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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Marya "Mary" Wanker behind the counter at LuxMary Handbags 3421 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank July 15, 2017

Magnolia Park merchant refuses to quit after $60,000 burglary

Burbank Magnolia Park merchant, Marya “Mary” Wanker, has a lot on her plate right now. She’s in the final stages of planning her wedding and scrambling to assemble a new collection of luxury handbags, after a $60,000 burglary at her new shop earlier this month. Wanker, 28, admits the burglary was a brutal setback, but she has “upped her security” and is determined to reopen soon: “I’m not going to let a bunch of thugs intimidate me.” The well-organized thieves stripped many of the shelves bare in LuxMary Handbags, 3421... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- City Hall 275 East Olive Avenue Burbank June 24, 2017

City Buzz: Changes at Burbank City Hall and around town

Some changes and developments in the Media City as we head into the last week of June 2017. Burbank City Hall — After five years as Burbank’s Public Information Officer, Drew Sugars, is moving on. Sugars’ departure was officially announced late last Friday in a news release from City Hall. The veteran broadcast journalist will become the Director of Communications and Community Relations for Glendale Community College. In the release, Sugars said: “… I’m sad to leave so many colleagues and friends in this fantastic City, but I’m excited... Read More →

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Bomb threat hoax targets Burbank businesses

Watch out! Scammers are targeting Burbank businesses with a bomb threat hoax. Over the past two weeks, Burbank Police say several local businesses have received the threat “via fax or email.”  In an advisory, Burbank PD explained the scam this way: “The threats have involved the request for a ransom to be paid via Western Union, usually in the amount of $25,000. A common theme seems to be that the ransom be sent to a Brazilian citizen. The threats state that explosives placed around the “building” will detonate... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Police Chief Scott LaChasse spoke at Burbank City Council meeting May 9, 2017

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse has health episode

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse reportedly recovering today after suffering a health episode at an event in Glendale yesterday. LaChasse collapsed around noon while attending the Glendale Police Awards luncheon at the Hilton Hotel. Emergency personnel in the room rushed to his aid. A short time later, LaChasse regained consciousness, but was taken away to a nearby hospital. LaChasse has probably undergone a series of medical tests, however, the Burbank Police Department is saying very little about his condition. Today BPD Press Information Officer, Sergeant Derek Green, told me in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G - (l-r) Council Member,Jess Talamantes, Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Mayor Will Rogers, Council Members, Sharon Springer and Bob Frutos posed for photos city council chambers in Burbank May 1, 2017

New Burbank City Council and City Hall challenges

The new Burbank City Council is facing some tough challenges with budget decisions, traffic issues, and development/growth concerns. At the Monday, May 1, reorganization meeting, Councilman, Bob Frutos, and new Council Member, Sharon Springer, were sworn in along with a number of other elected officials before a packed crowd in the city council chambers. By far the most anticipated speech of the reorganization meeting was made by outgoing Councilman, Dr. David Gordon.  After 11 years on the council, Gordon was defeated in the general election last month. In his remarks,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilman Will Rogers congratulated by outgoing Mayor Jess Talamantes at Burbank City Hall May first, 2017

Photo Gallery: Will Rogers becomes Burbank mayor

Councilman Will Rogers moved up from vice-mayor to mayor today at the council reorganization meeting. Rogers was selected unanimously by his fellow council members. More coming up on this blog about the meeting at City Hall including comments by outgoing Councilman, Dr. David Gordon, who made it clear he was not going to fade away. Gordon’s comments probably sent chills up the spine of his critics, while giving supporters a reason to cheer. More than likely the selection of Rogers did the same.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sharon Springer spoke during public comments period at city council meeting in Burbank April 4, 2017

Letter: Sharon Springer expresses gratitude for campaign support

Dear Burbank Community: I would like to thank our Burbank community for electing me to city council. Thank you for opening your doors when we knocked; thank you for talking with us outside grocery stores, and schools. Thank you for tolerating my morning campaign runs.  Thank you for hosting my bright pink signs, your financial contributions and your word of mouth endorsements.  Thanks to my campaign chair person, Elaine Paonessa, and my well-organized, relentless volunteers for their inspiration, support and belief in me.  Thanks to my organizational endorsements,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilman Bob Frutos, guest Lourdes de Garcia, and former Burbank Council Member/Mayor, Marsha Ramos smile for photos at a re-elect Frutos rally in Burbank March 27, 2017

