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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of its meeting November 16, 2015

Updated: Burbank City Council closed session today

The Burbank City Council is set to meet in a special closed-door session this evening at City Hall. The main order of business — dealing with issues pertaining to the departure of City Manager, Mark Scott, and selecting his replacement. The meeting comes exactly two weeks after the infamous November 16 city council meeting, where Mayor, Bob Frutos, told the council  members and the public Scott threatened to resign if council members failed to pass the reclassification/promotion  of a public works employee. The item on the consent calendar... Read More →

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City Buzz — Mark Scott, emails, and the city council

Outgoing City Manager, Mark Scott, has B-town buzzing for a number of reasons. First of course, his ultimatum to city council members to approve a reclassification/promotion for an employee under the threat that he would resign if they refused to capitulate. Three council members faced down that threat and voted against the change. At that infamous November 16 city council meeting Mayor Bob Frutos, gave the city manager the opportunity to withdraw his threat or change his position. Scott refused the offer. Since then, Scott has been... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos at city council meeting November 16, 2015

Burbank City Council to hold special meeting on city manager issue

Mayor Bob Frutos returned last Saturday from a trip to Burbank sister city Incheon, South Korea, and immediately jumped on the city manager issue. Frutos began laying the ground work for a special closed-door city council meeting. In a phone interview today, Frutos said the search is on for “a date as soon as possible to discuss the issue at hand without the city manager. ” He added, “you need all five members in the city council to get together .” The only city staffer at the planned meeting... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of its meeting November 16, 2015

Burbank city manager’s retirement email to city council

There are some indisputable truths in the City Hall drama between the Burbank City Council and City Manager, Mark Scott. The city council hired Scott. They are his bosses. They’ve stood up for Scott from the very beginning. In the face of angry public criticism over Scott’s huge salary and benefit package of around $300,000, each council member publicly declared their support for the new city manager back in the summer of 2013. All five staked their reputations on Scott. The... Read More →

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Burbank’s Magnolia Park presents Holiday in the Park

A holiday tradition in Burbank’s Magnolia Park this evening. More than 70 businesses, organizations, and stores have joined forces for the celebration along a stretch of Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way. Visitors are invited to come out to shop, eat, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Oh, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too! Also, they will be accepting donations of toys and food for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center at various sites. The main event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. See the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager, Mark Scott, during city council meeting November 16, 2015

Burbank city manager sends out retirement email

More drama at city hall in Burbank. Late last night, City Manager, Mark Scott, sent out an email about his plans to retire to City Clerk, Zizette Mullins. After his threat to resign over a vote he did not like at last Monday’s city council meeting, Scott clarified his intentions. He told the Burbank Leader:”I am not resigning,” Scott said in an email Tuesday evening . “I am retiring. Have not picked a date.” Below is the email Scott sent... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager threatens to resign over failed vote at city council meeting November 16, 2015

City Buzz: Burbank city manager threatens to resign

Last night’s city council meeting produced a bombshell and it had nothing to do with the council’s approval or so-called endorsement of the controversial Bob Hope Airport Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet. The Burbank Airport Authority overwhelmingly gave this framework for an airport replacement terminal agreement a thumbs up two weeks ago. At the council meeting Monday night, Mayor... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Shopper leaves Fresh & Easy 1615 West Verdugo Ave. Burbank on the last day of business November 13, 2015

Fresh & Easy closing all stores on Friday the 13th

No last-minute reprieve for the Fresh & Easy grocery chain, the latest victim of the very competitive U.S. market. After the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy at the end of last month, all the stores are being closed — today is the last day. Over the past couple of weeks, prices have been slashed until now the discounts are at least 70 percent! If the other Fresh & Easy... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Haggen 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank September 25,2015

Smart & Final puts in a bid for Haggen store in Burbank

The future is looking brighter for the Haggen grocery store at 3820 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank. This is one of the around 100 stores Haggen is selling off in an effort to right its struggling company, which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in early September. Last month, Haggen announced Gelson’s had stepped up with an offer for Eight stores in California and Smart & Final signed an agreement for 28 stores — subject to the approval of  the bankruptcy court.  At that... Read More →

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Utility scammers target Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena

As the holidays near, utility scammers are ramping up their schemes to get money out of residents and business owners in Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. Recently during a two-week period, Burbank Water and Power reportedly received more than 40 calls from customers complaining about phony utility workers trying to squeeze them for money. Last Wednesday, November 4, just before noon, Laree Adel, owner of Best of Times antiques in Burbank’s Magnolia Park, got one of those crank phone... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill to open at 101 North 1st Street Burbank November 4, 2015

