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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 8, 2014

City Buzz: Magnolia Park merchants seek solutions to parking problems

Magnolia Boulevard has become a victim of its own success. For years, owners of the quaint shops, antique and collectibles stores, and moderately priced eateries, fought mightily to draw attention to their sleepy street in Burbank’s Magnolia Park. Well, that’s all changed. Magnolia Boulevard is now a hip cool place to shop, mingle, dine, and hangout. The new popularity has aggravated parking problems, which have always dogged the boulevard. Those parking problems have sparked a major conflict among some merchants in the 3400 block of West Magnolia. At... Read More →

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A done deal for Los Angeles Clippers $2 billion purchase

It’s done deal. After months of turmoil and uncertainty, the Los Angeles Clippers have a new owner. Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is now in charge. The NBA announced yesterday that Ballmer is officially the new owner. Ballmer ponied up a heart stopping $2 billion dollars for the NBA franchise last April.  Despite the legal wrangling of embattled former owner, Donald Sterling, Los Angeles  Superior Court judge, Michael Levanas, ruled Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, did have the right to sell... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna /Freelancer/Media City G -- A packed house at the high speed rail meeting Buena Vista Library Burbank August 6, 2014

High speed rail meeting draws big crowd in Burbank

A big turnout for the high speed rail meeting at the Buena Vista Library last Wednesday. Several times staffers had to bring out extra chairs and still there were people standing along the sides and back wall of the library meeting room, according to freelance photographer, Greg Reyna, who was there. It’s called a “scoping meeting.” The California High Speed Rail Authority is conducting scoping meeting throughout the month of August. Rachel Kesting, public information officer for the authority, explained it this way: ” Scoping is a process under environmental review... Read More →

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Megan Fox has a hit movie and new celebrity home in Toluca Lake

The reboot of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise kicked some serious butt at the box office this weekend. The 2014 film starring the half-shell, joke-cracking crime fighters is on track to win the battle for number one with a take estimated to be around $65 million, according to Nikkifinke.com  Actress Megan Fox plays a reporter who befriends the turtles in the new TMNT film. Not only does she have a hit movie, but recently bought a new celebrity home in Toluca Lake. Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G - A crew worked on the landscape and irrigation at new parking lot in the 3900 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank August 9, 2014

Parking problems grow in Burbank’s Magnolia Park

A crew was out working on landscape and irrigation at the new parking lot in the 3900 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank this morning. The construction of the public parking lot has hit some snags in recent months, resulting in delays. Now, work on the lot appears to be moving forward at a brisk pace. Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, told  Media City Groove back in June, the lot would be ready to open sometime in August. Nearby residents like,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G-- The line at Burbank Porto's Bakery and Cafe before 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014

Burbank Scene: Long line at Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

If you’re a regular at Porto’s in Burbank , 3614 West Magnolia Boulevard, you get use to the lines. They start forming really early on the weekend. This morning, the line was out the door and angling down the sidewalk on Hollywood Way before 10 a.m. Sigh.  I love their pastries, cakes, treats, and sandwiches. So do a lot of other folks. So we all stand in line.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Disney Studios in Burbank

Disney inside trader sentenced to prison

A San Francisco man out to make a quick profit is now facing a prison sentence for insider trading involving the Disney deal to buy Marvel Entertainment. Disney scooped up Marvel back in 2009 for $4 billion. Last April, Toby G. Scammell pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud stemming from his purchase pf more than 600 call options of Marvel stock for $5,465,  just before Disney bought Marvel, according to San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The story was first reported Thursday... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- An actor serenades the morning with his violin in Burbank August 8, 2014

A violin and a morning stroll on a Burbank street

A delightful surprise in Burbank this morning. I was out for that morning power walk at around 8:30 a.m. on South Griffith Park Drive. Suddenly, the silence was pierced by the lovely sound of a lone violin. So much into his music and the peace of the morning, the man stopped playing only long enough to tell me he was not a violinist, but “an actor” who apparently has a love and talent for that string instrument. A wonderful, but all too brief encounter.  

