Reports of Crime Barely Increase Overall

A Burbank crime chart shows little change between Jan. and June 2020 to 2021

Despite a recent rise in major crimes reported to the Burbank Police Department, the number of reports made in the first half of this year changed little from the figure for the same period in 2020.

BPD data shows there were 236 “Part 1 index crimes” reported in June, an increase of 33.3% month on month. The leap appears to be partially due to the higher number of thefts, 183, compared with May’s total, 139. Theft is by far the most common Part 1 index crime in Burbank.

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Woodbury Named College of Distinction for Seventh Year

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The Colleges of Distinction recognized Woodbury University for the seventh consecutive year, lauding its small class sizes and internship requirements. The university also plans to launch new programs in computer and environmental science.

Woodbury University was recently named a “College of Distinction” for a seventh consecutive year, receiving praise for its hands-on education and attentive faculty.

The organization that awarded the honor, Colleges of Distinction, says its methodology “includes a mix of qualitative and quantitative information gleaned from expert college presidents, provosts, deans and administrators across the country.” Its web page dedicated to Woodbury’s recognition commended, as it did in previous years, the institution’s emphasis on practical training for its students, and its internship and project requirements.

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Airport’s Passenger Count a Sign of Recovery

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The increase in passenger traffic at the Hollywood Burbank Airport follows a rising vaccination rate and plummeting coronavirus case count, and national metrics show demand for air travel persists despite the threat of the Delta variant.

May’s passenger count at Hollywood Burbank Airport was more than six times greater than the tally in May 2020, the airport reported this week.

More than 245,000 paying passengers boarded flights or deplaned at the airport in May, according to a staff report submitted to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority for its Monday meeting. Fewer than 40,000 passengers were recorded at the airport in the same month last year.

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Local Group Unveils Armenian-Themed Mural

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A crowd of city and state officials, school district representatives and members of the local Armenian community stand with artist Pauline Hacopian as she cuts a ribbon at a ceremony introducing her newly created mural.

Burbank for Armenia presented this week what the organization believes is the city’s first public mural depicting Armenian culture.

The group unveiled the mural, created by local resident Pauline Hacopian, during an event on Monday. Displayed on an exterior wall of the Nexus Auto Group and facing North Edison Boulevard, the piece incorporates several aspects of both Armenia and the Los Angeles area.

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Delta Variant Marches Through City, Nation

The Delta variant, a mutated strain of COVID-19, continues to rage through the country, accounting for an estimated 83% of recent coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. And the variant is having a growing effect on California’s health-care system as well.

According to the state Department of Public Health, 2,880 patients were hospitalized due to the coronavirus and 615 were in intensive care units in California as of Friday. On June 21, the CDPH reported 1,223 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

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BUSD Will Follow Rules on Wearing Masks at School

Amid a rise in coronavirus cases and a change in public health orders, the Burbank Unified School District this week assured stakeholders that all schools will reopen full time for in-person instruction next month, but that it must follow Los Angeles County health guidelines in carrying out the process.

The district reiterated its commitment to reopening under the guidance of the county as a response to two parents who expressed concern over requiring students, especially young children, to wear masks all day.

Aviva Williams came before the board during a virtual meeting on Thursday and asked that the district tell county Department of Public Health officials that students’ wearing masks in the classroom — a means of preventing COVID-19 transmission — does not make for a good learning environment.

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Glut of Applications Helps City Fill Board Vacancies

Back in City Hall for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the Burbank City Council sifted through a record number of applications for municipal boards and commissions since at least the past decade.

Burbank community members filed 123 applications to serve on city commissions or boards since early May — the highest number for midyear appointments since at least 2011.

Because of the explosive interest in the positions, the Burbank City Council easily filled the 27 vacant volunteer roles during its meeting on Tuesday. The number of applications from which the council selected were more than twice the number received last year: 51. The closest the city has been to reaching this period’s number of submissions, according to an analysis by the Leader, was in 2013, when community members sent in 99 applications.

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3rd-Grader Excels in Braille Competition

Ethan Moore, a 3rd-grade Providencia Elementary School student, is almost completely blind due to a brain tumor discovered when he was 5 months old. He’s now one of his grade group’s top competitors in the Braille Challenge, having taken his final exam on the writing system early this month.

At the end of the month, Providencia Elementary School 3rd-grader Ethan Moore will find out how he did in the Braille Challenge, a series of tests taken by school-age children who have visual impairments. He made it to the final round, one of the 10 in his age group topping a list of about 200 competitors, and recently took his culminating exam.

He’s not nervous about the results.

“I felt confident,” he said in a Zoom interview with his mother, Burbank resident Katie Moore, and his Braille teacher Lupe Vigil.

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Council Approves New Utility Bill Relief Program

With utility rates scheduled to increase in the fall, the City Council authorized a new Burbank Water and Power program giving electricity bill credits to low-income residents.

The program is expected to go into effect at the beginning of October, when the utility will raise its electricity and water rates; further increases are planned for early next year. Residents who meet income eligibility thresholds and have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will receive a one-time bill credit of $50.

Eligible residents whose accounts are in arrears — 91 days or more past due as of the program start date — and have owed more than $500 in their electric bills for that time period will receive a $300 bill credit. Furthermore, residents in this category who are elderly or have a permanent disability and are also in the BWP’s Lifeline program can receive up to $1,000 in assistance.

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Los Angeles Sues FAA Over Burbank Airport Frustrations

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The Hollywood Burbank Airport’s replacement terminal project appears to have hit a roadblock, with the city of Los Angeles suing the Federal Aviation Administration in an attempt to force it to address potential noise and air traffic concerns related to the project.

The city of Los Angeles sued the Federal Aviation Administration this week, saying its concerns regarding the terminal replacement project at the Hollywood Burbank Airport were not considered when the FAA allowed the project to move forward.

If the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of the city, which filed the lawsuit on Monday, it would present an obstacle for the controversial terminal project. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer argued in a news release that the FAA failed to address the city’s concerns about potential noise, air quality and traffic impacts caused by the project.

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