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THE818NOW
April 24, 2013
Goodbye Hogwarts, hello Universal Studios. 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. And a Harry Potter attraction is coming with it. Company executives said the "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," which will feature a re-creation of the Hogwarts Castle and other locations from the books and movies, will bring droves of visitors to the park.
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NEWS
September 27, 2013
A story that may be of interest to your readers is the apparent suspension of work, or lack of progress over the last couple of months on the Golden State (5) Freeway work through Burbank. On the southbound lanes it is particularly frustrating due to the elimination of the right-side breakdown lane between roughly Burbank Boulevard and the Los Angeles River, and because of the very short merge provisions for vehicles entering the freeway from both Verdugo and Alameda avenues. The lack of any progress on the Western Avenue offramp is also puzzling, as the pavement was removed down to dirt months ago. Is Caltrans so overextended with work on other freeways that I-5 is left an orphan?
NEWS
January 26, 2012
A series of night closures on the Golden State (5) Freeway north of Burbank starts Sunday as crews prepare to construct a bridge connector for carpool lanes on the Hollywood (170) Freeway. The HOV-connector is part of a $140-million project through the California Department of Transportation to build carpool lanes along the I-5 corridor. To build the temporary construction supports for the bridge, Caltrans plans to completely close the northbound I-5 in one direction at a time between Branford Street and Sheldon Street from midnight to 6 a.m., Sunday through Feb. 1. The same section of freeway will be closed to southbound traffic Feb. 1 - 3, then again Feb. 5 and 6, and Feb. 12 through 17, according to a notice from the Caltrans When the southbound lanes are closed, traffic will be detoured off the I-5 at Osborne Street.
THE818NOW
November 28, 2012
Burbank will get a $1.7-million state grant to restore a storm water channel and create 8 acres of habitat at Johnny Carson Park, officials announced Wednesday. The planned project would widen, thicken and add vegetation to the Tujunga Wash creek that runs through the park and into the Los Angeles River. Plans also call for a new playground, jogging path, lighting and seating area. The money is part of $34 million being distributed by the California Natural Resources Agency to 33 river parkway projects throughout California and comes after Burbank lost out on a $3.5-million grant last year for the Johnny Carson Park improvements.
NEWS
By By Mark R. Madler | January 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- A proposed sewer project by the city of Los Angeles with an alignment that could go through Burbank will be the subject of a hearing taking place on Thursday. The proposed Burbank-Glendale Interceptor Sewer project would extend nearly 6 miles from the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park to Toluca Lake. "This is our effort to reach out and make sure everyone has a chance to give input," said Adel Hagekhalil, a division manager with the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation.
NEWS
By By Mark R. Madler | December 14, 2005
City encouraging residents to give comments to Los Angeles on sewer project that could be built going through Rancho District.RANCHO DISTRICT -- City officials are encouraging residents to send in their comments on a sewer project proposed by the city of Los Angeles that could be built through the Rancho District neighborhood. Comments on the project's draft environmental report will be accepted by the Los Angeles Public Works Department through the end of February on the proposed Burbank-Glendale Interceptor Sewer project, which would extend nearly 6 miles, from the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park to Toluca Lake.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | March 25, 2006
LOS ANGELES ? A report on the extent to which manure stored at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center contaminates the Los Angeles River will go to an ad hoc river committee, after the public had the chance to offer its comments at a hearing on Wednesday. "It scares me when politicians get involved with the equestrian," horse owner Nick Pool said at a special joint session of the city of Los Angeles' Energy and Environment and Arts, Parks, Health and Aging committees. "The equestrian center is doing a fine job of maintaining the facility and, to my knowledge, there have not been any abuses."
NEWS
By By Mark R. Madler | December 17, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles City Councilwoman urged on Wednesday "a thorough" investigation" into allegations that manure stored at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center was leaking into the Los Angeles River. A report by the city's Parks and Recreation Department is expected to be released in January at a meeting of the Los Angeles City Council's Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee. "I want this to be a thorough investigation," Councilwoman Jan Perry said. "If somebody is out of compliance they need to be penalized and brought into compliance.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | February 4, 2011
Burbank and Glendale are trying to get a bite of out of the grant money apple as Los Angeles County transportation officials prepare to review myriad infrastructure improvements. Both cities have submitted four applications each for thousands in grant money from the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority for projects ranging from bike paths to improved traffic signals, representing a renewed effort among cities to pool their resources in applying for precious fewer dollars. One of Burbank’s proposals — changing the designation of a bicycle path along Kenneth Road to a bicycle boulevard — is part of a joint project with Glendale to improve traffic safety.
NEWS
April 6, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- With recent heightened concern about terrorism, local officials haven't forgotten about earthquakes, even though the city's annual duck-and-cover drill -- done in April, Earthquake Preparedness Month -- didn't happen this year. "Earthquakes aren't the disaster du jour right now," Burbank Emergency Coordinator Rich Baenen said. "But it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when one will occur." Underlying Baenen's vigilance is the knowledge that Burbank is in a seismic hazard zone.
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