Project Hope Offers Relief, Reassurance to Vulnerable Residents

Photo courtesy Burbank Volunteer Program
The Burbank Volunteer Program team helping to coordinate Project Hope, which pairs older adults and volunteers so those at risk can safely stay in their homes, includes recreation coordinator Marcus Munguia, Aimmy Galvan and Lacey Cabrera.

If the people can’t come to the city’s support program, the program will go to the people.
The Burbank Volunteer Program started a group dedicated to supporting older adults and people with mobility challenges a few years ago, long before the coronavirus pandemic took hold and effectively kept anyone at risk for health complications from the disease completely quarantined.
Now that group, Project Hope, has further embodied its name by offering — at no charge — to do essential errands like grocery shopping and prescription refill pickup through a small army of volunteers, who’ve also extended companionship to those who’ve had to self-isolate, especially those who live alone.
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BUSD Spared From Big Budget Cuts for Now

School districts across California scored a big victory on Monday when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an agreement with the Legislature on a 2020-21 state budget that will avoid the drastic cuts in school funding that initially were proposed in May, allowing the Burbank Unified School District Board of Education to sigh with relief Thursday as it adopted a budget for the next fiscal year.
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Gabel-Luddy Won’t Seek Reelection, Murphy Will

Two seats on the Burbank City Council, pictured at a January meeting, will be contested in this year’s election. Councilwoman Emily Gabel Luddy announced Tuesday that she is not running for reelection, while Councilman Timothy Murphy will try to reclaim his spot.

Burbank City Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy, who has twice served as the community’s mayor and vice mayor, said this week she won’t seek reelection in November, but Councilman Timothy Murphy has confirmed he will seek another term.
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Starlight Estates Gets Permit Parking to Address Speeding, Littering

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Residents of Starlight Estates were cleared to have permit-only parking and “No Loitering” signs on their streets. The City Council took action Tuesday.

After spending months reporting speeding and excessive noise on their streets, Starlight Estates residents have been granted their long-awaited permit parking.
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Al Fresco Eateries as Oases of Economic Hope

Photo by Zane Hill / Glendale News-Press
The city has begun implementing outdoor dining spaces, known popularly as al fresco, as a measure to help restaurants and eateries serve more customers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Those concrete barriers popping up around downtown Glendale and Montrose? For the foreseeable future, they are part of the new normal for restaurants that are now reopening dine-in service to their patrons.
The city this week has been busy setting up K-rail barriers throughout public spaces, later adding tables with umbrellas, chairs and potted plants to make the setting a bit more picturesque. Along Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, the half-dozen al fresco parklets utilize sections of street parking to allow the eateries to spill outdoors to accommodate more customers and make those customers more comfortable as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
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Reminder: Fireworks Are Illegal in Glendale

Ahead of the Fourth of July, city officials have reminded Glendale residents that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in city limits.
In an announcement, the city re-upped its “zero tolerance” policy for all personal fireworks, including the “safe and sane” varieties. Citing the personal danger that arises from fireworks use, and also their propensity to start home and wildfires, the Glendale Police Department may arrest those in violation of the municipal code; a conviction could result in up to a six-month jail sentence and/or fines of up to $1,000.
“Statistics show that fireworks are among the most dangerous of all consumer products,” the city wrote in its announcement. “Even hand-held sparklers, which many consider safe, are dangerous and can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, causing serious burns and fires.”
City officials have kept consistent messaging on this issue. The Glendale Fire Department in particular has been utilizing social media to also promote ways of mitigating the risk of brush fires during the summer months, in addition to warning against the use of fireworks.
Residents are encouraged to report fireworks use to the Glendale Police Department by calling (818) 548-4911.

School District Panel Will Seek to Fight Bias on Many Fronts

Vivian Ekchian, is superintendent of the Glendale Unified School District.

The Glendale Unified School District has announced that it is convening a working group that will focus on providing a culturally relevant and responsive education for all students.
The group will be made up of students, teachers, school and district administrators, staff members, community members and parents and guardians. Some of the areas of focus will include eliminating bias in curriculums and educational materials; providing professional development to ensure culturally competent leadership; actively recruiting a more diverse workforce; monitoring student discipline data to ensure students of color are not disproportionately penalized; and continuing the use of practices to build community, strengthen school culture, and repair relationships.
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Homeless Count Trending Downward, but May Rise With Pandemic

The city’s recently published homeless count report indicated that, as of January, the city was continuing its generally downward 10-year trend.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down large portions of California’s economy starting in March leaves a large asterisk on this year’s report and may have undone the progress made since last year.
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LCUSD Board Leaves Seat Vacant, Discussion Will Resume

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The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board voted 3-1 last week to keep the vacant school board seat empty and let voters choose a new member in the November election. The matter has been posted as an agenda item for discussion at a June 30 meeting.

