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Remembering the 9/11 attacks 15 years later

Remembering the September 11 attacks 15 years later. In his weekly address yesterday, President Obama focused on those terrorist attacks. The president said we honor the heroes and the victims and “stand with the survivors who still bare the scars of that day.” Meanwhile, as the terrorist threat has evolved, Obama declared we will do everything we can to  “protect our homeland.” The president’s complete address on the White House website or right here on Media City Groove.

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Women’s Equality Day 2016

Women’s Equality Day 2016. How far have we come? Not far enough, when women have to continue to fight for equal pay and equal rights. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 19th amendment to the constitution granting women the right to vote. Women have come a long way since this amendment was ratified in 1920, but still the battle for true equality goes on.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Ron Davis selected as permanent city manager. Announcement made at Burbank City Council meeting June 14, 2016

Ron Davis selected permanent Burbank city manager

Ron Davis selected permanent city manager. Burbank  Mayor, Jess Talamantes, made the announcement about the elevation of Davis at last night’s council meeting. Talamantes says the action was taken earlier in the day during a closed session: “The city council unanimously selected Mr. Davis to be our permanent city manager. The council will consider an employment agreement for Mr. Davis during next Tuesday’s council meeting.” The council gave the new city manager a round of applause. Many in the audience joined in. During his tenure as  general manager of Burbank... Read More →

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Election Day for the California Primary 2016

Finally, Election Day for the California Primary 2016. Almost every day for the past few weeks, my mailbox has been stuffed with expensive flyers and political campaign literature clamoring  for my vote. Political endorsements were still filling up my voice mail yesterday. Late Monday, the results from the Puerto Rico primary came in. After seeing those results, some in the media like CNN declared Hillary Clinton had “clinched” the Democratic presidential nomination with 1, 812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates for a total of 2, 384. Not... Read More →

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Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary at Burbank event

Bill Clinton stumping for Hillary in Burbank

Former President Bill Clinton stumping for Hillary in Burbank yesterday. Several hundred folks braved the 80 plus degree heat to see Clinton pitch his wife as the best candidate to be the next president of the United States. Clinton stepped out to applause and cheers in front of the Olive Recreation Center on West Olive Avenue at around 11:30 a.m. Clinton is still a pro in front of a crowd. Eloquent, witty, and rolling off stats and numbers with ease, Clinton is an engaging speaker. Clinton spent more than 35... Read More →

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In the News: More money for millions of U.S. workers

Overtime pay for salaried workers: President Obama and the U.S. Labor Department announced the update of overtime regulations today. Hourly workers are guaranteed overtime. Now, thanks to the federal rule update, most white-collar employees making less than $47, 476 will be guaranteed overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. At least four million workers will be impacted, half of them women. Check out the video here for more on who will benefit from this update.   Netflix female star demands and gets equal pay: Actress... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Will Rogers requested additional information about controversial emails during Burbank City Council meeting May 10, 2016

Controversial emails and the Burbank City Council

The Tom Angel email scandal is not on the city council meeting agenda tonight, but that does not mean the controversy and the issues sparked by it are dead in Burbank. Some had hoped the council would call on Police Chief, Scott LaChasse, at the Tuesday, May 10 meeting, to explain how his ex-second-in-command, Tom Angel, got only a “slap on the hand” for forwarding derogatory emails.  A report last month in the Los Angeles Times made those emails public. The uproar that followed forced Angel to resign from... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Will Tom Angel scandal come up at city council tonight?

Will the Tom Angel scandal come up at the Burbank City Council meeting tonight? There doesn’t appear to be an item related to the scandal on tonight’s agenda.  However, there is evidence that City Hall officials recently received information related to the scandal. On May 1, the news broke that Angel had resigned as Chief of Staff at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department due to an avalanche of criticism surrounding the revelation he had forwarded some emails, which disparaged, mocked, or degraded certain groups while Deputy Police Chief at the... Read More →

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Candidate for State Senate District 25 Phlunte Riddle on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day: Phlunte Riddle candidate for State Senate

I wanted to take a quick break from knocking on doors to wish all the moms out there Happy Mother’s Day for tomorrow. Even after passing, my mother continues to be an inspiration to me. She had a fire for justice within her that led her to leave the South at the age of 17 and then went on to raise three daughters while working two jobs. She should be a saint because we were a handful. I still take her lessons of kindness, hard work, and helping... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Jess Talamantes selected as mayor during Burbank City Council reorganization meeting (L-R) Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice Mayor Will Rogers, Mayor Talamantes, Dr. David Gordon, and Bob Frutos City Hall May 2, 2016

Tears and tension at Burbank City Council reorganization mtg

The Burbank City Council conducted its annual reorganization meeting last Monday, May 2,  at City Hall. The meeting was pretty routine, except for a few moments that stood out; such as the emotional walk down memory lane for outgoing Mayor Bob Frutos and a tense drama during the selection of vice mayor, which had many on the edge of their seats. At the beginning of the meeting, the focus was on Mayor Frutos. It’s no secret Frutos has had a love affair with the mayoral position. In his farewell speech... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel

Ex-BPD official resigns LASD job over email controversy

The heat from a controversy over email jokes has become too much for Ex-Burbank Deputy Police Chief, Tom Angel. Today Angel reportedly resigned his job as Chief of Staff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Angel moved into that job after leaving the Burbank PD last June. Los Angeles County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell, announced Angel’s resignation in a statement today, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper put the heat on McDonnell and Angel last Wednesday with a report on email jokes sent by the former... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Ex-Burbank Police official in hot water over email jokes

