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More car thefts and burglaries in Burbank

In the latest crime report from Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick, only a handful of residential and business burglaries are listed for the past couple of weeks, the bad news — a lot of vehicle thefts and break-ins.

The report, released yesterday, mentioned some 21 vehicle crimes — all happened between November 11 and 21, 2011. During that time, thieves made-off with electronics, work tools, money, 3rd row seats, tailgates, and assorted other items. We’re heading into the holiday season when criminals hit store and shopping center parking lots with gusto. What can you do to minimize your chances of becoming a victim? Keep those packages and gifts out of sight and remember to lock your vehicle!

Update on the smart meter controversy

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Action member Kiku Lani Iwata spoke out in opposition to the smart meters at the Burbank City Council meeting November 15, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Burbank Action member Kiku Lani Iwata spoke out in opposition to the smart meters at the Burbank City Council meeting November 15, 2011

Some local residents opposed to the smart meters are planning to meet after Thanksgiving to discuss their victory at the Tuesday, November 15 Burbank City Council meeting and to plot their next move.

At the November 15 city council meeting, a number of residents from Burbank and Glendale spoke about what they say are hazards, illnesses, and privacy violations associated with the smart meters. These new devices are being installed at homes, apartment buildings, and businesses throughout the Media City in a smart grid project estimated at $60 million. The new meters reportedly will relay user data to a central utility site. That’s right, meter readers will become obsolete.

In the past, the city council majority has pretty much ignored the complaints of residents and accepted Burbank Water and Power officials’ assessment that the smart meters pose no health risks or privacy invasion.  However, Councilman Dr. David Gordon wasn’t so quick to reject the claims of residents and called for a first step report on an opt out program for the smart meters.

After the testimony of residents on November 15, the Burbank City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a second step report, which would research options to the new smart meters.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis took notes during the testimony of residents opposed to the smart meters at the Burbank City Council meeting November 15, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis took notes during the testimony of residents opposed to the smart meters at the Burbank City Council meeting November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving benefit at Flappers Comedy Club

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Flappers Comedy Club at the corner of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street in Burbank

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Flappers Comedy Club at the corner of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street in Burbank

The Burbank City Council has declared November “Burbank Temporary Aid Center” month. BTAC is involved in a number of food drives, services, and events to help the working poor, seniors and the homeless in B-town.

Tonight a dinner and show for BTAC is being hosted at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 each.  The event starts at 8 p.m.

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  1. Ms. Kiku Lani Iwata - Burbank Action Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Thank you for writing intelligent reports about the smart meter issue in Burbank, and how it’s developing. What’s happening in Burbank is a microcosm of the smart meter problem is occurring across the state, nation and world. These smart meters invade our privacy, result in higher rates, and Burbank residents have already told me they’ve gotten higher rates since the meters were installed at their homes. These smart meters, as you heard at City Council meetings, are also making people sick (headaches, insomnia, heart palpitations, body aches). Residents aren’t the only ones pointing our problems with smart meters and the smart grid. So are experts. Former CIA Director James Woolsey calls the Smart Grid “really stupid” due to National Security problems caused by so-called smart meters (watch “Energy Now!”: http://www.energynow.com/video/2011/08/15/mix-cyber-terrorisms-threat). More recently, a presentation at the 28th Chaos Communication Congress at the end of December 2011, on technology and society, re-affirmed how smart meteres collect so much personal info, can be hacked and its data altered (read story and watch video of presentation: http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/hacking-privacy-2-days-amateur-hacker-hack-smart-meter-fake-readings?t51hb&hpg1=mp). BWP has been asked to report back to City Council about the costs of opting out. We should not have to pay a penny to opt-out, we are already being penalized by having to pay for the $60 million BWP smart meters and their wireless infrastructure that we never approved or or consented to via higher rates, taxes (that funded the Federal Stimulus grant that pay for some of the pricetag), and violations of our privacy, health and property.

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