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President Obama visiting Burbank today

Lookout for traffic jams, delays, and changes in the Media City. President Barack Obama is coming to B-town today for an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at Warner Bros. Studios. The Burbank Police sent out a traffic advisory this morning and recommends you avoid the following areas: There will be hard closures at intersections in both directions on Hollywood Way from San Fernando Boulevard to Olive Avenue from 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. and from 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. There will be a complete closure with no... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Now closed Marinello beauty school 200 North San Fernando Blvd. Burbank February 5, 2016

Meetings today at closed Marinello beauty school in Burbank

Thousands of students were left hanging when Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shut down last week. The Burbank location at 200 North San Fernando Boulevard closed its doors on Thursday, February 4. Marinello, which celebrated its 110th year anniversary in 2015, defended its decision in an open letter to the students posted on its website: “We want you to know that we did everything in our power to avoid this unfortunate conclusion and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G-- The line at Burbank Porto's Bakery and Cafe before 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shout out to Porto’s in Burbank

Shout out to Burbank’s Porto’s for topping one of the most prestigious lists around. The wonderfully tasty desserts and other food items on the menu got Porto’s ranked number one on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2016. These “businesses that rank so highly in the Yelp community’s opinion that they have earned the status of must try within this lifetime, ” according to the Yelp blog. A well deserved honor... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Former location of Fresh & Easy market 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank January 4, 2016

Campaign underway for a new Trader Joe’s in Burbank

A campaign is underway to open a new Trader Joe’s market in Burbank. It has gained traction in the neighborhood around the failed Fresh & Easy market at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue. For several weeks, there has been a call to action, for a new Trader Joe’s, posted on the front of that building. The notice is shown below. No doubt there are many fans of Trader Joe’s specialty items, extensive selection of prepared salads, assortment of frozen foods along with fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers. Another plus... Read More →

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Two suspects arrested in Burbank gang-related shooting

Two suspects arrested last Friday are set to appear in court this week in connection with a Burbank gang-related shooting. The suspects are identified as Erik Manooki,  a 19 year-old alleged gang member from Sunland, and 22 year-old Candice Richardson of Burbank.”It is believed Manooki is the shooter in this case and Richardson instigated the crime as retribution related to a prior gang related incident,” according to Burbank Police Sergeant Claudio Losacco. The shooting occurred last Thursday at around 6 p.m., at Lundigan Park, 2701 Thornton Avenue. A 21... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- "Ladies & Gents Night Out" in Burbank's Magnolia Park January 29, 2016

“Ladies & Gents Night Out” returns to Magnolia Park

A rather subdued “Ladies & Gents Night Out” returned to Magnolia Park in Burbank last Friday night after taking a break around the holidays. Several of the retailers who normally participate did not open their doors for the event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. Pinup Girl Boutique passed this time, but had a sign in the storefront saying it would return in February.  Also, it was hard not to notice the smaller crowds, fewer food trucks, and only a handful of musicians and vendors on the sidewalks. The weather, unseasonably... Read More →

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Sunny with cool and windy conditions in Burbank

After the weekend stormy weather, sunshine, cool temperatures and very windy conditions in Burbank. Today, the high reached only into the 50s. However, the winds are the news. Roaring through the Media City, the winds have downed trees, dumped tons of leaves and broken branches into yards and streets.These are cold winds that nip at your face. They’re blowing 20-to-30 mph with some gusts over 40 mph, according to some weather watchers. It will continue to be windy tonight with lows in 30s. Not much change... Read More →

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Burbank assault suspect due in court Monday

A Burbank assault suspect is due in court tomorrow in connection with an alleged kidnapping and officer involved shooting. It began last Thursday morning shortly after 4 a.m. Burbank Police responded to a call at West Victory Boulevard and Buena Vista Street where a 36 year-old woman claimed she had been kidnapped. ” She gave a very specific description of the suspect vehicle.  A short time later a pickup truck matching the suspect vehicle description was seen traveling west on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A line of bargain shoppers at Unique Vintage 2013 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank January 23, 2016

Hundreds turn out for sale in Burbank’s Magnolia Park

Bargain hunters were out bright and early in Burbank’s trendy Magnolia Park today. Around two hundred eager shoppers were lined up at Unique Vintage at 2013 West Magnolia Boulevard for its semi-annual “Pin up picnic sale,” where some items were up to 90 percent off! Doors did not open until 10 a.m. The first to arrive at 6 a.m : Gigi Alvarez of Pacoima, Samantha Alonzo Burbank, Nicole Lucero Whittier, Janessa Espinoza Buena Park and Ibeth Sanchez La Puente. They heard about the sale... Read More →

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Ron Davis Interim City Manager -- photo courtesy City of Burbank

