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By Chris Wiebe | March 31, 2007
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday moved to join the ranks of cities like Santa Monica and Calabasas by putting limits on smoking in certain outdoor areas in Burbank. The ordinance, which the council adopted in a 3-2 vote, will ban smoking in several targeted areas in the downtown, the Chandler Bikeway and restaurant's outdoor dining areas. Slated to go into effect in May, the law will return to the council for a second vote Tuesday before being finalized. Mayor Todd Campbell lauded the ordinance's passage as among the current council's greatest legislative accomplishments.
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By Chris Wiebe | April 4, 2007
CITY HALL — A time-tested and unavoidable adage accompanied the City Council's second reading Tuesday of an ordinance banning outdoor smoking in parts of Burbank: The devil is in the details. The ordinance on the table, which was set to be finalized Tuesday, would prohibit smoking in several areas in Burbank, including parts of downtown, public outdoor restaurant dining areas and the Chandler Bikeway. The council had not yet voted as of press time, but city staffers were on deck to lay out the ramifications of putting the ordinance into effect, which would, in some cases, present a complicated set of variables.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
Burbank maintained a “B” on the American Lung Assn.'s annual report card grading California cities and counties on their anti-smoking laws - one of 33 cities and counties to receive that score. According to the agency, Burbank fared better than hundreds of cities and counties, including the 330 that received an “F,” in overall tobacco control on this year's “State of Tobacco Control” report. Even so, officials would've liked to have scored higher, having made “bold” strides in creating - and enforcing - anti-smoking rules, said Community Development Director Joy Forbes.
NEWS
December 13, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Monterey High School student Gary D'Hue wanted other teenagers to be aware of the effects of smoking. So the 17-year-old student sketched a man walking to an open grave as he smoked a cigarette. The art not only attracted attention, it took first place in a districtwide antitobacco poster contest. Gary's drawing, chosen from among 110 submitted by Burbank, John Burroughs and Monterey high school students, earned him a $100 prize presented at the Dec. 21 Board of Education meeting.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | May 7, 2008
BURBANK — A year-old ban on smoking in a wide range of public places of Burbank still has some businesses fuming as others call for an expanded ordinance that would curtail cigarette smoke throughout the city. The Burbank City Council passed the anti-smoking law by a vote of 3 to 2 on March 27, 2007, and enacted the ban on May 12, 2007, though police did not begin ticketing offenders until August to allow time for the ordinance to sink in while signs and advertisements alerted smokers about a possible fine.
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By Chris Wiebe | June 16, 2007
BURBANK — City officials are having trouble enforcing a new law that limits smoking in some outdoor areas. The law bars smoking in outdoor dining areas, parts of downtown Burbank, the Chandler Bikeway, city parks and facilities, outdoor events and public transit stations. But since the law took effect, the city has received many calls and e-mails from residents complaining that it is not being enforced, City Manager Mary Alvord said. Part of the problem is that local business owners and managers are put in the difficult position of having to tell longtime customers that they can no longer smoke in restaurants and cafés, she said.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | January 16, 2008
As 19-year-old Jon Little crossed Magnolia Boulevard on Dec. 10, cigarette in hand, he failed to notice the police officer on Olive Avenue. As he crossed the street, Little, a student at Antelope Valley College, was cited and fined $200 for smoking in Downtown Burbank, a violation of the citywide smoking ban that bars smoking on all sidewalks, alleys and other pedestrian areas Downtown, as well as on city property, including Chandler Bikeway and...
NEWS
January 26, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Crazy Jack is back. Jack Tavares, the owner of Crazy Jack's Country Bar & Grill, will be in Burbank court Tuesday to contest a citation for allegedly defying the state's ban on smoking in restaurants. The appearance, which will kick off trial proceedings, marks another confrontation with the city by the 65-year-old proprietor, who has challenged the state's smoking ban since it went into effect four years ago by continuing to smoke in his establishment.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | September 1, 2007
DOWNTOWN — Ever since he started smoking, Thomas Kay has enjoyed a cigarette on the patio at this San Fernando Boulevard Starbucks. Now, in the wake of a recent City Council ordinance, if Kay lights up, he will have to pay up. On April 30, the City Council adopted an ordinance banning smoking in various public places. Smoking is no longer allowed within 20 feet of all entrances, exits and open windows of buildings open to the public; all sidewalks and pedestrian areas of Downtown Burbank; outdoor dining areas; and, all lines in public places, such as movie theaters and ATMs, according to Michael Forbes, a Burbank senior planner who helped draft the ordinance.