By Camila Castellanos and Oscar Areliz
Outlook Valley Sun

Despite having interviewed 10 applicants to fill a temporary vacancy on the panel, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board ultimately decided last week not to fill the seat, indicating that doing so might give the appointee an unfair advantage in the November election that will permanently fill it.
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LCF Protesters Want Sheriff’s Dept. Cut From City Budget

Following weeks of protests, a wave of petitioners are calling on La Cañada Flintridge to end its contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The city’s Public Safety Commission was rushed with emails, which were read on Monday during a lengthy public comment portion. Many community members expressed support for an online petition started by La Cañada BLM, a group that has organized several protests in recent weeks.
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Little Rock Nine Alumnus on Notion of ‘We the People’

By Terrence J. Roberts
Special to The Outlook

Terrence Roberts

In the wake of the massive outcry after the murder of George Floyd, I have been invited by a number of news outlets in the United States and Canada to comment on issues of racism in America. Most of the reporters want to know how I feel about things racial today in contrast to how I felt about these same issues when I was in Little Rock those many years ago.
My usual response has been to point out that it would probably be more meaningful to inquire about my thoughts instead of my feelings. Then, without waiting for a revised question, I proceed to speak openly, about my thoughts.
I think that very little sustained attention has been paid to the legally mandated actions designed to block the forward progress of Black people in this country. Historically we have had to contend with covenants preventing Black people from acquiring formal education in the nation’s public and private schools, laws preventing Black home ownership, restrictive covenants barring Black residents from neighborhoods identified as Whites-only spaces, laws limiting employment, health care, recreational and financial opportunities for Black people.
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Enduring Heroes Emerges as a Landmark With Impact

By Rhonda Kozacik
Special to The Outlook

Photo courtesy Enduring Heroes
The Enduring Heroes monument is a tribute to 11 men and women from Greater Pasadena who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Enduring Heroes monument, sculpted by noted local artist Christopher Slatoff, pays permanent tribute to the 11 combat heroes from the Greater Pasadena area, who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each Memorial Day, since the dedication in 2017, many have gathered at the valiant soldier in remembrance of the brave warriors, but clearly 2020 was different.
Respecting the city’s social distancing requirements, visitors honored our Enduring Heroes quietly. Along with a patriotic wreath, each warrior has a banner that hangs along Orange Grove and Green Street, near Defender’s Parkway, through the Fourth of July. The banner for Marine Lance Cpl. Dion Whitley, who was tragically killed in action 15 years ago on June 15, 2005, looks across Orange Grove, standing guard over the Enduring Heroes Soldier. The individual banners will proudly wave again from the anniversary of 9/11 through Veterans Day.
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Telehealth Therapy Enables a Stream of PCDA Services

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Professional Child Development Associates therapist Alaina Hogue prepares for a music therapy telehealth session from her home. Like most PCDA therapists she has transformed her in-person therapy methods to a virtual format, ensuring the safety of medically at-risk clients and their families during the pandemic.

Amid the pandemic-generated tumult being confronted by many local nonprofit organizations, there are a few silver linings to be found here and there.
For Professional Child Development Associates, which focuses on family and child health services, the upside of social distancing protocols aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19 has been found in a radical leap to telehealth therapy.
Now, PCDA’s small army of therapists can be found streaming into a family’s kitchen or living room, engaging young children with music, puppets or soothing stories, and lending support to mothers and fathers as well as extended family members who might be isolating with them.
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Activist’s Effort Was Solitary, but Now There’s Solidarity

The one-man demonstration by local resident Spencer Carney, shown in the foreground, inspired others to join him in front of City Hall on Tuesday to show support for Black Lives Matter and Pride Month. The group plans to return on each remaining Tuesday this month.
Photo by Zane Hill / Glendale News-Press

As he took note of the massive protests forming in the Los Angeles area, Spencer Carney knew he had a decision to make.
The protests joined countless others throughout the nation and world, all to call out systemic racism and policy brutality after George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis and died after one of the four arresting officers knelt on his back and neck for nearly nine minutes. But, Carney noted, they also ran contrary to social distancing widely adopted to help curb COVID-19, a disease of particular threat to senior citizens such as those who occupy most of the Glendale resident’s apartment building.
“The idea of going out to a protest and exposing myself to people not practicing social distancing or wearing a mask represented a conflict,” he said. “It was difficult for me to brainstorm these things, because in the past, I was always that guy who would go out and protest. I’ve been to the last two Women’s Marches. I went to USC and helped start One for All, which is a social justice theater troupe.”
Having attended various Pride events in years past, Carney also took note of the All Black Lives Matter march in Hollywood last weekend, which called attention to the adversity faced by black members of the LGBTQIA community and took place in lieu of the canceled Pride Parade. Continue reading “Activist’s Effort Was Solitary, but Now There’s Solidarity”

COVID-19 Battle May Even Extend to Crosswalk Buttons

Glendale Public Works staff members will research and present options to the City Council to add precautionary implements to pedestrian crosswalk buttons in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
The council on Tuesday unanimously backed the idea advanced by Councilman Ara Najarian and Councilwoman Paula Devine after a lengthy discussion on modifying crosswalk signals in accordance with the present pandemic hygiene culture. Though the discussion initially considered placing crosswalks and traffic signals on a predetermined timer, officials seem poised to later consider that modification as part of a broader conversation on traffic calming and the city’s walkability.
“I think the motorists and residents are going to go bananas” if signals are automated, Najarian contended Tuesday. “We’ve got a difficult situation at best in our downtown area.” Continue reading “COVID-19 Battle May Even Extend to Crosswalk Buttons”

