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Archive | February, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sheridan Gardens at 817 North Hollywood Way in Burbank closed its doors on February 20, 2015

Sheridan Gardens in Burbank closes its doors

Long time Burbank business, Sheridan Gardens, nursery, gift, and home decor shop, abruptly closed its doors just over a week ago on Friday, February 20. It was a shock for the small group of employees who worked there as well as for devoted shoppers who had patronized the business for many years. Since 1980, the nursery and the adjacent lot at Hollywood Way and Clark Avenue had been a tranquil retreat of  trees, shrubs, plants, herbs, pretty posies, as well as gardening and landscaping supplies. Also, the gift and... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Jesse "Tangk" Tangkhpanya

Burbank Primary Election follow-up: Concessions and thank-yous

Burbank School Board candidate, Jesse “Tangk”  Tangkhpanya, did not do well in yesterday’s Burbank primary.  Tangk is a relative newcomer to Burbank with some impressive credentials. However, he finished last in a field of six candidates vying for three seats on the board.  Still, the gracious concession post he put up on his Facebook page makes him a winner in my book. Also, Tangk emailed me a copy of his concession post today and here it is. The results are in, and the voters have spoken. I... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Election workers sorted ballots for the primary election at Burbank City Hall February 24, 2015

Some surprises in the 2015 Burbank primary results

The complete count of the ballots cast in the Burbank Primary Nominating Election wrapped up late last night and there were some surprises. The process began at City Hall minutes after the election ballot deadline of 7 p.m. The precinct results started appearing on a monitor at City Hall and on the Burbank city website shortly after 8 p.m. City Council race Incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy jumped out in front of the pack of city council candidates with the first precinct numbers and held onto the lead to the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Drop-off center signs posted at the Joslyn Center 1301 West Olive Avenue Burbank February 24, 2015

Election Day in Burbank — Get those ballots in!

Primary Election Day in Burbank. In order for your vote to count, you must get your mail only ballot into City Hall or one of the designated drop-off centers by 7 p.m. this evening. I went over to the Joslyn Center on West Olive Avenue this morning to drop off my ballot. The election team at the Joslyn Center was cheerful and excited about the primary election. Before 11 a.m., almost 50 ballots had been dropped off at their center. They’re hoping for many more before tonight’s 7... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Numerous political signs line a fence of a resident at Verdugo Avenue and Buena Vista Street in Burbank February 23, 2015

Election News: Campaign signs and the Burbank ballot count

The Burbank landscape is dotted with political signs from the various candidates campaigning for the two seats on the city council and the three seats on the Burbank School Board. While most are the typical yard signs you see during the election season — some of the 2015 candidates have come up with some creative alternatives. Love the super-sized Sharon Springer ice cream cone sign. Springer is one of seven candidates running for Burbank City Council. Another council contender, Elise Stearns- Niesen, has a huge banner displayed on the front... Read More →

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lightning, thunder, and rain in Burbank

The cloudy skies over Burbank came alive with lightning and thunder this afternoon around 2:40 p.m.  Also, raindrops began to fall and are expected to continue off and on at least through this evening. There’s a storm system moving through Los Angeles County. The weather watchers say there will be periods of heavy downpours, isolated thunderstorms, and hail in some areas including the San Gabriel Valley. The high today in the Media City around 60. Tonight, the forecast is for the tempers to drop down into the 40s... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Stand-off drama between stolen car suspect and law enforcement on Third Street between Palm Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank February 17, 2015

Burbank stand-off suspect held on $140,000 bail

The suspect involved in that stand-off with police in Burbank  last Tuesday is being held on a $140,000 bail in the Los Angeles County jail. Brandon Degourville of Los Angeles was pulled over after authorities say a Burbank Police officer ran a check on the 2013 Honda he was driving and it came back as a stolen vehicle. The 28 year-old suspect refused to leave the Honda Fit, which stopped next to the Cartoon Network building on Third Street between Palm Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. After a couple of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Cloudy skies over Burbank February 21, 2015

Cloudy skies and rain in Burbank

Cloudy skies over Burbank on this Sunday morning. Some light rain began shortly after 10 a.m. A storm system is expected to linger over the Southland today and that could mean raindrops during the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony and hoopla in Hollywood. A steady rain is in the forecast for this evening and overnight. Cooler temperatures for the Media City with the high only in the 50s. So you’ll probably need a jacket or sweater as well  as an umbrella.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- City clerk Zizette Mullins explained the voter information pamphlet during an appearance at the Burbank Coordinating Council meeting at The White Chapel Christian Church in Burbank February 2, 1015

