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Cold and gloomy weather sets the scene for a spooky Halloween

Dark clouds in the sky and the temperature is dropping. It’s going to be a cold and possibly rainy Halloween night in Burbank and most of the Southland. At noon, the temp was only in the upper 60s in B-town. It could get down into the 50s tonight. Hoepfully, most of the rain will not roll in until the little trick-or-treaters are back home safe. Be careful out there. And have a spooky good time!

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A blow-up Frankenstein monster guards the parking lot of Martino's Bakery in Burbank October 30, 2014

Martino’s Bakery in Burbank plays host to two creepy characters

In the spirit of Halloween, Martino’s Bakery, 335 North Victory Boulevard in Burbank, is playing host to a couple of creepy characters. The bakery has a new parking lot greeter, a giant blow-up Frankenstein monster with a bright green face. Inside, sitting at a choice table by the window, a giant skeleton takes a break from his scary Halloween chores. A couple of staffers told me the skeleton is a big hit with customers. Some take his picture. The really brave ones, sit down for a chat. I hear the... Read More →

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Steve Ferguson announces candidacy for Burbank School Board

Well known activist and communications consultant, Steve Ferguson, is making a second run for the Burbank Board of Education. Ferguson finished third in the 2013 General Election for two seats on that board, behind Charlene Tabet and Larry Applebaum. In the 2015 municipal elections, February 24 and April 14, three board seats will be on the mail in ballots. Board members up for re-election are Roberta Reynolds, Ted Bunch, and Dave Kemp. Ferguson, who is a long time resident, was educated in Burbank schools. Ferguson’s... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council member Emily Gabel-Luddy joined the council majority in supporting the Talaria project October 14, 2014

Election Buzz: Emily Gabel-Luddy running for re-election. Gary Bric?

Burbank City Council member, Emily Gabel-Luddy, has not called a news conference for the media, sent a letter to the Burbank Leader, nor issued a press release, but make no mistake about it, she’s running for re-election. Actually, Gabel-Luddy pretty much announced her intention to seek another term at the October 14 city council meeting. The focus of that meeting was the Talaria project, so Gabel-Luddy’s remarks about the coming 2015 Burbank Municipal Elections may have slipped beneath the radar. However, a review of those remarks shows the incumbent has... Read More →

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Update on Burbank town hall meeting

At last night’s city council meeting, Burbank Mayor, Dr. David Gordon, asked for an update on the release of the video of  the October 21, 2014 town hall meeting. Public information officer, Drew Sugars, announced that town hall meeting would be up on the city website this Saturday, November 1. There’s been a lot of chatter on the Internet and around B-town about the long delay in making a video of that meeting available to the public.  

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No trick Mega Millions lottery jackpot nearing $300 million

No trick, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot is nearing $300 million.  No one ticket had all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw. Those big money digits: 3, 50, 57, 58, 60 and the Mega Ball 11. The jackpot rolled over to $284 million. Lottery fever could push that money pot beyond the $300 million milestone by the time of the next draw this Friday — Halloween. Yeah, someone could score a major treat on that spooky holiday with some lucky Mega Millions numbers.

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Talk of the Town: Burbank City Council needs to reconsider Talaria vote

The city of Burbank is still buzzing about the city council majority’s approval two weeks ago of the controversial Talaria mixed-use project. Tonight the council will revist the project with the second reading of an ordinance approving Talaria.  This is an opportunity for the council to reconsider its decision on the major aspects of this far-reaching development. No one really expects the council to do a 180 and kill the project, which is backed by BMV Investment Co., LLC and  Burbank Media Village LLC — the powerful local real estate management... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Juan Guillen, city council candidate, at Starbucks 300 North San Fernando Blvd. Burbank October 25, 2014

Juan Guillen officially joins 2015 race for Burbank City Council

Juan Guillen, insurance specialist and community activist, has officially joined the 2015 race for Burbank City Council. He’s the latest of several candidates to take that step. Guillen made the announcement to me last Saturday during a chat at the Starbucks on North San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank. Guillen made an unsuccessful attempt for a council seat back in 2013, but impressed many with his intelligence and passion for the city and its residents. While some candidates who fail to get elected disappear from the public eye, Guillen... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets to $252 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is huge! It  skyrocketed to $252 million after no ticket held all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw. Those lucky digits: 2, 14, 21, 28, 55 and the Mega Ball 3. The jackpot is the 16th largest ever for the Mega Millions lottery game. The jackpot has been on a roll since August 22, when a  Riverside County man won $180 million! Will another Southlander win a fortune in next Tuesday’s draw? Stay tuned.

