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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank General Election 2017 ballot

Burbank General Election 2017 ballots, candidates, and controversies

The candidates are heading into the home stretch for tomorrow’s Burbank General Election. This is a mail-in ballot only election with four city council candidates in a run-off for two seats. The contenders are Juan Guillen, Sharon Springer, and council members Dr. David Gordon and Bob Frutos. As of last Friday April 7,  “… approximately 7, 500 ballots, as compared to the 2015 General Municipal Election, (when) we had approximately 6,600 ballots at this time,” according to City Clerk, Zizette Mullins. By today, Monday, April 10, the number of ballots... Read More →

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Note from the Editor

I did not endorse candidates in the 2017 Burbank Primary nor will I endorse candidates in the upcoming April 11 Burbank General Election. However, I will continue to cover the city elections and politics in general here on Media City Groove. By the way, comments on this site have been closed for about a year and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.  If I decide to accept comments again, the same high standards used in the past will apply. Those who want to spew “alternative facts,”... Read More →

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Twitter Chatter: President Donald Trump and Congressman Adam Schiff

  The debate over “repeal and replace” Obamacare:     ObamaCare is imploding. It is a disaster and 2017 will be the worst year yet, by far! Republicans will come together and save the day. — President Trump (@POTUS) March 13, 2017     What @SpeakerRyan leaves out is their plan lowers premiums for young because millions of older Americans go uninsured. https://t.co/KWuULwZMha — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 13, 2017 Click here

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 2017 Burbank city elections sign in the Rancho District March 10, 2017

Burbank city clerk responds to election questions and concerns

The election taking center stage in Burbank right now is the 2017 General Election. Four candidates are battling it out for two seats on the city council. They are incumbents Dr. David Gordon and Bob Frutos, and challengers Juan Guillen and Sharon Springer. Councilman/Mayor, Jess Talamantes, won re-election in the primary. Nevertheless, there are questions and doubts lingering from the recent primary election on February 28.  City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, was re-elected in the primary. Here is my email Q&A with Mullins about the primary and those mail-in ballots. 1.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, at City Hall as the ballots were counted on primary election night Tuesday, February 28, 2017

City Clerk releases final results of 2017 Burbank Primary Election

Late today, Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, released the final results of the 2017 primary election. Per a new Burbank election code, the city clerk’s office could accept mail-in ballots postmarked on or before primary election day, February 28, up until noon on Friday. Mullins says they received  approximately 900 additional ballots, which needed to be processed today. By 10:35 p.m. last Tuesday, 9,903 ballots had been sorted and counted. Just before 5 p.m. this evening, the final results of the primary were announced. In the final tally, veteran Councilman-now-Mayor,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilmen Jess Talamantes and Bob Frutos posed for photos after getting the results of the Burbank Primary Election Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Talamantes, Frutos, on track for re-election in Burbank Primary

It’s not over yet, but two incumbent Burbank City Council members appear to be on track for re-election. In yesterday’s Burbank Primary Election, Mayor /Council member, Jess Talamantes, and Council member, Bob Frutos, were the only two candidates to receive at least 50 percent of the ballots plus one vote, which is the requirement for victory. However mail-in ballots, with a postmark on or before Election Day, will be counted until Friday, March 3. So it is not a done deal. Nevertheless, Talamantes and Frutos have the right to savor... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Time is running out to submit those 2017 primary election ballots

Burbank Primary Election time to get those ballots in

Time is running out to return those 2017 Burbank Primary Election ballots. Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, says approximately 67,000 ballots were mailed out to registered voters in Burbank. So far the return has been disappointing. As of last Wednesday, 5,800 mail-in ballots had been return. By last Saturday, that number had climbed to 7, 890. In the 2015 Burbank Primary, 8,985 were returned. Mullins says they’re “hoping to exceed that number” in the 2017 primary. I hear a lot of complaints about what is wrong in Burbank. If those... Read More →

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Traffic alert as new IKEA store opens in Burbank today

