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Hollywood Burbank Airport dips into reserve funds to balance upcoming budget

Hollywood Burbank Airport has seen its passenger numbers climb at a steady pace the past year, but officials know that airline fees alone won’t help pay for needed improvements at the facility during the upcoming fiscal year. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted 7-0 on Monday to...

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  • Burbank hillside restaurant Castaway set to temporarily close for major renovation work
    Burbank hillside restaurant Castaway set to temporarily close for major renovation work

    The hillside Burbank restaurant Castaway will be undergoing renovations in the fall in an effort to modernize the facility.

    Specialty Restaurants Corp., the company that owns the 54-year-old landmark in the Verdugo Hills, will be closing Castaway on Aug. 6 to start work on a $10-million renovation...

  • Community weighs in on Burbank police performance, quality of life in city
    Community weighs in on Burbank police performance, quality of life in city

    Speeding and reckless driving are major problems for many Burbank residents, according to the results of an online survey commissioned in April by the Burbank Police Department.

    The survey results were released Thursday, with 1,011 people across the city responding. The survey, which was online...

  • Burbank educators map out next 3 years of arts education
    Burbank educators map out next 3 years of arts education

    Under a three-year arts plan that the Burbank school board approved earlier this month, Luther Burbank Middle School will launch an orchestra program this fall as part of the school district’s commitment to expanding students’ access to arts education.

    In the next three years, through 2020, school...

  • Authorities nab suspected ‘Dual Valley Bandit’ during Pasadena bank robbery
    Authorities nab suspected ‘Dual Valley Bandit’ during Pasadena bank robbery

    A man allegedly behind multiple bank robberies in the Southland, including one in Burbank, was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly trying to rob another bank, according to the Pasadena Police Department.

    Pasadena police officers responded to an armed robbery shortly before 4 p.m. at a...

  • Burbank man arrested on suspicion of shooting gun in home
    Burbank man arrested on suspicion of shooting gun in home

    A 52-year-old Burbank man was taken into custody late Saturday morning after police received word that gunfire could be heard from his home.

    The Burbank Police Department responded to a call of shots being fired from a home in the 1300 block of North Lincoln Street around 11 a.m. Officers soon...

  • Burbank opts to stagger terms for airport commissioners

    The Burbank City Council on Tuesday decided to stagger the terms for the city’s commissioners on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority in an effort to attract new applicants while still having members with experience serving on the agency that oversees the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

    Though...

  • Burbank to extend interim ordinance on accessory dwelling units

    The Burbank City Council unanimously voted to extend an interim ordinance that established standards for new accessory-dwelling units, commonly known as granny flats.

    The city first adopted the temporary rules on April 25 after two state laws — AB 2299 and SB 1069 — amended the regulations regarding...

  • Burbank City Council approves budget and begins preparing for looming deficit
    Burbank City Council approves budget and begins preparing for looming deficit

    After having to make some tough discussions about the city’s financial situation, Burbank officials said they are ready to move forward and find solutions to looming budget deficits.

    The City Council on Tuesday approved the 2017-18 budget, which has a deficit of about $1 million. Now, council members...

  • Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ makes its way through Burbank and Glendale
    Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ makes its way through Burbank and Glendale

    About two dozen officers from the Burbank and Glendale police departments were clad in blue athletic shirts, shorts and running shoes Wednesday afternoon as they carried the Special Olympics torch through the streets of both cities for the 2017 Summer Games.

    It’s been an annual tradition since...

  • Burbank City Council gives First Street Village the green light
    Burbank City Council gives First Street Village the green light

    The Burbank City Council gave a local developer approval on Tuesday to move forward with a project to construct three mixed-used buildings — each five or six stories — in downtown Burbank after discussing the project during two meetings.

    Council members voted unanimously to OK the First Street...

  • Burbank Hospitality Assn. violated Brown Act, D.A.’s office says

    The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office determined last week that the Burbank Hospitality Assn. violated the Brown Act back in September when the organization decided to donate money to the Committee for Yes on Measure B without properly placing the request on its agenda.

    According to...

  • Woodbury adds four to board of trustees

    Woodbury University announced recently it appointed four women to serve on its board of trustees, bringing the number of active board members to 25.

    The four members are Dulari Amin, Zelda Gilbert, Karen Locke and Maria Mehranian.

    Amin is an entrepreneur who co-founded Phenomenon, a brand agency.

    ...

  • More than 100 graduate from Providence High School
    More than 100 graduate from Providence High School

    More than 100 students graduated from Providence High School Saturday in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn.

    In a message the school’s principal wrote to graduating students in the ceremony’s program, she encouraged them to continue to serve others.

    “Remember that each of you is capable of changing...

  • Hollywood Burbank Airport reports its biggest jump in passenger numbers for April
    Hollywood Burbank Airport reports its biggest jump in passenger numbers for April

    A combination of added flights by airlines and strong demand for those flights were the main reasons why Hollywood Burbank Airport reported an 18.3 % increase in passengers during April compared to the same month in 2016.

