Bears Collect Third Straight Shutout Victory

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The John Burroughs High School varsity girls’ volleyball team carried brooms off the court as it swept visiting Crescenta Valley High, 3-0, on Tuesday by scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-22.
The victory kept the Bears (3-0 league record, 7-4 overall) tied with Arcadia atop the Pacific League standings.
The Bears were firing on all cylinders en route to their third consecutive shutout victory. But even if the score doesn’t accurately reflect it, CV never quit and stayed competitive throughout the match. Continue reading “Bears Collect Third Straight Shutout Victory”

Housing Controversy: Senate Bills 9 and 10, Explained

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It’s easy to agree that California is experiencing a housing crisis. What’s far more contentious is what to do about it.
On Aug. 30, the California Legislature presented a couple of plans. It approved Senate Bills 9 and 10, which are aimed at boosting the state’s housing supply but have attracted stern opposition from many cities. Gov. Gavin Newsom received the bills on Sept. 3; he must sign or veto them by Oct. 10, or they will go into effect.
To explain the conflict over SB 9 and 10, the Leader has summarized key details about the bills and who supports or opposes them — and why. Continue reading “Housing Controversy: Senate Bills 9 and 10, Explained”

Tinhorn Flats Property Owner Ponders Next Move

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The doors were open, but Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill remained closed for business.
Patrons once again stepped into the dusty, dimly lit bar on Wednesday, but they weren’t there to order drinks. Instead, they trickled in to collect the items on which they had bid: tables, refrigerators, ice machines and other equipment that had been listed for auction. Continue reading “Tinhorn Flats Property Owner Ponders Next Move”

Burroughs’ Pieri, Safarika, Muga Earn Sweeps in Narrow Win

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The afternoon sun blistered over Glendale High School’s tennis courts as the John Burroughs varsity girls’ team tied the host Nitros in sets won, 9-9, during a league match on Thursday afternoon. However, Burroughs was declared the winner by virtue of a 74-64 advantage in games won.
“All of our players played tremendously well,” said Bears coach Gajan Fernando. “They fought hard for each point; they had really good individual games and sets. I’m proud of how they played.” Continue reading “Burroughs’ Pieri, Safarika, Muga Earn Sweeps in Narrow Win”

BWP Wants Stricter Rules on Water Use Amid Drought

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

With the effects of a statewide drought intensifying, Burbank Water and Power plans to request permission next week to tighten rules on water usage.
The utility will ask the City Council during a public hearing on Tuesday to allow it to move from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of Burbank’s water use ordinance. Under Stage 2, residents would be able to water landscaped areas via sprinklers for only 15 minutes once a week between November and March. They would also be prohibited from refilling artificial or ornamental bodies of water that don’t use recycled water. Continue reading “BWP Wants Stricter Rules on Water Use Amid Drought”

Bulldogs Collect First Win; Bears in Action

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football snapped a two-game losing streak and blanked host El Monte Mountain View, 51-0, to pick up its first victory of the 2021 season.
Junior quarterback Dylan Robinson led the offensive barrage, completing eight of 17 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard score to senior wide receiver Gio Saenz. Robinson also ran for 74 yards and one touchdown.
Running back Rony Preza led all rushers in the backfield with 95 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and sophomore Jacob Mendieta added 36 yards on four carries. Continue reading “Bulldogs Collect First Win; Bears in Action”

Area Near Airport Is the City’s Fastest Growing

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
A triangular slice of Burbank saw the quickest rate of population growth in the city from 2010 to 2020, according to census data.
The tract, whose U.S. Census Bureau-assigned number is 3105.01, is adjacent to the east side of the Hollywood Burbank Airport and bounded by San Fernando Boulevard to the north, Victory Place near the eastern end of the Empire Center, and Hollywood Way and Empire Avenue to the southwest. From 2010 to 2020, the tract saw a population increase from 3,205 to 3,788 residents, an 18.2% rise.
The next-highest population increase by percentage for a Burbank tract was 11.3%, for an area roughly between Eton Drive, East Grinnell Drive, East Sixth Street and San Fernando Boulevard.
The airport-adjacent tract also hosted the largest jump, by both percentage and absolute number, in housing units. The 3105.01 tract had an estimated 1,144 units in 2010 and 1,496 in 2020, Census Bureau data says — growth of about 30.8%. Continue reading “Area Near Airport Is the City’s Fastest Growing”

County Declares COVID-19 ‘Outbreak’ at BPD Is Over

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Six sworn Burbank police employees tested positive for COVID-19 last month, according to the Los Angeles County public health department. A city spokeswoman said no other employees or members of the public were exposed to the virus by those workers.

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

Six Burbank Police Department personnel tested positive for the coronavirus last month, according to Los Angeles County health officials, though the city said only two contracted the virus while working.
The county Department of Public Health’s website in August listed the BPD — which includes a jail and shares space with the Burbank Fire Department — as the location of an outbreak, though the listing was recently removed from the page. Simone McFarland, a city spokeswoman, said in an email that six sworn police employees tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms. All have since recovered and returned to work, she added. Continue reading “County Declares COVID-19 ‘Outbreak’ at BPD Is Over”

BUSD Says Its Employees Must Be Vaccinated

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

With the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Burbank Unified School District is following the lead of other educational institutions and districts in requiring all employees to be vaccinated.
The BUSD Board of Education stood firm on its decision, voting 5-0 to adopt the resolution despite pleas from some who work with the district opposing the vaccine mandate. Continue reading “BUSD Says Its Employees Must Be Vaccinated”