Woodbury Named College of Distinction for Seventh Year

Photo courtesy Woodbury University
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.

Continue reading “Woodbury Named College of Distinction for Seventh Year”

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.

Continue reading “Delta Variant Marches Through City, Nation”

City Hall’s Passport Service Strives to Meet Demand

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
For months, patrons have flocked to the Burbank city clerk’s office to have passport applications processed, as the facility was one of the few offering the service during the pandemic.

With air travel slowly recovering from a pandemic-related slump, the Burbank city clerk’s office says it has been flooded by requests from patrons looking to renew their passports or apply for new ones.

Continue reading “City Hall’s Passport Service Strives to Meet Demand”

Getting to Know 110-Year-Old Burbank

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Burbank City Hall was bathed in blue light on Thursday for the 110th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. An event this month allows participants to earn a coin commemorating the anniversary.

Burbank celebrated its 110th anniversary this week, and community members can win a coin commemorating the city’s birthday by participating in a self-guided tour.

Burbank City Hall glowed with a blue light on Thursday in honor of the municipality’s incorporation on July 8, 1911. Anyone can receive a coin emblazoned with the date until the end of the month by taking selfies in locations around the municipality with a cutout of Dr. David Burbank, from whom the city derives its name.

Continue reading “Getting to Know 110-Year-Old Burbank”

Leadership Burbank Sharpens Focus to Fit the Times

Photo courtesy Leadership Burbank
Members of Leadership Burbank’s class of 2019 hold placards at graduation. The program’s alumni have included city officials, Burbank Unified School District administrators and local business executives.

Leadership Burbank’s class of 2020 had almost made it to the finish line when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Class members crossed it anyway.

Participants in the local program, which provides leadership training and a behind-the-scenes look at city, nonprofit, school and business organizations, select a project every year to complete before the nine-month course ends in May. The class of 2020 — the most recent group, since the pandemic put the program on hiatus for a year — wanted to perform renovations for BCR: A Place to Grow, a local nonprofit that serves children and adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Continue reading “Leadership Burbank Sharpens Focus to Fit the Times”

Local Unemployment Dipped in May

a chart compares LA County's unemployment rate to Burbank's over the past year
Data Source: California Employment Development Department

As Los Angeles County moved into the state’s least restrictive tier of coronavirus restrictions, Burbank’s unemployment rate fell in May after a brief bump in April.
The local joblessness rate dipped from 12.3% in April to an estimated 11.2% in May, according to the most recent monthly figures from the California Employment Development Department, with the number of out-of-work residents falling from roughly 7,300 to 6,700. The lowest rate for the city since April 2020 was last November, when about 6,000 locals were unemployed — a rate of 10.5%.

Continue reading “Local Unemployment Dipped in May”

Burbank Attains Achievement in COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

A graph shows the cumulative percentage of vaccinated Burbank residents 16+ at 70%
Data: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
As of June 25, more than 70% of Burbank residents ages 16 and older have been at least partially vaccinated from COVID-19, though the rate of new vaccinations is dropping greatly.

Burbank passed a milestone in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic last week, with more than 70% of residents ages 16 and older at least partially vaccinated.
As of June 27, just over 63,000 Burbank residents — or 70.4% — in that broad age group have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the most current Los Angeles County data that is publicly available. President Joe Biden had emphasized the need to have 70% of American adults be at least partially vaccinated by July 4, though he recently announced that the nation would not reach that rate by the target date.

Continue reading “Burbank Attains Achievement in COVID-19 Vaccination Rate”

Nonprofit to Offer Rent Relief for Low-Income Families

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently extended the statewide eviction moratorium through the end of September. A Burbank nonprofit hopes the extension will give tenants some extra time to apply for local and state rent assistance.

A local organization plans to help residential tenants in Burbank pay rent starting in the late summer or early fall, not long before the recently extended statewide eviction moratorium is scheduled to end.
Family Promise of the Verdugos, a nonprofit that offers services to low-income families experiencing homelessness or facing the loss of shelter, will offer up to $1,375 a month for upward of half a year to a minimum of 44 local households. Qualifying households must contribute 30% of their monthly income toward rent, with FPV paying the rest.

Continue reading “Nonprofit to Offer Rent Relief for Low-Income Families”