    There were 392,088 passengers in April, which was 60,589 more than the previous...

  • YouTube personality victim of supposed ‘swatting’ prank

    A YouTube personality known for filming his daily life and for pranking people was broadcasting live Friday evening when officers from the Burbank Police Department approached him with their guns drawn, unknowingly enlisted in an alleged “swatting” prank directed at him.

    Around 6:30 p.m., Paul...

  • Authorities looking for ‘Dual Valley Bandit’ who robbed 5 banks in May
    Authorities looking for ‘Dual Valley Bandit’ who robbed 5 banks in May

    A man who robbed a pair of banks in Burbank and South Pasadena in May has now been connected to at least three other robberies in the Southland, according to the FBI.

    After committing the first two robberies on May 15, the man went on to rob a trio of banks — in North Hollywood, Woodland Hills...

  • Neonatal ICU webcams help push Providence St. Joseph Medical Center to the top of social media ladder
    Neonatal ICU webcams help push Providence St. Joseph Medical Center to the top of social media ladder

    A San Francisco-based startup called HYP3R recently ranked Providence St. Joseph Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in the world in terms of social-media activity.

    That ranking was determined by several factors — such as how many followers the hospital’s social-media pages have and the number...

  • Graduating Burbank High students create ‘Next Steps’ guide for future graduates
    Graduating Burbank High students create ‘Next Steps’ guide for future graduates

    A pair of Burbank High school students who graduated last week recently delivered a free guide to current students with details about how to pursue 75 scholarships, internships or other opportunities before they head off to college.

    Sam Gorman and Alvin Kim worked with a team of students to create...

  • Burbank business owners among those targeted in fake bomb threats

    The Burbank Police Department is warning businesses to be on the lookout for fake bomb threats after several local businesses were targeted by the hoax in recent weeks.

    Businesses targeted by the bogus threats have received emails and faxes warning them that explosives had been placed around the...

  • Burbank High students’ short film wins at statewide festival
    Burbank High students’ short film wins at statewide festival

    With an animated short film set to a poem about growing up, students from Burbank High School took home the Eye-Catcher Award at the 51st annual California Student Media Festival this week.

    Sponsored, in part, by PBS SoCal, the festival is touted as a celebration of student-made multimedia projects...

  • Burbank honors the fallen at Memorial Day ceremony
    Burbank honors the fallen at Memorial Day ceremony

    Hundreds of people attended a Memorial Day ceremony in McCambridge Park on Monday, with one former Burbank resident, the late Wilber R. “Web” Raduenz, receiving a tribute for his “unshakable integrity” as being among the best of the Greatest Generation.

    The ceremony’s guest speaker, attorney Correy...

  • ‘We made history’: Burbank High graduates celebrate a ‘special’ class
    ‘We made history’: Burbank High graduates celebrate a ‘special’ class

    Burbank High’s graduating seniors received their diplomas Friday evening during the first ceremony on the school’s campus in decades.

    The roughly 640 seniors accepted their diplomas on the sports field as hundreds of parents, friends and family looked on.

    Since the 1950s, most of the school’s graduating...

  • City Council needs more time to consider proposed First Street Village project in downtown Burbank
    City Council needs more time to consider proposed First Street Village project in downtown Burbank

    The developer of a mixed-used development called First Street Village in downtown Burbank will have to wait several more days to learn the fate of his proposed project.

    After about six hours of public comments and questions from council members, the City Council decided on Tuesday to table its...

  • More than 550 seniors graduate from John Burroughs High School
    More than 550 seniors graduate from John Burroughs High School

    Graduating seniors at John Burroughs High recalled fond memories of their time at the school and the challenges that helped prepare them for the future, as more than 550 students received their diplomas Thursday evening on Memorial Field.

    Deborah Madrigal, Burroughs’ principal, described the Class...

  • Burbank looks to raise rates on water and sewer services
    Burbank looks to raise rates on water and sewer services

    In an effort to stay steps ahead of its deteriorating infrastructure, Burbank Water and Power is suggesting the city increase its water and sewer rates during the upcoming fiscal year.

    Council members discussed with staff members from the city-owned utility and Public Works Department about why...

  • Dwindling block grant funds distributed to Burbank nonprofits

    The federal funding that Burbank receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been decreasing over the years and could be cut even further in the upcoming federal budget.

    However, the City Council decided to move forward with its annual plans to allocate Community Development...

  • DeBell Golf Course operator hopes for brighter future
    DeBell Golf Course operator hopes for brighter future

    For many Burbank residents, DeBell Golf Course is a place they can visit to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city.

    This past Monday morning, dozens of golfers were getting in their rounds at the 5,633-yard, par-71 course, which is tucked away in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains...

