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New Operator Chosen to Run DeBell Golf Course / Restaurant

Staff of the Burbank Parks and Recreation Department has selected Touchstone Golf, LLC as the new operator of the DeBell Golf Club.

In a memo from Parks and Recreation Director Judy Wilke to Burbank City Manager Ron Davis, Touchstone Golf was picked after an extensive selection process which included interviews, site visits, and reference checks. “Touchstone has a 12 year track record of success and cost effectively managing golf courses, delivering a first-class experience for golfers, providing a stimulating workplace for employees, and optimizing operational and financial outcomes for the golf course owners.” according to the memo.

Touchstone will provide management of the 18 hole golf course, par three golf course, driving range, as as the food and beverage facilities. They will also handle the landscape and golf maintenance. In the also oversee hiring of personnel and marketing, oversee accounting and payroll and bring in special events and tournaments.

While an agreement has not been finalized yet and must go in front of the city Council, the terms of the contract is for five years with an option for an extension of additional five years. Touchstone will pay the city of Burbank $8,000 per month for their services with the terms of the agreement not to change for 10 years. A revenue-sharing component is still being discussed were Touchstone would be eligible to earn 15% of any increases in annual net operating income over the prior year.

Touchstone has agreed to keep the golf fees and membership programs at the same price until they have reviewed all of the pricing. Any proposed change in fees will need to be approved by the city Council. All current golf course, food and beverage,  landscape and maintenance employees will have the opportunity to  keep their jobs. A general manager, golf professional, food and beverage director and golf course superintendent will also be established for DeBell.

Wilke expects to have the negotiations finalized for the City Council’s meeting on November 27. If the Council agrees Touchstone can start operations as soon as December 1.

 

Major Storm Causes Mandatory Evacuations, Road Closures

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The first major storm of the year is having quite an effect on Burbank. This morning, three vehicles were swept away by fast-moving waters on Country Club Drive. All three vehicles are regarded as a complete loss.

The fast-moving waters proved to be a serious problem early on. In the afternoon, a total of twelve Burbank Firefighters became cut off from other City personnel after helping residents of Country Club Drive during the mandatory evacuation. Heavy mudflow and debris made roads inaccessible. The firefighters and residents are currently sheltering in place until other firefighters can reach them.

The inclement weather also forced the evacuations of Burbank’s canyon area, specifically for residents of Country Club Drive. Houses in that area currently have no utilities active. Earlier, the Southern California Gas Company confirmed a three-quarter-inch gas leak to a service line on Country Club Drive, which was caused by the storm. Burbank Water and Power personnel will respond to the area as soon as the roads are accessible by vehicles.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Voluntary evacuations, which are expected to be lifted at 6:00 PM, are as follows:

  • All of Hamline Place
  • 925-1030 Groton Drive
  • 830-849 Stephen Rd
  • 907-936 Irving Dr
  • 2906 & 2934 Olney Place
  • 2934 Remy Place
  • 2949 Mystic View Place
  • 3430-3436 Brace Canyon Rd
  • 3301-3310 Brookshire Court
  • 3318, 3321 & 3322, 3422 Wedgewood Court
  • 3514-3519 Folkstone Court
  • 3529-3530 Castleman Ln

Residents who are affected by these evacuations can seek shelter at the McCambridge Recreation Center (1515 N Glenoaks Blvd), which is currently being staffed by the American Red Cross. Pets are welcomed too, but pet owners are highly encouraged to bring their own crates/cages. A limited number of crates will be available for pets at the evacuation center. Stray animals or pets left behind may be taken to the McCambridge evacuation center. If there is an overflow, the Burbank Animal Shelter may take in pets who have become separated from their owners.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

For those who wish to donate food and/or supplies to the evacuation center, please call ahead to find out what the shelter may need.

The McCambridge Evacuation Center is expected to remain open throughout the night as residents of Country Club Drive will likely be under mandatory evacuation overnight.

Currently, the Burbank Police Department is operating at usual staff, meaning no officers are having to be pulled from normal duties or into overtime. The BPD is relying on their traffic bureau to help with road closures and high-risk areas. At the moment, Country Club Drive is the only major road closed. However, the Burbank Police Department wants residents to avoid:

  • Walnut Avenue at Sunset Canyon
  • Harvard Road at Sunset Canyon
  • The Stough Nature Center
  • The Wildwood Canyon Recreation Area

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Castaway Restaurant, as well as DeBell Golf, are closed until further notice.

As always, the Burbank Police Department would also like to remind residents that “If you see significant mud, debris or fast-flowing water, do not try to cross it or drive a vehicle through it, shelter in place or avoid for your safety.”

You can find more updates as they come on our Twitter page.  Stay safe, Burbank.

Bear Spotted Friday on DeBell Golf Course

A bear was seen on the 18-hole DeBell Golf Course today, a little after noon, near the 11th hole.  The black bear was last seen walking back into the hills.  DeBell and the Burbank Nature Center have posted signs for patrons and visitors, warning them of the bear’s presence.  The Burbank Police Animal Shelter and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have been advised of the sighting.

