Posts Tagged ‘Burbank’

Happy Veterans Day 🇺🇸 Thank You! #NeverForget

November 11, 2018

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FACEBOOK PHOTO Album #iLuvBurbankFLICKR Album

 

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Mid-Term Elections 🇺🇸 Burbank Police Foundation.

November 4, 2018

#iLuvBurbank – Endorsements & Recommendations

Local Measures: Measure P 🚫 Vote NO ☒ Measure QS 🚫 Vote NO

P+QS Website links: BurbankMeasureP.com | BurbankMeasureQS.com

State+County Measures: Prop 6 (Gas Tax repeal) ✅ Vote YES ☑︎ | Prop 5 (Prop 13 Transfer) ✅ Vote YES ☑︎ | Prop 10 (Rent Control) 🚫 Vote NO ☒ | Measure W (Stormwater Parcel Tax) 🚫 Vote NO

Links: Craig Huey Value Voters Guide (incl. Judges) | Polling Locations

Burbank Police Foundation – Family Fun Day & Car Show

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Back to School. BHS Vocal. Burbank Measure QS.

October 16, 2018

 

South Hills Burbank – Teacher Appreciation & Love-The-818

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BHS Vocal – BBQ Show

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Burbank / BUSD – Measure QS

Property Parcel TAX = 10¢/SqFt (+$170/1,700 SqFt Home)

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As many of you know, I’m a Parent of a Burbank High School Jr and was part of the successful YES On Measure S campaign. I/We also own property in the Hillside area adj. John Muir. It might surprise you to know that Gloria & I are Voting NO on Measure QS, as are many other Parents, Property Owners & Measure S Supporters, incl. former BUSD President Larry Applebaum who lead the Bond campaign. Here’s just a few reasons why we can’t support this Parcel Tax increase at this time:

1. This Tax is not needed at this time; The BUSD Budget is Balanced for the next 3 years.

“THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CURRENTLY HAS A BALANCED THREE-YEAR BUDGET THAT PROVIDES FOR INCREASES IN PENSION OBLIGATIONS” – MATT HILL, BURBANK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINDENDENT (BURBANK LEADER)

File Photo. * BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill does NOT Endorse or Oppose Measure QS.

“HOWEVER, WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH FUNDING TO PROVIDE FOR A COST OF LIVING WAGE INCREASE OR ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS FOR OUR STUDENTS.” – MATT HILL

2. The Tax places an unfair burden on Burbank Property Owners & Renters who are still paying for previous School Bonds (until 2032), while approx 1300 Students who live outside the district pay nothing. Businesses with larger footprints are also disproportionally hit.

3. This Tax will exist in Perpetuity (FOREVER), highly unusual for Parcel Taxes which typically have sunset clauses and need to be reconsidered by voters every 4 -7 years.

4. The Tax does not address future Maintenance needs or extra Classrooms needed to accommodate anticipated demand from Planned Development (1200 Units @ old Ikea site adj. BHS etc.), requiring yet another Bond in a few years.

5. The Funding is NOT SUSTAINABLE & most of the money will be used to augment Salaries/Benefits. Having $9M/year that can be re-assigned to any goal “pot” will lead to more BTA demands for Salary/benefit increases, resulting in less money available for Student programs over time. For example, the promised 3% Salary Increase, given annually, would mean that by Year 3, the whole $9M raised would be spent.

6. Obscures the real problem – mandatory Pension obligations imposed by the State. Unlike our City, the School District has always dutifully paid its share of Pension contributions. But because of poor management by the State, our contribution to fund Pensions is increasing to 19-26¢ per Dollar of Payroll; taking money from current students to pay past obligations. Cost-of-Living-adjustments that previously provided money for modest salary/benefit increases are now being used entirely to Fund Pensions.

In conclusion, the proposed Parcel Tax is a band-aid approach to a STATE issue. Political pressure must be brought to bear at the State level to either provide More Funding to the district or Relax the onerous Mandatory Pension payments. #NOonQS #NOmoreTaxes #iLuvBurbank

LINKS: BurbankMeasureQS.com | Official Argument Against Measure QS | Rebuttal To Argument In Favor Of Measure QSBUSD Teacher Salaries + Benefits (2013-16) CalMatters.org Story: California Teacher Pension Debt Swamps School BudgetsOfficial BUSD Measure QS webpage

Larry Applebaum Commentary @ NoOnMeasureQS.com (scroll down)

Mike & Roy Show on Measures P & QS

Local TAX Hikes: Just VOTE NO in November on P

August 8, 2018

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Just months after pleading with Voters to Pass Measure T: “To maintain essential City services/infrastructure like police, fire, parks, libraries…”, Burbank wants to increase our Sales Tax by a massive 0.75¢ to 10.25¢, to essentially do the exact same thing.

