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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sharon Springer spoke during public comments period at city council meeting in Burbank April 4, 2017

Letter: Sharon Springer expresses gratitude for campaign support

Dear Burbank Community: I would like to thank our Burbank community for electing me to city council. Thank you for opening your doors when we knocked; thank you for talking with us outside grocery stores, and schools. Thank you for tolerating my morning campaign runs.  Thank you for hosting my bright pink signs, your financial contributions and your word of mouth endorsements.  Thanks to my campaign chair person, Elaine Paonessa, and my well-organized, relentless volunteers for their inspiration, support and belief in me.  Thanks to my organizational endorsements,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilman Bob Frutos, guest Lourdes de Garcia, and former Burbank Council Member/Mayor, Marsha Ramos smile for photos at a re-elect Frutos rally in Burbank March 27, 2017

Letter: Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos offers thanks for support

  A heartfelt thank you message to Burbank residents: I am grateful to have received your strong support and your vote in this general election. Many of you were there for me four years ago in 2013 and you have shown your trust in me again today. Heartfelt thank you for your vote to get re-elected to the Burbank City Council. Four years ago, I pledged to you my commitment towards working for you and for our city.  Today, I am more committed and dedicated to continue to work tirelessly... Read More →

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Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos at October 11, 2016 city council meeting

City Elections 2017: Statement from Bob Frutos Campaign

Burbank, CA – Burbank City Councilmember Bob Frutos will seek re-election to his seat in the February 28, 2017 election. Elected in 2013, Bob expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to serve on the Council, and reiterated his promise to continue “working tirelessly for our city and all its residents and neighborhoods.” Noting his strong support among numerous residents from ever part of Burbank and Community Leaders, Councilmember Frutos said, “I am committed to continuing to make a positive and lasting difference in our community.” During the past four... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Backstage Cafe 2520 West Olive Avenue Burbank July 5, 2014

Best deli sandwich in Burbank

A lot of eateries in Burbank have sandwiches on their menus.  Nevertheless, if you want a sandwich that’s filling, flavorful, and at a reasonable price, the Backstage Cafe is the place to go.  The little shop is anchored on the corner of the First Entertainment Credit Union and IATSE Local 80 building 2520 West Olive Avenue in the Media District. Backstage specializes in fresh, deli-style sandwiches, which are simply scrumptious. Owner Chris Applegate explained how he wants his sandwiches to be memorable for being “fresh and generous portions.” They... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Exercise guru Michelle Wilson in Pilates class Verdugo Recreation Center Burbank August 6, 2014

Burbank Scene: Working out with Michelle Wilson

In a city dotted with movie studios, film, television, and media production companies, getting into and staying in shape is big business. The Media City has an ample supply of various gyms, workout studios, and exercise venues. Over the years, I have taken exercise classes at a variety of places, from professional studios to the YMCA.  By far one of the best workout classes in Burbank is at the Verdugo Park Recreation Center 3201 West Verdugo Avenue. It’s a Pilates class taught by veteran fitness instructor Michelle Wilson. Fitness has been... Read More →

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Guest Blogger Jackie Waltman: Burbank mayor position. Is it time for a change?

It may be time to seriously talk about the position of Burbank City Mayor.  For years the position of Burbank mayor has been largely ceremonial. The position has been conferred on a rotational basis to council members by their colleagues.  This practice sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. First off, I would like to say that any citizen who is willing to step up to help guide the City should be applauded.  The city council plays a pivotal role in managing the quality of life in Burbank by ensuring that the... Read More →

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“300: Rise of an Empire” slays the competition at box office

The bloody actioner, “300: Rise of an Empire,” slayed the competition to become the number one movie in the country. The final numbers are out today and they show, “300: Rise of an Empire,” won the domestic box office race with a debut of $45 million. This is the sequel to the successful battle film, “300”(2006),  about 300 brave Spartans who take on an invading army of 300,000 Persians. That film has grossed $456 million worldwide.”Rise of the Empire,” is  about another brutal confrontation — the Greeks fighting... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Saraya Thai Cuisine 1439 West Olive Avenue, Burbank May 16, 2013

A Strong View: Saraya best Thai food in Burbank

  SARAYA THAI CUISINE  1439 West Olive Ave. Burbank, CA. 91506  (818) 846-1244 Saraya Thai Cuisine is a nice place to dine anytime. This little Thai café offers a variety of delicious entrees as well as appetizers and deserts. It is small, clean and comfortable. The drinking water they serve to customers here is fresh and tasteful. Many restaurants, when you ask for water, and it is served– after one sip and you know you don’t want another drink of it. The prices at Saraya are reasonable and run from : $6.95... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Guarantee Vacuum 1721 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank 91506 April 29, 2013

A Strong View: A repair shop that gets two thumbs up

GUARANTEE VACUUM 1721 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank, California 91506 Phone (818) 842-0357 Guarantee Vacuum is one of those small dependable businesses that dot the landscape of Burbank. It has been operating in Burbank for almost 45 years. Chris Dansak took over from his father in 1980 and is still running the business today. As a boy, this store was a second home. On Saturdays, Chris could be found inside working alongside his father learning all about vacuums. When he became older, Chris helped deliver cleaned and repaired vacuum and ran... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: Stars and dream achievers

Which areas do you like most – sports, music, or movies? Do you have any particular favorite star in that area? Stars! Whatever the area may be, it must have some stars for people  to envy as well as love. And so often those who have ascended to stardom are called “dream achievers.” To first generation immigrants like me, those who have become stars, made a fortune or become famous, are regarded as the ones who have realized the American dream. Then, I came across a very interesting story. According... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Community activist David Piroli spoke during public comments at the Burbank City Council April 2, 2013

