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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Marya "Mary" Wanker behind the counter at LuxMary Handbags 3421 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank July 15, 2017

Magnolia Park merchant refuses to quit after $60,000 burglary

Burbank Magnolia Park merchant, Marya “Mary” Wanker, has a lot on her plate right now. She’s in the final stages of planning her wedding and scrambling to assemble a new collection of luxury handbags, after a $60,000 burglary at her new shop earlier this month. Wanker, 28, admits the burglary was a brutal setback, but she has “upped her security” and is determined to reopen soon: “I’m not going to let a bunch of thugs intimidate me.” The well-organized thieves stripped many of the shelves bare in LuxMary Handbags, 3421... Read More →

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Bomb threat hoax targets Burbank businesses

Watch out! Scammers are targeting Burbank businesses with a bomb threat hoax. Over the past two weeks, Burbank Police say several local businesses have received the threat “via fax or email.”  In an advisory, Burbank PD explained the scam this way: “The threats have involved the request for a ransom to be paid via Western Union, usually in the amount of $25,000. A common theme seems to be that the ransom be sent to a Brazilian citizen. The threats state that explosives placed around the “building” will detonate... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Police Chief Scott LaChasse spoke at Burbank City Council meeting May 9, 2017

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse has health episode

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse reportedly recovering today after suffering a health episode at an event in Glendale yesterday. LaChasse collapsed around noon while attending the Glendale Police Awards luncheon at the Hilton Hotel. Emergency personnel in the room rushed to his aid. A short time later, LaChasse regained consciousness, but was taken away to a nearby hospital. LaChasse has probably undergone a series of medical tests, however, the Burbank Police Department is saying very little about his condition. Today BPD Press Information Officer, Sergeant Derek Green, told me in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G - (l-r) Council Member,Jess Talamantes, Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Mayor Will Rogers, Council Members, Sharon Springer and Bob Frutos posed for photos city council chambers in Burbank May 1, 2017

New Burbank City Council and City Hall challenges

The new Burbank City Council is facing some tough challenges with budget decisions, traffic issues, and development/growth concerns. At the Monday, May 1, reorganization meeting, Councilman, Bob Frutos, and new Council Member, Sharon Springer, were sworn in along with a number of other elected officials before a packed crowd in the city council chambers. By far the most anticipated speech of the reorganization meeting was made by outgoing Councilman, Dr. David Gordon.  After 11 years on the council, Gordon was defeated in the general election last month. In his remarks,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sharon Springer spoke during public comments period at city council meeting in Burbank April 4, 2017

Letter: Sharon Springer expresses gratitude for campaign support

Dear Burbank Community: I would like to thank our Burbank community for electing me to city council. Thank you for opening your doors when we knocked; thank you for talking with us outside grocery stores, and schools. Thank you for tolerating my morning campaign runs.  Thank you for hosting my bright pink signs, your financial contributions and your word of mouth endorsements.  Thanks to my campaign chair person, Elaine Paonessa, and my well-organized, relentless volunteers for their inspiration, support and belief in me.  Thanks to my organizational endorsements,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilman Bob Frutos, guest Lourdes de Garcia, and former Burbank Council Member/Mayor, Marsha Ramos smile for photos at a re-elect Frutos rally in Burbank March 27, 2017

Letter: Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos offers thanks for support

  A heartfelt thank you message to Burbank residents: I am grateful to have received your strong support and your vote in this general election. Many of you were there for me four years ago in 2013 and you have shown your trust in me again today. Heartfelt thank you for your vote to get re-elected to the Burbank City Council. Four years ago, I pledged to you my commitment towards working for you and for our city.  Today, I am more committed and dedicated to continue to work tirelessly... Read More →

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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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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 -- (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 -- 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 -- 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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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 -- 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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Rock-a-Hula at Verdugo pool in Burbank tomorrow

The forecast is for sunny skies and warmer temperatures in Burbank today and tomorrow. That’s going to make the folks headed over to the Rock-a-Hula very happy. Yup, there will be some serious rocking and partying at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility 3201 West Verdugo Avenue on Thursday, September 15 . The event is designed for active seniors, 55 or older. There will be swimming, aqua fitness demonstrations, food, dancing, and a tribute to the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis. The pool party is free and runs from... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Cloudy skies over Disney Elementary 1220 West Orange Grove Ave. Burbank September 13, 2016

Tuesday morning rain and cloudy skies in Burbank

Cloudy skies and, yes, light rain, in Burbank today. Early, around 1 a.m., I heard raindrops gently tapping on the roof.  A welcome surprise. While out walking later at around 10 a.m., lots of clouds in the sky and drizzle — so heavy, I had to pop open my umbrella! Weather watchers say the chance of rain today, 20-percent with the possibility of isolated showers. The temperatures are cool, but pleasant. Mostly in the 60s — high could reach the 70s.

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September 11 tribute in Burbank on Sunday

Tribute to the victims and heroes of the September 11 attacks is set to take place at 6:45 a.m., tomorrow morning, on the steps of the headquarters of the Burbank Police and Fire Departments, 200 North 3rd Street. Meanwhile, USA Today has interesting article on “Ten things you may have forgotten  about 9/11” including the ties the hijackers had to Saudi Arabia.  Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.

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