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By Joyce Rudolph | February 17, 2010
Most working partners are together eight hours a day, but not many are together 24/7 like Ron Weckbacher and his rescue dog Dawson. They are members of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a Ventura-based nonprofit that provides training for canine-firefighter disaster search teams that seek out victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Area teams, trained by the foundation, were placed on alert during last week’s heavy rains that threatened La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge homes, officials said.
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November 22, 2008
Burbank residents have two groups to thank for the fact that they had consistent power over the weekend during the Los Angeles County wildfires. The first is the city staff, specifically the technicians at Burbank Water and Power, who used a new phone-messaging system to ask that residents conserve energy as crews battled the flames. And the second is the residents themselves, who heeded the request and sacrificed 10% of their energy use, enabling the city to scramble for alternate energy sources and avoid a blackout.
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September 16, 2013
Burbank Water and Power received a $1-million federal grant to upgrade the city's radio system, which officials said will help Burbank firefighters and police officers better communicate during natural disasters and emergencies. The system improvements, which the utility had originally planned to fund internally over several years, are now slated for completion by February 2014 because of the grant. "Being able to get grant funding to support the upgrades not only saves us money internally, but also allows us to do the whole thing a little faster," said Gregory Simay, assistant general manager for the utility, which oversees capital improvements and maintenance for the city's radio system.
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April 27, 2005
Robert Chacon Councilman Bob Yousefian and others are back in the nation's capital, lobbying legislators for $4 million for an emergency- communications system that can connect cities across the Southland. Today and Thursday, Yousefian, Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Don Wright, city information services administrator Steve Hronek and lobbyist Elaine Aguilar will visit the offices of several lawmakers to ask for fundsto complete the Interagency Communications Interoperability system, a regional radio network that allows seamless communication between municipalities.
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November 8, 2003
Ryan Carter The city will join a growing number of munici- palities involved in the creation of a regional state-of-the-art radio communications system. The Burbank City Council voted unanimously this week to join a joint powers agency that will develop Interagency Communications Interoperability System, known as ICIS. When the system is completed several years from now, police, fire and public safety personnel will be able to communicate by radio across city boundaries in a more seamless manner.
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By Melanie Hicken | February 10, 2010
Last year, 10-year-old Roman Moreno saved his 87-pound German shepherd from drowning in a neighbor’s swimming pool. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, my dog is in the pool,” said Roman, who managed to pull his dog to safety. He was one of about 10 local pet owners who learned life-saving techniques for their furry friends Saturday at a pet first-aid and CPR class at the Burbank Animal Shelter. “It’s estimated that nine out of 10 dogs and cats will have an emergency at some point in their life,” instructor Denise Fleck told the class, citing Roman’s dog as one example.
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By Chris Wiebe | May 3, 2006
CITY HALL ? The City Council on Tuesday considered whether to adjust the salaries of the city manager and the city attorney following months of performance evaluations of those officials . But by the time of the Burbank Leader's Tuesday-night deadline, the council had not come to a decision. To bring her compensation in line with city managers in surrounding cities, City Manager Mary Alvord received a 6% salary increase in May 2005, which was retroactively applied to July 1, 2004 ?
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March 13, 2002
Joyce Rudolph 'Tis the season for eggs and bunnies and members of the Burbank Sertoma Club take this literally with their annual Easter Egg Project. Sandie Tomer, wife of club President Bob Tomer, said members have been doing the project for five years. "We're aiming to do 500 this year," she said. Members blow out the eggs and then decorate them. Some members go all out, creating very intricate designs and decoupage, Sandie Tomer said. "It's very labor intensive," she said.
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By By Mark R. Madler | November 26, 2005
Colony Theatre Company launches fundraising program to raise $300,000 to remain in city-owned theater building.DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- The Colony Theatre Co. will raise the curtain on the first phase of a long-term fundraising program Tuesday that will keep its productions at the city-owned Center Stage theater building. With contributions declining, the nonprofit theater company is seeking financial stability so it can stay in the home it has made in Burbank for the past five years.
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May 20, 2006
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has endorsed Glendale Councilman Frank Quintero in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 43rd Assembly District. Garcetti said he believed Quintero's commitment to positive change in the areas of education, public safety and the economy would serve him well in Sacramento. The 43rd Assembly District includes the cities of Glendale, Burbank and the Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village and North Hollywood neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
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By Joyce Rudolph | February 17, 2010
Most working partners are together eight hours a day, but not many are together 24/7 like Ron Weckbacher and his rescue dog Dawson. They are members of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a Ventura-based nonprofit that provides training for canine-firefighter disaster search teams that seek out victims of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Area teams, trained by the foundation, were placed on alert during last week’s heavy rains that threatened La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge homes, officials said.
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November 22, 2008
Burbank residents have two groups to thank for the fact that they had consistent power over the weekend during the Los Angeles County wildfires. The first is the city staff, specifically the technicians at Burbank Water and Power, who used a new phone-messaging system to ask that residents conserve energy as crews battled the flames. And the second is the residents themselves, who heeded the request and sacrificed 10% of their energy use, enabling the city to scramble for alternate energy sources and avoid a blackout.
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