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By Alene Tchekmedyian, | December 15, 2012
Six candidates - including three incumbents - will be vying for three seats on the Burbank City Council in the February primary. Here's a look at the candidates: David Gordon David Gordon, 57, has served on the council for seven years. He touts his commitment to transparency and his ability to ask “tough questions.” Maintaining his role as a voice for local residents, Gordon said he has consistently fought to preserve Burbank's unique character - whether in supporting the Rancho Master Plan or protecting small businesses.
By Christopher Cadelago | July 8, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday denounced two proposed state bills that would force its utility to produce a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, arguing the laws would significantly increase utility rates. The regulations would also fail to count renewable resources obtained from outside the state, council members said. The two bills — Assembly Bill 64 and Senate Bill 14 — would regulate renewable energy into the state and bring it in line with cities such as Burbank and Glendale, both of which have pledged to increase the size of their renewable energy portfolios to 33% by 2020.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | May 10, 2013
Burbank utility customers are in for another round of bill hikes this July, with electric and water rates slated to jump 1.75% and 4.75%, respectively, officials said. State mandates to increase renewable energy use, which is more costly, are driving the electric bill hikes, said Ron Davis, general manager of Burbank Water and Power. For ratepayers, that means a 550 kilowatt-hour monthly electric bill would go up $1.53 to $90.24 as the utility continues to wean its dependence on coal and beef up its renewable energy profile.
June 28, 2013
When Vice Mayor Gordon voted against approving the 2013-14 budget, his stated reason was that Burbank Water and Power is incurring millions of dollars in renewable energy costs that are causing rates to increase unnecessarily because of a state mandate for a sustainability premise not supported by him or several of his constituents. Climate change policies to limit the greenhouse gas effect of carbon emissions are state law and utilities are required to reduce the energy they receive from coal generated sources and replace it with solar, wind, hydro and other renewables.
August 18, 2007
The following items will be considered at Tuesday’s Burbank City Council meeting: WIND POWER   The council will consider a request authorizing Burbank Water and Power to enter into an agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority and Utah-based Milford Wind for renewable wind energy. If approved, Burbank’s share of the renewable wind source would be 5%. The buyout will cost about $289,000, financed through bond measures. WHAT TO EXPECT The council adopted a resolution earlier this year that set a goal of acquiring 33% renewable energy by 2020.
February 14, 2004
MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE WHAT HAPPENED The council approved an emergency ordinance restricting certain multi-family developments while city staff drafts compatibility guidelines for adoption at a later date. WHAT IT MEANS The ordinance allows Community Development Director Sue Georgino to reject any multi-family developments considered incompatible with the neighborhood. The ordinance applies to all projects that have yet to receive approval, or have been approved but appealed.
By Jeremy Oberstein | September 6, 2008
GLENDALE — Of the 12 ballot measures slated for California’s Nov. 4 election, voters will be asked to consider two energy measures that could precipitously affect local utility bills, including rates in Burbank. One of those, Proposition 7, would require all electric utilities in California, such as Burbank Water & Power, to acquire 40% of their electricity from solar and clean-energy facilities by 2020 and half of its power from renewable energy by 2025. Under current law, utilities are asked to procure 20% of its power from renewable resources by 2010.
By Christopher Cadelago | September 11, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved entering into three out-of-state renewable energy projects in an effort to get a third of its electricity from green sources by 2020. The decision came as state legislators prepared to vote Friday on a pair of bills that would not count clean energy gleaned from similar out-of-state contracts as strict renewable energy requirements. The new agreements with Tieton Hydropower, Raser Geothermal and La Paz Solar Tower were approved in a special meeting Thursday just a day before lawmakers were scheduled to vote on Assembly Bill 64 and Senate Bill 14, which could set Friday as a deadline, after which out-of-state clean energy would not be counted toward renewable energy portfolios.
By Zain Shauk | April 14, 2010
Burbank and Glendale utilities are looking for new renewable-energy sources after a decision last month by a Los Angeles utility to cancel plans for shared transmission lines for a geothermal project. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power abandoned its plans for a Green Path transmission line to the Salton Sea. The line could have carried up to 500,000 volts of power from an area that utility officials say has great potential for geothermal power generation. Power generated from heat, captured underground near the edges of tectonic plates, is also considered more reliable than solar rays or wind, utility managers said.
February 7, 2004
MEETING AT 6:30 P.M. TUESDAY CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS -- 275 E. OLIVE AVE. Major items: Joint meeting with the Redevelopment Agency to review the city's financial status as of Dec. 31 and to approve midyear adjustments to the 2003-04 fiscal year. The 2004-05 spending plan will also be previewed. An emergency ordinance that would temporarily restrict certain multi-family developments while city staff drafts compatibility guidelines for adoption at a later date.
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