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By By Mark R. Madler | October 15, 2005
NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Burbank has completed $11.5 million in improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant to meet a state board requirement to keep ammonia from getting into the Los Angeles River. In 2003, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board required Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles to significantly reduce the amount of ammonia released into the Los Angeles River from its wastewater treatment plants. "To meet that we had to change how we do business," interim Burbank Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford said.
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By Chris Wiebe | June 14, 2006
CITY HALL ? Several areas in Burbank are included in a city of Los Angeles plan to revitalize a 32-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works is in the midst of an 18-month planning process for a project aimed at creating open spaces, revitalizing the community and enhancing the environment along the river, Ara Kasparian, an engineer with Los Angeles Public Works, told the council. An ad hoc Los Angeles City Council committee established goals in order to build upon previous revitalization efforts , he said.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
One of the best kept secrets in the San Fernando Valley, where I live in Burbank, is the bike path running along sections of the Los Angeles River, which once was free-flowing from the mountains to Long Beach, where it reaches the sea. Today much of it is a huge concrete ditch, but there are also stretches that are wild with trees and exotic birds that you won't see anywhere else in LA. Sunnynook River Park is a beautiful project just completed and...
NEWS
April 13, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Although rain has been scarce lately, officials are reminding residents that a single storm could wreak havoc in local storm channels. "They move water quickly out of the city, their walls are vertical and there's nothing in them except debris. And when you fall in, when the water is up, there's no way up and there's no way out," Burbank Fire Capt. Ron Bell said of the city's storm channels. That's why getting the word out -- even during a dry period -- is important.
NEWS
December 4, 2010
This is in response to Mike Antonovich's Nov. 24 letter "Not the proper time for a bag ban. " You wrote: "This is not the appropriate time in our efforts to clean up the environment ... " Really? When exactly is the appropriate time then? I believe we should have banned the plastic bag eons ago. In fact, we probably never should have started allowing plastic bags to be used. "Educating our residents on the harm of illegally disposing their plastic bags can be effective," you go on to say. Again, I say really?
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | January 3, 2007
BURBANK — Officials from Burbank and Los Angeles have joined forces to oppose tightened water-quality standards from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, which they say would mean higher utility rates for customers. The new standards are so stringent that, in some cases, the caliber of water quality the board wants in discharge to be released into the Los Angeles River would even exceed the cleanliness of drinking water in Burbank, Mayor Todd Campbell said.
NEWS
December 1, 2010
Once again the 30-plus-year windbag, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, gets published in the Burbank Leader in his ongoing effort to make it 40 or more years at the public trough ("Not the proper time for a bag ban," Nov. 24). A while back, someone gave me some reusable bags. I use them all the time now — easier and more comfortable to handle, hold my groceries better, and don't cut into my fingers as plastic bags do. I am 76 years old. Come on seniors, get interested in new and innovative things, especially if they help the environment.
NEWS
December 27, 2000
Amber Willard LOS ANGELES -- A man suspected of shooting his wife and three teenage daughters last week committed suicide by jumping from a freeway into the Los Angeles River, officials said Tuesday. Gabriel Ghazelian, 49, died of blunt force trauma to his chest Friday afternoon when he jumped from an overpass at the intersection of the Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, into a few inches of water in the river, a coroner's spokesman said.
THE818NOW
April 24, 2013
After a bumpy 17-year process that once proposed developing thousands of homes on its famous Hollywood back lot, NBCUniversal won unanimous approval Tuesday from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a plan that lets it expand its Universal Studios theme park. The $1.6-billion project will include nearly 2 million square feet in office and production space, a bike path along the adjacent Los Angeles River that would eventually allow cyclists to pedal to Studio City, and a Harry Potter-themed attraction.
NEWS
By Lauren Hilgers | May 6, 2006
Sitting on a concrete slope on Friday, Burbank Community Day School student Marissa Rauda peered into a patch of brush, palm trees and sand ? the wilds of the Los Angeles River. "I think it's so dirty that there's no water," the 16-year-old said. "There's just a lot of dust." Students from the Community Day School gathered at the stretch of the river in Atwater Village as part of the Friends of the Los Angeles River's River School Day Cleanup. The event gives students a chance to discover that there is water in the river, as well as plants and wildlife, said Katie Klapper, a member of Friends.
