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Thank Dog Bootcamp in Burbank

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Dogs and their owners can get a good workout and obedience training at the same time with this innovative approach to getting your exercise while hanging out with your pooch. Click the photo for a gallery of the activities.

Laura Allen and her dog Logan, from Los Angeles, front, participate in the 6 a.m. Thank Dog Bootcamp outdoor fitness program at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank on Tuesday, January 5, 2009. The program combines dog training and fitness training at the same time. (Raul Roa/Leader)


Written by Raul Roa

January 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

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Burbank officials to deliberate “highly inappropriate” comments

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The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to hear a proposal to possibly oust two civil service commissioners for “highly inappropriate” comments made when they twice blocked the temporary promotion of a police lieutenant.

Mayor Gary Bric on Dec. 15 elected to delay discussion on Councilman Dave Golonski’s proposal until the full council could deliberate. Vice Mayor Anja Reinke was absent.

The Civil Service Board twice denied extending the temporary advancement of Lt. Armen Dermenjian to the post of acting captain, arguing that a city employee named in an FBI probe into excessive-force allegations should not be trusted with additional responsibility.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

January 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

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Parade, bowl games to bring big money

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DOWNTOWN — Amid a local economy sacked by underperforming tax revenues, slumping home values and high unemployment, the biggest winners in the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena won’t be taking the field.

The 121st Rose Parade and two post-season college football games are expected to produce an economic impact of $350 million to $400 million for greater Southern California, according to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and past economic studies.

“This has to be an economic pleasure for the Southern California region,” said Bill Flinn, chief operating officer for the Tournament of Roses. “This year there’s no doubt about the fact. You have two games, four out-of-state teams and a parade that drives hundreds of thousands of people to the area.”

A new rotating collegiate bowl system for the first time brings to Pasadena two major bowl games within a week of each other.

A further economic boon to the area comes in the fact that neither USC nor UCLA are competing in the games, said Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive of the Valley Economic Alliance.

He noted that not only are the competing colleges from outside Southern California, but the closest school is more than 800 miles away in Eugene, Ore.

Read on.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 31, 2009 at 12:54 pm

2010 Burbank Holiday Calendar

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Friday: New Year’s Day

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Feb. 15: Presidents’ Day

May 31: Memorial Day

July 5: Independence Day (observed)

Sept 6: Labor Day

Nov. 11: Veterans Day

Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 26: Day after Thanksgiving

Dec. 24, 2010  Christmas Day (observed)

Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 31, 2009 at 8:14 am

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The Early Edition: Burbank Leader

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The Top 10 Stories Of 2009
1: Burbank Police’s year of problems:  A barrage of outside investigations, lawsuits filed against the city by current and former officers, a police sergeant taking his own life on a residential street and a no-confidence vote in the police chief just days after he announced plans to retire made for a turbulent year at the Burbank Police Department.

House fire sets off live ammunition
BURBANK — Firefighters who responded to a house fire Tuesday in north Burbank had to dodge flying ammunition that was set off from inside by the heat, officials said.

3 want seat in 43rd District
At least three candidates have publicly stated their intents to replace Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles), with a fourth weighing a decision to jump into the race.

Airport: Security delays few
AIRPORT DISTRICT — Despite stepped up airline screenings at Bob Hope Airport after an attempted bombing aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight, authorities said delays have been minimal.

TOP 10 SPORTS STORIES OF 2009: Championship feeling
Throughout the past year, the local community experienced its share of important, interesting and tragic sports stories. Some of the stories touched us, some informed us and others just entertained us.

Everyone’s Business: Make good decisions on New Year’s
I’ll bet that on Dec. 19, Thomas Vanauken didn’t wake up and say, “I think I’ll go out tonight, have something to drink, and then drive way too fast on the San Bernardino Freeway and kill somebody.”

Written by Times Community News

December 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

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The Early Edition: Burbank Leader

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Lending families a hand

A last-minute push from firefighters and the community helped the Family Service Agency of Burbank meet a record demand from families in need of holiday toys, officials reported.

Checkpoints to eye DUIs

Drivers who take to the road after sipping a couple of alcoholic drinks at a holiday party stand a greater chance of landing in jail this weekend.

Cutting down on smoke

Local law enforcement and anti-smoking advocates are lauding a citywide program that aims to keep cigarettes away from children, citing a dramatic reduction in the number of businesses that fail to check identification.

Board moves for funds

The Burbank Unified School District Board of Education unanimously entered into an agreement Dec. 17 with state officials to formalize the district’s candidacy for the Obama administration’s signature education policy.

Small Wonders: Christmas morning, in script

Daughter 1: It’s 9:15!
Daddy: Do you like your new watch, honey?

Written by Max Zimbert

December 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

Woman killed by errant object on I-5 North

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[Developing] A woman died this morning on the Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank after a piece of a Mack truck or road debris penetrated her vehicle’s windshield shortly after 8 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials said.

Authorities are still working to determine what the object was, but they said she was riding behind the Mack truck at the time of the incident. The object struck the mother, killing her before she arrived at a nearby hospital.

Her husband was driving and her children, who were in the backseat, were uninjured, authorities said.

The accident occurred in the northbound lanes. More information from the California Highway Patrol is forthcoming.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

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