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Burbank Faces Large Budget Cuts Following Rising Deficit

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson) 

There’s a financial storm heading toward the City of Burbank that’s expected to be here sooner than we think. To be clear, there is not one simple answer pertaining to the creation of Burbank’s rising deficit, however, a large factor is due to CalPERS and the 2008 recession. The city will also be losing its General Fund Revenue and Street Lighting Fund Revenue, which totals to $11.7 million dollars. A call to the City Attorney’s office regarding this loss was left unanswered. We will update this story should the City Attorney provide a comment.

Financial Services Director, Cindy Giraldo, gives the Council an overall budget forcast (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With the rising payments, and an abundance of infrastructure repair and maintenance work needed throughout the city, Burbank’s city leaders and citizens face some tough questions.

Burbank’s forecasted annual deficit is equal to 27.4 million dollars and will arrive in the year 2022-2023. In order to combat this, city departments were asked to submit “options” in trimming the city’s budget. The following information is described as “options” and should be treated as such. The budget meeting held at the community service building near City Hall did not confirm any of the cuts.

Lastly, there are proposed budget cuts across playing field. Below are the proposed cuts that would have the largest impact on day-to-day life for Burbank’s citizens.

Fire Department

  • Option 1: Close Station 14, located at 2305 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA
    • Annual Fire Savings – $1.6 million
    • Admin Support Overhead Savings of $144K
  • Option 2: Close Stations 14 and 16. Station 16 is located at 1420 W Verdugo Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
    • Annual Savings of $3.2 million
    • Admin Support Overhead Savings of $288K

Closing one or two fire stations would presumably increase emergency response time, which currently sits at 6 minutes, 7 seconds. This action would also theoretically jeopardize Burbank Fire Department’s Class 1 certification.

Police Department

Option 1:

  • Contract Out Jail Program ($380K)
  • Contract out Parking Control ($110K)
  • Eliminate Crossing Guards ($465K)
  • Contract Animal Shelter Services ($1.45 million)
  • Eliminate Air Support ($1.2 million)
  • Eliminate 9 Sworn Positions ($2 million)

Option 1 would provide an annual savings of $5.6 million and Admin Support Overhead Savings of $504K.

Option 2:

(*$7.5 Milllion)

Option 2 would provide annual savings of $11.3 million dollars and $1 million in Admin Support Overhead.

Parks & Recreation

  • Maintain contracted meal services at Joslyn Senior Center ($680K)
  • Eliminate Home Delivered Meals Program ($475K)
  • Reduce Senior Services including Recreation Program, Information, and Assistance Program, and Human Services Program ($575K)
  • Forestry Services changing their pruning cycle from 6 to 8 years ($225K)

The Parks and Rec department also submitted the option to close the following facilities and all associated programs:

  • Gross Park
  • Stough Canyon Park
  • Stough Canyon Nature Center
  • Starlight Bowl
  • Miller Park
  • Maple Street Playground
  • Johnny Carson Park (southern side)
  • Verdugo Park and Rec Center
  • Creative Arts Center
  • Verdugo Pool
  • McCambridge Pool
  • Valley Skate Park
  • Tuttle Senior Center
  • Mariposa Equestrian Bridge and Horse Trail

The closure of these parks would provide a savings of $3.9 million dollars.

The following programs are to be eliminated along with their associated park closures:

  • Youth Sports
  • Youth Leadership Program (YLP)
  • Adult Sports
  • Counselor in Training (CIT)
  • Aquatics
  • Teen Events

The Boards and Commissions impacted would be the Cultural Arts Commission, the Burbank Athletic Federation, the Senior Board, and the Youth Board. The School Joint Use Agreement would also be terminated, saving $441K.

Furthermore, Parks & Rec may also cut:

  • Day Camp and Afterschool Program ($120K)
  • Family Service Agency School Counseling Funding
  • Boys and Girls Club after school Care Funding
  • All Holiday Events
  • Burbank Volunteer Program ($228K)

The total annual savings equal to $6.9 million dollars, with an admin support overhead of $625K.

Library Services

  • Close Central Library ($2 million)
    • Some staff to be relocated
    • Eliminates 18 FTE positions
    • Reduces 63 hours per week of service
    • Eliminates 40% of the library collection; 38 public computers; 150 seats for studying
    • Eliminates adult literacy services and the Burbank in Focus local history project
    • No library service in the downtown core/north of the freeway.

