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OPINION: Vote “YES” On Measure T

Editor’s Note: The following is an editorial that represents myBurbank and has been authored by Greg Simay for us. We will be glad to publish letters to the editor from opposing opinions.

The elevator speech (if you’re in a tall building, like in Dubai)

The City budget that supports police, fire, parks, libraries and streets has been facing a $30.5 million shortfall, with catastrophic reductions in service—a nightmare for the City Council and the public they serve. That’s the bad news. The good news? There are solutions:

  • Vote for Measure T by June 5, and you reduce the shortfall by 12.5 million, from $30.5 million to 18 million. It assures that a revenue source the public has supported since 1958 remains in place with up-to-date language.  It doesn’t increase your electricity rates or your taxes.
  • The City has created $9 million in savings, which includes having employees contribute more toward their retirement. Now we’re down to a 9 million shortfall.

The City has $14 million beyond its emergency reserves ($33 million) to buy a year’s time to find a permanent cure for the shortfall, which is:

  • To pass a ¾% increase in the sales tax, hopefully next November, which would raise $20 million annually, wiping out the $9 million shortfall and providing $11 million toward roadway and other capital improvements. It does mean that when we pay for that $10 item, the sales tax on it will be 102.5 cents instead of 95 cents.

We know that Burbank is a city that works and works very well.  Property values are sky high for a reason.  So vote “yes” on Measure T and support an increase in the sales tax, when that ballot measure comes up later on.

Now for the details

Only the General Fund part of the City’s budget is in trouble.

Some City services (including water and electric services, and refuse) are supported by rates.  Rate revenues flow into various proprietary funds, and expenses flow out of them. 

Other city services are supported by taxes and certain fees.  These services include those provided by police officers, fire fighters, park and recreation staff, library staff and those maintaining City streets.  Tax revenues flow into the General Fund, and expenses flow out of it.  Besides ongoing expenses, the General Fund also supports capital improvements, either on a pay-as-you-go basis or by servicing the debt on borrowed monies, usually from bonds.  Currently, the City is debt free.

The proprietary funds are in good shape.  The budget shortfall concerns the General Fund only.

The In-Lieu Transfer Fee, which provides revenues that a private utility would otherwise provide, is at legal risk, which puts $12.5 million of revenue at risk.

One source of General Fund revenue has been an in-lieu transfer fee, in which the Electric Fund (a proprietary fund) transfers some 12.5 million to the General Fund.  The in-lieu transfer fee cannot exceed 7% of the revenues from electric rates paid by residents and businesses, which is what the fee currently equals.  

If Burbank Water and Power were a private utility, it would be paying a franchise fee for the privilege of having stations, power lines and other facilities in Burbank. For example, the current cable provider pays the City a franchise fee based on 5% of its retail revenues. 

But as just mentioned, Burbank’s in-lieu fee equals 7%, not 5%.  What is the extra 2% for?  It’s for street lighting, including its ongoing expenses and capital improvements. Even without their own electric utility, many cities are responsible for maintaining their own street lighting systems.  By having its own BWP take care of its street lighting system, the City is able to do so very economically without giving up policy oversight.

But if BWP didn’t have to transfer the other 5%, couldn’t electric rates be lowered correspondingly; or perhaps more realistically, couldn’t any future rate increases be delayed even further than they have been?  Yes they could, but BWP’s electric rates are already very competitive with those of other Southern California utilities, public and private.  BWP has been achieving economies both by creating additional revenue sources (from fiber optic services, spare transmission capacity, etc.)  and continually improving the efficiency of its operations and maintenance.  It doesn’t need to discontinue a decades-old revenue source to the General Fund in order to do right by the ratepayer.

Put another way, the marginal benefit the electric ratepayer may receive from the elimination of the in-lieu fee would be offset by a significant reduction in one or more City services that depend upon the General Fund.

Passing Measure T guarantees that the in-lieu transfer fee would meet current legal standards, thereby safeguarding the $12.5 million per year.

So why is the in-lieu fee at risk?  After all, according to the Supplemental Voter Information pamphlet, Burbank voters, way back in 1958, had amended their City Charter (specifically, Section 610) to approve “a fee in retail electric rates to fund the transfer of no more than 7% of BWP’s gross annual sales of electricity to the City’s General Fund in order to pay for essential City services.”  But as a result of a legal challenge to Section 610, the court in 2017 found “voter-approval requirements for a tax were not met because Section 610 did not explicitly [our emphasis] authorize funding the transfers from retail electric rate payers.”  (This was in spite of the voters having approved a Charter amendment to Section 610 back in 2007.) The court ruled that the in-lieu transfer fee is therefore a tax, subject to fresh voter approval. 