District Researching Options for Upcoming School Year

Hagop Eulmessekian, the GUSD’s director of student support services, offered a presentation on behalf of the district’s Return to School Task Force at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Local schools find themselves in the annual pause between graduation and the start of the next academic year, but Tuesday’s meeting of the Glendale Unified School District defied the typical tone of summer vacation that characterizes assemblies held this time of year.
The topic was pedestrian enough — a presentation by the district’s Return to School Task Force — but with less than two months remaining until the first day, the overwhelming sense of the unknown was palpable.
With a little time to plan, unlike the almost immediate shuttering of school facilities that took place in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset, board members nevertheless found themselves with at least as many questions as answers when it came to plotting a course for the upcoming 2021-21 school year.
“We will take the framework and the guidelines and vet them with board priorities to get a plan and bring it back to the board for approval,” said Hagop Eulmessekian, the GUSD’s director of student support services, who provided the task force’s report. Continue reading “District Researching Options for Upcoming School Year”

Statement from Publisher, Charlie Plowman

A petition currently posted to Change.org that calls for the termination of a local police officer here in La Cañada Flintridge, falsely lists me — Charlie Plowman — as the originator of the petition.  Neither I nor Outlook Newspapers have anything to do with this petition.

My attorney has contacted Change.org requesting that the petition be taken down, and the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station has launched an investigation into this matter.

I wish to express my personal support for the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station Officers and the work they do in our community.

Glendale Officials Address Message of Protests

In the coming months, the City Council expects to consider a report from City Manager Yasmin Beers that would outline potential new policies for the city to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in its staffing and operations.
This discussion may also include a dive into how to address, if at all, nationwide calls to “defund the police,” in which protesters speaking out against institutional racism and police brutality are demanding that funding for police departments be redistributed in part to other social and public health programs.
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Mayor’s Update: Amid Pandemic, City Is on the Job

Sharon Springer

By Sharon Springer
Mayor of Burbank

I am excited to tell you about our many city openings and continued services during the pandemic.
The city will resume parking enforcement for street sweeping starting Monday, July 6. Parking enforcement will begin with warnings from July 6 to July 11. Parking enforcement citations will be issued starting July 13 for street sweeping and overtime parking restrictions in residential neighborhoods. For more information about street sweeping, call (818) 238-3800, and for questions about parking enforcement, call (818) 238-3000.
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Obituary – Patricia ‘Pat’ Lynne Taylor

Patricia “Pat” Lynne Taylor

Pat Taylor, 76, passed away at her home in Burbank, California, on June 18, 2020. She was born on May 27, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the late Donald Callahan and Gloria Smith. Pat was the oldest of three, now survived by her brother Larry and her sister Vicki.
Pat graduated in 1962 from John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. Shortly after, Pat turned her passion for vintage clothing into a career, and became the sole proprietor of Hubba Hubba! located on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank for 35 years. Pat was highly admired by her eye for her vintage clothing and her unique way with people. Besides her successful business, Pat supported her local theater community by attending several plays a month and enjoyed writing her weekly reviews as a columnist in the Tolucan Times.
Pat will be dearly missed by her daughter Dana and her son Jeffrey, as well as her grandchildren; Keegan, Kassidy and Kye and her two great-grandchildren.
Pat left a long-lasting impression and will be remembered fondly by her community, friends and family. We are hoping to have a Celebration of Her Life held in the near future.

Obituary – Earl Anderson

Earl Anderson passed away on May 22, 2020. He was a longtime Burbank resident. He was born Dec. 21st, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, of Swedish immigrant parents. When he was nine years old the family moved from Chicago to Burbank, which remained his hometown for the rest of his life. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1944. In January of 1945 he joined the Army and retired from the Army as a photographer.
His career included working at Librascope, also at an advertising company and then as a photographer for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department where he retired after more than twenty-five years. He married his wife Joy in 1970 in Pasadena, California. They enjoyed extensive traveling throughout the United States including many train and bus excursions.
He is survived by his sister Donna Anderson Carlson and brother-in-law Jerry Carlson of Shady Cove, Oregon, niece Kristi Carlson of Playa del Rey, California, nephew Greg Carlson of Germantown, Wisconsin, and niece Donette Carr of Spanish Fork, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joy and his brother Robert.

Friedman, Schiff Yank Jackie Lacey Endorsements

Laura Friedman

Two area legislators last weekend publicly retracted prior endorsements of Jackie Lacey in her bid to be reelected as the Los Angeles County district attorney.
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and Congressman Adam Schiff, whose districts include Burbank, each tweeted the rescission of their endorsements last Saturday, using nearly identical language and tagging each other in their statements. Each lawmaker said this was “a rare time in our nation’s history” that magnified their responsibility to enact sweeping changes to “end systemic racism and reform criminal justice.”
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