Casillas, Tarvirdi Help Bulldogs Dominate Hoover

First published in the Jan. 22 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity girls’ basketball team routed host Hoover High, 55-25, in a Pacific League matchup last Friday as three Bulldogs scored in double digits.
Junior Karen Casillas scored a team-high 14 points, senior Alle Tarvirdi posted 12 points, senior Tabitha Cruz added 10 points, and senior Emily Megerdichian had six points on two 3-pointers.
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Vaccination Mandate Begins for City Workers

First published in the Jan. 22 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

A city of Burbank policy mandating vaccinations against COVID-19 for its employees and commission members began Friday, though workers will have more time to submit proof of vaccination.
Simone McFarland, a city spokeswoman and assistant director of community development, said employees who did not submit either proof of vaccination or a valid exemption request this week would have one more week to comply with the policy. Those who didn’t provide either document after that period, she added, would be subject to a “progressive discipline process.”
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BUSD Stalls on Testing Mandate

First published in the Jan. 22 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

With a more transmissible Omicron variant causing a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations throughout the state, the Burbank Unified School District’s plans for a testing mandate have been put on hold due to staffing shortages.
Under the direction of the Board of Education, district staff was hopeful of implementing required testing for students and employees by Jan. 24, but Superintendent Matt Hill said such a task isn’t possible at the time.
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For Police Chief, Mental Health Training Is Key

First published in the Jan. 22 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Police Department’s Mental Health Evaluation Team, which consists of a police officer and a Los Angeles County clinician, responds to hundreds of calls a year. It received an award from then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris for being a model for other departments.
Michael Albanese, the BPD’s newest police chief, got the ball rolling with a phone call.
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Friedman, Nazarian Compete in New Assembly District

First published in the Jan. 22 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Two Democratic state representatives are slated to run against each other this year to oversee Assembly District 44, which includes Burbank.
Both state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, who has represented Burbank since winning her seat in 2016, and Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, whose current district includes Sherman Oaks, Universal City and Van Nuys, have announced their candidacy for Assembly District 44. California’s redistricting process, which concluded in December, merged major portions of the representatives’ districts, effectively setting up a clash between the two politicians during this year’s elections.
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Environmental Approval Given for High-Speed Rail

First published in the Jan. 22 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Despite ongoing concerns from Burbank officials, the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved the final environmental impact report for the Burbank-to-Los Angeles portion of the project this week.
The high-speed rail, once completed, will connect Sacramento and San Diego via a rail system capable of reaching speeds of 200 mph, with an underground station planned for Burbank. On Thursday, the authority approved the findings of an environment report they said sufficiently addressed local officials’ primary concerns regarding future development, clearing a major hurdle to the design and land acquisition stages.
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We Help Your Student Attend the ‘Right’ College

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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Recognizing the ongoing need for direction in the college admission process, Steele Street College Consulting (SSCC) was started to educate students and families about the college admission process. Steele Street works individually with each student while providing an encouraging and stress-free college application process.
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JBHS Class of ’62 Celebrates 60th Reunion

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

John Burroughs High School’s class of 1962 has scheduled to come together for their 60th year class reunion celebration on Saturday, June 25, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Burbank Elks Lodge located at 2232 N. Hollywood Way.
Alumni can expect to renew old friendships, share memories and catch up on what’s new amid an evening of fine dining, nostalgic music and video and photo opportunities to capture the special moments made during the event.
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