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Officers Looking for Motorists During Distracted Driver Awareness Month

This month, the Burbank Police Department is joining with law enforcement throughout California to bring awareness to distracted driving.

Ten years after “hands-free” laws were put into place to improve safety on the road, there has been a decrease in accidents caused by distracted drivers using their cellphones. However, distracting driving continues to be a major reason for accidents.

Data from 2007 shows there were over 33,000 accidents throughout California that were the result of distracted driving. In 2017, around 22,000 drivers were in traffic accidents that were the result of distracted driving.

“California’s distracted driving laws have been saving lives for a decade now. Every day, somewhere in California, someone is sitting down to dinner with their family who wouldn’t have made it through the day without these laws on the books. That’s tremendously gratifying,” said former State Senator Joe Simitian, author of California’s hands-free and no-texting laws.

April has been declared to be “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” with the first week as “California Teen Safe Driving Week.”

April 5th and 13th will be the two dates on which police throughout the state will increase enforcement for no-texting traffic safety laws. Through grant-funded resources, additional BPD traffic officers will be monitoring parts of the city where accidents are more frequent. Drivers observed to be on their phones will be ticketed, and a citation of $162 will be given to first time offenders.

For prevention of such accidents, police want to make drivers aware of safe alternatives to using their phones while driving. Police have provided options, such as designating a passenger who can respond to texts or calls on the driver’s behalf. While on the road, drivers can also find a safe place to park to make a phone call or send a message. To avoid the temptation of using their phone altogether, drivers are encouraged to put their mobile device in the backseat or the trunk.

“Distracted Driving Awareness Month” is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Posh Bridal Affair

The Posh Bridal Affair is LA’s elite bridal event, exposing its brides to the top vendors in the industry. This event will be hosted by Slomique Hawrylo, lead event planner on WETV’s David Tutera’s Celebrations and held at the magnificent Millennium Biltmore Hotel! Attending brides will not only have the opportunity to meet with the top bridal designers, photographers, makeup artists and wedding planners, but also enjoy our fabulous giveaways at the door, a fashion show, raffles and much more! Finishing up with an epic “Ring On It” dance party for the VIP/Elite brides to be. So bet on this affair being anything but your conventional bridal show and make sure to mark your calendar for this once in a lifetime wedding experience.

Burbank Fire Department Kept Busy with Two Fires in Two Days

First fire was Thursday, see below for Friday’s fire on California.

The Burbank Fire Department responded to a reported house fire in the 800 block of Kenwood Thursday morning to find smoke coming from the attic vents.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quick work by Fire Fighters kept the small fire from extending, although smoke caused by the interior wall fire was bad enough to take the life a family cat. Damage from the fire was estimated at $50,000 to the contents and $50,000 to structure. There were no injuries to Fire Fighters during this fire.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The second fire was reported Friday afternoon at 4:59 pm

Friday afternoon Burbank Fire Fighters were called to the 1300 block of N. California Street to a reported shed fire behind a house. When firefighters arrived they approached the fire and heard several popping sound and retreated. The fire fighters determined the popping sound was live ammunition rounds exploding. The decision was made to attack the blaze in a defensive mode and keep firefighters in a safe distance from the live rounds going off.

The cause of this blaze and the one on Thursday are currently being investigated by Burbank’s Arson Investigator.

Angela Mobile Makeup Brings VIP Experience to Local Women

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Deep chestnuts, chocolates, corals and copper. Shimmer or matte. Cream or powder. As Angela looks down at her vast collection of eye shadow shades, she ponders which choice would compliment my skin tone. She looks up at my eyes and makes a decision. As she reaches for the chocolate brown, I close my eyes and wait for her instruction.

Angela is a professionally trained and certified makeup artist, holds a cosmetology license in two states including California and is the owner of Angela Mobile Makeup. After attending cosmetology school on the East Coast, she ventured to Los Angeles in search of the perfect makeup school. When she found a school in Downtown Burbank, she looked around the area and realized she never wanted to leave. She has lived in Burbank for 10 years.