A Strong View: Two citizens who take the time

Many residents in Burbank would like to participate in the inner workings of the city if they had the extra time to perhaps attend council meetings on Tuesdays. This is most often impossible for many, as the council meetings have been known to run late into the evening. Sometimes 11:00 p.m. and on occasion until 2:00 a.m. As many of these residents have families, early morning jobs or are elderly and can’t sit in one spot for hours they do not show up at city hall. This brings me to the two gentlemen... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: Being grateful for every day

I don’t know what all of you who are reading this post do for a living. I don’t know whether you do new and exciting work or repeat the same work every day. I am repeating basically the same work every day. In fact, that’s a distinctive characteristic of the cleaning business. Today, I would like to share with you one person’s story. She has repeated the same work over and over again every day for a long time, like me. She is Sue Jin Kang who is a Korean... Read More →

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Photo: Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

Guest blogger: David Gordon and Bob Frutos have the right stuff

Burbank Councilman Dr. David Gordon has been fighting for the people of Burbank all by himself since he has been on the council.  Be it neighbors problems or that of small Business he is always there. Dr. Gordon stands for free enterprise and freedom of choice in our neighborhoods. There have been attempts by the opposition, especially Dave Golonski, to defame Gordon’s character — but it hasn’t worked. Dr. Gordon is still well respected. Golonski wants a one man town where he can dictate “His Pleasure” to an agreeable staff,... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Welcome 2013

The year 2012 is coming to an end and the year 2013 is about to begin. Within any cultures, there are certain customs that are kept on certain days or periods. Some of them may be similar and some may be totally different, and even strange, according to other countries or ethnic groups. Today, I want to introduce a custom, which used to be kept on December 31 in Korea. The reason why I said “used to” is because it is... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: The secret to a long life

It is probably everybody’s wish to live a healthy long life without getting sick. So there are a variety of stories and secrets of health and longevity across the ages and in all the countries in the world. One of them is a story about Okinawa, Japan, where most of its residents live long. Especially, people in the village of Okimi within Okinawa are known to have the longest lives. At the entrance of the village, there is a stone monument on which the following words are inscribed: If you... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: September and the fresh breeze of youth

An advertisement was posted in a newspaper in Ohio in 1979. <Escape from dull everyday life! Enliven senescence!> Qualification: Men of an age between the late seventies and the early eighties. Task: Profound discussion about memories while traveling for a week. Fee: None (Paying a fixed amount for expenses) Benefit: Free traveling costs. ————————————————————- Eight men from the applicants were selected. They were old men who had deep wrinkles and blotches on their faces and for whom just standing up seemed to be a hard task. They arrived at an... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles at the Armstrong's Garden Centers in Glendale August 4, 2012

Garden Guru: Summer bugs

Lately, I have had customers and my neighbors inquiring about patches in their lawns looking “dry” or spreading patches. The answer: Grubs, which are an “alien” looking fat white worm, are eating at the roots. There are a few organic forces you can use against them and they will go away easily and are environmentally friendly — organic is particularly good (read safe)  if you have pets and kids running around the lawn. Then again,  the problem with lawn brown patches can be attributed to fungal/bacteria diseases, which also attack the... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: Finding joy in routine tasks

Everybody has their own routine work to do. At the same time, everyone has their own special things to do. Perhaps, an ordinary person usually has routine work more than special things. What are your routine tasks? What are your special things to do today or this week? As a cleaner, my daily routine is the repetition of almost the same things. What I do daily is more like the continuance of the same work as a wheel goes round and round. However, I have many things so special at the same time. That’s people... Read More →

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A Writer’s View: From TV police drama “Hunter” to mystery author

My first paid writing job fell into my lap when working for a TV syndication company.  My boss needed to hire someone to watch seven seasons (23 shows a season) worth of “Hunter,” the police drama starring Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer, and compose a one page, double spaced synopsis of each show to be faxed (our office didn’t have a computer yet) directly to TV Guide.   Since I happened to be the only one around the office (and probably the only one that would undertake such a chore)... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Olympic medals and serenity of mind

The London Olympiad, which draws the attention of people around the world, is about to end. Many athletes have won glorious medals, but a lot more athletes will go back to their countries with empty hands. There is one thing that will be equally given to those who won medals, those who didn’t, as well as to all the people who enjoyed the Olympic games. That is the time of tomorrow. Being asked the secret of winning, an archer who won... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Garden Guru Emilio "Elmo" Telles

Garden Guru: Summer plant maintenance

Spring is the most popular time for gardeners to flock to their favourite nursery to shop for their gardens, raised bed, and hanging basket gardening. Here comes the summer heat and those spring annuals are getting a little “tired” looking and need a boost of care. Wait, just to clarify. Annual bedding plants(for instance petunias, marigolds, cosmos,pansies,  and snapdragons ), start from seed and last for a year. As opposed to perennials like (geraniums, dusty miller, agapanthus,daylilies, etc. will last three years or more). Spring planted annuals have finished their spring blooming... Read More →

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Jean Youn: The Olympic spirit and your life journey

2012 London Olympiad has begun. The best athletes from all over the world will compete for medals in various events. Every single athlete must be the best in their countries and must have cherished ardent wishes and dreams. I mean wishes like “If I win a gold, silver or bronze medal…” Do you use the word “If” frequently? It is the word, “life” that we imply most frequently in the “if” sentences. Perhaps that’s because life is full of “ifs”. And we... Read More →