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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
It takes the average healthy adult 16 seconds to walk across an intersection, but Burbank police on Wednesday were more interested in how long it takes a driver to stop. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, police officers conducted a pedestrian enforcement operation at the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Parish Place and issued dozens of tickets. Dressed in plain clothes with a non-descript sweatshirt and a beanie, police Det. Paul Orlowski set up a video camera on the southwest corner to document violations as he walked across the street about 100 times over the course of 11/2 hours as vehicles sped by. “It takes about 16 seconds for the average person to walk across the street,” said police Sgt. Kelly Frank after timing Orlowski on his stopwatch.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Public safety officials have issued a slew of warnings for parents as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween night. Chief among them: beware of drunk drivers, marijuana-laced candy, and dark streets and alleys. Halloween is the third busiest night of the year in terms of car and pedestrian accidents and trips to the emergency room, officials reported, adding that 41 million trick-or-treaters are expected to hit the streets tonight nationwide. Police asked that trick-or-treaters travel in pairs or groups, carry a flashlight, wear costumes that don't obstruct their vision, watch for cars, and don't enter the homes of strangers.  At a joint news conference with Los Angeles police Wednesday, Burbank Capt.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 10, 2012
Glendale and Burbank have been awarded nearly $900,000 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety around school sites, the latest wave of grant money aimed at addressing local traffic congestion and the dangers it poses to students. The combined amount was announced by the California Department of Transportation last week as part of $48.5 million in grants to be filtered via the Safe Routes to School Program that will fund 139 projects up and down the state. The city of Burbank received $438,700 to enhance the bicycle infrastructure around Muir Middle School and Jefferson and Washington elementary schools, and to offer a safety education program.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
Burbank has been my home since 1959, when I was a sophomore at John Burroughs High School. During the intervening years I have watched Burbank grow and prosper, while continuing to retain its safe, comfortable ambience. Now with the building of the new, very large IKEA store, I hope, desire, and expect Burbank to continue to be a safe and comfortable place to live and work. It appears the new IKEA store will yield benefit to the city of Burbank and those of us who live and work here.
NEWS
October 16, 2004
KENNEL ATTENDANT POSITION CONSIDERED WHAT HAPPENED The City Council decided to consider reinstating a kennel attendant position for the police department. WHAT IT MEANS The city may bring back a second kennel attendant position that had been eliminated from the city budget. The police department would like a second attendant because officials are dealing with a higher number of animals at the shelter that are staying there longer. The estimated cost for the position is $48,000.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
Burbank's pedestrian safety record improved in 2009 among similarly sized cities in California, according to a recent state report. The California Office of Traffic Safety last week ranked Burbank as 31 out of 56 in overall pedestrian safety among cities with a population of 100,001 to 250,000 — with the 56th position being the safest — for 2009, the most recent figures. In 2008, the city's record was worse, coming in at 11 among 55 cities. Burbank moved up one spot from third- to the fourth-worst record of collisions involving senior pedestrians in 2009.
NEWS
January 15, 2011
The residents of the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive are very thankful to the three of our council members who supported us in our desire to not have sidewalks installed on our block ("Grant steps on sidewalk future," Dec. 29). In this day and age, it is not often that elected officials listen to their constituents, and vote in their favor. However, we unfortunately have learned that we may be betrayed by Councilman Gary Bric, who has announced the week after voting against the sidewalk installation that his conscience was bothering him in that he may have not made the right vote, and was thinking of bringing the matter back to council in January.
NEWS
January 20, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Having lived in the same house in Burbank since 1942, City Council candidate Charles "Chuck" Brandon says he knows and experiences the issues that affect Burbank residents. One of his most prominent concerns is tackling the noise, traffic and expansion problems related to the Burbank Airport. "I'm running because I'm afraid certain members of the current council are going to kind of cop out on airport issues," Brandon said.
NEWS
July 22, 2000
Erin Park NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- The students were small and so was the city designed to teach them. The lessons, however, were big enough to save a life. About 20 preschoolers at Burbank Educare took a stroll through a miniature wooden city Friday morning to learn about bicycle and pedestrian safety. Safe Moves, a nonprofit organization that offers interactive lessons on staying safe on the streets, brought its "safety rodeo" featuring wooden sidewalks, cars, and traffic signals as child-sized visual aids to the Victory Boulevard preschool.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | October 17, 2009
BURBANK — Traffic and transportation officials this week floated a proposal to reconfigure a stretch of Verdugo Avenue, reducing the number of lanes in each direction to accommodate bicycles and additional on-street parking. The proposal, slated to go before the City Council Oct. 27, would remove one lane in each direction to accommodate a 6-foot bike lane and a center turn lane, Principal Planner David Kriske said. Transportation officials targeted the artery after preliminary analysis showed it drawing only about half the number of daily vehicle trips as the city’s busiest roads.