That part of the decision would have been manageable, but the court had also ordered the City to stop collecting the fee. To stave off an immediate funding crisis, the City quickly appealed the decision, which suspended the court order pending the outcome of the appeal.  BWP has been able to continue collecting the fee and make transfers to the General Fund, but as of September 2017, the monies are currently in limbo in a holding account.  As of now the amount held is $5.1 million.

If the court rules in the City’s favor on appeal, all well and good.  The $5.1 million returns to the City’s coffers and from 2018/19 onward, the in-lieu transfer continues to be a revenue souce.

But if the appeals court agrees with the lower court, disaster would loom.  The City needed another bite at the apple, one that could survive any future court challenge.  Hence the City Council’s decision to propose Measure T  in which a new, “Section 610A” amendment to the Charter “explicitly approves the existing practice of including a fee in retail electric rates to fund transfers to the General Fund.

So if the voters approve Measure T, the in-lieu transfer is safe, regardless of how the appeals court rules.

The City has taken steps to make its FY 2018/19 expenses by $8 million less than they would otherwise be, in part by having new and current employees pay a greater share of their retirement.

If Measure T passes, the $30.5 million General Fund shortfall becomes a 18 million shortfall.  The City could reduce the number of employees, but only at the cost of triggering a corresponding reduction in services.  (And avoiding cuts in police and fire services would make the cuts even direr for other services like parks and recreation, library and street maintenance.)  The Burbank voter, and various watchdogs, have made sure that more employees has translated to more and better services.

So how can the City reduce costs without reducing services? It turns out that one way was making the workplace significantly safer, thereby reducing workers compensation costs.  There have been, over the years, improvements in work efficiency, particularly as the workforce has become more computer literate.

But the budget elephant in many City Council chambers in California, and across the nation, are underfunded employee pension obligations.   To void, even partially, current obligations is a serious violation of contract.  But to make deep cuts in City services is a serious betrayal of the public. 

At the State level some pension reforms have taken hold (such as salary caps,) but ultimately, current employees will have to fund more of their pensions.  The City Council has adopted a policy that employees should pay 50% of the pension annual normal cost.  Once fully implemented, this policy will result in $3.7 million in annual savings.  (The City also plans to continue prepaying the annual unfunded CalPERS  unfunded liability payment, so as to avoid interest costs.) Policies  that require a higher percentage of employee contributions also allow CalPERS to depend more on current contributions rather than achieving  higher-than-market rates of return. 

CalPERS had, during the go-go 90s, achieved very healthy rates of return, and in 1994, the retirement system was 140% funded on a statewide basis.  But high rates of return can be volatile as well; during the Great Recession, CalPERS had a 25% loss in one year.

Today, the statewide retirement system is 80% funded. A wiser CalPERS now aims for lower-but-more-stable returns on investment, recently lowering their overall rate-of-return target from 7.5% to 7%.  These lower returns can meet pension obligations if employees are putting more in the CalPERS kitty in the meantime.

During the 90s, the City Councils could have decided to keep contributing to CalPERS for those rainy day years when surpluses shrink and turn into deficits.  They could have decided to resume payments in 2004, when the surplus had shrunk to zero and CalPERS was 100% funded.  But City projects—good, popular projects—beckoned.  And so the elephant grew.  Recent threats to the City’s revenue stream like the loss of the transfer fee has been a wake up call to tackle the elephant before it smothers everyone in the room.

A ¾% increase in the sales tax will be needed to wipe out the remaining, $9 million budget shortfall and to provide capital funding for city streets and other needs.

The net result of the City’s cost saving efforts so far has been to reduce costs by about $9.0 million beginning in FY2018/19.  Along with the passage of Measure T, this reduces the shortfall to $9 million, as against a FY 2018/19 operating and maintenance budget of $167 million.

The City does have fully funded reserves of $33 million, but this money would only be used in the severest of emergencies or more likely, as a bridging loan for a short period, with the assurance that permanent funding was at hand.  The City also has $14 million beyond these reserves; if this amount were used to cover an ongoing 9 million shortfall, it would be exhausted by 2020.

