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Burbank City Council Searches for New Member in Special Meeting

On Monday, May 7, applications were due for those who hope to be considered for the Burbank City Council. The vacancy comes in light of the passing of Burbank Mayor Will Rogers.

A total of 31 applications were turned in and 28 applicants have qualified to begin the interview process.

During a City Council meeting on May 10, council members were given an introduction and presentation of 27 applicants interested in continuing the process. Applicant Davida Frieman withdrew prior to the meeting.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Council members voted for three candidates and determined the final eight candidates. The City Clerk conducted a draw of the finalists and placed them in order for the process to continue: 1. Robert S. Brody, 2. John Bwarie, 3. Chris John Rizzotti, 4. Carolyn Elizabeth Jackson, 5. Linda Helen Muchamel, 6. Barry Gussow, 7. Timothy Michael Murphy, and 8. Paul Richard Herman.

A City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. during which a question and answer session will take place. Council members will have fifteen minutes per applicant to ask five pre-determined questions that will allow candidates to elaborate on their qualifications.

Following the interviews, council members will continue the process and vote in a ballot for the top candidate of their choice. Afterward, the City Clerk will collect ballots, conduct another random drawing, and read the names of the top candidates with a maximum of four applicants.

After the announcement, there will be a time for public comment. Once council members have heard from those in attendance, they will deliberate on the final candidates. Then, the City Clerk will take a vote of the Council in the traditional vote used for Boards, Committee, and Commission appointments. A majority vote is required for an appointment.

The new Council Member will be appointed on May 19 or possibly before. Formal seating of the new council member and the Oath of Office recited by the City Clerk will occur during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m.

“Burbank Common” Restaurant and Brewery Coming Downtown

( Photo Courtesy Community Development Department Website)

Owner of the popular local bar “Tony’s Darts Away” and founder of Golden Road Brewery, Tony Yanow is partnering with the City of Burbank to open a new restaurant and brewery at 10 W. Magnolia Blvd which will be called “Burbank Common.”

Located adjacent to the downtown Burbank Metrolink station, the project will involve the demolition of a 70,000 square-feet storage warehouse to be replaced with a restaurant, a craft beer pub, a roller derby rink, and possibly food carts. Space will be reduced to 33,000 square-feet to provide an outdoor recreation area. It is currently unknown how many restaurants the 2.4-acre site will include.

( Photo Courtesy Community Development Department Website)

Burbank Common will utilize the 471 parking spaces located near the Metrolink station. Although more than half of the spaces are used by those riding the Metro during the day, it is hoped there will be enough room to accommodate customers in the evening.

“For intermittent larger events that will occur one to two times per month, it is anticipated that parking can be provided offsite in existing parking facilities in Downtown Burbank and a shuttle system could be employed to shuttle attendees to and from events,” said Ross Young, a project manager for Burbank.

To ensure that the Metrolink parking will not be overwhelmed, a “full parking study” will be conducted during the environmental review process.

Although the city will retain ownership of the property, Yanow will operate Burbank Common with his restaurant group, the Artisanal Brewers Collective.

“His company has the resources and experience to independently build and operate the facility and they are proposing to incorporate features that would provide significant community-wide benefits,” said Young.

“If approved by the City Council, the proposed project would have a number of benefits for the City. The project would also provide a much-needed event center which would complement the existing businesses and hotels in Downtown Burbank and throughout the City by attracting outside visitors to Burbank.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

In 2008, the city attempted to demolish the same warehouse but could not receive support from City Council due to the high cost. The warehouse which was formally owned by AmeriCold has six-feet thick cement walls that make it difficult to demolish. From 2011 to 2016, the property was controlled by a different redevelopment agency.

“From a fiscal standpoint, the project would facilitate over $10 million in private sector investment, while creating jobs, boosting tourism, and increasing the City’s tax base,” said Young.

Burbank Common is currently going through its environmental analysis and “community outreach phase.” The project is expected to be presented to the Burbank Planning Board and City Council before September.

