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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- One hour parking signs are up on the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank October 11, 2014

City Buzz: Letter from irate Magnolia Boulevard merchant

Peace in the 3400 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank has been short-lived. What boiled over last summer as a dispute among the merchants there over parking and The Romancing the Bean restaurant has blown up again. Over the weekend, Ralph Persinger, who owns Burbank Antiques and Collectibles with his wife Kim, sent Media city Groove a letter about the problems on that troubled block. Here’s the letter.   After all the battles with parking on the 3400 block of W. Magnolia Blvd. we can... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Young kids dashed onto the field in search of Easter eggs during the Egg-Stravaganza at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank March 30, 2013

Burbank’s spring Egg-Stravaganza coming this weekend

Get ready! The Easter egg hunts and all the other fun elements of Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza are coming soon. The annual event, put on by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, is set for this Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. until noon, at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard. Besides the popular egg hunts, there will be games, inflated maze and bouncer. Oh, and a chance for the kiddies to take a photo with the Easter Bunny! The event  is free. Register at burbankparks.com  

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Job fair at Dodger Stadium today

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting their 20th annual Community Job Fair today at  Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Avenue in Los Angeles. “Last year, more than 8,000 job seekers from throughout Southern California gathered at the stadium to meet potential employers,” according to a news release. Today, “more than a 100 companies” are expected at the stadium including Kaiser Permanente, Fairplex, Lowe’s, and retailer Curacao. Also, this job fair reportedly features training providers and government agencies. The job fair runs from 10... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Burbank City Council candidates Juan Guillen, Will Rogers, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Chris Rizzotti gathered for photos after the forum at the Buena Vista Library March 25, 2015

City council candidates shine at Burbank forum

A strong showing by all four of the Burbank City Council candidates at a forum held last Wednesday, March 25, at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank. Juan Guillen, Will Rogers, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Chris Rizzotti are campaigning hard in a runoff for two seats on the Burbank City Council. The forum was sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. The moderator, Gary Olson, is president of the organization. Olson asked a good series of questions about issues and controversies from the Bob Hope Airport opportunity site to the Talaria project to... Read More →

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

Burbank City Council candidates’ forum tomorrow night

The four city council candidates in the April 14, 2015 Burbank General Municipal will face-off at a forum tomorrow night. The candidates will appear on a panel at the Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank at 7:30 p.m. The contenders are incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Will Rogers, Juan Guillen, and Chris Rizzotti. They are vying for two open seats on the city council. The forum is sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President, Gary Olson, will moderate the forum.  Besides... Read More →

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2015 Burbank General Election endorsements

The ballots for the April 14, 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election have begun arriving in the mailboxes and mail slots of the city’s registered voters.  In the city council race there’s a run-off involving incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Will Rogers, Juan Guillen, and  Chris Rizzotti. Development is still the hot topic as we head into the final weeks of the campaign. Recently, the long simmering controversy surrounding overbuilt homes or McMansions came to a head at City Hall. Residents showed up... Read More →

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Tree planting celebration in Burbank

Trees are as much a part of the great cityscape of Burbank as movie studios and California Bungalows. These natural wonders need to be replenished in order to continue to beautify the landscape. The city is celebrating its tree planting efforts this coming Thursday, March 26, at a Tree City USA ceremony. The event will be multi-faceted  and will recognize B-town’s  Plant-a-Tree Program donors, “Tree City USA” designation, as well as help to usher in Arbor Day next month. This is the 60th anniversary of the Plant-a-Tree Program,  which... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A plume of smoke from a fire in the 300 block of West Spazier Avenue in Burbank March 20, 2015

Fire at Burbank home of actor Justin Baldoni’s mother

A plume of smoke from a fire burning in the 300 block of West Spazier Avenue in Burbank could be seen for miles today. At one point, the column of smoke was so tall and so dark that some spectators thought there might be a brush fire on the rampage. That turned out not to be the case. The fire broke out at around 11: 20 a.m. Burbank Fire Captain Peter Hendrickson told Media City Groove the “… fire completely enveloped the rear detached garage and quickly began to... Read More →

