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Curfew in Burbank and businesses take action

A curfew goes into effect in Burbank at 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. today and many businesses are taking action. Some, like the Apple computer specialist, MelroseMac, 2400 West Olive Avenue, are boarding up doors and windows preparing for the worst. Before the City of Burbank issued the order for a 5 p.m. curfew, plenty of chatter on social media and around town about protests planned for this afternoon at various places here. The protests are part of the national and global outrage over suspicious deaths and mistreatment of African... Read More →

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Burbank water and power rate increase suspended

Some good news for Burbankers. The recently proposed Burbank Water and Power rate increase has been suspended. Last Thursday, March 19, city officials made the decision due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Mayor Sharon Springer has more on that and an alert for residents to be on the lookout for scammers during this difficult time.

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Letter to the editor from Burbank Vice Mayor Frutos

Friends and Neighbors, We are going to get through this together.  As you may know, our City has declared a State of Local Emergency as part of a continued, proactive approach towards slowing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. This is unknown territory that we have not experienced before.  We need to remain positive, stay healthy and check up on our neighbors to be sure they’re doing well.   That said, I understand if some residents will worry about uncertainty or feel anxious.  You are not alone.     Please know our... Read More →

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Coronavirus update from the City of Burbank

Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the City of Burbank. Last night, the Burbank City Council approved an urgency ordinance prohibiting the evictions of residential and commercial tenants for non-payment of rent due to the coronavirus crisis. Details on the city website. Also, Burbank is putting out a series of video updates. The latest features Mayor Sharon Springer and it was released late today.

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Coronavirus prompts more cancellations in Burbank

The pandemic strikes again. The coronavirus prompts more cancellations in Burbank. The March food truck festival on Magnolia Blvd. is now a no-go. Ladies and Gents Night Out, as it is officially known, got canceled yesterday. It was scheduled for Friday, March 27. The Magnolia Park Merchants Association sponsors the event for 10 months of the year. The association made the announcement in an email, following the City of Burbank’s declaration of a local state of emergency. The association’s email ended on a hopeful note: “…we look forward to bringing... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- City Hall 275 East Olive Avenue Burbank June 24, 2017

City of Burbank taking steps in wake of coronavirus crisis

The City of Burbank is taking steps in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Late yesterday, Public Information Officer, Simone McFarland, sent out a news release about the pandemic. Read it here. City of Burbank Taking Steps to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (Declares a State of Emergency) BURBANK, CA (March 12, 2020) – As Coronavirus cases continue to increase within the State and nationwide, there are many precautions being taken by agencies and businesses to slow down the spread of the virus. The City of Burbank wants to be... Read More →

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FLLewis/ Media City G -- Tony's Bella Vista site 3116 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank January 8, 2020

Bella Vista restaurant site in Burbank sells for big bucks

Tony’s Bella Vista restaurant site in Burbank sells for big bucks. The Burbank Leader made the announcement on Wednesday reporting the sale price as $2.9 million. After more than 30 years, the popular Italian restaurant closed its doors last June. The property is located at 3116 West Magnolia Blvd in Magnolia Park. The loss is deeply felt. The restaurant is on a stretch of Magnolia Blvd between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista Street, which needs more eateries and now it has one less. Magnolia Park could use the kind... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Mediacityg -- Your CBD Store Burbank at 3106 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank April 27, 2019

New shops on Magnolia Blvd. — some with issues

New shops on Magnolia Blvd. — some with issues. Your CBD Store Burbank opened its doors at 3106 West Magnolia Blvd. late last month. It’s part of a chain of affiliate stores in more than 25 states. There are reportedly 7 such stores in California. On the website, it says “CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant which has many medical benefits.” Yet, the site has disclaimers. In response to its “medical benefits” claims: “The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Former Pinup Girl Boutique 3606 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank September 3, 2018

