December 5, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday announced plans to take up legislation to regulate low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, saying voluntary controls for the "persistent fly-overs” were clearly insufficient. The announcement comes amid longstanding complaints from residents, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, of low-flying police and news helicopters intruding on their suburban soundtracks. Some news stations voluntarily curtailed the number and hours of helicopter flights during the second Carmageddon event on the 405 Freeway after fielding numerous complaints from residents and calls for restraint from L.A. officials.
August 15, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, August 15. The Los Angeles City Council showed support Tuesday for a bill that would curb helicopter noise, an issue that residents have recently complained about. The bill would direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum altitudes for helicopters . L.A. Times Meanwhile, one floor below council chambers, a laceration room has opened. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he wanted to "make sure that people who are coming back after having a child can feel comfortable and safe," reports City News Service.
August 9, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, August 9. Feeling hot? Good news: Dozens of public Los Angeles pools will remain open through Labor Day. Many were slated to close next week, but the heat wave pushed the City Council to keep them open . Daily News A man who barricaded himself in a North Hollywood home for over three hours was arrested Wednesday . He apparently told police he had a gun, but no weapon was found. L.A. Times Like living in a big city, but just wish helicopters wouldn't fly over your home at dinnertime?
May 22, 2010
CITY HALL — The Burbank Police Department on Tuesday proposed $1.87 million in budget cuts, which include suspending its helicopter program, eliminating positions and reducing animal shelter hours. The proposals, whose savings range from $1.1 million to $65,000 each, include suspending the joint air support program with Glendale and eliminating two school resource officers and one parking control officer. They also call for slashing two animal control officers and one kennel attendant while curtailing the shelter’s hours Wednesday through Saturday.
May 28, 2008
BURBANK — Students and faculty members at John Burroughs High School are mourning the loss of culinary arts teacher Tania Hurd, 46, who was one of three passengers killed Saturday on a tourist helicopter that crashed on Santa Catalina Island. The Eurocopter AS 350 Island Express helicopter carrying six passengers crashed at 9:30 a.m. Saturday near Two Harbors on the northwest end of the island, said Terry Williams, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. Hurd and two others were killed, and three passengers, including Hurd’s stepson, C.J. Noecker, were critically injured and are being treated at local hospitals.
October 14, 2000
Lolita Harper MAGNOLIA PARK DISTRICT -- A helicopter pilot avoided trees, power lines and oncoming traffic to set down his disabled aircraft in the 500 block of N. Buena Vista Street without causing any injuries or damage, police said. Pilot Mike Dreesman, 60, was flying the Bell 206L Long Ranger helicopter out of Burbank Airport on business just after 8 p.m. Thursday when he felt the aircraft lose power, he said. When he first noticed the drop in rotor speed, Dreesman saw a field in the distance where he intended to land.
March 1, 2000
Amber Willard NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- A Burbank boy is facing felony charges after allegedly leading patrol officers and helicopters on a high-speed chase along Burbank streets, officials said. The 16-year-old Burbank boy -- who had neither a driver's license nor his parents' permission to use their car -- was arrested early Monday on suspicion of evading officers, police said. The incident began when an officer noticed the boy driving a 1994 Honda Accord with only one working headlight, police said.
October 3, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- A Burbank Police sergeant is finally coming down to Earth. After 20 years, Burbank Police Sgt. Bruce Speirs will leave the cockpit of the police helicopter he's flown and will hop into a patrol car and uniform to patrol streets in January. "I'm going to exchange my green flight suit for my blue patrol suit," Speirs said. Speirs is leaving his role as chief pilot and supervisor of the department's Air Support Unit to make room for up-and-coming supervisors.
June 19, 2004
SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Three armed men robbed a Burbank office building Friday evening, holding at least one person at gunpoint and stealing an unknown number of cellphones from one of the businesses inside, officials said Friday. No one was injured during the incident, which lasted about one minute and happened about 5:15 p.m. in a four-story office building at 105 W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank, at the intersection of Flower Street, near the Golden State (5)
March 17, 2010
In a fit of fairness following my recent column, ?This stuff is just plain stupid,? I tried to think of the very best feast for the eyeballs in all of Burbank to write about. After a few minutes of drawing blanks it suddenly hit me, something that really knocked my socks off 35 years ago when I first moved out here from Illinois. On a crisp February evening in 1975 a friend drove me way up on Walnut Avenue to Lockheed View Drive and out into the parking lot across from the Starlight Bowl, where we stopped at the edge of the overlook.