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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Cousins Main Lobster truck most popular at Ladies & Gents Night Out in Burbank July 31, 2015

Magnolia Park: Food trucks, stores closing and opening

No doubt the food trucks are a big draw on Ladies & Gents Night Out (yes, the name has been changed) the last Friday of each month in Burbank’s Magnolia Park. Last night more than 30 trucks lined Magnolia Boulevard between Hollywood Way and North Catalina Street, and spilled onto some side streets and Hollywood way as well. The most  popular by far was the Cousins Main Lobster truck featuring some... Read More →

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Downtown Burbank Car Classic poster clip art 2015

Downtown Burbank Car Classic preview party tonite

The 4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic is getting read to roll out tomorrow, August first, between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will be celebrity cars, custom vehicles, pre-1974 cars, exotics, and hot rods spanning several blocks on San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue. Along with the incredible rides, there will be chalk artists, automobile vendors, and music as well. It’s free and open to the public. Entertainment highlights include KCRW DJ Gary Calamar will be holding down the main stage between 4 p.m. to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Owner, Larry Ross cuts the ribbon at grand opening of Blast from the Past, while co-owner/wife Kathy Ross and store customers watch Saturday July 25, 2015

Blast From the Past store reopens in Burbank

A Magnolia Park favorite, Blast From the Past, is back in business. After spending 8 months renovating the old Wilson’s Leather building at 3117 West Magnolia Boulevard,  the owners, Larry and Kathy Ross, held a grand re-opening last Saturday, July 25.  Blast From the Past spent 9 years at its old location, 931 North Hollywood Way, before making the big move. A small crowd of dedicated fans gathered at the door for the reopening ceremony. Once it was done, customers rushed inside to do some shopping. Blast From the Past,... Read More →

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“Summer Music Soiree” event in Burbank

A group of talented young musicians are putting on a special event for the community tomorrow night. “Summer Music Soiree” features classical music performed by Burroughs High School sophomore, Maya Paredes and freshman, Ella Jennings, Jordan Middle schooler, Eyen Paredes, and a few of their friends. The concert is free, but organizers are hoping to raise funds to benefit music education in Burbank via the nonprofit group Education Through Music – LA, with a raffle and suggested donation. The concert will be at  the First Presbyterian Church at 521 East Olive... Read More →

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Updated: Reality TV show producer gunned down in Pasadena

Updated: 11:50 p.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s  Department is reporting a suspect in the shooting death of TV producer Joe McMahon has been located. The unidentified suspect was discovered in his vehicle, dead from an apparent “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” at around 4 p.m. in the West Los Angeles area, according to a news release. The suspect is believed to be in his early twenties. No further details at this point.   Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a reality TV producer, gunned down... Read More →

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AT&T apologizes to Burbank customers for phone issue

AT&T has apologized to Burbank customers for a phone issue last week, which prompted an unusual advisory from the Burbank Police Department last Thursday: “AT&T has notified BPD that callers to 911 from 847 and 565 phone number prefixes may not reach police or fire due to damaged underground phone lines. In Burbank, call 818 238 3000 for police and 818 956-4800 for paramedic/fire services. Please contact AT&T directly with questions about the cause and duration of this issue.” The problem apparently... Read More →

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Burbank a Special Olympics 2015 Host Town

Burbank is rolling out the welcome mat this week for the members of the Zimbabwe and Botswana teams participating in the Special Olympics World Games 2015. The Media City is “…one of nearly one hundred communities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo that has volunteered to serve as a Host Town,” according to a news release. As part of being a Host Town,  the Burbank community will help the athletes connect with the Southland through a series of  private events from... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- Stormy weather in Burbank forced motorists n West Alameda Avenue to turn on headlights and windshield wipers July 18, 2015

Sun, clouds, and threat of more thunderstorms today

Burbank got hit with stormy weather yesterday and more could be on the way today. The rain is a welcome splash for the Southland drought courtesy of remnants from former Hurricane Dolores. Weather watchers say moisture from that system is responsible for the thunderstorms and humid conditions. On Saturday the dark clouds opened up several times and dumped rain on the Media City. Also, we got a sound and light show with thunder and lightning. Some bright sunshine this morning, but the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- SpringHill Suites by Marriott at 549 South San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank ready for grand opening Saturday July 11, 2015

New hotel in Burbank sold

The new SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Burbank has been sold for $60 million. R.D. Olson Development broke ground on the 102,075-square-foot hotel with a budget of $44 million at 549 South San Fernando Boulevard in January of 2014. It officially opened last Monday. The hotel features 170 rooms with free Internet connections, kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-fridges, coffee service, outdoor patio with fire pit, pool and spa, a fitness center, and a bar area, which honors Hollywood icons in a tribute to the nearby Burbank studios. Apple Hospitality REIT Inc.of... Read More →

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Photo of Burbank resident Gerri Dickinson courtesy KTLA

Suspects in violent home invasion robbery due in court today

Two suspects are due to appear in court today in connection with a violent home invasion robbery and attack on an elderly Burbank resident. Twenty-seven year-old Lonnie Garcia was arrested in Pasadena last Wednesday, July 15, “for the home invasion robbery and attempt murder”  of 89 year-old Gerri Dickinson, according to a Burbank news release. Sergeant Claudio Losacco says Garcia “was recently released from prison.” He’s being held without bail. Dickinson, a slight but feisty senior, suffered broken bones and bruises during the altercation with the robber around 8:30 p.m. on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Water and Power 164 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank