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Veterans job fair in Burbank today

Several employers looking for workers will be on site today at a veterans job fair  in Burbank. The Burbank Workforce Connection office, a co-sponsor of the event, “hopes to connect as many veterans as possible with viable employment opportunities,” according to a news release posted on the city website. The job fair is aimed at military veterans, but is open to the general public. Some of the companies expected to attend include Bank of America, Federal Bureau of Investigation, UCLA, Burbank... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins on Election Night February 24, 2015

Election News: Ballots go in mail and new meet & greet

Ballots for the Burbank General Municipal Election are scheduled to go into the mail today. About 61, 000 ballot packets are being sent out to registered voters in the Media City. Again, the election is mail in ballot only. You have to return the ballot envelope in the mail or drop it off at one of the designated drop-off centers. There will not be voting at the polls for this election. During the ballot processing for last month’s primary, there was a problem with some voter signatures.... Read More →

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day

Go ahead, celebrate the day of the green, but be careful. Burbank Police Department is beefing up patrols. The BPD announced in a recent news release it will be “… deploying two roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick’s Day looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.” Also, regular police officers will be on the alert today for buzzed or drunk drivers. So don’t push your luck .. drive sober.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- State Treasurer John Chiang spoke at Woodbury University in Burbank March 12, 2015

State Treasurer John Chiang delivers pep talk at Woodbury U

State Treasurer, John Chiang, is a cheerleader for education. Chiang delivered a pep talk  last Thursday, March 12,  to an audience of educators, local officials, business students, and future entrepreneurs  at Woodbury University, 7500 North Glenoaks Blvd in Burbank. Chiang explained that as California’s chief banker he’s responsible for managing the state’s cash and investments as well as handling the sale of bonds and notes. You might expect that kind of numbers crunching position to be boring. It’s not to Chiang, who admits he “loves the work”... Read More →

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Election News: Forum, ballot order, and endorsements

A Burbank City Council candidates’ forum is coming up on Wednesday, March 25. Voters will get a chance to hear the four candidates, competing for two seats, discuss the issues and problems facing the city. The candidates who made it out of the primary and are now in a runoff incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Will Rogers, Juan Guillen, and Chris Rizzotti. The forum is sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce and will be held at the Buena Vista Library. Start time 7:30... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council meeting at City Hall (l-r) Emily Gabel-Luddy, vice-mayor Bob Frutos, mayor Dr. David Gordon, Jess Talamantes, and Gary Bric March 10, 2015

Burbank City Council approves moratorium on McMansions

Burbank residents opposed to the “McMansion” trend are breathing a little easier today. Last Tuesday night, the Burbank City Council handed them a major victory by voting unanimously to ask staff to draft an Interim Development Control Ordinance or IDCO,  aimed at temporarily stopping over-sized home projects until loopholes in the building codes can be closed and  new design standards established. The IDCO is retroactive to March 10, 2015. There had been some speculation Gabel-Luddy would vote against the IDCO because of pro-development views, which have dogged her re-election... Read More →

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Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/freelance photog -- Crowds greeted President Obama as he arrived by motorcade in Studio City for a star-studded fundraiser at actor George Clooney

UPDATED: Street closures in Burbank due to visit of President Obama

UPDATED: 5:00 p.m. President Barack Obama is headed to the Southland today and his visit with undoubtedly cause some traffic issues. The president has a very busy schedule, which includes at least one major fundraiser and appearances on a talk show. Burbank Police sent out a news release warning of the closure today of Hollywood Way (in both directions) between Empire Avenue to Glenoaks Boulevard, starting at around 4 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. The closure will affect the following side streets as well: Thornton Avenue Burton Avenue Tulare Avenue San Fernando Boulevard Cohasset... Read More →

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Community meeting to discuss off-leash dog park in Burbank