BWP’s Ron Davis new interim Burbank City Manager

Burbank Water and Power General Manager, Ron Davis, will soon be on top as the city employee with the biggest salary and the most power.  One-foot-out-the-door City Manager, Mark Scott, the previous holder of both titles, officially moves on to San Bernardino in early February.  Yesterday a city news release announced the selection of Davis as the new interim city manager. “Ron Davis has a proven track record of success here in Burbank,” said Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos in the release. “Council was unanimous in our decision to select... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Crowds packed the sidewalks on "Ladies & Gents Night Out" on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank July 31, 2015

New rules for Burbank’s “Ladies & Gents Night Out”

The popular “Ladies & Gents Night Out” event in Burbank’s Magnolia Park is returning this month, but with some major changes. Earlier this week, the Magnolia Park Merchants Association sent out an email to shop owners and businesses in the affected area, announcing new rules, which are the result of a series of meetings between members of the association and Burbank officials.  Here are the two main changes as explained in... Read More →

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Record $1.6 billion Powerball nets California winners

Several California players woke up this morning as  major Powerball winners. The biggest winner is the holder of a ticket sold at the 7-Eleven, 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, in Chino Hills, which hit the jackpot with all of the correct numbers in yesterday’s draw. Those rich digits: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the red Powerball 10. Two other tickets, one in Florida and the another in Tennessee, matched all of those numbers as well. They’ll share the record-breaking Read More →

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Powerball leaps the one billion dollar mark

Millions of dreamers threw down tons of money for Powerball tickets, but none came up with the winning numbers in yesterday’s draw. Those multi-million dollar digits: 16, 19, 32, 34, 57, and the red Powerball 13. Saturday’s jackpot, nearly 950 million, rolled over and leaped the jaw-dropping one billion mark. Right now, the jackpot stands at $1.3 billion and yes, it will most likely go higher as the ticket buying frenzy gets underway for the next draw. The jackpot is still up for grabs, but some California players... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Powerball jackpot hits $900 million on January 9, 2016

Powerball jackpot surges to at least $900 million

  As Powerball fever sweeps the nation, the jackpot for that lottery game has surged to $900 million. It could near one billion dollars by the time of tonight’s draw at 7 :59 p.m. That’s the riches lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The chances of winning the big prize is one in 293 million. The odds of winning some kind of prize is one in 25. So there are winners. Last Wednesday, no one scored the jackpot, but a lucky player did match five of the winning numbers. Those numbers... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- Two workmen, without umbrellas, dashed through the intersection of West Olive Avenue and South Victory in Burbank January 5, 2016

Burbank pounded by winter storm Tuesday, more rain coming

Burbank and the rest of the Southland got pounded by a major storm yesterday and a second is expected to hammer us hard today. Meanwhile, more storms are lining up to roll through our area. Weather watchers say this is the first series of El Niño storms to hit Southern California this winter. We’ve been hoping for rain — now we’re getting it in a big way! Periods of rain predicted throughout the day, with thunderstorms and some heavy downpours at time. The Media City could get as much as... Read More →

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Powerball ticket worth $424,000 sold in Burbank

No one scored Saturday’s big Powerball jackpot worth at least $344 million, however, some lucky player who bought a ticket for yesterday’s draw in Burbank did win a ton of money. The winning numbers: 5, 6, 15, 29, 42 and the Powerball 10. A ticket with all the numbers except the Powerball was purchased at 7-Eleven 1611 West Olive Avenue in the Media City. That ticket will payout $424, 422 — a great kick off to the new year for someone. Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot ballooned to at... Read More →

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Natalie Cole: 1950 – 2015

The entertainment industry and music fans are remembering Natalie Cole. The multi-Grammy winner passed away New Year’s Eve at a Los Angeles hospital reportedly of congestive heart failure.  The daughter of legendary jazz entertainer, Nate King Cole, had an unforgettable voice of her own. Also, she inspired many with her grace and style even while dealing with personal struggles, including drug addiction, and family tragedies. Here’s more from USA Today.  

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Burbank Police investigating gang-related shooting

Burbank Police are investigating what they’re calling a gang-related shooting, which sent an 18 year-old male to the hospital. The victim was hit by gunfire on New Year’s Eve. It happened in the 200 block of West Verdugo Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. In a news release, Burbank PD spokesman, Sergeant Claudio Losacco said “Preliminary information is that a black sedan, occupied by two Hispanic males drove by, yelling gang related obscenities and shot at the victim and his friend.” The unidentified victim was rushed to the hospital... Read More →

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Bill Cosby to face sexual assault charges in court

One of at least 50 women who have accused veteran comedian Bill Cosby of a series of offenses, from drugging to rape, will get her day in court. Yesterday, Cosby was arraigned in a Pennsylvania court and now faces several charges in connection with a 2004 case. Cosby is free on a million dollar bail. This is the first time the entertainer is facing criminal charges.  CNN reports the prosecutor’s office in Montgomery County declined to go forward with the case in 2005, but claims it now has... Read More →

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