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July 9, 2003
Molly Shore Max Barbieri is used to splashing around in the bathtub, so his mom decided to enroll the 11-month-old in the Infant/Toddler/Parent swim class at the Verdugo Park pool. Bonnie Barbieri enjoys water sports, and wants her son to be at ease in a pool. "At first, he was skeptical of the water and hung on to me, but now he's doing great," she said. Water plays a big part in the recreational life of local residents, which is why children should be taught to swim at a young age, according to Courtney Collier, head lifeguard at McCambridge pool.
November 7, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- At the Oct. 30 City Council meeting, funding was approved for a $73,880 study designed to ensure that ammonia levels are kept to an environmentally sound level, officials said. The analysis, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2002, will determine when the water becomes toxic to fish, officials said. Costs are being split evenly among three participating agencies, including Burbank, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County.
By Chris Wiebe | January 3, 2007
BURBANK — Officials from Burbank and Los Angeles have joined forces to oppose tightened water-quality standards from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, which they say would mean higher utility rates for customers. The new standards are so stringent that, in some cases, the caliber of water quality the board wants in discharge to be released into the Los Angeles River would even exceed the cleanliness of drinking water in Burbank, Mayor Todd Campbell said.
October 2, 2009
To the City Council and City Manager Mike Flad, I read about your actions regarding mandatory landscape watering (“Stricter water limits take another step,” Sept. 2) and wish to provide some information for your consideration prior to your second reading. In Burbank, many single-family homes are not constructed on flat lots. Ours is a good example of a home that was built in 1928 on a lot that was not graded in front, but instead sits high up off the street with a steep incline where our front lawn existed when we purchased our home and most likely since it was built.
November 14, 2001
Ryan Carter CIVIC CENTER -- The owner of a Burbank pet shop was found guilty Tuesday of one misdemeanor count of not providing adequate water to the animals she had in her care. Simone Wunscher, 37, owner of Pet Mania in the 300 block of North Pass Avenue, was ordered by Burbank Superior Court Commissioner Dennis Shanklin to pay a $135 fine. Shanklin dropped five other charges previously filed against Wunscher, that included not providing adequate exercise for the animals in her care as well as not having adequate space for animals.
By Christopher Cadelago | October 12, 2009
Area landscape consultants are reporting a marked increase in the number of residents seeking drought-tolerant and native plants in the face of rising water rates and rationing measures. At the same time, residents are seeking other creative ways to conserve, including installing water-efficient plumbing, artificial turf and homemade devices. “I think that people, particularly those who are young and environmentally aware, are becoming more water-conscious and doing their part,” said Chris VanDeusen, a manager and landscape consultant at Sheridan Gardens Nursery.
July 5, 2000
Amber Willard NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Police cited a swimming pool cleaner for emptying water into a storm drain without a permit after neighbors called firefighters to report a strong odor in the neighborhood. The odor came from algae that had grown in the water, officials said. The fire department's hazardous material unit was called to the 1800 block of North Avon Street at 5:18 p.m. June 26 when residents saw a green liquid, which turned out to be water from the pool, flowing into a storm drain.
December 9, 2000
Bill Wiggins I strongly agree with your Dec. 6 editorial "Handling of water concerns laughable." In the editorial you state "city and school district officials have seemed to rely too heavily on public relations rather than frank and open dialogue to handle the recent concern over the presence of chromium 6 in Burbank's water supply." Nothing could be further from the truth. The City Council has approached the chromium issue from two fronts. The first is to give the public as much information as possible on the subject.
February 6, 2008
Burbank resident takes bank consultant position Burbank resident Edward J. Kim was named the new market growth and development consultant for Wells Fargo Small Business Banking partnerships in Greater Los Angeles. Kim will manage the company?s dealings with small and mid-size business customers in Greater Los Angeles, according to a news release from Wells Fargo. He will also be responsible for the area?s membership banking program. Since his start with Wells Fargo in 1995, Kim has moved up in the company, holding a variety of positions at several stores in Los Angeles County.
April 28, 2014
Utility crews were working Monday to repair a water main break that caused flooding on North Lake Street, officials said, warning motorists to avoid the area. An underground water pipe burst on North Lake Street, just north of West Chestnut Street, early Sunday morning, causing water to run into the roadway, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Utility officials determined that the base of the road was “sufficiently stabilized with enough concrete that a sinkhole was not possible,” Ryburn said.