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Humidity is down and so are the temperatures in Burbank

  Humidity and temperatures have taken a dip in the Media City. That humidity has dropped below 50 percent and the temps have plunged from the 90s to the 70s and 80s. Normally, August in Burbank means at least upper 80s and 90s. Right now, we’re experiencing a bit of a cooling trend. The high today might reach 81 or so. Weather watchers predict our temperatures will remain in the 80s through the weekend until mid-week, when they will begin to heat up again. So summer is... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna/ Freelancer/Media City G -- National Night Out celebration held in the back parking lot of Burbank Police Headquarters at 200 North Third Street August 5, 2014

Photo Gallery: National Night Out Burbank PD parking lot

The anti-crime event, National Night Out, was celebrated in the Media City with a bash at Burbank Police Headquarters as well as block parties in a number of neighborhoods last night. Freelance photographer, Greg Reyna, shot these pictures of the BPD bash held in the back parking lot of the facility on Tuesday August 5.      

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in Downtown Burbank

Local National Night Out celebration moved to Burbank Police HDQ

Burbank is celebrating National Night Out tomorrow at a new location. Previously, this event has been held at the more scenic and people- friendly Chandler Bikeway in Magnolia Park. Now, for some reason, there has been a switch to the rear parking lot of Burbank Police Headquarters at 200 North Third Street. National Night Out is geared towards strengthening the ties between the community and police in the fight against crime. Started in 1984, it now involves “… over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories,... Read More →

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Cloudy skies and possible thunderstorms in Burbank today

    You might need an umbrella on this first Sunday in August. Cloudy skies expected for most of the day here in Burbank with a chance of some rain and even thunderstorms. The chance of rain is 30 percent. We got some raindrops overnight in the Media City , not much, but every little bit helps the drought stricken landscape and vegetation. It will still feel muggy because the humidity is still high. The temperatures will be a bit cooler. Dropping from the 90s into the... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $100 million

  The Mega Millions lottery has jumped into the very serious money category. No one ticket held all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw. Those numbers are 13, 29, 34, 37, 72, and the Mega 6. A lucky California ticket has all of those digits, except the Mega. It was bought in Visalia, a town up north in the San Joaquin Valley, and is worth $1,154,385. That could really spark up your weekend. So the jackpot got pumped up to $100 million!  A... Read More →

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Guest Blogger Jackie Waltman: Burbank mayor position. Is it time for a change?

It may be time to seriously talk about the position of Burbank City Mayor.  For years the position of Burbank mayor has been largely ceremonial. The position has been conferred on a rotational basis to council members by their colleagues.  This practice sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. First off, I would like to say that any citizen who is willing to step up to help guide the City should be applauded.  The city council plays a pivotal role in managing the quality of life in Burbank by ensuring that the... Read More →

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Reports of coyotes in packs roaming through a Burbank neighborhood

A warning out about coyotes in packs roaming through a Burbank neighborhood. CBS2 News is reporting that a resident and his dog were chased by a pack of coyotes on East Walnut Avenue near North 5th Street earlier this week. Nick Mendoza caught the coyotes on his home surveillance camera. Some of that video is up on the CBS2 website. Coyote sightings are common in this neighborhood, which is very close to the Verdugo Mountains. However, Mendoza says there were 15-20 coyotes... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Production shoot at Tony's Bella Vista on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank March 6, 2014

Film production up in the Media City

Film production is up in the Media City. It’s been very busy over at the Burbank Police film permit office. Norma Brolsma has been running the operation for years. “Drowning in work,” Brolsma said last Thursday in an email. She wasn’t complaining, just describing how robust the permit business is in Burbank . So far this year, 500 Burbank permits have been issued and the demand is very strong this summer. Brolsma says”… requests are mostly (for) TV, Cable Shows, Commercial(s) and 1/3 of the totals are for students.” By this... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Councilman Dr. David Gordon selected as mayor during Burbank City Council reorganization meeting May 1, 2014

Talk of the Town: Burbank mayor selection

Some issues, like the debate over the selection of Burbank’s mayor, never seem to die. It frequently comes up in the spring when a new mayor is picked by the city council members. In the past, there have been some ugly episodes with certain council members being shut out of the rotation for mayor. Dr. David Gordon has been passed over several times for the position, which is mostly ceremonial. Last May, following outrage and pressure from the public and media, Gordon was voted in... Read More →

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Twitter shares soar on news of a surge in growth and profits

There’s a lot of tweeting going on these days. Twitter’s stock reportedly jumped  at least 30 percent today after it revealed better than expected second-quarter earnings. The chatty social network reported $312 million in revenue beating a forecast of $283 million in revenue. Also, Twitter delivered more good news about a surge in users. In the second-quarter, the micro-blogging site added 16 million users for a total of 271 million who tweet at least once a month. The news prompted Twitter stock to leap more... Read More →

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