Update on former Pinup Girl Boutique location in Magnolia Park

What’s happening in the former Pinup Girl Boutique at 3606 West Magnolia Blvd? Well, it depends on who you ask. A company called Quanta has moved into the location, after its business license application was approved by the City of Burbank in early summer. Quanta’s owner Eric Rice The license is for office space only, but the owner, Eric Rice, has made it clear to a lot of folks his plan is to sell hemp-based products from this prime retail storefront. In his business license application, Rice, tried... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Full O' Life Organic Market & Cafe 2515 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank August 21, 2018

Talk of the Town: Full O’ Life closing, Sizzler leaving Magnolia Park

A major Magnolia Park business is calling it quits. This time it’s not a huge spike in the rent to blame, but a dramatic drop off in business.  Management at Full O’ Life, 2515 West Magnolia Blvd, broke the bad news to employees last Tuesday. Full O’ Life, a healthy foods market and cafe, opened back in June of 1959. Cindy Moon and her mother, Kay Matheson, 97, are the owners. The opening of Whole Foods The family run business has weathered a lot of hard times, but the recent... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- City council meeting City Hall Burbank July 31, 2018

Save Magnolia Park supporters speak out at Burbank City Council

Still some chatter in town about what happened when Save Magnolia Park supporters spoke out at the city council last Tuesday, July 31. Most of the talk is about Councilman, Jess Talamantes’, response to their case. The supporters asked for council assistance in preserving the unique flavor of the Magnolia Park Business District. Also, they got council to agree to send staffers to listen and learn at the August 13 town hall meeting at Geeky Teas & Games, 2120 West Magnolia Blvd., 7 pm. The supporters presented their case well,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G-- Former location of Pinup Girl Boutique 3606 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank July 2, 2018

Cannabis company is moving into Burbank

A cannabis company is moving into Burbank, specifically, taking over a prime location in Magnolia Park’s business district. That’s right, a firm called Quanta has leased the former Pinup Girl Boutique building at 3606 Magnolia Blvd, on the same block as Porto’s, not far from the retro shops, one-of-a-kind boutiques, off-the-wall emporiums, and trendy stores. The nearby Lakeside Shopping Center on Pass Avenue is getting the miniature burger innovation Burgerim and downtown Burbank will soon have one of the most popular and fastest growing restaurants, Shake Shack.  Both eateries are... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 3200 block of West Magnolia Blvd. in Magnolia Park Burbank July 2, 2018

City Buzz: Troubled times for Magnolia Park business district

Troubled times for Magnolia Park business district again. The sometimes quirky, sometimes funky, but definitely unique business sector stretches from North Clybourn Avenue to North Victory Boulevard on Magnolia Boulevard and West Chandler Boulevard to Clark Avenue on Hollywood Way. Much of the action is concentrated on Magnolia. The collection of vintage shops, eateries, one-of-a-kind emporiums, and small businesses on the boulevard has a certain appeal and sense of hip cool, which really cannot be explained. It just is. Nevertheless, the evolution from a sleepy boulevard to what it is... Read More →

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Photo: Courtesy Burbank Police -- Suspect surveillance photo from video taken inside Antiques on Magnolia Burbank May 22, 2018

Armed robber holds up Magnolia Park Burbank shop

Armed robber holds up Magnolia Park Burbank shop. Burbank Police are on the hunt for a brazen robber who held up Antiques on Magnolia, 3412 1/2 West Magnolia Blvd, Tuesday afternoon, May 22, 2018. The suspect, wearing what police say was a red and black hoodie with dark pants, walked into the shop and pulled out a gun. Gun pointed at store clerk Store clerk, David DeWitt, was behind the counter. DeWitt told Channel 7 News he heard “the gun cock” before the suspect pointed the weapon at him... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Target 1033 North Hollywood Way Burbank April 2, 2018

New Burbank Target opening tomorrow April 4

Final preparations are wrapping up at the newest Target in Burbank. The store at 1033 North Hollywood Way is set for a soft opening Wednesday, April 4. Doors will open to the public at 7 a.m. tomorrow. The grand opening celebration is this Sunday, April 8. The Burbank Target West is about 24,750 square feet and is considered one of the retailer’s small-format stores. “With a smaller footprint, these stores curate an assortment to meet the needs of local guests,” according to a news release.  Also, much of the... Read More →