  • Burbank school board denies renewing charter school’s petition, citing ‘persistently low’ graduation rates
    Burbank school board denies renewing charter school’s petition, citing ‘persistently low’ graduation rates

    The Burbank Unified school board voted last week to not renew a petition submitted by the charter school Options for Youth to continue operating in Burbank, following a recommendation made by Burbank Supt. Matt Hill, and a 57-page staff report presenting data showing “persistently low” graduation...

  • ‘This is a very selfish act’: Burbank Little League equipment stolen
    ‘This is a very selfish act’: Burbank Little League equipment stolen

    Burbank Little League officials were hoping to spend Wednesday afternoon practicing, but they instead spent that time with police after someone stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of gear from the organization’s equipment shed.

    The theft happened sometime between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday...

  • BurbankBus fleet updated with new compressed natural gas buses
    BurbankBus fleet updated with new compressed natural gas buses

    Burbank has updated its fleet of city buses with new bigger vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

    By the end of this month, residents and users of BurbankBus can expect to see six 35-foot ElDorado National Axess low-floor buses on the four routes throughout the city, according to a statement...

  • Commuters switch to their bicycles on Bike and Walk to Work Day
    Commuters switch to their bicycles on Bike and Walk to Work Day

    While most local residents drove their cars to work Thursday morning, several hundred people in and around Burbank decided to ditch their motor vehicles and ride a bicycle or walk.

    The Burbank Transportation Management Organization hosted its annual Bike and Walk to Work Day, setting up three pit...

  • Pair eludes police in armed robbery investigation

    Burbank police are on the lookout for two men wanted in connection with an alleged armed robbery.

    Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Burbank Police Department received word of a man with a gun near Magnolia Boulevard and Brighton Street.

    Officers arrived on the scene and found a man and a woman who...

  • Burbank moves forward with plans to remove hundreds of ficus trees along Magnolia corridor
    Burbank moves forward with plans to remove hundreds of ficus trees along Magnolia corridor

    Numbered are the days for hundreds of ficus trees along Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.

    Several residents last week were surprised to hear the city is in the process of removing more than 400 ficus trees in Magnolia Park and replacing them with a tree species more suitable for the street. However,...

  • Burbank actress tests her skills behind the camera
    Burbank actress tests her skills behind the camera

    Burbank resident Maritza Brikisak has been featured in dozens of short and full-length films over her 15-year career as an actress, but she has never really been able to call any of those productions her own.

    That all changed this year when she finished her first feature film, “The Lurking Man,”...

  • Plenty of work still to be done before construction of the replacement terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport
    Plenty of work still to be done before construction of the replacement terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport

    The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is still a long way from proceeding with any type of construction of its replacement terminal.

    On Monday, John Hatanaka, the authority’s senior deputy executive director, gave airport commissioners the rundown on the status of the project, which is...

  • Firefighters on a quest for burn victims
    Firefighters on a quest for burn victims

    A rally to raise money for burn survivors rolled through the Southland this week with members from the Burbank and Glendale fire departments participating.

    Hosted by the nonprofit group Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors, the 20th annual Quest Rally ran from Tuesday to Friday with agencies across...

  • Burbank police chief hospitalized after collapsing at police awards event
    Burbank police chief hospitalized after collapsing at police awards event

    Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse was hospitalized after collapsing at a police event Thursday.

    LaChasse, 68, was attending the Glendale Police Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in Glendale when he collapsed shortly before noon.

    A woman was heard shouting “911” after LaChasse collapsed, and...

  • Burbank faces another deficit and possible cuts to public safety
    Burbank faces another deficit and possible cuts to public safety

    Burbank officials spent roughly six hours Tuesday going through the proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget, in which the city faces another deficit, may eliminate some firefighter positions and could earmark funds to purchase body-worn cameras for police officers.

    Cindy Giraldo, the city’s financial...

  • National Nurses Week reminds those in the medical field to take care of themselves
    National Nurses Week reminds those in the medical field to take care of themselves

    As National Nurses Week comes to an end, its theme this year revolves around reminding nurses across the country to remember to take care of themselves as they take care of others.

    Those words could not have rung more true for Cora Garcia, the manager of the intensive-care unit at Providence St....

  • Holocaust survivors remembered in interfaith outpouring
    Holocaust survivors remembered in interfaith outpouring

    As a large audience packed Temple Emanu El in Burbank Tuesday night for the 33rd annual Days of Remembrance commemoration of the Holocaust, the need to stand up against a renewed perception of global fear and hatred hung in the air.

    “It is a debt owed not only to those in the past, or of those...

  • Wil Wheaton goes on a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ journey at Buena Vista Library
    Wil Wheaton goes on a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ journey at Buena Vista Library

    Wil Wheaton has been featured on numerous TV shows and has spoken to thousands of people at live events.

    However, the 44-year-old actor was nervous before speaking in front of about 60 people, mainly children, at the Buena Vista Branch Library in Burbank Monday evening.

    “I go around the country...

