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Archive | November, 2014

Video interview with Burbank School Board candidate Steve Ferguson

Communications consultant and community activist, Steve Ferguson, is among several candidates making a run for three open seats on the Burbank School Board in the February 24, 2015 Burbank Municipal Primary Election. Earlier this month, Ferguson, sat down with me for a one-on-one video interview. The ground rules, no questions in advance and no subject was off-limits. In the interview, Ferguson talks about the solutions for the problems facing the school district as well as the views, values, and ideals that define his candidacy. Here’s that... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --- Burbank School Board candidate Steve Ferguson interviewed in Glendale November 15, 2014

A one-on-one with Burbank School Board candidate Steve Ferguson

Recently, I sat down with Burbank School Board candidate, Steve Ferguson. He announced his candidacy last month. No questions in advance. No subject was off-limits. In the one-on-one interview, Ferguson answers some tough questions about his candidacy, the state of Burbank schools, and what he sees as solutions to some of the district’s problems. That interview will be posted on Media City Groove tomorrow.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Three seniors performed tai chi in the mini park at the Joslyn Adult Center 1301 West Olive Ave Burbank November 28. 2014

Photo Gallery: Tai chi in motion at the Joslyn Adult Center

The newly designed mini park at the Joslyn Adult Center is consider an oasis and for good reason. It’s a tranquil green space that invites guests to sit, linger, and for some seniors today — to workout with the slow flowing mediation motions of tai chi. The mini park, completed last May, is a collaboration between Leadership Burbank class of 2014 and the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. Around$77,000 in donations and a $15,000 grant from Burbank Water and Power paid for the project. Definitely, money well spent.... Read More →

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Holiday greetings from Burbank City Councilman Bob Frutos

I received the following letter from Burbank City Councilman/ Vice-Mayor, Bob Frutos, yesterday. “As we begin this holiday season, I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for; family, friends and good neighbors. I am thankful to live in a community where we have so many residents who volunteer their time to make wonderful things happen in our city. – To all our volunteers- thanks to you for your time and commitment. -To all the non-profit organizations who are involved in offering services and assistance... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Anne O'Neal producer/director of "Sing Your Own Song: an Opera Love Story"

Burbank filmmaker’s documentary set for premiere in North Hollywood

Long time Burbank resident and filmmaker, Anne O’Neal, has a lot to smile about and be proud of  these days. O’Neal’s first documentary is making the rounds at the film festivals. “Sing Your Own Song: an Opera Love Story” was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival 2014 last summer  and  has been selected to appear at the 14th Annual Valley Film Festival next month. “Sing Your Own Song: an Opera Love Story” focuses on a local group of talented and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Dog Haus opens with long lines for free hot dogs at 3817 West Olive Avenue Burbank November 22, 2014

Dog Haus opens in Burbank with free hot dogs!

There’s a new fast food joint in Burbank. It opened last Saturday with long lines and free hot dogs all day long! It’s another one of those new trendy fast-casual eateries with a lot of healthy ingredients and variety of choices.  The Dog Haus  offers up “gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and one-of-a-kind creations,” according to a news release. In 2010, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena. There are now three company-owned locations and several franchises. The company touts its 100% all-beef skinless Haus Dogs, Haus Sausages, and 100% natural... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Chris Rizzotti political sign at Handy Market 2514 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank November 22, 2014

UPDATED:Election Buzz: Campaign signs, Gabel-Luddy, and new school board candidate

While the debate rages, residents and businesses are continuing to show support for city council candidate, Chris Rizzotti, by publicly displaying  his yard signs. The Rizzotti camp has been criticized for offering its political signs now rather than waiting until the holiday season nears an end.  Recently, I spoke with some of the other candidates in 2015 races and none was willing to buck tradition and offer yard signs before the first of the year. In a letter in the Burbank Leader, outspoken resident Molly Shore,... Read More →

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Burbank Leader political cartoon November 15, 2014

City Buzz: Mayor Gordon reacts to Burbank Leader cartoon

A Burbank Leader political cartoon in last weekend’s November 15 edition has sparked some chatter around B-town. The cartoon focused on Burbank Mayor, Dr. David Gordon’s optometry business at 851 North Hollywood Way and the city council’s recent vote to keep in place the plan  to drop outside watering restrictions from three days to one day a week. This plan is part of an ordinance passed by the city council to deal with the severe drought problems. At the November 4 city council meeting, some residents criticized the so-called winter... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Chris Rizzotti for City Council yard sign on Valley Heart Drive in the Rancho area of Burbank November 11, 2014

