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”

Hiker Found Dead in Park Was Local Resident

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

Photo courtesy Proffitt family Local resident Nancy Proffitt, who died earlier this month, “was always a laugh or shoulder to cry on to anyone who needed it,” said members of her family.

Police have identified a woman found dead earlier this month near a Stough Canyon Park hiking trail as Nancy Proffitt, a Burbank resident.
Proffitt was reported missing on Sept. 8, the Burbank Police Department said, and her body was found the following day. Sgt. Emil Brimway, a police spokesman, said the department believes the hiker’s death was due to an accident or medical emergency, though detectives are waiting for a report from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Continue reading “Hiker Found Dead in Park Was Local Resident”

City, County Unemployment Shows Little Change

Burbank’s unemployment rate remained flat from June to July, according to state data, with Los Angeles County’s and California’s rates similarly obstinate.
The local rate held at 11.8% during the two months, the California Employment Development Department reported in a preliminary estimate. The number of the city’s unemployed residents remained at about 7,000. However, the estimate for employed residents increased from 52,100 to 52,500 while the labor force grew from 59,100 to 59,600.
Burbank’s joblessness rate, which historically has been slightly higher than the county’s, has fallen precipitously since its pandemic-era high of 23.9% in May 2020. It has fluctuated somewhat this year, however, hovering around 11% and 12%. The city’s pre-pandemic unemployment rate was 5.1%.
The lack of a change in Burbank’s rate is not unique. L.A. County’s percentage continued to be an estimated 10.2% in July — the same figure it had been since May. The EDD estimated that more than 521,300 county residents were unemployed. Continue reading “City, County Unemployment Shows Little Change”

Census Data Shows a Growing, Slightly More Diverse Burbank

Burbank’s population grew by nearly 3.9% between 2010 and 2020, according to census data released last week.
The city’s estimated population rose from 103,340 in 2010 to 107,337 in 2020, census data compiled by the Associated Press and Big Local News shows. Considering past growth estimates, the data is perhaps surprising; the U.S. Census Bureau previously estimated that Burbank’s 2019 population was 103,703. Claritas 360, a demographics analysis service used by the city, had calculated the 2020 figure at 106,801.
The number of housing units in Burbank increased by an estimated 1,300 over the decade. Burbank’s population in 2000 was 100,316, according to the Census Bureau. Continue reading “Census Data Shows a Growing, Slightly More Diverse Burbank”

Resident Petitions for Speed Humps After Car Crashes

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader A resident’s campaign to get speed humps on Bel Aire Drive may face some difficulties because of its proximity to a fire station. Many have expressed interest in adding the speed deterrants to local streets — along with a number of other safety measures — following a deadly car crash this month.

Dory Foster woke up to the sound of the crash. She looked out the window, thinking the noise came from a neighbor’s house. The police outside her house, on Bel Aire Drive, indicated that it hadn’t.
So did her husband’s parked car, which she said had been pushed up onto the curb by the force of the vehicle that struck it on Aug. 13, also hitting her brand-new Hyundai Palisade. Foster believes both cars are totaled.
The driver that struck her family’s vehicles at about 1 a.m., she told the Leader, didn’t appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police officers recorded the incident as a traffic collision and noted the parties involved exchanged insurance information, according to Sgt. Emil Brimway of the Burbank Police Department.

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