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February 21, 2014
Burbank has been my home since 1959, when I was a sophomore at John Burroughs High School. During the intervening years I have watched Burbank grow and prosper, while continuing to retain its safe, comfortable ambience. Now with the building of the new, very large IKEA store, I hope, desire, and expect Burbank to continue to be a safe and comfortable place to live and work. It appears the new IKEA store will yield benefit to the city of Burbank and those of us who live and work here.
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NEWS
October 31, 2012
Public safety officials have issued a slew of warnings for parents as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween night. Chief among them: beware of drunk drivers, marijuana-laced candy, and dark streets and alleys. Halloween is the third busiest night of the year in terms of car and pedestrian accidents and trips to the emergency room, officials reported, adding that 41 million trick-or-treaters are expected to hit the streets tonight nationwide. Police asked that trick-or-treaters travel in pairs or groups, carry a flashlight, wear costumes that don't obstruct their vision, watch for cars, and don't enter the homes of strangers.  At a joint news conference with Los Angeles police Wednesday, Burbank Capt.
THE818NOW
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 10, 2012
Glendale and Burbank have been awarded nearly $900,000 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety around school sites, the latest wave of grant money aimed at addressing local traffic congestion and the dangers it poses to students. The combined amount was announced by the California Department of Transportation last week as part of $48.5 million in grants to be filtered via the Safe Routes to School Program that will fund 139 projects up and down the state. The city of Burbank received $438,700 to enhance the bicycle infrastructure around Muir Middle School and Jefferson and Washington elementary schools, and to offer a safety education program.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
It takes the average healthy adult 16 seconds to walk across an intersection, but Burbank police on Wednesday were more interested in how long it takes a driver to stop. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, police officers conducted a pedestrian enforcement operation at the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Parish Place and issued dozens of tickets. Dressed in plain clothes with a non-descript sweatshirt and a beanie, police Det. Paul Orlowski set up a video camera on the southwest corner to document violations as he walked across the street about 100 times over the course of 11/2 hours as vehicles sped by. “It takes about 16 seconds for the average person to walk across the street,” said police Sgt. Kelly Frank after timing Orlowski on his stopwatch.
NEWS
January 15, 2011
The residents of the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Screenland Drive are very thankful to the three of our council members who supported us in our desire to not have sidewalks installed on our block ("Grant steps on sidewalk future," Dec. 29). In this day and age, it is not often that elected officials listen to their constituents, and vote in their favor. However, we unfortunately have learned that we may be betrayed by Councilman Gary Bric, who has announced the week after voting against the sidewalk installation that his conscience was bothering him in that he may have not made the right vote, and was thinking of bringing the matter back to council in January.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
Burbank's pedestrian safety record improved in 2009 among similarly sized cities in California, according to a recent state report. The California Office of Traffic Safety last week ranked Burbank as 31 out of 56 in overall pedestrian safety among cities with a population of 100,001 to 250,000 — with the 56th position being the safest — for 2009, the most recent figures. In 2008, the city's record was worse, coming in at 11 among 55 cities. Burbank moved up one spot from third- to the fourth-worst record of collisions involving senior pedestrians in 2009.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | October 17, 2009
BURBANK — Traffic and transportation officials this week floated a proposal to reconfigure a stretch of Verdugo Avenue, reducing the number of lanes in each direction to accommodate bicycles and additional on-street parking. The proposal, slated to go before the City Council Oct. 27, would remove one lane in each direction to accommodate a 6-foot bike lane and a center turn lane, Principal Planner David Kriske said. Transportation officials targeted the artery after preliminary analysis showed it drawing only about half the number of daily vehicle trips as the city’s busiest roads.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 9, 2009
NORTH LOS ANGELES — Speeding motorists have crashed into Fritz Friedman’s home two times in the past six months. No one was in front of his home during the crashes, but he wants something to be done to cut down on speeding. “I know there is no immediate solution,” he said. Assemblyman Paul Krekorian on Thursday made a public push for his Safe Streets Bill in a bid to solve the very speeding problem that Friedman — who joined the assemblyman at the event — has been confronted with twice already.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | February 25, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Burbank Police traffic officers will conduct four targeted enforcement operations this year in an effort to crack down on pedestrian-related accidents. Seven pedestrian-related traffic collisions have occurred so far this year, Lt. J.J. Puglisi said. The most recent injury accidents occurred Feb. 6 at Third Street and Palm Avenue, where a 23-year-old woman was hit by a motorist, and at Verdugo Avenue and San Fernando Road, where a 52-year-old woman was hit by an alleged drunk driver, he said.
LOCAL
By Jason WellsNews-Press | March 6, 2008
GLENDALE — A Glendale man was sentenced to 15 years to life Wednesday for the 2005 hit-and-run murder of a Burbank teenager who was sitting in a parked car on Columbus Avenue. Andranik Atshemyan, 25, will also serve nine years concurrently for two felony counts of hit-and-run causing great bodily injury, authorities said. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Dorothy Shubin handed down the sentence Wednesday nearly three months after a jury convicted Atshemyan on all three counts in the November 2005 crash that killed Burbank resident Oscar Torres, 18, and seriously injured his friend, Jason Papricio, who was 17 at the time.
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