Which leads to the proposal of a ¾% sales tax this coming November.  The current sales tax in Burbank is 9.50% so the new sales tax rate would become 10.25%.   The extra ¾% would produce extra revenues of $20 million annually, covering the $9 million shortfall and providing $11 million for needed capital improvements.  The tax burden’s pretty evenly spread: About one-third of the $20 million would come from Burbank residents, about one-third from Burbank businesses and about another third from non-Burbank residents. 

The implicit assumption is that the ¾% would not reduce consumer buying and thereby the $20 million would be the revenue generated from the increase. For every $100 spent, the ¾% additional sales tax would mean that the sales tax amount increases by 75 cents, from $9.50 to $10.25.  For 10 dollars, it’s a 7.5 cent difference.  Whether the local economy heats up or goes down, it will probably be due to other factors.  

A lot of Burbank roadways are in need of repaving, a capital expense, rather than patching, an O&M (operations and maintenance) expense. (On a household level it’s the difference between replacing a roof and patching it.)  Most streets need repaving on shorter time frames than payment schedules for long-term bonds, so long-term financing is dicey. (It’d be like paying for a car long after it’s consigned to the junkyard.)  Pay-as-you-go is a safer route and one that the extra ¾% would provide.

Redevelopment had been a way of funding many capital improvements through tax-increment financing.  That is, the increases in property tax revenue from redeveloped properties would flow to the City rather than the County. These funds didn’t flow into the General Fund, but they were used for projects that would otherwise have been paid out of the General Fund. So the General Fund still benefitted.  But under its own budget pressures, Sacramento discontinued redevelopment several years ago.

The Grand Bargain

The Burbank Unified School District also needs additional funding.  Details are another discussion for another time. But consider this proposed bargain:

Burbank’s local government agencies will continue to make Burbank safe and offer a very high level of services for ourselves and our families  The streets will be kind to our cars,, the libraries will be useful and the parks will be fun.  If there’s a hillside fire, it won’t consume our houses because our fire fighters will continue to have the ability to be Johnny-on-the-spot.

Our schools will be safe and so good that many of us parents will decide we don’t have to bear the additional expense of private schools.  (And even if we nevertheless decide to pay for a private school, we will sleep easier knowing the public schools are a more-than-decent Plan B, should a Plan B become necessary.) 

The City Councils and School Board will continue to work together to the benefit of the Burbank community. 

And so in Burbank, there will be a significantly greater chance that our children will grow up safe, graduate with skills, have great local employment opportunities, and successfully launch into adulthood earlier and with considerably less debt than their peers elsewhere.  And, everything else being equal, the value of our houses will continue rising because a city that offers what Burbank offers will be a highly desirable location, location, location.

Is this what we want?  If it is, then let’s heed the Spanish proverb:

Take what you want. Take what you want, and pay for it.

Celebration of Life to be Held Monday for Will Rogers

Mayor Rogers’ Celebration of Life will be on Monday, April 23 at 2:30 pm at The Castaway.

From Dignity Memorial:

Will Rogers born June 21,1957 in Neenah, WI. Raised primarily in Bloomington, MN. After graduating from the Goodman School of Drama, he moved to the Los Angeles area in 1979 where he continued dual roles as actor and writer. In 1990, Will began writing for the local paper and was soon writing at least four feature columns a week. His work has appeared in virtually every newspaper in the “Times Community Newspapers” group, winning more than 20 1st place awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Assoc., The Greater Los Angeles Press Club and others, including “Columnist of the Year.”

Will was elected to the Burbank City Council in 2015 running on a platform of transparency and community involvement. He was named Mayor by his colleagues in 2017. Will took his duties with the City of Burbank very seriously, though he brought a sense of humor to the meetings, building a strong sense of comradery.

Will was recently honored with the 2018 Burbank Top Award for Citizenship by the BTAC. This award exemplifies the very essence of Will Rogers – who spent his life fighting for the needs of others, whether through writing investigative columns, volunteering or his many personal acts of kindness. Will purchased many items he didn’t need at silent auctions and was happy to attend any function where he could be of service to someone.

Will Rogers was known for his dedication to the service of others, philanthropy, and clever writing skills, but family was his first priority. His family will miss his sharp wit, biting sarcasm and deep devotion. Will Rogers was a much beloved husband, daddy, brother, uncle and great uncle.