An honest Ballot statement would read: “To pay for our Unfunded Pensions because previous Council’s took a Pension Holiday (now Illegal) and did not contribute what they should have for 6 consecutive years; and our highly paid City Staff Salaries + generous Benefits; future Infrastructure Maintenance needs because we don’t make Developers Pay their Fair Share in Fees; shall Burbank Taxpayers Bailout the City (again), even though we just passed Measure T, by raising our Sales Tax 0.75¢ Forever (no Sunset), giving Burbank the dubious honor of having the Co-Highest Sales Tax in the USA”?

The City has basically cut-&-paste their Ballot language from Measure T and will no doubt engage in a similar “fear-based” campaign threatening Service Cuts if this massive Sales Tax Hike doesn’t pass. What about Pay Cuts? What about Living Within Your Means like the rest of us? What about getting back to focusing on providing the best Municipal & Public Safety Services instead of wasting time on non-essentials like banning Columbus Day!

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There’s so much the City can/should do before raising TAXES. 1. City Mgr Ron Davis mentioned $2M in potential savings during Budget discussions via Workers Comp changes & Outsourcing certain new positions where it makes sense (IT?). 2. Raise Development Impact Fees to match Glendale/Pasadena to pay for future infrastructure needs (they charge $18k/unit vs $2k). 3. Re-Negotiate Public Service Employee Union contracts requiring all workers contribute 50/50 towards PERS, not just new employees. 4. Remove Per Employee Biz Tax Caps that give large Employers tax breaks on the minuscule $10/employee they’re suppose to pay vs Gross Receipts other Cities charge. 5. Pay Cuts: 10% for 414 Employees $150k+ & 5% for another 284 Employees making $100-$150k. 6. Close the 1 Wall Remodeling loophole costing us Tax revenue 7. Divest of Assets that are draining City resources like Starlight Bowl, Golf Course, Colony Theatre or explore Public/Pvte. Partnerships, Naming Rights etc. 8. Get Back-to-Basics & focus on providing Municipal Services & Public Safety not Wish-List & Pet-Projects until revenue increases. Then, after you’ve Cut Costs & Re-Focussed on Essential City Services, come back to the Voters for a Temp 0.25¢ Sales Tax increase with a 3-5 year Sunset clause IF NEEDED, & I’m sure the good people of Burbank would be willing to help out.

This $20M Measure is 2x what the City actually needs to balance future Budget deficits, creating an $11M annual Cash Pot. It’s also Bad For Business, esp. those selling higher-ticket items. It takes a just a few minutes more to drive to L.A. for Appliances, Cameras, Computers/Electronics, Cars etc. Local Business are being hit with a double-whammy with the proposed 10¢/sqft BUSD Parcel TAX, meaning additional Taxes or pass-through Rent increases on top of what some have already endured in Magnolia Park. Big Corporations like Ikea & Walmart can afford to absorb the costs, but small Mom-&-Pop stores are going to be hit esp. hard if these new Taxes pass & some will probably go out-of-business.

Before Voting for Measure P, please consider doing the following:

1. Watch this Video explaining Why We’re in this Financial Mess. * (Start @ 5:38min. Apologies 4 “Jack Sprats” annotated comments – just listen to the City Manager’s honest reply to Council)

2. Review the Salaries + Benefits our City Employees’ are being paid.

https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2017/burbank/

http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Cities/City.aspx?entityid=170&fiscalyear=2016&rpt=1

3. Compare our Salary + Benefits Costs that account for 80% of the Budget with Glendale (approx $985 vs. $1176 per employee per resident or 20% more).

http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Cities/City.aspx?entityid=186&fiscalyear=2016&rpt=1

4. Read this: Property tax surge reveals the truth: Local tax hikes are all about pensions

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article220100755.html

I love Burbank and want to see our City prosper, but this Taxpayer Bailout only encourages More Spending & Waste. I urge my fellow Burbank residents to Vote NO in November and send our elected Leaders a loud message: Trim The Fat, Cut Spending & Live Within Your Means!

