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Earth Day Celebration and a Taste of Toluca

The 4th annual Earth Day Celebration gets underway in Toluca Lake today. The Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council is hosting the event. There will entertainment, merchants and environmental information booths. Also, featured “Taste of Toluca.”  Around 19 local restaurants and eatries wll be offering samples of their specialities at the Toluca Lake Farmers Market behind Wells Fargo Bank 10223 Riverside Drive. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. this afternoon. It’s free and open to... Read More →

Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- "Gunfighters for Life" kicked off Burbank on Parade on Olive Avenue in Burbank April 25, 2015

Burbank on Parade 2015: Gunfight on Olive Avenue

Under threatening skies yesterday, Burbank on Parade paid tribute to Burbank as “City of the Wild Wild West.” Leading off this year’s parade “Gunfighters for Life.” The performers were dressed for the period and packing their sidearms. Along the parade route, Keystone Street to Lomita Street on Olive Avenue, these hotheads would settle their disputes with a series of bang, bang, shoot’em ups. The parade spectators loved it! More photos of Burbank on Parade 2015 coming.

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Entertainment Buzz: April 22, 2015

Free day of filmmaking seminars and industry panels Calling all filmmakers, actors, and movie fans. The Burbank International Film Festival is presenting a day of filmmaking seminars and industry panels at Woodbury University 7500 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank  this Saturday, April 25. The event will take place in Fletcher Jones Auditorium from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Panels will focus on screenwriting, representation, casting, filmmaking and production. There will be... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- The Great Indoors site 1301 North Victory Place Burbank February 10, 2015

Reaction to Burbank Walmart appeals court decision

The site of a controversial Walmart in Burbank will remain vacant for a while longer, despite the ruling last week of a state appeals court saying the city can issue building permits to the giant retailer.  A lawsuit to block the proposed Walmart megastore was filed by Burbank residents Shanna Ingalsbee, Katherine Olson, and Yvette Ziraldo back in spring of 2012. Then in September of 2013, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, Allan J. Goodman, ordered the city of Burbank to rescind building permits issued to Walmart for the site of the... Read More →

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Entertainment Buzz: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Major movies opening this weekend Debuting on the big screen this weekend, the comedy sequel “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” the animal documentary ” Monkey Kingdom,” and the low-budget, R-rated, horror flick, “Unfriended .” “Mall Cop 2″ and “Unfriended” will probably do well this weekend.  Nevertheless,  neither is expected to match the draw of the juggernaut, “Furious 7,” which will most likely hold onto to first place at the box office for a third consecutive week. More here. Emmy-winning local filmmaker’s... Read More →

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Election News: Final 2015 Burbank General Election results

Today Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, announced the final results of last Tuesday’s general election. All ballots have been counted and verified — the  total 11,032. That represents 18.1 percent of  the ballots mailed out to the 60,853 eligible voters in Burbank.  That is about the same number cast in the 2013 Burbank General Election (11, 161). How many late ballots came in after Tuesday’s 7 p.m. deadline? Mullins told Media City Groove, “approximately 25 ballots” were received after the deadline. As the city clerk has explained... Read More →

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Preliminary results of the city council race in the 2015 Burbank General Election April 14, 2015

More comments from candidates in 2015 Burbank General Election

Both Juan Guillen and Chris Rizzotti missed the cut in the runoff for two seats on the Burbank City Council. Will Rogers and incumbent, Emily-Gabel-Luddy, received the most votes in yesterday’s general election. However, Guillen and Rizzotti are still upbeat about their campaigns and Burbank voters. Here are the statements they sent to Media city Groove this morning. Third place: Juan Guillen 4, 514 votes 24.4% “With my head held high I bid farewell to a campaign that enabled me to reach out to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Re-elected Burbank city council member, Emily Gabel-Luddy dropped by City Hall to savor her victory April 14, 2015

Burbank General Election 2015: Winners and losers

The race for two seats on the city council in yesterday’s Burbank General Municipal Election was a hard-fought battle. No one knows that better than incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy who admitted she had to fight to keep her seat for a second term: ” It was important to take it seriously — work to the very end.” On Election night at City Hall, the ballot count zipped right along after the 7 p.m. deadline and was a done deal less than three hours later. Will Rogers, the candidate who claims to... Read More →

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Election Day and the Burbank ballot deadline debate

It’s Election Day in Burbank and there’s some chatter on the Internet about how recent additions to the California Elections Code requires city officials to extend the mail-in only ballot deadline. Don’t believe it. Yesterday Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, sent out this response to all the questions, conspiracy theories, and whatever else is being batted around as fact. Last year, the City Clerk’s Office was informed of the changes proposed by Senate Bill 29 adopted by the California Legislation (Legislature) on September 26, 2014, which became effective... Read More →

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Grand Marshal announced for Burbank on Parade 2015