Burbank Police sent out a traffic alert about the opening of the new IKEA in the Media City today. The 456,000 square foot super-mega store is nearly twice the size of the old IKEA at the Burbank Town Center. The new IKEA is scheduled to open its doors to the public at 9 a.m. No doubt, a long line of devoted fans of the budget-furniture retailer will be waiting to be among the first to shop the new location. Major traffic congestion is expected near the new IKEA,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sharon Springer for Burbank City Council sign spotted in 300 block of South Griffith Park Drive Burbank January 5, 2017

City Buzz: 2017 campaigns, events, and candidates

The candidates are off and running in the 2017 Burbank Primary Election. Political signs started popping up in yards and on storefronts several weeks ago, despite the long-standing Burbank taboo against it. During the 2015 campaign, candidate/realtor/planning board member, Chris Rizzotti, blew off that antiquated custom of no political signs before Christmas, by allowing his supporters to display his signs for city council as early as November 2014! Rizzotti considered running for council again, but so far has not pulled papers. Still, he has had an impact on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes at city council meeting October 11, 2016

City Buzz: Mayor’s health episode and city election candidates

Burbank Mayor, Jess Talamantes, suffered a health episode over the weekend. After attending the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony on the steps of Burbank City Hall last Saturday night, December 3,  the councilman reportedly went to dinner at Don Cuco restaurant on East Orange Avenue. It is there that the mayor started feeling some discomfort, went to the men’s room, and collapsed! At 8:30 p.m. paramedics reportedly transported Talamantes to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center over at Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue. It was determined the mayor had a syncopal... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Grocery Outlet to open at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank November 25, 2016

City Buzz: New grocery store, update on tragic accident

A new grocery store will soon open in Burbank. Banners for Grocery Outlet are plastered on the old site of the Fresh & Easy store at 1625 West Verdugo Avenue. Grocery Outlet calls itself a bargain market and in its company statement claims:”We offer brand-name, quality products at up to 40-70% off conventional retail prices.” There are reportedly more than 260 independently owned Grocery Outlets in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and California. Fresh & Easy shut down this store and a second Burbank location, at 2484 West Victory... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Pedestrian vs vehicle accident at intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank November 17, 2016

Pedestrian injured at controversial intersection in Magnolia Park

An elderly woman was reportedly hit by a black sedan in a Burbank intersection considered to be dangerous by many in Magnolia Park. The accident occurred last Thursday, November 17,  at around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Boulevard. The accident forced Burbank traffic patrol officers to block off eastbound traffic on Magnolia for a while. The accident occurred when a black sedan attempted to turn onto Magnolia. Burbank PIO Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, says: “The vehicle was traveling north on Lima St. and initiated a right... Read More →

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It’s now up to you go vote!

It’s now up to you go vote!  November 8 is Election Day. The polls are open. The ballots and booths are ready. Election 2016 has been a real headache for many voters. The debates, the insults, the lies, the threats — from the ugly, contentious presidential campaign to the boiling controversy over Measure “B”– the replacement terminal proposal for the Bob Hope Airport or as it has been rebranded the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Voting. It’s a part of  the foundation of our democracy and a responsibility all... Read More →

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Who’s running for Burbank City Council?

It’s hard to turn away from national politics with the erratic and over the top Donald Trump trying to bully his way into the White House. Especially now that Trump has launched into an all out feud with the Republican establishment. Drama, drama, and more drama! Nevertheless, back here in Burbank, campaigns are quietly gearing up for the battle for three seats on the city council, where very important local issues are decided, such as growth and development in the city. I have heard rumblings that certain... Read More →

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Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton first debate September 26, 2016

Campaign 2016: Clinton and Trump face off for second debate

The second presidential debate of 2016 has the potential to be more interesting and an even bigger test for embattled GOP nominee, Donald Trump. A lot of drama and surprises since the first face-off between the candidates last month. It is widely believed, Clinton trounced Trump in that first debate. Now, many see the second debate as an opportunity for Clinton to score a knockout. It’s been a tough week for Trump. Last Monday, during the one and only V.P. debate, GOP running mate,... Read More →