Election Buzz: Political yard signs popping up in Burbank

Realtor Chris Rizzotti was the first  to jump into the 2015 race for Burbank City Council, so it’s really no surprises that his yard signs are already popping up around town. Usually we do not start seeing campaign signs for the Burbank Municipal Elections until closer to the first of the year. Whether you like it or not, Rizzotti is breaking out of the normal pattern for city election candidates. A resident sent a letter to the Burbank Leader trashing the Rizzotti camp for wrecking the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Arco station at Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank selling regular for $2.99 a gallon November 13, 2014

Gasoline selling for less than $3 a gallon in Burbank

Gasoline prices just keep on dropping. The Arco station at Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank  is selling self-serve regular for $2.99 a gallon! Three weeks ago the same station, known to have some of the cheapest prices in B-town,  had regular priced at $3.29 a gallon. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen gas prices dip below $3 a gallon in Burbank. Today the national average for a gallon of regular is $2.917, according to Triple-A.  The agency is reporting the average in... Read More →

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Jesse Tangkhpanya candidate for Burbank School Board

Another Burbank School Board candidate kicks off campaign

Labor relations representative, Jesse Tangkhpanya, is not well known around Burbank, but he’s taking action to try to quickly change that. Media City Groove was the first to report that Tangkhpanya pulled nomination papers last week for the Burbank School Board. Three seats on that board will be on the February 24, 2015 Burbank Primary Election mail-in ballot. Tangkhpanya sent out a letter  to the local media announcing his candidacy earlier this week. Tangkhpanya, who has lived in Burbank only since early 2012, doesn’t have the kind... Read More →

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President Obama calls on the FCC to keep Internet “free and open”

Today President Barak Obama joined millions of users in support of keeping the Internet “free and open.” President Obama called on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to protect the principles of  net neutrality and not let Internet providers “…block or limit your access to a website” or allow cable companies to “decide which online stores you can shop at or which streaming service you can use.” Also, Obama says the agency “… can’t allow any company to pay for priority over its competitors.” The president says these... Read More →

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UPDATED: Election Buzz: Candidates are off and running in 2015 Burbank campaigns

While some candidates are still in the exploratory stage, several others are already sprinting in the race for two seats on the Burbank City Council and three seats on the Burbank School Board. Veteran journalist, Will Rogers, claims he and his team have already knocked on around 5,000 doors. In a blog post on his website, Rogers says the goal is to “… get to all of the estimated 34,000 households in the city by the end of January.” Last Tuesday, Election Day, I... Read More →

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FLLewis / Media City G -- The Home Depot at 1200 Flower St, Burbank September 9, 2014

Millions of email addresses stolen in Home Depot hack

More bad news for Home Depot shoppers. The world’s largest home improvement retailer announced last summer its payment data systems in the U.S. and Canada were  hacked  between April and September of 2014. In that cyber attack, thieves reportedly got away with the payment information for around  “56 million credit cards.”  Last, Thursday in an update on its investigation, the company disclosed the hackers stole “approximately 53 million” email addresses in the security breach, according to a news release. Home Depot claims the hackers got only a limited... Read More →

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Baskin-Robbins honors U.S. military with special ice cream flavor

Those scoop happy folks at Baskin-Robbins are celebrating the U.S. military community all month-long with their November flavor of the month, First Class Camouflage, according to a news release. This new flavor is a combination of chocolate, salty caramel, and cake-flavored ice creams. You can order the new flavored scoops the usual way in a cup or on a cone, or you can go for a camouflage waffle cone or waffle bowl, which are decorated green, brown, and tan. If you want to really load up... Read More →

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$326 million jackpot won in New York — CA ticket scores $597,933

Someone who bought a ticket in New York is the latest Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner. The winning ticket was a quick pick. It had all of the lucky numbers in the election night  draw: 9, 15, 24, 39, 41, and the Mega Ball 1. The jackpot was a hefty $321 million, but lottery fever pushed it up to $326 million. It’s one of the largest jackpots ever in that game. The game was not a total bust for California. A ticket bought in... Read More →

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Today is Election Day — go vote

Today is Election Day all across the country. The November 4 General Election in California includes votes for governor and a number of propositions. Several  county measures and local offices are on our Southland ballot as well. Voters can find their polling place by texting the word “VOTE” to 69520. Also, you can find your polling location and answers to some basic election questions by going to lavote.net . Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Let your voice be heard. Vote. It’s your right.... Read More →

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