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Council approves utility rate increases

Council approves utility rate increases

Following a contentious debate about utility rates, Burbank City Council members on Tuesday voted 4-1 to raise the rates for water, power, sewer and refuse services.

Proposed station in Burbank could serve as hub for California high-speed rail

Proposed station in Burbank could serve as hub for California high-speed rail

There may come a day when a business professional hops on the Metro Orange Line at Warner Center at 7 a.m. and travels to San Francisco for an 11 a.m. meeting without stepping foot on a plane or in a car.

Utilities weigh rate changes

Burbank Water and Power is proposing to raise electric rates in line with long-term inflation for fiscal year 2015-16, with similar rate increases over the following four years.

City aims to further reduce water use

City aims to further reduce water use

Burbank has a billion-gallon challenge.

City manager adds own money to aid nonprofits

In a surprising move, Burbank City Manager Mark Scott put up $4,500 of his own salary to help encourage City Council members to approve a plan for allocating federal money to public and private nonprofits in the city on Tuesday.

Vacancies remain on two city boards

The Burbank City Council appointed 41 representatives to more than a dozen of the city's boards, commissions or committees this week.

Burbank to consider tighter water restrictions

Burbank to consider tighter water restrictions

Facing a state-mandated goal of reducing water use in Burbank by 28% staring June 1 and the threat of $10,000 a day in fines, officials are set to consider&...

Schools to tap recycled water to meet city's water reduction goal

Schools to tap recycled water to meet city's water reduction goal

Several Burbank schools will begin using recycled water to irrigate their fields, frontyard areas and planters by June 1 under a request by Burbank Water and Power officials to meet the city's water-reduction goal in response to the state's severe drought.

Meeting on high-speed rail plans slated

Burbank residents will have an opportunity on Monday to discuss the latest details on plans under consideration for a bullet-train running from the Palmdale Transportation Center to a proposed station near the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

Schiff will not run for Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer

Schiff will not run for Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced Tuesday he will not enter the race for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat.

City officials discuss overview of proposed budget

Burbank faces a series of challenges, including low projected growth, anticipated stagnation in sales tax revenues because of shifts in consumer behavior and a potential "housing crisis" that may make it harder to woo businesses to set up shop in the city.

Options for 710 Freeway extension discussed at public hearing

Options for 710 Freeway extension discussed at public hearing

Accommodating the traffic demands of a population that has swelled beyond the load limit of LA’s freeway systems is proving to be a zero-sum game — at least in the case of the 710 Freeway extension project.

Bob Hope Airport sees a bump in passengers

The number of passengers traveling through Bob Hope Airport rose by 5.2% in March compared to the same month last year, beating budget projections by the same amount, according to airfield officials.

City swears in council, school board members

City swears in council, school board members

In taking his seat for the first time as Burbank mayor, Bob Frutos outlined his priorities for the office, which include ensuring the city’s public safety services remain top notch, potholes get filled and the city government becomes more accountable and responsive.

IKEA's plans to generate on-site power hit a snag

Just a few weeks after breaking ground on a new store in Burbank, IKEA officials were in City Council chambers Tuesday to protest a policy that would keep them from generating their own power at the site using fuel-cell technology.

Water conservation measures, enforcement step up in Burbank

Water conservation measures, enforcement step up in Burbank

Water-wasters watch out — Burbank Water and Power will begin enforcing the city’s water-conservation ordinance by imposing $100 fines for violations such as watering lawns on days when it’s not allowed or failing to fix leaky irrigation systems.

Residents weigh in on Rim of the Valley expansion options at town hall

Residents weigh in on Rim of the Valley expansion options at town hall

A town hall forum in La Cañada Monday asked residents to weigh in on a recent National Park Service report that calls for potentially expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley corridor of regional mountains.

Memo reveals ineligible votes cast in election for Democratic delegates, prompts ballot redo

As the California Democratic Party prepares for its convention next month in Orange County, an internecine squabble about delegates from the La Cañada, Burbank and Glendale areas has pulled back the curtain on local allegiances and power struggles.

Voting irregularities mar Democratic committee election

Democratic officials in Sacramento Monday ordered a redo of the election of local delegates, ruling about 15% of voters were not qualified to cast a ballot.

Local officials criticize Obama, Turkish government at Armenian Genocide commemoration event

Local officials criticize Obama, Turkish government at Armenian Genocide commemoration event

In the weeks leading up to April 24 -- the date widely accepted as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day -- Armenians around the world took part in events like a six-mile march to the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles and candlelight vigils to pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians who were killed at...

Schiff to host Rim of the Valley town hall

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will host a town hall meeting Monday night about the National Park Service’s draft report for the Rim of the Valley Study, which was released two...

While international majority agrees, recognition of Armenian Genocide still a tough sell for some

While international majority agrees, recognition of Armenian Genocide still a tough sell for some

When parties in the Austrian Parliament this week signed a declaration calling the slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks that began in 1915 a genocide, the Republic of Turkey issued a statement saying it would leave “permanent stains on Turkish-Austrian friendship” and recalled its...

Armenian Americans span three decades of local leadership

The first Armenian American elected to public office in Glendale didn’t think that being the first was unique at the time.

More than 130,000 people take part in LA rally commemorating Armenian Genocide centennial

More than 130,000 people take part in LA rally commemorating Armenian Genocide centennial

A century after a genocide that left 1.5 million Armenians dead, thousands of their descendants took the streets of Los Angeles in remembrance on Friday, while also demanding recognition from the perpetrators.

Schiff reads names of Armenian Genocide victims on House floor

Schiff reads names of Armenian Genocide victims on House floor

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday took to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to read the names of 1,000 people killed during the Armenian Genocide.

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