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More rain in the forecast for Burbank

At eight this morning, I was surprised to see the sun out. However, there are plenty of clouds in the sky and more rain in the forecast for Burbank. After a light rain overnight, weather watchers are predicting some spotty showers and gusty winds today, with heavier rain tonight, and through tomorrow. So don’t let a brief pause of sunshine fake you out. Take along an umbrella. That tricky El Niño could really deliver some decent rainfall over the next few days. The high... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- Two workmen, without umbrellas, dashed through the intersection of West Olive Avenue and South Victory in Burbank January 5, 2016

Burbank pounded by winter storm Tuesday, more rain coming

Burbank and the rest of the Southland got pounded by a major storm yesterday and a second is expected to hammer us hard today. Meanwhile, more storms are lining up to roll through our area. Weather watchers say this is the first series of El Niño storms to hit Southern California this winter. We’ve been hoping for rain — now we’re getting it in a big way! Periods of rain predicted throughout the day, with thunderstorms and some heavy downpours at time. The Media City could get as much as... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sprinklers on during late-morning at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank September 7, 2015

Call-out : A Burbank school waters on Monday in the heat

Outdoor watering restrictions are in effect in Burbank, but apparently at David Starr Jordan Middle School on South Mariposa Street they’re not following city rules. As I walked by the school campus at around 11 a.m. today, I noticed some sprinklers spraying steady streams of water on a lawn section dotted with some young trees.The temperature at the time was 80 and climbing on a hot Labor Day. This is wrong for a number of reasons. First, outdoor watering in the Media City has been restricted to two... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Water and Power 164 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank

City Buzz: Burbank Water and Power letter snafu

Burbank Water and Power is under fire for a warning letter it sent out to thousands of users — a letter threatening further action including fines if water wasting habits are not corrected.  Mayor Bob Frutos and Vice-Mayor Jess Talamantes are among the recipients. However in a major screw-up, some residents who are complying with the city ordinance to save water got that letter, too. Many have bombarded BWP and city officials with emails and phone calls. “The number of calls completely overwhelmed BWP for a couple of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Brown lawn on North Brighton Street in Burbank June 3, 2015

New state law prohibits fines for brown lawns

An ugly brown lawn may be an eyesore to some, but it’s not a finable offense in the state of California. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1, which protects those brown or golden lawns for now. The legislation “… prohibit a city, county, or city and county from imposing a fine under any ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or having a brown lawn during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency... Read More →

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Waterwise Tips: Cut back on water and grow gorgeous roses

Want to save water? Who doesn’t in California’s long-running drought. However, not everyone wants desert-like landscape populated with mostly rocks, wood chips, and cacti . So it’s good to know, you can cut back on watering and still have gorgeous blooming roses in your garden. The rose expert at San Marino’s Huntington Library says it can be done and has thousands of spectacular roses to prove it. Tom Carruth,curator of the rose collection at The Huntington, began reducing the irrigation to “twice a week, for just 15 minutes each... Read More →

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