  • John Burroughs High student named grand prize finalist in Music Center’s spotlight program
    John Burroughs High student named grand prize finalist in Music Center’s spotlight program

    John Burroughs High School senior Brighton Thomas competed against more than 1,300 students before being named one of 14 grand prize finalists in the Music Center’s 29th annual Spotlight program, which recognizes young talent in the arts.

    Thomas was named a finalist in the non-classical voice category,...

  • Burbank police net hundreds of pounds of drugs in take-back event
    Burbank police net hundreds of pounds of drugs in take-back event

    With the promise of no questions asked, residents across Burbank handed in more than 450 pounds of prescription drugs to the Burbank Police Department during a special take-back event held late last month.

    Held at the department’s headquarters, the event collected any and all unused prescriptions...

  • Burbank resident to study lemurs in Madagascar
    Burbank resident to study lemurs in Madagascar

    A Burbank resident who has long admired the work of notable primatologists will spend her summer studying bamboo lemurs in Madagascar on the path to becoming a primatologist, or someone who studies primates, herself.

    As a girl, Emma Thurau would dress up in a safari outfit and lecture her parents...

  • Rattlesnake bites 8-year-old girl in Burbank Hills neighborhood
    Rattlesnake bites 8-year-old girl in Burbank Hills neighborhood

    A North Hollywood family got a brief scare last month after an 8-year-old girl was bitten by a baby rattlesnake in the Burbank Hills.

    Kathryn Campa was visiting her brother in the 3000 block of Trudi Lane on the night of April 23 when, sometime around 9 p.m., she heard her daughter Brooklyn screaming...

  • Auschwitz survivor to speak at Days of Remembrance ceremony
    Auschwitz survivor to speak at Days of Remembrance ceremony

    An event called Days of Remembrance, sponsored by the Burbank Human Relations Council, will be held on Tuesday, featuring Holocaust survivor Erika Jacoby.

    Now in its 33rd year, the event brings together members of churches, synagogues and mosques in Burbank to remember those who lost their lives...

  • Burbank school board member Larry Applebaum bids farewell
    Burbank school board member Larry Applebaum bids farewell

    During Larry Applebaum’s last meeting as a school board member on Thursday, he recounted the progress Burbank Unified has made during his 12 years of service as newly elected member Steve Frintner took his seat at the dais.

    “Without a doubt, there are shoes that just won’t be filled,” Steve Ferguson,...

  • ‘I saw them and knew what they were coming for’: Store owner recounts fighting back during alleged robbery
    ‘I saw them and knew what they were coming for’: Store owner recounts fighting back during alleged robbery

    The threat of being shot to death led a Burbank doughnut shop owner to fight back against two armed robbers in late March.

    Raul Gutierrez was getting ready for the day at Kim’s Donuts and Coffee on March 22 when two masked robbers entered the store sometime before 5:30 a.m.

    “I saw them and knew...

  • Downtown Burbank closes amid brief bomb scare
    Downtown Burbank closes amid brief bomb scare

    Businesses surrounding a Starbucks in downtown Burbank were evacuated late Tuesday evening after police received word of a suspicious item on a patio table outside the coffee shop.

    A call came in shortly before 10 p.m. regarding an item left at the Starbucks located at 300 N. San Fernando Blvd....

  • Additional safety improvements to be made along Verdugo Avenue in Burbank

    The Burbank City Council approved making several improvements along Verdugo Avenue last week in an effort to increase safety on one of the city’s busiest streets.

    Council members voted 4-1 to move forward with the safety project, which includes installation of a new pedestrian crosswalk, upgraded...

  • Burbank swears in newly and reelected city officials

    There was plenty of applause and laughter at Burbank City Hall Monday morning, mixed in with a few tears.

    The first day of May meant it was time for newly elected and reelected officials to be sworn into office — and for those who didn’t win the vote during the city’s general election in April...

  • Animation a key part of Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
    Animation a key part of Downtown Burbank Arts Festival

    The 14th annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival was held this past weekend, featuring more than 200 artists and animators along San Fernando Boulevard.

    The two-day event lets fans and enthusiasts of animation meet and get tips from those currently working in the animation industry.

    A key player...

  • Burbank on Parade says ‘aloha’
    Burbank on Parade says ‘aloha’

    With an ‘aloha’ theme, this year’s Burbank on Parade wound down Olive Avenue this past Saturday with variety of groups participating.

    “Hawaii Five-O” actor James Hong was the grand marshal of the event this year.

    After the parade, a luau was held in the parking lot behind the Joslyn Adult Center....

  • On ‘Day of Action,’ Burbank teachers wear red in support of public schools
    On ‘Day of Action,’ Burbank teachers wear red in support of public schools

    Burbank teachers wore red Monday as part of the California Teachers Assn.’s “Day of Action” in which they pledged their support for local public schools and asked residents to do the same.

    Dozens of teachers gathered at George Washington Elementary School’s front entrance at 8 a.m., when Diana...

