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Burbank COVID-19 update For Monday, March 23

The latest Burbank COVID-19 update for Monday, March 23, has new information. In it, Mayor, Sharon Springer, talks about the newest restrictions added to the “Safer at Home” order. The Los Angeles County Health Department issued that order. A summary and link to that order is here. Also, Mayor Springer announced the closure of hiking trails, gives reminders on what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet, and provides a list of coronavirus crisis resources.

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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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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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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 -- (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: (l-r) Food Blogger Gwenna Hunter and Chef Chloe at opening of new vegan restaurant in Silver Lake May 31, 2016 -- photo courtesy Gwenna Hunter

Food Groove: New vegan restaurant opens in Silver Lake

I went to “by CHLOE.” vegan restaurant in Silver Lake because of Chef Chloe. She is a vegan celebrity who is known for her amazing vegan recipes and dishes at her New York City restaurant “by CHLOE.” For months, there’s been a lot buzz about this chain coming to the Southland. I wanted to be one of the first vegans to check it out and give my feedback! So, I was there for the grand opening last Tuesday, May 31, when the doors opened at 11 a.m. The restaurant is... Read More →

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Poster for the documentary "Alive Inside" a story of music and memory

Award-winning film “Alive Inside” screening in Burbank

A documentary about the power of music and its ability to touch the lives of people suffering from memory loss is set to be screened here in Burbank tomorrow. “Alive Inside: A story of Music and Memory” is by Michael Rossato-Bennett and it won the 2014 Audience Award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The film”chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music,” according to its website.  “Alive Inside” will be shown at the Providence Saint... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Art festival draws crowds to Downtown Burbank April 11, 2015

Burbank ranked as one of the best cities in America

Is Burbank a better place to live than Seattle, San Diego or even Boston? You might get some arguments from some folks who live in those other cities — but not from Niche, an online ranking and review website. In the 2015 best cities to live rankings on that site, Burbank scored number 9 — not far behind San Francisco and Manhattan. Niche rates cities “based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a city... Read More →

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Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/freelance photog -- Crowds greeted President Obama as he arrived by motorcade in Studio City for a star-studded fundraiser at actor George Clooney

UPDATED: Street closures in Burbank due to visit of President Obama

UPDATED: 5:00 p.m. President Barack Obama is headed to the Southland today and his visit with undoubtedly cause some traffic issues. The president has a very busy schedule, which includes at least one major fundraiser and appearances on a talk show. Burbank Police sent out a news release warning of the closure today of Hollywood Way (in both directions) between Empire Avenue to Glenoaks Boulevard, starting at around 4 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. The closure will affect the following side streets as well: Thornton Avenue Burton Avenue Tulare Avenue San Fernando Boulevard Cohasset... Read More →

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President Obama: What you need to know about Ebola

President Barack Obama focused on what Americans need to know about Ebola in his weekly address today. Above all, President Obama emphasized the only way to catch the deadly disease is by coming in contact with the bodily fluids of a person showing symptoms. It cannot be transmitted through the air like the flu. The Ebola epidemic is in West Africa. There are only a few cases here in the U.S. Measures are underway to fight the disease here and abroad.  Obama says Ebola is a health challenge:... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Water and Power crew seen wearing pink hard hats on West Olive Avenue near South Brighton Street Burbank October 7, 2014

UPDATED: Burbank Water and Power crews go pink for October

Burbank Water and Power crews are wearing pink hard hats to draw attention to October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. Each year, it is estimated that over 220,000 women in this country will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. However, many believe breast cancer is only a female disease. It’s not. Annually, around 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die, according to the National Breast... Read More →

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NY Police launch investigation into the death of Joan Rivers

      New York Police have launched an investigation into the death of comedy icon, Joan Rivers, according to a report today on The Hollywood Reporter. The 81-year-old comic underwent a medical procedure on her throat at an outpatient clinic August 28.  During the procedure, Rivers went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to a hospital. Last Thursday she died after being taken off life support. After an autopsy, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office announced yesterday that it could not determine the... 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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Photo: Greg Reyna/ Freelancer / Media City G --(l-r) Demonstrators Tina McDermott and Chris Kelley held up protest signs in front of Hobby Lobby in Burbank July 26, 2014