(Photo Courtesy Facebook)

(Photo Courtesy Facebook)

Refer to these tips from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife if you encounter a bear:  Do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to appear as large as possible.

If attacked, fight back.  If a bear attacks a person, immediately call 911.

DeBell Golf Holds 50th Annual High School Invitational

DeBell Golf Club hosted its fiftieth annual High School Invitational on Wednesday, March 26. Twenty-one schools from around Southern California attended the event, with La Canada High School’s team taking first place and Josh Suh from La Canada High School garnering the Low Overall prize.

“Eleven years ago I was fortunate to have Mr. Jim Lloyd, Burbank Senior Men’s Club member, pass down the torch to continue the growth of this event,” commented DeBell’s Head Golf Professional, Joaquin Herbozo, PGA. “Unsure how many years I would be dedicating to this event, I now find myself in my tenth year and this experience has truly been rewarding.”

“Seeing this event grow each year is a true testament to the dedication that local Burbank clubs bring to juniors of Southern California,” he added.

DeBell's Joaquin Herbozo addresses the high school teams at the early-morning tourney start. (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)

DeBell’s Joaquin Herbozo (center) addresses the high school teams at the early-morning tourney start. (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)

“It is very exciting and rewarding building relationships with the coaches and seeing the development of the juniors,” continued Herbozo.

“DeBell Golf Club, in the last three years, has made tremendous strides to increase the junior involvement with the facility by creating fun and exciting programs like the Junior Summer Camps, Junior Golf League,” he said. “The latest, most involved program getting juniors prepared for tournament golf is the DeBell Junior Tour.”

The High School Invitational is the longest running tournament at DeBell Golf Club. Organizations that help support this tournament are the Burbank Rotary Club, Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis, Burbank Men’s Golf Club, Burbank Senior Men’s Club and the Burbank Women’s Golf Club.

DeBell's 50th Annual High School Invitational team winners from La Canada High School, along with tourney head Joaquin Herbozo (in center wearing blue) and Low Overall winner Josh Suh (holding 2 plaques.) (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)

DeBell’s 50th Annual High School Invitational team winners from La Canada High School, along with tourney head Joaquin Herbozo (in center wearing blue) and Low Overall winner Josh Suh (holding 2 plaques.) (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)

Results for DeBell’s 50th High School Invitational:

Flight A:
1st Place:
Josh Suh 69, La Canada High School (won off a card off)

2nd Place: Robby Stehlin 69, Mira Costa High School

3rd Place: Collin Morikawa 70, La Canada High School

Flight B:
1st Place:
Ricky Garcia 72, Santa Monica High School

2nd Place: Bryan Mondragon 74, North Torrance High School (won off a card off)

3rd Place: Louis D’Aquila 74, John Burroughs High School

Flight C:
1st Place: Aiden Curtin 79, Redondo Union High School

2nd Place: Travis Nagaoka 82,  North Torrance High School (won off a card off)

3rd Place: Dylan Sherry 82, Burbank High School

Team Division:
1st Place
: La Canada High School Team 1; Score: 290

2nd Place: Mira Costa High School; Score: 304

3rd Place: La Canada High School Team 2; Score: 306

Low Overall Individual Medalist:
Josh Suh, La Canada High School, Score: 69 (2 under par)

Jon Levitt Wins 2013 City Amateur Golf Championship

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

The 2013 Burbank City Amateur Golf Championship has crowned its new champion. Jon Levitt shot a 204 (70, 66, 68) to win in a landslide. His nearest competitor was Jacob Rodriguez who was seven shots behind with a 211.

Jon Leavitt (Photo courtesy of Joaquin Herbozo)

Jon Levitt (Photo courtesy of Joaquin Herbozo)

Levitt was the 2011 City champion as well. He took fifth a year ago.

The Championship Flight is an open flight (no age limit, men or women) conducted over 54 holes. There were 36 qualifying holes on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. The low 24 played the final 18 holes on Sunday, October 13, and Levitt was the victor.

Here are the final results for the City Championship Flight:

TotalRnd1Rnd2Rnd3Players
204706668Levitt, Jon
211716971Rodriguez, Jacob
212726872Shou, Joshua
215746774Rendler, Christopher
216767169Taylor, Jonathan
217766873Gama, Brandon
218727076Yi, Edwin
218707474Grimes, Aaron
218727373Pouliot, Dan
219787071Amirkhizi, Brennan
223766780Yu, Sean
225777276Overton, Andy
225757575Roberts, Ashton
226767179Cortes, Jim
226757378Danzeisen, Kelsey
226767476Wagner, Steve
228757677Disiere, Craig
229767578DiFilippo, Teddy
233836981Davis III, Charles
233777581Choi, Jeremy
235757585Smith, Sean
238767686Stanley, Jason
239757292Plummer, Chris

Beginner Golfers Wanted for New “Get Golf Ready” Program

This fall, PGA professionals across the country are offering Get Golf Ready, a program designed to introduce beginners to the game of golf in a fun and relaxed group environment. Get Golf Ready offers five lessons that concentrate on the basic skills, etiquette and rules of the game for an affordable price (typically just $99, although prices vary by facilities).