Will was proceeded in death by his mother, JoAnne Rogers, Father Kenneth Wege, brother Stephen Wege, niece Susan Heberle and much-loved dogs Lucy and Guinness. He is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years Nancie, children Stephen (& Hailey) and Sarah.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to BTAC or Boys & Girls Club of East Valley and Burbank. A Celebration of Life will be Monday, April 23 beginning at 2:30 PM at The Castaway in Burbank, CA.

Burbank Mayor Will Rogers Loses Battle to Cancer

It was reported today by city officials that Burbank Mayor Will Rogers has lost his battle with cancer.  He was 60 years-old.

Mayor Will Rogers during his State of The City Presentation. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

He was appointed Mayor of Burbank on May 1, 2017, and was scheduled to step down in just 11 days when a new Mayor is appointed by Council vote.  After announcing his condition in September 2017, Rogers continued with his council responsibilities, including attending special events, ribbon cuttings and continued chairing council meetings, as recently as April 12.

Rogers was elected to the Council in 2015 and according to a city release, “Mayor Rogers will be remembered for his quick wit, unrelenting honesty, positive attitude, unpretentious demeanor and unyielding love for the City of Burbank. As Mayor, his highest priority was transparency and sharing information with the public. He was always willing to listen even if he disagreed.”

The release goes on to say, “Although born in Wisconsin, Will was raised primarily in and around Bloomington, Minnesota, a place he refers to as the “Burbank of Minnesota.” Will’s family moved extensively when he was young, leading to sojourns in many spots including Burlington, Vermont, Pismo Beach, California, Chicago, Illinois, and Merritt Island, Florida.

Will performed in his first commercial at the age of 15, and shortly thereafter began his “backup career” as a freelance writer, specializing in investigative journalism. As a young adult, Will attended the Goodman School, a renowned college for actors in Chicago, and later Normandale College in Bloomington where he won national awards with the speech and forensics team.

Will arrived in the Los Angeles area in 1979, where he continued dual roles as an actor and writer landing roles in TV and film while his by-line appeared in a variety of publications from LA Weekly to Germany’s “Der Spiegel” magazine.

In 1990, Will began writing for the local paper and was soon writing at least four feature columns per week. Will’s work has appeared in virtually every newspaper in the “Times Community Newspapers” group, from Pasadena to the South Bay, to Burbank, winning more than 20 first-place awards from the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association, the Greater Los Angeles Press Club and others, including “Columnist of the Year.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Much of Will’s press work has been investigative in nature, but he’s also written “observational humor” pieces about his wife and children, often touching on his DIY home remodeling projects.”

Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy will assume the role as mayor for the next 11 days until the Council Reorganization meeting on May 1.

 

UPDATED: City of Burbank Gives Storm Update, Evacuations

Release from the City of Burbank regarding the current storm:

The following is a storm update as of Wednesday at 7:30PM.  

Evacuations: A Voluntary Evacuation Warning is being revised for Wednesday, March 21. Voluntary evacuations will begin at 6AM on Thursday, March 22 and last through 6PM the same day. This may change or be extended as necessary for the following areas:

>> Country Club Drive east of Via Montana
>> All of Hamline Place
>> Groton Drive east of Kenneth 

An Evacuation Site is available at Verdugo Recreation Center (3201 W Verdugo Ave). The Center can’t accommodate animals.  Please make arrangements beforehand to accommodate your pets.

No Parking: The following streets will currently have no parking zones in place and are currently predicted to last through 8AM Friday, March 23:

>> Country Club Drive east of Via Montana
>> All of Hamline Place
>> Groton Drive east of Kenneth

Public Works and Sandbags: LA County and City of Burbank public works crews are continuing to work throughout the storm. Sandbags are available at Fire Station 16 (1600 N Bel Aire Drive) to help protect properties and doorways.  Sand to fill the bags is located at Brace Canyon Park (2901 Haven Way).  Please bring your own shovel.  

City Public Works will be available to take calls from 7AM Wednesday, March 21 through 6PM Thursday, March 22 at (818) 238-3800.

Other: Residents are advised that if they do not evacuate, public safety services may not be able to reach them in an emergency due to impassable roads.  If you see significant mud, debris or fast-flowing water, do not try to cross or drive a vehicle through it, shelter in place, or avoid for your safety.  Please use caution even after the rain has stopped as mud and debris can lead to a dangerous situation.   

McFarland Named Burbank Communications Manager

Simone McFarland, the current interim Public Information Officer (PIO) for the City of Burbank has been named as the permanent Communications Manager, additionally McFarland is to remain as the Assistant Community Development Director for Business and Economic Development. 

