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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- The official Christmas tree at Burbank City Hall sparkling with lights and adorned with ornaments during the special tree lighting ceremony December 1, 2010

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — The official Christmas tree at Burbank City Hall sparkling with lights and adorned with ornaments during the special tree lighting ceremony December 1, 2010

The week began windy and very cold, but  by Wednesday, December 1, the temperature warmed up and the winds died down — just in time for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on the steps of City Hall on East Olive Avenue in Burbank.

Hundreds turned out for the festive holiday occasion that included performances by both a children’s and adult choir, and visits from Mr & Mrs. Santa Claus and Disney characters, Minnie and Mickey Mouse.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Disney characters Minnie and Mickey Mouse at the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall in Burbank, December 1, 2010

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Disney characters Minnie and Mickey Mouse at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall in Burbank, December 1, 2010

After the tree lighting event, many folks walked over to San Fernando Boulevard for Santa’s Downtown Wonderland — where there was more entertainment, holiday decorations, and shops and stores open for business as well.

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The extended nomination period for the Burbank Municipal Elections 2011 ended last Wednesday. On Friday, I spoke with Burbank City Clerk, Margarita Campos, who said that the extension was due to Mayor Anja Reinke’s decision not to run for re-election.

Campos read about Reinke’s decision in the Leader. Then Campos phoned the mayor and “…she did confirm…” it. Campos says the California Elections Code requires the nomination period be extended three days when an incumbent declares he or she will not run for another term.

The way it stands now, there are four candidates running for two seats on the Burbank City Council. Incumbent, Gary Bric, Planning Board member, Emily Gabel-Luddy, Police Commissioner, Bob Frutos, and Landlord-Tenant Commissioner, Jacqueline Waltman.

For the three seats on the Board of Education: the incumbents Roberta Reynolds, Ted Bunch, Dave Kemp, and Traffic Commissioner, Gregory Bragg.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Visitors spruce-up a gravesite at Grand View Memoral Park cemetery in Glendale during a public visitation November 21, 2010

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Visitors spruce-up a gravesite at Grand View Memoral Park cemetery in Glendale during a public visitation November 21, 2010

Tomorrow, will be the last public visitation at Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale until after the restoration, set to get underway in the next few weeks. Grand View will be open from noon to 4 p.m on Sunday, December 5.

Lisa Burks has more on her site about the opening tomorrow and what to expect during the coming weeks of renovation at Grand View.

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