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Fronnie Lewis - Editor

Note from the Editor

I did not endorse candidates in the 2017 Burbank Primary nor will I endorse candidates in the upcoming April 11 Burbank General Election. However, I will continue to cover the city elections and politics in general here on Media City Groove. By the way, comments on this site have been closed for about a year and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.  If I decide to accept comments again, the same high standards used in the past will apply. Those who want to spew “alternative facts,”... 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 -- 2017 Burbank city elections sign in the Rancho District March 10, 2017

Burbank city clerk responds to election questions and concerns

The election taking center stage in Burbank right now is the 2017 General Election. Four candidates are battling it out for two seats on the city council. They are incumbents Dr. David Gordon and Bob Frutos, and challengers Juan Guillen and Sharon Springer. Councilman/Mayor, Jess Talamantes, won re-election in the primary. Nevertheless, there are questions and doubts lingering from the recent primary election on February 28.  City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, was re-elected in the primary. Here is my email Q&A with Mullins about the primary and those mail-in ballots. 1.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street Burbank

Suspicious device found inside a Burbank library

A suspicious device drama at the Buena Vista Library caused some tense moments this morning in Burbank. At around 7:50 a.m. Burbank Police reportedly responded to a call of “suspicious items found by library employees.” The library at 300 North Buena Vista Street was closed at the time. “When Police Officers arrived, they found an unattended 12-volt battery inside the library which was connected to a charging system, similar to a trickle charging device. The charging system was plugged into an outlet and a black powder-like substance was scattered on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, at City Hall as the ballots were counted on primary election night Tuesday, February 28, 2017

City Clerk releases final results of 2017 Burbank Primary Election

Late today, Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, released the final results of the 2017 primary election. Per a new Burbank election code, the city clerk’s office could accept mail-in ballots postmarked on or before primary election day, February 28, up until noon on Friday. Mullins says they received  approximately 900 additional ballots, which needed to be processed today. By 10:35 p.m. last Tuesday, 9,903 ballots had been sorted and counted. Just before 5 p.m. this evening, the final results of the primary were announced. In the final tally, veteran Councilman-now-Mayor,... Read More →

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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: FLLewis / Media City G -- Time is running out to submit those 2017 primary election ballots

Burbank Primary Election time to get those ballots in

Time is running out to return those 2017 Burbank Primary Election ballots. Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, says approximately 67,000 ballots were mailed out to registered voters in Burbank. So far the return has been disappointing. As of last Wednesday, 5,800 mail-in ballots had been return. By last Saturday, that number had climbed to 7, 890. In the 2015 Burbank Primary, 8,985 were returned. Mullins says they’re “hoping to exceed that number” in the 2017 primary. I hear a lot of complaints about what is wrong in Burbank. If those... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Grocery Outlet at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank February 15, 2017

Burbank Grocery Outlet open for business

A new grocery market opened this morning in Burbank. The Grocery Outlet calls itself the bargain market. It took over the old Fresh & Easy location at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue. There are reportedly more than 260 Grocery Outlets in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Most are “independently operated by locally-based families,” according to the company website. The Burbank store has been under construction for several weeks. Last month, this Grocery Outlet drew job seekers to a hiring event in the front of the store. Yesterday, staff... Read More →

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Traffic alert as new IKEA store opens in Burbank today

Burbank Police sent out a traffic alert about the opening of the new IKEA in the Media City today. The 456,000 square foot super-mega store is nearly twice the size of the old IKEA at the Burbank Town Center. The new IKEA is scheduled to open its doors to the public at 9 a.m. No doubt, a long line of devoted fans of the budget-furniture retailer will be waiting to be among the first to shop the new location. Major traffic congestion is expected near the new IKEA,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sharon Springer for Burbank City Council sign spotted in 300 block of South Griffith Park Drive Burbank January 5, 2017

City Buzz: 2017 campaigns, events, and candidates

The candidates are off and running in the 2017 Burbank Primary Election. Political signs started popping up in yards and on storefronts several weeks ago, despite the long-standing Burbank taboo against it. During the 2015 campaign, candidate/realtor/planning board member, Chris Rizzotti, blew off that antiquated custom of no political signs before Christmas, by allowing his supporters to display his signs for city council as early as November 2014! Rizzotti considered running for council again, but so far has not pulled papers. Still, he has had an impact on... Read More →

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Meryl Streep speaks out at the 2017 Golden Globes Award ceremony

Twitter Chatter: Meryl Streep takes down Trump at 2017 Golden Globes

Three time Oscar-winning actress, Meryl Streep, stole the show at the 2017 Golden Globes Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills last night. The live broadcast had some notable moments from host Jimmy Fallon’s jokes and banter, to the diversity of the nominees and winners. However, it was Streep’s passionate speech about the low standards and divisive politics of President-Elect, Donald Trump,which really got people talking. Streep’s comments came during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, given out by the Hollywood Foreign... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank's float "Home Tweet Home" participated in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena January 2, 2017

