Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

Shoplifter In Jail For Robbery

A shoplifting suspect from the Macy’s store at the Burbank Town Center made a bad situation worse for herself, and ended up being arrested for robbery.

On March 6, shortly before 4 p.m., three loss prevention officers from Macy’s observed a woman put merchandise in her purse and leave the store without paying for it.   They stopped the woman in the parking structure, identified themselves, and began to place her under arrest.  The woman, Meri Avagyan, 30, of Glendale, reportedly began to kick and cream in an attempt to get away from the loss prevention officers.  During the fight, one loss prevention officer received a small scratch on her finger, and another received a bite mark to his right thigh.

A Burbank Police officer on an unrelated traffic stop nearby, observed the commotion in the parking structure and responded to the scene.  The officer instructed the suspect to comply with the loss prevention officers.  They were then able to place her in handcuffs, and return her to Macys.

Avagyan’s three small children were with her at the time, and observed the altercation between their mother and the loss prevention officers.  After their mother was placed under arrest, the children were released at the scene to a family member.

Because of the injuries to the loss prevention officers caused by the suspect’s attempts to get away, she was arrested for robbery, and booked into the Burbank Jail.  Her bail was set at $50,000, and she bonded out of jail.  She is due to appear in court on March 27.

New Caltrans Closures on the I-5 Freeway Coming Next Week

The California Department of Transportation
(Caltrans) will close the following lanes, ramps, and connectors of the
Golden State Freeway (I-5) and the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) as part of a
$57.8 million improvement project to construct High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV
or carpool) lanes in each direction along I-5 between SR-134 and Magnolia
Boulevard. Closures are subject to change. Detours will be signed.

Golden State Freeway (I-5) Closures

Sunday March 11 through Sunday March 18, 2012

▪   Northbound I-5 Connector to Westbound SR-134
TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. on Saturday March 17th and 9
a.m. on Sunday March 18th)

▪   Southbound I-5 Connector to Eastbound SR-134
TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. on Saturday March 17th and 9
a.m. on Sunday March 18th)

▪   Westbound SR-134 Connector to Northbound I-5
TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. on Saturday March 17th  and 9
a.m. on Sunday March 18th)

▪   Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 17th and
Sunday March 18th)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 17th and
Sunday March 18th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramps
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Saturday March 17th and
Sunday March 18th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Western Avenue Westbound and Eastbound Off-Ramps
TIME 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Saturday March 17th  and 12
p.m. on Sunday March 18th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo
Avenue Off-Ramps
TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off- Ramp
Time: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. on Saturday March 17th and 10
a.m. on Sunday March 18th)

·       Northbound I-5  Westbound Colorado Boulevard On Ramp
Time: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. on Saturday March 17th)

▪   Northbound I-5 from Colorado Boulevard to SR-134
TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. on Saturday
March 17th  and 9 a.m. on Sunday March 18th)
Three lanes – 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 from SR-134 to Burbank Boulevard
TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 7 a.m. on Saturday
March 17th and 10 a.m. on Sunday March 18th)
Three lanes  1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Burbank Boulevard to SR-134
TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. on Sunday
March 18th)
Three lanes –2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

About the Project

This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each
direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway
(SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles
(2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and
retaining walls.

 

The California Department of Transportation
(Caltrans) will close the following lanes and ramps of the Golden State
Freeway (I-5) as part of a $121 million improvement project to construct
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes in each direction along I-5
between SR-170 to Buena Vista Street. Closures are subject to change.
Detours will be signed.

Golden State Freeway (I-5) Closures
Saturday March 10, through Saturday March 17, 2012

▪   Southbound I-5 Roscoe Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramp
TIME:  7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and 10
a.m. on Saturday March     17th)

▪   Northbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and
Saturday March 17th)
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and
Saturday March 17th)

▪   Southbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and 10
a.m. on Saturday March 17th)

▪   Southbound I-5 Sunland Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. on Sunday March 11th and 9
a.m. on Saturday March 17th)

▪   Northbound I-5 from Penrose Street to Sheldon Street Laurel
Canyon Boulevard
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Three Lanes: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Penrose Street Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Tuxford Street Eastbound and Westbound
On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and
Saturday March 17th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound
On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Penrose Street Eastbound and Westbound Off-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and
Saturday March 17th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Penrose Street Northbound and Southbound On-Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and
Saturday March 17th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound Off
Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th and
Saturday March 17th)

▪   Southbound I-5 Lankershim Boulevard Eastbound and Westbound On
Ramp
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Saturday March 17th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard Eastbound
and Westbound
Off and On Ramps
TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 12 p.m. on Sunday March 11th  and
Saturday March 17th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 Buena Vista Street Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 10 a.m. on Sunday March 11th and 9
a.m. on Saturday March    17th)

▪   Northbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
Time: 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. (Until 12 a.m. on Sunday March 11th  and 9
a.m. on Saturday March     17th)

▪   Southbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramps
Time: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Until 9 a.m. on Sunday March 11th and 8
a.m. on Saturday March 17th)

▪   Southbound I-5 Hollywood Way Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp
Time: 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Until 12 a.m. on Sunday March 11th and
Saturday March 17th)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 from Buena Vista to Penrose Street
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Three Lanes: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard to
Penrose Street
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 11 p.m.  To 8 a.m.
Three Lanes: 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Sheldon Street/Laurel Canyon Boulevard to
Buena Vista Street
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 8 p.m.  To 10 a.m.
Three lanes: 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

▪   Northbound I-5 from Buena Vista Street to Sheldon Street/Laurel
Canyon Boulevard
TIME: Two Lane: 9 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Three Lanes: 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

▪   Southbound I-5 from Penrose St to Hollywood Way
TIME: Up to Two lanes: 11 p.m.  To 8 a.m.
Three lanes: 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.

