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Archive | April, 2013

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Wheelchair bound Burbank resident, Penny Proctor, gave a passion speech to the city council about the hardships facing some citizens due to the failure of Measure "S" in the recent General Election April 16, 2013

City Buzz: New Burbank City Council, traffic commission, and controversy over Measure “S”

City council reorganization meeting Important meeting at Burbank City Hall tomorrow morning. Officially, it is called the reorganization of the city council. To many voters, activists, and concerned citizens it is considered a changing of the guard and the ushering in of a new era in local government. The leader of the old guard, 20-year veteran City Councilman/Mayor, Dave Golonski, will be stepping down and after being voted out in the General Election, earlier this month. Newly-elected City Councilman, Bob Frutos, will be sworn in along with re-elected members, Dr.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Guarantee Vacuum 1721 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank 91506 April 29, 2013

A Strong View: A repair shop that gets two thumbs up

GUARANTEE VACUUM 1721 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank, California 91506 Phone (818) 842-0357 Guarantee Vacuum is one of those small dependable businesses that dot the landscape of Burbank. It has been operating in Burbank for almost 45 years. Chris Dansak took over from his father in 1980 and is still running the business today. As a boy, this store was a second home. On Saturdays, Chris could be found inside working alongside his father learning all about vacuums. When he became older, Chris helped deliver cleaned and repaired vacuum and ran... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: Maria Shriver got a new gig, Jackson trial, and “Iron Man 3” rave review

Maria Shriver returns to NBC News Maria Shriver messy break-up and separation from former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, apparently has not hurt her reunion with NBC News. In a press release, NBC announced Shriver “… joins NBC News as a special anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life.” Shriver worked for the network as an anchor and correspondent from 1986 until 2004. Shriver’s new role at NBC  reportedly “… will build upon her pioneering work as First Lady of... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: Stars and dream achievers

Which areas do you like most – sports, music, or movies? Do you have any particular favorite star in that area? Stars! Whatever the area may be, it must have some stars for people  to envy as well as love. And so often those who have ascended to stardom are called “dream achievers.” To first generation immigrants like me, those who have become stars, made a fortune or become famous, are regarded as the ones who have realized the American dream. Then, I came across a very interesting story. According... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot blows up to $114 million!

The Mega Millions jackpot is on a money roll again. The lucky numbers for yesterday’s lottery  draw: 14, 42, 49, 54 ,55, and the Mega ball 31. No one picked all of the winning numbers so the jackpot is now $114 million. Two players in California scored five of Friday’s numbers — one bought the ticket in SoCal at World Express 2002 Del Amo Boulevard in Long Beach. That ticket is worth $122, 730. The next chance to win this Mega jackpot is Tuesday, April 30.

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Entertainment Bits: Disney star gets book deal, hip hop artist hooks movie role, and NBCUniversal plan is a go

Teen TV star scores book offer Disney Channel star, Bella Thorne, is now an actress, singer, dancer, and author. The 15-year-old has a new deal to write a YA, young adult, book series called, “Autumn Falls,” according to Galleycat. Not familiar with Thorne? Well, she’s co-stars in the sitcom, “Shake It Up,” and reportedly has 2.9 million followers on Twitter! Sean Combs joins football movie cast Hip hop artist, music mogul, entrepreneur, and actor, Sean “P.Diddy” Combs has been added to the ensemble cast... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- A rider and horse greeted members of the audience after a performance of "Cavalia's Odysseo" in Burbank February 26, 2013

It’s a wrap for “Cavalia’s Odysseo” in Burbank

Time to move on. The big white tent, reportedly larger than a football field, for “Cavalia’s Odysseo” is coming down. I saw crews working on the take down on Tuesday, April 23. It’s kinda sad to see the tent and the spectacular show leave town. What a show it was. I attended a sneak peak showing back in February. In a town where the flash and techno pop of the entertainment world is all around us — “Odysseo” was a refreshing experience. Performers, musicians, horses, riders,  and acrobats displayed incredible... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: “Iron Man 3” tickets, Reese Witherspoon, and Matthew McConaughey

Flap over “Iron Man 3” tickets Make no mistake about it, the dispute involving Disney and some of the top theater chains is about money. Big Money. Several chains, including the AMC, are refusing to offer advance tickets for “Iron Man 3,” one of the major releases of the year. Disney wants to re-negotiate it’s deal with these theaters. Not much time left to wheel and deal . The film opens a week from this Friday. More on the Business Insider website. Reese Witherspoon... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Guest Blogger: Boston Bombings, Confucius, and hero cops

Last week I felt heavy-hearted and saddened by the horrific Boston bombings. First of all, I share the sorrow of those who were injured and the families who lost loved ones. Especially, I would like to express gratitude and pay respect to the fallen police officer, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, and other police officers who risked their lives in catching the suspects and maintaining the public safety and order. While I was contemplating about why on Earth this kind of incident happens, one story which I learned a long... Read More →

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Sunny Sunday in B-town, but change is coming

A lot of sunshine today with temperatures expected in the mid-80s here in B-town. Enjoy it cause change is blowing into the Media City starting tomorrow. More patchy clouds and some thick fog are forecast for Monday and through the week, with even some possible rain showers. The temps will drop as well — back down into the mid-to-lower 70s and perhaps 60s. So go kick a groove on this Sunday, while the temps are warm and the sun is shining.

