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Happy Columbus Day!

October 9, 2017

OPINION: Glad the Burbank City Council are taking on the “big issues” of the day. We already have Native American Day here in CA (4th Friday of September) that nobody remembers, so IMO the whole “indigenous day” movement is nothing more than an attempt to erase American historical figures & history. President’s Day is next as Washington & Jefferson were slave owners, then the Constitution written by the Founding Fathers. What a waste of Staff’s time. Let us know when you get around to dealing with our $5.7 million projected deficit for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which is expected to climb to $16.6 million by the 2022-23 fiscal year, or our $280 Million Unfunded Pension Liability, or our $260M Deferred Infrastructure needs (Roads etc.). Perhaps you can work on reducing Traffic, Speeding, Property Crime, while weighing in on the negative impacts of the massive iHeartBurbank planned development of nearly 1100 apartments on the old Ikea site & adj. properties. Can’t wait for the next Council meeting when Council members take a knee during the pledge. Happy Columbus Day Sharon, Emily, Will, and thank you Jess & Bob for being the voices of reason. #iLuvBurbank

Update 10/10/17Budget crisis worse than I thought – $10.8M deficit 2018-19 & $27.4M 2022-23, $580M unfunded infrastructure. City considering drastic service cuts, increased taxes & development. 😧

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MWD Colorado River Aqueduct Tour

October 7, 2017

Some Photo highlights from our Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Trip to Hoover Dam & Colorado River Aqueduct with Dir. Marsha Ramos. We were joined by a host of BWP employees & Community members as we learned about how & where CA receives about 1/3 of it’s Water. MWD will vote next week on the CA Water Fix – you can learn more about it here. Check back next week for Video highlights. #learningaboutwater #mwdh2o #BurbankH2OPower

FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK Photos | YouTube Video (coming)

Christmas in Burbank

December 6, 2016

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Christmas Events & Services (check back for more to be added shortly)

BHS VMAA Very Merry Affair, Thu 12/8 & Fri 12/9 @ Burbank High School

JBHS VMAHoliday Spectacular, Sat 12/10 7pm & Sun 12/11 2pm @ JBHS

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Emmanuel Church – Christmas Concert, Sun 12/12 @ 3 & 6pm, 12/13 7pm

Story City Church – Christmas Friday 12/23 @ 7pm @ The Colony Theatre. Free Family Christmas Movie – “ELF” on Friday, 12/16 @ The Colony

South Hills Burbank – Christmas Eve (Sat) 12/24 @ 2pm, 3:30pm & 5pm. Love-The-818 Christmas Serving Campaign (Dec 6-17th)

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Burbank Pres – Christmas Eve 12/24 @ 7:30pm. Christmas Day 12/25 @ 10:30am. Christmas Together (Live Nativity+Show) on Sat, 12/17 @ 6:30pm.

Calvary Chapel Burbank – Christmas Eve @ 5pm. Sunday 9:30/11:30am.

CityLight Baptist – Christmas Eve @ 5pm. Sunday @ 10am. Webpage

Emmanuel ChurchChristmas Eve  @ 11pm & Sunday @ 9:30am.

Redeemer Burbank – Christmas Eve @ 4:30-5:30pm.

Vertical Church – Christmas Eve @ 5pm-5.45pm. FaceBook link

Village Church – Christmas Eve @ 4pm & 6pm. FaceBook link

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Pics from Mayor’s Tree Lighting (top) & BHS VMA & Emmanuel Xmas Show.

Emmanuel Christmas Show Video link | Burbank Nativity Show Video link

* RIP Burbank Residents Irma Luce & Holly Rog. Please Pray for their families.