Demonstrators continue the protest against Hobby Lobby

Demonstrators returned to Hobby Lobby in Burbank yesterday in small but determined numbers.They are protesting the  recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which allows the giant crafts and home decor retailer to refuse to cover certain forms of  female birth control in its employee health insurance plan because of the religious beliefs of the owners. The controversial high court decision allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of a mandate to provide all types of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. For several hours in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protest organizer Cheryl Holt explained the issue against Hobby Lobby to a Ralph Grocery store employee in Burbank July 12, 2014

Demonstrators spread their anti-Hobby Lobby message in Burbank

Protesters returned to the Hobby Lobby in Burbank yesterday to spread their message.  The protesters are upset because Hobby Lobby won the right to opt out of providing certain female contraceptives in its employee health insurance plan for religious reasons. The decision was handed down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court in a close vote of 5-4.  On Saturday, the protesters held-up signs condemning the ruling. Frequently, they were greeted with cheers and honking of  horns from motorists.  Some of the drivers, as well... Read More →

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Actress Eva Longoria appears at Burbank YMCA special event

Actress/producer/director, Eva Longoria, dropped by the Burbank YMCA today to host a special event. Longoria was there to encourage kids to drink more water.  Also, the event was to celebrate the donation of thousands of Brita water filter pitchers and dispensers to YMCA locations nationwide. This three-year commitment is designed to give kids participating in before and after school programs “… access to clean, clear, filtered water,” according to a news release. Brita’ donation continues its involvement with organizations fighting childhood obesity and promoting healthier lifestyles for kids. Brita is... Read More →

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Burbank YMCA pancake breakfast fundraiser today

 Here’s a chance to help out a good cause and have breakfast as well. The 50th annual Burbank Community YMCA pancake breakfast is today from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at 321 East Magnolia Boulevard. On the menu pancakes, sausage, fruit,  juice, and coffee. The price, $5 per person. Children under 5 eat for free. The fundraiser was launched by the support group, the Burbank YMCA Service Club.  The aim is to raise funds for the Y “particularly the youth and government program,” according to a news release. The Burbank... Read More →

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Health Alert: A case of flea-borne typhus in Burbank

A case of flea-borne typhus discovered in Burbank. The Los Angeles County Vector Control has confirmed the case, according to a community bulletin sent out today by the city of Burbank. Endemic typhus fever (aka: murine typhus or flea-borne typhus) is a disease caused by a bacteria known as Rickettsia. The disease is not transmitted person to person. Infected fleas spread this type of typhus to people. The symptoms include  fever, headache, chills, body aches,pains and a rash can occur on the chest, back, arms and/or legs in some cases. The Los... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Thursday February 20, 2014

Want to be a T.V. director? Warner Bros.Television is accepting submissions for a new directors workshop to help talented folks, for example, those with “…an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials” break into primetime television. The 12-week master class will be taught on the Warner Bros Studios lot in Burbank beginning in May. The deadline to submit is February 28. More on The Wrap. A lot of reports on local news and the Internet about the arrest of former Southland T.V.... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Friday February 14, 2014

   What do bananas have to do with Valentine’s Day? They are on a short list of little known aphrodisiacs along with honey, almonds, watermelon and sushi, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Daily Dish. Instead of telling your guy to eat his Wheaties, this article suggests asparagus. Interesting. Actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing the father on TV series “The Waltons,” has died. Waite appeared in a number of other TV series and daytime soaps including most recently “Days of Our Lives.” Also,... Read More →

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CVS to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products

The first national pharmacy chain announced today it will put the brakes on the sell of cigarettes and tobacco products. CVS has 7,600 stores nationwide — three of them here in Burbank. On October 1, 2014, CVS will no longer sell any tobacco products at any of its retail stores. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health, said Larry J. Merlo, President... Read More →

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