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After blistering hot weekend, cooler temps on the way

A lot of record-breaking heat in Burbank over the past few days, but a cooling trend, ever so slight, is expected to kick in today. Yesterday, the temperature soared to 100 in B-town — tied the previous record set on October 11 in 1971.  Also, a record high temperature of 104 set in Burbank on Friday — broke an old record of 101 set in 1976. By 11 a.m. this morning, the temperature had jumped to 90 in the Media City. Weather watchers are predicting a high in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Dr. David Gordon at the city council meeting in Burbank September 15, 2015

Talk of the Town: Sue Georgino’s consulting job

For months now, there has been chatter around B-town about former Burbank Airport Commissioner, Sue Georgino, and where her true loyalties lie. On the city council agenda tonight, a discussion regarding Georgino’s decision to take a consulting job with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority less than a year, after resigning her position as a commissioner on that authority representing the interests of the city of Burbank. Recently, Councilman, Dr. David Gordon, requested the matter be agendized after disclosing Georgino was hired last May “to provide strategic planning for a 14-gate replacement... Read More →

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Updated: Burbank breaks heat record as heat wave continues

Burbank is baking in that relentless heat wave scorching the Southland. Yesterday, the Media City broke a record with a high of 104 — the previous record for August 15 was 101 set in 1977.  The temperature in B-town is expected to soar into the triple digits once again today. The excessive heat warning from the weather service is expected to expire tonight at 8 pm. however,  the heat wave reportedly will not break until Tuesday. So take precautions and try to stay out of the... Read More →

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Still hot today in Burbank, cooler temps predicted

Another hot and sunny day in Burbank, but a cooling trend has kicked in. However, don’t expect a serious drop in the temps on this the second day of summer. By the end of last week, the Media City was sizzling with highs in the 90s. For the next few days, the weather watchers are predicting afternoon temps in the 80s for B-town. Hmm, it’s already 82 in Burbank at 11 a.m. — hopefully, the cooling trend has not stalled.

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Burbank breaks heat record, a chance of rain today

Another dramatic change in the weather today. In Burbank, the skies are cloudy and there’s a good chance of rain, even thunderstorms this afternoon. Yesterday, the sun was blazing hot — pushing the temperatures up into the triple digits here in the Media City. Monday’s high turned out to be a record breaker. It reached 102 in B-town — breaking a record for that date — set 25 years ago in 1990, according to the National Weather Service. The cooling trend is expected to drop the temps considerably... 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: FLLewis / Media City G -- Cloudy skies over Burbank February 21, 2015

Cloudy skies and rain in Burbank

Cloudy skies over Burbank on this Sunday morning. Some light rain began shortly after 10 a.m. A storm system is expected to linger over the Southland today and that could mean raindrops during the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony and hoopla in Hollywood. A steady rain is in the forecast for this evening and overnight. Cooler temperatures for the Media City with the high only in the 50s. So you’ll probably need a jacket or sweater as well  as an umbrella.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Strong winds whipped around the flag out front of the American Legion Post No.150 at 940 West Olive Avenue Burbank January 24, 2015

Strong winds and warm temps in Burbank, Southland this weekend

Very strong winds whipped and howled through Burbank this morning. Winds died down to light breezes shortly after 9 a.m., but a wind advisory for the Media City and many other parts of the Southland remains in effect through 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Wind with gusts from 35 to 55 mph are expected in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, including coastal and valley areas. There could be even more powerful winds in the canyons, below the passes, and in the mountains. In B-town, the winds ripped down palm fronds, tree... Read More →

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UPdated: Cloudy skies and rain for the weekend in the Media City

  Updated: 9:15 a.m. Raindrops falling in Burbank. Get that umbrella out! Weather forecasters are predicting a mixed bag for the weekend. Mostly cloudy skies with some sunshine possible today and a chance of showers in the Media City. We might get some raindrops this morning, but most likely the light rain will fall in the afternoon when the chance of precipitation is 30-60 percent. Tonight, a more substantial rain is expected to arrive and linger through tomorrow in B-town. This will not be a cold system. Temperatures to... Read More →

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Updated: Second day of fall — hot temps in Burbank

On this the second day of fall, the temperature shot up to 80 degrees before noon  in Burbank. The high today in the Media City expected to be near 90. For those having to work outside, like the Burbank city crews pruning giant Ficus trees on Magnolia Boulevard, it’s going to be a tough day. It probably feels more like triple digit temps to the tree trimmers who are wearing a ton of clothing and gear. For several weeks, crews have been pruning the city trees up and... Read More →

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Garage sales in Burbank and Glendale this weekend

Garage and yard sales pop up all over Burbank and in nearby Glendale almost every weekend. If you’re up and about early Saturday and Sunday mornings, you’ve probably seen the serious bargain hunters searching the residential streets of B-town looking for deals or just interesting things to buy. In Wednesday’s Burbank Leader, there were notices for three garage sales tomorrow. Saturday — June 28, 2014 919 East Olive Avenue  Burbank 91501 8 a.m. to noon Some of the items up for sale: DVDs, books, toys, bikes, and coffee... Read More →

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Nearly 80 degree temps in Burbank, but a change is coming

