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Changing of the Guard at Burbank City Hall

Burbank is preparing for the changing of the guard in leadership at City Hall. Five newly elected officials will be sworn in Monday, December 19 and all but one will be serving a first term.   The Burbank City Council voted unanimously to accept the final results of the November 8 General Municipal Election at its meeting last Tuesday. Those election results were certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan on Friday, December 5. There are 69,775 registered Burbank voters, according to the Los Angeles... Read More →

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Rent control to be on the November ballot in Burbank

A controversial rent control ordinance is headed for the November 3 General Election ballot in Burbank. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the Burbank City Council last Friday, August 7, voted unanimously to let the voters decide the future of rent control. The council members took this action grudgingly, while complaining of dire consequences if the measure passes. City officials and the city council members have actively opposed rent control and plotted to try to stamp it out. They mounted two legal actions to try to keep the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Interim City Manager Ron Davis at Burbank City Council meeting February 23, 2016

Public input needed in search for new city manager

Burbank is looking for a new city manager. Burbank Water and Power head honcho, Ron Davis, is holding down the position for the interim. Davis has expressed interest in the job permanently, according to a report in the Burbank Leader last month. It should not be a done deal. At least outwardly, city officials are going through the motions of mounting a serious search for a city manager and are asking for public input. Citizens concerned about the quality of life in Burbank should not ignore their request. Davis... Read More →

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The Rink returns for the holiday season in Burbank

The Rink returns to Downtown Burbank. The parking lot of City Hall, at the corner of North 3rd Street and East Orange Grove Avenue, has been turned into “a magical winter wonderland,” not far from “hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season, according to a news release. A 90 minute skate is $10 plus $3 for skate rental. A Bobby the Seal rental is $6.00 A season pass will run you $159.  That’s for unlimited ice skating from Friday, November 28, 2014 through January 19, 2015.

Also, there are a  number of special events coming up at The Rink. For more details you can call (818) 238-5180, or click over to

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Update on Burbank town hall meeting

At last night’s city council meeting, Burbank Mayor, Dr. David Gordon, asked for an update on the release of the video of  the October 21, 2014 town hall meeting. Public information officer, Drew Sugars, announced that town hall meeting would be up on the city website this Saturday, November 1. There’s been a lot of chatter on the Internet and around B-town about the long delay in making a video of that meeting available to the public.  

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Town hall meeting with Burbank City Council

A town hall meeting with the Burbank City Council. The public is invited to this open forum. Council members will be on hand to respond to questions, issues, and concerns from the community. City Manager Mark Scott and city staffers will be there to field questions, too.

The town hall meeting will be televised. You can check out the agenda, make an ecomment on an item, or get more information on the broadcast and its playback on the city website.

The council has been holding bi-annual town hall meetings since November 2012. For more information contact Burbank City Public Information Office (818) 238:5840.


Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Council member Emily Gabel- Luddy, Councilman/Vice- Mayor Bob Frutos, Councilman/Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Council members Jess Talamantes and Gary Bric after Burbank City Council reorganization meeting May 1, 2014

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Officials recommending residents stay in doors during the heat wave

Burbank officials are recommending residents stay in doors during the heat wave. Temperatures in Burbank reached the low 90s yesterday. A high of 95 is expected today.  The forecast is for hot temps to linger into the weekend. In a news release from City Hall residents “… are encouraged to seek relief from the heat by drinking plenty of fluids, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and most importantly, staying indoors.” The release included a warning: “These (high)  temperatures may result in heat related illnesses and heightened... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in Downtown Burbank

City Buzz: Issues in Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters

There are growing concerns about some simmering issues in the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters. This time around they do not involve the police mess — which still hangs over the BPD.  Instead, one of the issues deals with the building itself and the other, tension between the two city departments which share the building: police and fire. Roaches in the building: First, the trouble-plagued headquarters. It was supposed to be a $30 million state-of-the-art facility when it opened in 1998. However, it soon became clear... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A group of visitors to the Mayor's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the festivities Burbank December 7, 2013

Photo Gallery: Official Christmas tree at Burbank City Hall

It was a cooold night, but that did not stop the fun and entertainment at the 31st Annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at city hall in Downtown Burbank, Saturday, November 7. After the ceremony, visitors were invited to take photos with Santa and Mrs.Claus. Also, an invitation was extended to visit the nearby downtown area, which was decked out for the holidays.

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Photo: Mark Scott courtesy City of Fresno website

A new Burbank city manager selected

Burbank has a new city manager. It happened tonight during a closed door session of the Burbank City Council. Council members selected Mark Scott, presently the city manager up in Fresno. Scott reportedly has held that position since April of 2010. The announcement came in a news release from City Hall a short while ago. The release touted Scott’s resume: “Mr. Scott has extensive city management experience including 20 years with the City of Beverly Hills, 14 of which were as City Manager. He has also served as City Manager... Read More →

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Photo: Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

A Strong View: Fighting for respect from city hall

Recently, I was listening to one of the Burbank council meetings. A gentleman speaking on behalf of his neighbors asked for help with an ongoing problem of parking on their street. Some neighbors have driveways and others do not. This dilemma has some neighbors overlapping other folks’ driveways in order to park and is causing problems for city trash pick up as well. This neighborhood is being denied respect. Safety concerns for their health and welfare are being ignored. This is very wrong. Why does this neighbor and his neighbors... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Workmen survey the damage to an apartment balcony caused by a toppled tree on Bethany Road in Burbank March 20, 2011

City Buzz

Tree talk in B-town Burbank is one of only two communities in the state designated as a Tree City USA recipient by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The other is Sacramento. It’s the 34th consecutive year Burbank has received the honor. “This national recognition acknowledges Burbank’s commitment to its community forest,” according to a news release sent out last week by City Hall. The city has proclaimed March as Arbor Month. Last Wednesday, at the Arbor Day ceremony in Miller School park a symbolic tree was planted “.. as a living testimonial of everyone’s commitment... Read More →

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