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City Council Convenes Special Sunday Meeting

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In a rare move, Burbank’s City Council on Saturday called a special session on Sunday evening to discuss the actions taken by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority regarding the Commission’s meeting scheduled for Monday that will basically terminate the negotiations for the Lockheed Plant B-6 known as the ‘opportunity’ site and put it on the open market.

Members of the Council found out about the Airport Authority’s meeting on Friday with a letter that was sent to the Council. Here is the full agenda of the Authority’s meeting scheduled for Monday morning at 9 am. The meeting will be held in the Skyroom and the public may attend and also address the commission.

Sunday night’s meeting was broadcast and streamed live.  Mayor David Gordon started by reading a statement calling the airports decision both inflammatory and controversial.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Five minutes of public comment brought many speakers. Most complained that the issues of the airport in the past has not been as publicized as many had wished.

A unanimous vote was taken to reject the letter sent to the Council as well as a request to Burbank’s commissioners to report the actions of the Sunday Council meeting and to request that the Commission postpone their vote at the Monday meeting.  Burbank will only have two of their three commissioners (Bill Wiggins is out of town for a family event) available at the meeting Monday morning.

Council members say that they had thought that the negotiations on the 58 acre property had been going well and the tone and timing of the letter was a complete, yet calculated surprise.

Friction with the Authority has not been this high in many years. While the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena own the airport, it is the Commission who runs it and each city appoints three commissioners tor represent their interest.  While a city can appoint a commissioner, they can not order that person on what to do, but may ask and suggest.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Presently the Authority acts as a majority (5 to 4) which means that at any time all three Burbank commissioners can be out voted and had in the past decade by many 6 to 3 votes. Burbank is looking as one step to make more important votes a super majority which would take two votes from each city for a major issue to pass.

Without the super majority, the airport could decide to take any action they saw fit including where to put a terminal and even expansion or making the airport international in the future despite Burbank’s objections.  While none of these actions has been threatened at this time, the Council is working on putting in these safeguards to protect the citizens of Burbank in the future.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank, Glendale Police Combine on DUI Checkpoint in Glendale

DUI Checkpoint Turns Out To Be ‘Not A Bust’ After All

Despite the fact that no one was arrested for drunk driving at the Burbank and Glendale Police Departments’ joint DUI Checkpoint on Saturday night, the special enforcement operation is still considered a success.

The checkpoint was held on Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale, just south of Alameda Ave., between 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday.   During the operation, 1,051 vehicles heading north on Glenoaks Blvd. passed through the checkpoint. 1,021 drivers were screened for signs of driving under the influence.  Of those, six were detained and given a Standardized Field Sobriety Test.  No one was arrest for driving under the influence.

One driver was issued a citation for driving while unlicensed, and another was cited for a traffic infraction.   No vehicles were impounded.

The purpose of the operation was to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, to serve as a deterrent to driving while impaired, and to reduce the number of persons killed or seriously injured in alchol-releated traffic collisions, according to the police department.

“The Burbank Police Department remains committed to making Burbank a safer place to live and work,” according to Lt. Jay Hawver, who heads up the department’s traffic bureau.

Burbank Firefighters Assist Glendale With Major Fire

Early Memorial Day morning, Glendale received a call of a fire at 233 N. Brand.

Within minutes the blaze grew and Glendale Fire put called for a third-alarm assignment which consisted of several Burbank fire engines, a truck company and a Battalion Chief.

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire assisted Glendale fire at this 3rd alarm commercial structure at 233 N Brand Blvd around midnight Sunday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

These Burbank Firefighters with Capt. Tray White were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

These Burbank Firefighters with Capt. Tray White were called into assist Glendale Fire on this 3rd alarm blaze at 233 Brand Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Units Support Glendale to Fight “Canyon Fire”

At around 2:30 Friday afternoon alarms sounded that a brush fire was rapidly growing in the Chevy Chase / Glenoaks Canyon divisions of Glendale and was dubbed the “Canyon Fire.” Burbank fire units quickly joined nearly 200 firefighters from Glendale, LA County, LA City, Sierra Madre, and other area departments in the fight to knock the fire down, which was threatening more than 2000 residents.

Burbank's Engine 16 races into the fire scene in Glendale (Photo By John Savageau)

Burbank’s Engine 16 races into the fire scene in Glendale (Photo By John Savageau)

Residents and families were visible rushing out of the evacuation zone near the intersection of Glenoaks and Harvey. Several distraught family members tried unsuccessfully to return to the area to look for loved ones, however were turned back by Glendale Police. Fire had passed underneath the 2 Freeway, extending to Harvey Drive.

A well-coordinated effort between air units and ground units gained the upper hand by 5 p.m.. According to Glendale Fire Department representatives approximately 75 acres burned. Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion. People and traffic were diverted from the area, and both the 2 and 134 Freeways were disrupted.

