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Burbank City Budgets Now Available for Easy Viewing

The City of Burbank has entered a partnership with OpenGov, to offer the public a transparency portal that provides enhanced access to City financial information via the City’s website burbankca.gov.

OpenGov is the world’s first integrated cloud solution for public sector budgeting, reporting, and open data. The online portal will make important financial information easily accessible to residents, elected officials, and the media. The platform, which is now live, opens data to the public which enables greater understanding of city budgets while fostering more transparent governance and informed decision-making.

“We encourage our citizens to try this new tool and learn more about how their government works for them,” said Financial Services Director, Cindy Giraldo. “They will likely discover the OpenGov portal and its modern graphics to be quite intuitive. Understanding city budgets can be difficult. We hope that will change once people go online and start exploring and learning at their own pace.”

The new platform will help inform citizens with easy to understand reporting on financial trends and spending patterns of the city. Citizens can quickly explore the data to uncover insights and create easy-to-use visualizations that clearly depict the budget breakdown, allowing taxpayers to see where their money is going.

“Burbank is taking progressive and proactive steps to ensure its citizens can easily access and understand how their taxpayer dollars are being spent,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “This new, easy-to-use transparency platform will enhance civic engagement, build trust, and bolster government accountability.”

Burbank’s OpenGov platform can be viewed at burbankca.opengov.com.

Burbank Celebrates 40th Year as a Tree City USA

For the 40th consecutive year, Burbank has been named a Tree City USA city joining Sacramento as the only other Tree City USA in California.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The National Arbor Day Foundation gives this national honor out in recognition to Burbank’s commitment to its community forest. Larinda Pontes, Deputy Forester, L.A. County Fire Forestry Division made the presentation to Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes and Burbank Park & Recreation Director Judie Wilke during Arbor Day festivities held inside McCambridge Park’s Gym due to outside drizzle.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After the presentations, the group went outside where, for the 62nd year, a tree ceremonial tree was planted in McCambridge Park.

The Civic Pride Committee has  now headed up the project for the past 20 years,

City Clerk’s Office Still Working for Final Vote Count

As of Wednesday afternoon, there is still a question as to the re-election of two Burbank City Council members.

Because it is an all-mail vote conducted by the City of Burbank, results can not be posted yet because ballots that have postmarks up until election day have still not been received or counted.

Jess Talamantes and Bob Frutos congratulate each other after early numbers show that both have been re-elected to their City Council seats (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

With only 9,903 total ballots counted that were submitted by Burbank’s electorate and processed as of Tuesday night at 10:35 pm, all of the open seats may have been decided except for one.

Burbank’s City Council had three seats up for grab with all three incumbents, Dr. David Gordon, Bob Frutos and Jess Talamantes, running to retain their places on the council for the next four years.

Talamantes is currently ahead with 5,042 votes (51.5%) while Frutos placed a close second with 4,911 votes (50.1%). Both may be elected without facing a runoff due to the formula of a candidate receiving 50% of the votes cast plus one vote to avoid a runoff.

On the other hand Gordon, who ran on an anti-development platform, only received 4,393 votes (44.9%) and could possibly face fourth place finisher Sharon Springer who captured 3,490 votes (35.6%) who worked the community through a grassroots effort.  If either Frutos or Talamantes do not capture over 50% with the final tally, they will also face the runoff.

Finishing fifth was Juan Guillen, who made the General Election two years ago with 2,870 votes (29.3%), followed by Greg  Sousa with 2,240 (22.9%), Konstantine Anthony with 1,821 (18.6%) and Richard Carr who secured 1,304 votes (13.3%).

On the School Board, both incumbents, Charlene Tabet and Larry Applebaum were up for re-election along with longtime PTA activist  Steve Frintner for the two open seats. Because there were two seats open with only three candidates, the top two vote getters were automatically elected with no runoff needed.