Letter: Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos offers thanks for support

  A heartfelt thank you message to Burbank residents: I am grateful to have received your strong support and your vote in this general election. Many of you were there for me four years ago in 2013 and you have shown your trust in me again today. Heartfelt thank you for your vote to get re-elected to the Burbank City Council. Four years ago, I pledged to you my commitment towards working for you and for our city.  Today, I am more committed and dedicated to continue to work tirelessly... Read More →

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2017 Burbank General Election final results released today

Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, announced the final results for the 2017 general election this afternoon. The only race on the ballot, a run-off  among four candidates for two seats on the city council. The election night preliminary numbers showed Councilman Bob Frutos winning with the most votes, followed by challenger Sharon Springer, Councilman Dr. David Gordon and the fourth candidate, Juan Guillen. Today the ballots postmarked on Election Day and received by noon were counted. The final tally shows Councilman Bob Frutos winning re-election. He is... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Election workers at Burbank City Hall April 11, 2017

Frutos and Springer lead in early returns for two Burbank City Council seats

Incumbent Bob Frutos and challenger, Sharon Springer, are holding down the top two spots in the early returns for two seats on the Burbank City Council. It was a busy evening at Burbank City Hall last night for election workers. The only race on the ballot, a run-off for the city council seats. The interest in the run-off has been strong. The final tally for the February 28, 2017 primary, 10, 902 ballots. Last night’s total for the general election 11,142 and there are still more ballots to be counted.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank General Election 2017 ballot

Burbank General Election 2017 ballots, candidates, and controversies

The candidates are heading into the home stretch for tomorrow’s Burbank General Election. This is a mail-in ballot only election with four city council candidates in a run-off for two seats. The contenders are Juan Guillen, Sharon Springer, and council members Dr. David Gordon and Bob Frutos. As of last Friday April 7,  “… approximately 7, 500 ballots, as compared to the 2015 General Municipal Election, (when) we had approximately 6,600 ballots at this time,” according to City Clerk, Zizette Mullins. By today, Monday, April 10, the number of ballots... Read More →

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Note from the Editor

I did not endorse candidates in the 2017 Burbank Primary nor will I endorse candidates in the upcoming April 11 Burbank General Election. However, I will continue to cover the city elections and politics in general here on Media City Groove. By the way, comments on this site have been closed for about a year and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.  If I decide to accept comments again, the same high standards used in the past will apply. Those who want to spew “alternative facts,”... Read More →

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Twitter Chatter: President Donald Trump and Congressman Adam Schiff

  The debate over “repeal and replace” Obamacare:     ObamaCare is imploding. It is a disaster and 2017 will be the worst year yet, by far! Republicans will come together and save the day. — President Trump (@POTUS) March 13, 2017     What @SpeakerRyan leaves out is their plan lowers premiums for young because millions of older Americans go uninsured. https://t.co/KWuULwZMha — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 13, 2017 Click here

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 2017 Burbank city elections sign in the Rancho District March 10, 2017

Burbank city clerk responds to election questions and concerns

The election taking center stage in Burbank right now is the 2017 General Election. Four candidates are battling it out for two seats on the city council. They are incumbents Dr. David Gordon and Bob Frutos, and challengers Juan Guillen and Sharon Springer. Councilman/Mayor, Jess Talamantes, won re-election in the primary. Nevertheless, there are questions and doubts lingering from the recent primary election on February 28.  City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, was re-elected in the primary. Here is my email Q&A with Mullins about the primary and those mail-in ballots. 1.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street Burbank

Suspicious device found inside a Burbank library

A suspicious device drama at the Buena Vista Library caused some tense moments this morning in Burbank. At around 7:50 a.m. Burbank Police reportedly responded to a call of “suspicious items found by library employees.” The library at 300 North Buena Vista Street was closed at the time. “When Police Officers arrived, they found an unattended 12-volt battery inside the library which was connected to a charging system, similar to a trickle charging device. The charging system was plugged into an outlet and a black powder-like substance was scattered on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, at City Hall as the ballots were counted on primary election night Tuesday, February 28, 2017

