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Archive | May, 2015

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Mega millions jackpot balloons to $233 million

No one hit the jackpot in last Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw, but one California player came pretty close. Charles Messenger, a computer administration employee in Salinas, matched all the winning numbers, except the Mega Ball. That lucky ticket is worth $2.7 million. Messenger bought 20 $1 quick picks at Star Market 1275 South Main Street in Salinas last Sunday and one of them made him a millionaire, according to a California lottery news release. Tuesday’s winning numbers are 1, 39, 52, 69, 72, and the Mega Ball 12. The... Read More →

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Quake expert Dr. Lucy Jones reviews “San Andreas” movie

The earthquake disaster film, “San Andreas,” opens this Friday and is expected to rake in at least $40 million at the box office. A premiere for the movie was held last night in Hollywood. Among the stars, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist and the number one go-to-earthquake expert in the Southland, Dr. Lucy Jones. After the event, Dr. Jones posted a critique of the film in the form of tweets on her Twitter account. Here are some of of those tweets.   My first experience of a red carpet at... Read More →

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Burbank cracks down on water wasters

Burbank is cracking down hard on water wasters. Last week, Burbank Water and Power reportedly fined 16  repeat offenders , all residents, $100 each after they “… were contacted several times previously but continued to waste water, such as watering on the wrong day or during daylight hours,” according to a news release from the BWP today. Last month, the Burbank City Council gave the utility the go-ahead to begin “assessing fines against Burbank residents and businesses,” who continue to waste water after being told they are... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Charter-Time Warner deal, Kobe goes Hollywood, and more

As expected, Charter announced its deal to buy Time Warner Cable today. In a news released posted on the Charter website, the company says the deal is valued at $78.7 billion. This could be good news for many local Dodger fans who have been unable to watch home games due to a special arrangement the team made with Time Warner Cable. Included in the announcement today, Charter’s plans to purchase of  the country’s 6th largest Internet provider, Bright House Networks, too. “Put simply, the... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot leaps to at least $214 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is stuffed with a lot of green after leaping to $214 million! It happened after no one ticket held all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw. Those hot  digits: 3, 14, 15, 25, 48, and the Mega Ball 8. Another chance to grab that big jackpot comes up in tonight’s draw. You have until 7:45 p.m. to buy those Mega Millions lottery tickets.  

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Happy Memorial Day — Pay tribute to those who serve

  Happy Memorial Day. Today is the reason for the long holiday weekend. Today we should take some time to remember those who have died in service to our country, our veterans, and those who continue to serve in the U.S. military. President Obama spoke at Arlington National Cemetery this morning, where thousands of our fallen soldiers have been laid to rest. Here’s a photo tweet from the president’s Twitter account about that event.     Spent the morning at Arlington. Take time today to honor... Read More →

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Art festival draws crowds to Downtown Burbank April 11, 2015

Burbank ranked as one of the best cities in America

Is Burbank a better place to live than Seattle, San Diego or even Boston? You might get some arguments from some folks who live in those other cities — but not from Niche, an online ranking and review website. In the 2015 best cities to live rankings on that site, Burbank scored number 9 — not far behind San Francisco and Manhattan. Niche rates cities “based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a city... Read More →

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A chance of some rain in Burbank today

Keep that umbrella handy. We could get some rain in Burbank from that system now moving through the Southland. We have a mixture of clouds and sunshine today. The high in the mid-60s — the low tonight in the 50s. There’s a chance of showers this afternoon, tonight, and tomorrow morning.

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Mega Millions lottery jackpot nears $200 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is on a major roll. No ticket had all of last night’s winning number, so the money pot took a tumble to $194 million. Tuesday’s hot digits are 10, 12, 21, 29 , 65 and the Mega Ball 10 The jackpot has been rolling along, picking up millions, since it was hit for $58 million last March 24 by a group of New York workers. The next draw is this Friday, May 22.  

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Die hard fans of Twenty One Pilots camp out for event in Burbank May 19, 2015

Rock fans camp out for event in Burbank

Some die hard fans of the alternative rock band ,Twenty One Pilots, camped out in Burbank to be first in line for the duo’s album release party today. Natasha Mayani, a teenager from Pomona, slept in a sleeping bag on the sidewalk in front of  the Burbank Studios on Alameda Avenue.  She arrived last night at 7 p.m. Several others like, 16 year-old Cami Iverson of Studio City, 16 year-old Hailey Drager of Valley Village, 15 year-old Sara Milletaire of Van Nuys, and 20 year-old Emily Urie of... Read More →

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High-speed rail community update in Burbank today

A community meeting on the California high-speed rail project is set to begin this evening at 5 p.m. in Burbank. This is the latest in a series of open house meetings to update locals on the first high-speed rail system in the nation, expected to run 800 miles from Sacramento to San Diego. Around twenty-four stations are being planned in the system — one is in Burbank. This evening’s meeting will focus on the alternatives under consideration for the Palmdale to Burbank section, which will travel from the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A green lawn gets watered on South Keystone Street in Burbank July 24, 2014