The theme of the 34th annual Burbank on Parade is “Burbank– City of the Wild Wild West.”  Yesterday the selection of veteran actor, Gerald McRaney, as the Grand Marshal was announced in a news release. McRaney is a familiar face on television. He’s appeared in numerous series from back in the day “Gunsmoke” (1955), to “Simon and Simon” (1981-1989), “Major Dad” (1989-1993), “Touched by an Angel” (1995-1998), “Deadwood” (2005-2006), “Justified” (2013), “House of Cards” (2013-2014), and “Longmire” (2012-2014). Another fan favorite,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- BWP crew and giant crane install new utility poles near 100 block of South Lamer Street Burbank April 7, 2015

Burbank Scene: Big crane helps install new utility poles

It took a giant crane and some high-flying maneuvers by Burbank Water and Power crews to install some new utility poles in Burbank last week. The operation is pretty dramatic with the crane lifting the poles over tree and roof tops “into pre-dug holes”  along property lines. It happened in a neighborhood, which included the 300 block of Griffith Park Drive and the 100 block of South Lamer Street. It’s all “…part of BWP’s long term project of replacing poles... Read More →

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Art festival returns to Downtown Burbank this weekend

Downtown Burbank will be alive this weekend with the creative vibe and works of more than 100 artists from traditional painters, photographers, sculptors to special effects wizards and hip urban street painters. The art festival will once again take over several blocks of San Fernando Boulevard, between  Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. Also, there will be live art demonstrations, panel discussions with top industry artists, and art directors as part of a presentation by Burbank-based Creative Talent Network.  Guest speakers include talent from Marvel Studios, Pixar, and Insomniac Games. For a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins on Election Night February 24, 2015

Update Burbank election ballots coming in at a fast pace

The mail-only ballots for the 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election are coming in at a fast pace. Last Tuesday, City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, reported receiving 7,100 ballots. Now, that number has jumped by more than a thousand.  “As of today we have received approximately 8400 ballots, at this point in the primary we received 7800 ballots and 7621 at the last general election, 2013,” according to Mullins. That’s a good sign. Still keep in mind, the City Clerk’s Office sent out around 61,000 ballot packets to Burbank voters.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election ballot envelope

Election News: Burbank ballots, returns and issues

Still holding onto your 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election ballot? It’s time to make a decision and let it go. There’s less than a week to the Tuesday, April 14 election. On that day, all the mail only ballots must be returned by 7  p.m. to be counted. If you plan to make your ballot choices and get the return envelope in the mail today or tomorrow, that will probably be okay. Any later than that, you should return it to one of the designated drop-off centers or the Burbank... Read More →

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Entertainment Buzz: Classic variety show at Burbank’s Big Victory Theatre

A talented lineup is getting ready to take to the stage in “The Aubree Sweeney Variety Show”  at the Big Victory Theatre in Burbank this coming Saturday, April 11. Producer, Aubree Sweeney, is a writer, comedian, and actress who regularly appears at Flappers Comedy Club, which has locations in Burbank and Claremont. The event goal is to bring back “the thrill of the classic variety show,” Sweeney explains in a news release. Sweeney... Read More →

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Happy Easter!

  Resurrection Sunday celebrated in Burbank and throughout the Southland today. However, the recent violence in the Middle East, particularly attacks on Christians, on the minds of many. Details here.

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Burbank PD arrest suspect in shooting incident

Burbank Police arrested a suspect today in connection with a shooting incident in front of the Town Center Mall entrance at 201 East Magnolia Boulevard. Apparently the shooting was part of some kind of confrontation involving several males. Two victims — who were moviegoers — reportedly left a theater and walked out of the mall doors when the confrontation occurred around 1:25 a.m. “A group of approximately 5 males approached the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- One hour parking signs are up on the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank October 11, 2014

City Buzz: Letter from irate Magnolia Boulevard merchant

Peace in the 3400 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank has been short-lived. What boiled over last summer as a dispute among the merchants there over parking and The Romancing the Bean restaurant has blown up again. Over the weekend, Ralph Persinger, who owns Burbank Antiques and Collectibles with his wife Kim, sent Media city Groove a letter about the problems on that troubled block. Here’s the letter.   After all the battles with parking on the 3400 block of W. Magnolia Blvd. we... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Young kids dashed onto the field in search of Easter eggs during the Egg-Stravaganza at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank March 30, 2013

Burbank’s spring Egg-Stravaganza coming this weekend

Get ready! The Easter egg hunts and all the other fun elements of Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza are coming soon. The annual event, put on by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, is set for this Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. until noon, at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard. Besides the popular egg hunts, there will be games, inflated maze and bouncer. Oh, and a chance for the kiddies to take a photo with the Easter Bunny! The event  is free. Register at Read More →

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Job fair at Dodger Stadium today

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting their 20th annual Community Job Fair today at  Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Avenue in Los Angeles. “Last year, more than 8,000 job seekers from throughout Southern California gathered at the stadium to meet potential employers,” according to a news release. Today, “more than a 100 companies” are expected at the stadium including Kaiser Permanente, Fairplex, Lowe’s, and retailer Curacao. Also, this job fair reportedly features training providers and government agencies. The job fair... Read More →

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