About the Project

Caltrans is building an HOV lane in each direction of I-5 between SR-170
and north of Buena Vista Street in Burbank.

Rep. Adam Schiff on NASA and Innovation

On 28 February Burbank N Beyond’s John Savageau had the opportunity to interview Representative Adam Schiff from the 29th District, encompassing Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and surrounding areas, in his Washington D.C. office.  This is the third article in a series highlighting activities and topics of interest to Burbank.

BurbankNBeyond:  If we are cutting our budget for NASA, and the innovation not just to go to Mars and beyond, but the innovation and technology that’s generated through that type of research and development, what’s next?  Do we privatize NASA?  Do we make it a commercial company, do we continue to try and fund it (NASA) as a government entity…  How do we continue as the United States to be as innovative as NASA has allowed us to be over the last several decades?

Rep. Schiff:  I think we have to continue to have a strong NASA.  As a very large public component it has a role for the private sector as well, which it (private sector) has always had a role.

My chief concern right now is not with the overall NASA budget, which is pretty good considering the times, but with how we’ve balanced the portfolio within the NASA  budget. And the enormous cuts to planetary science.

This is one of the most exciting areas of NASA’s work.  Exploring the solar system, and beyond the solar system, looking for signs of life elsewhere.  We’ve found solid evidence of water on Mars, large bodies of water in the past, and we’re tantalizingly close to finding the building blocks of life elsewhere, and answering some of the most profound questions we have about the universe and our place in it.

And it would be catastrophic to step back from that and to decide that this was beyond our capability, or beyond our will.  We are the unparalleled leader in planetary science, we are the only country to land an object on Mars that survived, and those are the people who are our neighbors working at the Jet Propulsion Lab.

So we’re fighting to restore funding for those efforts that pay so many dividends.  Not just in our understanding of the universe, but also here on the ground.

I met with a planetary scientist just today (28 Feb 2012)  who was telling me that thanks to NASA he is able to function, whereas 15 or 20 years ago, as result of having multiple seizures every day he was incapable of functioning.  But because of technologies developed through NASA,  laser technology,micro-surgical capacities, that he was able to have essentially brain surgery that cured his seizures and made him a fully functional contributor to society.

This is just one very graphic example of the dividends that we’ve had from the space program.  These incredible developments in lasers, in GPS technology,  and that has meant enormous economic dividends to the country.

So this is I think, not only an economic imperative, but also an area where we enjoy the respect of the entire world.  They watch what we do, they marvel at what we do, and that is not something we should walk away from lightly.

BurbankNBeyond:  With (legislation) like the INVEST Act, where we try to retain foreign students from CalTech, or Stanford, or from wherever it may be, do they (immigrants and foreign students) supplement our ability to accomplish those objectives that you’re talking about with NASA?  Do we have a shortfall or deficit in that intellectual capacity within our own country that we have to supplement with foreign students who are hungry?

Rep. Schiff:  It’s not that we have a deficit in the sense that our universities are producing brilliant scientists and engineers .  We just don’t have enough of them.  And in the kind of skill-based economy that we need, we need, we need to graduate more people in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering .

So just from a pure numbers point of view, China is graduating more than we are .  And eventually that catches up to you.

But more than that, we have been fortunate that some of the best and the brightest from other countries come here, and we’re able to add their talents to our own.

One of the things that’s so fascinating to see at the Jet Propulsion Lab where they have a glass booth where you can watch some of the pivotal events , like when one of the rovers lands on the surface and  you get to see the excitement and the tension as this multi-year, often very expensive project  either lands and succeeds, or crashes and burns.

You look down at that Mission Control, and what you see is the head of the lab itself, who is an American of Lebanese origin, you see the head of the Mars program who is an American of Iranian origin, you see people controlling the Rover – you know who are of Chinese descent , or people from all over the United States , and it’s like the Olympics of intellect , and we want to keep that collaboration going.

One of the concerns I have about JPL, if we lose the talent over there, and we decide that these flagship missions we’re poised to do, to go to Mars , collect a sample and bring it back.  If we decide we’re not going to do them now it may be decades before we can reassemble the talent to go back.

When you look at how we’re going to have to start all over again… Who could have imagined in the 70s that it would be decades before we’d even be in a position to go back to the moon?  And I’m concerned if we leave Mars now we may not go back for a long, long time.

Burbank On Parade Looking for Entries and Sponsorships

Burbank on Parade is now accepting entries for the city’s premiere annual event. Entries should incorporate anything and everything “Aviation”, from a tribute to the special men and women that have made “Aviation” what it is today to the hobby and passion of current day pilots. Think Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, helicopters, gliders, kites or bring on your best Maverick and Goose!

The parade committee is also proud to announce Bob Hope Airport as this year’s presenting sponsor. This association with the airport and their affiliates promises to make this as spectacular as last years’ “100th Birthday Bash”!

Sponsorships for “The World of Aviation and its Heroes” are still available. From the $250.00 “Shooting Star” opportunity to the $2500.00 F-16 sponsorship provides recognition for your company throughout the community and some very special parade day perks! Current sponsors include Jet Blue, Super Shuttle, Warner Bros and of course Bob Hope Airport.

Entries forms, Sponsorship information and Volunteer applications can be found at www.burbankonparade.com. Burbank on Parade is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run entirely by volunteers. Burbank on Parade’s annual event would not be possible without the support of the City of Burbank, businesses in Burbank and Burbank residents. For more information, contact the BOP Hotline at (818) 736-7972.