McFarland has been acting PIO since July when Drew Sugars left for another position.  “Simone’s background includes prior experience in both public information and economic development, which made it a logical decision to have her as the interim PIO,” said Burbank City Manager Ron Davis. “During these last few months, we have found synergies between the two roles and have leveraged both departments’ strengths by having them work together.  By making this arrangement permanent, we can continue that work and include all of the departments throughout the City.”

The name change from PIO to Communications Manager reflects the changing duties of the Public Information Office to include communications and marketing as well as interacting with media outlets.

McFarland’s appointment will save the City money, as it works toward alleviating its future budget deficit.  “This appointment will help with our budget concerns and at the same time will not reduce our ability to serve our residents and businesses.  It’s a win-win,” stated Davis. 

McFarland has served the City as an Assistant Community Development Director since January 2017.

Residential Parking Permit Renewal Applications Coming

Release from the City of Burbank:

Residential parking permit renewal notices for the 2018­2020 cycle will be mailed at the end of January to all current permit holders. In March of 2016, the Burbank City Council approved various code changes in order to further protect neighborhoods from non-resident vehicle parking overflow. Some of these changes were delayed until this upcoming city-wide permit renewal.

Starting in 2018, the residential parking permit fee is thirty dollars ($30) for each permit. All permits are valid until April of 2021 no matter which year they are purchased. The cost is then prorated by year sold. For example, a permit costs thirty dollars if purchased in 2018, twenty dollars in 2019 and ten dollars in 2020. The next citywide permit renewal will occur in 2021.

Time-Limited Streets

Residents who reside on time-limited streets (one-hour, or two-hour parking restrictions) are allowed up to five transferable hang tag permits; however, residents must provide vehicle registration for three cars to obtain permits four and five.

Permit-Only Streets

Permits for permit-only streets are not transferable and the new permits must be affixed to the lower-left, driver-side windshield. Residents living on permit-only streets (no public parking during the posted time-frame) may obtain up to five windshield decal permits; however, vehicle registrations are required for each permit requested. The vehicle registration(s) must match the applicant’s qualifying address.

Additionally, the permit display area is expanded for both time-limited and permit-only streets. Permits may be displayed on like permitted streets within each zone as indicated on the map  (Zones A-H). For example, a Zone C hang tag permit may be displayed on any of the two-hour or one-hour streets within Zone C. A windshield decal permit in Zone C may be displayed on any other permit-only street in Zone C.

Residents who are part of the PASS Program can use their PASS benefits to receive an 80% subsidy and pay six dollars per permit. For more information about the PASS program, please click here: bit.ly/PASSProgram

To request a new residential permit parking zone for your street, click here. To remove an existing permit parking zone from your street, click here. Residents have until April 30th, 2018 to renew their permits. After that time, parking enforcement takes effect for the 2018-2020 cycle. For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at: 818-238-3915.

Holiday Decorating Contest Winners Announced

Holiday Decorating Contest Winner Tied for 1st Place 1200 N Catalina St. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

If you are looking to see some great Christmas lights this year, look no farther than the residents who dressed up their houses for the holiday season.

Below is a list of the locations who submitted their addresses for judging along with the winners selected by the City if Burbank’s Civic Pride Committee.

RESIDENTIAL ENTRIES

  1. 417 N. Sparks St. Burbank, CA 91506
  2. 713 Andover Dr. Burbank, CA 91504
  3. 700 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank, CA 91501
  4. 713 Bethany Rd. Burbank, CA 91504
  5. 1904 N. Niagara St. Burbank, CA 91505
  6. 3600 W. Clark Ave. Burbank, CA 91505
  7. 436 Bethany Rd. Burbank, CA 91504
  8. 1131 N. California St. Burbank, CA 91505
  9. 1200 N. Catalina St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER (TIE)
  10. 1316 N. Catalina St. Burbank, CA 91505
  11. 623 E. Fairmount Rd. Burbank, CA 91501
  12. 1127 N. California St. Burbank, CA 91505
  13. 622 & 620 N. Niagara St. Burbank, CA 91505
  14. 235 S. Keystone St. Burbank, CA 91506
  15. 361 N. Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505
  16. 630 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank, CA 91501
  17. 1226 N. Sparks St. Burbank, CA 91506
  18. 1500 W. Morningside Dr. Burbank, CA 91506
  19. 806 Irving Dr. Burbank, CA 91504
  20. 829 N. Lima St. Burbank, CA 91505
  21. 1617 N. Pepper St. Burbank, CA 91505
  22. 1505 N. Valley St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER (TIE)
  23. 651 S. Orchard Dr. Burbank, CA 91506

