Although there has been an achingly slow, but steady recovery in the real estate market, experts remain bearish on new commercial developments, and for good reason. The demand just isn’t there yet.
Extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity shown by local residents and businesses do not surprise us anymore, as this is such a giving community. But they are always welcome news. And, particularly at this time of year, there are usually many wonderful stories to share.
The promise of Thanksgiving brings with it not only feast and football shared with family and friends, but something for the deal hunter. Most big-name retailers will throw open their doors for at least a few hours Thursday in hopes of capturing consumers' bucks before Black Friday.
A shocking crime and an innocent victim: Joseph Gatto, a 78-year-old man who by all accounts was beloved and respected, was gunned down in his Silver Lake home this week. His home in the hilly community had been ransacked.
While the rest of Burbank slumbered, the City Council, staff members and a few stalwart citizens were in City Hall until nearly 4 a.m. Wednesday for a council meeting that had begun at 6 p.m. the night before.
Budding entrepreneurs looking at ways to get into a niche market — catering to marijuana users within legal bounds — anted up $250 each to take a seminar last week that was supposed to take place at the Burbank Holiday Inn. But the Burbank Police Department got wind of the event,...
Several months after the City Council began considering handing over the day-to-day responsibility for the troubled DeBell Golf Club to Scott Scozzola, a contract was approved...
There is no question that — at multiple levels — America is going to continue to feel the economic reverberations of the shameful display of right-wing political brinkmanship that shut down the government this month. But that attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act was hugely unpopular...
Burbank Unified School District had good reason to cheer with the recent news that Burroughs High science teacher Jill Tobin was named one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year. That's quite an achievement when one considers that there are 75,000 educators eligible for the honor.
There is a pall on this city today, with residents still absorbing the fact that a fiery, single-car crash that took place Sept. 28 on San Fernando...
In case the news has not yet reached your ears, Sept. 28 has been set aside as Community Day in support of the outstanding John Burroughs High School band program.
A series of public workshops focusing on the replacement of the Burbank Airport terminal have been taking place in recent days, with one more scheduled for 5:30 p.m....
Burbank's public school system is joining others in 45 states across the nation in implementing Common Core, the U.S. education initiative that require more rigorous curricula. It is hoped these new standards will better prepare our youth to succeed in college and the workplace.
Those opposing the proposed Walmart in the Empire Center were no doubt relieved — and proponents dismayed — when a judge ruled this week that Burbank must rescind the project's building permits.
It did not surprise us when there was a bit of an outcry, primarily from teens, over this week's revelation that the Glendale Unified school board has approved a $40,500 contract with a firm that monitors students' public posts on social media networks.
Christine Rog's first back-to-school ritual took place in her kitchen, where the construction of a ham sandwich heralded the start of a new year and new challenges ahead.
It's a timeworn practice for politicians to make promises to voters while hitting the campaign trail. Sometimes, once the candidate's election has been secured, those promises are kept; other times they are not — often because they were never tenable in the first place.
Chandler Bikeway was teeming with engaged residents during the twilight hours Tuesday when Burbank held its annual National Night Out. About 300 people of all ages turned out to rub elbows with law enforcement personnel during an event that's designed to draw attention to proactive crime...
Student achievement has long been linked to parental involvement in school activities, but for too many years the Parent Teacher Associations across the nation drew the active involvement of mostly women only.
Recent talks between the City Council and Bob Hope Airport officials regarding a new terminal is good news for both sides.
Three years from now, if construction work goes as planned, Burbank will boast a new bike path that will provide a connection to the downtown Metrolink station from the existing Lake-Alameda path. This is good news for cyclists and pedestrians alike. It will also provide a host of benefits to the...
Gay and lesbian couples are rightfully celebrating this week's twin decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively affirmed the rights of gay couples to marry in California and provided married, same-sex couples federal benefits previously denied them.
With some fanfare Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Bob Hope Airport-Hollywood Way Metrolink Station, which, if all goes according to plan, will be ready in 2015 to deliver passengers to the airport from the Santa Clarita, Antelope and North San Fernando valleys. Nearly $4...
Burbank city and school officials have found themselves this month with the unenviable tasks of determining how far they can stretch their respective budgets to help subsidize after-school activities for local children.