Admin Support Overhead Savings – $180K

Management Services

  • Eliminate Youth Employment Programs ($366K)
    • Includes STEP, CREST, and BEST
  • Eliminate Workforce Connection ($39K)
    • Eliminates resources provided to approximately 6,000 unemployed or underemployed clients annually.
    • Program is 73% grant funded


The above-proposed cuts, along with cuts to Community Development, Labor Cost Efficiencies, and Transportation Services, equate to $28,961,000. When putting that against our deficit of $27,441,000, the remainder equals to $1,520,000.

Burbank Mayor Will Rogers wants to find new ways of generating revenue instead of cutting city services (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During the meeting, Mayor Will Rogers had this to say about the potential cuts: “When I looked through this list of proposals, the word that came to mind, for me, was ‘Dystopian.'” Other members of city council seemed to share the same sentiment as some of the proposed cuts would likely have an effect on the safety and well-being of all Burbank residents. Rogers went on to say, “I strongly support looking at the other means of generating revenues that are available to us. I know they’ll be angry with us, and I know they’ll hold us responsible for it, but I think it’s what the people of Burbank tend to want, instead of settling for less.”

Along with budget cuts, the city is looking at other options to generate new revenue. One such option is taking a hard look at overturning the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. As medical marijuana is set to become legal in the state, the city of Burbank has an opportunity to impose a tax on all sales and generate an entirely new revenue source.

Other revenue plans deal in increasing taxes for residents, businesses, and non-residents. As the plan becomes sorted out, we can expect more concrete details as to what the city needs, and how our city leaders plan on bringing Burbank out of a potential financial mess. To watch the full meeting with our Mayor and City Council, you can click here.

All seats were filled as members of the public wanted to hear about the City’s budget problems (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hit And Run Suspect Flees, Crashes Into a Burbank House


(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were dispatched to Victory Court and Main Street for a reported car into a house Tuesday afternoon. While responding they were radioed that the car involved was responsible for a Hit and Run at the intersection of Magnolia and Victory minutes earlier with the victim following.  

Burbank Traffic Officers spoke to the victim and it was determined the car that ran into the side of the Burbank home was the same car that was involved in the hit and run at Magnolia and Victory.

Burbank Officers on the scene called for the assistance of a  Glendale Police K-9 that specialized in locating drugs to search the car. The officers thought drugs could have contributed to the accident. Officers located drug paraphernalia inside the car.  

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The driver was tested for DUI and both he and his passenger was released at the scene.

The Traffic Investigators will follow up their investigation for additional evidence and then determine if an arrest is warranted.  


Late Night Accident Requires Physical Rescue To Remove Patients

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters were called to the intersection of Buena Vista and Olive Ave at 2:45 AM after the driver of a Honda Passport crashed head on into the street standard.

Burbank Paramedics worked on the male driver and found the passenger was trapped in the seat. They called for a Truck Company that has specialized tools that will cut away at the door.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The assignment required two rescue ambulances one to transport the driver to a local hospital and the passenger needed to go to a trauma center with additional injuries. 

Burbank Police will determine what caused the accident and if alcohol was a factor. There were skid marks through the intersection leading to the final resting spot. 


Head On Crash Sends Two To Local Hospitals

Burbank Police & Burbank Fire responded to Delaware Road and Glenoaks Blvd at 1:30 AM for a reported Head On Car Collision.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Police were the first on scene and closed Glenoaks Blvd. in both directions, and requested Fire for a person trapped in one of the cars. 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire sent a Truck Company and required two Rescue Ambulances to transport the patients. One going to LA County with traumatic injuries and the other to a local hospital with less severe injuries. 

The damage was extensive to both cars. The cause will be investigated by Burbank Police Traffic Officers.



Brush Fire Consumes 10 Acres Several Homes Spared.

Photo Courtesy The Burbank Fire Department

The Burbank Police and Fire Department received many calls reporting a brush fire in the 1000 Block of Hamline Place around 2:39 PM Wednesday afternoon.

The Fire Department responded a brush assignment and quickly called for a second alarm seven minutes later when the first units reported smoke showing. The second alarm included fire equipment from Glendale, and Pasadena a third alarm was called at 2:45 which included Fire Equipment from LA City Fire with helicopter assistance.

