By Craig Sherwood
Executive Editor, BurbankNBeyond.com
With May 1 falling on a Sunday this year, the Burbank City Council will have their annual reorganization this coming Monday, May 2 instead. While the meeting in itself is not really important and no real City business will really be discussed, it is still a ceremonial event where we will bid good-bye to current Mayor Anja Reinke, but also will welcome Emily Gabel-Luddy and reconfirm Gary Bric back to his seat after winning re-election.
Burbank does not elect a Mayor, instead, the Council gets together at this annual meeting to pick both a Mayor and Vice-Mayor for the coming year. Jess Talamantes is the current Vice-Mayor of Burbank and should move up to the position of Mayor on an unanimous vote. Talamantes has served the City in numerous ways as a fireman for the City of Burbank and a longtime softball coach. He will be a great ambassador for the City during it’s Centennial Celebration this July as Mayor.
Photo By Ross A. Benson
Habitat For Humanity Los Angeles, and Burbank Housing Corporation gathered 8 families Monday evening, at Burbank’s Community Services Building on what they thought was another mandatory meeting as part of the selection process to become new home owners, but were totally surprised when it was announced that they have been approved as the newest residents that will be able to call Burbank their home.
The families gathered for pictures and were presented flowers, a scrapbook and a hammer as they will have to participate in the building process of their new homes. The Keeler/Elliott Homeowner Development will break ground shortly
Photo By Ross A. Benson
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is teaming up with the Burbank Housing Corporation and the Burbank Redevelopment Agency on a new affordable housing development in Burbank. The Keeler/Elliott Homeownership Development is an 8-unit development that will include the construction of 7 new townhouse units and the rehabilitation of an existing single-family home. The goal of the project is to build decent, sustainable and affordable homes for eight very low-income, hardworking families and individuals in Burbank. The three entities are developing eight new homes in an underserved area of Burbank, called the Peyton-Grismer Focus Neighborhood. Qualified applicants meet income requirements, have good credit and demonstrate the greatest need. Additionally, homeowner families agree to the organization’s “sweat equity” requirement of up to 500 volunteer hours, including building their home. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated over 350 homes in greater Los Angeles and over 300 more around the world.