  • Urban Press offers a piece of wine country in downtown Burbank
    Urban Press offers a piece of wine country in downtown Burbank

    Urban Press Winery in downtown Burbank is more than just another wine bar that serves alcoholic beverages to its patrons.

    While owner Giovanni D’Andrea’s main goal is to provide the Media City and surrounding area with quality wines, he also wants to educate people about the various grapes that...

  • ‘Listen to Your Mother’ returns to the Colony Theatre
    ‘Listen to Your Mother’ returns to the Colony Theatre

    For the second straight year, women will take the stage at the Colony Theatre to share stories that are sometimes humorous, sometimes sad during an event that also raises money for Family Service Agency.

    The second annual “Listen to Your Mother” event at 7 p.m. Tuesday will feature one returning...

  • Interim ordinance eases rules for granny flats

    The Burbank City Council adopted an urgency interim ordinance Tuesday regarding accessory dwelling units, known as granny flats, in light of the recent changes in state law regarding those structures.

    Council members unanimously voted to approve a 45-day ordinance, during which time city staff...

  • Police arrest L.A. pair suspected of multiple armed robberies
    Police arrest L.A. pair suspected of multiple armed robberies

    A man and a woman who are suspects in a string of armed robberies across Los Angeles County, including one in Burbank and two in Glendale, have been arrested, according to the Burbank Police Department.

    Pieces of evidence left behind during the armed robbery at a Burbank doughnut shop led police...

  • ‘Golden State’ plan will guide development near Burbank airport and proposed high-speed rail station
    ‘Golden State’ plan will guide development near Burbank airport and proposed high-speed rail station

    The area east and south of Hollywood Burbank Airport used to be home to Lockheed Martin’s aerospace manufacturing from the 1940s until the company’s departure in the 1990s.

    Since then, the heavy manufacturing footprint in that region has transformed into an eclectic mix of commercial, light industrial,...

  • Fire breaks out in garage of Burbank home
    Fire breaks out in garage of Burbank home

    A fire broke out in the garage of a Burbank home late Thursday morning, destroying part of the residence.

    Sometime before noon, the Burbank Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 800 block of North Mariposa Street.

    Photos shared on social media showed a large plume of smoke...

  • ‘Hawaii Five-O’ actor James Hong named grand marshal of Burbank on Parade
    ‘Hawaii Five-O’ actor James Hong named grand marshal of Burbank on Parade

    Burbank on Parade has chosen a grand marshal who knows a thing or two about this year’s “Aloha” theme.

    Parade officials announced that veteran actor James Hong, who played eight different roles in the original “Hawaii Five-O” TV series, will have the honor of being the ceremonial officiant of the...

  • State of the Schools breakfast exceeds fundraising goal
    State of the Schools breakfast exceeds fundraising goal

    Organizers of the Burbank Educational Foundation’s State of the Schools breakfast have exceeded their $90,000 fundraising goal.

    Held at the Castaway restaurant last month, the event’s “90 for 90” campaign sought to raise $1,000 each from 90 donors in celebration of Burbank Unified’s 90th anniversary.

    ...

  • Burbank Arts For All Foundation awards $26,000 in grants

    The Burbank Arts For All Foundation helped fulfill a dozen grant requests from educators in Burbank schools recently by providing about $26,200 in grants to support arts education in local elementary, middle and high schools.

    The grants were approved last month, said Trena Pitchford, the foundation’s...

  • Burbank teachers vouch for peer-to-peer training
    Burbank teachers vouch for peer-to-peer training

    The head of the Burbank Teachers Assn. spoke last week about the importance of experienced educators training new teachers and providing more opportunities for such interaction — particularly for teachers who have only been teaching for less than two years.

    “The first two years are incredibly important....

  • Rep. Adam Schiff honors Volpei-Gussow, Porto as Women of the Year

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) recently honored two women with local ties as Women of the Year for 2017.

    For many years, Burbank resident Karen Volpei-Gussow, a Realtor with Keller Williams World Media Center, has volunteered on numerous boards and special committees. She is currently on the boards...

  • City Council approves improvements on Leland Way
    City Council approves improvements on Leland Way

    A residential street next to the Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank is being improved so the neighborhood will be safer and an adjacent soundwall will be less garish.

    The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to convert a 0.3-mile section of Leland Way from Broadway to the north into a one-way street,...

  • It just got easier for Burbank students to check out library books
    It just got easier for Burbank students to check out library books

    Burbank city and school officials are trying to make it easier for students to check out books from any of the local public libraries using just one ID.

    The City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a memorandum of agreement with Burbank Unified to launch a program called BConnectED, in which student...

  • Burbank and its neighbors are teaming up to potentially get their hands on $1 billion in transportation funding
    Burbank and its neighbors are teaming up to potentially get their hands on $1 billion in transportation funding

    Burbank, along with a few neighboring cities, is looking to make sure it receives money collected by a new Los Angeles County sales tax that can be used for transportation improvements.