#ILuvBurbank BurbankMeasureP.com & BurbankMeasureQS.com Web Page links. Please READ Before VOTING & SHARE on your Social Media pages. 👍

National Night Out on Evergreen St., Burbank

August 8, 2018

Fun evening serving with the #SouthHillsBurbank – #LoveThe818 Team @ Ashley Erikson‘s amazing National Night Out Block Party on Evergreen St. #iLuvBurbank #LoveYourNeighbor | FACEBOOK PHOTO AlbumYouTube

June 5 Primary Election, Measure T & more

May 26, 2018

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We’ve completed & mailed in our Ballots. If you haven’t &/or are not sure who & what to vote for, please take a few minutes over this Memorial Day Holiday Weekend to read through the Ballot and do a little research. We’re blessed to live in a Democracy where we choose our Government, so I encourage you to exercise your right to Vote and let Your Voice be heard…it’s your Civic Duty! For Faith-based Voters looking to Vote your Values, I’m including links to Craig Huey’s excellent Election Forum Voter Guide, which breaks down Candidates positions & voting records on various issues of importance, as well as Californians For Life. And while I don’t always agree with Craig’s recommendations on Ballot measures, his guide is very useful in lesser-known races such as Judges etc. Whichever way YOU Decide to Vote, may I encourage you to Respect others viewpoints (friends & neighbors) whether you agree or disagree, and to Love People more than their politics & positions. #ILuvBurbank

Burbank Voters are also being asked to weigh-in on 3 Ballot Measures:

Measure T: To maintain essential City services/infrastructure like police, fire, parks, libraries, streets and street lighting, shall the measure be adopted amending the City of Burbank Charter to continue the past practice of transferring not more than 7% of Burbank Water and Power’s gross annual sales of electricity, paid by retail electric rate payers, providing approximately $12.5 million annually to the City’s General Fund until ended by voters, with all money spent to benefit Burbank residents?

A yes vote is a vote in favor of continuing the practice of including a fee in retail electric rates to fund the transfer of up to 7% of Burbank Water and Power’s (BWP) gross annual sales of electricity to the city’s general fund.

A no vote is a vote against continuing the practice of including a fee in retail electric rates to fund the transfer of up to 7% of Burbank Water and Power’s (BWP) gross annual sales of electricity to the city’s general fund.

Burbank, California, Measure T, Utility Funds Transfer Charter Amendment (June 2018) – Ballotpedia

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Measure V: To increase voter participation in City of Burbank elections, shall the measure be adopted amending City of Burbank Charter: 1.) changing City’s odd-numbered year general elections to November of even-numbered years coinciding with State/Federal elections and conforming to state law; 2.) eliminating City’s primary election; 3.) extending elected City official terms, one time, by one year and eight months to transition to even-numbered year elections; 4.) simplifying the election process in the Charter?

A yes vote is a vote in favor of amending the city charter to move city elections from February and April of odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years to coincide with state and federal elections, beginning in 2020; eliminating primary and general runoff elections; and adding a one-time extension of one year and eight months to the offices of city officeholders elected in May 2015 and May 2017.

A no vote is a vote against amending the city charter to move city elections to November of even-numbered years, thereby continuing to hold city primary elections in February and city general elections in April of odd-numbered years.

Burbank, California, Measure V, Election Procedures Charter Amendment (June 2018) – Ballotpedia

Measure Y: To comply with state law to increase voter participation, Burbank Unified School District is changing its Board elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years and will conduct their own elections in conjunction with Los Angeles County’s Election Division. Shall the measure be adopted amending the City of Burbank Charter to clarify that BUSD Board elections will be conducted according to state law election procedures, rather than the City’s election procedures?

A yes vote is a vote in favor of amending the city charter to eliminate primary elections and to hold general elections for Burbank Unified School District in November of even-numbered years to coincide with the statewide general election starting in November 2020.

A no vote is a vote against eliminating the primary election and holding the general elections for Burbank Unified School District in November of even-numbered years to coincide with the statewide general election starting in November 2020.

Burbank, California, Measure Y, BUSD Election Procedures Charter Amendment (June 2018) – Ballotpedia

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Below are some links in support & oppostion so you can make your own informed decision.

In Support: Burbank Elections. Mayor Emily | In Opposition: Save Burbank Neighborhoods – NO on T. NO on V & Y. NO on T, V & Y (5/31). Burbank Viewpoints – NO on V, Video*, Audio*.  NO on Y.

