August 1, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The City Council was to announce Tuesday night that it will pay a lobbyist consultant firm $10,000 per month to monitor federal legislation regarding airport policies. The City Council hired Copeland, Lowery & Jacquez, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist consultant firm, on July 16. The decision to employ the firm came as the council began to fear federal legislation might usurp local control of airports. "For us, it's scary that, all of a sudden, Uncle Sam can come in here and ram something down our throats.
August 22, 2009
Tens of millions of dollars in federal economic stimulus money are flowing to California cities, but so far, Burbank’s strategy for snagging it has been piecemeal at best. If this city is to have any real chance at maximizing its share of the stimulus plan, the City Council is going to spend some to make more. Just like this recession has brought about unprecedented challenges in developing money-saving strategies, President Obama’s federal stimulus plan has brought about yet another set of challenges.
February 1, 2003
MEETING AT 6:30 P.M. TUESDAY CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER -- 275 E. OLIVE AVE. Major items to be considered: Airport Authority Commissioner report. Governor's budget proposal, urging legislature to reject shift of local vehicle- license fee revenue. Accepting donation to the Burbank Police Department. Denying appeal of conditional-use permit for automobile shop and restaurant, 524 S. San Fernando Blvd. Reuse of former Buena Vista Library.
August 29, 2001
There seems to be no end to the fiscal madness infecting the current Burbank City Council. Fiduciary responsibility, respect for the law and even common sense have flown out the window, replaced by paranoia whipped up by greedy attorneys and snake-oil salesmen. Want a good example? Weeks ago (why won't they tell us exactly when?) the council met in secret and authorized City Atty. Dennis Barlow to hire a lobbyist/consultant to track pending federal legislation impacting states in which governors have veto power over airport development projects.
July 2, 2008
BURBANK — A proposal that would have required lobbyists to register with the city before meeting with city officials failed Tuesday night 3 to 2. The lobbyist ordinance was last proposed in 2006 by Councilwoman Marsha Ramos, who said it was a way to ensure a transparent city government. “Everyone has recognized that lobbyists play a role in government and political decisions,” she said. “They have an important voice . . . however, it is important for the public to know who these lobbyists are meeting with.
June 17, 2006
CITY HALL ? A proposal that would have required paid lobbyists to register with the city before having discussions with city officials and staff drew little council support on Tuesday, halting all talk of crafting a possible lobbyist ordinance. Councilwoman Marsha Ramos brought the idea to the council's attention as a way to promote full disclosure in local government, allowing officials and staff to more readily identify petitioners who are paid to represent the interests of outside agencies, she said.
February 23, 2008
STARLIGHT REVENUE The council unanimously appropriated more than $44,250 for the Starlight Bowl Sponsorship program, which aims to raise money for the city-owned entertainment venue. The increased funds will go to expenditures associated with entertainment, marketing and operating materials and supplies for the sponsorship and street banner program in which local businesses can sponsor programs at the Starlight Bowl. WHAT IT MEANS The appropriation amends the 2007-08 budget to reflect the added funds.