September 21, 2012
More Burbank residents were unemployed and without health insurance last year than in 2007 and 2009, respectively, according to 2011 census estimates released this week. Unemployment among Burbank workers reached 8.4% in 2011, up from 5.2% in 2007, highlighting the crippling effects of the economic crisis, which has cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes. But Burbank workers proved to be better off than Americans nationwide, as the national unemployment rate reached 10.3% last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
November 3, 2010
Parking revenues in October spiked at Bob Hope Airport, hopefully a harbinger of better days ahead, officials said. Parking revenue, the biggest source of operating income for the airport, grew from $1.67 million in September to $1.85 million in October, an increase of 11%, and 5% better than the same period last year, according to a report to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. While airport parking revenues have slightly exceeded budget expectations in eight of 10 months in 2010, October was the only month with a double-digit increase, generating more revenue than any other month of the year.
April 9, 2010
The number of passenger counts using Bob Hope Airport dropped in February, erasing the slight increase in January that officials had hoped would end a yearlong decline, according to the latest figures released this week. Continued consumer uncertainty and a winter storm on the east coast that resulted in canceled flights likely contributed to the decline in traffic, said Victor Gill, a spokesman for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. “You’re still seeing a continuation of the well-known economic hard times,” Gill said.
January 12, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Crime in Burbank dropped 8% in 2009, mirroring a slide across Los Angeles County despite escalating unemployment and a sluggish economy, according to year-end figures released Monday by the Burbank Police Department. The number of murders dropped 50%, from two in 2008 to one last year, according to the department’s FBI uniform crime report. Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse, a 32-year veteran of the LAPD, attributed declines across the region in part to “hardening the target,” the law enforcement tactic of beefing up of security to minimize the risk of an attack or theft.
October 2, 2009
Local food banks this week reissued appeals for donations as the recession continues to stoke demand among the unemployed. On the front lines here, the Burbank Temporary Aid Center called for “immediate help,” citing an increased number of households seeking food as their main breadwinners experience reduced work hours, or worse, layoffs. It’s easy to forget during the summer months that the needy still require assistance. It’s usually not until the holidays hit in the fall and winter that food drives kick into high gear.
October 2, 2009
There’s a charming new place to meet a friend for breakfast, lunch or dinner on North Brand Boulevard in Glendale. Owner Sevan Azarian, a culinary school graduate and former Patina Group chef, has designed a bistro of casual elegance with a friendly vibe and tasty food. Recess, Sevan’s favorite subject in school, is a place to take a break from work, play a little and enjoy life. They’re still working out a few kinks, but Recess Eatery is destined to be a hit. The place accommodates maybe 20 people, and the day I was there, it was buzzing at lunch time.
July 25, 2009
BURBANK — Jack Cross leans over a sucrose-clogged counter and casually reveals his business philosophy — soda, candy and fun. Just three weeks after successfully landing Rocket Fizz Burbank at 2112 W. Magnolia Blvd., many are singing his praises, perhaps to the tune of Paul Anka’s “Diana,” which played on loop inside the converted liquor store. Cross, who opened the shop with Luke Jacobellis, said the temple to high-fructose corn syrup — a veritable storeroom filled with hundreds of bottled sodas and recollection-inducing treats — is as much an ode to 1950s and ’60s pop culture.
February 11, 2009
Rain or shine, recession or no recession, vendors at the weekly Burbank Certified Farmers Market said a loyal customer base has so far proven to be a sturdy shield against the slowing economy. For 25 years, the farmers market at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue has pulled in a dependable crowd of buyers, and on Saturday they braved the cold, rainy weather to stock up on organic produce. At a time when a worsening recession is driving more consumers to cut back on spending, many shoppers at the market said they had no intention of ditching their weekly habits.