September 18, 2004
TODAY The Museum of the American West presents "Encounters: El Norte -- The Spanish and Mexican North," featuring art and artifacts from the 1800s, through May 8 at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Admission is $7.50 for students and seniors, and $3 for children 2 to 12. For more information, call (323) 667-2000. Food stamps, in the form of the new EBT California Advantage Cards, are being accepted at the Burbank Certified Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Orange Grove Avenue and Third Street.
July 3, 2004
Yes, one more letter regarding the boot camp at Wildwood Canyon parking lot. I find it very curious that the boot camp has been operating for nine years at this same location and has never bothered any of the neighbors prior to Jan. 27. That was the time one of the Harvard Road residents discovered that Tina Castaldi, who runs the camp, was earning an income. How peculiar it is that his complaints of noise coincided with this discovery. In fact, in a letter he wrote to the Burbank City Council, he indicated that the noise bothered him before, but he thought it was a nonprofit organization, so he did not voice his discomfort.
June 9, 2004
Praise, not scorn, for camp operator I am writing in response to the May 22 story, "Council looking to exercise its right to regulate," in which Burbank city officials are considering creating an ordinance that may prevent or discourage a workout class from operating in the parking lot of Wildwood Canyon, all because a neighbor has complained about the noise. Three things bother me about this story. First, I am appalled that the neighbor, Zorica Tanaskovic, would even admit that she has taken disability leave from her job because the boot camp wakes her up in the morning.
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 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.
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.
January 17, 2004
MEETING AT 6:30 P.M. TUESDAY CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS -- 275 E. OLIVE AVE. Major items: Continuation of discussion related to proposed emergency ordinance that would temporarily restrict the development of certain types of multi family homes. Report of the Burbank- Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority meeting. Request to send a letter to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control protesting an alcohol license for Gitana restaurant and nightclub.
January 14, 2004
A single-alarm brush fire broke out Sunday at Wildwood Park in Wildwood Canyon, near the location of a brush fire in October. Burbank and Glendale firefighters responded to the one-acre fire about 10:06 a.m., and had the flames fully contained by 3:24 p.m., according to Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr. Five engines and a battalion chief responded to the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation but appears to be suspicious, Starr said. The blaze took more than five hours to contain because firefighters had to shuttle water up the hillside, Starr said.
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.