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Section 8 application period opens

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The Burbank Housing Authority is accepting new applications for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program through Nov. 5.

Priority will be given to residents displaced by government action, U.S. Military veterans and the disabled.

Section 8 provides rent subsidies directly to landlords on behalf of very low-income renters.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 5, 2009 at 7:55 am

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Statement from Mayor Gary Bric

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Statement from Mayor Gary Bric
Burbank City Council Meeting
September 29, 2009

There has been a lot of press recently regarding issues at the Burbank Police Department and I’m sure the community is concerned and wants to make sure that these issues are being appropriately dealt with. There have been a number of lawsuits and claims filed that contain multiple allegations of improper conduct ranging from wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation to abuse of force and various forms of covering up such activities. These are all very serious allegations and I think it is clear to everyone that the police department is facing some major challenges. All of these allegations have arisen from sources within the department or from former members of the department.

As a result of allegations prior to these lawsuits, a number of investigations have been initiated both by the department and by outside entities at the invitation of and with the cooperation of the city. These investigations began long before the filing of the lawsuits and claims mentioned above. Chief Stehr requested the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department come in and perform an independent investigation. The city also began an independent investigation using an outside attorney and an outside investigator, both of whom report directly to the City Attorney and City Manager’s office. Your Burbank City Council has met with the outside attorney in order to confirm that there are no limitations on the scope of the investigation and to indicate that any signs of lack of cooperation by anyone within the city are to be brought to the Council’s attention. The Sheriff’s department requested that the city hold off commencing its investigation until the Sheriff’s investigation was completed. In addition to these investigations, the FBI has been conducting their own investigation into these matters and we are cooperating with their inquiries to the city. It is our understanding that when the Sheriff’s investigation is complete, it will be forwarded by the Sheriff’s department to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. The city’s investigation is now ongoing and includes all of the issues raised by the lawsuits and claims that have been filed and will also include any additional issues that may arise in the future.

While we cannot legally share the details of any of these investigations, we felt it was important to share with you that the issues in the Burbank Police Department are being taken very seriously and investigated by outside independent agencies. These investigations have been taking what seems like a very long time, but the investigators know the seriousness of the allegations and are making sure they do a complete and thorough job. We are frustrated that we cannot share more detailed information with you, but the integrity of the investigations and strict legal rules governing the privacy of police officers that may be under investigation prevent us from making any further comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Times Community News

September 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

City names economic development team

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Credit: City of Burbank

Credit: City of Burbank

Burbank, with an eye toward economic development, last week announced a new team to extend the city’s goal of being a major driver of the region’s economic engine.

The group, led by City Manager Mike Flad, is comprised of city executives, including Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes, Interim Community Development Director Greg Herrmann, Assistant Community Development Director Ruth Davidson-Guerra and Economic Development Manager Mary Hamzoian.

The 14-story Pointe Project and Empire Center office tower are among those looking for tenets. Hamzoian said in a statement that availability, along with the city’s prime location, are key selling points to possible companies.

The team will meet with community stakeholders and business owners to address priority areas and provide a roadmap  for future of economic development.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Sustainable task force to talk water trip, public outreach

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San Luis Reservoir (Credit: Creative Commons)

San Luis Reservoir (Credit: Creative Commons)

The Sustainable Burbank Task Force, flying somewhat below the radar, will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Police and Fire Community Room, 200 N. Third Street.

The task force is scheduled to select two of its own to travel to Northern California Oct. 24 and 25 for the Metropolitan Water District-sponsored education tour of State Water Project facilities and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The city has been allotted 10 spaces; two have been reserved for the task force.

The district implores each of its directors to sponsor inspection trips to provide leaders with firsthand knowledge of its operations. It remains to be seen how many City Council members will be permitted to attend after the tour cancellation May 2 and 3. Read the rest of this entry »

Councilman first to join Twitter

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Burbank City Councilman Dave Golonski. (The Leader)

Dave Golonski (The Leader)

Councilman Dave Golonski late Tuesday boldly went where few city officials have gone before: Twitter.

The three-time mayor became the first council member and one of the first city officials to join the wildly-popular social messaging service, ushering in new avenues of communication between residents and City Hall.

Golonski has yet to “tweet,” meaning he’s yet to post an update in the 12 hours since joining. But he’s already following Lew Stone (@lewstone), Jeanette Meyer (@jeanettekmeyer), Elise Stearns-Niesen (@BurbankElise), Janice Lowers (@jdlowers ) Chris Daste (@sawzal) and Paul Krekorian (@PaulKrekorian), who he chided last night.

Pressures on: mayor, vice mayor and councilmen.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 16, 2009 at 10:45 am

Mayor, vice mayor hightail it to Korea

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Mayor Gary Bric gets a cut from stylist Natalie Wegner at Floyd's 99 Barbershop. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Mayor Gary Bric gets a cut from stylist Natalie Wegner at Floyd's 99 Barbershop. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Mayor Gary Bric and Vice Mayor Anja Reinke are well into their Korean adventure, which includes a series of lectures as part of a conference sponsored by Incheon, Burbank’s sibling to the east.

The pair left this weekend (FYI: No City Council meeting tonight) in time to catch opening remarks from the mayors of Incheon and Brisbane scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

The “Incheon Sister and Friendly Cities Mayors Forum” will explore “How to advance exchange programs among sister cities.”

I’ve had a lot of people calling and asking out the trip. Check out the itinerary.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Letters to City Hall: Mandatory landscape watering accommodation for seniors and disabled

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Welcome to the second installment of Letters to City Hall, a Follow feature where we highlight what’s on your mind. If you send a letter to City Hall, whether in praise or protest, copy the Burbank Leader: christopher.cadelago@latimes.com.

To follow is a Sept. 14 letter from resident Carolyn Berlin to the Burbank City Council and city executives:

Dear City Council and Mike Flad, city manager,

Recently I read about your actions regarding mandatory landscape watering and wish to provide some information for your consideration prior to your second reading as well as some thoughts regarding future development.

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. Watering our front for 10 to 15 minutes at once merely creates runoff onto the sidewalk and street because of the hill. We have beautiful old pine trees on our street some at least 85 years old, if not more. While their root systems are large and sometime create problems, the shade benefits and positive effect on air quality are huge. However, watering the parkway that has been raised by the large roots for 10 to 15 minutes creates similar runoff and water waste. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm