Burbank Police are investigating what led to a dead body being discovered in a City of Burbank parking structure in the downtown area Thursday morning, July 30, around 3 am.
A Burbank parking control officer, who was just beginning his shift, came across a vehicle in the parking structure next to Islands Restaurant near First St. and Orange Grove. After examing the vehicle, he found a male, who may have been in his 20’s in the vehicle along with a dog inside.
Paramedics were called to the scene at 3:14 am where they pronounced the man dead at the scene. It was unknown at the time how the man died.
According to Burbank Police Sgt. Derek Green, “We do not suspect any foul play. The individual appeared to be living out of his vehicle. We won’t know the cause/manner of death until the Coroner releases that information.”
Animal control was called to take custody of the dog until the family can be found.
The Burbank City Council voted to extend the Urgency Eviction Ordinance at last night’s City Council meeting. The renewal means that evictions of residential and certain commercial tenants for non-payment of rent caused by the Coronavirus will still be prohibited through September 30, 2020.
Renters are obligated to pay lawfully charged rent and under the July 28 Ordinance and will have six months to repay any back due rent from the termination of the City of Burbank’s eviction moratorium. The previous Ordinance required repayment to occur November 30, 2020.
Additionally, the Ordinance added a provision that owners may not charge or collect interest, late fees or other penalties that could accrue on unpaid rent delayed during the term of the eviction moratorium and/or for the six-month grace period. This applies during the term of the City of Burbank’s eviction moratorium beginning on the first day of the original Eviction Ordinance enacted on March 17, 2020.
If a tenant already has paid any such fees, interest or penalties, no refund or credit is due from the owner to the tenant.
If the outstanding rent has not been paid within the six month grace period, beginning the day after the grace period, the owner may charge and collect interest, late fees or other penalties allowed in the lease for any rent payments still owing.
The Ordinance excludes commercial property leased by a tenant that is a multi-national company, a publicly traded company, or a company that is not eligible for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.
For residential tenants, the Landlord Tenant Commission continues to be a resource to help educate landlords and tenants, and has assisted with several mediation cases during the pandemic. They meet at 6:15 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Landlords and tenants with questions, should call 818-238-5180.
Nominations for Burbank’s City Council and School Board upcoming elections are open with so far 10 candidates have registered to run for the city council’s two open seats, along with five for the school’s three open seats. The nomination period ends on August 7 for both the School Board and the City of Burbank. Current Councilmember Tim Murphy is seeking re-election after being appointed to fill the seat vacated by the death of Councilmember Will Rogers. Emily Gabel-Luddy has decided not to run again.
The elections will be held on Tuesday, November 3, coinciding with the General Election. Two city council member seats, the unexpired city treasure’s position, and three school board seats will be up for election. A November election date will be a first for Burbank. Measure V, passed in 2018, moved the city’s elections from Feb. and April in odd number years to coincide with the Statewide General Election in Nov. of even-numbered years.
As of July 27, the council field consists of; Konstantine Anthony, Linda S. Bessin, Richard G. Carr, Elliot A. Gannon, Michael Lee Gogin, Paul Richard Herman, Sharis M. Manokian, Timothy M. Murphy, Nick Schultz, and Tamala Takahashi.
The council member seats’ have four-year terms ending in 2024. The new City Treasurer will take over the unexpired seat left by Debbie Kukta whose term of office was to end Dec. 19, 2022. Kukta, a two-term treasurer, left for a position with the Burbank Unified School District as Assistant Superintendent of Administration Services in June of 2019. The new treasurer’s term will end Dec. 19, 2022. Temporary treasurer Krystle Ang Palmer’s position ends on Dec. 14.
So far Lindsey Francois, Krystle A. Palmer, and Darin B. Shea have applied.
Burbank’s Board of Education has three seats up for election. The three incumbents are board president Dr. Armond Aghakhanian and board members Steve Ferguson and Roberta Reynolds. A board term is four-years. All three have applied to retain their seats with former School Board member Larry Applebaum and middle school teacher Emily Weisberg also filing.
According to Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins on the City’s website, there are no propositions at this time.
Vote-by-mail and in-person voting will be methods to cast ballots. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the voting polls will be following CDC guidelines for in-person voting.
In Burbank, customers can now get their nails done, have their hair styled, workout, and attend church services all outdoors within private parking lots.
This is due to the signing of an Emergency Order allowing these types of activities to
be conducted outside. The newly adopted Order is based on the premise that outdoor activities are safer than indoors and less likely to spread COVID 19 and follows California Governor Newsom’s
guidelines for outdoor operations. The new guidance from the Governor and County
specifically applies to:
• Personal care services such as nail salons, tanning salons, esthetician, skincare,
and cosmetology services; electrology, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and
piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)
• Hair salons and barbershops
• Fitness facilities, including private gymnasiums
• Faith-based service is held outdoors
The Order allows the use of private parking lots through July 28, 2020, when Council will
consider the adoption of an Urgency Ordinance approving the program. If approved by
Council the program may run through December 31, 2020.
This does not apply to retailers who are still allowed to conduct indoor sales.
“This is just another way that the City of Burbank can accommodate our businesses,”
stated Mayor Sharon Springer. “It’s important that we come together and support them
The Burbank City Manager issued an Emergency Order to close portions of San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue. The action provides for greater social distancing and increasing opportunities for outdoor dining, making it temporarily easier for restaurants
to add outdoor seating while still abiding by the County Department of Health restaurant protocols.
Beginning no sooner than 10:00 pm July 16, 2020, the following blocks of streets along
San Fernando Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic.
(Photo by Ross A Benson)
• Angeleno Avenue to Olive Avenue
• Olive Avenue to Orange Grove Avenue
• Orange Grove Avenue to Magnolia Boulevard
Angeleno Avenue, Olive Avenue, Orange Grove Avenue, and Magnolia Boulevard will
remain open to vehicular traffic. The closure of San Fernando Boulevard may continue
through Labor Day, September 7, 2020.
The City says “We have received many requests from the residents and businesses to close San
Fernando, we also surveyed our businesses in Downtown and almost all of them were in
favor of closing down the street” stated Justin Hess, Burbank City Manager, “This will
allow people more room for social distancing, outdoor dining and to walk more freely
within the increased space.”
Restaurants will still have to provide a plan and obtain a permit to use the City Right- of-
Way for dining space.
On July 14, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance allowing dining on private property including parking lots and expanded outdoor dining on City sidewalks. This new Order will allow dining in public parking stalls on the closure blocks until September 7, 2020.
If a restaurant would like to apply for the permit, they should
contact the Economic Development Team who will provide them assistance and answer
questions at 818-238-5180.
Councilmember Emily Gabel-Luddy and Councilmember Jess Talamantes accepting the donation of sanitizers and masks from Simon Pang, Southern California coordinator for Chinese People’ Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries. (City of Burbank photo)
The City of Burbank received a donation of face masks and sanitizers from the Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, China’s Sister and Friendly Cities Program. The donated face masks and sanitizers will be used at various City facilities to ensure the health and safety of City staff and the public.
“On behalf of the entire City Council, we are thankful to Madame Li, President of the Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, for this generous donation to our community. This contribution allows Burbank to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and highlights their spirit of cooperation and support for our City,” said Councilmember Emily Gabel-Luddy.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.