Election News: Burbank primary, ballot count, and drop-off centers

While the candidates are out getting in some final hours of campaigning, the Burbank City Clerk’s Office is gearing up for next Tuesday’s primary election. Seven candidates are running for two open seats on the city council. They are Juan Guillen, David Nos, Chris Rizzotti, Will Rogers, Sharon Springer, Elise Stearns- Niesen, and incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy. Six candidates are battling it out for three seats on the Burbank School Board. They are Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Steve Ferguson, Vahe Hovanessian, Greg Sousa, Jesse “Tangk” Tangkhpanya, and incumbent Roberta Reynolds.  (see Media City... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- The Great Indoors site 1301 North Victory Place Burbank February 10, 2015

Burbank Walmart case headed back to court next week

Walmart is making good on its plans to continue the legal fight to open one of its mega-stores in Burbank. Oral arguments for the case are set for next Thursday, February 26, in the Second District Court of Appeals in Downtown Los Angeles. The retail giant is appealing a decision by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, Allan J. Goodman, back in September of 2013, which ordered the city of Burbank to rescind building permits issued to Walmart for the site of the old Great Indoors at 1301... Read More →

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Final meet and greet with candidates before Burbank primary election

The Burbank primary election is less than a week away. If you still have questions for the candidates, you can get some answers at a  meet and greet this evening. This is the fourth in a series of  meet and greet events with the candidates running in the city council  and school board races. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the John Burroughs High School library  1920 West Clark Ave in Burbank. Burbank City Clerk’s Office is co-sponsoring the events. For more information call... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Stand-off drama between stolen car suspect and law enforcement on Third Street between Palm Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank February 17, 2015

Tense stand-off drama in Burbank ends peacefully

A tense stand-off drama played out on a street in Burbank this afternoon, when a suspect in a reported stolen car “refused to exit the vehicle,” according to Burbank Police Lieutenant, Eddie Ruiz. The incident began at around 2:38 p.m., when a Burbank PD patrol officer pulled over a 2013 silver Honda Fit after a license check revealed it had been reported stolen in West Los Angeles last night. It happened on Third Street between Palm Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. Lt. Ruiz says the driver “barricaded” himself in the vehicle.... Read More →

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2015 Burbank Primary Election endorsements

There are two seats open on the Burbank City Council in the February 24, 2015 primary election. The biggest issue in this election is development. Incumbent, Emily Gabel-Luddy, is running for re-election, but her pro-development views are problematic. Gabel-Luddy has come across as a cheerleader for development for her “yes” votes and fierce defense of the bloated Talaria/Whole Foods project and the failed very dense North Third Street project. In fairness, Gabel-Luddy was the lone “no” vote on the city council for the controversial Walmart at... Read More →

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Photo: Grey Reyna / Freelancer / Media City G -- (l-r) 2015 Burbank School Board candidates S. Ferguson, A.Aghakhanian, R.Reynolds,J.Tangkhpanya, G.Sousa, and V.Hovanessian seated at a table during a candidates' forum inside Woody's Cafeteria at Woodbury University in Burbank February 4, 2015

Burbank School board candidates’ forum at Woodbury University

The six candidates running for three open seats on the Burbank School Board were in the spotlight at a Woodbury University forum earlier this month. At the February 4 political event, the candidates mingled and chatted with each other as well as with members of the audience before and after the forum. The audience was not as large as for the previous Burbank City Council candidates’ forum. The candidates took every opportunity to work the room and meet as many potential voters as possible. The forum was a... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Greenleaf & Associates

Legendary announcer Gary Owens dead at 80

The legendary announcer of the classic TV series “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” has gone silent. Gary Owens reportedly passed away  peacefully at his home in Encino yesterday surrounded by family, according to a news release.  No exact cause of death was given, but Public Relations specialist, Vicki Greenleaf, told Media City Groove his passing was related to age and diabetes. Owens’ distinctive baritone voice with its smooth dulcet tones and his skills for comedy, as well as deadpan deliveries, made him a star. Owen started off as a gag... Read More →

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Valentine’s Day: Desires and warnings

When it comes to Valentine’s Day apparently many Americans have mixed emotions. On the one hand, 48 percent of those surveyed in a recent Harris Poll felt Valentine’s Day is a good time to communicate those special feelings to a significant other. However, about two-thirds of those questioned thought commercialism surrounding the holiday had ruin the romance associated with the day. One must keep in mind, the selling of the holiday would not be worth millions if so many people were not into celebrating it. Now... Read More →

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