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Archive | August, 2014

President Obama's Labor Day weekend weekly address

Labor Day, jobs, and the minimum wage

On this Labor Day weekend, President Barack Obama is continuing to hammer home his point that it’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage. Republicans have repeatedly blocked attempts to raise the federal minimum wage gradually from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. In his weekly address, President Obama insisted raising the minimum wage will help more than 20 million struggling Americans make ends meet and grow the economy. The president says “… the states where the minimum wage has gone up this year have experienced higher job growth... Read More →

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$180 million lottery jackpot won in CA still unclaimed

The winner of that $180 million Mega Millions jackpot has yet to step forward. The jackpot is from last Friday’s, August 22, draw. The lucky ticket was bought at a 7-11, 301 County Line Road in Calimesa in Riverside County. The retailer is due $900,000, one half-of-one percent of the jackpot amount, for selling the winning ticket. So why has the winner or winners not shown up at a local lottery office to collect their prize? California Lottery‘ Mike Bond told me today this... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Exercise guru Michelle Wilson in Pilates class Verdugo Recreation Center Burbank August 6, 2014

Burbank Scene: Working out with Michelle Wilson

In a city dotted with movie studios, film, television, and media production companies, getting into and staying in shape is big business. The Media City has an ample supply of various gyms, workout studios, and exercise venues. Over the years, I have taken exercise classes at a variety of places, from professional studios to the YMCA.  By far one of the best workout classes in Burbank is at the Verdugo Park Recreation Center 3201 West Verdugo Avenue. It’s a Pilates class taught by veteran fitness instructor Michelle Wilson. Fitness has been... Read More →

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Burbank weather hot today and even hotter tomorrow

At 2:30 p.m. It hit 92 in the Media City. It could get even hotter before the sun goes down. After a cool down to be only in the upper 60s, temperatures are expected to rise even higher tomorrow.  Thursday’s high predicted to be at least 95 for B-town. Weather watchers say the 90 degree temps will continue through Sunday — for a scorching kick-off to the long Labor Day weekend.

Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

        Burbank Vice-Mayor, Bob Frutos, issued the now famous  ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan who accepted! Chief Lenahan embraced the challenge to help in the fight against  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which attacks the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It’s also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Chief Lenahan took the ice buckets up in Wildwood Canyon Park last Monday, August 25, while drawing attention to the drought. See it here.

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City Buzz: Another candidate jumps into the 2015 race for Burbank City Council

Several potential candidates are quietly preparing or exploring campaigns for the 2015 race for Burbank City Council. This is the way it has worked in the past. Gear up discreetly behind the scenes in the spring and summer. Then usually, council candidates announce in the fall. Well, this time around not all of the candidates are playing by the old rules. Two have announced that they are already off and running; Burbank Planning Board member/realtor, Chris Rizzotti, last March and freelance writer/journalist, Will... Read More →

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Lucky Mega Millions ticket sold in California wins $180 million jackpot!

   Someone who bought  a Mega Millions ticket in California for last Friday’s draw is very rich today. That ticket is worth $180 million or $107.1 million if the winner opted for the cash option. The ticket was purchased  at a 7-Eleven store in Calimesa in Riverside County. Those winning numbers: 5, 31, 34, 41, 74 and the Mega Ball 3. This is the second time this year a ticket purchased in the Golden State has won the Mega Millions big money pot. Back on April 4, Leopoldo Choi  bought... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Romancing the Bean 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 9, 2014

Talk of the Town: Allegations of harassment and bullying in parking dispute

The dispute over parking in the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard has taken an ugly and disturbing turn. Over a period of several months, some of the merchants have spoken out and contacted city officials about parking problems along that block. At the center of the dispute is the coffeehouse/cafe, Romancing the Bean. No longer a sleepy street known only to dealers and buyers of antiques and collectibles, the boulevard is now attracting shoppers and diners who see it as a trendy and cool place to visit.... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets to $180 million

   The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has skyrocketed to at least $180 million. Last night the jackpot rolled over again after no one purchased a ticket with all of the winning numbers. Those big bucks digits are 22, 39, 56, 67, 71, and the Mega Ball 15. The jackpot starts with 15 millions, then grows by a minimum of 5 million per draw, until someone buys a ticket with all six of the lucky numbers. The odds of winning the big haul is one in 258,890,850, according to the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 8, 2014

City Buzz: Magnolia Park merchants seek solutions to parking problems

Magnolia Boulevard has become a victim of its own success. For years, owners of the quaint shops, antique and collectibles stores, and moderately priced eateries, fought mightily to draw attention to their sleepy street in Burbank’s Magnolia Park. Well, that’s all changed. Magnolia Boulevard is now a hip cool place to shop, mingle, dine, and hang out. The new popularity has aggravated parking problems, which have always dogged the boulevard. Those parking problems have sparked a major conflict among some merchants in the 3400 block of West Magnolia.... Read More →

