City Has Starring Role in ‘Zip Code’ Play

First published in the Nov. 27 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The city of Burbank takes center stage in a new fiction podcast episode, written by a resident, set in a small sound studio.
The episode, subtitled “True Sound,” is part of Antaeus Theatre Company’s third season of its “The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles” series. Launched during the pandemic, the series invokes the radio plays of the past as well as more modern fiction podcasts. “Zip Code” episodes center around the culture of L.A.-area neighborhoods.
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Home Prices Keep Climbing

First published in the Dec. 4 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Despite a seasonal market slowdown, Burbank’s home values continue to increase rapidly, having surpassed an estimated $1 million for single-family homes earlier this year.
The midmarket Burbank home value — including single-family houses, condos and co-ops — was roughly $1.09 million in October 2021, according to the Zillow Home Value Index, reflecting a one-year increase of 18.7%. In October 2020, that figure was about $922,000. October’s number also reflects a jump of nearly 51% from 2016, when the typical home value was an estimated $726,000.
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Rents Continue to Skyrocket, Concerning Tenants


First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

When Kari C. moved into her two-bedroom apartment about eight years ago, she thought she had a great deal.
She was paying just $1,500 a month in rent, and her landlord — an independent owner — had raised the price by just $50 over five years, Kari said.
Then, in 2019, the owner sold the building to a major property management company. Soon after, according to Kari, she received a letter: the company was increasing her monthly rent from $1,550 to $2,150.

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NCL’s Glendale Chapter Kicks Off Membership Drive

The Glendale Chapter of National Charity League Inc., the nation’s premier mother-daughter volunteer organization, has announced its annual Membership Drive, which will run Oct. 1 through Jan. 7.
The organization has begun accepting applications from women with daughters currently in 6th through 8th grade. The Glendale Chapter comprises nearly 384 members who reside in the Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Pasadena, Burbank and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.
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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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Tinhorn Flats Property Owner Launches Fundraiser to Pay Bills

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The owner of the Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill site is asking Burbank residents to help her pay for the costs of evicting the restaurant’s operator and overdue property taxes.
Isabelle Lepejian, who is also the former wife of Tinhorn Flats restaurateur Baret Lepejian, launched the online fundraiser recently on a GoFundMe page titled “Tin Horn Flats Left a Big Mess Behind!” On the page, Isabelle Lepejian said she aims to raise $35,000 for expenses associated with the controversial restaurant, which she evicted in June after a months-long feud between her ex-husband and government agencies.
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City Attorney Albano to Retire in November

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Amy Albano

Amy Albano, the city of Burbank’s lead attorney for the past decade and the first woman to hold that position, confirmed this week that she will retire in November.
Albano told the Leader in an interview that her last day as Burbank’s city attorney is Nov. 10. Since being hired to the role in October 2011, Albano has served as the top legal adviser to the City Council and, along with her staff, represented the municipality in court. The city has not made an announcement regarding Albano’s successor, who will be selected by the council (city attorney and city manager are the only two positions that the group appoints directly).
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BPD Reviewing Officers’ Actions in Domestic Incident

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Police Department said it is evaluating an incident, partially captured on video, in which officers did not arrest a man whose wife said he violated a restraining order she had obtained.
The video, posted to TikTok last week by user mybertie430, appears to show portions of a woman’s conversation with two Burbank officers regarding what she said was her husband’s appearance at her home. In the video, which was edited — it is occasionally interrupted by text and images of a protective order form — the woman questions them from behind the camera on why they haven’t arrested the man. Continue reading “BPD Reviewing Officers’ Actions in Domestic Incident”