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Archive | March, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank city crew at work on a section of the Magnolia Boulevard bridge March 24, 2011

Cool weather: Sunny skies and sizzling temperatures in Burbank

What a difference a week makes. Today B-town is sizzling with the high expected to reach into the 90s.  At 11 a.m. here in Burbank it was already 82 degrees.  Last Thursday, we were getting dumped on by another cold rainstorm. On Tuesday, March 22, Burbank city and Los Angeles County crews were scrambling to complete projects and repairs ahead of another approaching rainstorm. One of the repair jobs was on the Magnolia Boulevard bridge near the eastbound lanes. The county crew did some cement work and painting on the railing.... Read More →

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Photo: Megan's Law/Media City Groove -- New photo of Amy Victoria Beck March 2011

New photo of sex offender/ex-Burbank teacher, Amy Beck

As first reported on this blog, convicted sex offender and former Burbank sixth grade teacher, Amy Victoria Beck, is no longer behind bars. Beck was released from state prison on March 20, 2011 after serving “…approximately 8 months…”according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official, James W. Symington, III. Back in March of 2010, the former David Starr Jordan Middle School teacher turned herself in to Burbank Police and admitted to having a sexual affair with a 14-year-old male student. Some sort of “special hold” was placed on Beck’s booking... Read More →

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Photo: Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and the Burbank City Council

The City Council used to be the judge and jury of fairness for the Burbank community. The neighbors could ask for help with any concern. The council listened and with compassion addressed the issues of everyone fairly. Decisions were made by the council with intelligence. And, careful thought was given to what the people of Burbank needed. People who built this town. It was an honor to live here. Unlike Today’s council — with self righteousness, personal opinions and lacking in professionalism. The March 08, 2011 council meeting shows the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Workmen survey the damage to an apartment balcony caused by a toppled tree on Bethany Road in Burbank March 20, 2011

City Buzz

Tree talk in B-town Burbank is one of only two communities in the state designated as a Tree City USA recipient by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The other is Sacramento. It’s the 34th consecutive year Burbank has received the honor. “This national recognition acknowledges Burbank’s commitment to its community forest,” according to a news release sent out last week by City Hall. The city has proclaimed March as Arbor Month. Last Wednesday, at the Arbor Day ceremony in Miller School park a symbolic tree was planted “.. as a living testimonial of everyone’s commitment... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama addressed the nation from the National Defense University Washington, DC March 28, 2011

President Obama speaks to the nation about U.S. military action in Libya

U.S. military action in Libya has been in the news and on the minds of many Americans lately. Tonight President Barack Obama defended his decision to have U.S. aircraft and ships join a coalition in a push back against the rampage of Muammar Qaddafi.  President Obama delivered his address from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Last month, Qaddafi’s grip of fear appeared to give way to the promise of freedom.  In cities and towns across the country, Libyans took to the streets to claim their basic human... Read More →

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“Wimpy Kid 2” beats the competition at the box office

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” raced to the top of the box office this weekend with an estimated debut of $24.4 million. The family film is based on the second  book in the popular  “Diary of a Wimpy Kid ” series by cartoonist Jeff Kinney. The movie focuses on two brothers and their humorous escapades in middle school. Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, and Rachael Harris star. The first film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” was a big hit with movie fans last year. Another sequel is in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Plants and flowers bloom on a hillside in Burbank March 2011

A rainy March producing beautiful hillside gardens in Burbank

  More rain overnight in Burbank and a 30 percent chance of shower activity today. March 2011 has turned out to be a pretty wet month for the Southland. The relentless storms have battered the roads and frayed the nerves of commuters — but left the local hillsides green and the flowers and plants blooming in Burbank. And that’s a lovely sight to see. Brighter days are ahead. Tomorrow, sunshine returns to the forecast and, so far, no indication of rain through next Saturday. We’ll finally get a  chance to really dry out and... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot — one ticket wins at least $312 million

Finally, someone has a Mega Millions lottery ticket with all of the winning numbers from last night’s draw. Sigh, that ticket is not at my house — not even in California. The ticket that won the estmated $312 million jackpot was purchased in New York. There are reports that in the final count that jackpot could top out at $319 million. The winner gets the choice of 26 annual payments or a one-time cash option. Either way, the ticketholder is going to be very rich. The Golden... Read More →

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Photo: tula/Flickr -- Fans adorned the Hollywood star of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor with pictures, cards, flowers, and mementos March 24, 2011

A look back: Paying homage to a movie star

 Elizabeth Taylor, the Hollywood superstar with the incredible violet eyes, died of congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital, last Wednesday, March 23, 2011. The two time Academy Award winner for best actress was 79. The next day in a small private funeral, Taylor was buried at Forest Lawn Glendale. The screen legend was laid to rest in the Memorial Terrace of the Great Mausoleum, nearby her good friend Michael Jackson in the Holly Terrace section. Many of the Hollywood famous are in this cemetery including Clark Gable, Walt Disney, and Nat... Read More →

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Job Seekers: Dodgers hang out the help wanted sign

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for new talent. You don’t have to be able to throw a fastball or hit a home run. The baseball organization is accepting applications and resumes right now for the part-time seasonal union position of Ticket Seller. The qualifications include excellent verbal communications, outstanding customer service, and at least a high school diploma or GED. For more requirements and details on the position click over to dodgers.com   and check under job opportunities or call Human Resources at (323) 224-1547.  The... Read More →

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Photo: Scott Smeltzer/Glendale News-Press/Los Angeles Times --Amy Beck, a former Burbank middle school teacher, shown here at an event in April of 2009.