“During my visit I fell absolutely in love with Burbank, which played a large part in my final decision on the school I attended. I immediately made the move to Burbank and have been here ever since. I love the small town, community feel that it has,” Angela said.

Angela started her makeup career in the entertainment industry, working for many celebrities and television shows, including “American Idol,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Access Hollywood,” “Academy of Country Music” and “The Emmys,” to name a few.

“I was really lucky; I met the right people right away. It’s all about the connections you make in this town,” Angela said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Angela decided to mobilize her company when she realized the only option for women to have their makeup professionally done was to visit a salon or makeup counter. Working in Hollywood for such big names and television shows, Angela realized having a personal makeup artist shouldn’t be a luxury just for the wealthy.

And she was right. Sitting in a tall makeup chair, surrounded by a vast array of professional makeup brands with a bright light shining down on me made the makeup lesson feel like a truly special experience. I felt like I was living a day in the life of a celebrity.

“I wanted to provide the everyday woman with the same services offered to my celebrity clients, which is to have their own personal makeup artist travel to them so that their glam session takes place in the comfort of their home,” Angela said.

Angela truly brings the VIP experience to any home. She provides her own lighting, the entire makeup kit and a makeup chair. She offers personal makeup lessons and group lessons as well as makeup applications. Her services are often used for weddings and professional photography, as well as women attending a dinner party, romantic date night, hitting the town with friends or any other special event. Those who choose a lesson will often take notes and practice the application techniques. Clients also receive a book prior to Angela’s departure, which includes all of her notes and techniques for applying makeup.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

While showing me how to apply eye shadow to one eye, she thoughtfully explained the reasoning behind each motion of the brush, inviting me to ask questions or voice any confusion. When she finished one eye, she handed me the brush and said “Now you try.” Her sweet personality and encouraging smile is enough to make anyone feel that they are more than capable of improving their technique. Angela’s teaching style is one that emphasizes application. With each new makeup item, she would apply one side and I would apply the other. It was eye opening to see everything I had been doing wrong the past few years, and what simple techniques I could use to correct it. She offers her clients a face chart for taking notes and marking down favorite brands of makeup in addition to her personalized makeup book.

Her book includes everything from brush guides, to tips on eye shadow application, to lipstick shades, to perfecting the “Five Minute Makeup.” Angela makes it a point to create an entire experience, not just a short lesson where everything that was said is forgotten the next day. She encourages her clients to take notes and come back for a follow-up session if they have extra questions.

“It’s a different experience than you would have at a salon or a department store counter,” Angela said.

While Angela has clients all over Los Angeles, her main base is Burbank.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I’ve really been connecting with Burbank businesses and the moms of Burbank. It is great for moms; I am able to travel to them. They don’t need to bring their children into a salon, their children can play at home while I show them how to do makeup.”

Angela not only travels to her clients, she is also available beyond normal business hours in a day. She tries to be available to her clients for questions, concerns or appointments.

“You’re always able to reach me. I’m great at returning calls and emails. I’m not solely open between nine and five, Appointments are made when they’re needed,” Angela said. “If you need me at seven at night, I’m there. If you need me really early in the morning, I’m there.”

Angela also offers a personal shopping service to clients who do not have the time or ability to go and purchase their makeup. She is passionate about her business and wants to ensure that anybody can have a truly exceptional makeup experience, without ever having to leave the house.

Angela also offers gift cards for those who wish to treat their loved ones with a personal makeup lesson or glamorous makeup application.

Angela has a five star Yelp rating, with many happy customers praising her for her professionalism, her friendly demeanor and her expertise. For more information on Angela Mobile Makeup, visit her website at www. http://angelamobilemakeup.com, her Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AngelaMobileMakeup, her Instagram at http://instagram.com/angelamobilemakeup and her twitter at https://twitter.com/AngMobileMakeup.