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Celebrate the Earth this Saturday

Big celebration for Earth Day 2013 at the Burbank Recycle Center, 500 South Flower Street, on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The community is invited to come enjoy live music, gourmet food trucks, rare behind the scenes tours of the recycle center, and learn about the numerous sustainability resources that are available, ” according to a news release sent out by the Recycle Center. Also, there will be prizes, informational booths, electric vehicles on display, a special area for the kids, and much... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Community activist David Piroli spoke during public comments at the Burbank City Council April 2, 2013

A Strong View: Two citizens who take the time

Many residents in Burbank would like to participate in the inner workings of the city if they had the extra time to perhaps attend council meetings on Tuesdays. This is most often impossible for many, as the council meetings have been known to run late into the evening. Sometimes 11:00 p.m. and on occasion until 2:00 a.m. As many of these residents have families, early morning jobs or are elderly and can’t sit in one spot for hours they do not show up at city hall. This brings me to the two gentlemen... Read More →

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Photo: Denis O'Regan/Coachella -- R. Kelly joined Phoenix on stage day two of 2013 Coachella in Indio April 13, 2013

R.Kelly rocks with Phoenix at 2013 Coachella

A lot of rocking and grooving in the desert at 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio over the past few days. The event kicked off it’s first weekend last Friday. On Saturday night, R&B singer, R. Kelly, gave a surprise performance with the French alternative rock band, Phoenix. They did hot remix “Ignition”/”1901.” The second weekend of 2013 Coachella runs April 19-22. More information about this major Southland music event here. For some great reporting on Coachella and tons of photos check out Inland Empire... Read More →

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Final tally for Burbank General Election

The Burbank City Clerk’s Office has released the final numbers for the momentous Burbank General Municipal Election last Tuesday. The numbers changed only slightly from the Election Night results, after a small number of provisional ballots were sent to the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder’s Office for verification. City Council (2 seats) David Gordon 5,430 votes Jess  Talamantes 5,290 votes Dave Golonski  4,571 votes David Nos 4,367 votes Burbank School Board (2 seats) Larry Applebaum  5,882 votes Charlene “Char” Tabet  4,967 votes Steve Ferguson  ... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Regular selling for $3.97 a gallon at the Shell station Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street in Burbank April 11, 2013

Photo Gallery: Getting charged up

Why wait at a gas station to pay those high pump prices? If you’ve got one of these Toyota Prius plug-ins,  like this Burbank resident over on Griffith Park Drive, you can charge up your wheels right in your own driveway. When the battery is fully charged, you can crank up your ride and run on electric power. Meanwhile, at the Shell station up at Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista regular is selling for $3.97 a gallon today. Not great, but better than $5 a gallon. For those of us... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Police Chief Scott LaChasse waved to spectators during Burbank on Parade April 6, 2013

Scott LaChasse named permanent Burbank Police Chief

Scott LaChasse, who has been the interim police chief in Burbank since January of 2010, got the job permanently today. In a press release this morning, Interim City Manager, Ken Pulskamp made the announcement. “Chief LaChasse came to Burbank to offer stability to the City’s police department,” says Pulskamp. “He has done that and more, proving to me that he’s the individual most qualified to raise our police standards to the highest level and ensure they remain there.” “I am deeply honored by this appointment as Burbank’s Chief of Police... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G-- Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins at city hall on Election Night April 9, 2013

City Buzz: Voters have spoken, change comes to Burbank

2013 election results 2013 will be remembered as the year Burbank residents got fed up with the status quo, opened up those mail-in ballot packets from the City Clerk’s Office, and voted by the thousands for change in the Media City. Historic. Decisive. Profound. The meaning of the voters’ decision in both the primary and general elections will be felt throughout B-town for a long, long time. In case anyone thought the election of newcomer Bob Frutos in last February’s primary, with more than 50% of the vote, over three... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- (l-r) City Council members Jess Talamantes, David Gordon, and council candidate Juan Guillen at the Women League of Voters Glendale/Burbank forum at City Hall January 30, 2013

Burbank Election News: Ballots, campaign sign theft, and city council candidate speaks out

Ballots coming in fast and furious On the day before Election Tuesday, the Burbank City Clerk’s Office has already received more ballots than were cast in the previous General Election. In 2011, 8,866 ballots were cast. City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, told me today that the ballot count jumped to 8,796 last Saturday. Today, 200 more ballots came in, bringing the total to 8,996. Mullins says they are hoping to surpass 10,000 ballots in this General Election. Two campaign sign theft suspects facing court date A lot of talk around B-town... Read More →

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Photo: Annette Funicello Mouseketeer

Annette Funicello 1942–2013

A sad day for the Walt Disney Company and fans, family, and friends of Annette Funicello. The former Mouseketeer of The famous 1950s “Mickey Mouse Club” TV show died today of complications of multiple Sclerosis — a disease Funicello had battled for more than 25 years.  The actress/singer, who was know as well for those 1960s “Beach Party” movies, reportedly passed away peacefully at a hospital in Bakersfield. She was 70. On the Disney Post blog,  fellow Mouseketeer and long-time friend Sharon Baird reminisced, “Throughout all the years... Read More →

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