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March 4, 2006
Chandler changes not the right path Some Burbank politicians want to turn Chandler Boulevard into two one-way streets ? for "safety and reduced congestion," they say. But the change ("Council eyes Chandler changes," Jan. 18) would cause the exact opposite results. I've lived near Chandler for 23 years. I drive the area every day and night. I can tell you, there is no disagreeable congestion. And in that time I've seen maybe three or four people going the wrong direction.
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By Robert Phipps | January 14, 2009
The Chandler Bikeway can be dangerous. It has seen at least one serious accident. Without changes, I expect to see more. Since the pathway was built in 2004, I have walked it more than 3,000 times for more than 1,000 hours and seen the activity there. The danger is caused by heavy vehicles moving fast and close to people and dogs moving slower. In November, I spent more than six hours, during different days and times, monitoring the use of the Chandler pathway. I viewed 571 users, including walkers, joggers, toddlers, dogs, rollerbladers, skateboarders and people with strollers, on scooters, wheelchairs and bicycles.
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December 2, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- With a 622-cubic-inch, 750-horsepower engine under their hood, Burbank High School auto shop teacher Dennis McCarthy and his students say they will leave the competition in the dust. Their partially built black, two-door 1996 Chevy truck may not look impressive, but McCarthy said the heavy metal can reach speeds of up to 130 mph. Twenty-eight auto mechanic students have been assembling the truck for the past two weeks in preparation for the Feb. 3 Avi 250 amateur race in Laughlin, Nev. Some of the students will travel to the desert community to see McCarthy cross the finish line.
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By Chris Wiebe | August 16, 2006
NORTHWEST DISTRICT — Residents who signed a petition appealing for speed humps to control traffic in their neighborhood may soon see relief from the city. Many California Avenue residents complained that drivers blatantly disregard posted speed limits, racing through the quarter-mile stretch between Burbank Boulevard and Wyoming Avenue in souped-up cars and motorcycles. "They go awfully fast," resident Louise Pisani said. "And there's a lot of children around who are always crossing the street."
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 27, 2011
James Knowles' speed was a boon throughout the season for the St. Francis High track and field team, as he quickly cleared every hurdle en route to consistently winning the 110- and 300-meter hurdle races. Long before the first meet in early March, Knowles' confidence level had surged after putting in countless hours training and conditioning for both events so that he would be in line for a potential banner season. Knowles played a large role in making the Golden Knights one of the top teams in the ultra-competitive Mission League.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 1, 2009
CITY HALL ? After a series of false starts, the City Council voted this week to increase speed limits on Lincoln Street, Olive Avenue and Scott Road in an effort to maintain radar and laser enforcement on the three thoroughfares. The council on Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to increase speed limits on Lincoln Street between Empire Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard from 30 to 35 mph; Olive Avenue between Glenoaks Boulevard and First Street from 25 to 30 mph; and Scott Road between Glenoaks Boulevard and Kenneth Road from 25 to 30 mph. Speed limits, determined by the Public Works Department and Burbank Police Department, are based on street conditions and prevailing traffic speeds, traffic engineer Ken Johnson said.
SPORTS
By By Jeff Tully | January 21, 2006
TullyWith a competitive drive and an all-out style, Providence's Vanessa Amran has the Pioneers eyeing a league title Providence High girls' basketball Coach Andrew Bencze admits he has had to get after Vanessa Amran more than a few times the past three seasons. While some Pioneers players have endured the coach's wrath for things like lackluster play, not hustling and lack of desire, Amran has warranted attention for a different reason. With an impeccable work ethic, Amran has an innate ability that doesn't allow her to do anything on the court at half-speed.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 9, 2009
NORTH LOS ANGELES — Speeding motorists have crashed into Fritz Friedman’s home two times in the past six months. No one was in front of his home during the crashes, but he wants something to be done to cut down on speeding. “I know there is no immediate solution,” he said. Assemblyman Paul Krekorian on Thursday made a public push for his Safe Streets Bill in a bid to solve the very speeding problem that Friedman — who joined the assemblyman at the event — has been confronted with twice already.
SPORTS
By Gabriel Rizk | July 18, 2007
With all the success enjoyed by the La Cañada High boys' swimming team this season, standing out as an individual from that squad is no small accomplishment. Junior Ian Mirisola was among those celebrating exhuberantly on the catwalk of Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach, as the Rio Hondo League-champion Spartans received the CIF Division II championship May 12. He was also one of a select few to return to Belmont Plaza for the Southern Section Masters Meet days later based on his strong individual performances.