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

Burbank Police Warn Citizens of Nail Salon Robberies

The Burbank Police Department as well as surrounding cities have been investigating a series of Nail Salon Robberies.  The listed suspects enter the targeted salon, inquire about the offered services, and then demand property.  Please be aware of the involved suspects:
Suspect 1: Male, Black, approx. 6 feet tall, 180 lbs.
Suspect 2: Male, Black, approx. 5 feet 8 inches, 160 lbs.
Suspect 3: Female, Black, approx 5 feet 5 inches, 160 to 200 lbs.

– Be cautious of who enters your salon
– Make sure you don’t cover your windows
– Leave blinds, curtains, and shades open in order to be aware of who is outside your business
– Maintain a working surveillance camera system

Armed Robbers Hitting Nail Salons in Burbank and Glendale

Last Friday, July 12,  at approximately 7:00 pm, Burbank Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call involving two male blacks and one female black  at a nail salon located at 1212 N. San Fernando Boulevard.

The female suspect entered the nail salon and was asking questions and a male suspect entered displaying a handgun in his waste-band to obtain compliance from the victim’s. The suspect’s then took U.S. currency, purses, and two cell phones.

This robbery is very similar to one that happened earlier at a nail salon near Olive and Victory and also one that occurred in the City of Glendale.

The two suspects are described in their early 20’s and witnesses said in their San Fernando Blvd. robbery that a third person was seen behind the wheel of a possible green or silver Nissan as they sped away.

Those who subscribe to our Twitter account would have heard about the robbery as it happened last Friday.  To subscribe, go to www.twitter.com/burbanknbeyond to get breaking Burbank News sent to you as it happens.

Special Olympics Holds Torch Relay Through Burbank

Burbank Police Officers run the Special Olympic's Torch past NBC Wednesday afternood. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run Wednesday  afternoon as Burbankers came out and cheered on members of the Burbank Police Department as they passed through the city.

Burbank police officers on the running team accepted the torch from the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division team in Toluca Lake at Riverside Dr.and Clybourn Ave around 12:50 in the afternoon.

The torch was carried through the heart of Burbank (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Special Olympic athletes, with the assistance of the officers, carried the torch up Olive Ave. with a quick stop at NBC before proceeding up to San Fernando Blvd.  After making the left, they then proceeded up to the front of the Burbank Police Station.

There was a brief presentation ceremony on the steps of the station, before the runners continued with the torch on Glenoaks Blvd. to the city limits which ended at Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizza at Alameda and Glenoaks.  The torch was then passed to the team from the Glendale Police Department.

In addition to the Torch Run, the Burbank Police Department is also be taking part in the “Tip-A-Cop” event on June 12, at the Black Angus Restaurant, 235 S. First St.  Between 5 and 9 p.m., department personnel will be serving as waiters and entertainment to raise

Special Olympians Matthew Raymundi, Marisa Watkins, Fred Orr join Burbank Police Detective Martha Jimenez with the Special Olympic Torch. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

funds for the Special Olympics.  All of the funds raised will go to local athletes.  It helps pay for transportation, training, and equipping athletes of all ages who participate in the program for the developmentally disabled.

For additonal information about the Tri Valley Special Olympics program, contact Laura Mayo, Regional Directo, at 818-342-0017 or 661-253-2121, or visit their website at www.sosc.org.

 

Pilot Escapes Glendale Plane Crash With Minor Injuries

This single engine Cessna crashed in the 1200 Block of Glenwood Road in Glendale Monday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Around 8:28 on Monday, May 21, Burbank Fire and Bob Hope Airport Firefighters received a call for an emergency landing at Bob Hope Airport for a Cessna Airplane with a single pilot on board.  The plane had developed engine trouble and was seven miles east of the airport.

He never made it.

Instead, the plane came down in Glendale, hitting several high powered wires, then a tree, and wound up upside down in the front yard of 1203 Glenwood Road.

Glendale Fire Fighters tend to the injured pilot at the scene of single engine plane crash in Glendale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Both Glendale and Burbank Fire units were dispatched to the scene and upon arriving, found the pilot out of the plane with major damage to the plane and power lines down, causing a blackout in the area.  A Basic Life Support Ambulance administered aid to the pilot, who reported pain in his shoulder.  He was immobilized for precaution and taken to County/USC Medical Center.

One of the Bob Hope Airport Crash units was called to the scene to standby because the plane still had 65 gallons of gas inside the tank, though there was no leak.

Firefighters also had trouble trying to keep the crowd back.  Neighbors came running out of their houses to see what happened not realizing that power line were down for a good distance and were still live.  Residents on Glenwood were also evacuated for their safety.

Glendale officials were waiting for the FAA at the scene who will handle the investigation and will determine when the plane can be removed.  The pilot has not been identified yet other then being a 55 year-old male.

The scene of the single engine plane that crashed in the 1200 Block Glenwood Road in Glendale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The sole occupant of the crashed plane is being transported to a local hospital to be checked out. (photo by Ross A. Benson)