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UPDATED: The Castaway offering hundreds of new jobs

UPDATED Wednesday, March 21, 2018 —  The job fair has been expanded. It was announced today that the job fair will continue two additional days. They are Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 28, 10 am to 6 pm at the Castaway.   The newly renovated Castaway in Burbank is holding a major job fair to fill 200-300 hundred jobs. The fair kicked off today Tuesday, March 20 and will be held also on Wednesday March 21 and Sunday March 25, from 10 am to 6 pm, at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G --The Los Angles Times and The Burbank Leader Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Burbank Leader’s parent company sold

A lot of chatter around the Southland and across the country about the sale of the embattled Los Angeles Times, the parent company of The Burbank Leader. Last Wednesday it was announced local billionaire/investor/philanthropist, Patrick Soon-Shiong, had agreed to buy the Times, the San Diego Tribune, and the California News Group for “$500 million in cash plus the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.” New owner for The Los Angeles Times Soon-Shiong made the deal with Tronc Inc, a Chicago-based media company. The Times will be locally owned for... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Construction underway at the new Target site 1033 North Hollywood Way Burbank November 28, 2017

City Buzz: New retail outlets, restaurants, and a chance to be on TV

Target Magnolia Park construction underway A lot of construction at the site of the new Target store on Hollywood Way in Magnolia Park lately. The project apparently was hung up in plan check for a while, but now appears to be racing to meet a 2018 opening. This Target store is a new design, smaller than usual. It will be approximately 24,750 square feet. Still, there reportedly will be room for quite a lot of merchandise including fresh groceries, men’s and women’s apparel, some children’s and baby products, home décor,... Read More →

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Crime Watch: Armed robbery suspect, Burbank crime seminar

A suspect is in custody today in connection with a string of armed robberies in North Hollywood and Burbank. Three law enforcement agencies worked together to bring about the arrest of 37 year-old Michael Clouse of Georgia. After being alerted by both Burbank and North Hollywood Police, the LAPD arrested Clouse outside a North Hollywood hotel in 1100 block of Vanowen Street, last Thursday, November 30. Then, Burbank Police detectives served a search warrant on a hotel room linked to Clouse. They reportedly discovered “clothing he wore in the Burbank... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Rocket Fizz 3524 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank November 8, 2017

More Magnolia Park businesses fall victim to crime

More Magnolia Park businesses fall victim to crime. The list keeps growing. The latest, Rocket Fizz and T-Mobile. Both break-ins occurred last weekend. The soda pop and candy shop at 3524 West Magnolia Blvd. was targeted by a theft on November 3, between 9:30 pm and 7:30 am. “A suspect smashed the store’s front window.  The suspect then entered the store and stole a cash register drawer containing cash.  The cash drawer was found a short distance away from the store, but the money was missing. ” according to Sergeant... Read More →

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Staples at the Rancho Marketplace Shopping Center in Burbank

City Buzz: Major Burbank retailer to shutdown and new hotel in the works

As the long Labor Day weekend approaches, employees at a major retailer in Burbank are facing an uncertain future.  Staples at 1060 West Alameda Avenue is shutting down in a few weeks. Apparently, the customer volume has dropped off significantly at the office supply store in the Rancho Marketplace Shopping Center. Earlier this year, Staples announced it would be shuttering at least of 70 of its underperforming stores in North America. Another factor in the closure may be the recent reported acquisition of Staples, for $6.9 billion, by... Read More →

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Surveillance photo courtesy Burbank Police Department

Arrest in attempted bank robbery in Magnolia Park Burbank

Burbank Police today announced the arrest of 54-year-old Mark Logan of Burbank, in connection with that attempted bank robbery in Magnolia Park last Thursday. As reported here on Media City Groove, Burbank Police responded to the Bank of America at 3400 West Magnolia Boulevard at  5:20 p.m. on August 17, 2017. “When Police Officers arrived, they learned a man had entered the bank, approached a teller, and passed a note stating he was armed with a gun and demanding cash. The teller walked away from the suspect, at... Read More →

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