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818 Roundup: Burbank seeks input on housing element, John Wayne auditorium dedicated

March 29, 2014

Good morning, readers. Today is Saturday, March 29, 2014. Today's forecast is expected to be mostly sunny, with a 30% chance of rain at night.

Here are your top headlines in the 818 region:

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  • Burbank residents are being asked to weigh in on the city’s housing element at two meetings slated for next week, one of which will include a City Council discussion on implementing a moratorium on certain development permits, with the idea being to block community care homes that don’t require licenses.

  • NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity recently passed its 10th anniversary exploring the Red Planet and embarked on what scientists called a brand new mission, but the trusty little rover’s funding has been thrust onto uncertain terrain.

  • A black bear was spotted again Thursday night in Glendale, but this time, not even an air horn could stop it from rummaging through residents’ trash.

  • While family members of “The Duke” looked on, Glendale High School’s auditorium was officially renamed the John Wayne Performing Arts Center on Friday to honor the 1925 graduate of the school.

  • Glendale school officials are looking to increase the current bond tax rate, charging property owners more per year, but saving more than $200 million in interest over the life of the bond.

  • Longtime La Cañadan Martha Burns, who in previous years has been honored locally for her deep involvement in community affairs, was recognized in March by Rep. Adam Schiff as one of the women of the year for California’s 28th Congressional District.
  • -- Sameea Kamal, sameea.kamal@latimes.com

    Follow on Twitter: @SameeaKamal.

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