Burbank City Council approves tougher water restrictions

It’s going to be a lot harder to keep a Burbank lawn green through the coming hot days of summer due to some new water restrictions approved by the city council last Thursday. After a public hearing on the impact of the drought and a new 28 percent water-use reduction imposed by a recent executive order from Governor Brown, council members voted unanimously to move up to stage 111 of the city’s Sustainable Water Use Ordinance. Stage 111 requires residents to reduce outdoor irrigation from the present Stage 11... Read More →

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New board, committee, and commission members in Burbank

  New board, committee, and commission members were appointed by the Burbank City Council last Tuesday. Ninety applicants applied to serve the community in 43 volunteer positions. Here are the names of those selected to serve. CIVIL SERVICE BOARD: Jackie Waltman Miguel Porras PARK, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: Barry Gussow Carolyn E. Jackson SUSTAINABLE BURBANK COMMISSION (UNEXPIRED TERM UNTIL 5/31/2017): Nazafarin Hadian SUSTAINABLE BURBANK COMMISSION (4 YEAR TERM): Berge Kallibjian Armen Hagobian Diana M. Rosero LANDLORD-TENANT COMMISSION: Suzy Jacobs Jane Smallin TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION: Susan Robles Christopher Haitz... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Starbucks hacked, Rihanna’s deal, and more

The Web is buzzing with reports that Starbucks has been hacked. Some U.S.  customers are saying they’ve been ripped off hundreds of dollars and are blaming a Starbucks mobile app. Apparently, hackers have been able to gain access to victim’s reward cards. However, Starbucks is denying its app is the source of the hack. Details at CNBCStarbucks ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos is in hot water for not disclosing a hefty donation to the Clintons’ charitable foundation. Stephanopoulos is now apologizing for... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Sprinklers watered a yard in the 1400 block of West Clark Avenue in Burbank July 30, 2014

Burbank public hearing today on new water restrictions

As the heat of summer approaches, Burbank residents are facing even tougher water restrictions. This evening the Burbank City Council will hold a hearing on tightening the restrictions in the city’s Sustainable Water Use Ordinance enacted back in 2009. Right now we’re at stage 11, which allows landscape irrigation for 15 minutes, per station, once a day, three times a week from April through October. The  city council will be considering bumping that up to stage 111 , which would allow that type of outside watering only two days a week.... Read More →

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Burbank Sears joins campaign to help homeless pets

Sears in Burbank has opened its doors to some homeless pets. The retailer is partnering with the Burbank Animal Shelter in its “You can’t buy love, adopt it” campaign. “Over 2,500 animals come through the Burbank Animal Shelter ever year. Our goal with this new campaign is to encourage people to adopt pets. We are excited that Sears is helping us kick-off this campaign,” according to Burbank Animal Shelter administrative analyst Karen Wilcox in a news release. As part of the effort to get the word out, shoppers will  be seeing... Read More →

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Burbank Scene: Pancake breakfast & Police and Fire Service Day

Big doings in Downtown Burbank today.  Kicking things off, the 51st annual Burbank Community YMCA Pancake Breakfast. This is chance to enjoy a great breakfast of flapjacks, sausage, fruit, juice, and coffee, while helping a good cause. The event is a fundraiser for youth programs at the Burbank “Y”.  Also for the third straight year, the Burbank YMCA Service Club will donate a  new van to help transport children. “Our goal is to replace the Burbank YMCA’s three 15-passenger vans with four 12-passenger vans,”  said JC Holt, Burbank Community... Read More →

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Circus Vargas opens in Burbank today

Circus Vargas is doing a repeat series of performances in Burbank beginning today. Last October, the travelling circus stopped off in the Media City for several days — now it’s back for an encore.” Aerialists, acrobats, clowns and the ballyhoo of nostalgic Americana,” will be part of the new production entitled Arlequin, according to a news release.  They’re promising fun and thrills for children and those who are young at heart. The performances will run through May 18 under a big top set up at 777 North Front... Read More →

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Burbank PD issues warning for Cinco de Mayo

  Planning on toasting Cinco de Mayo tomorrow? If so, Burbank Police have a warning for you. “Traffic and patrol officers assigned to duty will be on heightened alert arresting impaired drivers to prevent a senseless tragedy due to alcohol or drugs,” according to a news release sent out by the BPD. If you’re planning on partying tomorrow — then include a way to get home safely as part of that plan. “Our main goal is to save lives,” said Chief Scott LaChasse, Burbank Police Department, in the release.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Dr. David Gordon steps aside to switch chairs with newly elected mayor Bob Frutos at city council reorganization meeting May 1, 2015

Photo Gallery: Burbank gets a new mayor

As expected Burbank vice-mayor, Bob Frutos, got the votes from his colleagues to move into the mayor’s position. The vote was unanimous. Frutos, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was elected to city council in 2013 and will be serving as mayor for one year. Frutos takes over the job from Dr. David Gordon who will continue to service out his term as a council member. It happened this morning at the annual city council reorganization meeting at City Hall. There was standing room only in the city... Read More →

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