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By Chris Wiebe | May 27, 2006
FOR THE RECORD A story in Wednesday's paper, "Committee reveals recommendations," should have stated that the Charter Review Committee proposed to decrease the number of City Council votes needed to adopt a budget. . . . . . . BURBANK ? The charter review committee on Monday unveiled some of its recommendations for the city's guiding document ? proposing to increase the number of City Council votes needed to adopt a budget while keeping the status quo on the city's board's and commissions.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | April 13, 2012
Two months after a nonprofit consulting firm issued its recommendations for turning around the struggling DeBell Golf Club, an oversight committee this week implemented some of those recommendations, which involve cost-cutting measures and course improvements. At a meeting on Wednesday, the golf subcommittee recommended shifting 14% of the cost associated with paying city staffers to oversee the course to the Burbank's General Fund. That could save DeBell $53,828 next fiscal year.
FEATURES
May 20, 2006
Noisemakers are not the majority Airport activists are at it again. They are against every sensible fix to the airport that has come along. Anyone that has been at the airport knows they need to re-do the terminal to make it workable, and add more parking. Their idea that if you deprive the airport of parking, people will not use it is a stupid, unrealistic idea. Fix the terminal and add more parking. The complainers already received their "welfare find" to soundproof their homes ("Airport gets $10-million grant," May 10)
NEWS
October 28, 2006
After years of work on the city charter, revisions are set to go before the public for a vote. But what should be a relief for charter-committee members is instead a dark day. While the City Council was right in breaking the charter recommendations up and putting each section before voters to approve or deny, the vilification of committee members was uncalled for, out of line and completely inappropriate. For Councilman David Gordon to take these people to task as he did, and suggest their work was shoddy or that it should be doubted or discredited because they dared laugh during a committee meeting, was petty and absurd.
NEWS
September 15, 2007
ENERGY PROGRAM PRESENTED Burbank Water and Power staffers will present two new energy programs: a demand response program recommending the installation of 20 Ice Bear thermal storage units, which would provide ice for space cooling; and an air-conditioning efficiency program for residents and small businesses. The staff recommendations follow Burbank’s continuing shift toward energy efficiency. FREDERIC STREET CONSTRUCTION The council will consider an appeal from a homeowner in the 1600 block of North Frederic Street, who wishes to expand her single-floor home by adding a living room and increasing the size of the kitchen.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | January 13, 2012
As city officials take up the process of revamping the financially strapped DeBell Golf Club, they have so far declined to say whether they favor a recommendation to overhaul a management structure that was called inefficient by an outside consultant. The recommendation from the National Golf Foundation comes as two of the three main operators at the municipal golf course could soon be on month-to-month contracts, making a change easier to make. In the draft report, Burbank officials were encouraged to consider consolidating management under one operator - a move that would reduce overhead and improve the economic performance of the club, according to the draft report.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | October 25, 2006
CITY HALL — Charter Review Committee recommendations for amendments to the Burbank City Charter will head to city staffers for minor reworking before ultimately appearing on the ballot for voter consideration, the council decided on Tuesday. The committee was charged in November 2005 with the task of reviewing the 90-year-old charter, which serves as a blueprint for city government. If the revised document had been approved without modification by the council on Tuesday, the recommendations would go directly to the April 2007 ballot as one item.
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | March 17, 2007
CITY HALL ? Special education programs in the Burbank Unified School District could get beefed up next year, based on recommendations in a report released on Thursday. The district needs another full-time psychologist, more services for autistic students and more efficient and frequent use of technology, according to a nearly five-month-long study of Burbank schools conducted by Caryl Miller, executive director of the Riverside County Special Education Local Plan Area. If the district accepts these recommendations and decides to implement solutions to the problems listed in the study, the district's already overspent special education budget could be pushed further into the red, said Steve Bradley, the district's assistant superintendent of business services.
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NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 18, 2014
A design firm on Tuesday presented an $18-million, 20-year plan to renovate the city's outdoor Starlight Bowl amphitheater, which representatives of the firm called "drastically underutilized" and "slightly tired" in terms of its physical condition and programming. In a joint meeting with the City Council and the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board, a team representing Lehrer Architects Westlake Reed Leskosky Design laid out a multiphase plan that recommends a host of infrastructure improvements for the facility's restrooms, seating areas, parking lot, concessions, dressing rooms and lighting for both onstage and along walkways.
