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Archive | May, 2016

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Walmart Supercenter remodel is nearly finished at the Empire Center in Burbank May 30, 2016

Burbank Walmart planning grand opening on June 22

  Burbank Walmart planning grand opening on June 22. The controversial Walmart Supercenter is nearly finished with a remodel that has taken more than a year. The old Great Indoors structure at 1301 North Victory Place in the Empire Center has been converted into several departments including grocery, general merchandise, sporting goods, apparel, and a pharmacy. More than 300 new associates have been hired. Walmart reportedly has 2.3 million employees worldwide. Company founder, Sam Walton, opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Walmart has grown into the... Read More →

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Major shopping deals on Memorial Day

  Major shopping deals on Memorial Day. Shoppers looking to save money can grab some deals and discounts at some big retailers today. Locally,  you can check out Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s, and even Boston Market. Also, some great online deals at Wayfair and Overstock. More holiday sales here. Oh, a lot of automakers are trying to draw consumers in with special offers this holiday. Hyundai is going all out by doubling its military incentive to United States service... Read More →

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President Obama on Memorial Day and our fallen heroes

President Obama on Memorial Day and our fallen heroes. This weekend, Obama offered up praise to active-duty troops and veterans, while he stressed Memorial Day is for those brave warriors who never came home. For many of us, the holiday is a great time to gather for BBQs and parties, shop, or just relax and enjoy our freedoms. We can do more. In his weekly address, the president asked Americans to take part in an act of remembrance from hiring a veteran, reaching out to a grieving military family or... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- First Street entrance to Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in Burbank May 23, 2016

Burbank Wood Ranch restaurant opening June 13

The long-awaited opening of the Burbank Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill is just a few weeks away. The extensive remodel of the old Elephant Bar Restaurant at 110 North First Street is nearly complete. The restaurant is set to open Monday June 13, according to the Wood Ranch website. Since the renovation project kicked off late last year, many changes have occurred at the restaurant including a new roof and new exterior including two entrances. One on North First Street and the second on East Orange Grove Avenue. In... Read More →

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FLLewis / Media City G -- Sports Authority 1900 West Empire Ave. Ste. R12 in Burbank May 21, 2016

Going out of business sales at Sports Authority

Going out of business sales at Sports Authority stores expected to begin the middle of this week, just as the long Memorial Day weekend kicks off. One of the 450 stores closing is at the Empire Center in Burbank. Sports Authority was once the largest sporting goods retailer in the country. Heavily in debt,  the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in March. It had hope to restructure and shutter only some of its stores. That plan fell through and last month came word Sports Authority had... Read More →

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Photo: Media City G -- Walmart set to open new store in the Empire Center in Burbank April 6, 2016

Burbank Walmart hires more than 300 new associates

The new Burbank Walmart Supercenter is on track to open next month, according to store manager Panthi Patel. The world’s largest  retailer opened a hiring center a few weeks ago in Burbank. Patel estimates 350 associates have been hired for positions, from cashier to supervisor. In the past, Walmart has been criticized for low wages. During a phone interview today, Patel described the”incredible pay”at Walmart and how the company offers a “pathway to success.” He says “75 per cent of the promotions” are through the ranks and he feels Walmart... Read More →

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In the News: More money for millions of U.S. workers

Overtime pay for salaried workers: President Obama and the U.S. Labor Department announced the update of overtime regulations today. Hourly workers are guaranteed overtime. Now, thanks to the federal rule update, most white-collar employees making less than $47, 476 will be guaranteed overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. At least four million workers will be impacted, half of them women. Check out the video here for more on who will benefit from this update.   Netflix female star demands and gets equal pay: Actress... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Will Rogers requested additional information about controversial emails during Burbank City Council meeting May 10, 2016

Controversial emails and the Burbank City Council

The Tom Angel email scandal is not on the city council meeting agenda tonight, but that does not mean the controversy and the issues sparked by it are dead in Burbank. Some had hoped the council would call on Police Chief, Scott LaChasse, at the Tuesday, May 10 meeting, to explain how his ex-second-in-command, Tom Angel, got only a “slap on the hand” for forwarding derogatory emails.  A report last month in the Los Angeles Times made those emails public. The uproar that followed forced Angel to resign from... Read More →

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SuperLotto Plus ticket bought in Reseda worth 23 million

A Southland lottery ticket holder had an incredible weekend. Someone bought a SuperLotto Plus ticket for last Saturday draw and won the $23 million jackpot!! The ticket was purchased at Food 4 Less 18318 Vanowen Street in Reseda. The bargain grocery retailer will get a $115,000 bonus just for selling that winning ticket. The lucky digits: 3, 4, 27, 30, 40, and the Mega 17. The skies were overcast and temperatures cool, but for that jackpot winning ticket holder the weekend was probably the best ever. The odds of... Read More →

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Beyonce’s sold out concert at the Rose Bowl last night