Burbank Bike Angels Celebrates 9th Holiday Seasonal Event

On Wednesday, December 13th, the Burbank Bike Angels celebrated their 9th Holiday seasonal event on Olive Avenue. During the event, the Burbank Bike Angeles showcased more than one hundred restored bikes, each meant for a less fortunate child living in Burbank.

The bikes were set along the steps of City Hall and were distributed in just in time for the holiday season. The bikes were distributed through local non-profit organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Family Service Agency, the Salvation Army, and Penny Lane. Having done this for nine years now, the Burbank Bike Angels estimate that they have restored over 1,500 bikes.

In attendance for the event were the Burbank Bike Angels’ director, volunteers, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Burbank City Council Members, the City Manager, and representatives from the Salvation Army.

The bikes are gathered throughout the year in various conditions. Upon receiving the bike, community members, volunteers, and those associated with the program spend months cleaning, repairing, and getting each bike into a condition that makes the bike new again.

 

If you are interested in donating a bike, you can call (818)-238-3900, or you can drop it off Monday through Friday at the Burbank Recycling Center at 500 S. Flower Street.

If you are interested volunteering to repair bikes, you are encouraged to call (818) 238-5286, or simply attend one of the work days, which are scheduled for Wednesdays and Saturdays during the months of September through December.

To make a monetary donation, which will go directly toward the purchasing of parts, please call (818) 238-5286.

 

City Introduces Plan to Curb Homelessness

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, during the City Council meeting, a plan was revealed to curb the homeless problem plaguing the city. The plan included statistics regarding the problems that homeless bring, along with problems that will further create a higher population of homelessness.

Back in November of 2016, an Interdepartmental Homeless Committee was formed to address the homelessness problem. The committee is comprised of all city departments here in Burbank. In February of 2017, Burbank City Council directed the committee to come with a comprehensive plan to both prevent and reduce homelessness around the city.

Currently, in the greater Los Angeles Area, there are over 57,000 homeless people. In Burbank, the homeless population amounts to 229 people, which is a 37% increase from 2016. With an increase of homelessness comes an increase of calls to the Burbank Police Department. Since 2016, Burbank Police has responded to 1,188 calls, including repeat calls, from Burbank residents concerned about homeless on the streets.

In an effort to gain public insight, the committee held meetings from May to August of 2017. A total of 174 people belonging to the Burbank community attended these meetings. Their insight helped the committee create a plan of action for 2017 and beyond.


The plan was laid out in varied strategies. You can find these strategies below:

Strategy 1: Develop Storage Facilities and Transportation for the Homeless

This strategy was created in an effort to reduce unattended items and belongings on sidewalks around Burbank. A similar strategy is in effect in Orange County.

Strategy 2: Enhancing Quality of Life, Mental Health, and Healthcare Awareness

In this two-pronged strategy, city health partners, and community partners would offer healthcare to the homeless, but remain responsive to residents and business in the city. The second component to this strategy involves informing the homeless about the Affordable Care Act, Medi-Cal, and other healthcare related services.

Hope of the Valley, which is a potential community partner, offers a “Recuperative Care Shelter”, which is designed to help the homeless who have been discharged from a hospital, but need more time and care to recuperate. This shelter would also offer crisis housing, 30-bed shelter, mental health clinic, community health clinic, and a job training program.

Strategy 3: Building Temporary Housing

This strategy involves building temporary housing to help the homeless transition back into permanent housing. These shelters would be used to help individuals, families, and youth who are without a place to stay in the short term.

Family Promise of the Verdugos, who is also potential community partner, has a similar model with a 96% success rate in an already existing shelter.

Strategy 4: Creating Affordable Housing

Using city funds, this strategy would involve creating incentives for landlords to offer more affordable housing. One example of this strategy at work is the city’s partnership with the HOME fund. This fund has been used to create 316 affordable rental units so far.

