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THE818NOW
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 28, 2014
NBCUniversal is laying off more than 160 employees from its Burbank facility, a direct result of “The Tonight Show's” pending move to New York City with Jimmy Fallon as the new host, according to a company spokesperson. NBCUniversal notified the California Employment Development Department last month it would eliminate 164 positions, which the spokesman, who did not want to be identified, confirmed. He said the layoffs will begin on Feb. 14 and be staggered through April 4. He did not know how many of the employees were offered jobs in New York City, but he did say NBCUniversal encourages displaced employees to apply for posts anywhere in the company, including the New York-based “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He added that the layoffs will impact primarily production-based jobs.
THE818NOW
June 27, 2013
Hollywood's job market dimmed last month. After three consecutive months of year-over-year job gains, the entertainment industry posted a nearly 4% decline in jobs in May, state employment figures show. The motion picture and sound recording category -- which includes those working at the major studios, post-production houses and on film crews - accounted for 112,100 wage and salary jobs in May, down from 116,500 jobs a year earlier and 128,500 jobs in April. The figures are subject to revision and do not count those who work as freelancers or independent contractors.
NEWS
By Lauren Hilgers | May 3, 2006
As she checked out the tables at the Burbank Adult School's career fair on Tuesday, one particular booth gave adult-school graduate Carolyn Baskin pause. Instead of the application forms and pamphlets featured at the other tables, a set of vampire teeth and a realistic rubber nose were carefully displayed on the table. "I have a cosmetology degree," she said. "But this is the real scary stuff ? I'm not sure if I can do that." Although Baskin is no longer attending classes at the school, she returned on Tuesday to volunteer and take a look at some of the options that the fair offered.
NEWS
January 8, 2003
Jackson Bell The most recent unemployment numbers in Burbank show a slight decline from previous months, although the city anticipates that positive direction will head south again. "We're expecting a lot more [residents to be out of work] in January because people either had seasonal jobs that are ending or they took a break from their job searching during the holiday season and are ready to start looking again," Burbank Economic Development Manager Yvette Ulloa said.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | August 21, 2009
BURBANK — “The Jay Leno Show” may do more harm than good for local economies, even as it prepares to begin rolling tape from a studio here next month, experts say. Although the show will bring production jobs and spending to the area, it will simultaneously crowd out potential dramas from prime-time TV spots, costing the region hundreds of possible entertainment-industry jobs at a desperate time for labor markets, experts say....
NEWS
March 28, 2001
Alecia Foster BURBANK -- Stating it might be "the most difficult series of decisions that the company has made in the last 20 years," the Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it will cut about 4,000 jobs worldwide. Citing a "softening economic environment" the company notified employees via e-mail that cuts would begin within the next week. "We hope to have this accomplished sometime before July," said Ken Green, spokesman for the Walt Disney Co. The cuts will be made equally throughout all levels of the company, which employs 120,000 people worldwide, Green said.
LOCAL
By PAUL KREKORIAN | February 28, 2009
As dawn broke over Sacramento early Thursday morning, the State Legislature wrapped up a marathon session that finally put to bed a two-year spending plan that will bridge the state’s unprecedented $42-billion deficit caused by the global fiscal crisis. The Democrats in the Legislature, along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a handful of courageous Republican lawmakers, put together a budget compromise that begins to lay the foundation for getting California working again. Much about the budget plan was difficult to support and undoubtedly will cause significant pain to many Californians.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | January 23, 2010
The entertainment industry’s difficulties in 2009 were capped off with an annual decline in employment of about 9,000 jobs as productions continued to be filmed in other states, raising concern about the future of the industry in the region, according to a report released Thursday. Still, good news for area economies could be on the horizon as new opportunities for local productions are expected to create up to 3,000 jobs in the area, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, which issued the report.
NEWS
March 13, 2010
A 2006 law mandating strict regulations on carbon emissions to reduce the state?s effects on global climate change could have adverse short-term effects on employment, California?s legislative analyst said in a letter Monday. Although the effects of Assembly Bill 32 on jobs are difficult to gauge, ?we believe that the aggregate net jobs impact in the near term is likely to be negative, even after recognizing that many of the [California Air Resources Board?s regulatory] programs phase in over time,?