Holiday Decorating Contest Winner Tie for First Place 1505 N Valley Street. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

COMMERCIAL ENTRIES

  1. 1719 W. Verdugo Ave. Burbank, CA 91502
  2. 113 N. Naomi St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER
  3. 3301 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505

Holiday Decorating Contest Commerical Winner Color Lounge 113 N. Naomi Street. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

YOUTH ENTRIES

  1. 703 N. Avon St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER

Holiday Decorating Contest 1st Place Youth Winner 703 N Avon St. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

City of Burbank Gives Thanks to its Employees

The city of Burbank recently held a breakfast for all employees as a thank you for their work. 

Besides all of the employees who enjoyed the breakfast, the following were recognized for their various years of service:

BURBANK WATER & POWER

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

5 YEARS 
Cesar M. Ancheta
Lincoln E. Bleveans
Keoni R. Hayashibara
Kyle A. Hazlewood
David M. Martinez
Sharon K. Miller
Gina A. Nardico
Miguel E. Pereyra (Awarded
Posthumously)
Ryan T. Reina
Christopher C. Riven
Arturo Salgado
Scott D. Steinle
Sean T. Swe
Heather M. Tashjian
Michael Wenzinger
Guillermo Zamudio

10 YEARS 
Sean M. Allen
Kenneth R. Austin
Christian F. Briones
Ann E. Caballero
Apolinario G. Cervania
Griselda G. Cox
Frank J. Diliberto
Claude H. Hagan Jr.
Fred A. Keeler Jr.
Allison P. Mao
Daniel Nahaku
Maria L. Poulin
James B. Rowland III
Juan C. Saavedra
Michael N. Schnitzius
Roland B. Simon
Michael E. Thompson
John T. Trainer
Michael L. Wildermuth
Michael C. Ysais

15 YEARS 
Daniel A. Aird
David L. Curtis
Timothy A. Lyneis
Nancy C. Reis
John Stenberg
Dorsley D. Virgo

25 YEARS 
Robert T. Huizenga
Lydia G. Ray

30 YEARS 
Scott R. Anderson
Ellard W. Chire
Sherry Kelley
Mark H. McCord

35 YEARS 
Gregory P. Sweeney

 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

CITY CLERK

5 YEARS 
Zizette K. Mullins

 

CITY COUNCIL

10 YEARS 
Sandy M. George

15 YEARS 
Robert C. Kramer

 

CITY MANAGER

5 YEARS 
Erika M. De Leon

20 YEARS

Colleen D. Felix (Retired)

 

CITY TREASURER

5 YEARS 
Debbie S. Kukta

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

10 YEARS 
Lilly Arevshatyan
Adam Emmer
Robert S. Manougian
James M. Rigor
Ross Young

15 YEARS 
Johnny Gonzales
David Kriske
Miriam Reguerra

20 YEARS

Jose R. Alcantar Alderete

30 YEARS

Robert J. Peren

 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

5 YEARS

Lydia Guerrero

10 YEARS 
Patrick C. Flynn (Awarded Posthumously)
Nickie L. Lopez
Nancy Minassian

15 YEARS 
Steven Aragon
Heidi Okimoto

20 YEARS

Rebeka Balasanyan

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

10 YEARS 
Michael Baldassano
Eric J. Ball
Jeffrey J. Coombs
J. Ryan Cortina
Susan K. Hayward
Daniel J. King
Brigitte Le
Devon S. Meister
Logan G. Shaw
Adrian D. Sirbike
John H. Washington Jr.

