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Photo courtesy Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol: Governor Jerry Brown signs California Fair Pay Act Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond October 6, 2015

Governor Brown signs into law the California Fair Pay Act

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act yesterday, one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country. Brown was surrounded by females, young and old, at the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, for the signing ceremony. In a news release, the governor said the law is long overdue: “Sixty-six years after passage of the California Equal Pay Act, many women still earn less money than men doing the same or similar work said Governor Brown. “This bill is another step toward closing the... Read More →

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

Gelson’s and Smart & Final step up to buy Haggen markets

Gelson’s and Smart & Final have signed agreements to purchase some of the soon-to-be closed Haggen supermarkets, according to a news release on the Haggen website today. However, the Haggen market at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank is still in limbo. Haggen spokesperson, Deborah Pleva, told Media City Groove in an email: “We have no details on that location at this time.” Gelson’s, a high-ended supermarket chain based in Encino, has an offer in for eight Haggen stores in Carlsbad, Del... Read More →

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After 28 years Dodger organist calls it quits

It’s been a bumpy season for veteran Dodger organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, so perhaps that’s the reason she decided it was time to retire. You might remember, Hefley was the apparent target of a campaign to phase her out and replace her with “pre-recorded pop and hip hop music” at Dodger Stadium. Well, the fans took to social media and shamed the Dodger organization into promising Hefley a job for life. All that drama may have been too much for a musician who just want to play the... Read More →

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Pay Day : Who makes big bucks in Hollywood?

Actors and studio heads aren’t the only ones with hefty pay checks in Hollywood. A unit publicist hired by a studio earns about $2,750 a week , makeup artist on a film $60 an hour, first assistant directors get paid about $8,000 a week, and even a studio tour guide can earn $20-26 an hour, according to a post about Hollywood salaries on the Hollywood Reporter website. You don’t have to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Will Rogers at Burbank City Council meeting May 19, 2015

Letter: Councilman Rogers speaks out on “Reporting Out”

When I took my seat on the Burbank City Council in May I said I wouldn’t engage in the council’s recent practice of using the “Reporting Out” period to announce events attended since the previous council session. Among other reasons, I said – and still believe – the often lengthy readings offer more benefit to the council members than to citizens waiting for the council to get down to business. The public is entitled to know what elected officials are up to in the city’s service when not at the dais. But I’m certain... Read More →

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Around the Southland: Tom Cruise sells hilltop estate

                Big property deal for superstar, Tom Cruise. After months on the market, recently the “Mission Impossible” actor sold his Hollywood Hills estate for $11.4 million, according to the Trulia celebrity blog. The 2.5 acre “European-style” compound in Laurel Canyon has  stunning views and two homes connected by stone driveways, walking paths, and lush landscaping. Cruise bought the homes separately about 10 years ago. One has seven bedrooms and seven and a... Read More →

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

New Haggen grocery store closing in Burbank

The doors of the new Haggen grocery store are still open this weekend, but not for long. Last Thursday, the financially troubled grocer announced it was throwing in the towel on an ill-fated expansion plan and closing more than 75 stores in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and California — including the one in Burbank at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue. The West Verdugo store was converted from Albertsons to Haggen last April.  Earlier, Albertsons merged with Safeway and the Federal Trade Commission ordered the... Read More →

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

Victim fights back in attempted purse snatching in Burbank

Burbank Police arrested a man today for allegedly attempting to snatch the purse of a young woman. It happened this morning around 11:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Olive Avenue in downtown Burbank. BPD spokesman, Sergeant Claudio Losacco, says: “The woman reported that she was walking when the man, who is identified as 24 year-old Manuel Martinez of Los Angeles, approached her and tried to take her purse.  The woman told officers she held onto her purse and punched the man two times, knocking him to the ground.” The unidentified... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Dr. David Gordon at the city council meeting in Burbank September 15, 2015

Talk of the Town: Sue Georgino’s consulting job

For months now, there has been chatter around B-town about former Burbank Airport Commissioner, Sue Georgino, and where her true loyalties lie. On the city council agenda tonight, a discussion regarding Georgino’s decision to take a consulting job with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority less than a year, after resigning her position as a commissioner on that authority representing the interests of the city of Burbank. Recently, Councilman, Dr. David Gordon, requested the matter be agendized after disclosing Georgino was hired last May “to provide strategic planning for a 14-gate replacement... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sprinklers on during midday David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank September 7, 2015

A shout out to Burbank Unified School District officials

Quick action by some officials in the Burbank Unified School District have turned a call out into a shout out for some watering issues at David Starr Jordan Middle School, 420 South Mariposa Street. Burbank school officials got called out on  Media City Groove for watering the front lawn at Jordan on a hot Labor Day, two weeks ago. Not only were the sprinklers going full force, but the watering occurred on Monday. Burbank allows... Read More →

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New heat record in Burbank

A new heat record in Burbank. Yesterday the temperature shot up to 104 in the Media City, beating the old record of 103 set back on that date in 1943, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature in B-town today should be lower than the record breaker on Sunday, but it’s still hot. The high temperature expected to soar into the upper 80s perhaps even into the 90s. A slight chance of rain today, that grows to 30 percent tonight through Tuesday.

