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By Zain Shauk | October 30, 2008
GLENDALE — In the wake of a meeting where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly told educators he may call for up to $4 billion in midyear budget cuts to education, state and local officials expressed concern about a crisis that may further impair an already struggling state education system. In the private meeting, the governor told legislators Tuesday to brace for the midyear cuts, adding that he would make a push for a sales tax increase to help in closing the budget gap, according to Rick Pratt, assistant executive director for governmental relations at the California School Boards Assn.
By Daniel Siegal, | June 21, 2013
For the first time ever, a Metrolink train stopped at San Fernando Road and Hollywood Way on Friday. The people who disembarked were there to proclaim many future stops at the intersection, the site of a new station on the Antelope Valley line. PHOTOS: Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station groundbreaking The stop occurred as part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station, which is being built with $3.7 million of Measure R funds, the transportation sales-tax measure approved by voters in 2008.
November 13, 2002
Jackson Bell Sales-tax revenues in this year's second quarter are much higher than projected, which officials largely attribute to the success of the Empire Shopping Center. With a 6.9% increase from the same time last year, Burbank made $5 million in revenues in the second quarter, according to studies by Hinderliter, de Llamas and Associates. Last year, the city drew $4.7 million. "It's not just doing better than expected," City Manager Bud Ovrom said.
March 25, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Plans to include an auto dealership in the Burbank Empire Center development have collapsed, leaving city officials frustrated by the latest failure to bring car-and-truck sales to Burbank. Empire Center developer Zelman Development Companies continues to negotiate with CAG Investments to bring a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership to the $200-million retail center, city officials said. But the prospects of securing the deal look bleak.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | November 1, 2013
Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy touted the city's strong financial health during the annual State of the City address Wednesday, pointing to the city's hundreds of new businesses, balanced budget projections for the next five years and several infrastructure improvement projects in the pipeline. Hosted by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce , the event drew hundreds to the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. The city - which underwent a full leadership turnover in the last year with a new city manager, fire chief and the appointment of a permanent police chief - has seen sales tax revenues rebound since the recession, though revenues dipped slightly last fiscal year.
May 2, 2014
I want to thank the Citizens Advocating Rational Development and their president Nick Green for speaking out about the real ecological problems in the plan for the new IKEA store, which was steamrolled through the City Council meeting on March 11 and especially for getting a judge to look into the EIR for this megastore.  Citizens Advocating Rational Development has addressed what the city's planning departments and especially the Sustainable Burbank...
May 18, 2012
When Walmart spokeswoman Rachel Wall claims those who are opposed to a Walmart in Burbank as being associated with special interests, she's right on the mark. How else would you refer to the dozens of multi-generational, family-owned businesses in Burbank? Before I so much as step foot in a Home Depot, you can bet I've already checked with Mark over at Burbank Paint and Hardware to make sure they don't carry the product and can't order it, because there's something to be said about the men and women who have held on to a family dream for decades without ever compromising a commitment to their customers or employees.
February 19, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Lockheed Martin Corp. will protect Burbank from potential environmental law suits stemming from the development of one portion of the aerospace firm's former Plant "B-1" property. Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Companies purchased the land from Lockheed last year and intends to use the 103-acre former aircraft assembly property for a $200-million development with two hotels, retail stores, office space and an auto dealership.
August 28, 2010
Word this week that Ashley Furniture and Burlington Coat Factory would be filling the voids left behind where Circuit City and Mervyn's once stood has brought a welcome sense of relief that we wouldn't have to once again see prime retail space taken over by a seasonal Halloween costume store — the tell-tale sign of economic blight. That this change over is occurring at a time when the economic outlook remains weak at best is also a testament to Burbank's viability and the overtures no doubt made by city development officials.
March 14, 2014
Burbank's previous claim to fame as home of “The Tonight Show” will shift by 2016 to the “Home of the Most Gigantic IKEA in the United States,” following the unanimous decision this week of the City Council to approve the Swedish retailer's plans to build a new 470,000-square-foot store on San Fernando Boulevard. Overall, the new IKEA will no doubt be a welcome boost to the local economy. Unfortunately, several businesses will be forced to move to allow for construction of the megastore.
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