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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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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