August 21, 2002
Thank you for the wonderful article about Patty Smola and her success at BTAC. When Pat took the position, everyone who knew her knew that she would be a success. No one becomes a director of a nonprofit organization because it is a path to fame or fortune. You take the position because you have a real passion for the mission of the organization. Pat Smola has that passion. She brings to BTAC her intelligence, her experience, her integrity and, most of all, her compassion for others.
December 1, 2004
Jacqui Brown Ira Lippman, owner of Peggy Woods Pet Emporium and the Jelly Bean Factory in Burbank, is running for a spot on the Board of Education. "It's not quite as emotional as the first time I ran," said Lippman, whose first attempt was in 2003. "I'm pleased with the direction the board has taken and I would like to find new ways to enhance the non-academic student programs in things such as the industrial arts and increasing graduation rates."
July 30, 2003
Leadership Burbank is seeking participants for the organization's 2003-04 program year beginning in September. The 10-month leadership- training program, which conducts one full-day class per month, has space for 26 students. Those interested in becoming more involved in the community must apply by Aug. 15. The sessions are designed to provide a foundation in leadership concepts and principles. Throughout the program, participants will interact with council members, state representatives, city department heads, nonprofit directors and local business people.
August 13, 2003
Local children receive clothes MEDIA CITY CENTER -- About 30 Burbank children from low-income families participated in Mervyn's 11th annual ChildSpree from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday before the store opened to the public. The event, co-sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank, gave each child $100 to shop for back-to-school clothes. Each purchase thereafter received a 10% discount. Mervyn's Burbank store, at 245 E. Magnolia Blvd., was one of the chain's 266 sites in 14 states that took part in the event.
February 26, 2000
Paul Clinton SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Attracting new members and offering fresh insight top the agenda of the new leader of Burbank's business community. Susan Bowers, appointed executive director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 17, has lived in Burbank three years, just enough time to bring an outsider's view to issues. "I am new," Bowers said, "but it gives me a neat perspective." Bowers replaces Marianne Barrios, who announced her resignation from the chamber's top staff post in December.
November 6, 2002
Jackson Bell Residents interested in hard-to-find specialty foods and organic produce sold at Trader Joe's no longer have to drive through the city to ones in Toluca Lake and Glendale. The 128th Trader Joe's on the West Coast and the first one in Burbank opened the doors of its 10,100-square-foot store Friday at 220 W. Alameda Ave. "We've had a lot of comments from people in Burbank at our other locations, asking us to open here," said Pat. St. John, vice president of marketing at Trader Joe's.
July 27, 2002
Laura Sturza Council members did as much talking as listening at their Thursday meeting with leaders from local business, labor and civic groups about the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport. Though the city says it wants public feedback, the first 45 minutes were spent apprising representatives from The Hilton, Hertz, The Disney Co., Warner Bros. Studios, the Burbank Fire Fighters Assn. and others about the ongoing dispute between the airport and the city.
May 29, 2002
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- For years, it's been apparent that people who come to Burbank, sure do like to eat. That is, except for last year, according to a city report. And city officials are pointing to Sept. 11 as cause for the drop in restaurant sales tax revenue in 2001. "There definitely was an impact with that tragedy, especially with higher-end restaurants," said Susan Bowers, executive director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. "But I'm very optimistic about it. Things are already getting back to normal."
April 13, 2005
Rosette Gonzales School board candidate Larry Applebaum pulled ahead of Susan Bowers in the race's final hour late Tuesday to join Debbie Kukta as the board's newest trustees. After a neck-and-neck race, business owner Applebaum edged Bowers, the former executive director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, by 450 votes to win with 5,115. Kukta won with 5,388 votes. "I'm very happy and very pleased," said Kukta, who was reluctant to celebrate until all votes were tallied.
January 19, 2005
Jacqui Brown Susan Bowers believes she has the ability to bring the community and school district together, making that the cornerstone of her campaign for the school board. Bowers has one son attending Burbank High School, which keeps her involved in school issues. Bowers is one of six candidates for the Burbank Unified School District board in the February 22 election. "I feel that with everything I've learned, it would be a shame not to put it back into the community, and because of my feelings for the school district and the people I've worked with at both the schools and district offices, I can't think of a better place to serve," she said.