the state pays for student attendance.
NEWS
By By Lauren Hilgers | February 8, 2006
In the past four years school libraries have seen their state funding drop nearly $28 per student.BURBANK -- The newly renovated library at Burbank High School is airy and sophisticated. Windows let in light from all angles; a balcony provides an ideal study spot while students browse the bookcases below. The pristine atmosphere scarcely reveals the budget challenges now facing the district's libraries. In the past four years, the state's public school libraries have seen their state funding drop from nearly $28 per student to 71 cents per student.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | May 19, 2007
CITY HALL — A new conflict-resolution and student-growth program is headed for secondary schools in the Burbank Unified School District, after the City Council approved funding on Tuesday. The program, called Challenge Day, is a six-hour workshop where students participate in interpersonal exercises, sharing their feelings and experiences about stereotypes and personal problems, said Teri Stein, deputy director of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. The goal of the program is to inspire students to make positive changes for themselves and others when they return to school, concentrating on commonalities above differences, she added.
THE818NOW
June 14, 2012
California's film tax credit program has helped to stem the flight of movies and TV shows since it was enacted in 2009, but would be more effective with more funding and fewer restrictions on the types of projects that can qualify, a new study concludes. The report, "Fighting Production Flight," from the Milken Institute says California's film tax credit -- which gives producers 20% to 25% tax credits toward qualified production expenses for films and TV shows shot in the state - has been successful in that it has been oversubscribed and has had a "demonstrable impact in arresting the decline in filmed entertainment spending and employment in the state.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
More than 400 people attended a fundraiser for Burbank-based Mending Kids on Saturday, raising $150,000 to support the nonprofit, which has provided more than 1,500 free, life-altering surgeries to children in 54 countries since its inception in 2006. The second annual Come Home event was sponsored by the Malibu guild of Mending Kids. The event, held at Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, raised the funds for the organization's Hometown Mission, which provides surgeries to local children.
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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 Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 19, 2014
Burbank police raised roughly $2,500 for the Special Olympics on Thursday by waiting on tables and serving food at the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event, officials said. A dozen police officers, cadets and explorers in uniform collected tips at the Claim Jumper in Burbank to benefit athletes in the Special Olympics. “It just gives us another opportunity to help others,” said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick. “It's a very selfless act not only for the police department, but for those who are willing to donate as well.” The funds will help cover costs for the year-round program, including transportation, facility rentals and uniforms for the roughly 500 athletes in the Tri-Valley and Santa Clarita area, according to Laura Mayo, regional director for the Special Olympics.
NEWS
By David Laurell | April 2, 2014
Members of the Burbank Kiwanis Aktion Club were on a roll Sunday as they gathered at the Pickwick Bowl for the club's fourth annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser. Aktion Club members, participants and guests were welcomed to Pickwick by the organizing committee made up of Jan Loporchio , Tony and Donna Wade and Stephanie Franklin . Following a hot-dog lunch, Aktion Club members took to the lanes to compete for trophies and to raise funds. The proceeds from Sunday's event are used for travel and registration costs for club members who represent Burbank at the annual Aktion Convention and Camp.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
The Burbank City Council signed off on three years of partial funding for two programs for Burbank's youth, including a school-based counseling program that parents, students and service-providers have said helps students deal with emotional challenges, bullying, depression and family problems. The city's three-year commitment comes at an annual cost of $270,000, the bulk of which will go to the Family Service Agency to help pay for its school-based counseling program. Of the funds, $25,000 will go each year to the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley to help fund its after-school, drop-in program for middle school students.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
Burbank students won't be seeing three more cops on campus next year, as the Burbank City Council on Tuesday voted to decline a partial grant - which came with a steep local match - to fund the three school resource officer positions for three years. The federal grant would have provided the city with $375,000 over a three-year period for the three positions, but came with a price tag of $1.2 million, which included the city's commitment to fully fund the police officers during the fourth year.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | March 18, 2014
The bocce tournament was well underway when retired LAPD detective Michael Pavelka turned toward the hill to orient himself. Standing next to the clubhouse at Lakeside Golf Club, he looked out past the clubhouse gate and past Warner Bros. He craned his neck toward Forest Lawn Cemetery, which he visits on holidays and on his son's birthday. He never really connects with his son there. “I feel Matthew nearby, every day, at home,” Michael Pavelka said. On Nov. 15, 2003, Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka was gunned down while on patrol.
NEWS
March 12, 2014
I am a grandparent of a student at Walt Disney Elementary School and I am concerned about the issue of school-based counseling. We know that early intervention is the key to help in all areas for youngsters, and we have been so blessed this past 10 years to have the assistance of Burbank Family Service Agency to send counselors to our school and in fact to all schools in Burbank Unified School District to provide a boost for those students who are...
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
School board members refuted a recent suggestion by city officials to have Burbank Unified help cover the cost of three school resource officers who would work in Burbank schools. Last fall, Burbank won a grant to partially fund the officers for the next few years. However, the grant requires a $1.2-million local match , spurring Burbank City Council late last month to turn to the school district to help split the price - much to the dismay of some school board members.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
Burbank received a federal grant to partially fund three school resource officers for the next three years - bumping up a program that has been reduced significantly in recent years - but it comes with a steep local match of nearly $1.2 million, which the city may not be able to afford. City officials emphasized the value of a police presence on campus in the wake of recent school shootings nationwide, but were overwhelmed by a price tag more than three times the amount of the grant.
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