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By Chris Wiebe | June 3, 2006
CITY HALL ? During a budget study session on Tuesday, the City Council supported earmarking $1 million for improvements to Burbank's ailing infrastructure in the next fiscal year. The council's direction to city staffers to set aside the money came on the heels of a discussion about how the city can address the projected $143 million to $158 million in maintenance costs for infrastructure such as streets, alleys, sidewalks and bridges over the next 20 years. "I think we all have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves at which point do we take some drastic measures to find these kinds of funds," Councilman Jef Vander Borght said.
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By Chris Wiebe | April 18, 2007
CITY HALL — The City Council is taking initial steps into a new maintenance and improvement plan to confront one of the most common resident concerns — the city's infrastructure needs. Officials estimate that funding to solve infrastructure problems could run more than $200 million. The efforts of an infrastructure subcommittee, which were delivered in a status report to the full council on Tuesday, focused on taking inventory of all city infrastructure — including streets, sidewalks, alleys and municipal buildings — and working on a funding plan for needed improvements, Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford said.
THE818NOW
April 21, 2013
Cities are facing tough budget times: loss of redevelopment money, aging infrastructure, and reduced a reduced tax base are all forcing municipalities to be more creative. Bert Ring suggests a way that Burbank could save a few dollars.
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By Chris Wiebe | December 6, 2006
Burbank — Freshmen Assemblymen Paul Krekorian and Cameron Smyth joined 78 other legislators in the Capitol on Monday for their swearing-in as they embark on the 2006-2007 session of the California Assembly. Newly-elected and incumbent Assembly members took their oaths of office in front of their families and friends in a ceremony that included an address from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "It was great," said Smyth, a Republican who represents the 38th District, which includes La Crescenta.
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By Chris Wiebe | May 10, 2006
CITY HALL ? Improved infrastructure and building stronger communities emerged as shared objectives among council members during a goal-setting workshop on Saturday. The council gathers one Saturday each year immediately following the selection of the mayor to discuss visions and priorities for the coming year. Each council member volunteered three goals, which ranged from monitoring land use to building children's programs to curbing airport expansion. Newly elected Mayor Todd Campbell brought his "year of the sustainable city" theme to the table, touting the continued quality of Burbank's city services.
NEWS
January 29, 2011
Jacqueline Waltman knows how to hold people accountable, and the Burbank City Council hopeful has spent her entire career doing so. The 56-year Burbank resident serves on the city's Landlord-Tenant Commission while working as a state parole agent. Waltman said her experience as a social worker has taught her not to take all information at face value, and to ask questions. She said it is important to focus on fiscal realities and balance income with expenses. "My entire career has involved assessing needs and identifying resources to achieve practical solutions," Waltman said.
NEWS
April 17, 2004
Jackson Bell A Burbank without its Public Works Department would be a city in a grim state. Trash would pile up in front of homes, potholes would overtake the streets, raw sewage would back up in toilets and car collisions would happen in every intersection without working traffic signals. Public Works, at 333 E. Olive Ave., is the behind-the-scenes department that quietly maintains the city's infrastructure projects, deals with traffic, controls water quality, and collects and disposes of solid wastes and recyclables.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | November 3, 2007
AIRPORT DISTRICT — Mayor Marsha Ramos painted a generally glowing portrait of Burbank on Thursday during the State of the City address. More than 400 business, education and civic leaders attended the annual address at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, which the Burbank Chamber of Commerce puts on. “We renew our commitment to build a community that has positive experiences, and opportunities for the physical,...
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 21, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank officials are strongly considering hiring consultants to head an effort to identify, track and secure a larger share of economic stimulus funds. Deputy City Manager Justin Hess, who is consulting with executives from neighboring cities to compare strategies, is preparing a report for the City Council with cost estimates for the position. The early estimate thus far — including monitoring, identifying potential stimulus funding opportunities and making program recommendations — tops $3,500 per month, Hess said.
