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Illegal Fireworks Rattle Residents into Action

The Fourth of July arrived early this year—nearly a month and a half early – and Burbank residents are not enjoying the fireworks.

Terrorized, tortured, and just plain scared are adjectives people are using to describing the nightly barrage of illegal fireworks assaulting their communities since May. Residents are at their breaking point, and they want the city to do something to stop the nightly explosions keeping them up at night, sometimes until the early morning, and harassing their pets. 

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Complaints of legal and illegal fireworks have exploded countywide and have extended to big cities across the nation. CNN recently reported that in the first part of June, Boston had a 2,300% increase in the number of complaints over the same time last year. While leaders in the legal fireworks industry have never seen sales shoot up so early in the year.

Despite all fireworks being illegal in Burbank, complaints of fireworks noise have doubled in Burbank, and city officials are not sure where the abundance of fireworks is coming from. Speculation is that they were purchased in other counties, other states, or in Mexico, where all types of fireworks are for sale to the public. Theories as to why firework usage is so much more intense this year include COVID-19 stay-at-home cabin fever or there is more availability of the fireworks. The LA Times reported fireworks seizures have been made throughout the state, last year the California Fire Marshals took in 30,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, with Irwindale police hauling in 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks from an Irwindale home last week.

Fireworks are not unusual this time of the year, but there has been a heavier use of them this year. Finding the people setting off fireworks is very difficult. The police have to witness the person in the act of shooting off the fireworks, and pinpointing where explosions are coming from is very hard to do by the sound alone, said Sergeant Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department. Using fireworks in Burbank is a misdemeanor. If a resident can identify the person using fireworks, they should call the BPD and ask them to come out. The resident can then sign a citizen’s arrest, and the fireworks user will be sited.

Fireworks are dangerous. They can cause serious injuries and fires, said the BPD. On June 18, the fire department put out a small brush fire that was believed to have been started by fireworks.  Perpetrators and parents of children who cause damage with fireworks can be held liable and responsible for the cost of fire and police services responding to fireworks-related calls.

Burbank resident, Robin Randall started a group on NextDoor, a social media site, where residents of their own neighborhood can communicate with their neighbors, the Neighbors Against Illegal Fireworks. She formed the group after reading active threads on NextDoor complaining about the noise from fireworks. Comments like: “My two young kids jump out of their beds/cribs after every blast,” “My dogs and even my cat are traumatized,” and “I couldn’t take it anymore.…I called the cops for the first time in my life!” were common.

Randall has heard from a blind couple whose service dog was so afraid of the noise it stopped guiding them, a veteran with PTSD who couldn’t take explosions and parents with children having anxiety problems from the noise. She has even recorded videos of the explosions at night. Burbank resident Steven Reese wrote in an e-mail that his dog spends most evenings cowering in the shower from fear of the nightly explosions. Some nights they last into the early morning.

 

Many believe much of the noise is coming from North Hollywood on the border with Burbank. In a letter to the Burbank City Council, Randall explained the situation and suggested Burbank partner with North Hollywood to solve this mutual problem.

“Staff is reaching out to LA Councilmember David Ryu for collaboration on this. My theory is that since municipal fireworks events are canceled, there’s an abundant supply of fireworks for sale,” responded Mayor Springer.

As the mayor works to coordinate a plan of action with North Hollywood, distressed neighbors are organizing volunteers to pinpoint the firework explosions using the app Compass in an effort to catch the amateur pyrotechnicians.

City Council Once Again Extends Eviction Moratorium

Burbank’s City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to once again extend their urgency ordinance extending the eviction moratorium through July 31, 2020.

On May 19, the City Council approved two financial assistance programs for renters and small businesses with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act funds. The application process for the rental assistance program was announced the week of June 15, 2020, and on-line applications are being accepted beginning the week of June 22, 2020.

According to the City’s website, the application has already been closed after three days with no new applications being accepted.

An assistance program for small businesses will begin to accept applications next week.