Strategy 5: Community Awareness, Outreach, and Coordinated Care System

This strategy focuses on bringing the community together to create public outreach, awareness, and understanding for the homeless. 

Strategy 6: Increasing Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing

This strategy aims to help households maintain their housing. This strategy is conceived with the notion that it is more effective and less costly to maintain a house, rather than helping a family obtain new housing.

This program is currently in practice in Pasadena. In the program, 88% of participants do not return to homelessness after the assistance.

Strategy 7: Enforcing Public Health, Safety, and Enforcement

In this strategy, the city will educate the homeless on public health and safety, and especially finding solutions to those who live near riverbeds, parks, or any other areas that aren’t meant for human habitation.

 


As for the funding for all of these strategies, money is expected to come from private grants, public grants, and Measure H. However, during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, the council was informed that all money from Measure H, would not be given to Burbank.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Measure H was a measure where all cities belonging to the county of Los Angeles were to take part. The measure had cities putting 1/4 of a cent into a fund that would then later be used to combat homelessness. After all was said and done, the county of Los Angeles notified Burbank that all cities did not take part, and that the $8 million dollars that Burbank raised to combat homelessness would not be available for use. Instead, Burbank will have to apply and compete to gain access to the fund.

The fund was supposed to generate $355 million a year, but was decreased to $258.9 million because seven cities are not contributing due to a 10.25 percent sales tax cap law.

As for where Burbank goes from here, City Council has the option to adopt any of the strategies proposed, authorize the Community Development Director to execute a planning grant, submit the Burbank Homelessness Plan to the County of Los Angeles, and then implement the plan. 

You can view the Tuesday’s City Council meeting at the following link:

http://burbank.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=8104&meta_id=331597

To skip to the Homelessness Plan, and Measure H discussion, fast-forward to 2:48:00.

Yellow Turn Signals Raise Controversy

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Starting as far back as June 2016 and most recently in March and April of this year, yellow left turn signals were introduced to various intersections throughout Burbank. While it is an effort to increase road safety and improve traffic flow, some drivers have raised concerns, citing confusion as to what the lights mean.

The City of Los Angeles first implemented “protected/permissive” left turn signals as they’re called, over a decade ago. Burbank is among the latest surrounding cities to receive the change.

“We did one test in June 2016 at Olive and First to observe it, and it was working well, and that’s why we expanded it,” said Jonathan Yee, Traffic Engineer and Assistant Public Works Director.

Flashing yellow arrows, known as amber arrows which tell drivers to proceed with caution, follow a green arrow, which give drivers making a left turn the priority.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The whole background behind it is, research was done on flashing yellow lights for 7 years. The flashing yellow light replaces the green circle, and the Federal Government found that it was safer in the sense that there were fewer people who interpreted it as a green right-away for left turns, and also fewer collisions,” explained Yee.

Although they are meant to improve safety, some believe the lights have backfired, endangering those who are forced to make an in-the-moment decision based on whether they should turn or not when the arrow flashes yellow.

“They are unsafe! They do not make driving easier. If anything fix the timing of the lights at Chandler!” tweeted Burbank resident @dblares.

At a City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 19, a concerned citizen brought the newly implemented amber arrows to the Council’s attention.

“There are so many traffic accidents happening. I’m not making this up, on my way here tonight I witnessed another traffic accident at Olive and Victory… The traffic signals, those yellow blinking lights that have been placed in the city, I understand from one of the officers at the accident that those have actually increased traffic accidents at those intersections,” said resident Audrey Ford, who received applause from many of those in attendance.

Ford cited a study from Minnesota publication, the StarTribune, in which 34 crashes were recorded at an intersection with amber arrows over the course of last year. 16 accidents were attributed to drivers who didn’t realize the yellow lights indicated they needed to yield.

