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Archive | October, 2015

Candy and pizza in demand on Halloween

Millions of pint-sized ghosts, goblins, fantasy characters, and wicked little impostors are getting ready to hit the streets for Halloween. They’ll be on the prowl tomorrow night for candy of course, but reportedly will kick off or end their evening with pizza. Domino’s, the giant super fast pizza maker and delivery service, is gearing up to dish up a lot pies on October 31st. “Halloween is one of the five busiest nights of the year for Domino’s pizza delivery in the U.S.,” said Jenny Fouracre, Domino’s spokeswoman,... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Burbank Police -- Suspect in theft at Bret Harte Elementary School 3200 Jeffries Avenue, Burbank

Person of interest arrested in Burbank school theft case

A person of interest has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of money and a credit card from a teacher’s purse at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank . A week ago yesterday, Burbank Police released photos of the suspect and her vehicle and asked for the public’s help in tracking down the woman described in a news release only as “African-American, 30 to 40 years old. ” The news release and photos had a huge impact. After they were sent out investigators reportedly “began receiving calls... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wooden Camera 923 West Olive Avenue, Burbank October 20, 2015

Two Burbank burglary suspects due in court today

Two suspects are due in court today, while three others are still being sought in connection with a burglary at Wooden Camera 923 West Olive Avenue. Apparently, a sharp-eyed Burbank Police officer spotted a “suspicious truck” in front of the cinema accessory business early last Tuesday around 3:40 a.m. “The officer saw several people run from the business to the van. He made a u-turn to get a better look at the van and people, but the van hastily drove away without its headlights on,” according to a BPD news release.... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Burbank Police -- Suspect in theft at Bret Harte Elementary School 3200 Jeffries Avenue, Burbank

Photos of Burbank school suspect released

Today Burbank Police released photos in connection with a theft at Bret Harte Elementary School  3200 Jeffries Avenue. The suspect described as an African-American female, 30-40, reportedly appeared on the school grounds two weeks ago, Wednesday, October 7, between 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.”Once on campus, the suspect walked into an unoccupied classroom. She stole a credit card and money from a teacher’s purse. The suspect later used the credit card to make purchases at stores in Glendale and Burbank, ” according to a news release sent out today. Also, the suspect... Read More →

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New “Star Wars” trailer and advance ticket sales are huge

As expected the new Star Wars trailer dropped on the scene last night and it rocked our world. The new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuted during Monday Night Football last night and exploded. The trailer has had over 15 million views on YouTube so far. Also last night, advance ticket sales kicked off for the December 18 release. The rush for those tickets was so great by the die-hard fans there are reports of record sales and websites like Fandango and... Read More →

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Beer tasting at fall festival in Downtown Burbank on Saturday

Downtown Burbank is gearing up for tomorrow’s inaugural beer tasting and fall festival along several blocks of San Fernando Boulevard,  between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue.. For those with a love for suds, there will be reportedly 85 ice-cold craft beers on tap during two sessions of sampling: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  “Each session will showcase both local and out of state craft breweries,” according to a news release. Some of the breweries participating: Absolution Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Saint Archer... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Michael Gennaco spoke before city council about oversight review of the Burbank Police Department July 21, 2015

City Buzz: Burbank Police, oversight, and poopgate

Recently, the Burbank City Council renewed the three-year contract of consultant, Michael Gennaco, of the Office of Independent Review, as an independent monitor of the Burbank Police Department. The cost of Gennaco’s contract, $80,000.  In light of the growing tab for the notorious police cases and the BPD’s handling of that nasty incident involving Magnolia Park merchants last August, monitoring of the department is absolutely necessary. Mistakes by the Burbank Police Department have cost taxpayers plenty. Burbank has paid out millions in a slew of scandalous police cases involving allegations of... Read More →

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Child molested in Burbank, suspect due in court this week

A 78 year-old North Hollywood man is due to appear in court later this week as a suspect in the molestation of a child in Burbank. On Sunday, October, 4, the Burbank Police were notified of the situation: “…a witness came to the Burbank Police Station and described seeing a child being molested in the backseat of a vehicle that was parked in the Vallarta Market parking lot, 10950 Sherman Way,” according to BPD Sergeant Claudio Losacco in a news release. Police were able to track down a 10 year-old girl... Read More →

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After blistering hot weekend, cooler temps on the way

A lot of record-breaking heat in Burbank over the past few days, but a cooling trend, ever so slight, is expected to kick in today. Yesterday, the temperature soared to 100 in B-town — tied the previous record set on October 11 in 1971.  Also, a record high temperature of 104 set in Burbank on Friday — broke an old record of 101 set in 1976. By 11 a.m. this morning, the temperature had jumped to 90 in the Media City. Weather watchers are predicting a high in... Read More →

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Triple digit heat in Burbank today

Summer-like temperatures returned with a vengeance today. At 2 p.m. it was 102 in the Media City. Some weather watchers are saying it could get even hotter — before the day is done. Temperatures are sizzling throughout the Southland. The National Weather Service says the heat and the drought conditions could mean trouble: “The combination of hot and dry weather… and gusty northeast winds will create heightened fire danger in the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties today.” Lows tonight in Burbank... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol: Governor Jerry Brown signs California Fair Pay Act Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond October 6, 2015

Governor Brown signs into law the California Fair Pay Act

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act yesterday, one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country. Brown was surrounded by females, young and old, at the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, for the signing ceremony. In a news release, the governor said the law is long overdue: “Sixty-six years after passage of the California Equal Pay Act, many women still earn less money than men doing the same or similar work said Governor Brown. “This bill is another step toward closing the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Haggen 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank September 25,2015

Gelson’s and Smart & Final step up to buy Haggen markets

Gelson’s and Smart & Final have signed agreements to purchase some of the soon-to-be closed Haggen supermarkets, according to a news release on the Haggen website today. However, the Haggen market at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank is still in limbo. Haggen spokesperson, Deborah Pleva, told Media City Groove in an email: “We have no details on that location at this time.” Gelson’s, a high-ended supermarket chain based in Encino, has an offer in for eight Haggen stores in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, La... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Nancy Bea Hefley Twitter account

After 28 years Dodger organist calls it quits

It’s been a bumpy season for veteran Dodger organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, so perhaps that’s the reason she decided it was time to retire. You might remember, Hefley was the apparent target of a campaign to phase her out and replace her with “pre-recorded pop and hip hop music” at Dodger Stadium. Well, the fans took to social media and shamed the Dodger organization into promising Hefley a job for life. All that drama may have been too much for a musician who just want to play the... Read More →

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Pay Day : Who makes big bucks in Hollywood?

Actors and studio heads aren’t the only ones with hefty pay checks in Hollywood. A unit publicist hired by a studio earns about $2,750 a week , makeup artist on a film $60 an hour, first assistant directors get paid about $8,000 a week, and even a studio tour guide can earn $20-26 an hour, according to a post about Hollywood salaries on the Hollywood Reporter website. You don’t have to be a superstar to make money in Hollywood — just got to know where... Read More →

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