 

Caltrans Seeks Public Input on Statewide Rail Plan

Caltrans, which manages two of the nation’s busiest passenger rail lines, is asking its rapidly growing passenger base what they think about rail systems in the Golden State.

The department will host five public open houses and a statewide webinar this month to solicit input on the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP), which will lay out a vision for freight, passenger and high-speed rail in the state. The draft plan is available on the Internet
(http://californiastaterailplan.com/) and comments can be submitted through March 11.

“Each year, nearly six million passengers ride the trains in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “It’s important that we find out what our citizens have to say about rail, because their input will help us build a truly connected California.”

Ridership on California trains is up 56 percent since 2002, and California has about 18 percent of all Amtrak riders.

“The Authority looks forward in working with Caltrans and our local partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that invests in urban, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority.

To review the draft plan and comment, please attend any of five events listed below. If you can’t attend a meeting in person, you can participate in the online webinar.

· Sacramento: February 12, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., California State Railroad Museum, Stanford Gallery 

· Oakland: February 14, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Room 1 

· San Diego: February 19, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Caltrans District 11 San Diego Office Building, 1st Floor Conference Room 

· Los Angeles: February 20, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza

· Fresno: February 21, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Hugh M. Burns State Building, Assembly Room 1036 

· Webinar: February 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Online Webinar, event password: RailPlan1

The final plan (scheduled to be issued this summer) will fully integrate California’s future high-speed rail system with existing and proposed conventional rail systems. The plan will serve as a basis for federal and state investments for high-speed and intercity passenger rail in California and will also describe the existing conditions of the state’s rail systems and the economic and environmental benefits of improvements.

California Homemade Food Act by Assemblyman Mike Gatto Sent to Governor

After quick passage by both houses of the Legislature yesterday, Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Assembly Bill (AB) 1616, the California Homemade Food Act, was sent to the Governor. If signed into law, the California Homemade Food Act would legalize the sale of homemade, “non-potentially hazardous” foods by creating a two-tier system of “cottage food operations” based upon the point of sale.

The Assemblyman made a commitment to helping aspiring micro-entrepreneurs start their businesses by improving access to locally produced, artisan foods after his constituent, Mark Stambler, was shut down by the Los Angeles Department of Environmental Health for selling his homemade, brick-oven breads to a neighborhood cheese shop. “This final step is substantial for food makers like Mark, stay-at-home parents, culinary enthusiasts, job seekers and all those who want to know where their foods come,” commented Gatto. “I hope that the Governor will join me and the thousands of people statewide that are looking to develop their businesses and purchase healthier, more locally produced foods for their families.”

Outdated statutes and local ordinances strictly prohibit everyone from home-based, artisanal bread bakers to small-scale, dried-fruit vendors from selling their products to their communities. AB 1616 will lift that ban, permitting every-day foods such as breads, tortillas, dry roasted nuts and legumes, cookies, granola, churros, jams, jellies and other fruit preserves, to be produced in the home and sold to the public. Producers choosing to sell directly to consumers will register with the local health department, and those choosing to sell to local retail shops, such as the neighborhood coffee shop or corner store, will be subject to initial inspection and permitting by the local health department. All producers will also be required to complete a food processor course, verify that the home kitchen meets specific standards, and disclose on the product label that the product was made in a home kitchen.

Gatto argues that providing producers the opportunity to sell directly to their neighbors at the local farmer’s market or through the specialty shop up the street is a matter of access to opportunity for those struggling to provide for themselves and their families in a state with a 12% unemployment rate. Prior to Stambler’s incident in Los Angeles, Shasta County made national headlines when, in 2008, it stopped 86-year-old disabled World War II veteran Jack Melton from selling the fruitcakes he had been making in his home kitchen for more than ten years. “The disabled veteran fruit cake-maker, the single mom selling churros, and the bread-baker with a less-than-normal regular work schedule are constrained in their ability to transport their products to local farmers markets. The state should not prohibit them from taking advantage of an opportunity to make ends meet when, year after year, it has been forced to drastically cut social services.”