    Burbank City Council members unanimously agreed to convert the Arroyo Verdugo Subregion — an informal group that...

  • Bill requiring California schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. passes its first hurdle
    Bill requiring California schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. passes its first hurdle

    A proposed bill introduced by State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) that would require California secondary schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. passed its first legislative hurdle.

    The Senate Education Committee passed SB 328 on Wednesday.

    In Glendale and Burbank, most middle...

  • Four Burbank schools awarded ‘Gold Ribbons’
    Four Burbank schools awarded ‘Gold Ribbons’

    Four Burbank schools are among 275 middle and high schools in California that won a Gold Ribbon Award this year, state officials announced this week.

    Burbank High School received the honor, as did David Starr Jordan, John Muir and Luther Burbank middle schools.

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  • Circus Vargas raises tent for upcoming performances
    Circus Vargas raises tent for upcoming performances

    It has been a goal for the members of Circus Vargas to bring generations of families together and use the big top to convey that message.

    For this season’s production, called “SteamCirque,” the cast tries to show people that two different worlds can coexist.

    Circus Vargas’ residency in Burbank...

  • Glendale Adventist receives an ‘A’ while other area hospitals don’t fare as well in national safety survey
    Glendale Adventist receives an ‘A’ while other area hospitals don’t fare as well in national safety survey

    For a fifth consecutive year, a nonprofit dedicated to driving quality and transparency in the American healthcare system has given its highest rating to Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

    The 112-year-old community hospital received the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade A rating for spring...

  • Burbank skate park looks to ramp things up for 2017
    Burbank skate park looks to ramp things up for 2017

    Changes are afoot for the BMX and skate park in Valley Park in Burbank.

    In an update given at a Parks and Recreation Board meeting Thursday, it was announced that the park’s facilities will receive a face-lift sometime this year and that there are plans to establish Internet access at the park...

  • Burbank student performs at the Wiltern
    Burbank student performs at the Wiltern

    Three months after joining a band made up of high school students who live across Los Angeles, John Burroughs High student Kt Harms took the stage at the Wiltern last Thursday night.

    The performance before hundreds of people was probably the largest crowd Kt has played in front of since she started...

  • ‘It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans’: Burbank residents plan to support March for Science rally locally
    ‘It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans’: Burbank residents plan to support March for Science rally locally

    A Burbank grassroots group is looking to support those who will be marching in Washington, D.C. to stand up for science.

    On Saturday, a group called Burbank Indivisible is organizing a march down the Chandler Bike Path to support thousands of people across the country expected to participate in...

  • Burbank Arts for All Foundation gears up for ‘Party for the Arts’

    When the Burbank Arts For All Foundation hosts its sixth annual Party for the Arts gala Friday, the organization will honor one of Burbank’s esteemed arts supporters — Woodbury University.

    The Patron of the Arts Award that Woodbury University will receive goes to an organization that makes a significant...

  • Hollywood Burbank Airport sees smaller bump in passengers
    Hollywood Burbank Airport sees smaller bump in passengers

    Hollywood Burbank Airport reported a slight slowdown in the growth in passenger numbers in February, with a relatively flat 1.1% bump compared to the same month in 2016. The airfield has been handling much larger passenger increases for several months.

    There were 302,575 passengers in February,...

  • Glendale man used explosives in attempt to rob ATMs, police say
    Glendale man used explosives in attempt to rob ATMs, police say

    Burbank police have arrested a Glendale man who is suspected of using explosives in an attempt to steal the contents of two ATMs.

    On April 8, officers were called to Magnolia Car Wash at around 4:20 a.m. after receiving word of a possible explosion. Burbank Police Sgt. Derek Green said the officers...

  • With all ballots in, Frutos and Springer claim City Council seats
    With all ballots in, Frutos and Springer claim City Council seats

    With all 11,555 ballots counted, incumbent Bob Frutos and challenger Sharon Springer won seats on the City Council, Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins announced Friday.

    Longtime Councilman David Gordon, first elected in 2006, and three-time candidate Juan Guillen, lost in their election bids.

    Incumbent...

  • ‘He’s saying the meanest things’: Burbank family whose dog went missing could be the target of a scammer
    ‘He’s saying the meanest things’: Burbank family whose dog went missing could be the target of a scammer

    It was 3:45 a.m. when Angela Ingram received a call on Thursday from a man claiming to have her family’s missing dog.

    Yogi, the Ingrams’ 6-year-old German shepherd/Leonberger mix, had gone missing from their Burbank home at the beginning of April. Since then, the family has posted about Yogi all...

  • Frutos and Springer take lead in race for two seats on Burbank City Council
    Frutos and Springer take lead in race for two seats on Burbank City Council

    Incumbent Bob Frutos and challenger Sharon Springer appeared to win two vacant seats on the Burbank City Council Tuesday evening, with the first of 11,142 ballots tallied, although results will not be official until Friday.

