Friedman’s Speed Limit Bill Passes Legislature

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Legislation by Assemblymember Laura Friedman that would provide local governments with more flexibility in setting speed limits passed the Legislature last week with strong bipartisan support.
The measure, Assembly Bill 43, incorporates the findings and recommendations relating to speed limits included in the California State Transportation Agency’s Zero Traffics Fatalities Task Force Report on reforming the way California allows speed limits to be set. Continue reading “Friedman’s Speed Limit Bill Passes Legislature”

‘Sister Cities’ Program Opens Applications for Japan Trip

The Burbank Sister City Committee has opened applications for resident high school students who are interested to join a group traveling to Ota, Japan, in summer 2022.
Although the 2020 Ota trip was canceled due to the pandemic, several students who were selected for the trip are still planning to travel in 2022 with additional spaces available for students to join the trip. The deadline for student applications is Oct. 15. Continue reading “‘Sister Cities’ Program Opens Applications for Japan Trip”

Stringing Together Love in Spite of Anti-Asian Hate

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Photos by David Laurell / Burbank Leader
Alicia Cho is committed to raising awareness and funds for her cause by creating and selling handmade jewelry.

Some of us have really vivid memories from our kindergarten days.
Alicia Cho, a 17-year-old senior at Burbank High School does and, unfortunately, it is not a good one.
“My first racist encounter happened when I went shopping at the Grove in Los Angeles with my mom,” Cho recalls. “We were getting things for my first day of kindergarten and while we were walking around, two men approached us, stretched back their eyes and began making karate poses.”
Cho also remembers the men using racial slurs, mimicking an Asian dialect and laughing.
“I was confused. I really didn’t comprehend what they were doing or why, but what I did understand was my mother’s hurtful and scared reaction,” Cho said. Continue reading “Stringing Together Love in Spite of Anti-Asian Hate”

Burbank Rejects Gubernatorial Recall

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Recall election results showed this week a large majority of California voters said they wanted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office, a stance that appears to be shared by a significant portion of Burbank.
The outcome came swiftly, propelled in large part by mail ballots cast by recall opponents ahead of Tuesday’s election. Statewide results showed more than 60% of residents voted against the recall, according to the California Secretary of State website. Continue reading “Burbank Rejects Gubernatorial Recall”

Bears Defeated by CVHS, 12-6

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It’s a unique setup this season in Pacific League girls’ tennis. The teams all play one another once. Then, in the second half of the season, the top four will play each other while the bottom four will match up among themselves.
On Tuesday afternoon in Pacific League action, Burroughs High hosted Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta. The visiting Falcons, fueled by their singles play, carved out a 12-6 win over the Bears to help build their case for a spot in the upper echelon.
“Overall, I think they fought hard and did well today,” CV coach Alex Jang said of his team. Continue reading “Bears Defeated by CVHS, 12-6”

Anti-Speeding Advocates Call for Safety Measures

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

As the woman walked down the street where her 19-year-old daughter had died, people watched.
She was accompanied on Tuesday by roughly 60 other demonstrators: family members, friends and sympathetic Burbank residents who knew or had heard of the three people killed last month in a car crash on Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive. Speeding on Glenoaks — on which the procession marched before turning to city hall — has long been an issue the local community has experienced for years, some said, and something needed to be done to prevent further deaths. Continue reading “Anti-Speeding Advocates Call for Safety Measures”

Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The John Burroughs High School’s varsity football team bounced back from a season-opening loss to dominate visiting Westchester of Los Angeles, 21-6, on Friday, Sept. 10, in a nonleague game.
The host Bears controlled the game early, scoring twice in the first half and once in the second en route to their first win of the young season.
“After last week, we were disappointed about how we came out, so it felt good to … perform better than we did last week,” said Jesse Craven, Burroughs’ head coach. Continue reading “Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6”

BWP’s Stricter Water Use Rules Approved

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank residents will only be able to water their lawns with sprinklers once a week between November and March, the City Council decided Tuesday, a restriction aimed at conserving water during a statewide drought.
Besides limiting irrigation to 15 minutes on Saturdays, the City Council’s unanimous vote to approve implementation of the second stage in Burbank Water and Power’s water-use ordinance also bars residents from using non-recycled water to refill artificial or ornamental bodies of water. BWP officials said they intend to return to the City Council in about two and a half months with a plan to fine residents who violate the restrictions and a request to add a drought surcharge to water rates. Continue reading “BWP’s Stricter Water Use Rules Approved”

Bulldogs Offense Stalls Against Brentwood

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football team suffered its third setback of the season, falling to host Brentwood School of Los Angeles, 26-16, in a nonleague game on Sept. 10.
The Bulldogs (1-3 overall record) were solid on defense, holding the Eagles to only 221 yards of total offense, but struggled on the other side of the ball. Burbank committed three turnovers and had difficulty moving the ball through the air and was hurt by costly penalties. Continue reading “Bulldogs Offense Stalls Against Brentwood”

City Workers Must Be Vaccinated or Tested, Council Says

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank city employees will soon have to choose between submitting to regular COVID-19 testing or getting the vaccine, with new hires required to be vaccinated.
The City Council voted 3-1 to implement the policy during its Tuesday meeting. When the requirement begins, tentatively on Oct. 11 but potentially later, municipal workers will have to undergo weekly testing for COVID-19. Those tests will be provided free of charge and during work hours, and employees who show proof of vaccination are exempt from the requirement.
The requirement for prospective employees to be vaccinated in order to be hired is a new addition to the policy, which City Council members first discussed about a month ago. The rule allows exemptions for those with valid religious beliefs or medical conditions. Continue reading “City Workers Must Be Vaccinated or Tested, Council Says”