December 17, 2012
In an attempt to generate extra revenue for Burbank's cash-strapped transit programs, the City Council has signed off on a plan to plaster buses with advertisements. The City Council last week directed officials to draft a two-year contract with mobile advertising services firm Titan Outdoors, just weeks after voting to pursue a ban on mobile advertising vehicles, which in recent months came in the form of brightly colored roving vans that were advertising topless maid and massage services.
November 21, 2012
It's 8 a.m. Sunday and John Palyok, general manager of a Best Buy store in Burbank, is brandishing a $19.99 Dynex HDMI cable like a battle standard. A group of 50 employees, mostly in their 20s, gather around him, gulping coffee and nodding slowly. "It's about speed, velocity and execution," bellowed Palyok, his voice echoing through the store's cavernous, 45,000-square-foot interior. "They, need, need this HDMI cable," Palyok said, slicing the thin blue box through the air like a battle-ax.
January 12, 2012
About 30 people attended a California Department of Transportation meeting Wednesday night looking for answers about a scheduled freeway expansion on the Golden State (5) Freeway. They got their answers, but some weren't necessarily what they wanted to hear. Caltrans representatives said the project to add carpool lanes to Interstate 5 through Burbank and portions of Glendale had been scheduled to begin last year, but was delayed. At the community meeting at Glendale's Environmental Management Center on Flower Street Wednesday night, they said construction should begin this month.
December 7, 2010
Parking rates will rise by $1 at Bob Hope Airport next year as officials beef up for what is expected to be a long and costly legal battle with Lockheed Martin over who should pay for cleaning polluted groundwater beneath the airfield. In pitching the fee increase to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday, executive director Dan Feger criticized Lockheed Martin Corp. and the Environmental Protection Agency for trying peg some of the clean up to the airport, arguing the underground contamination was left behind by decades of military aircraft manufacturing.
March 10, 2010
Demand for health services is rising at area hospitals, a trend that is likely to continue and increase the need for workers in the industry, according to a report from the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board. Health care is the second-largest industry in Burbank and Glendale, employing about 24,000 workers at area hospitals and clinics, according to the report. The entertainment industry, which accounts for the employment of about 50,000 area workers, generates the majority of the region’s economic activity, according to the board.
January 23, 2010
Maybe it was the images of devastated Haitians this past week that filled our TV sets, or the sense of impending disaster that permeated the county with one rough storm after another, but the way our local schools mobilized to join the Haiti relief effort was a welcome reminder that we are grooming capable leaders for the next generation. Yes, businesses have set up donation drives, and nonprofits have banded together. And we?ve sent medical professionals and emergency crews. But those are, by definition, professionals, trained and bred to answer the call of duty wherever it may be. But when it would be just as easy to tune it all out and focus on Facebook and how to keep hairdos maintained in the pouring rain, it was our local students who?
January 9, 2010
The Peking Acrobats will flavor Friday’s show with some new feats, but some of the old favorites will be back onstage at the Alex Theatre. They bring with them the Chinese tradition of juggling, tumbling and gymnastics that has been around for centuries, said Cynthia Dike-Hughes, who with husband Don Hughes, has co-produced the show for 20 years. Directing the talent is artistic director Ken Hai, a third-generation member of a famous acrobatic family from China, Dike-Hughes said.
August 26, 2009
Director David Rose is pulling from his own family relationships to fill in the generation gap between two characters in the play “Visiting Mr. Green,” which begins preview performances tonight at the Colony Theatre. The story by playwright Jeff Baron is about two men, one 86 years old and the other 29, who are thrown together by fate and, over the course of the play, develop a bond, Rose said. Jack Axelrod plays Mr. Green, a recent widower living alone in an apartment in New York City.
July 4, 2009
BURBANK ? Protracted negotiations between Bob Hope Airport and air quality officials over the use of a 25-year-old diesel exhaust generator continue to drag on, nine months after the airfield was slapped with a violation. Negotiations between the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and the South Coast Air Quality Management District have centered on a July 16, 2007, violation ? served more than a year later ? that alleges the airport overused its airfield lighting vault generator, spewing smog-causing diesel fumes into the air at a rate that exceeded its 30-hour allowance.