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Bargain prices at popular Burbank submarine sandwich shop

The American flags were out at this neighborhood eatery during the long 4th of July weekend. Many local businesses closed up shop during the long holiday weekend: not Giamela’s in Burbank. When I asked the owner, Edward Giamela, if he ever takes off. “We’re never closed.” He declared with a straight face and then smiled. “That’s a lie. We’re closed four days: Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s.” Giamela continue to laugh and joke as he worked making sandwiches behind the counter with three male employees on the... Read More →

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A grand-slamming day at Wimbledon

A grand-slamming day at Wimbledon for home girls Serena & Venus Google photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth Serena and Venus plot strategy during the women’s doubles competition at Wimbledon. Born in South Los Angeles, the two youngest Williams sisters were introduced to tennis at an early age by their father. At one point, the young girls would regularly practice on a court at a park plagued by gang activity in Compton. That was many years ago. The sisters have come along way since those days. Today, Venus won her... Read More →

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A day to celebrate freedom of choice

American flags are flying all over the country including here in Glendale today. On America’s Independence Day, I celebrate freedom of choice. I went for a walk through the Burbank hillside area. I passed a home being demolished by a construction team. A number of gardening crews were out mowing lawns and blowing leaves around. The car wash at Glen Oaks Boulevard and Santa Ana Avenue was doing a brisk business. Many of the residential streets were lined with vehicles and the driveways filled — apparently a lot... Read More →

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SAG contract expires tonight at 12:01 a.m.

The Screen Actors Guild and the Studio reps are really under the gun now, with the SAG union contract set to expire in a matter of hours. After a weekend of bargaining, both sides reportedly returned to the negotiating table for another round this morning at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. This is the 42nd day of negotiations, which started back in mid-April. On the SAG website today instructions were given to the rank and file. “All members should continue to report to work and to audition for... Read More →

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Oil prices skyrocketing, no relief at the pumps

Our money pains at the gasoline stations are apparently going to get worse. Today, oil prices hit a new record of nearly 143 dollars a barrel. This bad news comes days before the July 4th holiday week when thousands hit the roads and highways. While out and driving in Burbank, I could not help noticing a number of brand new huge SUVs still sporting dealer plates. Those drivers must have received an incredible deal to ignore the cost of keeping an SUV fueled and rolling these days. I... Read More →

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Burbank Democratic Club endorses Barack Obama for President

   I dropped by the backyard cookout of the Burbank Democratic Club this evening. A spirited group of about 20 ate BBQ, sipped beverages of their choice, and discussed the state of the country and the world. And oh yes, talked a lot about politics and the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.   Club President Janet Reynolds called for a vote and got a unanimous endorsement for the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Senator Barack Obama. Also, the group threw its support behind a... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery to be open on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Visitors to the beleaguered Glendale cemetery on Sunday, May 25, 2008, line up at a table near the gate to get information and directions. They get assistance from volunteers including plaintiff’s attorney Paul Ayers and blogger Lisa Burks. The Grand View Memorial Park cemetery hours this Sunday are from noon to 4 p.m.. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr signed an order on Tuesday, June 24, granting the public visitation on June 29, as well as two more on July 13 and July 27. I got... Read More →

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Long Beach Bayou Festival

Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach / Google file photo Also, arriving by e-mail today, a report from South Bay activist and social diva, Dee Dee Brown about a big weekend event. “Yesterday I attended the Bayou Festival @ The Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach with my husband and friends. The Bayou Festival had all the trappings of a New Orleans picnic. From the food to the traditional Zydeo music. ” “… we experienced the soulful sounds of Linda Hopkins, who belted out the Blues like no other.... Read More →

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