City Clerk releases final results of 2017 Burbank Primary Election

Late today, Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, released the final results of the 2017 primary election. Per a new Burbank election code, the city clerk’s office could accept mail-in ballots postmarked on or before primary election day, February 28, up until noon on Friday. Mullins says they received  approximately 900 additional ballots, which needed to be processed today. By 10:35 p.m. last Tuesday, 9,903 ballots had been sorted and counted. Just before 5 p.m. this evening, the final results of the primary were announced. In the final tally, veteran Councilman-now-Mayor,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilmen Jess Talamantes and Bob Frutos posed for photos after getting the results of the Burbank Primary Election Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Talamantes, Frutos, on track for re-election in Burbank Primary

It’s not over yet, but two incumbent Burbank City Council members appear to be on track for re-election. In yesterday’s Burbank Primary Election, Mayor /Council member, Jess Talamantes, and Council member, Bob Frutos, were the only two candidates to receive at least 50 percent of the ballots plus one vote, which is the requirement for victory. However mail-in ballots, with a postmark on or before Election Day, will be counted until Friday, March 3. So it is not a done deal. Nevertheless, Talamantes and Frutos have the right to savor... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Time is running out to submit those 2017 primary election ballots

Burbank Primary Election time to get those ballots in

Time is running out to return those 2017 Burbank Primary Election ballots. Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, says approximately 67,000 ballots were mailed out to registered voters in Burbank. So far the return has been disappointing. As of last Wednesday, 5,800 mail-in ballots had been return. By last Saturday, that number had climbed to 7, 890. In the 2015 Burbank Primary, 8,985 were returned. Mullins says they’re “hoping to exceed that number” in the 2017 primary. I hear a lot of complaints about what is wrong in Burbank. If those... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Grocery Outlet at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank February 15, 2017

Burbank Grocery Outlet open for business

A new grocery market opened this morning in Burbank. The Grocery Outlet calls itself the bargain market. It took over the old Fresh & Easy location at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue. There are reportedly more than 260 Grocery Outlets in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Most are “independently operated by locally-based families,” according to the company website. The Burbank store has been under construction for several weeks. Last month, this Grocery Outlet drew job seekers to a hiring event in the front of the store. Yesterday, staff... Read More →

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Traffic alert as new IKEA store opens in Burbank today

Burbank Police sent out a traffic alert about the opening of the new IKEA in the Media City today. The 456,000 square foot super-mega store is nearly twice the size of the old IKEA at the Burbank Town Center. The new IKEA is scheduled to open its doors to the public at 9 a.m. No doubt, a long line of devoted fans of the budget-furniture retailer will be waiting to be among the first to shop the new location. Major traffic congestion is expected near the new IKEA,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sharon Springer for Burbank City Council sign spotted in 300 block of South Griffith Park Drive Burbank January 5, 2017

City Buzz: 2017 campaigns, events, and candidates

The candidates are off and running in the 2017 Burbank Primary Election. Political signs started popping up in yards and on storefronts several weeks ago, despite the long-standing Burbank taboo against it. During the 2015 campaign, candidate/realtor/planning board member, Chris Rizzotti, blew off that antiquated custom of no political signs before Christmas, by allowing his supporters to display his signs for city council as early as November 2014! Rizzotti considered running for council again, but so far has not pulled papers. Still, he has had an impact on... Read More →

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Meryl Streep speaks out at the 2017 Golden Globes Award ceremony

Twitter Chatter: Meryl Streep takes down Trump at 2017 Golden Globes

Three time Oscar-winning actress, Meryl Streep, stole the show at the 2017 Golden Globes Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills last night. The live broadcast had some notable moments from host Jimmy Fallon’s jokes and banter, to the diversity of the nominees and winners. However, it was Streep’s passionate speech about the low standards and divisive politics of President-Elect, Donald Trump,which really got people talking. Streep’s comments came during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, given out by the Hollywood Foreign... Read More →

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