NEWS
July 6, 2002
Molly Shore It's no mundane office work this summer for Burbank teens Kristine Melikyan, Yvette Del Rosario and Selina Hartonians. They are working at Rosa Kusiak's Eye of the Tiger, a unique costume design studio that makes leather breastplates and helmets resembling armor. Much of the work is done for Medieval Times in Buena Park, as well as for the film industry, Kusiak said. The girls, 16 and 17, began working at the studio June 26 and learn while they earn.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 1, 2014
Veterans hunting for jobs can print out their resumes and head to McCambridge Recreation Center Thursday for the Veterans Job Fair. About 50 employers have registered to attend, and will be holding on-the-spot interviews and collecting resumes from job seekers, city officials said. Participating employers include Warner Bros., Charter Communications, Lowe's Home Improvement, Stock Building Supply, Bank of America, the Social Security Administration, the Beverly Hilton and Andrews International.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
A former police detective is challenging in court a decision by the Burbank City Manager to not reinstate him, citing an independent arbitrator's recommendation that he should get his job back, records show. Former Det. Mike Reyes was fired in June 2010 after city officials accused him of failing to report a use-of-force complaint reported to him by a suspect tied to a robbery at Porto's Bakery in 2007, and lying about it a year and a half later to cover up the alleged misconduct.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | January 28, 2014
If you were to ask me where the worst place is to start your career as a sewer worker, I might have said behind a chili restaurant. That's where mine started. My career lasted only a morning, and I didn't actually do any sewer work. That was fine considering I wasn't getting paid. Yet, in just a couple hours, I learned that everything I thought or assumed about the life of Burbank's sewer crew is exaggerated and steeped in more myth than muck. We passed by the peeling paint of the old Chili John's restaurant sign and Jerry Ellegood pointed down the road with a thick, tattooed arm. Like all the sewer workers I met, he's solidly built - a former Marine who can also easily toss aside a 240-pound manhole cover like it was a wafer.
THE818NOW
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 28, 2014
NBCUniversal is laying off more than 160 employees from its Burbank facility, a direct result of “The Tonight Show's” pending move to New York City with Jimmy Fallon as the new host, according to a company spokesperson. NBCUniversal notified the California Employment Development Department last month it would eliminate 164 positions, which the spokesman, who did not want to be identified, confirmed. He said the layoffs will begin on Feb. 14 and be staggered through April 4. He did not know how many of the employees were offered jobs in New York City, but he did say NBCUniversal encourages displaced employees to apply for posts anywhere in the company, including the New York-based “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He added that the layoffs will impact primarily production-based jobs.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Since getting laid off roughly four years ago, Jennifer Reaves has scored a number of temporary gigs through Burbank's self-serve job center, WorkForce Connection. Now, the 26-year-old is looking for something more permanent. One morning at the center, which recently returned to its old digs after they were seismic retrofitted, two job postings piqued Reaves' interest - an opening for aquatics program coordinator and another for firefighter recruits. The free center attracts between 800 and 1,000 job seekers a month, offering access to computers and the Internet, along with job listings ranging from customer service and accounting, to welding and truck driving, said April Moreno, who oversees the program.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 10, 2014
A third former Burbank police officer's firing was disputed by an independent arbitrator, who ruled that a 20-year department veteran, accused by the city of covering up misconduct during a 2007 robbery investigation, should get his job back. In an advisory decision, the arbitrator ruled that former Det. Angelo Dahlia, who has sued the city in state and federal court, should not have been fired, multiple sources confirmed. Burbank's top executive will make the final call on whether to reinstate him. “(Dahlia)
NEWS
January 7, 2014
Gregory Krikorian's opinion piece in the Dec. 18 edition of the Burbank Leader fails to factually educate the reader. Krikorian is launching his own opinion about the much lauded 250 jobs. Had Krikorian done his research, he should have told the reader that these 250 Walmart jobs are mostly part-time, poor-paying jobs. Even if these were to be full-time jobs, the workers would not earn enough to have any significant economic effect on Burbank or its residents. As far as construction jobs related to a new Walmart, these would be temporary and would do little to improve our local economy for the long term.
THE818NOW
By Gregory S. Krikorian | December 17, 2013
As president and chief executive of the Valley Economic Alliance, I have the opportunity to speak with many people about the challenges the Valley faces and what can be done to make it a better place to do business and live in. Late last year, IKEA announced plans to build their largest store in the United States in the heart of Burbank. That same month, a Walmart opened in Irvine on the site of a former Great Indoors store soon after it was first announced, to the cheers of elected officials and the community.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 1, 2013
A Burbank man filed a lawsuit against the city of Burbank last month claiming age and race discrimination after he was not hired for several city jobs for which he said he was qualified.  Marco Gonzalez, 49, claimed he was passed over for employment nine out of the 11 times he applied for a city job. His two most recent job applications are pending, according to his lawsuit. Burbank City Atty. Amy Albano said Tuesday she has no indication the city didn't follow its hiring protocols in this case.  “The city has hiring practices that we follow, and the reason we have those practices is to make sure we don't have issues like this come up,” Albano said.  In 2009, Gonzalez applied for an engineering technician position.
NEWS
September 25, 2013
This letter is in response to the article published Sept. 20 regarding the jobless rate decline . As an almost lifelong Burbank resident, I suspect these rates are pure propaganda. I'm a human resources professional with more than a decade of experience who has been out of work since April. I've applied to jobs in Burbank, including the studios, hospitals, credit unions, the city and more. I've applied through job postings, networking and by submitting resumes to companies even when jobs aren't posted.
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