    The two candidates were challenged by 11-year incumbent David Gordon and...

  • Facebook targets users with local election reminders
    Facebook targets users with local election reminders

    When people checked their Facebook accounts during previous national elections, they may have noticed reminders on their news feeds telling them to go out and vote.

    Now, the social networking site has turned its sights onto smaller municipal elections, including the one Tuesday in Burbank.

    The...

  • Burbank resident opens sauna with holistic focus
    Burbank resident opens sauna with holistic focus

    A new sauna in Burbank uses color light therapy, or chromotherapy, to heal clients’ bouts with depression, insomnia or anxiety. Or, it may just raise the heartbeats of those who are physically injured and can’t work out at a gym or those who are disabled.

    About a month ago, longtime local resident...

  • Bicyclist killed in crash with car wasn’t wearing a helmet, police say
    Bicyclist killed in crash with car wasn’t wearing a helmet, police say

    A 74-year-old Burbank man died Friday afternoon after being struck by a car while riding his bike.

    Jin Soo Oh was riding east on Empire Avenue around 2:35 p.m. when he was hit by a car making a right turn onto the westbound lane of Empire from Frederic Street. Oh suffered a head injury and was...

  • Burbank residents can now look up city budgets online with a new system
    Burbank residents can now look up city budgets online with a new system

    Looking up current and previous city budgets became a little easier for Burbank residents with the implementation of a new online system.

    On March 28, Burbank officials launched a financial transparency portal on the website burbankca.opengov.com, where instead of having to sift through hundreds...

  • L.A. County Supervisor Barger talks high-speed rail, senior services and mental-health programs with Burbank officials
    L.A. County Supervisor Barger talks high-speed rail, senior services and mental-health programs with Burbank officials

    Newly elected Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District, met with Burbank City Council members Thursday to talk about how city and county officials can work together on various issues, including senior services, transportation challenges, mental-health programs...

  • Providence High choir wins first-place award
    Providence High choir wins first-place award

    Providence High School’s advanced choir, the Providence Singers, took home the first-place award after performing last weekend at the Heritage Festival at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, said Allison Knowles, publications coordinator for the school.

    The choir also took home “Outstanding Choral...

  • State Sen. Portantino to host town hall on school start time
    State Sen. Portantino to host town hall on school start time

    State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) will host a town hall meeting about a bill he introduced earlier this year — SB 328 — that would require all California middle and high school students to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

    Held in conjunction with the First District...

  • Burbank on Parade is making some tweaks to its ‘aloha’ celebration
    Burbank on Parade is making some tweaks to its ‘aloha’ celebration

    Last year’s Burbank on Parade was arguably the busiest day in the event’s history. The occasion was expanded to include a fun run/walk before the parade and a street festival afterward, but the additions proved to be too much for organizers to handle.

    Despite the success of the pre- and post-parade...

  • Gunman gets 27 years for car-to-car shooting in Burbank
    Gunman gets 27 years for car-to-car shooting in Burbank

    A Sylmar man has pleaded no contest in the shooting of an occupied vehicle on a Burbank freeway overpass in 2016.

    Joseph “Blanco” Lupercio, 25, was sentenced to 27 years in prison late last month for a car-to-car shooting last year, according to a statement released on Friday by the Burbank Police...

  • Community asked to weigh in on police performance
    Community asked to weigh in on police performance

    Members of the Burbank Police Department are asking residents to let them know how they’re doing in the community with the hopes of identifying any areas for improvement.

    An online survey, which can be completed anonymously, asks residents several questions including how safe they feel in the city...

  • Burbank council candidate Sharon Springer raises more funds than opponents heading into general election
    Burbank council candidate Sharon Springer raises more funds than opponents heading into general election

    With less than a week before the Burbank general election on Tuesday, candidate Sharon Springer has raised more funds than her opponents in their bids for two seats on the City Council.

    During the filing period from Feb. 23 to March 25, Springer received $6,909 in campaign contributions, which...

  • FAA to study environmental impacts of Hollywood Burbank Airport’s replacement terminal
    FAA to study environmental impacts of Hollywood Burbank Airport’s replacement terminal

    Hollywood Burbank Airport officials are looking to line up possible funding sources so construction can begin on a new 14-gate replacement terminal.

    As a consultant finishes soil testing at the future terminal’s site, airport commissioners voted 6-0 Monday to approve a memorandum of understanding...

  • ‘Words could only do so much’: Burbank business honors police and firefighters
    ‘Words could only do so much’: Burbank business honors police and firefighters

    A memorial honoring Burbank’s first responders was unveiled Wednesday afternoon in Story Tavern during a small ceremony attended by members of the city’s fire and police departments.

    The memorial was the brainchild of tavern owner Brian Slaught, who wanted to show his appreciation of the city’s...