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A done deal for Los Angeles Clippers $2 billion purchase

It’s done deal. After months of turmoil and uncertainty, the Los Angeles Clippers have a new owner. Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is now in charge. The NBA announced yesterday that Ballmer is officially the new owner. Ballmer ponied up a heart stopping $2 billion dollars for the NBA franchise last April.  Despite the legal wrangling of embattled former owner, Donald Sterling, Los Angeles  Superior Court judge, Michael Levanas, ruled Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, did have the right to sell the team.... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna /Freelancer/Media City G -- A packed house at the high speed rail meeting Buena Vista Library Burbank August 6, 2014

High speed rail meeting draws big crowd in Burbank

A big turnout for the high speed rail meeting at the Buena Vista Library last Wednesday. Several times staffers had to bring out extra chairs and still there were people standing along the sides and back wall of the library meeting room, according to freelance photographer, Greg Reyna, who was there. It’s called a “scoping meeting.” The California High Speed Rail Authority is conducting scoping meeting throughout the month of August. Rachel Kesting, public information officer for the authority, explained it this way: ” Scoping is a process under environmental review... Read More →

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Megan Fox has a hit movie and new celebrity home in Toluca Lake

The reboot of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise kicked some serious butt at the box office this weekend. The 2014 film starring the half-shell, joke-cracking crime fighters is on track to win the battle for number one with a take estimated to be around $65 million, according to  Actress Megan Fox plays a reporter who befriends the turtles in the new TMNT film. Not only does she have a hit movie, but recently bought a new celebrity home in Toluca Lake. Fox and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G - A crew worked on the landscape and irrigation at new parking lot in the 3900 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank August 9, 2014

Parking problems grow in Burbank’s Magnolia Park

A crew was out working on landscape and irrigation at the new parking lot in the 3900 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank this morning. The construction of the public parking lot has hit some snags in recent months, resulting in delays. Now, work on the lot appears to be moving forward at a brisk pace. Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, told  Media City Groove back in June, the lot would be ready to open sometime in August. Nearby residents like... 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

Burbank Scene: Long line at Porto’s Bakery and Cafe

If you’re a regular at Porto’s in Burbank , 3614 West Magnolia Boulevard, you get use to the lines. They start forming really early on the weekend. This morning, the line was out the door and angling down the sidewalk on Hollywood Way before 10 a.m. Sigh.  I love their pastries, cakes, treats, and sandwiches. So do a lot of other folks. So we all stand in line.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Disney Studios in Burbank

Disney inside trader sentenced to prison

A San Francisco man out to make a quick profit is now facing a prison sentence for insider trading involving the Disney deal to buy Marvel Entertainment. Disney scooped up Marvel back in 2009 for $4 billion. Last April, Toby G. Scammell pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud stemming from his purchase pf more than 600 call options of Marvel stock for $5,465,  just before Disney bought Marvel, according to San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The story was first reported Thursday on Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- An actor serenades the morning with his violin in Burbank August 8, 2014

A violin and a morning stroll on a Burbank street

A delightful surprise in Burbank this morning. I was out for that morning power walk at around 8:30 a.m. on South Griffith Park Drive. Suddenly, the silence was pierced by the lovely sound of a lone violin. So much into his music and the peace of the morning, the man stopped playing only long enough to tell me he was not a violinist, but “an actor” who apparently has a love and talent for that string instrument. A wonderful, but all too brief encounter.  

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Humidity is down and so are the temperatures in Burbank

  Humidity and temperatures have taken a dip in the Media City. That humidity has dropped below 50 percent and the temps have plunged from the 90s to the 70s and 80s. Normally, August in Burbank means at least upper 80s and 90s. Right now, we’re experiencing a bit of a cooling trend. The high today might reach 81 or so. Weather watchers predict our temperatures will remain in the 80s through the weekend until mid-week, when they will begin to heat up again. So summer is not... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna/ Freelancer/Media City G -- National Night Out celebration held in the back parking lot of Burbank Police Headquarters at 200 North Third Street August 5, 2014

Photo Gallery: National Night Out Burbank PD parking lot

The anti-crime event, National Night Out, was celebrated in the Media City with a bash at Burbank Police Headquarters as well as block parties in a number of neighborhoods last night. Freelance photographer, Greg Reyna, shot these pictures of the BPD bash held in the back parking lot of the facility on Tuesday August 5.      

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