Members of the City Clerk’s office worked on results most of the night (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Frintner has the lead in the closely fought contest with 5,185 votes (59.2%) while Tabet is in second with 5,009 votes (57.2%) to claim the two seats.  Applebaum is a close third with 4,898 votes (55.9%).

Both City Clerk Zizette Mullins 7,205 votes and City Treasurer  Debbie Kukta, 7,230 votes both ran unopposed as incumbents.

If the current vote holds and results do not change, Gordon and Springer will now face off in the General Election which is scheduled for April 11. It will also be an all-mail election. 

The winning candidates will assume their new positions May 1.

Bike Corral Installed in a Trial Program in Front of Tony’s Darts Away

 Looking much like a green four-door sedan parking along the 1700 block of West Magnolia, this one is noticeably different because it also contains a dozen or so neatly parked bicycles within it.  Closer examination, however, reveals it’s not an actual car at all, but a new bicycle parking corral recently installed by the City of Burbank as a trial pilot program.

Bike corrals are a new type of efficient on-street bicycle parking facility that can accommodate up to about 16 bicycles in the same area as a single vehicle parking space. They work best where sidewalks aren’t capable of accommodating additional bicycle racks and in areas with both high levels of people bicycling and demand for bicycle parking.

When placed near street corners and transit stops, bike parking corrals can also increase visibility while creating an additional buffer between people walking or waiting for the bus, and people driving.  This first pilot corral installation in Burbank was carefully and smartly planned to coincide with the busy Metro 183 bus stop on Magnolia at Reese Place.  This stretch of Magnolia is surrounded by local residential neighborhoods and many adjacent restaurants, including unique retail and specialty shops, a costume shop and tailor, a dog groomer, a pet shop, insurance agencies and a very popular local craft-brew pub.  This area can be defined as an ideal local bicycle-friendly location, one that is sure to benefit from 15 additional parking spots a bike corral creates.

More customers bicycling means stronger connections between local businesses and the surrounding neighborhoods. According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, customers on bikes are likely to travel shorter distances and visit storefronts more frequently. Because bicyclists travel at a slower pace they are more inclined to notice small establishments than someone who is speeding by in a car.

Although this new bike corral pilot program is a recent first for Burbank, bike corrals have been around for many years and are also a successful part of LADOT’s toolkit for safer streets.  Once this program becomes implemented locally throughout Burbank, placement and ownership of the corrals will be the primary responsibility of the City of Burbank, but interested merchants will then also be able to request parking corrals for their particular area.

“The purpose of the bicycle corral pilot is to determine if there is a demand for these types of bicycle parking facilities and to see how they operate in the real world along our commercial corridors.  While bicycle corrals won’t solve all our parking problems here, providing different ways to travel to businesses on these parking-impacted streets is certainly one part of the solution.  If the test is successful, the City will consider developing criteria for installing these in other neighborhoods throughout the City,” explains David Kriske, Deputy Director of Community Development, Transportation.

If a business or commercial area thinks a bicycle corral might be appropriate for their business or businesses, or if they are interested in the outcome of this pilot parking program, they are encouraged to contact the City of Burbank Community Development Department Transportation Division and will be included on a specific interest list for further information and specific parking corral program results.

Streets that are more bicycle-friendly make it possible to get around one’s community without starting up a car or needing a full-size parking space. Bicycle-friendly business districts not only make it cheap and convenient for people who choose to bike, but they also make life easier for those who still need to drive by reducing the number of cars on the streets and auto parking spaces needed. By encouraging people to bicycle for short neighborhood trips, these types of municipal amenities, such as convenient and safe bicycle access makes their streets more pleasant and convivial places to be.

The City of Burbank continues to support active transportation alternatives and programs that benefit everyone in Burbank.  Continued municipal support of alternate ways to travel to businesses everywhere throughout the city is a fundamental part of the solution.  This is a positive step towards an integrated solution of alternative transportation choices for Burbank.

Women’s March Burbank Brings Out Families, Kids, Mothers and More.

