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Students offered free tickets to see Oscar-nominated “Selma”

A movement offering more than 300, 000 free tickets to the Oscar-nominated film, “Selma,” is sweeping the country.  The first of its kind program started in New York City with some African American business leaders creating a fund to send 27,000 students to see the critically acclaimed drama. The demand was so great that the fund grew to support 75,000 students.Then, the fund seriously ballooned as the movement spread to cities like Boston, Washington, D.C., Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and now the Los Angeles-Long Beach... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Contenders waiting for the start of the city council candidates' forum at Burbank City Hall January 20, 2015

Burbank candidates face off over the hot issue of development

Development is the hot political issue in Burbank these days. It came up during the city council forum last Tuesday and most likely will be debated at the next council candidates’ forum at Woodbury University tomorrow. Citizen gripes about overdevelopment have been percolating in the Media City for some time, but the debacle with the Whole Foods/Talaria project last October got tempers fired up and tongues a wagging. We’re heading into the thick of the 2015 campaign season with the ballots for the Burbank primary... Read More →

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The Burbank Channel wins three Golden Mike awards

The City of Burbank ‘s television channel is celebrating winning three Golden Mike awards in Division “B,” stations with 49 or fewer staff members.  It happened  at the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California’s (RTNA) 65th annual awards ceremony in Universal City last Saturday. Burbank On Demand, the city’s magazine style show was selected as Best News Public Affairs Program for 2014. The show debuted in April of 2013 and “… features City of Burbank services and unique stories regarding people and places in the Media Capital of the World,” according... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- U.S. Postal Service truck in the Burbank Rancho area October 2012

Election News: Burbank ballots, get out the vote campaign with Erik Estrada

Burbank voters will soon be getting their 2015 mail in ballot packages through the U. S. mail. Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, told me today “approximately 61,000″ mail in ballot packages will be sent to the U.S. Post Office on Wednesday, January 28. Burbank residents will be able to register to vote in the primary until February 9. The City Clerk’s Office will send the final group of mail in ballot packages to the post office after that date. The Burbank Primary is February 24, 2015. Also, actor, Erik... Read More →

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Burbank 2015 school board candidate statements on YouTube

Less than a month to go until the Burbank Primary on February 24, 2015. On the mail in ballot, 6 candidates vying for three seats on the school board. Their candidate statements are on YouTube and here on Media City Groove in this post.  (7 city council candidate statements are here) Dr. Armond Aghakhanian Steve Ferguson Vahe  Hovanessian Roberta Reynolds Greg Sousa Jesse “Tangk” Tangkhpanya

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Burbank 2015 city council candidate statements on YouTube

The 7 candidates running for two seats on the Burbank City Council have statements on YouTube and  you can view them here on  Media City Groove in this post. The Burbank Primary is February 24, 2015. This is a mail in ballot election.   Juan Guillen Emily Gabel-Luddy David Nos Elise Stearns-Niesen Chris Rizzotti Will Rogers Sharon Springer

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Laker guard Kobe Bryant to have surgery

The Los Angeles Lakers today announced what many had expected. Kobe Bryant will have shoulder surgery. Some reports are saying this means Bryant is done for the season. Age maybe catching up with the 36 year-old veteran player who has missed a lot of games over the past three seasons due to injuries. Already there is chatter suggesting it’s time for Bryant to hang-up his basketball sneakers and take that walk into retirement. The Laker organization says it will announce details on Bryant’s recovery after... Read More →

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In The News: January 26, 2015

A drone crashed on the White House grounds this morning. The Secret Service investigating. CNN The measles outbreak from that Disneyland connection continues to grow. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has confirmed 10 cases of measles in the county, but none is linked to the Disney outbreak. One case is in Pasadena. County officials urging everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated for the disease to do so.  CBS News  L.A. County Public Health A big weekend for... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Former mayor/Council member Emily Gabel-Luddy at the city council reorganization meeting May 1, 2014

Emily Gabel-Luddy is seeking a second term on Burbank City Council

Burbank City Council member, Emily Gabel-Luddy, is seeking a second term. Gabel-Luddy is basing her campaign on her lengthy experience in city government and views for the future of Burbank. Here are Gabel-Luddy’s responses to the questions I emailed to all city council candidates.   1. Why are you the best candidate for a seat on the Burbank City Council? I believe my credentials, which combine thirty years of experience as a professional city planner, ten years on the Burbank Planning commission, three and a half years on the city... Read More →

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Around the Southland: Miley Cyrus puts Toluca Lake mansion up for sale

Pop singer, Miley Cyrus, is moving on from the family compound in Toluca Lake. Cyrus reportedly put the huge spread on the market for $5.99 million – just a little more than what the family paid for it back in May of 2007, according to the Trulia real estate blog. If you’ve got the bread to throw down for this property — you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Nestled on a 26,939-square-foot lot surrounded by palm trees and tight security, the Tuscany-style... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Strong winds whipped around the flag out front of the American Legion Post No.150 at 940 West Olive Avenue Burbank January 24, 2015