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NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
A Burbank Hills community faced a setback Monday in its decades-long quest to create a gated neighborhood, after the Planning Board recommended that elected officials deny the request. The board's recommendation, approved in a 3-0 vote, will be forwarded to the Burbank City Council for a final decision. Two Planning Board members were absent. The Burbank Hills Community Homeowners Assn. has requested entry and exit gates - for the fourth time since 1987 - at the two main entrances to the neighborhood, where Lamer Street crosses Castleman and Wedgewood lanes.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
A former police detective is challenging in court a decision by the Burbank City Manager to not reinstate him, citing an independent arbitrator's recommendation that he should get his job back, records show. Former Det. Mike Reyes was fired in June 2010 after city officials accused him of failing to report a use-of-force complaint reported to him by a suspect tied to a robbery at Porto's Bakery in 2007, and lying about it a year and a half later to cover up the alleged misconduct.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 14, 2014
Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the green light from the Burbank Planning Board Tuesday to nearly double the size of its location in the city , though the project still needs to be approved by the Burbank City Council. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its sixth store in the United States, has outgrown its current digs at the Burbank Town Center, and hopes to relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. If the project is approved, the retailer plans to start demolishing the 22 existing structures on the lot this summer.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 29, 2013
A state-appointed fact finder recommended a modest salary increase for members of the Burbank city attorneys union that's far less than what the 11-member association had demanded after five years without a pay raise. In the fact-finding report released by city officials this week, Don Becker recommended members of the Burbank City Attorneys Assn. be given a 1.6% pay hike this fiscal year, while also picking up 4% of their employee pension contribution, which is double the 2% they currently pay. The recommendation is nonbinding.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 6, 2012
Supporters of creating historic districts in Burbank intend to give City Council members an earful Tuesday as they consider a proposal that would make the threshold for establishing the protected neighborhoods the most restrictive in Los Angeles County. If the amendment to city code is approved as recommended, more than half of the affected property owners in a proposed historic district would have to sign off on the concept before the process could get started - a far higher standard than the 25% originally recommended by city officials.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | June 15, 2012
Transportation commissioners this week recommended several changes to bus service for seniors and the disabled, including cutting weekend service, as they grapple with reduced funding. In an effort to generate more income for the service, an outreach program could begin in the next two months to remind seniors of the voluntary 50-cent fare in the hopes of getting more riders to pay, Transportation Commission Chairman Paul Dyson said. The Joslyn Adult Center will be the target of most of the outreach, Dyson said.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | April 13, 2012
Two months after a nonprofit consulting firm issued its recommendations for turning around the struggling DeBell Golf Club, an oversight committee this week implemented some of those recommendations, which involve cost-cutting measures and course improvements. At a meeting on Wednesday, the golf subcommittee recommended shifting 14% of the cost associated with paying city staffers to oversee the course to the Burbank's General Fund. That could save DeBell $53,828 next fiscal year.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | January 20, 2012
Police Commissioners this week agreed an outside consultant could help oversee the implementation of the police department's 2011 Strategic Plan - even agreeing who they believe that person should be. But they stopped short of making a formal recommendation to the City Council. Elise Stearns-Niesen, commission chair, said attorney Robert Corbin, who assisted the Los Angeles Police Department in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating and Rampart scandal, “seems to know where we were and where we are going.” Success would mean cultural changes had taken place in a department plagued by lawsuits and allegations of excessive force.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | January 13, 2012
As city officials take up the process of revamping the financially strapped DeBell Golf Club, they have so far declined to say whether they favor a recommendation to overhaul a management structure that was called inefficient by an outside consultant. The recommendation from the National Golf Foundation comes as two of the three main operators at the municipal golf course could soon be on month-to-month contracts, making a change easier to make. In the draft report, Burbank officials were encouraged to consider consolidating management under one operator - a move that would reduce overhead and improve the economic performance of the club, according to the draft report.
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