City Council Approves 2021-22 Budget

The City Council unanimously approved the municipal budget for fiscal year 2021-22 on Tuesday, projecting optimism that Burbank’s finances are beginning to recover from the pandemic.

With businesses reopening and the number of total vaccinations increasing across the county, city officials said they expect tax revenue to recover next fiscal year, which begins in July. Despite that, General Fund recurring revenues are still projected to be nearly $9 million below pre-pandemic expectations.

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Residents Reach 60% Vaccination Rate, But Shots Slowing

A graph of the number of daily vaccinations in burbank

Just over 60% of Burbank’s residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination as of this week, but county data shows a recent drop in the number of daily shots being administered.

At least 54,100 residents, or 60.4% of the local population 16 years old or older, have had at least one coronavirus vaccine dose as of Sunday, according to data from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. That total includes the roughly 12,600 first doses administered to the city’s population ages 65 and older — 77.7% of that age group.

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A Year Into Pandemic, Burbank’s Unemployment Still Elevated

Data Source: California Employment Development Department

Burbank’s unemployment rate last month was significantly higher than it was in March 2020, according to state data, with the gap recently widening slightly.

The city’s unemployment rate bumped up from 11.1% in February to 11.3% in March, according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department. While the number of unemployed workers remained constant at 6,600, the number of employed residents fell from 52,400 to 52,200.

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As Hunger Rises, Foothill Unity’s Effort Does Too

If there’s anything Foothill Unity Center leaders have learned in the nonprofit organization’s 40 years of operation, it’s that need knows no season.
Though it ramped up distribution to deliver more than 4,000 festive food boxes for the Thanksgiving holiday — four times as many as it gave out in 2019 — the center dedicated to providing food services outreach throughout the San Gabriel Valley has seen a steady surge in need since the pandemic took hold in March.
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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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Glendale Woman Walking For Zoo Animals

Photo courtesy Dr. Monica Metzdorf
Glendale resident Dr. Monica Metzdorf, shown here at Aquarium of the Pacific, is walking from the Los Angeles Zoo to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to raise money to help feed zoo and aquarium animals during the pandemic.

Much like Forrest Gump was just compelled to run ceaselessly in his eponymous film, Dr. Monica Metzdorf said she simply decided a few weeks ago she would walk.
Now, the key difference between the fictitious Gump and the very real pediatric urologist is that Metzdorf started last Saturday at the Los Angeles Zoo and by tomorrow — or hopefully today — will have reached the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Glendale resident also has inspired folks from all over to donate money to her clear cause: feeding the animals at these local institutions.
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