Tinhorn Flats Evicted from Property

Photo courtesy Jesse Schoem | Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill was evicted from the property by the restaurant owner’s former wife — the property owner — on Tuesday, the city of Burbank said.

Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill has been evicted from its site by the property owner — the restaurant owner’s former wife — according to Burbank officials. 

The city said in a news release that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department turned over possession of the building to the property owner, Isabelle Lepejian, today. The ex-wife of Tinhorn Flats owner Baret Lepejian, Isabelle filed an eviction notice against the controversial eatery in mid-May.

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Proposal Would Permit Supportive Housing in Single-Family Zones

The Burbank City Council recently voted to move toward updating the local zoning code to allow the construction of service-supported housing in single-family zones — a change officials emphasized was required by state law.

Council members voted 3-2 on Tuesday to introduce the proposed ordinance. If it is adopted during the council’s June 22 meeting, the zoning code would state that supportive and transitional housing — affordable units accompanied by services for participants in private social agencies’ programs — can come to neighborhoods zoned for single-family residences. 

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Local Women Honored by State Senator

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently saluted his district’s “women heroes of the pandemic” during a virtual ceremony, and at least five of the honorees have ties to Burbank.

Joyce Powell and Cynthia Triola, longtime nurses at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center; Sharon Springer, a Burbank City Council member;  and Simone McFarland, the city’s assistant community development director — all were commended by Portantino. Additionally Burbank resident Marcella Marlowe was recognized as a hero in San Marino, where she is city manager.

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Drive-Thru Resource Event for Students Returns in August

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Volunteers at last year’s Back to School event for Burbank students from low-income families hold signs for participants. About 34% of Burbank Unified School District students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, according to the superintendent.

Though many students finished the school year just weeks ago, local nonprofits are already preparing for their annual Back to School event.

Traditionally, the August event has taken the form of a resource fair representing several charitable organizations providing information and services to Burbank students in low-income families. In a normal year, the Kids Community Dental Clinic might offer screenings, while the Burbank Noon Lions Club could offer vision examinations.

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Governor Expected to Reopen State Economy Tuesday

California is set next week to reopen. Burbank resident Daniel Cota said he plans to lock down.

On Tuesday, June 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled to lift statewide restrictions on businesses’ capacity limits and most social distancing requirements. California’s face covering rules will also align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, which say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most settings.

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Memorial Pays Tribute to Burbank COVID-19 Victims

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Burbank Tournament of Roses Association members Robin Hanna and Judith Miller attach felt roses to a fish net for a Rose River Memorial exhibit, which honors those killed by COVID-19. A local memorial with more than 240 such roses will come to City Hall for a week starting on Monday.

When Marcos Lutyens started making felt roses in honor of the Americans who had died from COVID-19, the death toll was at about 180,000 people. He thought — he hoped — that he’d have to make about 200,000. He was wrong.

As of this month, the coronavirus has killed about 600,000 people in the United States — including more than 240 Burbank residents.

“It just got worse and worse,” Lutyens said. “But at the same time, as it got worse, the community response got stronger and stronger.”

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At Last, Community Gardens Project Takes Root Today

After more than a decade of discussion and false starts, two empty sites in Burbank are showing early signs of blooming into community gardens, with a nonprofit holding a public planning meeting this morning.

The Los Angeles Community Garden Council is hosting the kickoff event from 9-11 a.m. at 3705 W. Clark Ave. There, council representatives will explain plans for cultivating that site, as well as one at 1141 N. Pass Ave., into community spaces at which residents will be able to rent plots to grow crops, flowers and other plants.

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BUSD Bolsters Policy Against Racial Slurs in School Materials

After two readings and hours of discussion, the Board of Education approved on Thursday the revision to selected board policies that bans the N-word from any instructional materials that are mandated for all Burbank Unified School District students to read. 

The five-member board unanimously approved the new policy with an amendment that states supplemental material given by teachers that includes offensive language or racial slurs must be approved by Superintendent Matt Hill.

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