Photo Courtesy The Burbank Fire Department

The helicopters made a quick attack on the head of the blaze which gave ground crews the chance to move into place as the fire worked it’s way uphill toward homes on Viewcrest Drive.

The Police started evacuating several residences near Viewcrest and Howard Count as the flames approached and Firefighters started to put into place Engines and Firefighters working structure protection.

The helicopters used the Starlight Mesa landing pads to refill making their return only minutes away.

The fire was knocked down and totally surrounded while LA County Camp Crews remained overnight putting out small spot fires.

The cause remains under investigation and there were no injuries.

The Burbank Police Department investigated two residential burglaries that occurred in the evacuated area while the area was closed off to the public.




Burbank Resident Arrested Following Standoff

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were called to the 1300 block of North Lincoln Street Saturday mid-morning after receiving a call of ‘Shots Fired’ within a residence.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police responded and made contact with an acquaintance who confirmed that a gun was discharged within the house.

Police attempted to make contact with the person responsible for the firing and he chose to barricade himself inside.  Burbank officers closed the street and had neighbors on both sides and across the street from the house evacuate their residences and remain a safe distance away.

Burbank Officers called for their armored vehicle, the Bearcat and their K-9 unit in to assist. Following a 20 minute period of negotiations, the person responsible for the discharge, Jason Dennis, came out to awaiting officers. 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Additional officers made entry into the house to make sure there were no victims inside. 

Burbank Police arrested Jason Dennis for negligent discharge of a weapon. Detectives were called to continue the investigation and they requested a search warrant to gather additional evidence from the home. During the search, they recovered several weapons and evidence of where the shot was originally fired. 

Burbank Fire Department was on scene with an engine company and rescue ambulance and Battalion Chief. 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)



Police Negotiators Help Save Man Threatening to Jump at Caltrans Site

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank Police Patrol unit on routine patrol near the Empire Center Monday afternoon noticed a male standing on a ledge about 25 feet high in the construction area where the new Empire under-crossing will be eventually be.

The patrol unit was not sure if the male, dressed in black, was marking graffiti or stuck or even looking to jump off the 18 inch ledge.

All vehicles on Victory Place were stopped in both directions in the area of the Empire Center, causing traffic to get backed while cars were detoured around the new interchange.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It took over 24 Firefighters to get the huge rescue cushion into place while Burbank Police assisted and had two of their crises negotiators attempt to talk to the male down.

The Burbank Police Officers were successful in convincing the gentleman to walk back to where he walked on the ledge and they took him into protective custody. They determined the male Latino might have been suffering from  possible psychological issues and transported him to a local hospital for treatment.



Fire Service Day Joined with National Police Week Celebrated by Thousands Locally

This past Saturday The Burbank Fire and Police Department opened their doors for the community to see it’s operations and all the services they both offer the community. 

Myburbank had a couple of photographers covering the event and here is what they got to see.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)



Burbank Police Arrest Driver After Long Low Speed Pursuit

Burbank Police Officers responded to call of a possible DUI driver near Hollywood Way and Verdugo.  The officers found the car in the CVS lot and saw a male enter the driver’s seat and drive away. 

The officers followed the vehicle and watched it commit several vehicle code violations.  They attempted to stop the car, but the driver continued driving.  Police officers followed the vehicle into the Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and North Hollywood, where it collided with a parked and unoccupied truck.

 Following this collision, the driver continued driving, failing to yield for the police officers who were still following. 

Eventually, the driver returned to the city of Burbank and pulled into the Costco parking lot.    The driver was finally detained after running over a curb and he was placed under arrest for felony evading, driving under the influence and hit and run. 

The suspect has been identified as Timothy O’Brien, a 44-year-old man from North Hollywood.  O’Brien  is currently out on bond and due in court June 5, 2017.

Man Survives Fall Off Flood Control Bridge

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters along with Burbank Police officers were called to the flood control channel on Flower Street near Olive Avenue behind Borrmann Steel Tuesday after a man jumped off a bridge into the channel.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The 30 year old Lancaster man, who was suffering from one, possibly two broken legs, was treated by Burbank Paramedics.

The rescue required Firefighters to descend into the wash and then use ropes and a stokes basket that was lifted by a fire truck with specialized equipment.

The victim, who was reportedly under the influence, was transported to a trauma center for treatment.