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Photo courtesy Anne O'Neal producer/director of "Sing Your Own Song: an Opera Love Story"

Burbank filmmaker’s documentary set for premiere in North Hollywood

Long time Burbank resident and filmmaker, Anne O’Neal, has a lot to smile about and be proud of  these days. O’Neal’s first documentary is making the rounds at the film festivals. “Sing Your Own Song: an Opera Love Story” was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival 2014 last summer  and  has been selected to appear at the 14th Annual Valley Film Festival next month. “Sing Your Own Song: an Opera Love Story” focuses on a local group of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Dog Haus opens with long lines for free hot dogs at 3817 West Olive Avenue Burbank November 22, 2014

Dog Haus opens in Burbank with free hot dogs!

There’s a new fast food joint in Burbank. It opened last Saturday with long lines and free hot dogs all day long! It’s another one of those new trendy fast-casual eateries with a lot of healthy ingredients and variety of choices.  The Dog Haus  offers up “gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and one-of-a-kind creations,” according to a news release. In 2010, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena. There are now three company-owned locations and several franchises. The company touts its 100% all-beef skinless Haus Dogs, Haus Sausages, and 100% natural... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Chris Rizzotti political sign at Handy Market 2514 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank November 22, 2014

Election Buzz: Campaign signs, Gabel-Luddy, and new school board candidate

While the debate rages, residents and businesses are continuing to show support for city council candidate, Chris Rizzotti, by publicly displaying  his yard signs. The Rizzotti camp has been criticized for offering its political signs now rather than waiting until the holiday season nears an end.  Recently, I spoke with some of the other candidates in 2015 races and none was willing to buck tradition and offer yard signs before the first of the year. In a letter in the Burbank Leader, outspoken resident Molly... Read More →

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Burbank Leader political cartoon November 15, 2014

City Buzz: Mayor Gordon reacts to Burbank Leader cartoon

A Burbank Leader political cartoon in last weekend’s November 15 edition has sparked some chatter around B-town. The cartoon focused on Burbank Mayor, Dr. David Gordon’s optometry business at 851 North Hollywood Way and the city council’s recent vote to keep in place the plan  to drop outside watering restrictions from three days to one day a week. This plan is part of an ordinance passed by the city council to deal with the severe drought problems. At the November 4 city council meeting, some residents criticized the so-called Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Chris Rizzotti for City Council sign in a yard in the 1600 block of West Clark Avenue Burbank November 12, 2014

Election Buzz: Political yard signs popping up in Burbank

Realtor Chris Rizzotti was the first  to jump into the 2015 race for Burbank City Council, so it’s really no surprises that his yard signs are already popping up around town. Usually we do not start seeing campaign signs for the Burbank Municipal Elections until closer to the first of the year. Whether you like it or not, Rizzotti is breaking out of the normal pattern for city election candidates. A resident sent a letter to the Burbank Leader trashing the Rizzotti camp for wrecking... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Arco station at Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank selling regular for $2.99 a gallon November 13, 2014

Gasoline selling for less than $3 a gallon in Burbank

Gasoline prices just keep on dropping. The Arco station at Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank  is selling self-serve regular for $2.99 a gallon! Three weeks ago the same station, known to have some of the cheapest prices in B-town,  had regular priced at $3.29 a gallon. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen gas prices dip below $3 a gallon in Burbank. Today the national average for a gallon of regular is $2.917, according to Triple-A.  The agency is reporting the average... Read More →

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Jesse Tangkhpanya candidate for Burbank School Board

Another Burbank School Board candidate kicks off campaign

Labor relations representative, Jesse Tangkhpanya, is not well known around Burbank, but he’s taking action to try to quickly change that. Media City Groove was the first to report that Tangkhpanya pulled nomination papers last week for the Burbank School Board. Three seats on that board will be on the February 24, 2015 Burbank Primary Election mail-in ballot. Tangkhpanya sent out a letter  to the local media announcing his candidacy earlier this week. Tangkhpanya, who has lived in Burbank only since early 2012, doesn’t have the... Read More →

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President Obama calls on the FCC to keep Internet “free and open”

Today President Barak Obama joined millions of users in support of keeping the Internet “free and open.” President Obama called on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to protect the principles of  net neutrality and not let Internet providers “…block or limit your access to a website” or allow cable companies to “decide which online stores you can shop at or which streaming service you can use.” Also, Obama says the agency “… can’t allow any company to pay for priority over its competitors.” The president... Read More →

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UPDATED: Election Buzz: Candidates are off and running in 2015 Burbank campaigns