According to the staff report, while evictions are being put on hold, the Rent Repayment Ordinance that allows for the repayment of back rent due, late fees, and penalties to November 30, 2020, is still in place. The Council discussed putting that also on a future agenda to reconsider the timeline.

The next Council meeting will be July 14 and will be a combined meeting with the Police Commission.

Application Period Begins for Burbank Rental Assistance Program

The City of Burbank is committed to assisting renters impacted by COVID-19. A commitment of $439,910 in Community Development Block Grant and Los Angeles County Measure H funds will be used to provide emergency rent assistance to low-income renters. The assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis until funds run out, at which point, the program will end.

Renters financially impacted by COVID-19, may apply for the Burbank Rental Assistance Program for up to $800 per month for up to 3 months if specific criteria is met.

  • Reside in Burbank
  • Do not exceed the annual income below based on your household size as a result of COVID-19

 

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  • Be financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Experienced a job loss, furlough, or reduced work hours due to COVID-19
  • Not receive any form of rental assistance or reside in housing with affordable housing covenants
  • Have a current rental agreement
  • Have fallen behind on your rent for the month of April, May, and/or June

The application period will begin on Monday, June 22, 2020, starting at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time (PST)) and end on Friday, July 3, 2020 5:00 p.m. PST. Due to limited funding, the City will only accept 300 applications by or before the application period end date, whichever comes first. All applications must be submitted on-line at: https://www.burbankca.gov/ by clicking the Rent Assistance Program Banner that will appear on the top header at 8:00 a.m. on June 22. Applicants should have a rental agreement and payment arrangement agreement (if applicable) electronically available. Only one application per household will be accepted.

For other general questions or assistance, please call the Application Call Center at (818) 238­5180, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and someone will be able to assist you.

 

Some Burbank Athletic Facilities, Including Verdugo Pool, to Open

On Monday, June 15, 2020 Burbank will open the Verdugo Aquatic Facility (VAF). Class offerings, times, lap swim hours, and other programs will operate in a reduced capacity to allow for proper physical distancing.

With guidance from the County of Los Angeles, additional safety protocols will be in place. Signage will be posted at the entrance and throughout the VAF. While visiting the Verdugo Aquatic Facility, please adhere to all safety guidelines and signage.

Resident aquatic class registration will begin on Monday, June 22, 2020. Non­resident registration will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020. The parking lot directly adjacent to the Verdugo Aquatic Facility will be open. The McCambridge Pool will remain closed for the summer 2020 season.

Day Camps

On Monday, June 15, 2020 Burbank will resume offering Summer Daze camps for youth ages 51/2-14. This full day camp will be offered at McCambridge, Olive, Verdugo Recreation Centers, and Robert Gross Park.

With guidance from the County of Los Angeles, additional camp safety protocols will be in place including signage, health screening of campers and staff, reduced capacity, social distancing, frequent handwashing, cleaning, and sanitizing.   Limited spaces  are still available   please  register  at
www.burbankparks.com

Tennis and Pickleball Courts Update

The Burbank Tennis Center, tennis courts located at various parks and the outdoor Pickleball courts located at Maxam Park remain open.

 

Trails and Parks Update

The Stough Canyon and Wildwood Canyon trails are open along with corresponding parking lots adjacent to the trailheads.

Trail users older than two years will be required to wear face coverings at trailheads, in parking lots, and destination points along trails. While on trails, please adhere to all signage and check the websites for specific health and safety requirements.

City of Burbank parks and park restrooms remain open. However, all recreation indoor facilities and outdoor amenities are closed. This includes, but is not limited to: recreations centers, picnic areas, senior centers, nature center, playgrounds, basketball courts, fitness equipment, and ballfields.

Burbank City Council Extends Eviction Ordinance for Renters

Burbank’s city hall Council has approved the urgency ordinance that has extended the eviction prohibiting the eviction of residential and commercial tenants for non-payment of rent caused by the coronavirus. The Council vote was 5-0 with a 4/5 vote needed for approval.

This will extend the City’s order that expired in May until the end of June and was retroactive to the time of the last ordinance that had expired. The Council will continue to look at the issue and try and stay in step with both County and State guidelines.