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Rock-a-Hula at Verdugo pool in Burbank tomorrow

The forecast is for sunny skies and warmer temperatures in Burbank today and tomorrow. That’s going to make the folks headed over to the Rock-a-Hula very happy. Yup, there will be some serious rocking and partying at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility 3201 West Verdugo Avenue on Thursday, September 15 . The event is designed for active seniors, 55 or older. There will be swimming, aqua fitness demonstrations, food, dancing, and a tribute to the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis. The pool party is free and runs from... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City of Burbank's Debell Golf Course 1500 East Walnut Avenue Burbank April 6, 2014

Bear alert in Burbank

Bear alert in Burbank hillside area. It went out today after a black bear was spotted on the 18-hole Debell Golf Course, 1500 East Walnut Avenue. The wild animal was seen near hole 11 around noon, according to a Burbank Police news release. The bear wandered around for a while, before disappearing back up in the hills. Warning signs about the bear have been posted in the area. Obviously, a bear encounter should be avoided. However, if it happens the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has some advice for dealing... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G-- Johnny Carson Park 400 South Bob Hope Drive in Burbank reopens after redesign plan completed July 1, 2016

Johnny Carson Park reopens in Burbank

Johnny Carson Park reopens in Burbank just in time for the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. The construction fencing is down. I saw a few visitors wandering through the lush green park grounds yesterday morning and more today as the word got out. The multi-million revitalization plan began at the 17.6 acre site back in April of 2015. Originally called Buena Vista Park, it was renamed for the late talk-show icon, Johnny Carson, in 1992. The change coincided with Carson’s retirement from “The Tonight Show.”The popular late... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in downtown Burbank

Burbank Police arrest Verdugo Park pool lifeguard

Burbank Police arrest Verdugo Park pool lifeguard. Twenty-three year-old Sun Valley resident, Arturo Montano, was booked at the Burbank jail for “for possessing images of a minor, which he used for the purpose of sexual stimulation and on six counts of concealing a camera to videotape the less than fully clothed bodies of others without their knowledge, for the purpose of sexual gratification,” according to a BPD news release. Montano was taken into custody yesterday. His bail was set at $170,000. Montano began working for the City of Burbank as a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Walmart Supercenter at the Empire Center finished and ready for the big opening tomorrow. June 21, 2016

Burbank Walmart Supercenter opens tomorrow

The Burbank Walmart Supercenter opens tomorrow morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony and some presentations.  The festivities get underway at 7:30 a.m., followed by “presentations of $12,500 in grants from Walmart to local community groups including $5,000 for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and $2,500 each for the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank & Greater East Valley, the Burbank Police Foundation and the Burbank Community YMCA,” according to a news release. The Supercenter is at 1301 North Victory Place. It took months to convert approximately 143,000 square feet... Read More →

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Burbank hits 111 before cooling trend kicks in

Burbank hits 111 before cooling trend kicks in. Yesterday,  was for a huge record breaker. The temperature blasted through the record of 106 set on that date, back in 2008, before noon. Like the rest of the Southland, the Media City continued to sizzle in the first major heat wave of the year. The Burbank temperature would peak at over 110 degrees on the first day of summer.   The high temperature at Burbank was 111. This broke old record of 106 in 2008, and tied the max... Read More →

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Burbank breaks another heat record on first day of summer

Burbank breaks another heat record on first day of summer. The temperature has been rising since sunrise in Burbank. Before 9 .a.m. it was in the 90s. An hour or so later, the Media City smashed another record with a temperature of 107, according to the National Weather Service. Yes, it will probably get even hotter before the sun sets! BUR reached 107F at 1019 am. Record was 106F set 2008. Temp still rising. Hydrate, find a cool spot, check on neighbors/pets. #LAheat#cawx — NWS Los... Read More →

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