While women marched across the country today, several hundred took to Chandler Blvd holding kids, pushing kids in strollers , with husbands holding signs and showing support.

The local march ‘Women’s March Burbank’ was the idea of Ashley Erickson, one of the founders of the Facebook Page Magnolia Park Mamas. She wanted to support today marches but knowing hundreds of mothers had kids and didn’t feel taking them to downtown Los Angeles was safe she thought of Chandler Walk Bike Way. The women started at Mariposa and Chandler Blvd and walked west toward Hollywood Way.

Burbank Police provided traffic assistance at the intersections of Keystone, Buena Vista and California Streets where traffic was able to detour onto Chandler around the walkers.

What looked like thousands walking was actually just in excess of three hundred people.The gathering walked to Hollywood Way and then turned around and walked back to Mariposa. Several of the people walking were happy that they could feel a part of millions walking across America and doing safely in their own City of Burbank. 

Myburbank was on scene to shoot some pictures of the events and here is a gallery of shots. 

 

Many Worlds of the Robot Coming to Buena Vista Library

What is the difference between a robot and a cyborg and an android and an avatar? 

There is a lot of fear and fantasy floating around about robots these days (the rise of the machines) and in popular imagination the lines are getting blurred concerning these very different but seemingly associated technologies.

Come and join us at the library for a special library STEM event Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library.  JPL Robotics Engineer Megan Richardson will disambiguate things for you as she surveys the field of robotics in a talk featuring some amazing clips of robots in action.  She will be explaining basic principles about what a robot is, why we build them, and how they work (vision and mobility) as she addresses some common myths.

She will give an overview of current and possible future developments in the field of robotics, and talk a bit about how the technology developed for space is linked to new or anticipated technology advances in our daily living, like the self-driving cars that have been in the news recently.

Ms. Richardson’s specialty is designing and building robots for space exploration at JPL.  She is currently working with the Curiosity Rover on Mars, leading a team that is trying to solve some recent problems with the drill mechanism on the rover.  So you will get to learn something about the excitement and challenges of working in this field from a “working” rather than theoretical scientist.

The library is committed to encouraging young people to consider careers in science, technology, and engineering, and in particular we want to show young women that there is a place for them in these fields, that they can pursue their interests in these subjects and make creative and important contributions the way Ms. Richardson is doing.  The library hosted a program last year on the Rise of the Rocket Girls, a book that featured the women at JPL who had worked behind the scenes on the vital calculations for the space program, and there is much current interest on women who had worked in a similar way on the space program in Florida and the east coast during that same period as featured in the popular current film  Hidden Figures.

Ms. Richardson will be bringing along a special guest to this event, NASA’s little demonstration space rover, Rov-E who we understand is planning to do a few tricks involving the audience.  It should be an informative and fun evening.  All the library’s public events are free to the public.  We think this one is going to be popular, and you might want to arrive a bit early!

Burbank Housing Corporation to Open Waiting List for Affordable Housing Program

For the first time in over 5 years, Burbank Housing Corporation (BHC) will be opening its Extremely Low, Very Low, & Lower Income Waiting List for its affordable housing program. Applications will be available starting on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:00 am PST . The application period will close on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4:00pm PST.

Following the deadline on February 10th, BHC will conduct a lottery to randomly select the eligible applications that will be placed on the waiting list. To find out what income level your household qualifies for, please visit BHC’s website at: http://burbankhousingcorp.org/waiting-list/

Chartered in 1997 with the assistance of the City of Burbank’s Redevelopment Agency, BHC has impacted the Burbank community & helped house hundreds of low & moderate income families by providing 300+ units of affordable rentals, 4 After-School and Family Resource Centers, and 2 Nationally Accredited Child Care Centers.

BHC Properties are located in five focus neighborhoods in the City of Burbank and utilizes  a waiting list system to fill all of its vacancies. As a non-profit developer, BHC takes pride in creating high-quality, attractive, and safe properties for residents in the local community.

