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Hot collectible: Burbank centennial bag

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Photo: FLLewis. Media City G -- Burbank reusable centennial bag

Photo: FLLewis. Media City G -- Burbank reusable centennial bag

I noticed it soon after the big party of the century to celebrate Burbank’s centennial back on July 8. Whenever I took my colorful Burbank centennial reusable bag out in public — someone would comment on it.  “What a cool bag!” is what a checker at the Trader Joe’s on East Alameda Avenue in Burbank said as she carefully arranged my groceries in that bag.  I get versions of that compliment the most.

On another occasion, a Burbank shopper pointed out that she has one just like it — but is not using it– thinking it will become a collector’s item.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank then and now snapshots on side two of the centennial reusable bag

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank then and now snapshots on side two of the centennial reusable bag

At the Be-Boppin’ in the Park on Magnolia Boulevard earlier this month, I picked up a second centennial bag — but I had to buy a $5 coffee mug at the Burbank booth to get it. At the party of the century, the bags were handed out free. I’m told the city ordered 15-thousand or so and the supply has dwindled.

What city officials should do is re-order say 50-or-60 or a 100- thousand of these reusable bags and give them to Burbank residents as a way to encourage the ‘bring your own bag’ mindset. That would most likely flood the city with the centennial bags — putting the skids on the collectible notion. However, it’s a much more positive way to nudge folks to help protect the environment  — than the proposed extreme ban on plastic bags at checkout stands in grocery stores or charging customers money for paper bags.

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3 Responses to Hot collectible: Burbank centennial bag

  1. Resident Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Really ? Where is the bag made and what is it made of ? Honestly, they should not be using taxpayer money to buy any kind of bags they should be fixing our streets and sidewalks, I am not a fan of tax the public and spend the money to change their mindset – sounds a bit evil empire to me.

  2. Fronnie Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 4:58 am #


    Evil empire? Really? Sounds a bit paranoid to me. Taxpayer dollars are frequently spent on campaigns encouraging (not putting a gun to your head) to conserve water, protect the environment, or even beware of mountain lions.

    If folks decide to reuse the Burbank centennial bag –it’s their choice. I have no problem with that or spending money on the city’s centennial. Employee bonuses, well that’s different story — and that money I feel can be better spent on programs that serve the public or yes, fixing the streets and sidewalks.

    If you don’t like the way Burbank officials are spending tax dollars — Mayor Jess Talamantes at city council meetings regularly calls on residents to contact him — he wants to know your priorities. Perhaps you should take him up on his offer.

  3. Cynthia Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    I would love to buy this bag!! Where do I find one???

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