Convicted sex offender Amy Beck released from prison

Convicted sex offender and former Burbank school teacher, Amy Victoria Beck, is back on the streets again. Beck was paroled on March 20, 2011 after serving “… approximately 8 months in state prison,” according to James W. Symington III, Assistant Regional Administrator, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Beck, a popular teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School, was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old male student and sentenced to two years in prison on May 7, 2010. Beck has five business days from her release date to... Read More →

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Lottery Fever!!! Mega Millions jackpot grows to $312 million

The Mega Millions jackpot just keeps getting richer and richer. It has grown from $304-to-$312 million and could be even larger by draw time tonight at 8 p.m. Lottery fever has hopeful players slapping down a lot of green hoping to win a share of that jackpot. This Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in the nation.  The all time record Mega Millions jackpot of $390 million — was won back in March 2007.  There were two winning tickets — each worth $195 million.

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Logo for the Californa Lottery and the Mega Millions game

Mega Millions jackpot swells to $304 million!!!

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is stuffed with the kind of money that could probably help balance the budget in a few cash-strapped cities or school districts. No one matched all of the winning numbers in last Tuesday’s game. That resulted in more moolah being added to the jackpot, which now stands at around $304 million.  The lucky digits: 1, 14, 35, 50, 53, and the Mega Ball 43. Five players in California came very close to winning it all. They got all but the Mega... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Construction crew demolished damaged section of an apartment balcony damaged by a fallen tree on Bethany Road March 22, 2011

A giant tree knocked down by the stormy weather causes havoc in a Burbank neighborhood

The first in yet another series of storms is rolling through Burbank this evening, increasing the concerns that more trees will topple. Several trees were knocked down by last weekend’s treacherous storm, one of the casualties, a graceful giant at Third Street and Bethany Road. The building manager, Ben Cantu, says the huge stone pine took the fall at about 4:45 p.m., last Sunday, March 20. Cantu believes the storm was only partly to blame: “… one of the most beautiful trees in Burbank fell victim to high winds and top heavy... Read More →

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FLLewis/Media City G -- City Council candidate Bob Frutos spoke at a "meet and greet" event on North Orchard Drive in Burbank March 21, 2011

Burbank campaign news: General Election ballots mailed out today, candidates Gabel-Luddy and Frutos on the hunt for votes

 The ballots for the April 12 Burbank General Elections were mailed out today. Burbank City Clerk, Margarita Campos, says the ballots were sent to all 55, 975 registered voters in the city. Meanwhile, the two City Council candidates on the ballot are burning up the campaign trail. Last Sunday, Bob Frutos and Emily Gabel-Luddy, along with about two dozen other residents, braved the stormy weather to attend the “Police and Human Relations” event at the Buena Vista Library; where Burbank Police Chief, Scott LaChasse, gave a frank and informative presentation... Read More →

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Heated debate over Writers Guild tentative contract agreement

         The debate is heating up over the new Writers Guild tentative agreement with producers. Yesterday the negotiators for the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached the tentative agreement after only about two and a half weeks of talking. The producers must have offered a juicy deal with plenty of perks and money for the writers to jump so quick at an offer. That’s not what the critics are saying about this contract deal. Today the Writers Guild West posted an... Read More →

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Some sun today — but more rain coming

After morning showers, the sun came out in Burbank today. Don’t get fooled and ditch that umbrella, the vicious storm system that beat the heck out of the Southland yesterday — is not done yet. There’s a 20 percent chance of  more rain today — and thunderstorms that could produce hail! It will be breezy, but not like the strong winds we got yesterday. The high will reach only in the 50s here in the Media City.  The weather picture is improving — slowly.

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satellite storm picture from the national weather service

Major storm battering the Southland

Burbank and the rest of the Southland is getting hammered by a major storm system this afternoon. The rain is coming down in sheets. Powerful winds are whipping through the area. The National Weather Service says rain is falling at a quarter to a half an inch an hour and that could increase to an inch per hour by nightfall. The NWS has issued a flood advisory for small streams and roadways. Also, there is the chance of mud and rock slides on roadways as well. A flash flood watch... Read More →

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Rain, lightning, and thunder in Burbank

  A lot rain falling in Burbank this morning. Just before 9 a.m. lightning flashed across the sky, followed by rumbling thunder in B-town. The calendar says it’s the first day of spring. It still feels like winter. This Pacific storm is pounding the entire Southland and is expected to continue the assault through tonight. This storm is packing winds 15-to-30 mph with some gusts reaching 45 mph. Also, it’s cold outside. The high in the Media City — only in the 50s.  The weather is pretty nasty out there, so... Read More →

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Photo: Roberto Stuckert/Filho/PR -- President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff greet school children at Planalto Palace In Brasilia March 19, 2011

Photo Gallery: President Obama in Brazil

President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff paused to greet some school children before heading into a meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (the photo is from Flickr) President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Brazil today — the first stop on a five-day trip to strengthen economic ties with  three countries. The other two are Chile and El Salvador.

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