February 19, 2005
NEW CONTRACT APPROVED The City Council approved a one-year contract with the Burbank Management Assn., the union representing 152 middle managers. WHAT IT MEANS After nearly a year of negotiations, the city reached an agreement with the union that will cost $353,120 from the general fund. Raises were based on the average salary from a 12-city survey, and ranged from .025 % to 9.3 %. The contract also included establishing an internal appeal process for disciplinary actions, increasing the tuition reimbursement cap to $5,000 per fiscal year and allowing unspent professional development money to be reimbursed for eye care insurance premiums, training programs and purchasing of equipment not covered by the city.
August 1, 2009
Republican Rep. David Dreier insists that there was nothing wrong with the more than $210,000 in campaign funds he used to reimburse himself over the last nine years, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Dreier?s campaign disclosure forms list $210,384 in expenditures since 2000 for the purpose of ?candidate reimbursement,? which is not uncommon, according to the Federal Election Commission. But the commission?s guidelines for reporting expenses requires candidates to include itemized lists for reimbursement expenditures that exceed $200.
December 27, 2011
Reactions were mixed at the Burbank Recycle Center on Tuesday - the first day the facility stopped paying CRV reimbursement for recyclables after its operator was slapped with allegations that it filed $33 million in fraudulent claims at another recycling center. The change threatens to drive customers like Cathy MacDonald away. The Burbank resident usually receives about $6 per visit for her recyclables. On Tuesday, she only got 23 cents. “I don't think it's fair,” she said as she brought her plastic recyclables to the facility on Flower Street.
August 23, 2011
California is no longer reimbursing Burbank for its curbside recycling because the operator of the city's recycling center is accused of making more than $48 million in fraudulent claims. The city received nearly $20,500 in curbside recycling revenues from the state last fiscal year, according to a statement released Tuesday by the city. It will not receive any additional funds until a new operator is certified by the state and a new curbside application is approved. The California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery - known as CalRecycle - denied Burbank's application in January, but the city appealed.
May 7, 2013
Burbank city officials say they may sue over being forced to turn over millions of dollars to the state as a result of closing down local redevelopment operations. Per the California Department of Finance's request, Burbank cut a $24.3-million check to Los Angeles County on Friday as part of the dissolution of local redevelopment. But $10.5 million of that - which includes part of the debt reimbursement to the city from the redevelopment agency - was turned over under protest, which means the city could sue in the future to get it back, officials said.
July 14, 2007
SEWER LATERALS The council voted unanimously to keep intact a municipal policy that enables residents to seek reimbursement for damages to their sewer lines as a result of the roots of city trees. The decision came after the council listened to a report on the city's liability policies regarding sewer line damage. When a city-owned tree is to blame for interference with a particular line, the homeowner is eligible for reimbursement for repair of the damages. WHAT IT MEANS Maintaining the existing standards means that residents can qualify for reimbursement if they complete five requirements.
April 30, 2013
State finance officials this week reduced Burbank's bill for dissolving its redevelopment agency by nearly half - from $42 million to $24.3 million. The change came after city officials contested the state's demands as too harsh. "We're happy that at least Department of Finance took to heart most of our arguments," said Ruth Davidson-Guerra, assistant community development director. "To have to write a check for $24 million to the county is a lot better than $42 million. " The final bill is still far more than the $11.7 million Burbank officials argued they owed as they and cities across the state close down their redevelopment operations.
August 11, 2004
Mark R. Madler While Bob Hope Airport officials have been ordered to pay back nearly $12 million in federal grant money, the loss in income is not expected to be passed on to travelers. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board on Monday voted 9-0 to return the money to the Federal Aviation Administration, ending a yearlong tussle between the two agencies. The money had been earmarked for terminal expansion. "This is money that we did spend, but [with]
March 10, 2010
President Obama declared the neighborhoods affected by the Station fire and subsequent debris flows a disaster area Monday, paving the way for federal assistance with cleanup efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a federal disaster declaration for neighborhoods in the Station fire burn area that have been affected by recent debris flows. The declaration makes city, county and state agencies eligible for reimbursement for up to 75% of the costs incurred during mitigation and cleanup efforts that started Jan. 17. As Los Angeles County crews have continued to dump excavated soil from debris basins in the foothills, a joint Burbank-Glendale police helicopter unit has been making daily aerial observations of deep fissures and weakened hillsides.