Mayor Will Rogers responded to comments by a few at the meeting who were opposed to the lights, stating, “Blinking yellow lights are all over this country. I’ve gone through them in Denver, in Portland, in Florida, in Arizona… It may be the first time we’ve seen them here in Burbank, but they’re not new…”

Mayor Rogers also noted that the lights have never confused him personally.

Despite the controversy, several residents have expressed how grateful they are for the City’s effort to make the streets safer.

“Those flashing lights are the best thing Burbank has done to improve traffic in the last year. Love, love, love them!!” tweeted @craftybeans.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Likewise, some who were originally hesitant to the change are beginning to feel comfortable with the City’s decision as they realize the benefits of amber lights.

“In the beginning they were annoying, but I now understand their purpose,” tweeted local @Jack_the_Smith.

For those who have strong opinions on the recent addition of amber lights, whether in favor of them or not, the City Council is willing to listen to locals who have been affected.

In a city with a growing array of business enterprises such as “America’s largest Ikea,” Empire Center’s Walmart, and a Target Express coming soon to Hollywood Way, finding better ways to control traffic is important. More and more people are coming into Burbank from outside the city limits, and simple modifications to intersections can reduce accidents and save drivers time on the road.

Intersections that currently have “protected/permissive” signals include Olive Ave. at First St., Alameda Ave. at the ramp for the 134 Freeway, Glenoaks Blvd. at Scott Rd., Buena Vista St. at Alameda Ave., Buena Vista St. at Burbank Blvd., Buena Vista St. at Empire Ave., Buena Vista St. at Magnolia Blvd., and Buena Vista St. at Olive Ave.

In November, the intersection of Buena Vista St. at Verdugo Ave. will also be affected. The update to Burbank traffic lights will continue through June 2018.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Dodger Night: Good Time Had By All

By Rick Assad Sports Editor

It’s likely there are few things in life more relaxing and enjoyable than spending several hours at a big-league baseball game.

Add that the game is being played at Dodger Stadium, one of the most beautiful, picturesque and iconic venues in the majors, the experience is magnified 100 fold.

For roughly 210 Burbank residents, that’s exactly where they found themselves because it was “Burbank Night” at Dodger Stadium.

It couldn’t have gone more splendidly as the National League West-leading Boys in Blue throttled the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, behind Adrian Gonzalez’s three-run homer to right field in the fifth inning, Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly and run-scoring single, and recently-acquired Alex Wood’s five-hitter with three runs, three strikeouts and three walks over six and one-third innings as 43,407 looked on.

And because it was Friday night, it meant there were fireworks afterward, which everyone seemed to enjoy.

Start of School with Matt Hill -2© 2015 Ross A. Benson

Burbank Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes enjoys a Dodger Dog. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jess Talamantes, Burbank’s vice mayor, accompanied by his wife Sandy, were in the stands more than a half hour before the first pitch.

The pair were nestled in the field section behind home plate where his brother Louis, owns season tickets for the last decade.

“I started coming to Dodger Stadium in the 70s when they had Ron Cey and Steve Garvey,” Talamantes said. “Later it was Fernando Valenzuela. There is a long history here and it began with Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Maury Wills.”

Valenzuela, who won the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young trophy in 1981 after going 13-7, with 11 complete games, 8 shutouts, 180 strikeouts and a 2.48 earned-run average, now works as a Dodgers broadcaster.

Still beloved and fondly remembered, Valenzuela, a six-time All-Star, was busy taking pictures and speaking with fans in front of the press box before the game.

Talamantes, despite a hectic work schedule, tries to make it to Chavez Ravine, which opened in 1962 and has hosted an All-Star Game in 1980, numerous playoff and World Series games, as much as possible.

“I usually try to get to about 10 games a year,” he said. “I’d like to get to more games. What’s better than this? It’s beautiful and the weather is always nice.”

Start of School with Matt Hill -2© 2015 Ross A. Benson

Park & Rec Director Judie Wilke and husband Tom at the Stadium. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In 2011 and 2012, Talamantes was Burbank’s Mayor, and was able to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in 2011 on Burbank Night. “That was the 100th anniversary of the city,” he pointed out. “That was a lot of fun.”