OPINION: A few quick thoughts – Any decision on Measure T should be made in context of understanding the historical roots of the “in-lieu transfer” of up to 7% of BWP’s gross sales of electricity from retail electric rate payers to the City of Burbank’s General Fund, which dates back to Voter approved measures in 1951/8 & 2007; the Court Ruling that determined the Fee is a “Tax” requiring Voter approval as such, hence the change in the Charter language being placed before Voters; our recently approved Budget that is balanced on the back of this continued transfer (and $9 Million in other “sustainable” reoccurring cuts & savings); and the $12.5M short-fall a NO Vote would create and resulting cuts in City services (police & fire, street repairs/lighting, park/recreation programs/facilities etc.) Also important to note that passage of this Measure will not increase retail rate payers’ bills because current rates already include the cost of the transfers.

You may also want to consider the forthcoming November Ballot Measure that is asking for a significant 0.75 cent Sales Tax increase to go towards paying our Unfunded Pension Liability and Deferred Infrastructure Needs. This measure would raise $20M/year of which $9M would go towards those needs and a $11M “surplus” available to restore or add services/programs (FYI: I can support 0.25 cents + $2.3M more in cuts/cost-savings to close the long-term deficit but NOT 0.75). BUSD is also planning a large Parcel Tax measure ($150-$250 per year per ave. property) to go to their General Fund. For comparison sake, Measure S which was approved just a few years ago was about $50 per ave. property for capital projects.

Bottom line: Notwithstanding the ever-increasing costs of Housing, Gas & State Taxes, Burbanker’s can expect to pay a lot more for the privilege of living in the Media Capital of the World!

Measures V & Y are about Election consolidation & alignment as per State Law in order to increase Voter turnout. They would also extend the term of all current Council & School Board members by about 20 months. I have mixed feelings on this as while I’d love to see increased Voter turnout I fear a lot of those additional ballots will be uninformed votes. I also fear local issues will get lost in the barrage of advertising for State & Federal candidates & measures. New candidates will have an even harder time campaigning against incumbents and partisan electioneering will further encroach our local non-partisan elections, with busy voters blindly voting for a slate of candidates based on glossy & expensive mailers rather than studying all the candidates, their values, voting records & positions. In the end, while well-meaning I fear this will end in a consolidation of power which may trump the convenience & cost-saving benefits of the proposed alignment. #ILuvBurbank

*** Watch – LA Times Live CA Primary Election Results ***

Easter in Burbank – Services & Events

March 17, 2018

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South Hills Burbank – Fri 4-7pm Easter Experience. Easter Sat 5pm & 6:30pm. Easter Sun 8:30am 10am, 11:30am. FaceBook | Easter

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Story City Church – Fri @ 6:30pm. Sun @ 10am & 11:30am. FaceBook

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Burbank Pres – Maundy Thursday 7:30pm (Last Supper). Sun 9:15am & 11:15am. FaceBook

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Emmanuel Church – Good Friday @ 7pm. Sun @ 9:30am & 11am. FaceBook

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CityLight LA – Sun @ 8:45am & 11am. FaceBook
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Calvary Chapel Burbank – Good Fri @ 12pm & 7:30pm. Sun @ 8:30am & 10:30am.

Village Church – Good Fri @ 7pm. Sat @ 5pm. Sun 9am Brunch, 11am Service. FaceBook

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Calvary Bible Church – Sun 9am @ 10:45am. FaceBook

Redeemer Burbank – Sun @ 10:30am. FaceBook

Media City Church – Sun 9:30am & 11:30am. FaceBook

Salvation Army Burbank – Good Fri @ 7:30pm. Sunday @ 11am.

Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Easter Sunrise Service from 6-7 a.m. Sermon by Pastor Rick Durrance from Emmanuel Church.

Special Easter Events

Story City Church: Greater La Easter Egg Drop 2018 | FaceBook Event

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The LA Egg Drop is back! Last year, over 2000 people attended this FREE family event! We have more fun in store for you and your family this year!

Watch last years video: https://vimeo.com/212696388

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This free family event will be held in Burbank on Saturday, March 24th. Over 25,000 eggs dropped into age specific drop areas for one of LA’s largest Easter Egg hunts. Activities for the entire family, including:

+ 25,000 easter eggs filled with candy, stickers, & toys
+ Inflatables
+ Face painting
+ Balloon animals
+ Free easter bag to collect eggs
+ Free family photos at our photo booth
+ Giveaways to registered attendees
+ Golden Egg giveaways
+ Easter bunny
+ Live music
+ Free parking

Thousands have attended Story City Church’s free community events over the last two years. We expect this event to sell out. Please only register for the number of kids you plan to bring. You can register for additional attendees later if needed. As with every community event hosted by Story City Church, there is no religious presentation or content.