MWD CA Water Tour with Marsha Ramos

October 21, 2016

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Last weekend we were blessed to join our MWD Dir. Marsha Ramos and a diverse group of local community leaders on a Metropolitan Water District Trip to the California State Water Project / Bay-Delta. We toured Feather River Fish Hatchery & Oroville Dam, learned about the Cal Water Fix via presentations by MWD experts Stephen N. Arakawa & Curt Schmutte, and visited the Banks Pumping Plant & Bay-Delta. Guests included Councilman Bob Frutos, Sr. BWP personnel, various Board & Commission members, representatives from the business community & former Dir. Mike Nolan! Below are links to some of the Water Presentations & Trip Pictures fyi. #LearningAboutWater

CA Water Fix Summary | CA Water Fix Presentation | BWP Water Report

FLICKR Photo Album | FACEBOOK Photo Album | VIDEO Highlights

 

 

 

2016 John Muir MS 8th Grade Promotion Photos

June 2, 2016

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John Muir Middle School Boosters & Yours Truly are providing FREE HD 1920×1280 Pics from the 2016 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony via FaceBook & FLICKR. These are great for sharing with family & friends on social media & small (4×6/5×7) Prints. Here’s the LINKS:

FACEBOOK Photo Album #1Album #2Album #3 | Promo Party

FLICKR Photo Album #1Album #2 | Promo Party Album

If you like the pictures, please consider a Donation to JMMS Boosters ($5/photo suggested). Here’s the link to Donate now via PayPal.

If you’d like to order full rez. 5k images for larger prints (8×10/11×14 etc.), please email JMMS Boosters with the photo(s)ID as listed on FLICKR i.e. “JMMS8Grad16b-27” etc., and we’ll send you the larger images and a link to Donate via PayPal (if you haven’t already). Please allow 2-3 business days for processing your order. Also, DVD’s can still be ordered for $15 here. Check back for sample Video soon!

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Happy Easter Burbank 2016

March 25, 2016

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Wonderful re-creation of The Last Supper last night as we reflected on Jesus Betrayal, his Suffering and Death on the Cross. The Good News is Sunday is Coming! We invite you to join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ @ First Presbyterian Church of Burbank @ 9:15am (Traditional service) & 11:15am (Contemporary service). Happy Easter!

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Happy Veterans Day! (A Personal Note of Thanks)

November 11, 2014

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In 1945 my Father was freed by American Forces in Europe. Thank You!

Happy Christmas Burbank!

December 24, 2013

TALARIA: Whole Foods – YES! 241 Condos – NO!!

August 21, 2013

Re Talaria at Burbank; While I really like the design & Whole Foods store, the project as proposed is still Too Big IMO…241 Condos in a heavily congested area previously zoned for <200 is NOT a good fit. There’s no guarantee a Whole Foods will actually go in if this gets the green light as approval is for a mixed-use project consisting of Apartments with a (unspecified) Grocery store. We’ve seen in the past with The Downtown Collection retail area that what we end up with oftentimes doesn’t resemble what was proposed & approved. We also have a Water Shortage and Restrictions that need to be considered; Council can’t ask residents to restrict watering their lawns to 1 x week (Nov-Mar) and then approve a project that will create extra water demands for another 500-750 residents. Reducing the # of Condos to closer to 200 would be a good compromise.

Clearly the Whole Foods element is being used as a carrot to sell the project, along with the “green”/sustainable component. Such a large scaled mixed-use residential/commercial project would probably not have been approved under the old Burbank Media District plan; I know there were changes made to the General Plan but this massive apartment component is going to make the daily rush hour commute for those traveling Olive even worse than it already is. Moreover, it looks like the City is bending over backwards to change the rules again for a favored Developer’s project under a new “exceptional” clause; Would the small business owner on Magnolia get the same help & breaks? High-end mixed-use Downtown Burbank (The Collection) has not exactly been a success and do we really need more Apt’s/Condos when we already have the existing Empire Landing monstrosity nearby on Buena Vista @ Empire? I believe the site would be better reserved for Media Specific Office/Studio use that would bring additional Jobs to Burbank.

UPDATED: 8/29/14. It’s come to my attention that a 300 member Church (Victory Baptist Church) will be torn down and replaced with 241 Condos if this project is approved. The previous Developer (Platt) was going to build a new Church on the property but not so with the Cusumanos, although they will provide them with up-to $50k if they have to leave prior to their lease expiring. Moreover, their Pastor Nick Reed gave public testimony at Monday’s Planning meeting that the Developer had threatened them for opposing the project. I’m saddened but not surprised by these revelations. You can read more on the SemiChorus Blog. Here’s the Video: http://youtu.be/2xIvIAJ3xl4


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