While some candidates are still in the exploratory stage, several others are already sprinting in the race for two seats on the Burbank City Council and three seats on the Burbank School Board. Veteran journalist, Will Rogers, claims he and his team have already knocked on around 5,000 doors. In a blog post on his website, Rogers says the goal is to “… get to all of the estimated 34,000 households in the city by the end of January.” Last Tuesday, Election... Read More →

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FLLewis / Media City G -- The Home Depot at 1200 Flower St, Burbank September 9, 2014

Millions of email addresses stolen in Home Depot hack

More bad news for Home Depot shoppers. The world’s largest home improvement retailer announced last summer its payment data systems in the U.S. and Canada were  hacked  between April and September of 2014. In that cyber attack, thieves reportedly got away with the payment information for around  “56 million credit cards.”  Last, Thursday in an update on its investigation, the company disclosed the hackers stole “approximately 53 million” email addresses in the security breach, according to a news release. Home Depot claims the hackers got only a limited... Read More →

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Baskin-Robbins honors U.S. military with special ice cream flavor

Those scoop happy folks at Baskin-Robbins are celebrating the U.S. military community all month-long with their November flavor of the month, First Class Camouflage, according to a news release. This new flavor is a combination of chocolate, salty caramel, and cake-flavored ice creams. You can order the new flavored scoops the usual way in a cup or on a cone, or you can go for a camouflage waffle cone or waffle bowl, which are decorated green, brown, and tan. If you want to... Read More →

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$326 million jackpot won in New York — CA ticket scores $597,933

Someone who bought a ticket in New York is the latest Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner. The winning ticket was a quick pick. It had all of the lucky numbers in the election night  draw: 9, 15, 24, 39, 41, and the Mega Ball 1. The jackpot was a hefty $321 million, but lottery fever pushed it up to $326 million. It’s one of the largest jackpots ever in that game. The game was not a total bust for California. A ticket... Read More →

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Today is Election Day — go vote

Today is Election Day all across the country. The November 4 General Election in California includes votes for governor and a number of propositions. Several  county measures and local offices are on our Southland ballot as well. Voters can find their polling place by texting the word “VOTE” to 69520. Also, you can find your polling location and answers to some basic election questions by going to lavote.net . Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Let your voice be heard. Vote. It’s... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $321 million– two CA tickets win $604, 409

Money, money, money!  The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is stuffed with, you guessed it, millions of dollars! No one ticket had all of the winning numbers in Last Friday’s draw. Those very hot digits: 11, 29, 36, 58, 67, and the Mega Ball 15. The jackpot rolled over to $321 million — the 8th largest Mega Millions jackpot ever! It wasn’t all bad news in the Halloween draw. There were several tickets with five of the winning numbers — two  sold in the Golden... Read More →

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Time to fall back and change those clocks

If you remembered to set your analog clocks back before going to bed, you probably got an extra hour of sleep last night. If not, you should make the change now — or be an hour ahead of everyone else. Those smart phones and watches automatically update.  Daylight saving time has officially ended for most of us in the U.S., except Hawaii and Arizona.who never made the switch. They stayed on standard time. By the way, Sunrise and sunset are going to come earlier... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Ralph Persinger Magnolia Park merchant August 8, 2014

Guest Blogger: Magnolia Park merchant speaks out

My wife and I own BURBANK ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES at 3423 West Magnolia Boulevard on “Antique Row.” Our store specializes in mid-century and baby boomer collectibles. We’re not a thrift store or junk shop! Our merchandise is highly collectible. Many of our customers say our store brings back happy childhood memories. It would not be the same if “Antique Row” is replaced with new trendy electronics and new fashion accessory stores! There are already enough vintage clothing, Halloween stores, new retail outlets, coffee shops & restaurants in our business section of... Read More →

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Cold and gloomy weather sets the scene for a spooky Halloween

Dark clouds in the sky and the temperature is dropping. It’s going to be a cold and possibly rainy Halloween night in Burbank and most of the Southland. At noon, the temp was only in the upper 60s in B-town. It could get down into the 50s tonight. Hoepfully, most of the rain will not roll in until the little trick-or-treaters are back home safe. Be careful out there. And have a spooky good time!

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A blow-up Frankenstein monster guards the parking lot of Martino's Bakery in Burbank October 30, 2014

Martino’s Bakery in Burbank plays host to two creepy characters

In the spirit of Halloween, Martino’s Bakery, 335 North Victory Boulevard in Burbank, is playing host to a couple of creepy characters. The bakery has a new parking lot greeter, a giant blow-up Frankenstein monster with a bright green face. Inside, sitting at a choice table by the window, a giant skeleton takes a break from his scary Halloween chores. A couple of staffers told me the skeleton is a big hit with customers. Some take his picture. The really brave ones, sit down for a chat. I hear the... Read More →

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