While the eviction ordinance has been extended until the end of June, the Rent Repayment Ordinance remains in effect that allows for the repayment of back rent due, late fees, and penalties to November 30, 2020. There was no discussion of extending that deadline at this time.

On March 17, 2020, the City Council adopted a resolution confirming the existence of an emergency based on the Coronavirus and revised it. On May 5, the City Council voted to reconsider its decision of April 21, when they had decided not to extend the City’s Ordinance and approved by a 4/5 vote to extend Urgency Eviction Ordinance to May 31, 2020, retroactive to May 1, with modifications for commercial tenants.

 

An Open Letter from Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse

To the Members of Our Community:

The Burbank Police Department shares in the community’s devastation and anger over the events leading to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Foremost, we condemn all unlawful uses of force and violations of due process. Sadly, actions like this reflect poorly on the entire law enforcement profession. I have received many inquiries in the past few days regarding the policies and practices of the Burbank Police Department with respect to preventing such a tragic incident in our own community.

The members of the Burbank Police Department are a racially and ethnically diverse group of people reflective of the community we serve. In fact, the Department’s pursuit of a diversified police force has resulted in greater diversity within the Department than in the demographic makeup of the Community of Burbank itself. Those who serve are part of the very fabric that makes up our tight-knit community. This philosophy makes a difference—we view our mission of safety as a shared responsibility with those we serve versus a philosophy of policing the community. As such, the Burbank Police Department prides itself on providing equal protection under the law and engages in constitutional-based policing practices.

Over the past decade, the Burbank Police Department has embraced progressive law enforcement reform. Along with this, the Department recognizes that reforms cannot be made in a vacuum and that insight from outside the agency is a critical component to moving forward successfully.

The Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This outside organization ensures that the Department conforms to the most contemporary practices in law enforcement. In addition, the City contracts with an outside oversight body, the Office of Independent Review (OIR), which regularly audits use of force, citizen complaints, and personnel investigations for a number of factors, including bias-based policing. The City also has its own Police Commission, which regularly reviews the policies and practices of the Department and makes recommendations to City Council. The Commission has taken great steps to ensure the Department has implemented change in line with President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Overall, I am confident that the Police Department has made significant changes and continues to seek areas of improvement. The list of reforms is extensive; however, here are some significant examples:

  • Extensive training for personnel including bias-based policing, use of force de-escalation techniques, and managing individuals in crisis
  • Required utilization of Body Worn Camera and In-Car Camera systems
  • Use of force continuum that emphasizes de-escalation and warnings
  • Use of carotid restraint is restricted to those situations justifying deadly force
  • Mandated intervention and reporting by all employees who witness excessive force
  • Comprehensive documentation of all use of force incidents that are reviewed internally and externally
  • Early intervention system to identify employees who require intervention efforts
  • Documentation of all displays of a Taser or firearm
  • Accessible citizen complaint process with thorough investigation of complaints
  • Dedicated Mental Health Evaluation Team to assist individuals in crisis
  • Policies restricting shooting at or from a moving vehicle

Trust is the most important factor in achieving our mission. I hope that the information provided has assisted in building trust for those in our community who are experiencing distrust in light of recent events. There is a wealth of additional information available on our website including the entire Burbank Police Department policy manual (www.BurbankPD.org). They are among the most contemporary in the nation, as our Community deserves nothing less than the best.

Sincerely,

Scott LaChasse
Chief of Police

 

Burbank Looking to Fill Heritage Commission Vacancy

The Burbank City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for the Heritage Commission beginning June 2, 2020 through July 2, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, City facilities are closed until further notice and applications will only be accepted online. To apply, please visit www.burbankca.gov/bccapplication. For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (818) 238­5851 or by email at cityclerks@burbankca.gov.

