City Denies Appeal of Mixed-Use Project

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

A plan to build hundreds of apartment units at the former Fry’s Electronics site will move forward, Burbank officials decided this week, despite opposition to the development.
The Burbank Aero Crossings project, located at 3211 N. Hollywood Way, will feature a total of 862 housing units, two restaurants and office space. Those units include 80 homes that will be designated for very low-income households.
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Coordinating Council Honors Members at Gala Fundraiser

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

We have now entered into the season in which the spirit of giving, gratitude and thankfulness is, perhaps, stronger than it is at any other time of the year.
In honor of this special time, the Burbank Coordinating Council recently recognized two women — Janet Diel and Doris Palmer — for their longtime commitment to caring for others at a gala fundraiser held this Saturday evening at the UMe Federal Credit Union.
Diel, who has been a member of the organization for nearly three decades, served as the group’s president longer than anyone in its 88-year history and headed-up the Holiday Basket program, and stepped down from her presidential role this past year. She turned the reins over to Mary Anne Been, who chaired and hosted last week’s event. Diel was lauded by both Been and local dignitaries for her years of service to the all-volunteer organization.
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Veterans Honored at City Ceremony

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Partway through her rendition of the national anthem, performing in front of a Veterans Day crowd, singer Heidi-Marie Ferren suddenly found herself struggling to keep up the melody. Her heart, she later explained, overcame her voice.
But while her words dwindled, the crowd pressed on. Dozens of Burbank officials, veterans and other community members gathered at McCambridge Park for Thursday’s event, kept singing. Ferren quickly recovered, joining the rest in the anthem.
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City Still Pushes Against Metro Bus Lane

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank officials reiterated their opposition this week to a portion of a potential bus corridor that would remove either street parking or travel lanes on Olive Avenue.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority project would connect North Hollywood to Pasadena with a bus route weaving through cities along the 134 Freeway. Metro officials have said that a dedicated bus lane would allow for quicker and more reliable service than a traditional route.
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City Council Considers Joe McDougall for Next Top Attorney

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank City Council will consider appointing Joseph McDougall as the next city attorney during its next meeting on Tuesday. McDougall currently serves as Burbank’s chief assistant city attorney.
Upon approval, he would replace the current city attorney, Amy Albano, who is retiring from the city on Nov. 13. She has held her position for just over 10 years.
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BWP Can Issue Bonds to Boost Infrastructure

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank Water and Power received permission this week to issue up to $31 million in bonds to pay for upgrades and maintenance to its water infrastructure.
The Burbank City Council’s unanimous vote on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the municipal utility, whose officials said they will also use the funds to pay off the remaining $5.5 million in loans received from the State Water Resources Control Board. Another $24 million will go toward replacing old pipes, repairing a leaky city reservoir and accomplishing other local projects. The rest will pay for the legal consultations associated with the issuance and serve as a contingency fund.
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After Virtual Year, Local Fundraiser Delight Supporters

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

After far too many months of local fundraising events being canceled, put on hold or presented virtually, the good times are back — so much so, that many had to decide which event to attend this week.
Some supporters even made it a “twofer,” attending both benefits held by the Burbank Arts & Education Foundation and Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley, with fun and fundraising for the good causes going all night long.
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Mayor’s Address Touts Burbank’s Strength, Recovery Efforts

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

A mayor’s speech doesn’t usually feature a video showing the city’s top elected official being covered in green slime. But this week in Burbank, one did.
About 500 business executives, community leaders and city officials roared with laughter in the Marriott Hotel’s convention center Wednesday as they viewed the video during the annual State of the City address. Mayor Bob Frutos — sans slime — watched from the stage while the clip, taken at Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, continued to 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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