If you qualify for the waiting list, please contact BHC at (818) 559-2336 or info@burbankhousingcorp.org after January 26, 2017 to request an application and an application will be sent to you via email, fax, or mail.

Burbank Tournament of Roses Float Entry “Home Tweet Home” Seen by Millions

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association’s entry into the 128th Rose Parade was “Home Tweet Home” was the Associations 85th entry and the 70th consecutive float into the Rose Parade.

The 128th Rose Parade’s theme ‘Echoes of Success’  was what the association was given to work with and their float depicted a flock of birds supporting new parents by helping them build a bigger home.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burbank’s entry has been self built by community members since the group formed many years ago. This year they had over 300 people listed as working on, volunteering, or helping make “Home Tweet Home” a dream come true. The members of Burbank Tournament of Roses cut, glued, applied some 60,000 flowers to this years entry.

Burbank’s float is limited to the types of awards the Pasadena Tournament of Roses awards to floats. This year the Association didn’t come home with  an award from Pasadena but won awards to the volunteers and citizens of Burbank who are always proud when they see the entry in the parade.

The Burbank float will remain on display in Pasadena at Sierra Madre & Washington Blvd at post parade events till Tuesday Evening at which time it will return to Burbank and be on display at the corner of Olive Avenue & Glenoaks till Sunday evening.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Members of The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association will be on hand selling Souvenirs accepting donations and signing members of the public up who would like to be members who Association. They will also  be running the  the Animation at specific times depending on weather, fuel and other conditions.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

 

The Burbank float shared fame with local Equestrian and well known USC mascot Traveler  riden by Hector Aguilar a John Burroughs High graduate.

For Burbank residents who haven’t ventured to a Rose Parade as of yet our photographs captured a couple of the sights that aren’t covered when watching the parade from your favorite sofa.

Time to Recycle That Christmas Tree

The City of Burbank encourages residents to responsibly dispose of their Christmas trees following the holidays by offering three methods to recycle the annual decoration.

  1. At the curb/alley: From January 2, 2017 through January 20, 2017, the Public Works

Department will collect trees placed in the alley and at the curb on your regular cart collection day.

  1. In the green waste containers with your other yard trimmings. Please be sure to cut up your tree so the container lid will close.
  2. In three parks: From December 26, 2016 through January 20, 2017, at:

    (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

  • Verdugo Park at North California Street and West Verdugo Avenue
  • Ralph Foy Park in the parking lot on West Victory Boulevard
  • McCambridge Park in the parking lot on Andover Drive

** Because trees are mulched or composted, all tinsel, ornaments, and metal stands must be removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. **

For more information please call (818) 238-3800.

Burbank Jewish Community Gather to Light Huge Menorah on AMC Walkway

This past week Rabbi’s from three Burbank Synagogues gathered along with local politicians to celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Hanukah with the lighting of a giant menorah. This is the third year the ceremony was held in the AMC walkway along Palm Avenue.

Aron Teleshevsky entertains kids and the Mayor of Burbank Jess Talamantes during menorah lighting on the AMC walkway this week. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Rabbis Shmuly Kornfeld, Mark Sobel and Rabbi John Carrier were joined by kids, adults, temple members and spoke of the importance of the eight day holiday known as “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.

The guests were shown how Olive Oil was made from squeezing Olives and using the oil from the fruit and this year Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes was honored to light a small menorah with Olive Oil, while the Rabbis lit a large Menorah that stood over 8 feet tall.

Rabbi’s Kornfeld, Sobel and Carrier light the Menorah as Burbank’s Mayor Jess Talamantes looks on. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Food that is usually ate during the holiday was given out such as doughnuts and home made potato latkes, along with juices and refreshments.

Along with Burbank Mayor Talamantes, Burbank’s new State Senator Anthony Portantino and Burbank City Council members Bob Frutos and Dr. David Gordan were in attendance.