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By Christopher Cadelago | July 3, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank Water and Power officials are urging the City Council to oppose legislation that would force them to produce a third of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, arguing the requirements would drive up utility rates and strain existing electric transmission assets that the state is in short supply of. The council on Tuesday is slated to review two bills — Assembly Bill 64 and Senate Bill 14 — that aim...
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By Chris Wiebe | May 6, 2006
CITY HALL ? Burbank Water and Power is taking its first steps toward a policy that may change the way the city manufactures some of its power. The City Council unanimously gave Water and Power the go-ahead to join the Southern California Public Power Authority to pursue options for renewable energy. The resulting development agreement between Water and Power and the Public Power Authority will allow Burbank to more effectively evaluate potential renewable energy projects, said Bruno Jeider, power supply manager for Water and Power.
NEWS
August 25, 2007
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOUGHT The council approved a resolution authorizing the general manager of Burbank Water and Power to enter into a power sales agreement with the Southern California Power Authority. The agreement would allow Burbank Water and Power to purchase 5% of its energy expenditures from the Milford Wind Corridor in Utah, which uses windmills as an energy source. WHAT IT MEANS The city passed the resolution as part of a larger goal to have 33% of its energy use be renewable by 2020.
NEWS
November 6, 2004
Jacqui Brown Burbank Water and Power has donated $4,000 to the Burbank Unified School District's 11 elementary schools to purchase books related to renewable energy and environmental issues. Sue Boegh, director of educational support services for the district, said this will be a wonderful benefit for the schools. "It fills an area that we're interested in," Boegh said. "Conservation of energy is part of the state standard, and the teachers are thrilled to have the materials to teach it."
THE818NOW
September 17, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Monday, September 17. Teachers in Burbank learned that bullying is more than just “kids being kids.” The California Teachers Assn. hosted the first district-wide, anti-bullying training for Burbank Unified School District teachers . Around 700 teachers from kindergarten to high school participated in the training. Burbank Leader An accident involving a motorcycle snarled traffic along the 101 Ventura Freeway near the Reseda Blvd. exit on Saturday . The accident caused the temporary closure of all lanes.
NEWS
July 29, 2011
As a recommendation from the Sustainable Burbank Task Force to ban single-use plastic bags wends its way to the City Council, we hope the proposition gathers enough steam to overcome what could be forceful lobby from the business community. The ban, already in effect in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, has been upheld in court, and despite all the naysayers, grocery buying has not ground to a halt. And as the task force pointed out, it wouldn't cost Burbank much to piggyback off the county's extensive Environmental Impact Review for the plastic bag ban to implement similar rules cityside.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | June 17, 2010
The head of Burbank Water and Power, Ron Davis, has emerged as a finalist for the top job at Austin Energy, the nation's ninth-largest public electric utility with annual revenues of more than $1 billion. “I am happy in Burbank,” Davis said Thursday. But he added that he originally agreed to serve five years under then City Manager Bud Ovrom. "This is a good opportunity, so I am testing to see if I would be a good fit for them,” he said. According to a statement from Austin City Manager Marc Ott, three finalists will take part in panel  interviews on June 30. They include Davis; Larry Weis, general manager and chief executive of  Turlock Irrigation District; and David Wright, general manager of Riverside Public Utilities.
NEWS
April 11, 2009
President Obama stopped short of officially acknowledging the Armenian Genocide during his recent trip to Turkey, telling the press corps Monday that he did not want to “preempt any possible arrangements or announcements that might be made in the near future.” As a presidential candidate, Obama made it clear that the death of roughly 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915 was genocide, “not an ‘allegation,’ a ‘personal opinion’ or a ‘point of view,’” as he wrote in a 2006 letter to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
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By Chris Wiebe | December 27, 2006
CITY HALL — A green energy program and plans to convert city-owned Toyota Priuses into hybrid-electric vehicles top a list of Burbank Water and Power objectives, which have won the endorsement of the City Council. Water and Power officials are extending the scope of an existing renewable energy program to enable residential and business customers to accept minor rate increases to support "green" energy sources, said Jeanette Meyer, marketing manager for Burbank Water and Power.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | June 7, 2013
The City Council is slated to adopt a $149-million General Fund budget next week that includes $2.5 million in cuts and fee increases to various services. With the adjustments and a projected 1% increase in sales and property tax revenues, officials project a $4 million surplus in the fund that pays for most public services by the end of this coming fiscal year. The proposed budget tackles soaring employee pension costs with a one-time allocation of $9 million to help pay down the city's $252-million unfunded pension liability - a move that would save Burbank $720,000 each year, officials said.
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