20 YEARS 
Danny Alvarez
James Carrick
Wayne D. Chisholm
Erick N. Clements
John D. Freeborn
Kenneth Hultgren
Paul F. Magnante
Kelly L. Morris
James Moye
Joel Petteys
Anthony Soffa
Travont (Tray) White

25 YEARS

Michael T. Brack
Matthew D. Wagner

30 YEARS 
Ronald A. Barone
Steven F. Briggs
George F. Hawkes
Thomas J. Lenahan
Craig M. MacFarlane (Retired)
Kenet D. Robertson

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

5 YEARS

Michael A. Carson
Steve Esmeirat

10 YEARS 
Cuong (Luis) Le
Jason E. Miller
L. Anthony Moore (Resigned)
Lucas D. Suimanjaya

15 YEARS 
Jamie Ehring
David W. Morales
Vaughn B. Nemecek

 

LIBRARY SERVICES

5 YEARS 
Christine A. Alles
Jennifer S. Bailey
Roger A. Hiles
Susan E. Mattson
Sarah M. Oakes
Judith K. Parker

10 YEARS 
Rageni Arora
Diane L. Malden
Rajan D. Nanda
Tina L. Sahadi

15 YEARS 
Neva J. McDaniel
Karen Stead
Catherine A. Whitehead
David Willis

20 YEARS 
Laura Brownell

30 YEARS

Naomi Aronoff (Retired)

 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES

5 YEARS

Laura I. Hernandez

15 YEARS

Kristin A. Shedarowich

20 YEARS 
April Moreno

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

2017

10 YEARS 
Rogelio Cardenas (Resigned)
Van H. Cognata
Bryanna D. Edwards
Walter Gates Jr.
Jose E. Lara
Glen T. Williams
Ryan D. Yonan (Resigned)

15 YEARS 
Elsa Delatorre
Viviana Garzon
Gwen Indermill
Scott Matthews
Andrew J. McDaniel
David Montero
Rocio C. Perales

20 YEARS

Patrick J. Farrell

30 YEARS 
Luis A. Alvarez
Patricia S. Molinar

 

5 YEAR 
Michael A. Albanese
Denis Cremins
Eric H. Deroian
Paul D. French
Michael J. Hagopian
Jacqulene Cole
Mary L. Paterson
Ryan D. Rhoads
Carlos J. Rivas
Kristopher J. Totemwongs
Dewayne A. Wolfer

10 YEARS 
Alfonso E. Ang
Emil Brimway
Karel Castro
Jonathan J. Dugas
Selena M. Espinoza
Lorik Gicanov
Christopher B. Hensley
Jana L. Howington
Thomas L. Krueger
Marsha E. Laufer
James A. Marshall
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Burbank Police to Host Crime Prevention Seminar for Businesses

The Burbank Police Department will host a seminar for local Burbank merchants on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The seminar will be held at the Burbank Police Department and will focus on crime prevention tips, deterrence strategies, crime trend discussions, and legal challenges as they relate to retail and business establishments in the City of Burbank.  The seminar will also allow for a question and answer period.

Due to space limitations, registration will be limited to 75 guests.  All attendees MUST register and check-in with identification will be required. Only owners and employees of Burbank businesses and merchants will be accepted in the registration process.

If you are interested in attending, please register at http://www.BurbankPD.org/seminar.

Once your registration has been accepted, a Community Resource Officer will contact you via email to confirm.

For more information, please see the flyer below.

Second Annual Winter Wine Walk and Street Fair This Saturday

Burbank will be kicking off the holidays in style at the 2nd Annual Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair, which will be taking over the streets of Downtown Burbank on November 18, 2017, from noon to 8:00 PM.

A celebration of wine and local businesses covering two blocks in the heart of Downtown Burbank’s shopping and dining neighborhood, the Winter Wine Walk will transform stores throughout the district into the wine-tasting event of the season. There will be 30 wine tasting stations alongside a free, public street fair located on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue.  Live musical performances will round off festivities, culminating in a free magical Snowfall from the Main Stage located at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue.

The Winter Wine Walk’s 30 wine, craft beer, and food sampling stops will showcase the finest that local merchants have to offer, giving patrons a head start on the shopping season in the company of friends, family, and delicious wine from multiple California craft wineries.

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Winter Wine Walk Hours: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Ticket required: must be 21+)

Street Fair Hours: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Free and open to the public)

Location: Downtown Burbank on San Fernando Boulevard. The Street Fair will take place on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue. The Main Stage and Snowfall will be located at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard.

Tickets: $45. Includes 2 oz samples at 30 tasting stops. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to access the wine tasting stops and to consume alcohol. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. Burbank hotels are offering two free tickets to the Winter Wine Walk when patrons book their room via www.visitburbank.com. Entry to the Street Fair, Main Stage and Snowfall portion of the event is free of charge. For more information, please visitwww.burbankwinterwinewalk.com or  www.dtnbur.com.