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill opening in Burbank

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill is coming to Burbank. Renovation is underway for the new restaurant at the old location of the Elephant Bar 101 North 1st street, which closed a few months ago. Wood Ranch has several locations throughout the Southland including Valencia, Northridge, Chino Hills and at The Grove in Los Angeles. Here’s a description of the chain’s menu from its website: “Premium American Babyback Pork Ribs, Certified... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Mayor Bob Frutos at a special city council meeting Monday July 6, 2015

City Buzz: Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos on the mend

A lot of chatter around B-town about the sudden illness and disappearance from public view of Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos. It was because of Frutos’ absence at last Tuesday’s city council meeting that the controversial discussion, and approval, ah, endorsement of the Bob Hope Airport Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet by council members had to be delayed. (that item was rescheduled to the November 16, 2015 council meeting) Last night, I got an email statement from the mayor’s wife, Laura Frutos, about her husband’s condition: “Bob was admitted to the hospital... Read More →

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Candy and pizza in demand on Halloween

Millions of pint-sized ghosts, goblins, fantasy characters, and wicked little impostors are getting ready to hit the streets for Halloween. They’ll be on the prowl tomorrow night for candy of course, but reportedly will kick off or end their evening with pizza. Domino’s, the giant super fast pizza maker and delivery service, is gearing up to dish up a lot pies on October 31st. “Halloween is one of the five busiest nights of the year for Domino’s pizza delivery in the U.S.,”... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Burbank Police -- Suspect in theft at Bret Harte Elementary School 3200 Jeffries Avenue, Burbank

Person of interest arrested in Burbank school theft case

A person of interest has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of money and a credit card from a teacher’s purse at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank . A week ago yesterday, Burbank Police released photos of the suspect and her vehicle and asked for the public’s help in tracking down the woman described in a news release only as “African-American, 30 to 40 years old. ” The news release and photos had a huge impact. After they were sent out investigators reportedly “began receiving calls... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wooden Camera 923 West Olive Avenue, Burbank October 20, 2015

Two Burbank burglary suspects due in court today

Two suspects are due in court today, while three others are still being sought in connection with a burglary at Wooden Camera 923 West Olive Avenue. Apparently, a sharp-eyed Burbank Police officer spotted a “suspicious truck” in front of the cinema accessory business early last Tuesday around 3:40 a.m. “The officer saw several people run from the business to the van. He made a u-turn to get a better look at the van and people, but the van hastily drove away without its headlights on,” according to a BPD news release.... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Burbank Police -- Suspect in theft at Bret Harte Elementary School 3200 Jeffries Avenue, Burbank

Photos of Burbank school suspect released

Today Burbank Police released photos in connection with a theft at Bret Harte Elementary School  3200 Jeffries Avenue. The suspect described as an African-American female, 30-40, reportedly appeared on the school grounds two weeks ago, Wednesday, October 7, between 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.”Once on campus, the suspect walked into an unoccupied classroom. She stole a credit card and money from a teacher’s purse. The suspect later used the credit card to make purchases at stores in Glendale and Burbank, ” according to a news release sent out today. Also, the suspect... Read More →

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New “Star Wars” trailer and advance ticket sales are huge

As expected the new Star Wars trailer dropped on the scene last night and it rocked our world. The new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuted during Monday Night Football last night and exploded. The trailer has had over 15 million views on YouTube so far. Also last night, advance ticket sales kicked off for the... Read More →

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Beer tasting at fall festival in Downtown Burbank on Saturday

Downtown Burbank is gearing up for tomorrow’s inaugural beer tasting and fall festival along several blocks of San Fernando Boulevard,  between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue.. For those with a love for suds, there will be reportedly 85 ice-cold craft beers on tap during two sessions of sampling: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  “Each session will showcase both local and out of state craft breweries,” according to a news release. Some of the breweries participating: Absolution... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Michael Gennaco spoke before city council about oversight review of the Burbank Police Department July 21, 2015

City Buzz: Burbank Police, oversight, and poopgate

Recently, the Burbank City Council renewed the three-year contract of consultant, Michael Gennaco, of the Office of Independent Review, as an independent monitor of the Burbank Police Department. The cost of Gennaco’s contract, $80,000.  In light of the growing tab for the notorious police cases and the BPD’s handling of that nasty incident involving Magnolia Park merchants last August, monitoring of the department is absolutely necessary. Mistakes by the Burbank Police Department have cost taxpayers plenty. Burbank has paid out millions in a slew of scandalous police cases involving allegations of... Read More →

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