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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | February 21, 2012
Officials plan to recommend that the Burbank City Council put the landscaping vendor for DeBell Golf Club on a month-to-month contract, part of an effort to move the people involved in the daily operations to shorter term contracts to make potential changes in the future easier to execute. It could also consolidate accountability for a course that was so deep in the red last year, the City Council approved a $2-million rescue package to keep it solvent. The golf subcommittee is slated to present the recommendation at a joint meeting Thursday of the City Council and Parks and Recreation Board regarding the contract with Valley Crest Golf Course Maintenance, along with a master plan for long-range goals for DeBell, Mayor Jess Talamantes said.
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NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | December 30, 2011
The year 2011 was the year of development. From a huge cost underestimate on Bob Hope Airport's massive transit center, to news that Walmart was coming to town, to the clog of a large-scale revamp of the Golden State (5) Freeway corridor, the pang of new construction and a changing landscape was inescapable. Here's a look at some of the headlines that grabbed our attention in 2011, and that will continue to reverberate well into 2012. -- Wild things For whatever reason, 2011 saw more than its fair share of wildlife intrusions into urban areas.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | September 13, 2011
Last week was a good week for golfer Emily Tubert. Not only did the Burroughs High graduate make the cut in her first LPGA event, but she was also selected to the 2011-12 Golf World's list of players to watch. Tubert received a sponsor's exemption for the Walmart NW Arkansas LPGA Championship, which began Friday, and tested her skills against the world's best players at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. Tubert make the cut, and competed in the final round Sunday. Tubert finished even over the three days, carded a three-round 213 with rounds of 74-68-71 on the par-71 course in her first professional tournament.
NEWS
August 11, 2011
Those who are so strongly objecting to City Council's decision to lend money to DeBell Golf Club would be advised to check out what is happening in Sunland-Tujunga with the beautiful Verdugo Hills Golf Course (“Water could change Verdugo's course,” July 22). A developer named Snowball West Investments, L.P., has purchased the property with the stated intention of destroying the golf course and building hundreds of single-family homes on 28 of the site's 58 acres, leaving 30 acres for whatever future development Snowball can get approved.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | July 29, 2011
A division of the nonprofit National Golf Foundation is on tap to assist Burbank officials as they work to turn the struggling DeBell Golf Club around. The golf subcommittee, which was formed to review the financials of the city-owned DeBell course following a $2-million bailout package last month, held its first meeting this week and plans to continue conversations with the nonprofit's National Golf Foundation Consulting division, said Chris Daste, the parks and recreation director, who also sits on the subcommittee.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | July 9, 2011
BURBANK — Emily Tubert received some good news last week while she was competing in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. Tubert, a Burroughs High graduate who will be a sophomore at the University of Arkansas in the fall, learned that she had earned a sponsor's exemption to play in the LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. The event is scheduled for Sept. 5-11, and Tubert is the fifth Razorback women's golfer to earn a sponsor's exemption and will be the 12th player in program history to take part in the event since it began in 2007.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | June 15, 2011
City Council members defended their decision to allocate $2 million to save the DeBell Golf Club from financial ruin, while at the same time cutting firefighting resources, city youth jobs and library improvements. The rescue package includes a $1-million loan to the municipal golf course and another $1 million in a holding account should the funds be needed. DeBell, which has a $718,215 operating deficit and $2.1 million in outstanding debt for a previous city loan, has been struggling to recover from a major drop in revenue.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
The City Council on Tuesday approved a $1 million loan to the city-owned DeBell Golf Course and agreed to defer loan payments on $2.1 million in outstanding debt for two years as the troubled course tries to recover from a drop in revenue. The council also set aside $1 million as a possible cushion for the cash-strapped golf course, bringing the total package $2 million — far more than the roughly $567,000 in proposed cuts to public services as City Hall works to close a projected $8.7-million budget gap for next fiscal year.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | June 7, 2011
The City Council is considering a $2 million loan for the cash-strapped Debell Golf Course — more than the $566,878 in proposed budget cuts to the Fire Department, libraries and other public services — after Mayor Jess Talamantes called the municipally owned course “too big to fail.” Also on the table is suspending the golf course’s payments to the city on $2.1 million in outstanding debt, and combining the two loans for repayment by...
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
PASADENA — When the scores started coming in, it was apparent that making the cut to qualify for the CIF State Boys Golf Tournament at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach was going to take a superb effort. For the players taking part in the Southern California Golf Assn. Regional Qualifier on Tuesday at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, even shooting par was not enough to punch their ticket to state competition, as only the top six who were not members of a team moved on. Three players alone fired four-over-par 68s on the day in a field that included 124 players from the Southern, L.A., Central and San Diego sections.
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