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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Housing Rights Worshop to be held in Downtown Burbank

Housing rights workshop to be held in Burbank

Alert for tenants in Burbank! A housing rights workshop is coming up very soon. The workshop will be Monday, February 24, 2020. The location is the Community Services Building, 150 North Third Street, room 104, in Downtown Burbank. The event will run from 6-to-8pm. If interested, you need to RSVP 800-477-5977 ext.1104 TTY 213-201-0867. The event is sponsored by the Housing Rights Center, a national non-profit/civil rights organization promoting fair housing, and the City of Burbank.

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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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Burbank Beat: Downton Abbey, art festival, Annual Care Walk

Tuesday, March 29 — Behind the scenes at “Downton Abbey” at the Buena Vista Library , 300 North Buena Vista Street, begins 7 p.m. tonight.  English actress, comedy writer, and author, Diz White, will take the audience on a colorful , amusing, and visual journey of  Cotswolds, an area in south central England, where she has a cottage. Also White will include the filming locations for the popular PBS drama, “Downton Abbey,” and her experience meeting the cast. White is the author of several books... Read More →

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“Copycat Killers” TV series premieres this Saturday

A new TV series debuting this Saturday takes a look at the dark side of Hollywood films. Frequently motion pictures are inspired by reality, however, in some strange and terrifying cases killers imitate or copy what they’ve seen on the big screen.  “Copycat Killers” is a behind the scenes look at headline grabbing murder cases and the dramatic hunt for the perpetrators. “Copycat Killers” contains interviews; from law enforcement investigators to family members of victims to experts, in a variety of fields, including Russell... 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 -- Sprinklers on during midday David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank September 7, 2015

A shout out to Burbank Unified School District officials

Quick action by some officials in the Burbank Unified School District have turned a call out into a shout out for some watering issues at David Starr Jordan Middle School, 420 South Mariposa Street. Burbank school officials got called out on  Media City Groove for watering the front lawn at Jordan on a hot Labor Day, two weeks ago. Not only were the sprinklers going full force, but the watering occurred on Monday. Burbank allows outside irrigation only on Tuesdays and Saturdays.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sprinklers on during late-morning at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank September 7, 2015

Call-out : A Burbank school waters on Monday in the heat

Outdoor watering restrictions are in effect in Burbank, but apparently at David Starr Jordan Middle School on South Mariposa Street they’re not following city rules. As I walked by the school campus at around 11 a.m. today, I noticed some sprinklers spraying steady streams of water on a lawn section dotted with some young trees.The temperature at the time was 80 and climbing on a hot Labor Day. This is wrong for a number of reasons. First, outdoor watering in the Media City has been restricted to two... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Superintendent Matt Hill of the Burbank Unified School District the speaker at the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club meeting/luncheon at the Burbank Community YMCA 321 East Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 26, 2015

Superintendent Matt Hill speaks to Burbank Kiwanis club

The new superintendent of Burbank schools, Matt Hill, is making the rounds here in B-town as he continues a personal campaign of “100 days of listening ” Launched on July first, Hill told me in an email that during his first  100 days on the job he plans on “visiting all of our schools, attending PTA meetings, community event(s), sending out a survey to all students, parents, and employees, etc. I want to hear everyone’s thoughts on what is working well and where we have opportunities for improvement.” On day 56... Read More →

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Photo of Glendale Church of Christ minister Bryan Schackmann inside Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery, AL August 12, 2015

Travel Adventures: A tour of civil rights sites in Alabama

My name is Bryan Schackmann and I’m the minister at the Glendale Church of Christ. Last week I got the chance to travel on a bus with 10 white and 10 black pastors from churches across the United States to important sites from the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. It was a powerful and unique opportunity and I’m glad I got the chance to do it. We visited 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and Brown Chapel AME Church in Montgomery. These churches were actively involved... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Central Library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank

Burbank Central Library to be closed for an additional week

The  doors at the Burbank Central Library are closed for at least another week. The Central Library was supposed to reopen yesterday after a one-week closure reportedly for some updates and repairs. An email notice was sent out yesterday advising the public that the new target date for the library’s reopening is now Monday, August 24. The Central Library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard was shutdown last week  to prepare  for upgrades to the material management system, which include credit card payments, self check-out, and improved security on... Read More →

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Burbank a Special Olympics 2015 Host Town

Burbank is rolling out the welcome mat this week for the members of the Zimbabwe and Botswana teams participating in the Special Olympics World Games 2015. The Media City is “…one of nearly one hundred communities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo that has volunteered to serve as a Host Town,” according to a news release. As part of being a Host Town,  the Burbank community will help the athletes connect with the Southland through a series of  private events from July 21 through July 24.... Read More →

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City Buzz: Second Burbank H.S. shaken by sex charges

For the second time in less than a month, a Burbank high school is in the news in connection with a criminal case involving sex charges and underage students. Last Thursday, June 18, Burbank High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach, Kyle Roach, was arrested and booked on felony charges of oral copulation with a minor, annoying or molesting a child, and possession of child pornography. The Burbank Police Department began an investigation after two students on the volleyball team “… came forward when they began to suspect... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, Marianna Gatto, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell -- The "Joseph Anthony Gatto Memorial Square" sign unveiled today at West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake June 19, 2015

Joseph Gatto honored, murder still unsolved

The late father of state Assemblyman, Mike Gatto, received a special honor today. A large street sign designating the t-intersection of West Silver Lake Drive and Rowena Avenue  in Silver Lake as “Joseph Anthony Gatto  Memorial Square” was unveiled this morning at around 8 a.m. Assemblyman Gatto missed the unveiling ceremony reportedly due to a canceled flight and the important budget vote in Sacramento today. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge hosted the event in his district, right next to Ivanhoe Elementary School, where he says “hundreds of... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Jesse "Tangk" Tangkhpanya

Guest Blogger: State budget and Burbank schools

Great news for Burbank Schools: Each year Governor Brown has a May Revision Budget, which is an update to the budget he puts out in January.  The May revision reflects Brown’s adjustments (and the political/fiscal realities that come with it) to the state’s current financial position. What does that mean for the Burbank community? Opportunity. Generally speaking, there’s more than $6.5 billion increase to the state’s General Fund from January’s proposal. It’s widely accepted that much of this surplus came from Proposition 30, the legislature’s unusual fiscal restraint, and a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- John Burroughs High School 1920 West Clark Avenue Burbank June 6, 2015

Ex-Burbank school employee arrested on sex charges

A former Burroughs High School employee is facing several sex charges allegedly involving two female students. Burbank Police arrested 23 year-old, Clarke Surrey, of Glendale last Thursday, June 4. BPD reportedly began an investigation after receiving a tip, according to a news release. Surrey is accused of having sex with two students, between the ages of 15 and 17, “from approximately 2011 to 2015.”  Multiple incidents allegedly occurred off campus and the release claims Surrey “may have taken photos and videos at the time of some of the incidents.”... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Suzanne Weerts (l-r) Weerts, State PTA's Vice President for Education, Celia Jaffe. Tina McDermott at conference in Sacramento May 2, 2015

Shout-out to two Burbank parents — homework crusaders

It’s perfectly normal for kids to complain about homework. However, homework assignments have become a pain for many parents as well. A  survey sent out by the John Burroughs High School PTA got a lot of complaints from parents about the stress and disruption to family life caused by  heavy loads of homework. Here are some quotes from parents collected in the survey: Parents react to homework load: “Weekends have become so unpleasant because a HUGE chunk of it is used to catch up or get slightly ahead on homework.”... Read More →

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