The California Homemade Food Act is consistent with similar laws of at least 33 other states, none of which have reported a food-borne illness from non-potentially hazardous foods. The legislation contains numerous provisions that will ensure cottage food operations remain small-scale, neighborhood-based activities that respect the importance of public health. Amendments reflect conversations with state and local health officials, retail interests, food producers and ethnic groups. The bill has thus far received support from various organizations statewide, including the Los Angeles Bread Bakers, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Proyecto Jardin, Whole Foods Market Northern California, the California State Grange, and the City of Los Angeles. An online petition gathered signatures from more than 6,000 people state-wide.

“I encourage Governor Brown to help me remove the red tape that confines our local governments and to assist micro-entrepreneurs who want to enter the food production business but do not have the time or money to spend on a long, drawn out permitting process,” said Gatto. “Creating a legal structure for the safe, in-home production of certain foods that respects the importance of public health is a sensible approach that will spark more economic activity in our local economies and in California.”

The bill received a unanimous, bipartisan 37-0 vote in the Senate, and a bipartisan 60-16 concurrence vote in the Assembly. The Governor must sign the bill before September 30th to legalize homemade foods sales in California.

Get “Behind the Bill” and hear the story of the California Homemade Food Act in this Assembly Access Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnS_gqTIdAE&feature=youtu.be

Gatto’s bill to Legalize Sales of Homemade Food Clears Next Legislative Hurdle

Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Assembly Bill (AB) 1616, the California Homemade Food Act, earned its latest legislative victory Wednesday with a unanimous vote of 8-0 in the Senate Health Committee. The Act would allow for the sale of homemade, “non-potentially hazardous” foods by creating a two-tier system of “cottage food operations” based upon the point of sale.

The Assemblyman made a commitment to help micro-entrepreneurs improve access to locally produced foods after his constituent, Mark Stambler, was shut down by the Los Angeles Department of Environmental Health for selling homemade breads baked in the brick oven in his home. “The victory in Health Committee is another substantial step for artisan food makers like Mark,” said Gatto, “I am happy to see such broad support clearing the path for people to produce healthy, homemade foods. But, our work is far from complete. The opposition from large corporations who want to kill potential competition is growing.”

Under AB 1616, foods available for sale would include every-day items such as breads, tortillas, dry roasted nuts and legumes, granola, churros, jams, jellies and other fruit preserves, rice cakes and cookies. If the producer chose to sell directly to the consumer, he or she would register with the local health department and complete a food handler’s course. If a producer chose to sell to a local store or grocer, such as the neighborhood coffee shop, he or she would have inspections and a permit from the local health department. “During these tough times, micro-businesses and our local governments need not waste time and money on a long, drawn out permitting process that is intended for corporate retailers and producers,” commented Gatto. “Creating a legal structure for the safe, in-home production of certain foods that respects the importance of public health is a sensible approach.”

The legislation is consistent with similar laws of at least 32 other states, none of which have reported a food-borne illness from non-potentially hazardous foods. The Act has been amended several times to reflect numerous conversations with local health directors, small and large-scale retail interests, and cultural and ethnic groups. The bill has thus far received the support of a variety of organizations statewide, including the Los Angeles Bread Bakers, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Proyecto Jardin, Whole Foods Market Northern California, the Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and the California Food and Justice Coalition.