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Burbank town hall meeting confusion

If you went looking on the Burbank city website for Tuesday night’s town hall meeting, you’re not alone. A notice posted on the city website and a news release stated: “The Town Hall meeting will be televised and accessible on demand on the City’s YouTube page.” I was among those who assumed televised meant some sort of live streaming.  Well, that was not the case. In an email exchange, Burbank public information officer, Drew Sugars, told  me “…it was at a... Read More →

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NBCUniversal agrees to pay millions to settle interns’ lawsuit

NBCUniversal has decided to settle rather than fight a lawsuit by unpaid interns. The settlement for $6.4 million was reached between the entertainment giant and the attorneys for lead plaintiff, Monet Eliastam, a 2012 Saturday Night Live intern, according to an exclusive report on The Hollywood Reporter website. U.S. District Judge Ronald Ellis will now need to sign off on the deal before it becomes final. The lawsuit was filed in July of 2013 and claims NBCUniversal “misclassified its workers as unpaid interns and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G- Gas prices at Arco station Hollywood Way and Magnolia Blvd in Burbank October 22, 2014

Gasoline prices dropping in Burbank

Gasoline prices are dropping at the pumps all over Burbank and elsewhere.  The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report says the national average is $3.086 a gallon for regular. That’s the lowest it’s been since early 2011. Gas prices are not quite that low in the Media City — but they might get there soon. Today, I joined a crowd of motorists jockeying for pump space at the Arco station, 3701 West Magnolia Boulevard. This station claims to have some of the cheapest gas in the Media City. Today I... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank city council candidate David Nos at the forum held in the Burbank Central Library March 21, 2013

David Nos announces candidacy for Burbank City Council

David Nos is making another run for a seat on the Burbank City Council. Nos a Civil Service Board member and past president of the Burbank School Board, announced his candidacy in a letter posted on the Burbank Leader website this afternoon. ” As your councilman I will be fair, open and communicative. I will address issues and not personalities. It is important that your city council member listens to you, no matter who you are or how long you have made Burbank your home. I will make... Read More →

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Chris Rizzotti wins major endorsement in Burbank City Council race

Realtor and Burbank Planning Board Vice-Chair, Chris Rizzotti, has picked up a major endorsement in the Burbank City Council race from local Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles). The nomination period for that 2015 race doesn’t open until next month, but Rizzotti has been running hard since announcing his candidacy back in March. He was the first candidate to officially toss his hat in the ring for two seats on the city council. Journalist, Will Rogers, and Burbank Police Commissioner, Elise... Read More →

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UPDATED: Burbank PD investigating a double shooting

  UPDATED: October 21, 2014 Burbank Police are now calling this a case domestic violence that ended with attempted murder and a suicide. Police discovered a 50 year-old man, who had been fatally shot, in the cab of a tractor- trailer at Affordable Storage in Burbank early yesterday afternoon. A 47 year-old female was found wounded nearby. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. In a news release, police detectives said “… evidence and circumstances indicated that the husband attempted to murder his wife by... Read More →

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21 million Americans expected to fly during holiday season 2014

  The friendly skies along with the airports are going to be pretty crowded this holiday season. Twenty-one million Americans are expected to fly between October and December of 2014, “either for holiday festivities, to a sunny beach locale ” or attractive vacation spot, according to a news release. The booking data on Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full service online travel sites, shows airfares are up. It’s always a good idea to book early, because October and November are the most expensive months... Read More →

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Around the Southland: Lady Gaga buys mansion with “batcave”

Pop sensation, Lady Gaga, has made a new purchase in the Southland and the property includes what is known as a “batcave.” Gaga reportedly dropped $22.5 million for a large estate out in Malibu, according to Zillow. It sits on 6 acres across from Zuma Beach and has many of the typical amenities of a celebrity home including spectacular beachfront views, a wine cellar, and a home theater. However, the estate has something extra a bowling alley, which the previous homeowner called the “batcave.” The home seller is former Warner... Read More →

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President Obama: What you need to know about Ebola

President Barack Obama focused on what Americans need to know about Ebola in his weekly address today. Above all, President Obama emphasized the only way to catch the deadly disease is by coming in contact with the bodily fluids of a person showing symptoms. It cannot be transmitted through the air like the flu. The Ebola epidemic is in West Africa. There are only a few cases here in the U.S. Measures are underway to fight the disease here and abroad.  Obama says Ebola is a health... Read More →

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Mega millions jackpot balloons to $200 million

Mega Millions jackpot has ballooned to $200 million after no ticket had all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw. This is the first time since last February, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached that money milestone. The last time the jackpot was hit happened back August, when it stood at $180 million. A Riverside man won that motherload. The lucky Friday digits: 21, 31, 43, 56, 60 and the Mega 12. One California ticket has all of those numbers... Read More →

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Michael Jackson number one on list of top-earning dead celebrities

Once again, Michael Jackson is king of the top-earning dead celebrities. Over the last 12 months, Jackson’s estate has raked in $140 million, according to Forbes. Last year, Jackson topped the same list with $160 million. Not bad, for an entertainer who died from a drug overdose back on June 25, 2009. Some other celebrities who passed away long before Jackson are still earning big bucks as well. Taking second on the list with $55 million, Elvis who died in August of... Read More →

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Joan Rivers’ cause of death revealed

Legendary comedienne, Joan Rivers, died of brain damage caused by lack of oxygen a result  of “a predictable complication of medical therapy.” according to a report released today by New York medical examiner’s office. On August 28, Rivers entered Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. The medical examiner’s report says the entertainer underwent a laryngoscopy  and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation to investigate voice and stomach reflux issues. CNN reports the names of the doctors who performed the procedures are not mentioned  in the medical report. Earlier reports suggested one... Read More →

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