March 21, 2006
DOWNTOWN ? Burbank has been named in a $500-million lawsuit filed Thursday by the state's two largest power companies, accusing the city's water and power company of overcharging for electricity sold during the state's 2000-01 power crisis. Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric and the California Electricity Oversight Board filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. The suit alleges that the 19 municipal ? including Glendale, Pasadena and Los Angeles ? agencies sold power at rates that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has already concluded were "unjust and unreasonable."
November 17, 2009
BURBANK — Faced with higher premiums and reduced coverage as a result of insurance claims for fires started by equipment failures, two utilities are awaiting a state decision on an application to potentially raise customer fees. Under the proposal submitted in August by Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Co., customers from Burbank to La Cañada Flintridge could face higher utility bills to help the companies cover the uninsured costs of wildfires — a move strongly opposed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
February 9, 2009
GLENDALE — Danette Goulet, editor of the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader for four years, announced plans Thursday to step down, citing plans to move her family to Boston and raise her 7-month-old son. She will stay on as director of editorial for all four local Times Community News titles, including the Crescenta Valley Sun and La Cañada Valley Sun, until a replacement is found. In announcing her decision to all four local community newsrooms Thursday, Goulet stressed that it was based on a family decision to move back to the East Coast.
June 13, 2007
Edison donates $10k to senior artists The Burbank Senior Artist's Colony received a $10,000 donation from Southern California Edison on Tuesday. The donation was to help expand senior arts programs at the colony with houses creative senior citizens and offers instruction in visual and performing arts, music and film. Burbank Senior Artist's Colony is one of 16 More Than Shelter for Seniors projects throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties that provides a working, retirement and living environment for senior citizens.
December 27, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- While residents in other communities will face spiking power bills, Burbank officials say no rate hike is planned locally. But residents aren't out of the woods yet, they added quickly. The soaring cost of natural gas has caused the Burbank Water and Power department to pay 30% more to produce power for the city, said Jeanette Meyer, marketing manager for the department. Natural gas is used to power Burbank's power plant, making the production of electricity much more expensive.
October 9, 2004
Mark R. Madler Burbank Water and Power has joined a private organization to monitor the amount of pollutants it releases that contribute to global warming. By joining the California Climate Action Registry, the utility would be able to show efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in the event of future state or federal regulation. "California likes to be a leader on the environmental front," said Rachel Tornek, an outreach coordinator for the registry.
October 20, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- The linemen of Burbank Water and Power's electrical distribution section take pride in standing -- and climbing -- in the front lines as those who provide Burbank's power. At the 18th annual International Lineman's Rodeo held last month in Kansas City, Mo., Burbank electrical linemen had their best showing in 10 years of entering the events, team member Tom Wilke said. Linemen are the service workers who climb electrical poles, maintaining transmission and distribution of power.
July 19, 2006
BOB HOPE AIRPORT ? The Bob Hope Airport halted all inbound and outbound flights for two hours on Tuesday after air traffic radar problems at a regional control tower in Palmdale disrupted flight patterns at several Southern California airports. At about 6 p.m., airport officials learned of a power outage at the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, a facility that monitors planes traveling outside the radar screens of individual airports, Operations Supervisor Tom Janowitz said.
April 22, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Finding alternatives to the drab, rectangular-shaped portable classrooms often found on schoolyards was a challenge nine Woodbury University students were eager to undertake. Utilizing movable chalkboards, intricately placed windows to enhance the lighting and solar powered roofs, the Woodbury architecture students came up with a variety of models designed to improve comfort, aesthetics and conserve energy. Funded by a $21,000 grant from Southern California Edison, the advanced students spent much of the semester coming up with fresh concepts for portable classrooms and the past couple of weeks building five wooden models.