  For the first back to work day after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend,  the weather is going to be terrific in Burbank. Sunny and warm today, with a high at 77-79 here. Meanwhile, in Burbank, Illinois the temperature is expected to top out at 42-43 degrees. Brrrrr! Hey, I think the Media City has the best weather day. However, a dramatic change is in the forecast for us here in the Southland. Patchy clouds and fog in the forecast for tonight. By tomorrow, a cooling trend is... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- All Chevy Vintage Car Show at Community Chevrolet on Olive Avenue Burbank September 8, 2013

Car shows: A big draw in Burbank

“This is a car town!” exclaimed Councilman, Bob Frutos, at the recent August 20 Burbank City Council meeting. Frutos’ declaration occurred during council comments about the very successful “Downtown Burbank Car Classic” on San Fernando Boulevard, between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue,  last July. Frutos is right. For proof, look at the popularity of car shows in the Media City. Yesterday, crowds were drawn to the Community Chevrolet lot at 200 West Olive Avenue for the “All Chevy Vintage Car Show.” More than a 100 carefully preserved Chevys were on display... Read More →

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Serious heat in Burbank today

  UPDATED: September, 6, 2013 2:30 a.m. Brace yourself for another hot one in the Media City. At 2:30 a.m. the temperature is still in the 80s. Not much relief overnight and none is predicted once the sun comes up. Yesterday, Burbank reached 102.   It’s been hot and humid for several days in the Southland and more heat is on the way. Today in Burbank, temperatures were in the upper 90s before noon. We could hit triple digits before the day is over. The forecast for tomorrow... Read More →

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“Ladies Night Out” — Friday night party in Magnolia Park

Magnolia Park in Burbank is getting ready for its monthly street party, “Ladies Night Out.” This Friday night affair is to “… celebrate small businesses and the customers that keep us thriving,” according to the Ladies Night Out Burbank website. Started back in 2010 by women’s clothing boutique, Encore Nouveau, “Ladies Night Out” has expanded to include numerous shops and businesses between Hollywood Way and Florence Street on Magnolia Boulevard, along with food trucks, local artists, live music, special discount, and giveaways. The event runs from 6... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank City Council meeting August 27, 2013

Sidewalks on North Screenland Drive approved: Controversy may not be over

The Burbank City Council made a decision on sidewalks for North Screenland Drive last night. Despite passionate arguments to from a small group of residents, Councilman, Bob Frutos, and Vice-Mayor, David Gordon; the majority voted for the construction of the sidewalks. For the record: Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Councilmen Gary Bric and Jess Talamantes voted “yes” on the sidewalk project. Vice-Mayor Dr. Gordon and Councilman Frutos voted “no.” Sidewalks are not a bad thing, but the way city officials have handled this long-delayed controversial project and disrespected the residents in the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Two students on North Screenland Drive head home from Luther Burbank Middle School Burbank winter 2011

City Buzz: Burbank sidewalk controversy – what’s the solution?

The 1900 block of North Screenland Drive sidewalk controversy has been festering, brewing, and churning for several years. Finding a solution is not going to be easy. Tonight, the Burbank City Council is scheduled to decide whether or not to go forward with the installation of sidewalks on this residential street near Luther Burbank Middle School. The sidewalk project is funded by a Safe Routes to School Grant program, which according to a memo from Burbank Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, dated December 7, 2010 is “… designed to improve and... Read More →

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Going to be hot,hot in Burbank today!

  Get out the umbrellas, hats, and sunglasses! The Media City is sizzling today with temperatures in the upper 80s before 10:30 a.m. When that happens you know it’s going to be a hot one in B-town. Also, the weather may get a little weird– there’s a 20- 25 percent chance of rain — even some thunderstorms in the forecast. The high today in Burbank — low to upper 90s, but don’t be surprised if we hit triple digits.

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Photo: FLLLewis/Media City G -- Two Luther Burbank Middle School students walk home from school on North Screenland Drive Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisited: An opposing view

Those opposed to installing sidewalks on North Screenland Drive tend to be passionate and tenacious about their position. None more so than long-time resident and North Screenland Drive resident, Janet Strong. She’s a retired motion costume artist turned activist and occasional guest blogger on Media City Groove. Here’s Strong’s opinion post, which appeared  in “Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and the Burbank City Council” March 30, 2011 .   The City Council used to be the judge and jury of fairness for the Burbank community. The neighbors... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Luther Burbank student walking on North Screenland Drive in Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisted: A supporting view

The issue of sidewalks on North Screenland Drive has blown up into a huge controversy since the first vote on the matter by the Burbank City Council back in December of 2010. At that time, by a three-to-two vote, the council supported the majority of the residents who do not want sidewalks on their street. However, Councilman, Gary Bric, changed his mind, had the issue brought back to council, and eventually voted against the residents and for installing sidewalks on a street that flows right into Luther Burbank Middle School, at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- West Nile Virus warning sign on Magnolia Boulevard near Meyers Street Burbank August 15, 2013

West Nile virus warnings posted in Burbank

West Nile virus warning signs are up in Burbank after two more mosquito samples tested positive for the disease. The first occurred back in July. Now two more mosquito samples, one near 600 North Myers Street and the second around  2000 Evergreen Street, were confirmed as positive last Friday. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reports 164 positive mosquito samples and 36 dead birds. There have been 22 people infected by the West Nile virus this year. GLACVCD public information officer, Levy Sun, told me those numbers are not... Read More →

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