Judie Wilke, the Burbank Parks and Recreation Director and her husband Tom, were seated in the reserve section down the right-field line.

“We don’t go often, but we always make it to Burbank Dodger Night,” she said. “It’s always fun. My husband’s from Cincinnati. We had a good time because we were able to get together with people that we know.”

Wilke didn’t partake in the traditional Dodger Dog, but did eat soft-serve ice cream out of a pink Dodgers cap, while Tom had the same in a blue Dodgers cap.

Carol Mercado, who works in the Parks and Recreation Department where she is a supervisor, and her husband John, were also on hand. Mercado, along with the sports office staff, had a large hand in selling the tickets.

“I used to work in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium in the late 70s and early 80s,” she said. “It’s been about five years since I’ve been to the Stadium, and there have been a lot of changes.

It seems like it’s a lot more fun. It’s more family oriented.”

Start of School with Matt Hill -2© 2015 Ross A. Benson

Jason Dyer and family at the ballpark. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mercado said she roots for the Blue Crew. “It was fun sitting with all the Burbank people,” she explained. “I’m a Dodgers fan. I had a Dodger Dog. They won and that was good.”

Jason Dyer, who works in the Parks and Recreation Department and is the Recreation Coordinator, was also in attendance. He said that he looks forward to the annual event.

“I’m an Angels fan,” he said with a laugh, “but I always come out to support the city on Burbank Night. I also like watching the Dodgers on television whenever I can.”

Another who made the drive to the ballpark is longtime Burbank resident Mike Nolan, who was casually walking through the concession area.

“I’ve been coming here since 1962,” Nolan said. “It’s close to Burbank. You take the 5 [Freeway] and you’re right there.”

When asked if he anticipates attending this game, Nolan said that he does. “You bet. I come every year,” he said. “I’m delighted to be here.”

One has the impression that they all were.

Burbank Couple Honored By City Council After Toddler Rescued From Third Floor Fall

Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were honored by City Council members, Assembyman Mike Gatto’s office and the Burbank Fire Department for their rescue of a three-year-old boy who fell from a third-floor window three weeks ago. The Burbank couple was presented with certificates of appreciation at the Burbank City Council meeting Tuesday evening, April 1.

During Tuesday nights City Council Meeting Jennifer & Konrad Lightner were presented certificates from The Burbank Fire Dept, State Assembly and City of Burbank for their acts in saving a 3 year old after a fall from a 3rd story window. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During Tuesday nights City Council Meeting Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were presented certificates from the Burbank Fire Department, State Assembly and City of Burbank for their acts in saving a three-year-old after a fall from a third story window. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Most people saw the images here on myburbank.com first, in the initial report on the incident just after it happened. Chief photographer Ross A. Benson was on scene just after the serendipitous event to get pictures.

The three-year-old boy climbed out of a third-floor window on Sunday, March 16. The Lightners saw it all happening and jumped into action. Konrad threw a box spring the couple was carrying through the alley under the child and Jennifer called 911. Konrad caught the falling boy and laid him onto the mattress. Police and fire units responded following the dramatic call to 911.

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Challenge Coin given to Konrad Lightner by Burbank Firefighter of the Year Eric Rowley. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Following the rescue, Burbank Firefighter of the Year Eric Rowley presented Konrad Lightner with his personal Challenge Coin for quick thinking and saving the toddler’s life.

Tuesday evening, the Lightners met with the firefighters who responded on the incident and Firefighter Rowley explained the purpose of the Challenge Coin, which goes back to the Civil War days and is presented from military personnel to one another for heroic deeds.

