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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | May 8, 2012
Three local residents have filed a lawsuit against the city to stop a Walmart from opening in Burbank, alleging the city illegally cleared the way to issue building permits to the world's largest retailer without adequately investigating the store's environmental impact. After months of public outcry that included protests and opposition voiced at City Council meetings, Shanna Ingalsbee, Katherine Olson and Yvette Ziraldo filed the lawsuit Friday through their attorney, Gideon Kracov, who also represents United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 770. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that the city has yet to make street improvements that were required before building permits could be issued for any new businesses in, or adjacent to, the Empire Center, according to a resolution approved by the City Council in June 2000.
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NEWS
March 8, 2003
Ben Godar The family of a 16-year-old boy injured during a football game between Burbank and San Gabriel's Gabrielino high schools has filed a lawsuit against both school districts. Andrew Castillo collapsed and stopped breathing after complaining of head pain during the fourth quarter of an Oct. 4 game at John Burroughs High School's Memorial Field, where Burbank High regularly plays its home games. He was taken to an area hospital and later transferred to a private hospital, where he remained in a coma until early January.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 24, 2013
Burbank city attorneys have filed a response denying the allegations set forth in a lawsuit in which a Burbank resident accused the city of making illegal wire transfers from its utility to the city's General Fund, according to court records. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in September, Burbank resident Christopher Spencer argued that the city's long-standing practice of transferring utility funds to the city's General Fund, which pays for most public services, has illegally hiked up water rates to the point where they “exceed the reasonable costs” of providing the service.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
The family of a Burbank teenager who had a sexual relationship with his middle school teacher has filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging that it failed to safeguard the student from an aggressive predator. In March, Amy Beck, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, shocked the Burbank community when she turned herself in to police for having sex with her then-14-year-old student, who has not been identified. The liaison took place from March to September 2009, and involved sex acts at the teacher's Burbank home and on the Jordan Middle School campus, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 2, 2009
LOS ANGELES — In publicly announcing a discrimination lawsuit Monday against the Burbank Police Department, the attorney representing one lieutenant and four police officers took Police Chief Tim Stehr to task for ordering his staff to stay silent on all internal matters. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges myriad sexual and racial discrimination incidents, and that complaints to the command staff were greeted with retaliation and lost promotions.
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By Christopher Cadelago | September 29, 2009
CITY HALL — Four days after the city released a statement calling the latest lawsuit filed against its Police Department “baseless and disingenuous,” Mayor Gary Bric on Tuesday said the FBI was investigating the allegations. He also announced that the Burbank Police Department was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was to turn over its findings to the county district attorney’s office, paving the way for the city to bring in its own outside attorney to review the allegations.
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By Maria Hsin maria.hsin@latimes.com | February 3, 2012
As the police department pushes forward with layers of independent oversight and monitors to restore public confidence, yet another lawsuit involving a former police officer has been filed against the city. Former Burbank Police Det. Pete Allen has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming he was fired in retaliation for participating in an internal misconduct investigation into the police response to the Porto's Bakery robbery in December 2007. Allen claims the city violated the California Whistleblower Protection Act after he provided information to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and FBI after they launched use-of-force probes into the department.
NEWS
June 6, 2009
The lawsuit filed this week against the Burbank Police Department on behalf of five officers purports to expose racial discrimination and sexual harassment. But what it certainly has done is spotlight the effects of a closed-ranks, good-ol’-boy ethos that has gone unchecked for too long. We at the Leader have been trying to break through for years, with varying degrees of success. But for so long, the propensity to close down in the face of requests for greater access has won out. As an example, take the popular police arrest log entries.
NEWS
February 28, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum Worried that the state is trying to dip into one of its last remaining untouched revenue sources, Burbank has joined forces with more than 30 other cities to sue the state of California for backing bonds with funds earmarked for local governments. "The state has periodically taken city money, and we don't feel it's their right to take [it]," City Atty. Dennis Barlow said Thursday. "We don't think it's the city taxpayers' responsibility to balance the state budget with city taxes."
NEWS
September 4, 2004
Mark R. Madler A frequent critic of the City Council has resorted to legal action to keep the city from paying the lawyer representing it in matters regarding the Bob Hope Airport. Mike Nolan filed for a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles Superior Court in late August to stop payments to Peter Kirsch because Kirsch is not licensed to practice law in California. He has represented the city on airport-related matters since 1995. A hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 12 on whether the order will be granted.
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