League-Leading Bulldogs Sink Previously Unbeaten Glendale

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School traveled to Glendale for a battle of the last two squads undefeated in Pacific League boys’ water polo play, so the stakes were high and the players amped up.
In a competitive contest, the visiting Bulldogs hung the first league defeat on the Nitros, 16-11, Thursday afternoon at the Glendale Aquatics Center with the league championships on the horizon. It was the Bulldogs’ 12th straight win.
“It was intense. Both teams were going at it. There was back and forth in the water. There were big goal runs, then cutting the lead down,” Burbank coach David Arakelyan said. “I’d say it was one of our toughest games in our league [play].”
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Council Approves Vaccine Mandate for City Employees

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Despite concerns that employees could quit over the policy, the Burbank City Council approved vaccination mandates for municipal workers and some contract laborers.
The mandate that the council approved by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday will eventually require city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination. A separate policy for contractors, which passed with unanimous support, will require businesses to prove that their employees who come onto city property or interact with the public are vaccinated.
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City Settles Discrimination Case With Former BWP Worker

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The city of Burbank has settled a lawsuit in which a former Burbank Water and Power employee alleged he was unlawfully fired after his managers refused to accommodate his disability.
Plaintiff Evan Ayers filed the settlement notice with the Burbank Courthouse on Oct. 6; he had filed the complaint against the city last Dec. 15. In court documents, Ayers claimed his superiors at city-owned BWP fired him after pressuring him to perform jobs that required him to climb or work at “dangerously high heights” despite his severe anxiety, fear of heights and vertigo.
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Gary ‘Butch’ Allen Bandy | Obituary

Gary “Butch” Allen Bandy

Gary “Butch” Allen Bandy, 80, from Los Angeles, California, passed away on October 5th. He had a unique ability to defy stereotypes and conventions; Gary was a businessman and an artist, a developer and a farmer, an avid reader and accomplished fisherman.
Gary was born March 8th, 1941, to Gerald and Emilia Bandy at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles County, and he grew up in the San Fernando Valley. A life-long outdoorsman, Gary was so proud to be the youngest member, at that time, to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
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Burbank Coordinating Council Gala Is Nov. 6

The Burbank Coordinating Council will host its annual gala on Nov. 6, from 7-10 p.m. at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd.
The gala is sponsored by UMe Credit Union.
All proceeds will assist BCC with providing holiday baskets full of food and gift items to families in need. The BCC is receiving an increase in applications for Holiday Baskets due to the pandemic. The group said it is expecting this year’s program to have more applicants than ever before.
Food, drinks and fundraising will accompany the comedy of Grey Griffin and Stacy Dymalski. Both entertainers have impressive resumes not only in standup but also with voiceover acting, writing and TV.
A special guest will be honored with the organization’s first annual Spirit of Burbank Coordinating Council Award. The group will also recognize another special guest for their years of service to BCC.
New Board President Mary Anne Been will share the changes coming to BCC in the 2021-22 year.
To RSVP and purchase a gala ticket, visit burbankcc.org/eventsgallery.

Burroughs Falls to Crescenta Valley

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Both the John Burroughs and Crescenta Valley High School girls’ tennis teams earned a spot in the top tier of the first half of this season’s newly imagined Pacific League schedule, which puts the best against the best and the rest against the rest for the second half of the schedule.
This equaled a rematch on the same courts where they matched up three weeks ago.
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Burbank Actress Makes Her Mark With ‘La Brea’

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

As a young girl, in the bedroom of her parent’s home in the Magnolia Park section of Burbank, Veronica St. Clair would lay on her bed and dream of becoming an actress.
That dream became stronger as each year passed, and during her time at Roosevelt Elementary School, Jordan Middle School (now Huerta Middle School) and John Burroughs High School, she began honing her dramatic skills in variety shows, talent shows and show choir.
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Bulldogs Defeated by Pasadena, 42-26

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It was the second Pacific League game for both a pair of Bulldogs football teams — those from Burbank High and Pasadena.
The hosts from BHS were looking to pick up their first league win, and the visitors looked to build on a successful league opening win.
Pasadena never trailed in the contest, although the second half was a real slugfest as Burbank tried to come back before time ran out.
Pasadena won the high-scoring affair, 42-26, Thursday night at Memorial Field.
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Burbank Police Department Gets Traffic Safety Grant

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Police Department will receive a $100,000 grant for overtime costs associated with enforcing traffic laws.
The reimbursement grant, from the California Office of Traffic Safety’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, will allow an increase in patrols and checkpoints for DUIs, according to a staff report submitted to the Burbank City Council. Some of the funds will also go toward purchasing four radar devices that will allow officers to track vehicle speed.
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Former Mayor Stamper Dies at 86

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Rev. Larry Stamper, who served as Burbank’s mayor in the ‘80s and was a longtime pastor of a local church, died this week at the age of 86.
Stamper was on the Burbank City Council between 1981 and 1985, holding the seat of mayor from 1983 to 1984. He was the pastor of Burbank First United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, retiring in 2004, the Leader reported at the time. Stamper was also regularly involved in various local charitable events, such as collecting donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.
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