December 13, 2008
BURBANK — Members of the entertainment industry and community voiced their concerns Tuesday night about proposed changes to the city’s film ordinance, as the City Council considered a plan that would change the permit rules for small-scale filmmakers around the city. Under the proposed ordinance, filmmakers using hand-held cameras would not need to obtain a filming permit to operate on private or public property. As long as the camera operators do not impede access to public property, a permit would not be required.
December 17, 2008
BURBANK — The Burbank City Council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to adopt a new film ordinance, which will amend the city’s film policy by providing an exemption for filmmakers using hand-held devices. Under the new ordinance, filmmakers using hand-held video cameras will not need a permit as long as they are not obstructing public access. The previous film code did not provide this exemption. In the past, a parent wanting to film his or her child playing soccer at a local park with a hand-held camera would have needed a filming permit under the old ordinance, as indicated by the city attorney’s staff report.
November 26, 2008
Council seeking permit comments The Burbank City Council is asking residents to weigh in on a proposed change to the city?s film permit ordinance. The proposed amendments address the use of hand-held cameras without a permit, waiver of fees for nonprofit organizations and student productions. The council is slated to consider the proposed ordinance at its regular meeting Dec. 9 and is asking the public to send in input. Residents can call (818) 238-5871, e-mail BurbankCouncil@ ci.burbank.
December 13, 2008
The City Council will consider expanding the Burbank Water and Power recycled water system to provide additional water deliveries. Expanding the system includes constructing two new pump stations at Wildwood Canyon Park and Foy Park. This recycled water system fuels the city’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning units, among other things. If approved, the estimated $12.5-million expansion project will reach new customers at 14 different schools, Woodbury University, Valhalla Memorial Park and Cemetery and other areas.
February 16, 2008
Not to be confused with the infamous gunfighter from the 1880s, the Billy of this compelling documentary, ?Billy the Kid,? is an eccentric teenager growing up in rural Maine and struggling to find his place in the world. When we first encounter Billy Pierce, we see what appears to be an awkward young man who seems socially inept, terribly unfocused and who also doesn?t appear to be the brightest bulb in the room. A few of those impressions pan out, but the one concerning his intellect certainly does not. Subsequent to the filming and prior to the release of this film, Billy was diagnosed with Asperger?
October 2, 2009
Roughly speaking I’ve been a union man most of my life, and generally I support their aims, but the recent spate of public pension allowances have lost the unions’ sense of perspective. The city of Los Angeles currently has 600 retirees collecting more than $100,000 a year public pensions, and that doesn’t even include the Department of Water and Power, which consistently has higher-paid employees than City Hall. Have we lost it? Now let’s hear it for Gov. Schwarzenegger.