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Sizzling heat in Burbank today

Some serious sunshine in Burbank today. Along with a sizzling blast from the sun, weather watchers are saying the high will reach the upper 90s even possibly triple digits in the Media City. Also, some tropical moisture could bring a threat of rain through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. So take precautions in the heat and be on the look out for those unexpected thunderstorms.

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Best-selling author Jackie Collins: 1937 — 2015

Best-selling author, Jackie Collins, has died after a valiant battle with breast cancer. She passed away yesterday at the age of 77. Collins who made a name for herself and sold millions of novels, writing about characters who lived glamorous or adventurous lives.  Many of her  novels were set in the glitzy world of Hollywood, which she knew well. She was also an actress and the younger sister of actress, Joan Collins. Here’s part of a statement the family posted on the writer’s website: “She... Read More →

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Photo of marijuana plants growing in warehouse courtesy Burbank Police Dept.

Photos of big pot bust in Burbank

Three suspects are due to be arraigned on Monday in connection with a big pot bust in Burbank. Last Thursday “… detectives executed the search warrant and uncovered an illegal sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operation. Over 1200 marijuana plants, in various stages of maturity were seized. Investigators estimate the street value of the marijuana to be in excess of $500,000,” said Sergeant Claudio Losacco, BPD public information officer, in a news release. Detectives first got wind of the illegal operation early last week, when local residents reportedly began complaining “about the strong... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Toys "R" Us 683 North Victory Boulevard, Burbank September 16, 2015

Toys “R” Us to hire 40,000 employees for the holidays

The giant kids’ store chain, Toys “R” Us, is gearing up for the upcoming holiday season and today it announced plans to hire 40,000 seasonal workers.  That means the company reportedly will more than double its current workforce. The retailer has opportunities at its stores, including the one in Burbank, as well as distribution centers nationwide. “We are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated and customer-focused individuals to join our team during this busy, but very exciting time of year. Our... Read More →

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Showbiz Tidbits: September 14, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger lands new TV gig. The former California governor/actor has been named host of NBC’s  “The Celebrity Apprentice.”  Schwarzenegger takes over in the 7th season of the reality show for billionaire/super personality/now presidential candidate, Donald Trump. “Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves. It was Arnold’s personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Merchant Ralph Persinger in his shop Burbank Antiques 3423 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank August 22, 20115

City Buzz:Burbank merchants’ feud escalates in Mag Park

That bitter merchants’ feud in the 3400 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, once thought to be dying down,  has escalated with more nasty allegations, a police report, and a mystery videotape. I began covering the dispute back in August of 2014, when it centered on the fight for one-hour parking on the north side of the block. Most of the complaints were directed at Romancing the Bean, 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard. During that battle, allegations of harassment and bullying were leveled against the Bean’s owner,... Read More →

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A scorcher in Burbank

Wow! At noon today, the temperature hit 100 in Burbank and the mercury will probably climb even higher this afternoon. A Southland heat wave kicked off earlier in the week and it’s expected to peak today and tomorrow. The national weather service has issued an excessive heat warning until  8 p.m. tomorrow for Burbank and most of the Los Angeles region, except for coastal areas.  Take extra precautions with children and the elderly. Also, cranking up all those air... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sprinklers on during late-morning at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank September 7, 2015

Call-out : A Burbank school waters on Monday in the heat

Outdoor watering restrictions are in effect in Burbank, but apparently at David Starr Jordan Middle School on South Mariposa Street they’re not following city rules. As I walked by the school campus at around 11 a.m. today, I noticed some sprinklers spraying steady streams of water on a lawn section dotted with some young trees.The temperature at the time was 80 and climbing on a hot Labor Day. This is wrong for a number of reasons. First, outdoor watering in the Media City has been restricted to two... Read More →

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

Walmart moves ahead with a superstore in Burbank

Retail giant, Walmart, is busy converting the old Great Indoors site, at 1301 North Victory Place, into one of its stores. That’s exciting news for some and a reason to go into mourning for others. “The litigation has concluded with respect to Walmart’s permits and we are moving forward with bringing a Walmart Supercenter to our Burbank customers.” Delia Garcia, director of communications for Walmart, said in a statement. The controversial project has been delayed for close to three years by a court battle, which apparently ended quietly... Read More →

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