Golf’s health and wellness benefits are great reasons to take up the game: a walked 18-hole round of golf burns approximately 2,000 calories and is equivalent to a five mile walk (riding in a cart still burns approximately 1,300 calories).

The following Burbank area facilities are offering Get Golf Ready programs on the dates and times listed below (please note that classes are subject to change, and consumers are encouraged to call the facility or visit GetGolfReady.com to confirm and register for programs):

DeBell Golf Club (1500 E Walnut Ave., Burbank, CA 91501)

Oct. 8 – Nov. 5; Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Get Golf Ready for womenOct. 10 – Nov. 7; Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

JOIN NOW and bring golf into your daily life!

Fast Action by Firefighters Stops Brush Fire Before it Can Grow

Burbank Firefighters were called to a vegetation fire near the 16th hole of DeBell Golf Course around 12:23 Monday.

(Photo  by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon the first engines arrival they reported a half acre brush fire with active fire running uphill and requested a second alarm along with assistance from water dropping helicopters because of the steep terrain.

Minutes later a Command Post was setup in the parking lot of the Castaway Restaurant and additional equipment was requested from the Area C Fire Stations, which included Glendale and Pasadena Fire Departments, along with crews setting up the heli-stop to fill the water dropping helicopters on the Starlight Mesa (above Stough Canton Park) and two LA County Camp Crews.

Los Angles City Copter 5 makes a water drop on a hotspot during a small brush fire that occurred above DeBell hole 16. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angles City Copter 5 makes a water drop on a hotspot during a small brush fire that occurred above DeBell hole 16. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters, with the help of the water dropping helicopters and very little wind blowing, were able to get a handle on the fire by 3:00 pm, A total containment with lines surrounding the fire was reported at 4:00pm.

The cause will be investigated by Burbank’s Arson Investigator. There were no injuries reported. DeBell Golf Course remained open during the emergency.

A Burbank Firefighter uses a shovel of dirt to douse a a small flareup in the hills above DeBell Golf Course Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank Firefighter uses a shovel of dirt to douse a a small flareup in the hills above DeBell Golf Course Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters extinguish a small brush fire that consumed 1 acre in the hills above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters extinguish a small brush fire that consumed 1 acre in the hills above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angeles City Copter 5 makes a drop on a small brush fire that occurred Monday afternoon near DeBell golf corse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angeles City Copter 5 makes a drop on a small brush fire that occurred Monday afternoon near DeBell golf corse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter sprays water on the hillside along the 16th holes of DeBell where a small brush fire consumed 1 acre Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter sprays water on the hillside along the 16th holes of DeBell where a small brush fire consumed 1 acre Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

 

LA City Fire Helicopter brings hose and refreshments to fire crews high on a hill above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

LA City Fire Helicopter brings hose and refreshments to fire crews high on a hill above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Engine 16 supplies water to a fellow crew member right above. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Engine 16 supplies water to a fellow crew member right above. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale supplied several engine companies along with this water tender. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale supplied several engine companies along with this water tender. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Puts Ball in Cup as Term Begins to Wind Down

The Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Club held its 15th Annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament at the DeBell Golf Course on Friday, April 27.

Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes joins Golf Chair Mike Caggiano and Vice Mayor Dave Golonski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Some of the organizations that benefit from the Mayor’s Cup are the Burbank Boys and Girls Club, Burbank Family Service Agency, Burbank Police Youth Outreach Center, Outreach for Community Support of Underprivileged Children, Children’s Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Bret Harte Elementary School, and De Bell Junior Golf and First Tee.

Besides the current mayor, Jess Talamantes, other former mayors  that attended this year’s event included Gary Bric, Vincent Stafano, Dave Golonski, and Mary Lou Howard.

Mike Caggiano was the Golf Chairman this year, and a fun time was had for all.

The Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis meets Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. at the DeBell Golf Club Clubhouse. For more information, contact Donna Anderson at (818) 238-5880 or at danderson@ci.burbank.ca.us.

DeBell Golf Course Closed Due to Wind Damage

Burbank officials have closed the DeBell Golf Course until further notice after winds caused damage to the grounds.  While there was no real significant property damage, their netting was damaged and several trees were down throughout the course, as well as debris scattered everywhere.

In other parts of the city, Burbank got through well with the following problems found:

  • There were about 30 calls for service throughout the night for electrical related issues such as wires down, arcing wires, and transformer explosions.
  • Four to five trees fell into power lines or structures.
  • A large canopy from the YMCA Christmas Tree lot blew off the lot and covered a light standard and parts of the road.
  • Some traffic signals heads turned direction and the metal roof at the Public Service Yard started to lift off the structure.
  • As of 7:37 Thursday morning, about 50 Burbank Water and Power customers were still without power from the winds.  Crews are currently working to restore power to all.

UPDATE at 2:44 pm

Keith Sterling of the Public Information Office has the following report from the Forestry Division….

“We have 4 trees down at Bel Aire Ballfield, 4 trees down at Whitnall North, 2 trees down at Whitnall South, 2 trees down on Chandler Bikeway, 1 tree down at Johnny Carson and a tremendous amount of broken branches, leaf litter and debris throughout all the parks”.