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September 19, 2013
Burbank police issued a community alert after a mountain lion was spotted dragging a deer carcass up a driveway in a hillside neighborhood Wednesday night. The sighting was reported by a resident in the 3300 block of Wedgewood Lane near Verdugo Mountain Park just before 9 p.m., police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Police on Thursday warned residents not to feed deer, which attract mountain lions, and to bring pets and pet food inside overnight. Police also recommended that residents install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
NEWS
March 11, 2000
Robert Blechl HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The Glendale-Burbank League of Women Voters will focus its next meeting on the Oakmont View V development proposal. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the league's land use update committee will discuss the Oakmont View V environmental impact report. A review of the league's existing land use position will follow. The update committee will also present alternatives to the proposed 572-home, 238-acre subdivision. The meeting, free and open to all members of the public, will be in Trevor Hall at the Burbank First Methodist Church, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
NEWS
January 11, 2003
Laura Sturza City Council members agreed to snap up what they consider a bargain -- nearly three acres of hillside land at the end of Brace Canyon Road for less than $4,000. "We have a policy of looking at any property in the hillside area to buy it and preserve it as open space," Community Development Director Sue Georgino said. The council approved the purchase of the property from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy at its Tuesday meeting.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | March 24, 2010
CITY HALL ? The Planning Board on Monday upheld the approval of a planned two-story home in a hillside neighborhood where residents have mobilized against the development since the beginning. The 4-1 vote came after a contingent of neighbors argued that the proposed home was too large, would obstruct views, increase traffic and was inconsistent with neighborhood?s 1920s and ?30s Spanish and cottage architecture. The proposed 7,500-square-foot, two-story home with a basement at 1027 Sherlock Drive would be more than double the size of its single-story predecessor.
NEWS
October 16, 2002
Laura Sturza Hillside residents are upset that a recent spate of development is robbing them of the views they treasure, but there is little they can do to stop it. "Homeowners association [members] are up in arms," said Wajid Hassan, vice president of the board of directors for a building of townhomes on Palm Avenue adjacent to a proposed five-story townhouse com- plex. "We are one of the few townhouses in the area with a view of the Verdugo hills."
NEWS
August 7, 2001
Karen S. Kim HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Burbank is trying to purchase about 3.5 acres of land up for auction next week in the hillside district where a debris basin -- a large pit of branches, rocks, dirt and mud -- now stands. A debris basin is used to collect excess rainwater that runs off the hillside during heavy rain. Burbank has dozens of debris basins throughout the hills, Public Works Director Bruce Feng said. "If we didn't have the debris basin, then the water would overflow the storm pipe," Feng said.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | August 13, 2008
BURBANK — After nearly an hour of debate, the City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that modifies height standards for fences and walls in the hillside area. The ordinance, approved by a 4-1 vote, is a solution to concerns raised by hillside residents that fences and walls negatively affect their views. It will require that fences or walls in a front yard be no more than 4 feet tall and incorporate an open design if it is over 2 feet, according to a city staff report.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 19, 2011
Returns for the April 12 election show Bob Frutos making gains in precincts where he had previously finished near the bottom, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Emily Gabel-Luddy’s edge citywide. Gabel-Luddy eventually took the close election by just 95 votes after Frutos, armed with City Councilman Gary Bric’s endorsement, mounted a comeback in some key high-turnout precincts, according to voter return data from the city clerk’s office. Five out of 10 precincts where Frutos garnered 57% of the vote or more were in the hillside area of Burbank — precincts he had previously earned third place behind incumbent Bric and Gabel-Luddy.
NEWS
May 18, 2002
Ryan Carter HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- As local beachgoers hop in their cars and head toward the sand this summer, some slithery serpents from the hillside will also be looking to do a little sunbathing. Summer season is rattlesnake season. "This is the time of year when rattlesnakes start down from the hill looking for water," Burbank Animal Shelter Acting Supt. Claudia Madrid said. That means residents in the hillside district and hikers on local trails should beware of the snakes, and to leave them alone, Madrid said.
LOCAL
By By Mark R. Madler | January 4, 2006
HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The city's hillside area came through the holiday weekend rainstorms with minimal problems, city officials said Tuesday. The storms were the most severe to hit the area since mid-October when nearly 2 inches of rain fell over a three-day period, causing mudslides in areas that had been damaged by brush fires just two weeks earlier. "We had a little bit of debris come down Country Club Drive but that's been cleaned up," interim Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford said Tuesday.