It is June, and despite the morning low clouds so typical of the month, our mountain vegetation remains parched. A scant amount of rain has fallen on this area so far in 2013 and as history has demonstrated, that scenario is unlikely to change before November.
The first blow to Burbank's low-income seniors came in early April, when voters rejected a measure that would have kept in place funding that allowed the city to subsidize trash-hauling and sewer bills for this vulnerable segment of the population.
Assuming we can trust estimations coming out of City Hall this week, swimmers will be able to test the water at the renovated Verdugo Park pool in early June. Or maybe it will be July, August or sometime next year.
With the Colony Theatre teetering on the edge of insolvency, many feared its latest production, "Falling For Make Believe," might very well be its last.
Already well-regarded by many local residents, Providence St. Joseph Hospital got a shot in the arm this week when an annual report card issued by the Leapfrog Group gave it an "A" rating in patient safety.
David Gordon, a man with seven years under his belt as a member of the Burbank City Council, was this week selected by his colleagues to serve the coming year as vice mayor. And, unless his peers lose faith in his leadership abilities within the coming 12 months, it is highly likely they will...
On a Saturday night some 98 years ago this week, more than 200 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders living in Constantinople, today's Istanbul, were rounded up by the government. The political party in power, the "Young Turks," did not want their kind in the country, breathing the same air,...
At long last, the city of Burbank has put the kibosh on nepotism within City Hall, with the City Council acting this week to put into place strict changes to existing policies. Division heads will no longer be allowed to hire family members into their departments. Nor will relatives of council...
Cleaning up a mess left behind by predecessor is difficult under any circumstances, but it's especially challenging when members of the department you're overseeing don't always have your back.
Every week many private and public entities across the state welcome new employees to the job. These workers are knowledgeable about the broad scope of the tasks ahead, or they wouldn't have been hired in the first place. Nonetheless, their employers understand they will face a learning curve....
Tell us it isn't true. We cannot believe NBC is on the brink of moving "The Tonight Show" to the East Coast.
With the election of Bob Frutos to the City Council last month, Burbank stated that it wants change on the dais. With the general election fast approaching, voters should continue that trend.
As voters go to the polls, they should remember two qualities that are equally important as they decide who will be sitting on the Burbank Unified school board the next four years — experience and passion.
The City Council gave Peter Cottontail awfully short notice this year, but he will still be expected to make an appearance — or at least drop off thousands of colorful Easter eggs — at McCambridge Park March 30.
Whether they are an eyebrow-raising push for “Hot Topless Maids” or a pitch for more socially acceptable businesses such as a car wash, signs attached to vans, trucks or trailers that are used solely for the purpose of advertising have been banned by the City Council.
Although more voters participated in Burbank's primary election this week than turned out in 2011, it still drew yawns from most. Some of those who sat back and let the others decide the outcome may wish now that they had been paying more attention and gotten in on the action.
Recent articles in the L.A. Times have exposed alarming financial abuses resulting from the passage of Capital Appreciation Bonds (CABs) by some school districts. Please note, Burbank Unified's name is not on the L.A. Times list.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that money was speech, and any limit on independent campaign spending was improper, most observers correctly foresaw the imminent creation of massive and secretive political action committees weaseling their way into races large and small.
How good are you at predicting the future? Or, more to the point, what do you think it will cost to borrow money in 2023?
Burbank voters are weighing two distinctly different proposals this election season that carry the same name, “Measure S.” How could such a confusing turn of events come about?
Under a ban adopted Tuesday by the City Council, cats or dogs sold at Burbank pet stores must be obtained only from animal shelters or rescue organizations.
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre last month, school officials across the nation have been taking hard looks at security on their campuses. Burbank Unified School District leaders, aware that Emerson Elementary School was the only one of the district's 11 elementary sites without a buzz-in...
The Glendale and Burbank school districts won a reprieve this week when the county Board of Supervisors delayed voting on a plan to place a storm-water cleanup proposition on the ballot, a move that could cost the districts thousands.
The substantial outpouring of support for a proposal to add almost 500,000 acres to the national parks system shows that residents who live in Los Angeles’ dense urban areas value the natural resources around them and want to preserve them for years to come.
Burbank took a huge hit this week when state officials in charge of winding down local redevelopment stripped the city of roughly $30.5 million that had previously been earmarked for affordable housing projects.