Strong winds and warm temps in Burbank, Southland this weekend

Very strong winds whipped and howled through Burbank this morning. Winds died down to light breezes shortly after 9 a.m., but a wind advisory for the Media City and many other parts of the Southland remains in effect through 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Wind with gusts from 35 to 55 mph are expected in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, including coastal and valley areas. There could be even more powerful winds in the canyons, below the passes, and in the mountains. In B-town, the winds ripped down palm fronds, tree... Read More →

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Elise Stearns-Niesen has her eye on a Burbank City Council seat

After several years as a Burbank Police Commissioner, Elise Stearns-Niesen is ready to make the move to the city council. Stearns-Niesen believes her leadership experience and ability to relate to the average resident makes her the best candidate for one of two open seats on the council.  Here are her responses to the questions I emailed all of the 2015 city council candidates. 1. Why are you the best candidate for a seat on the Burbank City Council? I love Burbank and I represent the average Burbank resident ‘s point of... Read More →

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In The News: January 23, 2015

Vice-President Joe Biden continues his visit in the Southland today. Yesterday, the Veepee snarled traffic in Burbank with a late afternoon visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the Warner Bros. Studios. Today more headaches for Southland motorist as Biden heads out to West Los Angeles College in Ladera Heights. Biden is expected to have a sit down discussion with students and administrators about helping more Americans go to college — specifically President Obama’s proposed community college program. CBSLA Some serious restructuring at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- School board candidates wait for forum to begin in city council chambers at Burbank City Hall January 20, 2015

2015 Burbank candidates’ forums are on YouTube

The 2015 Burbank candidates’ forums are now up on YouTube. Also, you can watch it here in this post or, for the next several weeks, in the recommended videos on Media City Groove. The forums for city council and school board candidates were hosted last Tuesday night in the city council chambers of Burbank City Hall by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank. There are 7 candidates vying for two seats on the Burbank City Council. There are three open seats on the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Contenders waiting for the start of the city council candidates' forum at Burbank City Hall January 20, 2015

Photo Gallery: Candidates’ forums at Burbank City Hall

The candidates for city council and school board participated in two forums last Tuesday, January 20, in the city council chambers at Burbank City Hall. The forums were hosted by the League of Women Voters of Glendale and Burbank and provided a good opportunity for the candidates to be seen and heard. Here are some Media City Groove photos. More on the forums coming.

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Reminder: Candidates’ forums in Burbank tonight

The 2015 candidates’ forums get underway in the Burbank City Council chambers tonight. The forums are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank. The forums will be carried live on the Burbank Channel and taped for replay later. Details here The city council candidates’ forum kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. Two seats on the council will appear on the February 24, 2015 Burbank Primary ballot. The candidates are Incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Juan GuillenRead More →

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In The News: January 20, 2015

Terrorists threaten to kill two Japanese hostages unless they get $200 million ransom!  CNN “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama, took aim at the box office over the long MLK holiday weekend and made history. It grabbed the number one spot and the crown for the most successful winter film opening ever. Oh, and the film is a top Oscar contender with a slew of nominations. CNN Forbes Variety Lay-offs coming  to DreamWorks Animation reportedly due to... Read More →

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Election Buzz: Latest on candidates’ forums, meet and greets, and endorsements

Good news for voters and folks who want to be in the know. You can now watch the upcoming Burbank candidates forums live from the comfort of your own living room or wherever you do your TV watching. The forums for city council and school board candidates are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/ Burbank. Earlier, league president, Thomas Carson, told the public, in a letter to the Leader and Media City Groove, the forums would be... Read More →

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Top fitness expert killed by Metrolink train in Burbank

Burbank Police are investigating a tragic incident involving a Metrolink train. A man was struck and killed by a train north of the Magnolia Boulevard overpass not far from the downtown station in Burbank shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday. The Burbank Police Department has confirmed the identity of the man who was killed in that train versus pedestrian collision as George Gregory Plitt Jr., a top fitness expert and model.  On his Facebook page, the 37 year-old trainer and sometime actor, claims to be America’s No. 1... Read More →

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Greg Sousa wants to be an independent voice on the Burbank School Board

Greg Sousa, a Burbank parent, is one of six candidates competing for three open seats on the Burbank School Board. Sousa, a veteran and graduate student in law, wants to be the independent voice for parents on the board. Here are his answers to the questions I sent out to school board candidates in the 2015 city elections.   1. What are the biggest problems facing the Burbank school district? And what solutions do you have for those problems? The biggest problem facing the Burbank Unified School District is the... Read More →

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