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October 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Martha Groves
The Burbank City Council will observe a moment of silence during its meeting Tuesday night in honor of five teens and young adults killed in a fiery car crash over the weekend. Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy also plans to issue a statement on behalf of the city. The single-car crash occurred at about 4:10 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road offramp of the 5 Freeway. Burbank police said it appeared that the Nissan involved in the crash was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed, lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment.
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April 2, 2014 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday honored a Burbank couple who saved a 3-year-old boy - using a box spring and some quick thinking - when he plunged out a third-story window last month. Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were moving out of their Burbank apartment March 16 to have it remodeled, the Burbank Leader reported , and had just returned home from their first trip to a storage unit. Shortly before 5 p.m., the couple were carrying their box spring to the U-Haul when they noticed a cluster of children's toys on the ground: a princess pillow, blankets and other plush toys.
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May 13, 1993 | ED BOND
The Burbank City Council has given preliminary approval to the rezoning of the city's Rancho neighborhood, but went against the recommendations of a citizens advisory committee by adding a department store as a potential use for the site of a former Vons supermarket. "Please pass this; get it done," Greg Schieffer told the City Council before the vote Tuesday.
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March 12, 2014 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
Swedish furniture giant Ikea got the unanimous green light from the Burbank City Council on Tuesday to build its largest furniture store in the nation in Burbank. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its first store in California and sixth in the United States, will relocate roughly a mile to a nearly 23-acre lot at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. The megastore is scheduled to open in August 2016, the Burbank Leader reported .Construction is slated to begin this summer, starting with the demolition of the 22 existing buildings on the property which are currently used for office, manufacturing, industrial, warehouse and residential purposes.
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November 17, 2000 | JASON SONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A judge ruled Thursday that the Burbank City Council may no longer begin meetings with a sectarian prayer. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Alexander Williams III ruled that prayers referencing specific religions violate the principle of separation of church and state in the 1st Amendment. Burbank leaders were disappointed by the ruling but have not decided whether to appeal. "I'm disgusted . . .
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April 13, 1995
Effectively killing the most recent proposal to expand Burbank Airport, the Burbank City Council voted to oppose a $109.8-million package to finance the acquisition of land for a larger terminal. The council, on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, stated that promised concessions from the board overseeing the airport were not enough to assure council members a greater say in how the terminal would be built.
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March 23, 1995
The Burbank City Council has decided to take more time before deciding on proposed changes in the way monthly utility bills are calculated for 45,000 residential electric and water customers. As Tuesday night's council meeting stretched past midnight, council members agreed to consider the proposal, as well as four other alternatives, again next week.
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February 13, 1987 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
The recent demise of the planned Burbank Towncenter fueled much of the debate among the eight Burbank City Council candidates, who appeared together for the first time Thursday night at a forum. Six of the candidates blamed the current Burbank administration and incumbents Mary Lou Howard and Robert R. Bowne, who are running for reelection, for the failure of the Towncenter project to get off the ground.
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February 26, 1987 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
Burbank City Council members Mary Lou Howard and Robert R. Bowne handily won reelection Tuesday. Howard, 49, and Bowne, 42, both received more than 50% of votes cast in the city's primary election, turning aside six challengers for their seats on the five-member council. The race for three school board seats proved to be a closer contest, sending six of the eight candidates into an April runoff.
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July 15, 1995 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking its toughest stance yet against plans for a new, larger terminal, the Burbank City Council has moved to block the long-sought expansion of Burbank Airport until federal officials impose a mandatory curfew on all flights, giving nearby residents relief from jet noise. For the first time, the council tied the multimillion-dollar terminal project to tougher restrictions on night and early-morning flights.
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October 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Coroner's officials have identified three of the five young people who were killed Saturday in a fiery single-car crash in Burbank. They are: Stephen Stoll, 23, of Burbank; Sameer Joudeh, 18, of Valley Village; and 19-year-old Malak Hariri.  Two others who died in the crash remain unidentified, said Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The victims had previously been identified through peers or family members, but only now have they been confirmed by authorities.
