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By Alene Tchekmedyian, | December 28, 2013
The incentive for Burbank residents to replace the turf in their yards with drought-tolerant plants just got a little sweeter. The Burbank City Council signed off on plans last week to double the rebate for water-saving landscapes - raising it from $1 per square foot to $2. And that applies now not only to front yards, but also side and backyards, city officials said. Since most single-family households use 50% of their water on landscape irrigation, customers who participate could save between 15% and 25% on their monthly water bills with the right plant materials, said Burbank Water and Power spokesman Joe Flores.
By Zain Shauk | January 30, 2010
Area home prices increased for a sixth consecutive month in November, but the upward trend came as uncertainties remain in the market, according to a monthly real estate report released Tuesday. Prices in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which includes Glendale and Burbank, rose a seasonally adjusted 1% between October and November, according to the Standard & Poor?s/Case-Shiller home price index. That report came a day after the National Assn. of Realtors announced that existing-home sale prices nationwide grew 4.9% between 2008 and 2009, but total sales during that period fell 16.7%.
By Max Zimbert | October 17, 2009
BURBANK — Television, commercial and film production shoots have shown small gains from last quarter, but remain significantly down from last year. A writers strike at the end of 2007, screen actors’ turmoil last year and an economic collapse have dried up thousands of job opportunities in Glendale, Burbank and across the county. The latest figures from the main film production permitting group, FilmLA, represented the latest round of bad news for studio-rich Burbank and Glendale.
By Zain Shauk | July 29, 2009
NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Experts are hoping for an economic jolt from a group of schmucks and a Chihuahua, among other players. The films “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” and “Dinner for Schmucks” were named Tuesday as two of 25 projects that will receive state tax breaks meant to curb the effects of “runaway productions,” which could lead to an economic recovery in Glendale and Burbank. The California Film Commission selected the projects and will offer the incentives to 30 movie and television productions this year that opt to shoot within the state, instead of pursuing generous tax incentives to locate elsewhere.
December 2, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- With work already underway on the largest retail project in Burbank history, the City Council took some additional steps to ease its impact on city streets. Acting unanimously, the City Council on Tuesday approved $2.27 million for traffic, landscaping and utility improvements in one of the Media District neighborhoods surrounded by the project. The allocation brings funding on the three-phase project to $6.34 million.
By Chris Wiebe | April 15, 2006
CITY HALL ? Burbank is battling back against dubious distinctions of late ? like the city's appearance on a list of top 10 sootiest cities in America ? with an official policy to promote environmentally friendly construction vehicles on city projects. The Public Works Department is forming a task force comprised of city agencies that either use high-emission construction equipment, or hire out private developers who use similar equipment for city projects, said Bob Van Hazelen, assistant director of public works.
By Chris Wiebe | March 21, 2006
BURBANK ? In an effort to promote affordable housing in an expensive property market, city staffers have provided the City Council with two proposed ordinances to encourage developers to construct affordable housing. With the approval Tuesday of the two ordinances for a second reading, Burbank could see more affordable housing in as little as two years, said Joy Forbes, a Community Development Department planner. The first proposal, called the inclusionary housing ordinance, would apply only to developers building five or more units within one project.
March 10, 2001
It never hurts to save a few cents, and in this case the savings was humongous. Just imagine -- yes, this may be difficult -- members of a City Council looking out for Joe Taxpayer when it comes to luring companies and a healthy tax revenue into town. Well, it happened in this fair city. Officials, in a 3-1 vote, refused to give a conglomerate (Sears, Roebuck and Co.) worth more than $13 billion a few measly thousands in incentives just to settle in Burbank.
August 9, 2000
Chuck Sambar Those who thought Regis Philbin was wowing the nation with his now-famous and often repeated question: "Is that your final answer?" better take note. We have a new show in California that far surpasses the $1-million Philbin giveaway. We have a billion-dollar giveaway show to those who answer a bunch of questions correctly and well! Gov. Gray Davis and the state legislature are sure to upstage Philbin with a new and far more spectacular and rewarding show.
August 10, 2002
Laura Sturza Keeping filming in California is a goal gaining steam through legislation and initiative programs. "A lot of the films and television shows have gone for good," John Hennessy said at a recent City Council meeting. A 30-year Burbank resident, Hennessy has worked in the industry for 35 years. Earlier this month, Mayor David Laurell sent a letter supporting Assembly Bill 2747 to State Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) and Assembly speaker Herb J. Wesson Jr. (D-Culver City)
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