City Buzz: Burbank Water and Power letter snafu

Burbank Water and Power is under fire for a warning letter it sent out to thousands of users — a letter threatening further action including fines if water wasting habits are not corrected.  Mayor Bob Frutos and Vice-Mayor Jess Talamantes are among the recipients. However in a major screw-up, some residents who are complying with the city ordinance to save water got that letter, too. Many have bombarded BWP and city officials with emails and phone calls. “The number of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Brown lawn on North Brighton Street in Burbank June 3, 2015

New state law prohibits fines for brown lawns

An ugly brown lawn may be an eyesore to some, but it’s not a finable offense in the state of California. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1, which protects those brown or golden lawns for now. The legislation “… prohibit a city, county, or city and county from imposing a fine under any ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or having a brown lawn during... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council held special meeting on Monday July 6, 2015

New terminal for Burbank airport hot topic this week

The hot button issue of a replacement terminal for the Bob Hope Airport will be discussed at two city council meetings this week.  Tomorrow at the regular scheduled city council meeting, members will have what Mayor Bob Frutos calls an “open-minded” discussion of the city’s proposal. On Wednesday, July 15, there will be the special joint meeting of the city council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority at the Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street. Last Monday, the city council held a special meeting to discuss the agenda and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- SpringHill Suites 549 South San Fernando Boulevard Burbank July 11, 2015

New hotel set to open in Burbank tomorrow

A new hotel is set to open in Burbank tomorrow. The SpringHill Suites, managed by Marriott, has been under construction for more than a year. Yesterday, work crews were out putting the final touches on the 170 suite boutique-style hotel. The suites are “larger than typical hotel rooms” and according to a news release there  are plenty of special amenities: “Every aspect, from furniture and lighting to colors and fabrics, has been carefully selected to offer calm and refreshing spaces.... Read More →

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Photo of Burbank resident Gerri Dickinson courtesy KTLA

Burbank home invasion robbery victim fights back

Gerri Dickinson is one feisty and brave senior citizen. Dickinson, 89, is recovering today from injuries suffered in a brutal battle with a home invasion robber. The criminal forced his way into her Burbank home in the 1000 block of Cornell Drive last Friday night at around 8:30 p.m. Dickinson says the robber told her, “I came to get your stuff.” The robber probably expected the elderly resident to cower in the corner — but that didn’t happen. Instead, Dickinson fought with the robber who eventually fled the scene. The... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sevan Mini Market 1516 North San Fernando Boulevard boarded up after robbery and fire in Burbank July 10, 2015

Burbank market shut down by robbery and fire

The Sevan Mini Market on North San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank is boarded up today after a robbery and fire last night. As reported on Media City Groove, the market was robbed by several suspects at around 9 p.m., at least one of them was armed. Then, a fire broke out. The fire was knocked down quickly by Burbank firefighters, but there was some damage, thought, officials would not give out an estimate. Several businesses on the second level of the structure were running fans today in an... Read More →

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SC Confederate flag comes down

  The Confederate battle flag was lowered from a pole on the South Carolina statehouse grounds and taken away to a military museum by an honor guard of state troopers this morning. A crowd cheered and applauded as the pro-slavery banner came down. The flag was removed after 54 years and heated emotional debate about what is an emblem of Southern pride for some — a symbol of hatred and racism for others. It took the massacre of nine African... Read More →

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Armed robbery and fire at Burbank market under investigation

An armed robbery and fire at the Sevan Mini Market is under investigation today by both the Burbank Police and Fire Departments. The market at 1516 North San Fernando Boulevard was on fire when police officers arrived on the scene last night at around 8:50 p.m. “The officers made contact with the victim, who reported he’d been robbed by at least three suspects, with one or more being armed with a firearm,” said Sergeant Claudio Losacco in a news release. The victim, who has not been identified, reportedly suffered minor... Read More →

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Updated: Confederate flag to be removed from SC capitol grounds

  UPDATED: July 10, 2015 — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill removing the Confederate flag from the capitol, yesterday afternoon. The flag is set to be taken down this morning at 10 a.m.  CNN After 13 hours of debate and numerous amendments by supporters to keep the Confederate battle flag flying,  the South Carolina House voted overwhelmingly today to pass a bill  to take down that relic of the Confederacy. The vote was 94- 20.One of the most... Read More →

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Mike Albanese photo from BPD website

Burbank PD has a new deputy chief

More changes in the Burbank Police Department. The word is Captain Mike Albanese has been promoted to deputy chief. The position opened up last month, after Tom Angel took the job of chief of staff at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Albanese has been a key member of Chief Scott Lachasse’s leadership group since his arrival at the BPD in 2010. Among his duties, head of the patrol division and the department’s mental health evaluation team. Before... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Mayor Bob Frutos at a special city council meeting Monday July 6, 2015

Plan to rebrand Bob Hope Airport stalls

A plan to rebrand Bob Hope Airport as Los Angeles Burbank Airport has stalled and will not move forward to the full airport authority commission for consideration at this time. In fact, the Operations and Development committee kicked the plan back to the airport authority staff and the consultant firm, Anyone Collective, to do more research and seek input from more of the stakeholders. At that committee meeting yesterday, Burbank Mayor, Bob Frutos, says it came out  that most of the interviews for the research done by the... Read More →

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