During Tuesday nights City Council Meeting Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were presented certificates from the Burbank Fire Department, State Assembly and City of Burbank for their acts in saving a three-year-old after a fall from a third story window Pictured with the Lightners are Firefighters who responded to the incident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During Tuesday nights City Council Meeting Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were presented certificates from the Burbank Fire Department, State Assembly and City of Burbank for their acts in saving a three-year-old after a fall from a third story window Pictured with the Lightners are Firefighters who responded to the incident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jennifer & Konrad Lightner showing the awards and Challenge Coin they received during Tuesday night Jennifer and Konrad Lightner with certificates at the City Hall. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jennifer and Konrad Lightner showing the awards and Challenge Coin they received from city and state officials and the Burbank firefighters at City Hall. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

City of Burbank Night a Big Hit at Dodger Stadium

(L to R) Burbank City Council members Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Jess Talamantes, Bob Frutos and Vice Mayor Dr. David Gordon (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(L to R) Burbank City Council members Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Jess Talamantes, Bob Frutos and Vice Mayor Dr. David Gordon (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

What an evening it was at Dodger Stadium Friday night. From the opening first pitch thrown out by Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy to the game-ending wild pitch that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings, you could not have asked for more.

Mayor Emily Gabal Luddy makes the pitch. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy throws the first pitch (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Except for the spectacular fireworks show that followed the game and the home run blast by Los Angeles Dodgers rookie-phenom Yasiel Puig that occurred in game. It was a night to celebrate for all Burbankers in attendance.

On the City of Burbank night, the Burbank community was treated to a festive pre-game celebration and a well-played game shortly thereafter. Prior to Gabel-Luddy’s debut on the mound, more than 10 teams from the Burbank Little League circuit were recognized along the outfield track.

As Gabel-Luddy warmed up along the first-base line in foul ground, Vice Mayor Dr. David Gordon and fellow city council members Jess Talamantes and Bob Frutos watched in anticipation.

“I love it. It’s one of my favorite nights. Burbank Dodger night is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Dr. Gordon about the special City of Burbank tribute. “I love to see the people out here and I love to be out here in the atmosphere. It’s really an exciting evening.”

Vice Mayor David Gordon congratulates Mayor Emily Gabal Luddy at home plate after a successful pitch to home plate. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Vice Mayor Dr. David Gordon congratulates Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy after a successful pitch to home plate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When asked if he was ready to catch the first pitch from Gabel-Luddy, Dr. Gordon was as confident as a catcher would be.

“I will do my best to try. I am as prepared as I can be,” he said.

As for what kind of pitch to expect from Gabel-Luddy, possibly a fastball or even a curveball, Dr. Gordon chuckled and said, “she’s been doing that for years and I have somehow managed to survive all this time.”

Talamantes provided advice to Gabel-Luddy after throwing out the first pitch two years ago as Mayor of Burbank.

“I told her to just throw it up high and tell your catcher (Dr. Gordon) don’t let the ball hit the dirt. I told the Vice-Mayor to sacrifice your body and don’t let it hit the dirt,” said Talamantes, who was proudly wearing his Burbank centennial jersey, #100, given to him in honor of his big moment on the legendary Dodgers mound in 2011.

Mayor Gabel-Luddy is interviewed prior to the first pitch (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Gabel-Luddy is interviewed prior to the first pitch (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It’s a great honor and a great opportunity to represent the city of Burbank. I was the centennial Mayor so I was very fortunate to be the Mayor at that time. It makes you feel great because the community is out here cheering you on representing the city I was raised in.”

Frutos, Burbank’s newly-elected councilman, took in his first Burbank Night as a member of the City Council.

“This is exciting. It’s an honor and I am very privileged,” Frutos said. “This is our community and we get to see a Dodger game and a fireworks show. We are very blessed.”

He predicted that Gabel-Luddy would throw a curveball but that Dr. Gordon was prepared to block the plate in case of a wild pitch.