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April 15, 2014
I wonder how many Burbank residents know they live less than a mile or two from a lovely little lake? That's right, there really is a lake in Toluca Lake - somewhere. But it doesn't matter if you know about it or not, since you can't actually see it or go there unless you're invited to one of the private homes or the Lakeside Golf Club that own it. This seems a shame to me, so why on earth would I want to encourage like-minded development in Burbank? Are residents in the Hillside so afraid of mingling with the great unwashed rest of us that they have to block access to their streets and the mountain behind them ?
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THE818NOW
March 15, 2014
Two men in their early 20s were stabbed multiple times in Burbank Saturday afternoon, police said.  Police responded to the 1000 block of East Angeleno Avenue at 3:50 p.m. following reports of a possible stabbing, and found the two victims -- each with multiple stab wounds -- in a car outside one of the victim's home, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Both men were seriously injured, and one underwent surgery Saturday evening.  The stabbing reportedly occurred a couple blocks away at Sunset Canyon Drive and Orange Grove Avenue, Ryburn said.  Further details on the incident, including whether it was a targeted attack, were not available.
NEWS
February 7, 2014
Well, it has happened again - a family pet was taken by a wild animal in the middle of the night. This week it was on Hamline , three weeks ago it was on Lanark and there are lots of sightings of the predators. Many more are not reported but it's the same result, over and over. Every time I read one of these stories, I feel so sad for the poor pet, every night they are left outside to fend for themselves with no protection. They know what lurks in the hills, they know when something is nearby, they know their life is on the line, every single night.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Burbank police issued a community alert after a mountain lion was spotted dragging a deer carcass up a driveway in a hillside neighborhood Wednesday night. The sighting was reported by a resident in the 3300 block of Wedgewood Lane near Verdugo Mountain Park just before 9 p.m., police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Police on Thursday warned residents not to feed deer, which attract mountain lions, and to bring pets and pet food inside overnight. Police also recommended that residents install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 19, 2011
Returns for the April 12 election show Bob Frutos making gains in precincts where he had previously finished near the bottom, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Emily Gabel-Luddy’s edge citywide. Gabel-Luddy eventually took the close election by just 95 votes after Frutos, armed with City Councilman Gary Bric’s endorsement, mounted a comeback in some key high-turnout precincts, according to voter return data from the city clerk’s office. Five out of 10 precincts where Frutos garnered 57% of the vote or more were in the hillside area of Burbank — precincts he had previously earned third place behind incumbent Bric and Gabel-Luddy.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
Of the 10 precincts with the highest voter turnout in Burbank’s primary election, eight were from the hillside area, and the two City Council candidates remaining on the April 12 ballot have taken notice of that fact. Voter participation in the February primary fell 6% to 14.3%, the lowest point in recent years, according to city clerk records. With voter apathy reaching new heights, the two run-off candidates have mostly focused their campaigns on what likely will be a small pool of voters.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | January 8, 2011
Burbank police issued a crime alert Thursday night after neighbors expressed rising concerns following a recent rash of residential burglaries. In the area bordered by North Glenoaks Boulevard, East Walnut Boulevard, North Kenneth Road and Andover Drive, residents said they're concerned after five homes were burglarized in the community since Nov. 19. Fourteen homes in a one-mile radius of the area, including the five, were broken into since...
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | March 24, 2010
CITY HALL ? The Planning Board on Monday upheld the approval of a planned two-story home in a hillside neighborhood where residents have mobilized against the development since the beginning. The 4-1 vote came after a contingent of neighbors argued that the proposed home was too large, would obstruct views, increase traffic and was inconsistent with neighborhood?s 1920s and ?30s Spanish and cottage architecture. The proposed 7,500-square-foot, two-story home with a basement at 1027 Sherlock Drive would be more than double the size of its single-story predecessor.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | October 29, 2009
HILLSIDE — A Burbank Police sergeant who was listed in an FBI probe into police misconduct shot himself to death Thursday morning on the corner of a residential street, authorities said. Burbank Police Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr., 50, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the corner of North Sunset Canyon Drive and East Harvard Road, Lt. John Dilibert said. Police were called to the intersection at about 11:40 a.m. after witnesses reported seeing Gunn turn the gun on himself, Sgt. Thor Merich said.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | August 13, 2008
BURBANK — After nearly an hour of debate, the City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that modifies height standards for fences and walls in the hillside area. The ordinance, approved by a 4-1 vote, is a solution to concerns raised by hillside residents that fences and walls negatively affect their views. It will require that fences or walls in a front yard be no more than 4 feet tall and incorporate an open design if it is over 2 feet, according to a city staff report.
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