By Arin Mikailian, | April 26, 2014
Though state officials point to high levels of arsenic, chromium 6 and uranium in Burbank's water in a recent report , city officials claim the data is based on untreated groundwater, saying what flows out of residents' taps far exceeds mandated requirements. Sam Delson, a deputy director for external and legislative affairs for California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard, said Burbank toxicity score was based on data gathered from treated water, but local water officials contend this is not the case.
April 25, 2014
I am dismayed and angry. I read the Los Angeles Times April 23 article on drinking water quality ranked by contamination with the rest of California and found Burbank has the second-highest water contamination on the published scale of water contamination. How can this be? We have Burbank Water and Power to provide us with quality services. Yet, Los Angeles' DWP provides better water quality. We share BWP's services with Glendale and Glendale has better water quality. We have been notified of significant rate increases by BWP. In the Mailbag column of the Burbank Leader for April 23 Thomas Saito questioned the new proposed rate increases.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | April 22, 2014
A social advocacy nonprofit organization is asking a judge to void the city's approval of the IKEA expansion project , arguing that the city failed to prepare an adequate environmental impact report, records show. Citizens Advocating Rational Development alleged that the environmental impact report didn't adequately analyze water supply, air quality, greenhouse emissions and climate change, and failed to discuss any project requirements to save energy, according to a petition for writ of mandate filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
April 3, 2014
Having recently made legal claims to historical gas and mineral rights under vast tracts of British land, the Church of England has taken a position against those who oppose hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - the process of breaking up rock formations underground in order to extract natural gas. A spokesman for the church says the issue is an economic one and compares opponents of the process to anti-vaccine activists, claiming that the poor “suffer...
By Jeff Tully, | March 14, 2014
Bits and pieces from the local sports scene. Three Providence girls' basketball players honored on all-league list : For the second time in three seasons, the Providence High girls' basketball team captured a Liberty League championship, but didn't have player voted the league's player of the year. This season, that honor went to Archer School's Maia Barnett, a senior who averaged 22.4 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. However, the Pioneers did have three players honored on the single Liberty League all-league list.
By Jeff Tully, | February 19, 2014
It was a long ride and a tough opponent which awaited the Burroughs High girls' water polo team in its playoff opener Wednesday. Traveling to Riverside County, the Indians went up against a powerhouse Riverside Poly team, which is seeded No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division V, for a first-round contest. In the end, Burroughs was just overmatched, as it suffered a 23-1 loss to the host Bears. "They are by far the best team we've played all season," said Burroughs Coach Michael Singhanate, whose team finished the season 8-16 and qualified for the postseason after placing fourth in the Pacific League.
By Jeff Tully, | February 17, 2014
Burroughs High girls' water polo Coach Michael Singhanate knows the task facing his team will be a daunting one. But as has been the case all season, he is hoping this recent challenge will provide another learning experience for his players. Burroughs was able to garner the fourth and final automatic postseason berth from the Pacific League and, as its reward; it will travel to face top-seeded Riverside Poly. The Indians will open the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs by heading to face the Bears, the Inland Valley League champion and overall No. 1 seed in the tournament Wednesday.
By Grant Gordon, | February 16, 2014
Burroughs High girls' water polo was able to garner the fourth and final automatic postseason berth from the Pacific League and, as its reward, it will travel to face top-seeded Riverside Poly. The Indians will open the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs by heading to face Riverside Poly, the Inland Valley League champion and overall No. 1 seed in the tournament on Wednesday. Riverside Poly was the runner-up in last season's championship voyage, losing to Crescenta Valley.
By Charles Rich, | February 14, 2014
WHITTIER - While most teams would probably still be basking in the glory after winning a league championship, the members of the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team went right back to the pool looking to fine tune some areas of their game Friday. After capturing the Pacific League championship for the fifth season in a row on Thursday, Crescenta Valley enjoyed a brief celebration before making the trek to meet host La Serna in a nonleague match Friday. Crescenta Valley passed its final regular-season test before beginning defense of its CIF Southern Section Division V crown, as Ashley Taylor collected a team-high four goals and Elissa Arnold added two goals and four steals to earn a 10-5 victory.
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