The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig after hitting a home run to tie the game at 1-1 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig after hitting a home run to tie the game at 1-1 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At 7:01 p.m., it was time for Gabel-Luddy to take the hill and have the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Nervous at first, she showed poise and confidence as only a 10-year pitching veteran would. Gabel-Luddy fired a fastball that caught the outside corner of the plate. Not on a bounce but on a line. Dr. Gordon caught it cleanly. Mission accomplished.

Dr. Gordon, Talamantes and Frutos clapped and cheered in support of Gabel-Luddy’s accurate throw. So did many of the Burbank citizens in the stadium.

“I’d say it was a strike. I felt great out there. What a thrill it was for me,” said the ecstatic Mayor of Burbank. “It’s the 22nd anniversary of Burbank Night and our community being here at Dodger Stadium. So can you imagine how thrilling it is being able to stand on that mound and throw out the first pitch?”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Gabel-Luddy received a warm ovation from the stadium crowd. It was an impressive outing for the rookie right-hander. As fate would have it, Dodger rookies Hyun-Jin Ryu and Puig followed Gabel-Luddy’s lead in a victorious night for the Dodgers and the City of Burbank.

“This has been a great event going on for 22 years. It brings the community together just like we do in Burbank when we have functions and events,” Talamantes said. “We come here to enjoy a Dodger game and see fireworks so it’s even better. What I like about it is that it brings our community to an event that we can enjoy together.”

“It felt like being home again. I grew up on the Dodgers here. When they moved here from Brooklyn, my dad took me to my first game when I was probably nine years old,” Gabel-Luddy added. “It’s a great thrill to be here tonight and I can’t believe that 50 years later I had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Thanks to all the community because we had a tremendous turnout tonight with all the kids from the leagues. I am looking forward to a great summer of baseball.”

So are we. Congratulations to the City of Burbank on an exciting and well-deserved night of recognition.

 

Burbank Volunteers Honored by City Council

The annual Burbank Older Americans Volunteer Service Award acknowledges outstanding Burbank volunteers who are 60 years or over.

On May 7, 2013, the Burbank City Council honored this year’s recipients:

Sandy Struble for her service at City Hall and the Joslyn Adult Center;

Sue Stimpson for her volunteer work at the Burbank Animal Shelter and YMCA;

Peg Setti, who is also a recipient of the LA County Volunteer Service Award, for her service to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and St Francis Xavier Church.

Older American Volunteer Service Awardees honored at City Council Meeting (Left to right): Senior Board member Doug Halter; Awardee Sue Stimpson; Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy; Senior Board member Peter McGrath; Awardees Peg Setti and Sandy Struble; and Senior Board member Bill Anderson

Older American Volunteer Service Awardees honored at City Council Meeting (Left to right): Senior Board member Doug Halter; Awardee Sue Stimpson; Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy; Senior Board member Peter McGrath; Awardees Peg Setti and Sandy Struble; and Senior Board member Bill Anderson

Burbank on Parade Wants You to Help

Dear Burbank Community,

The Burbank on Parade Committee is in need of your support. The City Council will be discussing next year’s budget and deciding what to cut from the Parks and Recreation budget during next week’s council meeting.

In a letter received by the Parade Committee, it was stated that the City Council is considering eliminating the $10,900 it allotted for the 2013 parade. If this decision is made, it will cast an additional burden on the Parade Committee. The chances are great that if the Parade Committee does not receive the $10,900, which it needs to supply Burbank Police security during the parade, the committee will not be able to raise funds to offset this cost and the parade will be cancelled.

The Parade Committee struggled to meet the cost of the city-imposed barricades which totaled approximately $17,000, an additional expense that was a hardship for a nonprofit organization to raise.

That is why we look to you for support. We need members of the community — residents who love to attend the parade and those who appear in the parade, from organizations like Boy Scouts, YMCA members, Girl Scouts and businesses — to come to the City Council meeting on Tuesday night and voice the need to keep the parade alive. If you can’t make it to the meeting, please email City Council members to continue supporting the parade by allotting funds through the city budget.

Sincerely,
Carey Briggs
Burbank on Parade President