The first in a series of community meetings tonight about an off-leash dog park in Burbank. The development of such a park has been kicking around since 1997. However, the concept has moved into the serious stage with three sites being considered by Burbank’s Park and Recreation Department. The sites involved: an open space area adjacent to Bel Aire Baseball Field, Starlight Bowl Parking Lot, and Johnny Carson Park South. The community meeting will give members of the public the chance to discuss the pros and cons... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- McMansion size home next to average house in 900 block of East Elmwood Avenue in Burbank March 9, 2015

Showdown over “McMansions” in Burbank gets TV news coverage

A showdown over the proliferation of “McMansion” size homes in Burbank is set for tonight at the Burbank City Council meeting. Last week, the city council heard from a number of  residents who spoke out about McMansions sprouting up in Burbank neighborhoods. Some told painful stories about an oversized home being built next door that either damaged their property, or robbed them of the basics like privacy and sunlight. The common refrain, these McMansions exploited loopholes in the code to exceed the building standards and do not fit in with the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- fuse blew in transformer near 1030 West Olive Avenue Burbank March 9, 2015

Mysterious boom rattles nerves in Burbank

Some residents near 1030 West Olive Avenue in Burbank may still have some rattled nerves this afternoon. A loud boom, at 2:30 a.m in the vicinity of that property, jolted a number of people out of a sound sleep. Some say it sounded like an explosion or even a shotgun blast. There was no assault nor attack. It was a blown fuse in a transformer. “Fuse going out can sound like a gunshot,” according to Joe Flores of Burbank Water and Power. Flores says the blown fuse knocked out power... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Jesse's Pride performed at Simply Coffee 940 North Lima Street Burbank March 7, 2015

Saturday morning special: Live music in Magnolia Park

Every Saturday, Simply Coffee in Magnolia Park will be featuring live music. Today, the duo “Jesse’s Pride” entertained guests on the coffee shop’s patio with acoustic Latin, folk, blues, and jazz. Simply Coffee began offering live music for the first time last Saturday. They plan to continue providing this musical treat for patrons every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Inside, Simply Coffee has that great smell of freshly brewed java and tasty treats. The owner’s wife, Heidy Otarola, works behind the counter on the weekends. She... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Armond Aghakhanian at the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank forum Burbank January 20, 2015

Election News: Burbank City Council members make endorsements

Today Burbank School Board candidate, Dr.  Armond Aghakhanian, announced the endorsement of Burbank City Council vice-mayor, Bob Frutos. On his Facebook page,  Aghakhanian made the announcement and wrote, “I am truly honored and humbled for the level of support our campaign is receiving from our community. This includes Burbank community leaders and organizations.” Three other council members, Emily Gabel-Luddy, Jess Talamantes, and Gary Bric already have endorsed Aghakhanian. In the general election set for next month on April 14, Aghakhanian is up against Greg Sousa for... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 1920s Hair and Nail Bar 1920 West Olive Avenue Burbank March 4, 2015

Grand opening of 1920s Hair and Nail Bar in Burbank

A big turnout for the grand opening yesterday of the 1920s Hair and Nail Bar in Burbank. Family, friends, clients, as well as city and Burbank Chamber of Commerce officials showed up to nosh on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and pastries as well as to toast the new venture. The owners, hairstylist, Diana Azarian, and son, Raffael Nahapetian, opened the hair salon and nail shop in mid January, while the renovation was still underway. Nahapetian, who has a degree in marketing and a knack  for social media, created the 1920s theme and supervised the... Read More →

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Suspect being held on $1 million bail after attack in Burbank

  A 29 year-old Santa Clarita man is being held on $1 million bail today, after being arrested by Burbank Police in connection with an assault last night. The attack occurred in the 700 block of  Roselli Street at around 11 p.m. The victims, three unidentified females, ages 21, 41, and 67.  “All hospitalized in serious but stable condition with cuts/stab wounds,” according to Burbank Police Sergeant Adam Cornils. Earlier reports indicated a dog was injured as well. Sgt. Cornils says that was not the case, “dog had... Read More →

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