Burbank 2017 Rose Parade float returns home

The 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade is now one for the history books. Millions around the globe watched the 128th edition of that parade. Viewers were treated to a spectacular show of creativity and imagination under this year’s theme “Echoes of Success.” Among the floats, Burbank’s “Home Tweet Home.” Burbank’s float will be returning home to the Media City and go on display tomorrow. “Home Tweet Home” will be located at the corner of Olive Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard from Wednesday January 4 through Sunday, January 8. After that, it... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- El Torito at 3113 West Olive Avenue Burbank officially closed its doors on December 26, 2016

Burbank El Torito shuts down

The El Torito restaurant at 3113 West Olive Avenue here in Burbank has shut down and removed all signage. The parent company, Cypress-based Real Mex Restaurants, shuttered the Burbank location and five other Southland eateries for a number of reasons from lackluster performance to “unfavorable” lease terms, according to the Orange County Register. The closures were announced last Monday, December 26. Real Mex is apparently trimming down in preparation for the acquisition of a new chain to kick start growth, the Register reports. The word is some of... 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 --Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes at city council meeting October 11, 2016

City Buzz: Mayor’s health episode and city election candidates

Burbank Mayor, Jess Talamantes, suffered a health episode over the weekend. After attending the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony on the steps of Burbank City Hall last Saturday night, December 3,  the councilman reportedly went to dinner at Don Cuco restaurant on East Orange Avenue. It is there that the mayor started feeling some discomfort, went to the men’s room, and collapsed! At 8:30 p.m. paramedics reportedly transported Talamantes to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center over at Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue. It was determined the mayor had a syncopal... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Grocery Outlet to open at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank November 25, 2016

City Buzz: New grocery store, update on tragic accident

A new grocery store will soon open in Burbank. Banners for Grocery Outlet are plastered on the old site of the Fresh & Easy store at 1625 West Verdugo Avenue. Grocery Outlet calls itself a bargain market and in its company statement claims:”We offer brand-name, quality products at up to 40-70% off conventional retail prices.” There are reportedly more than 260 independently owned Grocery Outlets in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and California. Fresh & Easy shut down this store and a second Burbank location, at 2484 West Victory... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Bob Frutos at Rock-a-Hula event at the Verdugo Pool in Burbank September 15, 2016

Thanksgiving message from Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. As we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends we give thanks for the blessings and the freedom s we enjoy every day.  I am very appreciative of the great opportunity you have given me to serve as one of your Council Members in our great city. I am thankful that we live in a city with so many caring residents who are involved in our community to help those who are less fortunate.   I’m also thankful for all of our... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Pedestrian vs vehicle accident at intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank November 17, 2016

Pedestrian injured at controversial intersection in Magnolia Park

An elderly woman was reportedly hit by a black sedan in a Burbank intersection considered to be dangerous by many in Magnolia Park. The accident occurred last Thursday, November 17,  at around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Boulevard. The accident forced Burbank traffic patrol officers to block off eastbound traffic on Magnolia for a while. The accident occurred when a black sedan attempted to turn onto Magnolia. Burbank PIO Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, says: “The vehicle was traveling north on Lima St. and initiated a right... Read More →

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It’s now up to you go vote!

It’s now up to you go vote!  November 8 is Election Day. The polls are open. The ballots and booths are ready. Election 2016 has been a real headache for many voters. The debates, the insults, the lies, the threats — from the ugly, contentious presidential campaign to the boiling controversy over Measure “B”– the replacement terminal proposal for the Bob Hope Airport or as it has been rebranded the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Voting. It’s a part of  the foundation of our democracy and a responsibility all... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Major Traffic construction on Victory Blvd. in Burbank starting today, November 1, 2016

Major traffic alert in Burbank

Beware, traffic alert in Burbank. Starting today, crews will begin a major road work project on Victory Boulevard from Verdugo Avenue to Isabel Street. The good news, that stretch of Victory will remain open during the estimated two-week project.  However, there will be “lane closures and detours,” which will occur “during the daytime and sometimes at night,” according to a news release from Burbank officials. Also, lookout for “no parking” signs  and other restrictions in the construction area. The plan by Burbank Public Works Department is to “repave the roadway... Read More →

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Who’s running for Burbank City Council?

It’s hard to turn away from national politics with the erratic and over the top Donald Trump trying to bully his way into the White House. Especially now that Trump has launched into an all out feud with the Republican establishment. Drama, drama, and more drama! Nevertheless, back here in Burbank, campaigns are quietly gearing up for the battle for three seats on the city council, where very important local issues are decided, such as growth and development in the city. I have heard rumblings that certain... Read More →

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