April 19, 2003
Ben Godar The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, walking that line is illegal. Since the opening in January of Star Park, a private parking lot just south of the airport's property, airport officials have restricted its sidewalk access to the airport. The airport installed a chain-link fence, cutting off a crosswalk from the sidewalk to Terminal B, and used a sandblaster to remove the paint marking the crosswalk.
November 18, 2006
College exposure is an example for all How wonderful that McKinley Elementary School has proactively instituted a program reinforcing the idea that college is attainable for all, and does so by taking fifth-grade students onto a college campus and connecting for them the fact that just as their teachers have all gone to college, so too can they ("College prep grows," Nov. 15). So often only the Gifted and Talented Education and honors students get the message that they need to prepare for college when the reality is that for our children to be financially successful in a competitive, 21st-century global economy, they will all need at least some college, with most lucrative jobs requiring a four-year degree as a minimum.
August 14, 2010
The flashing sign says "road construction 5/2-8/27/2010," but we just received notification of what is being constructed with this month's Burbank Water and Power bill. I was hoping to read that some extraordinarily energy-efficient modifications were being made, or perhaps another set of stacks that billow steam into the Burbank sky. New offices for utility employees? After all, a full block was literally torn up, sidewalks, gutters, half the street, all the trees, bushes, lawns, retaining walls, buildings and who knows what else buried beneath it all. The green notice in my bill advised me of what all the commotion is about: green street improvements coming to Lake Street, which is "being converted into an attractive, pedestrian-friendly environment … new trees, new shrubs, energy-efficient lighting.
December 18, 2010
A 77-year-old Burbank man died early Wednesday from injuries he sustained when he was struck Monday while in a West Victory Boulevard crosswalk. The man, Michel Barone, was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills after suffering serious head trauma, Burbank police said. Los Angeles County coroner officials said Barone died at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, but they were still waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the official cause of death. The investigation remained ongoing Thursday, and authorities said no charges had been filed against the 48-year-old Burbank driver, Manny Castillo.
February 7, 2004
A 26-year-old woman remained hospitalized Friday after she was struck by a car while standing on a street corner, police said. The unidentified woman lost two of her toes when the car skidded out of control and hit her as she stood at the corner of Buena Vista Street and Clark Avenue about 6 p.m. Thursday, police said. Before the woman was struck, two cars collided, sending one driven by a 17-year-old Burbank boy careening out of control and into the woman, police said.
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.
September 19, 2013
A 62-year-old pedestrian was hospitalized when she was struck by a sedan Thursday after the driver lost control of the car, police said. At 7:30 a.m., the 22-year-old motorist was reportedly speeding eastbound on Alameda Avenue approaching Chavez Street when he lost control of the car and slammed into two parked cars, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The impact caused the vehicle to spin and hit the pedestrian crossing the street, he added. The woman was transported to a hospital with a possible broken leg, Ryburn said.
April 29, 2014
The 87-year-old Burbank pedestrian who was struck by an SUV on Thursday morning died of her injuries the following night, police said. The woman, identified as Rosa Rivera, was struck just before 9 a.m. Thursday while crossing the driveway of a shopping center at Walnut Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Rivera, who appeared to be headed to a nearby grocery store, suffered severe head injuries and was transported to a local trauma center, where she later died.