March 21, 2009
It’s a time of shortages for California — and Burbank is no exception. The city government has pledged to cut 5% from every department for the coming fiscal year, while the Burbank Unified School District has announced the possibility of laying off teachers and major companies have cut hundreds of employees. The latest item to run dry appears to be water, as the state’s ongoing drought has led the area’s water authorities to warn of diminished supplies and usage restrictions over the summer.
July 28, 2007
The Glendale-Burbank Republican Assembly is calling all Republicans to its annual fundraiser barbecue starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the home of Roberta and Sal Gangi, 3225 Beaudry Terrace, Glendale. The 72-year-old organization will kick off its fundraising efforts for the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign to the country and rock 'n' roll tunes of the Sardo Brothers Band, assembly President Sonny Sardo said. "It's our annual fundraiser to keep money in hand until we help out with the party," Sardo said.
November 1, 2008
GLENDALE — Local water agencies are taking a wait- and-see approach to an announcement Thursday that state water deliveries could be slashed 85% next year if dry conditions persist. The announcement from the California Department of Water Resources, while not unexpected, underscored the need for a wet winter and a solution to environmental issues that have tied up water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, officials said. Local water agencies also seized on the announcement to renew calls for Southland residents to conserve water, even through the winter months.
November 3, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- To fill the unexpired term of Burbank Metropolitan Water District Director George Battey that ends Jan. 1, 2003, the city council will review applications at Tuesday's City Council meeting. There are three applicants for the post at the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies half of Burbank's water. Glenn Brown is a geologist who has worked primarily in water resources and has served on the California board of geologists.
June 9, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- When he met with California's municipal utilities last week, Gov. Gray Davis first asked utility representatives nicely for their excess power. But when his request was rebuffed, the governor demanded the power by threatening to seize the cities' excess power through eminent domain. Burbank Water and Power and Glendale Water and Power, which were represented at the meeting, could lose their surplus power if the governor follows through on his threat.
April 18, 2009
ELECTRONIC SIGNAGE Staff will present a report detailing the city?s policy concerning electric and light-emitting diode signs, specifically those advertising fuel prices. Several members of the council at the March 24 meeting requested a review of the city?s sign ordinance, which prohibits electronic signs using LEDs. WHAT TO EXPECT The council may ask staff to return with an amendment to the ordinance allowing for limited use of electronic or LED signs at fueling stations.
February 10, 2010
Decision may help local water supply A court decision last week to temporarily lift pumping restrictions to protect salmon migration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta could bring more winter storm water to Burbank and Glendale, officials said. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger issued a 14-day restraining order last week that lifts delivery cutbacks intended to keep migrating salmon away from pumps pulling water from the south delta. He concluded that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had not fully analyzed the pumping permit and its restrictions under the National Environmental Policy Act. Increased pumping would not seriously harm young winter-run salmon migrating from the delta, but reduced deliveries were taking their toll on agricultural and urban water supplies, Wanger wrote.
September 20, 2000
Before hastily firing off letters to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in support of Burbank's position on the Chandler bike path, we should carefully consider whether Burbank's plan is really a wise one ("City backs bike path," Sept. 6). After attending an excellent seminar on low-water landscaping, sponsored jointly by the cities of Burbank and Glendale, it amazes me that our city continues to look for more ways to use grass areas in it's own landscaping designs.
June 16, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- With the help of Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis, Gov. Gray Davis signed an executive order Monday allowing natural gas-fired power plants to begin operating at maximum levels this summer. Utilities had been prohibited from running their natural gas-fired power plants at full capacity because of stringent pollution emission limitations. "In order to avoid blackouts and minimize the operation of diesel-fired generators used during blackouts, which produce 10 times the amount of pollution of gas-fired generators, the governor has enacted this order," said Byron Tucker, press deputy for the governor.