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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 »

Burbank activist Mike Nolan with camera (sans tripod)

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CITY HALL — Longtime activist Mike Nolan has yet to speak tonight (7:33 p.m., Tuesday) and already he’s made a splash. His 4:46 video of water spilling down the gutters from city planters along San Fernando Blvd. downtown drew giggles and gasps from those inside City Council Chambers. Titled “City Of Burbank Dave Golonski’s Downtown water conservation video part 1,” the video had been viewed 38 times before Kevin Muldoon called on city executives to roll tape.

7:46 p.m.: Nolan took the podium and his video on gushing water downtown prompted Mayor Gary Bric to call up Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford for an explanation. Teaford said the city gets a lot of vandalism and theft in the area, with people removing screws and other pieces from watering equipment. Stay tuned.

7:53 p.m.: Councilman Dave Golonski asked Teaford to take a look at possible over watering in the urns highlighted by Nolan. Golonski again thanked residents for conserving.

7:55 p.m.: Vice Mayor Anja Reinke called on Teaford to look at the frequency of watering there, use of xeroscaping, etc.

7:57 p.m.: Councilman Jess Talamantes said he wants monthly visits by city executives to areas of the city being watered. He called for a flex schedule where a staffer from Public Works or Park, Recreation and Community Services monitors watering.

8:01 p.m.: Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis clarified that the water in question is not recycled.

Below is the video Nolan & Co. presented to council.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Posted in City Hall, Environment

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BWP testing LED streetlights in two residential blocks

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Burbank Water and Power, as part of the city’s streetlight energy efficiency efforts, is testing LED streetlight luminaries in two residential blocks.

Executives are touting the move as an example of the city’s continuing sustainability efforts.

At Maple Street between Chandler and Burbank boulevards, the city is comparing the light intensity pattern with that of its typical, high-pressure sodium lighting along Kenwood Street.

The same is taking place at Mystic View Place, off of Haven Way, in comparison with neighboring Remy Place.
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Written by Christopher Cadelago

August 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm

[Updated Aug. 11] Recycling mayor to issue friendly challenge

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Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates air dries his clothes. Recycling, Bates says, is his religion. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates air dries his clothes. Recycling, Bates says, is his religion. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

A few things came to mind after reading this Column One in the Los Angeles Times.

The piece is about Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, a former legislator with a microscopic carbon footprint despite days filled with travel. As the subhead reads: “He recycles and reuses at home. He owns no car but walks, and uses mass transit and a city CarShare program.”

(For a bit of interesting background on Bates check this out.)

Sometime this year Bates wants to issue a “friendly challenge to his fellow eco-minded mayors: Do a personal green inventory and go public with the results.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

August 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm