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Several arrests in series of Burbank catalytic converter thefts

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with a series of catalytic converter thefts in Burbank. In the past few months, over 60 catalytic converters  reportedly have been stolen from vehicles in the Media City. Burbank Police investigators used leads from those thefts to “initiate surveillance of several possible suspects,” according to a news release from Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, Burbank Police public information officer. Early yesterday, several suspects were arrested after allegedly being caught “in the act of removing catalytic converters from vehicles in the Van Nuys area.” Sgt. Losacco says “… suspects... Read More →

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July 4th box office battle kicks off with two major releases

“Magic Mike XXL” and “Terminator: Genisys” officially opened today — but both got in some early screenings at theaters last night. The sexy R-rated sequel to the surprise hit “Magic Mike” (2012) danced away with the most moolah in the head-to-head battle with the latest “Terminator” flick. “Magic Mike XXL” reportedly collected 2.4 million last night while “Terminator: Genisys” was close behind with $2.3 million. Both newcomers are expected to do well over the long 4th of July holiday weekend, however, they have a lot of stiff competition with popular... Read More →

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Talk of the Town: Police Officer David Nelson, Joy Forbes, and new child vaccine law

A funeral service will be held later today for former-Burbank police cadet and Bakersfield Police Officer, David Nelson. The 26 year-old former Burbank High School graduate was killed in the line of duty last Friday, when his cruiser crashed during a police pursuit. In a statement from the Burbank Unified School District, Nelson is remembered as “… an intelligent, caring, funny, energetic, and hardworking young man who touched many lives.” The service  for Officer Nelson is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Liberty  at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills... Read More →

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Web Buzz: NBC dumps Trump, Ellen launches new venture and more

NBC dumps Donald Trump. The network released a statement saying it fired the Donald because of negative remarks he made about Mexicans, when he launched his presidential campaign earlier this month on Tuesday, June 16. Trump’s race for president is probably more of a problem for the network than... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- "Sugar and Spice" team marched in the Annual Ponytail Softball Jamboree parade along West Clark Avenue in Burbank June 27, 2015

Photo Gallery: Ponytail softball parade 2015 in Burbank

The Annual Ponytail Softball Jamboree kicked off with a parade of teams along West Clark Avenue, from Burroughs High School to George Izay park, in Burbank yesterday. Spectators were treated to a colorful contingent of spirited softball teams — some even shared their favorite cheers with the parade watchers. Later, the girls gathered on several baseball diamonds at the park to compete in a series of challenges to show-off their softball skills. Burbank Park, Recreation, and Community Services hosted the event, which was attended by city staffers and city officials... Read More →

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U.S. Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage legal

  The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.The decision was 5-4 — with the court’s four conservative judges voting against the ruling. This means states must not only allow same-sex marriages, but must recognized these unions. It’s a landmark ruling and a victory for those who have fought long and hard for marriage equality. More on the ruling and reaction to it here.

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory today by upholding a major element of the controversial Affordable Care Act. In a 6-3 decision, the high court upheld the federal tax credits for low-income and middle class Americans who need  help paying  for health insurance. The broad ruling covers those in states with or without their own health exchanges or marketplaces. The administration considers the tax subsidies to be... Read More →

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City Buzz: Second Burbank H.S. shaken by sex charges

For the second time in less than a month, a Burbank high school is in the news in connection with a criminal case involving sex charges and underage students. Last Thursday, June 18, Burbank High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach, Kyle Roach, was arrested and booked on felony charges of oral copulation with a minor, annoying or molesting a child, and possession of child pornography. The Burbank Police Department began an investigation after two students on the volleyball team “… came forward when they began to suspect... 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

Updated: Burbank Police Deputy Chief Tom Angel moving on

Updated: June 24, 2015 10:15 a.m. Burbank Police Deputy Chief Tom Angel is taking a job as Chief of Staff at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. MyBurbank has more on that and the big farewell bash thrown for Angel  here.    Burbank Police Deputy Chief Tom Angel is apparently moving on and leaving the Media City behind. A tweet from the Burbank Police Department gave a shout out to Deputy Angel for his five years of service... Read More →

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Still hot today in Burbank, cooler temps predicted

Another hot and sunny day in Burbank, but a cooling trend has kicked in. However, don’t expect a serious drop in the temps on this the second day of summer. By the end of last week, the Media City was sizzling with highs in the 90s. For the next few days, the weather watchers are predicting afternoon temps in the 80s for B-town. Hmm, it’s already 82 in Burbank at 11 a.m. — hopefully, the cooling trend has not stalled.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, Marianna Gatto, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell -- The "Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square" sign unveiled today at West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Joseph Gatto honored, murder still unsolved

The late father of state Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, received a special honor today. A large street sign designating the t-intersection of West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue  in Silver Lake as “Joseph Anthony Gatto  Memorial Square” was unveiled this morning at around 8 a.m. Assemblyman Gatto missed the unveiling ceremony reportedly due to a canceled flight and the important budget vote in Sacramento today. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge hosted the event in his district, right next to Ivanhoe Elementary... Read More →

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Brian Williams out-Lester Holt to anchor “Nightly News”

NBC made it official today — Brian Williams is out and Lester Holt is in as permanent anchor of “Nightly News.” Holt has been the fill- in anchor on the newscast since last February — when a scandal broke over Williams’ habit of embellishing some of his reporting exploits. After his six month suspension ends in August, Williams will take a step down and  join MSNBC  “as anchor... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna/ Media city G -- Entrance to parking lot next to the old Great Indoors building at 1300 North Victory Place blocked off with Burbank Police on guard Burbank June 16, 2015

Updated: Flash mob car show shut out of Burbank’s Empire Center

Updated June 18, 2015: Apparently a side parking lot at the Empire Center did remain open for several hours last Tuesday night. Some shoppers and restaurant diners were lucky enough to find that lot and space to park their vehicles.  More details on Myburbank.   The anticipated flash mob car show and all that comes with it did not go down at Burbank’s Empire Center on Victory Place last night. The entrances to the large shopping center were blocked  off by... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Flash mob car event backsup traffic on Burbank Boulevard at Victory Boulevard in Burbank August 13, 2013

Flash mob car crowds expected to invade Burbank today

A flash mob car crowd gathers near the Krispy Kreme donut outlet, 1521 North Victory Place, in Burbank’s Empire Center. That invasion has happened before and despite warnings from the Burbank Police Department and threats of legal action from Burbank City Attorney, Amy Albano, the custom car enthusiasts are apparently planning on returning to the Media City this evening. A few thousand people at an unofficial  event and gridlock on surrounding streets makes the Burbank PD nervous. Read More →

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“Jurassic World” stomps competition and breaks records

As predicted, Universal’s “Jurassic World” was a monster at the box office  over the weekend. The dino-pix stomped the competition and now owns the record for the biggest weekend debut in the U.S. with a haul of $208.8 million. The previous record holder “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012) slipped down into second place with $207.4 million. Also,... Read More →

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“Jurassic World” is the hot movie ticket this weekend

  “Jurassic World” is the hot movie ticket this weekend.  The sci-fi flick has been on a roll since opening in theaters last night.  The dinosaurs on the rampage film could scare up $65 million today, putting it on track for a domestic debut of perhaps as high as $160 million, according to Deadline.com. This is the fourth installment in the “Jurassic Park” series. The first in the series, “Jurassic Park,”opened back in June of 1993. It was a Read More →

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Social media saves Dodger employee’s job

Another demonstration of the power of social media. Long time  Dodger Stadium organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, was apparently being phased out and replaced with “pre-recorded pop and hip hop music” at the ballpark. Hefley has been playing for the Dodgers for more than 20 years. However, lately the Dodger front office had been giving her hints she was no longer wanted on its team. Well, after she reportedly vented on Facebook about being shown the door the fans... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Customers wait outside for a table at Another Broken Egg Cafe 250 E Olive Ave Ste 110 Burbank February 8, 2015

Restaurants see spike in customers and jobs

Have you noticed the lines getting longer at your favorite restaurants? It’s definitely the case in Burbank. The Tallyrand at 1700 West Olive Avenue has been popular with the locals for years, but lately the crowds of people waiting in the lobby or outside have grown. Tables are the hardest to come by on the weekends for breakfast, lunch or brunch. It’s not unusual for the wait to be longer than an hour at trendy eateries like Read More →

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Burbank breaks heat record, a chance of rain today

Another dramatic change in the weather today. In Burbank, the skies are cloudy and there’s a good chance of rain, even thunderstorms this afternoon. Yesterday, the sun was blazing hot — pushing the temperatures up into the triple digits here in the Media City. Monday’s high turned out to be a record breaker. It reached 102 in B-town — breaking a record for that date — set 25 years ago in 1990, according to the National Weather Service. The cooling trend is expected to drop the temps considerably... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: State budget and Burbank schools

Great news for Burbank Schools: Each year Governor Brown has a May Revision Budget, which is an update to the budget he puts out in January.  The May revision reflects Brown’s adjustments (and the political/fiscal realities that come with it) to the state’s current financial position. What does that mean for the Burbank community? Opportunity. Generally speaking, there’s more than $6.5 billion increase to the state’s General Fund from January’s proposal. It’s widely accepted that much of this surplus came from Proposition 30, the legislature’s unusual fiscal restraint, and a... Read More →

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