LOCAL
March 19, 2008
Warrant issued for ‘Transformers’ star An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Shia LeBeouf, the 22-year-old actor who starred in last year’s “Transformers,” police said Tuesday. LeBeouf failed to appear in Burbank Superior Court Tuesday morning after police cited him in February for smoking in Downtown Burbank, a misdemeanor offense, under the city’s smoking ordinance passed last year, a court representative said. “He received a smoking citation at 314 N. San Fernando [Blvd.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
Burbank maintained a “B” on the American Lung Assn.'s annual report card grading California cities and counties on their anti-smoking laws - one of 33 cities and counties to receive that score. According to the agency, Burbank fared better than hundreds of cities and counties, including the 330 that received an “F,” in overall tobacco control on this year's “State of Tobacco Control” report. Even so, officials would've liked to have scored higher, having made “bold” strides in creating - and enforcing - anti-smoking rules, said Community Development Director Joy Forbes.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 1, 2013
The house fire that claimed the life of a Burbank woman and left two others injured two weeks ago was caused by the improper use of candles, authorities said Thursday. Details on how many candles or what types of candles were being used were not available, but fire officials confirmed the home did not have electricity. The 69-year-old woman, identified by Los Angeles County coroner's officials as Irmhild Marcaccio , died at the hospital of smoke inhalation. Her son and daughter-in-law, who lived with her, suffered minor burns.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 30, 2013
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday directed city officials to draft stricter restrictions for businesses with designated outdoor smoking areas next to multifamily complexes following secondhand smoke complaints by neighboring residents. The new regulations would require new businesses that are located adjacent to residential buildings to install ventilation systems and patio covers over their outdoor smoking areas to divert smoke from entering residential units. At a town hall meeting last year, a woman complained about smoke entering her apartment in the Silver Winds senior complex in the Media Village, located at Magnolia Boulevard and Third Street.
THE818NOW
November 29, 2012
Water rate hikes, speeding near schools, smoking downtown and the looming threat against after-school programs were hot-button topics Wednesday at Burbank's second town hall meeting. The meeting -- an attempt by the Burbank City Council to get feedback from residents in a more casual setting -- attracted roughly 50 residents to Luther Burbank Middle School. Residents frustrated about the high cost of water -- despite their conservation efforts -- discovered they weren't the only ones.
THE818NOW
November 9, 2012
Firefighters made progress early Friday on a three-alarm blaze that ripped through a Burbank smoke shop. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. at Wholesale Giant at Victory Boulevard and Manning Street, just south of Bob Hope Airport, KTLA-TV reported. The business is a wholesale market that sells items including tobacco, restaurant supplies and candy. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire inside the building, which then spread to the attic, compromising the roof. Fire crews battled the flames with hoses from outside to keep the fire from spreading.
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By Bob Pool and Alene Tchekmedyian | November 9, 2012
It took firefighters in Burbank more than three hours Friday morning to knock down a three-alarm fire that destroyed a wholesale cigarette and tobacco business. The fire at Wholesale Giant Inc., at 4410 W. Victory Blvd., was reported at 3:30 a.m., with firefighters from several outside agencies, including Los Angeles and Pasadena, called in to assist. Firefighters had to get out of the burning building when flames extended into the attic and the roof collapsed. Carbon dioxide tanks in the shop reportedly exploded, and butane cigarette lighters began exploding after that.
THE818NOW
October 4, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, October 4. An accident that left two women dead in Valley Village is being investigated by the district attorney's office. On Aug. 22, the women were electrocuted after they tried to help at the scene of a solo car crash. The driver may face charges , reports Patch . L.A. City Councilman Tony Cardenas is looking to make an area of Van Nuys more attractive to businesses and their customers by shortening the metered street parking hours , reports the Daily News . L.A. Weekly reviews Al Amir, a Lebonese restaurant in Valley Village , where "The  mezze  here, essentially Middle Eastern tapas, are worth the visit alone.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rebecca Bryant | July 21, 2012
Hollywood has Musso & Frank Grill, and West Hollywood has that lovable old hussy, the Formosa Cafe. For a squinting glimpse of old Hollywood glamour, Burbank turns to the SmokeHouse. It's a joint that's been serving up prime rib and iceberg wedges since 1946. Where Bing Crosby and Bob Hope sated their appetites. Where Frank Sinatra ate his filet mignon sauteed with tomatoes, peppers and onions and served over linguine. Order the Steak Sinatra and see if you share Frank's tastes. In its current location, where it moved in 1949, across from Warner Bros., the SmokeHouse has been a decades-spanning draw for actors, writers, even extras.
NEWS
December 6, 2011
I'm troubled - troubled by the inequity found in double standards and discrimination evident in Burbank demonstrated by its smoking ordinance. Within a specific parameter downtown, no one may legally smoke but for some apparent exemptions predicated on dubious justifications whose true cause can only be guessed. Two of the flagrant violations to equitable treatment are found at Café O and Gitana, two hookah lounges. They belch prodigious clouds of tobacco smoke into the very Burbank air the ordinance was created to render cleaner and healthier for all. The courtyard at Video Symphony between these hookah lounges - which sports not one but three signs indicating no smoking in Burbank - has, instead, become a smoker's Mecca that is entirely ignored by law enforcement.
NEWS
May 6, 2011
Regarding the April 30 story “Smoking restrictions set to expand,” our Burbank City Council and inept Police Department don't have anything better to do for the betterment of our community than this? The so-called ills from secondhand smoke are nonsense, and is as ridiculous as people saying that President Obama wasn’t born in this country. It is the folly, and a headline grabber, that made Henry Waxman famous. Well, his 15 minutes of fame are up. As a condo owner, no one or no city is going to tell me what I can or cannot do in my home or balcony or patio.
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