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NEWS
May 31, 2013
One of the best kept secrets in the San Fernando Valley, where I live in Burbank, is the bike path running along sections of the Los Angeles River, which once was free-flowing from the mountains to Long Beach, where it reaches the sea. Today much of it is a huge concrete ditch, but there are also stretches that are wild with trees and exotic birds that you won't see anywhere else in LA. Sunnynook River Park is a beautiful project just completed and...
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THE818NOW
April 24, 2013
After a bumpy 17-year process that once proposed developing thousands of homes on its famous Hollywood back lot, NBCUniversal won unanimous approval Tuesday from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a plan that lets it expand its Universal Studios theme park. The $1.6-billion project will include nearly 2 million square feet in office and production space, a bike path along the adjacent Los Angeles River that would eventually allow cyclists to pedal to Studio City, and a Harry Potter-themed attraction.
NEWS
December 4, 2010
This is in response to Mike Antonovich's Nov. 24 letter "Not the proper time for a bag ban. " You wrote: "This is not the appropriate time in our efforts to clean up the environment ... " Really? When exactly is the appropriate time then? I believe we should have banned the plastic bag eons ago. In fact, we probably never should have started allowing plastic bags to be used. "Educating our residents on the harm of illegally disposing their plastic bags can be effective," you go on to say. Again, I say really?
NEWS
December 1, 2010
Once again the 30-plus-year windbag, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, gets published in the Burbank Leader in his ongoing effort to make it 40 or more years at the public trough ("Not the proper time for a bag ban," Nov. 24). A while back, someone gave me some reusable bags. I use them all the time now — easier and more comfortable to handle, hold my groceries better, and don't cut into my fingers as plastic bags do. I am 76 years old. Come on seniors, get interested in new and innovative things, especially if they help the environment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | December 30, 2009
Two Girl Scouts will have the best seats in the house when this year’s Tournament of Roses parade heads down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day. Anna Stapelseldt, 17, of La Crescenta, and Kaitlyn Ross, 17, of Burbank, will be carrying the banners for the trophy-winning floats. “This is really exciting to represent my community,” said Anna, who is a senior at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena. Kaitlyn had always watched the parade on TV, but she’ll get an even closer look, she said.
NEWS
December 26, 2009
In recent weeks, the city has pushed the boundaries for bicyclists even further, and that’s a good thing. From a restructured Verdugo Avenue, to an expanded master bike plan, that some people might dismiss them as an impediment to car traffic, or a waste of taxpayer money, is the kind of political stance that’s put the region far behind other metro areas in nurturing a more sustainable infrastructure. The updated Bicycle Master Plan is expected to address the needs of more than 12,000 residents who work in the city, but who cannot traverse certain areas because dedicated bike paths end abruptly.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | December 19, 2009
CITY HALL ? The Burbank City Council became the latest agency to approve a slew of bikeway improvements that, once completed, should make it easier for bicyclists to safely navigate from one region to the next. Glendale and L.A. County are headlong into their own improvement projects and master plans, and eventually, the network of street markings and dedicated bicycle lanes are expected to mesh to create a more passable infrastructure for the no-car set, officials said. In Burbank, the City Council on Tuesday approved an updated Bicycle Master Plan that is expected to accommodate more than 12,000 residents who work in the city but cannot traverse certain areas because bike paths end abruptly.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | October 26, 2009
MEDIA DISTRICT — A federal judge in Los Angeles refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. of polluting the surrounding area with chromium 6. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson on Monday denied the company’s motion to dismiss the claims of Environmental World Watch and four residents who contend that the contamination violates the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Disney officials...
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | October 23, 2009
MEDIA DISTRICT — A federal judge in Los Angeles refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. of polluting the surrounding area with chromium 6. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson on Monday denied the company’s motion to dismiss the claims of Environmental World Watch and four residents who contend that the contamination violates the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Disney officials...
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