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December 25, 2013
Two burglars wound up in the hospital Wednesday morning after allegedly breaking into a car in Burbank and initiating a high-speed chase that ended with the stolen vehicle crashing on a freeway off-ramp. The Burbank Police Department responded to a possible vehicle burglary in progress on the 600 block of North Frederic Street around 5:30 a.m. when an officer spotted a Volkswagon Jetta in the neighborhood driving on the wrong side of the street with no lights on, said Lt. John Dilibert.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
Alcohol, drugs and a high rate of speed appear to have been factors in a fiery car wreck in September that claimed the lives of five young people and left one severely injured , records show. The driver of the Nissan Altima involved in the single-car crash, Stephen Stoll, 23, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, according to toxicology reports released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office . Stoll also reportedly had marijuana in his system.
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November 26, 2013
Will Rogers' op-ed in the Nov. 23 Leader (“Airport development may be a terminal mistake”) made some important points. Yes, it is discouraging that so few residents bothered to attend this important meeting. It's also true that in a representative democracy the default setting is that lack of participation is assumed to mean acquiescence to the actions of elected officials. What is most interesting about this process so far is the lack of comment about the high-speed rail project.
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Leader | October 11, 2013
BURBANK - Burroughs High was one of three Pacific League teams undefeated in league after its first two league contests. The Indians got there with a thrilling second-half comeback against Crescenta Valley last week. However, on Friday, to remain unblemished, Burroughs would have to take down defending champion Muir, which had outscored its first two league opponents by 72 points in blowout victories. “We knew how good they were and that we had to play above perfect football to even be in the mix with them,” Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop said of the Mustangs.
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September 16, 2013
Burbank Water and Power received a $1-million federal grant to upgrade the city's radio system, which officials said will help Burbank firefighters and police officers better communicate during natural disasters and emergencies. The system improvements, which the utility had originally planned to fund internally over several years, are now slated for completion by February 2014 because of the grant. "Being able to get grant funding to support the upgrades not only saves us money internally, but also allows us to do the whole thing a little faster," said Gregory Simay, assistant general manager for the utility, which oversees capital improvements and maintenance for the city's radio system.
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August 3, 2013
An unlicensed Las Vegas woman involved in a high-speed police pursuit that ended in Burbank Saturday morning was arrested after crashing into 15 cars, according to California Highway Patrol. When a California Highway Patrol officer tried to pull over the 35-year-old for driving recklessly southbound on Highway 170 near Victory Boulevard around 10 a.m., the woman sped off, exiting at Burbank Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Cracraft. The chase continued as the woman traveled eastbound on Burbank Boulevard in a red Dodge pickup truck, first crashing into one moving car and then four more as she sped near Hollywood Way, Cracraft said.
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August 3, 2013
California Highway Patrol officials have identified an unlicensed Las Vegas woman who allegedly led police on a high-speed pursuit, crashing into 15 cars before stopping in Burbank on Saturday morning.  Tirza Saravia-Reyes, 35, was arrested Saturday, California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs said.  When a California Highway Patrol officer tried to pull over the 35-year-old for driving recklessly southbound on Highway 170 near Victory...
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June 19, 2013
Already the entertainment industry's biggest licensor, the Walt Disney Co. is looking to "Star Wars" to lift it to new galactic heights when it releases three new movies over the next few years.  "It's already an extraordinarily robust franchise without all that new content,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney's consumer products unit. “Imagine what's going to happen when we have this succession of new movies.” The next "Star Wars" installment, directed by J.J. Abrams , will be released in 2015.
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May 3, 2013
The California bullet train agency on Thursday defended its bidding criteria for selecting the winner for its first construction contract, saying that the process held down prices and was handled properly. The California High-Speed Rail Authority has come under fire from critics who assert changes to the bidding criteria could jeopardize the quality of the project. The authority tentatively chose a team led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini to build a 29-mile segment of track through Fresno even though it had the lowest technical score.
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April 19, 2013
State high-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they changed their rules for selecting a builder for the bullet train's first phase in the Central Valley, a shift that subsequently made it possible for a consortium led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini to be ranked as the top candidate despite receiving the lowest technical rating. The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced last week that the Tutor Perini-Zachry-Parsons joint venture was the top-rated contender among five bidders seeking to build the initial 29 miles of track between Madera and Fresno.
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