  • One year into mental health plan, Burbank school officials gauge progress
    One year into mental health plan, Burbank school officials gauge progress

    Students’ mental health, anxiety — and the drugs they take to cope — were up for discussion during a Burbank school board study session Thursday, nearly one year after the board established a mental health and wellness plan.

    Since the plan was approved last April, Burbank officials have opened...

  • Tough decisions ahead for Burbank council members as deficit looms
    Tough decisions ahead for Burbank council members as deficit looms

    The Burbank City Council continued to receive sobering news Tuesday about its budget shortfall as talks about the upcoming 2017-18 budget inch closer.

    Cindy Giraldo, the city’s financial services director, said appropriation and revenue adjustments that needed to be made to the 2016-17 budget were...

  • School’s Social Justice Club seeks to better the environment

    Members of Burbank High’s Social Justice Club held their first “Environmental Week” on campus earlier this month, in which they rallied students to plant drought-resistant succulents and plants.

    They also set up booths during lunch to teach peers about ocean pollution and encourage them to create...

  • 'It's disgusting': Burbank school officials lament state, federal budget proposals
    'It's disgusting': Burbank school officials lament state, federal budget proposals

    Irritated by Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal and the $3.5 million less it could mean for Burbank Unified than originally expected, the Burbank Unified school board recently voted to send a letter to representatives alerting them of local budget challenges.

    The two letters each request a meeting...

  • Who's the best young singer in Burbank? This contest aims to find out
    Who's the best young singer in Burbank? This contest aims to find out

    There may be a lot of talented young singers out in Burbank, but in order for them to win an upcoming competition, one judge said they are going to have to do a bit more than just sing.

    At Luther Burbank Middle School on April 9 , the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club and local music school the Music Junction...

  • Portantino honors local women

    State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) on Sunday honored 10 area women, including some who live in Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta, during an event held in the courtyard at Pasadena City Hall.

    The California Legislature first recognized March as Women’s History Month in 1987...

  • Photo contest winner not wasting any shots at life
    Photo contest winner not wasting any shots at life

    For Glendale resident Cheryl Herrera, getting shingles was the best — and worst — thing to happen to her.

    Herrera said she was bedridden for about five weeks when she contracted the virus four years ago, which was enough time to think about the things she was missing out on and wished she could...

  • Rep. Schiff asks Congress to recognize Armenian Genocide
    Rep. Schiff asks Congress to recognize Armenian Genocide

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) continues to press the U.S. Congress to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide in advance of the 102nd anniversary of the massacre of millions on April 24.

    On Wednesday, Schiff and Rep. Dave Trott (R-Michigan) introduced a bipartisan resolution that recognizes the...

  • Mailbag: Choirs swept the competition

    Congratulations to the Burroughs High School Vocal Music Assn. for sweeping the national championship show choir competition in Richmond, Va., this past weekend! Both show choirs, Powerhouse and Sound Sensations, swept all major awards in their competition categories.

    On Sunday the 125 young people...

  • Theater Preview: ‘Pie’ serves as recipe about mothers, daughters
    Theater Preview: ‘Pie’ serves as recipe about mothers, daughters

    “Yes, we’re cooking an apple pie right on stage,” said Maria Gobetti, co-artistic director of the Victory Theatre Center. Make that two dozen apple pies — one pie will be baked from start to finish during each of the 24 performances of Lawrence Thelen’s new comedy, “Pie in the Sky,” premiering...

  • ‘We were all very shocked’: Procession held for fallen Burbank firefighter
    ‘We were all very shocked’: Procession held for fallen Burbank firefighter

    Around 150 members of the Burbank Fire Department headed to Corona Thursday morning as one of their own was laid to rest.

  • Elevated tracks will increase safety at one of Burbank’s most dangerous railroad crossings, officials say
    Elevated tracks will increase safety at one of Burbank’s most dangerous railroad crossings, officials say

    One of Burbank’s most infamous railroad crossings may have just become safer for those traveling on a train — or driving or walking through the intersection.

    Officials from Burbank, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, also known as Metro, Caltrans and Metrolink gathered...

  • Burbank boys' golf takes fifth in Burbank Schools' Invitational
    Burbank boys' golf takes fifth in Burbank Schools' Invitational

    Golf: Snow cards six-over-par 77 to help Bulldogs take fifth in 18-team event at De Bell Golf Club.

  • Doughnut shop owner scuffles with suspects during armed robbery
    Doughnut shop owner scuffles with suspects during armed robbery

    The owner of a Burbank doughnut shop was attacked early Wednesday morning during an armed robbery, according to police.

    Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks entered Kim’s Donuts and Coffee on Victory Boulevard around 5:25 a.m. Burbank Police Lt. Travis Irving said at least one of the men...

  • Passenger numbers take off at Hollywood Burbank Airport
    Passenger numbers take off at Hollywood Burbank Airport

    'January picked up exactly where 2016 left off,' Hollywood Burbank Airport official says.

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