COMMISSIONTERMNO. OF VACANCIESSPECIFIC REQUIREMENTSFORM 700
Heritage Commission4 year1See Code Section Below

 

The deadline for submitting an application to the City Clerk’s Office is Thursday, July 2, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Applications may be submitted online at www.burbankca.gov/bccapplication. The appointment is tentatively scheduled to be made at the July 14, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting. All City Board, Commission, and Committee members serve without compensation from the City. No individual shall serve on more than one Board, Commission, or Committee at the same time. All applicants must be electors of, and actually live in the City of Burbank, with the exception of the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission and the Sustainable Burbank Commission. (Per BMC Section Nos. 2-1-405, 2-1-406, and 2-1-407)

Burbank to Once Again Start Curfew at 5 pm Tuesday

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

City of Burbank leaders have once again decided to continue the curfew first started Monday night and ending on Tuesday morning for an additional 13 hours starting Tuesday at 5 pm and ending 6 am. This supersedes the L. A. County curfew order since Burbank is an incorporated city.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

On Monday night/Tuesday morning police arrested 14 with many charged for looting. Many businesses in Burbank have boarded up their storefronts in an attempt to provide extra security with some business having hired private armed security officers to protect their businesses.

The order also encourages Burbank businesses to close although it does not mandate closures.

Here is a copy of the Burbank order:

Burbank, CA (June 2, 2020) – In an effort to be prepared and not panicked and to allow for lawful, peaceful protests and still ensuring the safety of Burbank residents, visitors and businesses, the City of Burbank is continuing the Order put in place yesterday, June 1, establishing a curfew from 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM. The curfew will continue until the curfew is lifted through another Order.

For this reason, the City Council meeting scheduled for June 2 is postponed until June 9.

“No person shall be upon public streets, avenues, boulevards, places, walkways, alleys, parks or any public areas or unimproved private realty within the City of Burbank during the hours of the curfew” except “peace officers, fire fighters, first responders and National Guard, credentialed media, individuals traveling to and from work, people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter, and individuals seeking medical treatment.”

The City of Burbank Police and Fire Departments are fully mobilized and are prepared for any emergencies or vandalism that may occur.

Should you experience an emergency, please dial 911.

The City encourages business owners to close early to support the Curfew Order and allow their employees and customers to complete their purchases and head home prior to the curfew start time of 5:00 PM.

 

Burbank Issues Curfew Order for 5 pm on June 1

After the damage to the Melrose Mac occurred in Hollywood, the business in Burbank has been boarded up to help prevent looting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The City of Burbank issued a press release at 12:38 announcing they are enacting a curfew for the City beginning at 5 pm on June 1 and will last until June 2 at 6 am.

There have already been arrests for trying to break into gun shops and the CVS on Hollywood Way has received damage to their business Sunday morning.

The CVS at Hollywood Way and Verdugo received damage to the front after an alledged attempt to gain entry Sunday morning (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Some businesses have already been seen boarding up the front of their business.

The release states:

In an effort to be prepared and not panicked and to allow for lawful, peaceful protests and still ensuring the safety of Burbank residents, visitors and businesses, the City of Burbank has issued an Order establishing a curfew for tonight, Monday June 1, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM and continuing until the curfew is lifted through another Order.

“No person shall be upon public streets, avenues, boulevards, places, walkways, alleys, parks or any public areas or unimproved private realty within the City of Burbank during the hours of the curfew” except “peace officers, fire fighters, first responders and National Guard or other military personnel deployed to the area, credentialed media, individuals traveling to and from work, people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter, and individuals seeking medical treatment.”

The City of Burbank Police and Fire Departments will be prepared for any emergencies or vandalism that will possibly occur. Should you experience an emergency, please dial 911.

The City encourages business owners to close early to support the Order and allow their employees and customers to complete their purchases and head home prior to the Order going into effect.

The full order can be seen here.

Burbank Part of County Curfew Order for Sunday at 6 pm

With the civil unrest happening within the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica, a 6 pm to 6 am curfew has been enacted by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. The curfew is for May 31 at 6 pm until June 1 at 6 am.

The order includes incorperated cities such as the City of Burbank, curfew orders in the City of Los Angeles (that stop at the Burbank border) are completely different and do not apply to Burbank.

Here is the entire order

Also, the Emergency Order for the County