Thousands turned out for Beyonce’s #WorldFormationTour at the Rose Bowl last night. In the sold-out crowd, celebrities Hilary Duff, Holly Robinson Peete, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Ashley Tisdale,  Kerry Washington, Octavia Spencer, along with mega-producer Shonda Rhimes and retired NBA star Kobe Bryant. I was not lucky enough to get a ticket. Pasadena Now reports that at one point tickets soared to $1,500 for some of the best seats. No matter the price, the Internet chatter is saying Queen Bey slayed it!   “Love On Top” tonight in Pasadena. #FormationWorldTour... Read More →

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Photo showing boarded up entry after burglary at 1928 Jewelry Boutique Outlet 3412 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank May 9, 2016 (photo courtesy stringer photographer)

Burbank jewelry store burglary rattles nerves in Mag Park

A burglary at 1928 Jewelry Boutique Outlet in Magnolia Park has rattled some nerves especially, among some of the local merchants. The break-in occurred at the fashion jewelry shop 3412 West Magnolia Boulevard last Monday, May 9. It happened “during the overnight/early morning hours,” explained Burbank Police spokesman, Sergeant Claudio Losacco in an email to Media City Groove. The suspect or suspects reportedly got away with “cash from the register.” A rash of break-ins and burglaries over the past six months or so had some Mag Park residents and... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Will Tom Angel scandal come up at city council tonight?

Will the Tom Angel scandal come up at the Burbank City Council meeting tonight? There doesn’t appear to be an item related to the scandal on tonight’s agenda.  However, there is evidence that City Hall officials recently received information related to the scandal. On May 1, the news broke that Angel had resigned as Chief of Staff at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department due to an avalanche of criticism surrounding the revelation he had forwarded some emails, which disparaged, mocked, or degraded certain groups while Deputy Police Chief at the... Read More →

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“Captain America: Civil War” wins box office battle

The numbers are in and Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is a mega hit. Some say this is really an “Avengers” movie with the superheroes taking sides, some stand with Captain America played by Chris Evans, others back up Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man. No matter, moviegoers are loving it.  The confrontation was golden at the box office this past weekend, as the film debuted at number one with the fifth largest opening weekend of all time. “Captain America: Civil War” took in  $179.1 million at the domestic... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Kaili Larssen Burbank mother/ Boys & Girls Clubs of Burbank & Greater East Valley fundraiser at Handy Market in Burbank May 7, 2016

Shout out to a Burbank mom on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, especially working mothers like Burbank resident, Kaili Larssen.  Yesterday, Larssen was sitting out in the chilly morning under threatening skies in front of Handy Market 2514 West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. While some moms were being honored with pampering treatments like a trip to the day spa, or preparing for special engagements with family and friends, or just taking it easy, Larssen was trying to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Burbank & Greater East Valley. Larssen didn’t mind the... Read More →

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Candidate for State Senate District 25 Phlunte Riddle on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day: Phlunte Riddle candidate for State Senate

I wanted to take a quick break from knocking on doors to wish all the moms out there Happy Mother’s Day for tomorrow. Even after passing, my mother continues to be an inspiration to me. She had a fire for justice within her that led her to leave the South at the age of 17 and then went on to raise three daughters while working two jobs. She should be a saint because we were a handful. I still take her lessons of kindness, hard work, and helping... Read More →

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Powerball soars to at least 415 million

Big money draw tonight in the Powerball lottery game. The jackpot is at $415 million and the 7th largest in the game’s history . That jackpot has rolled over 18 times. It was last won by a lucky player who bought a $2 ticket in Florida back in March.  Hopeful Powerball players have their eyes on the present jackpot, which now has a cash value of $268 million. The next draw is tonight. The ticket buying closes at 7 p.m.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Jess Talamantes selected as mayor during Burbank City Council reorganization meeting (L-R) Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice Mayor Will Rogers, Mayor Talamantes, Dr. David Gordon, and Bob Frutos City Hall May 2, 2016

Tears and tension at Burbank City Council reorganization mtg

The Burbank City Council conducted its annual reorganization meeting last Monday, May 2,  at City Hall. The meeting was pretty routine, except for a few moments that stood out; such as the emotional walk down memory lane for outgoing Mayor Bob Frutos and a tense drama during the selection of vice mayor, which had many on the edge of their seats. At the beginning of the meeting, the focus was on Mayor Frutos. It’s no secret Frutos has had a love affair with the mayoral position. In his farewell speech... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel

Ex-BPD official resigns LASD job over email controversy

The heat from a controversy over email jokes has become too much for Ex-Burbank Deputy Police Chief, Tom Angel. Today Angel reportedly resigned his job as Chief of Staff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Angel moved into that job after leaving the Burbank PD last June. Los Angeles County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell, announced Angel’s resignation in a statement today, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper put the heat on McDonnell and Angel last Wednesday with a report on email jokes sent by the former... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- KTLA reported the discovery of a body in Burbank April 28, 2016

Burbank Police investigating a homicide

The Burbank Police have the identity of a homicide victim — but the details of his death remain a mystery today. The body of 30 year-old Nshan Balyan of North Hollywood was discovered last Thursday, wrapped in plastic, in an open field in the 600 block of North Victory Boulevard, according to a Burbank Police news release. Detectives suspect Balyan was killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the Burbank field. Investigators combed the scene for clues and are reviewing footage from several surveillance cameras in the area. Anyone with... Read More →

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