There has been debate about whether to allow sales of such products through retail shops, but Gatto insists this is a matter of access to opportunity during difficult economic times for families struggling to make ends meet. In 2008, 86-year-old disabled World War II veteran Jack Melton was stopped by Shasta County Environmental Health Officials from selling the fruitcakes he had been making in his home kitchen for ten years. Gatto said, “In a state where farmers markets have limited space, are concentrated in more populated counties, and are seasonal in many areas, limiting this opportunity doesn’t make sense. The disabled veteran fruit cake-maker, the elderly woman making jelly, the single mom selling churros, and the bread-baker who works Saturdays at his regular job are limited in their ability to transport their products to farmer’s markets. They shouldn’t be kept from taking advantage of this opportunity to provide for themselves and for their families.”

AB 1616 has been amended to include a series of specific restrictions on retail sales to make sure this remains a small-scale, community activity, which is a critical economic development tool in a State with 12% unemployment.

AB 1616 now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee before going to the Senate Floor for a full vote of the chamber. The Governor must sign the bill before September 30th to lift the ban on homemade foods sales in California.

Caltrans Announces I-5 Freeway Ramp Closures For January 8 – 13

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 January 8, through Friday January 13, 2012

 

▪ Northbound I-5 Connector to Westbound SR-134

TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Southbound I-5 Connector to Eastbound SR-134

TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a .m.

 

▪ Westbound SR-134 Connector to Northbound I-5

TIME: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound On Ramp

TIME: 7p.m. to 6 a.m.

9a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 Western Avenue Eastbound and Westbound Off Ramp

TIME: 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo

Avenue On-Ramps

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 Westbound Colorado Boulevard On-Ramp

TIME: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo

Avenue Off-Ramps

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪ Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Olive Avenue/Verdugo

Avenue On-Ramps

TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Southbound I-5 Westbound Burbank Boulevard On-Ramps

TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Southbound I-5 Eastbound Burbank Boulevard On-Ramps

TIME: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off Ramp

Time: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue On Ramp

Time: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

· Northbound I-5 Westbound Colorado Boulevard On Ramp

Time: 10p.m. to 6 a.m.

 

▪ Southbound I-5 Eastbound and Westbound Alameda Avenue Off and On

Ramps

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 from Colorado Boulevard to SR-134

TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Three lanes – 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Four Lanes- 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

 

▪ Northbound I-5 from SR-134 to Burbank Boulevard

TIME: Up to two lanes – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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 6 a.m.

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.

Operation Gratitude Teams With On Gratitude

BurbankNBeyond Host Deborah Dodge spent an Evening in Honor of US Troops with Operation Gratitude, which was held Monday, September 26 at the Burbank Central Library in conjunction with Burbank Read’s book, On Gratitude. No matter your politics, expressing gratitude to the men and women who serve and defend our country is an act of truth and love. Representatives of Operation Gratitude, the nonprofit organization that assembles and ships care packages to United States service members deployed overseas, let residences pen your own note of personal thanksgiving. These notes will be sent in time for this year’s holiday season — a warm and loving connection for these brave soldiers. Todd Jensen and publisher Adams Media recently donated 1000 copies of ON GRATITUDE to Operation Gratitude. If you’re interested in making a larger donation of signed books for the holidays, please contact the author: todd@thegratitudelist.org. For more information on Operation Gratitude: www.opgratitude.org

Operation Gratitude Teams With On Gratitude

BurbankNBeyond Host Deborah Dodge spent an Evening in Honor of US Troops with Operation Gratitude, which was held Monday, September 26 at the Burbank Central Library in conjunction with Burbank Read’s book, On Gratitude. No matter your politics, expressing gratitude to the men and women who serve and defend our country is an act of truth and love. Representatives of Operation Gratitude, the nonprofit organization that assembles and ships care packages to United States service members deployed overseas, let residences pen your own note of personal thanksgiving. These notes will be sent in time for this year’s holiday season — a warm and loving connection for these brave soldiers. Todd Jensen and publisher Adams Media recently donated 1000 copies of ON GRATITUDE to Operation Gratitude. If you’re interested in making a larger donation of signed books for the holidays, please contact the author: todd@thegratitudelist.org. For more information on Operation Gratitude: www.opgratitude.org