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By By Fred Ortega | January 7, 2006
Legislators remain cautious about Schwarzenegger's pledges in State of the State address.GLENDALE -- The governor started off his third State of the State address with something that was rare in his numerous action movie appearances: humility. "I've thought a lot about the last year and the mistakes I made and the lessons I've learned," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his annual address Thursday night to the state's legislators in Sacramento, which was televised throughout California.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 18, 2014
A design firm on Tuesday presented an $18-million, 20-year plan to renovate the city's outdoor Starlight Bowl amphitheater, which representatives of the firm called "drastically underutilized" and "slightly tired" in terms of its physical condition and programming. In a joint meeting with the City Council and the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board, a team representing Lehrer Architects Westlake Reed Leskosky Design laid out a multiphase plan that recommends a host of infrastructure improvements for the facility's restrooms, seating areas, parking lot, concessions, dressing rooms and lighting for both onstage and along walkways.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 19, 2013
A comprehensive assessment of the city's 41 parks and recreation facilities identified $5.9 million in unfunded capital needs alone over the next five years, which city officials said is needed to pay for new playground equipment, bathroom and picnic area renovations, and other repairs. This year, city officials have allocated roughly $2 million for capital projects, which include restroom renovations at Mountain View and Ralph Foy parks, along with the city's contribution to infrastructure improvements at Johnny Carson Park.
THE818NOW
April 21, 2013
Cities are facing tough budget times: loss of redevelopment money, aging infrastructure, and reduced a reduced tax base are all forcing municipalities to be more creative. Bert Ring suggests a way that Burbank could save a few dollars.
THE818NOW
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 10, 2012
Glendale and Burbank have been awarded nearly $900,000 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety around school sites, the latest wave of grant money aimed at addressing local traffic congestion and the dangers it poses to students. The combined amount was announced by the California Department of Transportation last week as part of $48.5 million in grants to be filtered via the Safe Routes to School Program that will fund 139 projects up and down the state. The city of Burbank received $438,700 to enhance the bicycle infrastructure around Muir Middle School and Jefferson and Washington elementary schools, and to offer a safety education program.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
A draft report by the firm brought in to help turn around the struggling DeBell Golf Club suggested infrastructure upgrades and a concessions revamp for what it otherwise called a “quality municipal golf course.” In the report to a golf club oversight committee created by the City Council, the nonprofit National Golf Foundation suggested reducing the number of trees and upgrading the infrastructure to make the course more playable and attract more...
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January 29, 2011
Jacqueline Waltman knows how to hold people accountable, and the Burbank City Council hopeful has spent her entire career doing so. The 56-year Burbank resident serves on the city's Landlord-Tenant Commission while working as a state parole agent. Waltman said her experience as a social worker has taught her not to take all information at face value, and to ask questions. She said it is important to focus on fiscal realities and balance income with expenses. "My entire career has involved assessing needs and identifying resources to achieve practical solutions," Waltman said.
NEWS
December 29, 2010
The year 2010 will perhaps be remembered most for its growing pains. Reforms at the Burbank Police Department have been ongoing while at the same time the web of legal action in and out of the department continues to ebb and flow. A new $120-million transit center was approved for Bob Hope Airport, new bike lanes on Verdugo Avenue created a stir, and city officials sought to stall L.A. sewer upgrade plans under Pass Avenue — despite experience with a faulty pipe that burst on Nov. 2 and sent 30,000 gallons of sewage down Burbank streets, forcing officials to divert flow into the shared Los Angeles system while repairs were completed.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 21, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank officials are strongly considering hiring consultants to head an effort to identify, track and secure a larger share of economic stimulus funds. Deputy City Manager Justin Hess, who is consulting with executives from neighboring cities to compare strategies, is preparing a report for the City Council with cost estimates for the position. The early estimate thus far — including monitoring, identifying potential stimulus funding opportunities and making program recommendations — tops $3,500 per month, Hess said.
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By Zain Shauk | January 7, 2009
NORTH BURBANK — City officials and residents celebrated the opening of the new clubhouse at DeBell Golf Club on Monday, sipping drinks at a new bar and admiring the building’s modern combination of craftsman- style decor and flat-screen TVs. The two-story building, which includes a pro shop, restaurant, bar and private meeting room, impressed visitors at a dedication ceremony where officials marketed the site as a modern golfing destination...
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By Jeremy Oberstein | November 3, 2007
AIRPORT DISTRICT — Mayor Marsha Ramos painted a generally glowing portrait of Burbank on Thursday during the State of the City address. More than 400 business, education and civic leaders attended the annual address at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, which the Burbank Chamber of Commerce puts on. “We renew our commitment to build a community that has positive experiences, and opportunities for the physical,...
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