March 9, 2005
Mark R. Madler No more daybreak city parking lot calisthenics for Tina Castaldi and her Killer Boot Camp. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously upheld a denial prohibiting Castaldi from running her exercise program at a city park parking lot in the early-morning hours. Castaldi, operator of Castaldi's Killer Boot Camp, had sought council approval for a commercial-use permit after she was turned down by the Park, Recreation and Community Service Department.
October 7, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- Park and recreation officials are turning over headstones in the search for a few spooky volunteers to bring a Halloween hike to gruesome life. The "Halloween Haunted Hike" will be held Oct. 21 at Wildwood Canyon Park. This year's theme is "Haunted Hollywood" and volunteers are needed to portray classic movie monsters as well as your average, run-of-the-mill zombies and ogres. For those not inclined to frighten their neighbors, face-painters, ushers and game leaders are also needed.
August 16, 2008
The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department: ? ?1000 block of Cypress Avenue: A woman reported Thursday that someone had broken into her Chevy Suburban and stole an IPod, baseball bat and Bluetooth headset. ?400 block of Beachwood Drive: A man reported that someone had broken into his home and stolen more than $100 Thursday. ?2600 block of Hollywood Way: A Van Nuys man was arrested on suspicion of identity theft Thursday at Bob Hope Airport.
May 29, 2004
PUBLIC LAND USE PERMITS WHAT HAPPENED The City Council adopted an ordinance requiring private businesses to obtain permits when using public property. WHAT IT MEANS The ordinance will ban businesses from operating in Burbank's 24 public parks, along with playgrounds, recreational areas or parking lots, without the city's permission. The costs for permits will be set on a case-by-case basis after considering factors such as how often the business uses the public property.
April 23, 2003
Laura Sturza Burbank Cub Scout Pack 225 members showed their respect for nature by gathering trash in Wildwood Canyon as part of the city's Earth Day activities. "The boys were really savvy," Cubmaster John Dlugolecki said. "They were separating the recyclables." The group hikes in the canyon, and Dlugolecki said he wants the boys "to learn to leave places cleaner than when they first got there." Another 40 volunteers tidied the trails at the Stough Canyon Nature Center as part of events Saturday that included a hike and displays of reptiles and frogs native to the area.
October 22, 2005
City estimates heavy cost for repairs to Wildwood Canyon from damage due to Monday's heavy rains.HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The city could be looking at a $1-million price tag to repair Wildwood Canyon following mudslides into the park area from heavy rainstorms on Monday. The park -- an area of mostly hiking trails and picnic tables operated by the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department -- will remain closed until further notice and could remain off limits for several months.
February 21, 2004
Jackie Conley As he made his way down a trail in Wildwood Canyon, 6-year-old James Lord stopped to admire several fallen pine cones. "Look at this one," James said as he shared with the rest of the group what he discovered. James was one of six children who participated Wednesday in Wilderness Adventures, a program offered by the city's Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. For James, the 3.5-mile hike was a chance for him to explore a different world.
January 24, 2004
Jackson Bell At the request of Burbank Fire Chief Mike Davis, the City Council will consider doubling the brush clearance zone around foothill homes and moving up deadlines for homeowners to install more flame-retardant roofs. Davis, addressing the council at Tuesday's meeting, said the recommendations were prompted by the Wildwood Canyon fire that burned about 80 acres in October. The fire caused no structural damage and no one was injured. The most urgent of Davis' recommendations is to push the brush clearance line back from 100 to 200 feet around buildings in the hillside fire zone, which includes homes above Sunset Canyon Drive and Kenneth and Scott roads.
December 20, 2003
Jackson Bell The Burbank Fire Department this week received some corporate aid to help resuscitate a program facing financial hardship. State Farm Insurance Company, a national company with 10 agents and 55 associates in Burbank, donated a $25,000 grant to assist Burbank Fire's Community Disaster Volunteer program at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The program recently lost funding because of city budget cuts. Fire Chief Mike Davis and Community Disaster Coordinator Rich Baenen accepted the grant from State Farm spokeswoman Ena Alcaraz and several agents.
April 14, 2004
Jackson Bell The City Council on Tuesday approved adjustments to the city's fire ordinances with the intention of making residents who live in the Verdugo Mountains safer. The amendment, requested by Burbank Fire Chief Mike Davis, would require residents in the city's mountain fire zone to install flame-retardant roofs by Aug. 14, 2005 -- seven years earlier than the original deadline. In addition, the revision calls for homeowners to double their brush clearance in the fire zone from 100 to 200 feet.