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October 2, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The deliveryman had just pulled 18-year-old Savannah Underwood from the burning wreckage of a Nissan early Saturday in Burbank when she starting yelling for her friends. There was so much smoke as flames overtook the car that Juan Ganaja thought Underwood was the sole occupant as he rushed to pull her away. "She told me, you know, 'My friends are inside,' and so I turned around and the car, it was really bad already. There was fire all over the car,” Ganaja  told NBC4-TV . Five teens and young adults were killed when the Nissan they were in slammed into a concrete pillar near the Scott Road off-ramp of the 5 Freeway and burst into flames shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday.
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October 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Martha Groves
The Burbank City Council will observe a moment of silence during its meeting Tuesday night in honor of five teens and young adults killed in a fiery car crash over the weekend. Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy also plans to issue a statement on behalf of the city. The single-car crash occurred at about 4:10 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road offramp of the 5 Freeway. Burbank police said it appeared that the Nissan involved in the crash was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed, lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment.
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October 1, 2013 | By Bob Pool
What goes around comes around, some in Long Beach are saying about a proposal to rebuild the city's famous seaside roller coaster. City Council members will be asked Tuesday night to authorize a feasibility study into the construction of a two-lane “racing” roller coaster on a 2½-acre site near either the Long Beach Aquarium or the Queen Mary. Backers of the project say they have lined up investors for what designer Larry Osterhoudt calls the Cyclone Racer coaster. City Council member Gerrie Schipske wants the city manager to determine the feasibility of the coaster project, which she said “would create considerable tourism dollars” for Long Beach.
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September 4, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Citing street improvements more than a dozen years overdue and a flawed environmental impact report, a judge ruled Wednesday that Burbank must rescind building permits it issued to Wal-Mart to open a store in the Empire Center. “The city has proceeded in a manner not authorized by law, failed to conduct any environmental assessment when the facts and circumstances clearly require at least an initial inquiry,” Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman stated in his ruling.
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May 22, 2011 | By Gretchen Meier, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered the city of Burbank to release data on bonuses paid to individual employees, saying the taxpayers' right to know exceeded any workplace privacy concerns. Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit filed by the Burbank Leader after city officials refused to make individual bonuses public. Jones cited legal precedent, telling the parties that previous court rulings "basically said, 'Man up, public employees.
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February 2, 1995 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this year's race for two Burbank City Council seats, the question on some minds is not just how much the council will change, but how the elections will change the future of Burbank Airport. Most of the candidates in the 10-person field say they are against plans to build a larger airport terminal, and those who support the idea say they will give their endorsement only if the council has a greater say in the issue. No matter who wins the Feb.
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February 11, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking a familiar candidate more attuned to their views on airport growth and noise issues, Burbank City Council members Tuesday selected Charles Lombardo to fill the city's vacant seat on the nine-member Burbank airport authority. City officials praised Lombardo, 44, who comes to the job well-versed on the city's contentious battle against the airport authority's plans to build a bigger airport terminal. "Charley's been involved with the airport a very long time," said Mayor Bob Kramer.
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May 16, 2011 | By Gretchen Meier, Los Angeles Times
Burbank officials are considering an anti-nepotism policy that would prohibit family members of City Council members and the city manager from being hired. The draft policy, which is being fine-tuned by the Burbank Civil Service Board, could also extend to department chiefs, although that provision has yet to find consensus. Commissioners plan to send the draft policy to the City Council this summer. The board's chairman, Nathan Schlossman, said there are familial employee relationships within every city department.
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August 6, 2010 | By Gretchen Meier, Los Angeles Times
Passenger traffic at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank dropped again in June, dragging down the year-to-date figures and continuing the downward trend that airport officials say they have planned for. June's passenger traffic was down 2.4%, compared with figures for the same period last year; the year-to-date figure is down more than 3%, airport records show. Last year, the number of passengers fell to 4.6 million, the lowest in eight years, and down 13% from 5.3 million in 2008.
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