Emmanuel Church – Easter Eggstravaganza Family Carnival!

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Easter Eggstravaganza Family Carnival! Everyone is Welcome! SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free activities for all: egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, inflatables, face-painting, games for the whole family, and more (as well as food for purchase). EGG-HUNT TIMES: 11:30 am – Ages 3 & under. 12 pm – Ages 4 to 1st Grade. 12:30 pm – 2nd to 5th Grade. Eggstravaganza activities will be at the southeast corner of the church near the corner of 5th and Cypress.

Holiday in the Park w/South Hills Burbank

November 19, 2017

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Another wonderful night @ #Burbank‘s annual Holiday in the Park event! Thank You #HolidayInThePark organizers for a great experience ❤️. We spent most of the evening @ the South Hills Burbank Family Fun Area as part of their #LoveThe818 campaign. Jasmine & her BHS VMA Choir friends sang a few Christmas Holiday songs & we caught up with many Friends enjoying all the fun, food & festivities. The estimates so far are somewhere around 20,000 people showed up.

FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK Photos | FB VideoYouTube

BHS Youth Vocal Arts – Night of Magic

November 15, 2017

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Amazing time @ 2017 Night of Magic Fundraising Gala & Dinner @ Pickwick Gardens. Kudos to all the Incredible Performers, BYVAF, Dir. Brett Carroll, MC Sean Holland and everyone who came out to support this wonderful program. FLICKR PHOTO’s | FACEBOOK Album

October Faith-Based Spotlight

October 9, 2017

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Family Month @ South Hills Church

Everyone you know may have differing perspectives on God, Christianity, and the Bible, but one thing most people have in common is a genuine desire to love & lead their families well. We want our romance to last. We want to set our kids up for success. We want to leave our families something other than a laundry list of issues to overcome in therapy. We all want these things. We’re just not always sure how to go about getting them.

Family Month is about setting aside 5-straight weeks to focus on just that. This October we’ll explore ancient wisdom, cautionary tales & best practices together in hopes of learning how to help our families, current or future, be as holistically healthy as possible. What kind of fun can you expect from us?

CEREAL BUFFET / Sunday, October 8
BOUNCE HOUSE & BUBBLES / Sunday, October 15
JERSEY SUNDAY / Sunday, October 22
COSTUMES & CANDY / Sunday, October 29

2 Services & New Series @ Story City Church

Since day one, we have been a church that believes every story matters and no story is too bad, too good, too mad, or too far from God to matter to Him. This past spring and summer, our church had reached the point where our auditorium felt too full for new faces to feel at home. Because of this, we knew it was time to start again and make more room for more stories, which includes yours. Starting this Sunday, October 8th, we are moving to two identical services starting at 10:00am & 11:30am. Both services will have kids ministry for birth through 5th grade. We also begin a brand new series this weekend titled “The Ever Chasing GOD – a Journey through the Book of Jonah”.

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Christianity Introduction @ Emmanuel Church

ALPHA COURSE: ALPHA is a 10 week introductory course into Christianity. Each Sunday evening begins with a free dinner, followed by a thought-provoking video. Participants then break up into small groups for lively discussions. It is a great opportunity to explore life’s difficult questions in a safe, friendly environment. Alpha begins this Sunday evening October 8, 6:30 – 9:00. For more details contact Rick Durrance: rick@emmanuelburbank.org

Reformation 500 series @ Burbank Pres & Calvary Bible Church

Scripture, Faith, Grace, Christ & Glory to God alone.

Fall Festival @ Burbank Pres – Saturday, Oct. 28th @ 5-9pm

Pumpkin Carving, Hay Ride, Jumper, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Picture Book. BYO Pumpkin. Dinner avail. Admission: $5.

Fun Fest @ Calvary Chapel Burbank – Tuesday, Oct. 31st @ 6-9pm

Community outreach with free food, candy, cotton candy, popcorn, inflatables, carnival style games, face painting, prizes. See this Video from previous event.

Gift of Life Banquet @ The Castaways – Thursday, Oct 12 from 6pm.

Crisis Pregnancy Clinic (aka Avenues Pregnancy Clinic) fundraiser feat. keynote address by Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God’s Not Dead). Live Music, 3-Course Meal, Testimonies.


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