Tom Angel got quite a send off from Burbank Police and city officials last June, when he made the move from Deputy Chief back to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department where he retired six years ago. Angel took over as Chief of Staff  at LASD. Back in 2010, Angel joined the Burbank PD, at the request of Chief LaChasse. During the June shindig, Scott LaChasse is quoted, on Myburbank, as praising Angel saying “a truly noble decision for (DC Angel) to come here in Burbank’s time of need.”... Read More →

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California Primary coming check your voter registration

So far, the presidential nomination for the Republicans as well as the Democrats still up for grabs. Billionaire/ Reality TV star,  Donald Trump, and former-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, extended their leads as front-runners in yesterday’s New York Primary. Trump, the Republican, and Clinton, the Democrat, both have set their sights on the California Primary and its huge pool of delegates. Usually, the nominations are locked up long before the voters in the Golden State get the chance to cast... Read More →

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In the News: March 21, 2016

Disney’s animation “Zootopia” beat back the competition to stay number one at the box office for the third straight week. Over the weekend, “Zootopia” pulled in an estimated $38 million at the domestic box office — kicking its total  to over $200  million. Worldwide, “Zootopia” is more than half way to the $1 billion dollar mark. ABC News, Box Office Mojo Apple is whipping up a lot of chatter on the Internet with the unveiling today of its new smart phone, a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Hillary Clinton at Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan March 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton campaign raffling off night with the Clooneys

Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton, is adding more Hollywood star power to her campaign. The Wrap says Clinton has more Hollywood endorsements “than all the other candidates combined.” Now Tinseltown heavyweight and a long time Democrat, George Clooney, along with his high-powered lawyer wife Amal Clooney, are on board to host fundraisers and a raffle for the former Secretary of State. The Clinton campaign sent out a tweet today about the raffle, which offers winners the opportunity to meet the candidate and the Clooneys... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Donald Trump at Fox News Republican debate Detroit, Michigan March 3, 2016

Latest poll shows Trump a turn-off for many women

While billionaire/reality TV star, Donald Trump, has won support from female voters in most of the GOP primaries and caucuses so far, apparently there are a lot of women out there not feeling the love for the irreverent presidential candidate. This month in a Reuters/Ipsos Poll, half of the women surveyed said they had a “very unfavorable” opinion of Trump — that is up from 40 percent in a similar poll taken last October. This survey was conducted from March 1-15 and involved 5,400 respondents. The poll may... Read More →

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In the News: March 16, 2016

Primary results from Super Tuesday 3, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored big last night and remain the front-runners heading for a showdown in the November Presidential Election. CNN Politics President Obama called the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate’s bluff and nominated a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court today. Obama selected Judge Merrick Garland, of the Washington D.C. Federal Appeals Court and a former prosecutor in the Unabomber, Oklahoma Cit and Atlanta Olympics bombings cases. CNN, NPR, The White... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Los Angeles Times editorial about presidential candidate/billionaire Donald Trump March 3, 2016

Los Angeles Times says Trump unfit to be president

Billionaire-turned-reality-TV-star-now-presidential-candidate, Donald Trump, was slammed really hard today by the Los Angeles Times. In a scathing editorial the paper called Trump “not fit to be president of the United States.” Despite leading the pack of GOP presidential contenders by a sizable margin in the delegate count the Times has this searing assessment of the billionaire: “The reality is that Trump has no experience whatsoever in government, interacting with the machinery of state only as a supplicant. He has shamefully little knowledge of the issues facing the country and the... Read More →

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Letter: Katherine Perez-Estolano for State Senate

My name is Katherine Perez-Estolano and I am running to be your next State Senator in District 25. I love California and I believe in the people who make up this great state. From a young age, my mother – a lifelong school teacher –taught me that serving our community is a responsibility we all share, a lesson that has motivated me throughout my career and inspires me to serve. The Greater San Gabriel Valley has been my home for nearly 25 years. As a parent, wife, small business owner,... Read More →

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Southland today

Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. is in the Southland today, fundraising and drumming up support for her campaign for the White House. Clinton is set to appear at an event at a home in Studio City this afternoon, the first of several appearance. Then later this evening, the former secretary of state is the main attraction at a reception hosted by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, at the Hancock home of “Maze Runner” (2014) movie producer, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. Tickets reportedly start at $1,000 per person. Yesterday Clinton... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- A Burbank resident stepped to the mike to ask a question at a community meeting at Worshipwalk Church 3310 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank February 17, 2016

City Buzz: Crime and quality of life worries in Burbank

Crime and quality of life worries in Burbank prompted a face-off between residents and some city officials last week at the Worshipwalk Church, 3310 West Magnolia Blvd. No, Burbank hasn’t dropped into a pit of total despair, but it has taken some hits lately and that has spiked the concerns of many residents. Burbank Mayor, Bob Frutos, admitted at the February 9 city council meeting he had received numerous phone calls and emails about crime, especially gang violence, being on the rise in the Media City. Several recent incidents fueled... Read More →

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Ron Davis City Manager -- photo courtesy City of Burbank

BWP’s Ron Davis new interim Burbank City Manager

Burbank Water and Power General Manager, Ron Davis, will soon be on top as the city employee with the biggest salary and the most power.  One-foot-out-the-door City Manager, Mark Scott, the previous holder of both titles, officially moves on to San Bernardino in early February.  Yesterday a city news release announced the selection of Davis as the new interim city manager. “Ron Davis has a proven track record of success here in Burbank,” said Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos in the release. “Council was unanimous in our decision to select... Read More →

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